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  • The billionaire refused to participate in the debate out of anger that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was a moderator. Last-minute phone calls with Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes failed to resolve their dispute, which broke out just days before next week's Iowa caucuses, the first nominating contest for the Nov. 8 presidential election. On Friday, Trump defended his...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A Minnesota businessman whose construction company has built many of the nation's ethanol plants received state sales tax incentives Friday to complete construction on a previously idled project in southwest Iowa. Iowa leads the way with nearly 3.8 billion, followed by Nebraska's 1.8 billion gallons and Illinois' 1.5 billion gallons.

  • But CNN said the debate was still rated more highly than coverage of a rally at the same time that was hosted by Trump, who boycotted the Fox News event in a fight with the network. Citing early data from measurement company Nielsen, CNN said the Fox News debate in Iowa on Thursday had a household rating of 8.4, beating only an earlier debate on the less-prominent Fox...

  • An absent Trump won this debate: Why Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 11:42 AM ET
    Donald Trump speaks at a veteran's rally in Des Moines, Iowa January 28, 2016.

    By missing the GOP debate, Donald Trump was spared all but glancing blows from those battling to catch up.

  • UPDATE 1-Trump skips debate, wins on social media Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 11:08 AM ET

    Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush also gained traction on Google. Trump boycotted the event after Fox News refused to yield to his demand that network anchor Megyn Kelly be replaced as a moderator. After Fox News issued a sarcastic news release about the contretemps,...

  • Trump won the GOP debate. Who came in second? Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 11:06 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a veteran's rally in Des Moines, Iowa January 28, 2016.

    Even though he wasn't physically at the debate, Donald Trump still won, explains GOP strategist Sara Fagen.

  • WASHINGTON— Republican presidential contenders let fly with some inaccuracies when they badmouthed the Obama administration on health care, military readiness and pay for construction workers in their latest debate. And from his own event a few miles away in Des Moines Iowa, debate no-show Donald Trump greatly exaggerated the U.S. trade deficit with China.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 28- In the two weeks since bird flu reappeared in Indiana, U.S. veterinarians have swabbed the mouths of chickens and turkeys across the country, racing to uncover any more infections and contain the virus before it causes mass death and damage like last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed on Jan. 15 that a turkey flock in Dubois County,...

  • The Bern isn't feeling Microsoft Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 10:55 AM ET
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally on Jan. 27, 2016, in Mason City, Iowa.

    The Iowa caucuses are headed to the cloud — but one candidate isn't too happy about it.

  • West Bancorp posts 4Q profit Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 10:37 AM ET

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa _ West Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $5.9 million. West Bancorp shares have decreased 10 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: West Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • Man charged with seed corn theft conspiracy pleads guilty Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 6:01 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— A naturalized U.S. citizen from China entered a plea agreement with federal prosecutors Wednesday, admitting he participated in a conspiracy to steal seed corn from U.S. companies. Mo Hailong, a lawful and permanent resident of the United States, was living in Florida when he was arrested in December 2013. He is accused of traveling to the Midwest...

  • Chris Christie took stock of problems around the state and saw a big one on the beach: Atlantic City. So he dove in headfirst, unleashing a torrent of initiatives aimed at getting Atlantic City back on its feet. Some of Christie's moves have worked— to a degree— but many have not, and the Republican presidential candidate running on his record of leadership in New...

  • SAN JUAN, Jan 27- U.S. Senate Democrats, in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on Wednesday called for congressional action on Puerto Rico, demanding that legislation to resolve the island's financial crisis include tools to restructure debt. Republican Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Chuck Grassley of Iowa last month...

  • SAN JUAN, Jan 27- U.S. Senate Democrats, in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on Wednesday called for congressional action on Puerto Rico, demanding that legislation to resolve the island's financial crisis include tools to restructure debt. Republican Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Chuck Grassley of Iowa last month...

  • Nexstar to buy Media General as Meredith agrees to bow out Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 10:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Nexstar said Wednesday that it is buying rival TV station operator Media General after Meredith agreed to allow Media General to get out of a takeover bid for Meredith. Media General had offered to buy media company Meredith in September. As a result, Media General will have to pay $60 million in cash to Meredith Corp. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, Meredith...

  • Meredith Corp. tops 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 9:11 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa _ Meredith Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $32.5 million. For the current quarter ending in April, Meredith Corp. expects its per-share earnings to be 71 cents. Meredith Corp. shares have declined 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Trump bows out of GOP debate Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 7:08 AM ET
    Trump bows out of GOP debate

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports on Donald Trump's decision to skip the Republican debate.

  • Trump dumps Fox debate Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 6:18 AM ET
    Trump dumps Fox debate

    Politico's Ben White says Donald Trump's decision to skip the Republican debate could backfire on the presidential candidate.

  • *Russia may curb grain exports as local meat prices rise. CHICAGO, Jan 26- Chicago Board of Trade wheat prices climbed to a one-month high Tuesday on chart-based buying and fund short-covering as the market digested news that Russia might limit grain exports, traders said. At the CBOT, March wheat settled up 3-1/ 4 cents at $4.84-3/ 4 per bushel after reaching $4.88-1/...

  • *Russia may curb grain exports as local meat prices rise. CHICAGO, Jan 26- Chicago Board of Trade wheat prices climbed to a one-month high Tuesday on chart-based buying and fund short-covering as the market digested news that Russia might limit grain exports, traders said. At the CBOT as of 12:06 p.m. CST, March wheat was up 7 cents at $4.88-1/ 2 per bushel, its highest...