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  • CHICAGO, April 20- Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in a flock of millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that has now prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency. The other states with infected poultry flocks are Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana,...

  • Details on the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 5:20 PM ET

    PUBLIC SERVICE: The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina. Reporters Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff won for the series "Till Death Do Us Part," which probed why South Carolina is among "the deadliest states in the union for women." We felt so passionate about this project and we felt so passionate about the difference it could...

  • 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...

  • Banner tops Street 1Q forecasts Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 4:24 PM ET

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. _ Banner Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter earnings of $12.1 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 66 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $59.3 million.

  • NEW YORK— The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for an examination of the deadly toll of domestic violence, while The New York Times collected three awards and the Los Angeles Times two. The Seattle Times staff took the breaking news award for its coverage of a mudslide that killed 43 people and its...

  • HELENA, Mont.— A federal judge ordered the founder of a luxury Montana mountain resort back to jail Monday, saying he failed to disclose what happened to $13.8 million from the sale of a resort in Mexico. The case stems from the bankruptcy of the Yellowstone Club near Big Sky, a private ski and golf resort, which boasts a $300,000 entry fee. Authorities say Blixseth...

  • "Willie's Reserve" will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, where recreational pot is legal. Nelson said in a statement that he's "looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market." "Like other industries, branding and creative marketing is a big part of supporting legal cannabis...

  • Prologis purchases KTR Capital for $5.9 billion Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 5:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Warehouse and distribution center operator Prologis Inc. says it has acquired KTR Capital Partners, which owns more than 300 industrial properties in the U.S. Prologis, which owns and operates more than 2,800 properties in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, will pay $5.9 billion for KTR. The acquisition will increase Prologis' presence...

  • NEW YORK, April 19- In January 2014, veteran short-seller Bill Fleckenstein said he was readying a new fund to bet on falling stock prices. Despite lackluster U.S. economic data, a world grappling with slow growth, concern that Greece and Ukraine could default on their debts, the U.S. stock market has been more than resilient. "It all comes down to free money and that old...

  • LYNNWOOD, Wash.— A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7...

  • WASHINGTON— An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation. There have been a series of fiery oil train explosions in the U.S. and Canada in recent years, including one just...

  • April 17- The union trying to organize Boeing Co's South Carolina plant withdrew its petition for an April 22 election, citing "a toxic environment and gross violations of workers' lawful organizing rights." The decision, which delays the date for an election by at least six months, was made after organizers for the International Association of Machinists&...

  • April 17- The International Association of Machinists& Aerospace Workers withdrew its petition for an April 22 election at Boeing Co's South Carolina plant, citing "a toxic environment and gross violations of workers' lawful organizing rights." The decision, which delays the date for an election by at least six months, was made after IAM organizers conducted...

  • Protesters meet Arctic drill rig in Washington harbor Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 10:36 AM ET

    PORT ANGELES, Wash.— Protesters in kayaks greeted a rig that could be used for oil drilling in the Arctic as it arrived Friday in Washington state following a journey across the Pacific that included being boarded by Greenpeace activists. Eric Ross of Shell No Action Coalition says kayakers are training for a "festival of resistance" in Seattle on May 16-18.

  • Machinists withdraw request for SC Boeing union vote Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 10:24 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, S.C.— The Machinists union is delaying its attempt to organize Boeing workers in South Carolina, announcing Friday that it's withdrawing a petition to hold a union vote next week because of what it called a toxic atmosphere and political interference. Boeing employs nearly 7,500 workers in South Carolina. "I hold the Boeing Company, South Carolina...

  • LYNNWOOD, Wash.— A semitruck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7 million bees,...

  • Jay Inslee on Friday repeated his call for embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley to resign following his indictment by a federal grand jury. The indictment charged him with filing false tax returns, attempting to obstruct a lawsuit and possessing more than $1 million in stolen property related to his former business. Inslee wrote that the indictment "makes it...

  • Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:13 AM ET

    BEIJING— A Beijing court sentenced a veteran Chinese journalist to seven years in prison Friday on charges of leaking a document detailing the Communist Party leadership's resolve to aggressively target civil society and press freedom as a threat to its monopoly on power. The sentence against Gao Yu, 71, comes amid a widening clampdown on free speech that...

  • NEW YORK— Apple Inc.' s cooperation with efforts to improve its compliance with antitrust laws after a federal judge concluded it colluded with electronic book publishers to raise prices five years ago took on an "adversarial tone" recently, a court-appointed monitor says. The monitor, Michael Bromwich, said in a report made public Thursday that the technology...

  • Port of Longview working on crude oil refinery proposal Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 12:43 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— The Port of Longview says it's working with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery, the first such facility on the Columbia River. Columbia Riverkeeper said if a refinery is built in Longview, it would be the first on the West Coast in over 25 years, and the sixth refinery in Washington state. Longview is 50 miles north of Portland.