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  • The market is taking a breather, "said Jim Farrell, head of Omaha, Nebraska- based Farmers National, the largest U.S. farm management company. There hasn't been a high number of transactions, "said Randal Fransen, incoming president of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. "There still isn't much land on the market," said Randy Hertz,...

  • US halal food supplier indicted over beef exports Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    IOWA CITY, Iowa— The founder of a popular line of food products for observant Muslims has been charged with fraudulently shipping beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet the countries' import requirements, federal prosecutors in Iowa said Friday. Bill Aossey Jr., who founded Midamar Corp. in 1974, is charged with conspiring to change labels and...

  • Union Pacific 3Q profit chugs ahead 19 percent Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:12 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Union Pacific Corp. delivered a 19 percent increase in its third-quarter profit as the railroad hauled 7 percent more freight and increased rates. Union Pacific's revenue climbed 11 percent to $6.18 billion from $5.57 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected Union Pacific to report earnings per share of $1.51 on revenue of $6.10 billion.

  • US journalist returns home after Ebola recovery Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola at an Omaha hospital left the facility Wednesday afternoon and is heading home to Rhode Island, a hospital spokesman said. Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets, was released from the Nebraska Medical Center's...

  • Sharp drops in many of the stocks owned by Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in recent weeks hit the sprawling conglomerate's equity portfolio hard. The loss on seven of those holdings alone totals more than $5 billion provided Berkshire's stakes have remained the same since June 30, the last date for which they were disclosed. Berkshire Hathaway did not respond...

  • Norfolk Southern CEO says rail mergers won't work Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Norfolk Southern Corp.' s CEO doesn't think railroad mergers are a good idea even if regulators might approve one. CP CEO Hunter Harrison said Tuesday that talks fell apart after several meetings because they couldn't agree on key issues. CP also considered approaching Norfolk Southern, but opted not to after deciding CSX was a better fit.

  • Norfolk Southern railroad 3Q profit up 16 percent Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 8:09 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Norfolk Southern Corp. delivered 16 percent higher third-quarter profit as it hauled more freight, but the railroad's results fell short of expectations because coal and pricing remained weak. Norfolk Southern said it is training hundreds more workers to help handle the increase in freight traffic, and it expects to receive nearly 100 more...

  • US journalist leaves hospital after Ebola recovery Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:35 AM ET

    OMAHA, Nebraska— An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola at a Nebraska hospital left the facility Wednesday afternoon and is heading home to Rhode Island, a hospital spokesman said. Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets, was released from the Nebraska Medical...

  • Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    A recent test showed Ashoka Mukpo's blood is negative for the virus, according to the Nebraska Medical Center. Mukpo, of Providence, Rhode Island, contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets. He has been at the Nebraska Medical Center since Oct. 6 and was the second Ebola patient to be treated there.

  • Journalist feels fortunate to recover from Ebola Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:52 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— An American video journalist with Ebola says he feels lucky to be recovering from the deadly virus, but it's humbling to think about how many people have died from the disease in West Africa. Mukpo has been treated at the Nebraska Medical Center since Oct. 6, and doctors have said he could be released by the end of the week if tests confirm he is free of the...

  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school— some on as little as $7.25 per hour. In one state, Illinois, the campaign to support the minimum wage would not actually raise the wage.

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States is issuing new protocols for health workers treating Ebola patients and a rapid-response military medical team will start training even as Americans' anxiety about the spread of the virus abates with 43 people declared risk free. The government's new guidelines, which were set to come out at 7 p.m. EDT on Monday, were expected to...

  • Werner meets 3Q profit forecasts Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb. _ Werner Enterprises Inc. on Monday reported profit of $26 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 36 cents per share. Analysts expected $543 million, according to Zacks.

  • Canadian Pacific ends CSX deal talks Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    Canadian Pacific Railway has ended talks with U.S. counterpart CSX about a possible combination and plans no more discussions. Several reports had surfaced recently that CSX Corp. had rejected a merger offer from Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. Both railroads declined to comment on the deal talk, but CSX CEO Michael Ward did say last week that the Surface...

  • CSX CEO says rail deals would face tough scrutiny Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— CSX railroad's top executive said Wednesday regulators are likely to be reluctant about consolidation among the major industry players because they remain concerned about service. CSX CEO Michael Ward said Wednesday the Surface Transportation Board would likely take a cautious approach to any railroad consolidation deals because there are...

  • CSX 3Q profit rises 12 percent, tops estimates Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— CSX Corp. on Tuesday said its third-quarter profit grew 12 percent to $509 million as it hauled more freight amid an improving economy. The Jacksonville, Florida- based company reported profit per share of 51 cents, beating the 47- cent average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research. Zacks says analysts expected $3.16 billion.

  • Hearings planned for Nebraska power line project Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 12:26 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Nebraska Public Power District plans to begin hearings along the route of its recently approved 345,000- vote transmission line through the Nebraska Sandhills while some ranchers and others decide whether to take their opposition to court. The Nebraska Power Review Board on Friday approved the $328 million project. "I think it's a tragedy for...

  • Oct 6- After nearly a week in hospital, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States began to receive an experimental therapy initially developed to treat other viral diseases, according to the Dallas hospital where he lies in critical condition. On Monday, however, a spokeswoman for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said Duncan began receiving a...

  • WASHINGTON/ DALLAS, Oct 6- President Barack Obama said on Monday that the government would develop expanded screening of airline passengers for Ebola, both in the West African countries hit by the disease and the United States. Authorities in the United States and the public are on alert following Duncan's diagnosis just over a week ago, raising concerns that...