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  • May 11- A strain of avian flu that until now had been found only in the Western United States has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain found in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana is concerning to them also. It was also found in captive...

  • COLUMBIA CITY, Ind.— Bird flu has been found in a backyard poultry flock in northeastern Indiana, and it's the first time the specific strain in question has been detected in the central U.S., animal health officials said Monday. The H5N8 virus found in Whitley County is different from the H5N2 virus that has led to the loss of more than 30 million chickens, turkeys and...

  • UPDATE 1-USDA finds H5N8 bird flu strain in Indiana Monday, 11 May 2015 | 1:59 PM ET

    May 11- A strain of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu that had recently been found only in the Western United States has been confirmed in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain in Indiana is the same one that had been previously confirmed in the Pacific flyway, specifically in commercial chicken and...

  • Regal Beloit tops Street 1Q forecasts Monday, 11 May 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    BELOIT, Wis. _ Regal Beloit Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter earnings of $36.4 million. Regal Beloit expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.45 to $5.75 per share. Regal Beloit shares have increased slightly more than 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Why homebuyers face a tough spring Monday, 11 May 2015 | 6:12 AM ET

    Eager to buy your first home this spring? Bidding wars have broken out in hot real-estate markets like Denver and Los Angeles, where there aren't enough houses to meet demand. "Inventory is still fairly low in a lot of markets across the country," said Skylar Olsen, senior economist at real estate data firm Zillow.

  • *China's losses are Mexico's gains. DETROIT, May 8- Nike Inc's announcement that it could create up to 10,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States will spark further debate on whether the country is starting to see an industrial renaissance after many years of job losses. The athletic shoemaker Nike on Friday joined Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Apple Inc, General...

  • LAS VEGAS, May 7- Billionaire investor T. Boone Pickens, who cemented his fortune with bets on oil companies, said the price of oil would likely hit $75 dollars a barrel by yearend as demand revives. The octogenarian corporate-raider-turned-hedge-fund-investor also mused about politics, saying he has put his money on former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

  • Bird flu epidemic is bad—and getting worse Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 2:31 PM ET
    The worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history is taking a toll on the turkey industry.

    Layoffs have begun in the poultry industry as thousands more birds are being slaughtered.

  • David Colletti, a former MillerCoors vice president, was charged in an indictment filed in federal court in Chicago with mail and wire fraud for his role in an alleged scheme that caused the company to be falsely billed for promotional events and marketing services. MillerCoors, a U.S. joint venture between SABMiller Plc and Molson Coors Brewing Co was not...

  • More than 21 million birds have been killed or are expected to be condemned, and three states- Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa- have declared a state of emergency. Below is a timeline of the spread of the viruses, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Canada's Food Inspection Agency, and responses by the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- Holcim Ltd, a Swiss company, and Lafarge S.A., which is based in Paris, on Monday won U.S. antitrust approval to merge after they agreed to divest assets, the Federal Trade Commission. Lafarge said previously that it would sell its Davenport cement plant in Iowa and seven terminals along the Mississippi River to Summit Materials for $450 million in...

  • CHICAGO, May 1- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, soon after state agriculture officials announced four new poultry farms had initially tested positive for the virus. Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the United States, is the third state to declare a state of emergency because...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. The egg farm's owner, Rembrandt Foods, one of the top U.S. egg producers, confirmed the outbreak but disputed the number of birds affected.

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. Avian flu was "probable" at four other commercial farms in Buena Vista, Sioux and Clay counties, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- An Iowa-based chicken broiler breeding farm has initially tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed on Thursday. The facility in Kossuth County, Iowa, houses an estimated 19,000 birds, state officials said. The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa,...

  • U.S. upper Midwest factory activity contracts in April Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 9:26 AM ET

    April 30- A private measure of factory activity in the upper U.S. Midwest region fell in April because of declines in production and supplier deliveries, Marquette University and the Institute for Supply Management-Milwaukee said on Thursday. Their index on manufacturing in the Milwaukee region fell to 48.08 in April from a revised 53.25 in March.

  • CHICAGO, April 30- Should you stay or should you go? A new online tool from AARP can help with answers. The new AARP tool adds value by making it possible to score any neighborhood and community in the country- and drill down into the details.

  • WASHINGTON, April 29- President Barack Obama could prevail in his drive for legislation to boost a major Pacific trade deal if enough members of a group of moderate Democrats, as expected, lend their support, said lawmakers and trade specialists on Wednesday. Obama faces a tough fight in Congress over "fast-track" trade negotiating authority.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 29- Saudi Arabia, the world's second-largest importer of chicken broiler meat, has banned imports of poultry meat and egg products from the Canadian province of Ontario due to the presence of avian influenza on three Ontario farms. This strain has also been reported this year in the United States in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • McDonald's U.S. restaurant sales have declined for six straight quarters, hobbled by tough competition from more nimble chains such as Wendy's Co, Chick-fil-A and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. But McDonald's own missteps in its top profit market also have led to large and complicated menus that have slowed down service. McDonald's is trying TasteCrafted in a...