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  • As race sharpens, Clinton releases document trove Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 3:55 PM ET
    Democratic Presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls for an end to the Cuban trade embargo as she gives a policy speech at the Florida International University on July 31, 2015 in Miami, Florida.

    The State Department made public new swaths of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails, while her campaign released a letter from her doctor about her health.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 1- Vice President Joe Biden, inspired in part by his late son, has been holding meetings at his Washington home to discuss challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Times columnist Maureen Dowd also said Biden, 72, has been "having meetings at his Washington residence to...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 1- Vice President Joe Biden, inspired in part by his late son, has been holding meetings at his Washington home to discuss challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, The New York Times reported on Saturday. The 72- year-old vice president has been having meetings at his Washington residence to explore the idea of...

  • Gas tax increases by 7 cents in Washington state Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 1:28 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash— The price of gas may be going down nationally, but Washington drivers— already paying above the national average— may see even higher prices at the pump following Saturday's 7- cent- per-gallon increase in the state's gas tax. With state gas taxes now up to 44.5 cents a gallon, adding in the current federal gas tax of 18.4 cents, the total per gallon gas...

  • Some Midwest farmers' crops falter in record rains Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    The 48- year-old central Indiana farmer can't recall anything like the deluges he's seen from late May on this summer; the latest was a 4- inch downpour a week ago. It's a scene playing out in Illinois and Indiana, both of which set rainfall records for June, and four other key farm states. The Midwestern Regional Climate Center in Champaign, Illinois, is looking into...

  • Within a three-hour period Friday, the State Department made public more than 2,200 pages of emails sent from Clinton's personal account, her campaign released a letter from her personal doctor about her health and she unveiled eight years of tax returns. Meanwhile, Clinton herself was campaigning at the annual meeting of the National Urban League and...

  • GRAINS-Soybean, corn futures fall; wheat mixed Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 3:18 PM ET

    CHICAGO, July 31- Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell on Friday, pressured by profit-taking and the cancellation of an export deal with China, traders said. "The weather so far is non-threatening," said Don Roose, president of brokerage U.S. Commodities in West Des Moines, Iowa. Chicago Board of Trade August soybeans settled down 9-1/ 2 cents at $9.80-3/ 4 a...

  • CHICAGO, July 31- Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell on Friday, pressured by profit taking and the cancellation of an export deal with China, traders said. "The weather so far is non threatening," said Don Roose, president of brokerage U.S. Commodities in West Des Moines, Iowa. Chicago Board of Trade August soybeans were down 6 cents at $9.84-1/ 4 a bushel at...

  • NewLink reports 2Q loss Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 7:06 AM ET

    AMES, Iowa _ NewLink Genetics Corp. on Friday reported a loss of $14.1 million in its second quarter. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 64 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $5.6 million.

  • NEW YORK— In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the "really good people" to return. Deporting them all "is impractical and is opposed by a large majority of Americans," said Clint Bolick, an Arizona...

  • LAS VEGAS— Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas have agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution. Some $1.5 million of the funds from NV Energy and the California Department of Water Resources are earmarked for a...

  • Meredith Corp. tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa _ Meredith Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $42.6 million. Meredith Corp. expects full-year earnings to be $2.90 to $3.25 per share. Meredith Corp. shares have fallen 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • American Equity beats Street 2Q forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    WEST DEMOINES, Iowa _ American Equity Investment Life Holding Co. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $82.8 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 60 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $406.6 million.

  • The news comes a year after the Iowa Board of Regents and Deloitte Consulting LLP said the universities could save $16 million to $40 million over the next two years by negotiating joint contracts for goods and services with lower prices. Mark Braun, a University of Iowa administrator leading the effort to find efficiencies at the three schools, conceded...

  • The order signed Tuesday instructs the government to return Mo Yun's passport and immediately stop "all court-directed electronic monitoring," meaning she can return to China. Investigators allege that Mo helped her brother and five other Chinese nationals working for subsidiaries of Beijing- based DBN Group steal patented corn seed to reproduce its...

  • NEW YORK, July 29- When Matt and Jen Osmun opened their vape shop in Bethel, Connecticut, last December, they didn't expect to get a boost from the local medical marijuana outlet. "Sales are going really well, and getting better every month," said Jen Osmun, who started the business with her husband, a former plumber, after he was injured in an accident.

  • Heartland Express tops 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 3:39 PM ET

    NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa _ Heartland Express Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $23.3 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 25 cents per share. Heartland Express shares have decreased 26 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers. Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri lost the most birds.

  • *Corn flat amid improving crop conditions. WINNIPEG, Manitoba, July 28- Chicago soybean and wheat futures bounced on Tuesday, rising on bargain-buying and short-covering after recent lows, while corn was steady. The USDA said 62 percent of the U.S. soybean crop was in good to excellent condition, same as last week but below the previous year's 71 percent.

  • The Education Department confirmed Tuesday that it would conduct a limited pilot program to give prisoners access to the Pell grants. The official announcement was scheduled for Friday, when Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch visit the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland. The prison has a partnership...