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  • 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...

  • But the demand for eggs has been stifled because bakeries and companies using powdered eggs in things like pancake mixes learned to cook without as many of them, and countries that stopped accepting eggs from the U.S. last year, including Canada and Mexico, have been slow to resume imports. While wholesale egg prices— a little as 55 cents a dozen in June— are good for...

  • TOKYO, July 15- Japanese aluminium products makers such as UACJ Corp and Kobe Steel are boosting output capacity in the United States in a bid to snare market share as automakers turn to the lighter metal to meet stricter environmental rules. UACJ, Japan's biggest rolled-aluminium products maker, began production of sample aluminium sheets for autos last...

  • TOKYO, July 15- Japanese aluminum products makers such as UACJ Corp and Kobe Steel are boosting output capacity in the United States in a bid to snare market share as automakers turn to the lighter metal to meet stricter environmental rules. UACJ, Japan's biggest rolled-aluminum products maker, began production of sample aluminum sheets for autos last month at...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A political group in swing-state Ohio is using the game "Pokemon Go" for a purpose beyond catching cute Pikachu: registering voters. The Democrat-backed NextGen is dropping "lures," which draw the cartoon monsters hunted by "Pokemon Go" players, at game locations called Pokestops in parks and on campuses in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo,...

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  • DES MOINES, Iowa— More acres of corn and soybeans were planted than initially estimated this year, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to boost the fall harvest expectations for both major crops. The agency said in its monthly update Tuesday that farmers are expected to bring in 14.5 billion bushels of corn, which would break 2014' s record of 14.2 billion...

  • While U.S. corn inventories are expected to balloon above 2 billion bushels by the end of the 2016/ 17 marketing year, soybean stocks should be tighter due to export demand from China and crop problems in South America. Chicago Board of Trade November soybean futures, the most active contract, rose 11 cents to $10.66 a bushel by 10:10 CDT. The most actively traded...

  • CHICAGO, July 11- U.S. corn futures fell on Monday, as investors braced themselves on the eve of a monthly U.S. Department of Agriculture report that analysts expected to project rising domestic corn stockpiles. After the CBOT close, the USDA in its weekly crop report rated 76 percent of the U.S. corn crop in good to excellent condition, up from 75 percent a week...

  • The report came from a global effort called the SENTRY Antimicrobial Surveillance Program, led by Mariana Castanheira of JMI Laboratories based in North Liberty, Iowa. The mcr-1 superbug has been identified over the past six months in farm animals and people in about 20 countries, including China, Germany and Italy. "You can be sure is already in the guts of people...

  • The report came from a global effort called the SENTRY Antimicrobial Surveillance Program, led by Mariana Castanheira of JMI Laboratories based in North Liberty, Iowa. The mcr-1 superbug has been identified over the past six months in farm animals and people in about 20 countries, including China, Germany and Italy. "You can be sure is already in the guts of people...

  • CHICAGO, July 7- U.S. corn futures firmed on Thursday, gaining 1.8 percent on support from a cut to the estimate of the Brazil harvest that sparked hopes of a pick-up in export demand for U.S. supplies for grain, traders said. "Conab was probably the instigator," said Karl Setzer, risk management team leader for MaxYield Cooperative in Iowa. At 9:40 a.m. CDT, Chicago...

  • *USDA to report latest crop condition report on Wednesday. SYDNEY, July 6- U.S corn fell for a fifth consecutive session on Wednesday as favorable weather forecasts added to expectations of bumper supplies. The most actively traded corn futures on the Chicago Board of Trade fell 0.35 percent to $3.56-3/ 4 a bushel after closing down 2.5 percent in the previous...