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  • April 21- Discovery of a strain of deadly avian influenza in a large egg-laying facility in Iowa this week was the latest outbreak of the disease in the United States. The H5N2 strain has been discovered in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Missouri. Following are facts about the U.S. poultry...

  • MEXICO CITY, April 21- Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday. Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top...

  • CHICAGO, April 20- Wisconsin has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that is infecting U.S. poultry and Governor Scott Walker said on Monday he has authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the disease. Since the beginning of the year, the H5N2 flu has been found in poultry in 12 states, including Wisconsin. Other states with infected...

  • Bird flu confirmed on second farm in Ontario, Canada Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 9:27 PM ET

    TORONTO, April 18- Preliminary testing has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a second Ontario farm, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Saturday. Canadian authorities earlier this month confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a turkey farm near Woodstock, Ontario. Since the beginning of the year, H5N2 has been found in birds in U.S....

  • President Barack Obama said on Friday a new trade agreement with Asia that is being negotiated would benefit not just America's businesses but also its workers, anticipating Democratic concerns the deal would cost U.S. jobs. Congressional Democrats drew battle lines on Friday over a new bill that would give the White House "fast track" authority to negotiate...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 16- California imports of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota on barges totaled a record 1.5 million barrels last year, 27 percent greater than the amount that reached the state by rail, the California Energy Commission told Reuters on Thursday. To get the low-cost Bakken crude to California refineries, producers load it onto trains in North...

  • CHICAGO, April 13- A flock of 200,000 hens in Wisconsin is the first commercial U.S. chicken operation to become infected with a lethal strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, widening the impact of a virus that has killed hundreds of thousands of turkeys this year. The chickens were at an egg-laying facility in Jefferson County, Wisconsin,...

  • April 13- New York's attorney general has sent letters to 13 national retailers, including Gap Inc, Target Corp and JC Penney Co Inc, about "on-call shifts" in which workers are told whether to report to work a day or less before a scheduled shift. A number of companies with stores in New York are requiring employees to check in by telephone, text message or email before...

  • CHICAGO, April 13- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday confirmed the first case of a lethal strain of bird flu in a commercial chicken flock, widening the impact of a virus that has already killed hundreds of thousands of turkeys this year. The H5N2 flu strain infected a commercial flock of 200,000 chickens in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, between Madison...

  • Fill your belly as Uncle Sam empties your wallet Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 11:46 AM ET
    W Hotel

    Some hotels and restaurants around the U.S. are offering special Tax Day promotions for filers that include meals and deals.

  • WASHINGTON, April 13- As the United States and Iran come closer to a historic nuclear deal, many U.S. states are likely to stick with their own sanctions on Iran that could complicate any warming of relations between the long-time foes. In more than half those states, the restrictions expire only if Iran is no longer designated to be supporting terrorism or if all...

  • Obamacare bill: Some hit with unexpected payments Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 2:09 PM ET
    An agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors offers insight to potential enrollees in Miami about the plans available last year under the Affordable Care Act.

    About half the people who received federal money to help pay for their Obamacare insurance will repay some of that money this tax season.

  • CHICAGO, April 8- A U.S. outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu accelerated on Wednesday with the infection of a sixth turkey flock in Minnesota, the nation's top turkey-producing state, in less than a week. The infected flock of 310,000 turkeys was the ninth case of the H5N2 flu in Minnesota in just over a month and the biggest flock yet to be confirmed with the...

  • FLIR Systems to settle U.S. SEC bribery charges Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 11:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 8- Defense contractor FLIR Systems Inc will pay $9.5 million to settle civil charges that it violated federal bribery laws by financing a "world tour" of personal travel for government officials in the Middle East, U.S. regulators said Wednesday. The Securities and Exchange Commission said that the Oregon- based company self-reported the...

  • YOUR MONEY-How much is your hotel loyalty worth? Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    In about 20 years of traveling, he has stayed 1,079 nights in Marriott International Inc hotels, where he expects- and receives- a certain level of service, says the 51- year-old sales manager for Oregon- based Tec Laboratories. Hilton and Marriott have by far the most popular hotel loyalty programs, according to a 2014 study by MMGY Global, and Wyndham unveiled a...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 6- A spring storm was expected to bring several inches of rain to some areas of drought-parched California and up to two feet of snow to mountains beginning late on Monday, just days after Governor Jerry Brown ordered sweeping cuts in water use. Brown last week ordered residents and businesses across California to cut water use by 25 percent in...

  • These 'imposter' scams are no April Fools' joke Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 10:57 AM ET
    IRS

    For some criminals, every day is April Fools' Day. NBC News reports.

  • Yuengling now tops Boston as largest craft brewer Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 3:34 PM ET
    Cans of lager are filled at the Yuengling brewery in Pottsville, Pa.

    A new definition by the Brewers Association of what constitutes craft beer changes the lineup of the largest U.S. brewers by sales volume.

  • March 26- Personal information gathered by RadioShack Corp from shoppers is not included in its sale, the consumer privacy ombudsman in the electronics retailer's bankruptcy case said in response to concerns shared by several states that the data could be sold. Her letter came as Oregon and Pennsylvania on Wednesday joined Texas and Tennessee in objecting...

  • CHICAGO, March 19- Drought pressures will increase in California and western areas of the United States this spring even as the dry season begins, the government's Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday. Drought is forecast to persist in California, Nevada, and Oregon through June with the onset of the dry season in April. "I see nothing that would indicate...