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  • WASHINGTON, July 29- During a visit from Singapore's prime minister on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will extol the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and commit to getting the deal done, a top White House official said on Friday, even though Obama's fellow Democrats panned it at their convention this week. Obama wants the U.S. Congress to approve the 12-...

  • AMES, Iowa _ NewLink Genetics Corp. on Friday reported a loss of $32.4 million in its second quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 78 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.8 million.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa _ Principal Financial Group Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $322.3 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.06 per share. Principal Financial shares have declined roughly 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving part of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline between North Dakota and Illinois that would be the biggest-capacity pipeline yet carrying oil out of the state's oil patch. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Washington challenges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision a...

  • WEST DES MOINES, Iowa _ West Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $5.5 million. West Bancorp shares have fallen roughly 7 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: West Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa _ Heartland Express Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $16.4 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 20 cents per share. Heartland Express shares have increased 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa _ Meredith Corp. on Thursday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss of $90.5 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. For the current quarter ending in October, Meredith Corp. expects its per-share earnings to range from 70 cents to 75 cents. Meredith Corp. shares have risen 27 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • July 27- Health insurer Anthem Inc on Wednesday vowed to fight U.S. government efforts to block its planned acquisition of Cigna Corp and said it expects to lose money this year on its business selling individual health coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Anthem has argued that its planned $45- billion purchase of Cigna will give it...

  • July 27- Health insurer Anthem Inc on Wednesday said it was committed to its planned acquisition of Cigna Corp and again vowed to fight U.S. government efforts to block the deal, saying the merger will help lower costs for consumers. "To be clear, our board and executive leadership team at Anthem is fully committed to challenging the DOJ's decision in court," Chief...

  • July 27- Health insurer Anthem Inc on Wednesday said it was committed to its planned acquisition of Cigna Corp and again vowed to fight U.S. government efforts to block the deal, saying the merger will help lower costs for consumers. "To be clear, our board and executive leadership team at Anthem is fully committed to challenging the DOJ's decision in court," Chief...

  • WASHINGTON— A senior senator is examining whether Medicare's prescription drug benefit is vulnerable to manipulation by pharmaceutical companies that set very high prices for medications. Grassley acted after The Associated Press reported on Medicare data that show spending for high-cost drugs covered under the program's "catastrophic" protection...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— The Texas company planning a crude oil pipeline that will cut across Iowa received the final federal permit approvals Tuesday needed to proceed with construction. Documents posted by the Iowa Utilities Board show the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved 60 river crossings in Iowa for Dakota Access, a decision pipeline opponents hoped to stop.

  • DUBUQUE, Iowa _ Heartland Financial USA Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $21 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 77 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa _ Rockwell Collins Inc. on Monday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $214 million. Rockwell Collins expects full-year earnings to be $5.50 to $5.55 per share, with revenue expected to be $5.3 billion. Rockwell Collins shares have decreased roughly 8 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen...

  • WASHINGTON— A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show. The cost of Medicare's "catastrophic" prescription coverage jumped by 85 percent in three years, from $27.7 billion in 2013 to $51.3 billion in 2015, according to the program's...

  • WASHINGTON— A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show. The cost of Medicare's "catastrophic" prescription coverage jumped by 85 percent in three years, from $27.7 billion in 2013 to $51.3 billion in 2015, according to the program's...

  • The Telegraph Herald reports that 19- year-old Jamie Nefzger took his Black Angus to the auction ring at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Manchester, Iowa, on Saturday. A letter was read aloud about the June 24 death of his 13- year-old cousin, Anna Nefzger, and stated that the proceeds would go toward the scholarship. "I wanted to do something for her," Jamie...

  • PHILADELPHIA— Facing hotel bills running into the thousands of dollars, some delegates to the Democratic National Convention are planning to do like college students on spring break and squeeze as many people into a room as they can. Nicole Lutkemuller, a Bernie Sanders delegate from Tahoma, California, said her two-bed room at the Marriott Hotel Philadelphia...

  • MUSCATINE, Iowa _ HNI Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $29 million. On a per-share basis, the Muscatine, Iowa-based company said it had profit of 64 cents. For the current quarter ending in October, HNI expects its per-share earnings to range from 90 cents to 95 cents.

  • BOSTON— A court hearing for two Iowa men accused of making online threats against the Pokemon World Championships in Boston last year has been postponed. Kevin Norton, of Ames, and James Stumbo, of Boone, were scheduled to appear in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday. The hearing was postponed until Thursday after lawyers and a prosecutor had several sidebar...