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  • BISMARCK, N.D.— In a story Sept. 23 about the purchase of a ranch near the site of a pipeline protest in North Dakota, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the purchase by Dallas- based Energy Transfer Partners is exempt from the state's law against corporate-owned farms. North Dakota's attorney general has asked Energy Transfer to explain how the land...

  • In the last 13 years, Congress passed major legislation that expanded taxpayer-financed coverage for prescription drugs but lacked explicit mechanisms for dealing with costs, instead relying mainly on market forces. Congress "inadvertently created a situation where price increases are much more rapid," said economist Paul Ginsburg, a Medicare expert who...

  • Findings that the biggest changes were in the Upper Mississippi Valley, northern Great Plains and New England could help focus resources in dealing with a changing climate, said Stacey Archfield, a U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist and one of the study's authors. In weighing the impact climate change is having on flooding, researchers from the Geological...

  • Donald Trump says he saved former Miss Universe Alicia Machado's job by shaming her into losing weight. Trump told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly Wednesday night that he "saved her job because they wanted to fire her for putting on so much weight." Donald Trump wants to know how many Christian conservatives are backing him in Iowa.

  • Sept 27- A U.S. district court judge in Kansas this week said lawsuits brought by U.S. farmers against seed company Syngenta AG over sales of biotech corn seeds not approved for import by China can proceed as a class action, according to a court filing. Judge John Lungstrum certified a nationwide class and statewide classes in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas,...

  • *USDA report shows bean harvest below expectations. SINGAPORE, Sept 27- Chicago soybean futures rose on Tuesday, recovering from last session's over one-week low, as a U.S. government report showed the harvest across the Midwest lagged expectations following heavy rains. Chicago Board of Trade most-active soybean contract had climbed 0.3 percent to $9.48 a...

  • SYDNEY, Sept 27- U.S. soybean prices rose for the first time in three sessions on Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the pace of harvesting was behind analyst expectations. *Heavy showers in recent days waterlogged fields in parts of northern Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Rivers flooded in parts of Iowa, forcing corn and soy processors to shut...

  • NEW YORK— American Express did not violate antitrust laws by barring merchants from asking customers to use one credit card over another and steering consumers to another form of payment, a federal appeals court said Monday. To do so, it said, likely would increase the market shares of Visa and MasterCard at the expense of American Express, whose card members tend...

  • WASHINGTON— More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director. David Young, R- Iowa, the bill's sponsor, said a veteran in his district told him he repeatedly received...

  • Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures also were lower as investors squared positions ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's quarterly grain stocks report due on Friday. Heavy showers in recent days waterlogged fields in parts of northern Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Rivers flooded in parts of Iowa, forcing corn and soy processors to shut down in Cedar...

  • *Corn down on harvest, wheat weak depite India, Egypt demand. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Sept 26- Chicago soybean futures edged down on Monday to trade near a one-week low as weather forecasts suggested conditions would be dry enough this week to let farmers make headway in gathering what is tipped to be a record U.S. crop. Wheat tracked corn lower as it lacked impetus in the...

  • CHICAGO, Sept 26- The U.S. Justice Department is looking into concerns that global consolidation among major seed and agricultural chemical companies may squeeze supplies of the building blocks for widely used genetically modified seeds, a farm group told Reuters. The department has asked the American Soybean Association for details about how small and...

  • *Chicago soybeans edge up after 2.2- pct fall on Friday. SINGAPORE, Sept 26- Chicago soybean prices edged up on Monday, recovering from their lowest in more than a week hit earlier in the session on forecasts of dry weather that is expected to help harvesting of a record U.S. crop. Chicago Board of Trade's most-active soybean contract had risen 0.3 percent to $9.58-1/...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 23- The Electronic Payments Association, the administrator of the Automated Clearing House network, announced on Friday the launch of the first phase of same-day payments and settlements for U.S. banks. The new rules could have an impact on how consumers and more than 80 percent of the country's nearly 28 million businesses move some $40 trillion...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— The company developing the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline has purchased a portion of a historic North Dakota ranch where a violent protest occurred earlier this month due to what tribal officials said was construction crews destroying burial and cultural sites. Morton County records show Dallas- based Energy Transfer Partners...

  • HOUSTON— A supplier of cookie dough that Blue Bell Creameries is blaming for possible listeria contamination of some ice cream says the product tested negative for the pathogen before being sent to the Texas- based company. In a statement Thursday, Iowa- based Aspen Hills said the "positive listeria results were obtained by Blue Bell only after our product had...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Sept 22- Aboriginal tribes from Canada and the northern United States signed a treaty on Thursday to jointly fight proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude from Alberta's oil sands, saying further development would damage the environment. The move came as Native American tribes on Thursday took their fight to Washington to stop...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 22- Native American tribes took their fight to Washington on Thursday to stop development of a $3.7 billion oil pipeline, as Democrats in the U.S. Congress urged the federal government to scrap construction permits and reconsider the project. Representative Raul Grijalva, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives Natural...

  • WASHINGTON— Mylan CEO Heather Bresch infuriated lawmakers as she tried— and mostly failed— to explain steep cost increases of her company's life-saving EpiPens. Outraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday grilled Bresch about the emergency allergy shot's sky-high price and the profits for a company with sales in excess of $11 billion.

  • Diplodia, which causes a whitish mold between kernels, is common in corn but its emergence this year appears to be more severe than normal, particularly in central Illinois and western Ohio following rainy summer weather, agronomists in those states said. The fungus has also emerged in parts of Missouri, Iowa and Indiana. It's serious money, "said John Werries, who...