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California objects to Berkshire Hathaway's sale of insurer

Oct. 17, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — California regulators are objecting to Berkshire Hathaway's sale of one of its smaller insurance companies, but they may not have much of an argument. The California Department of Insurance said Thursday it is "disturbed" that the sale of Applied Underwriters moved forward without its...

Slowing economy, trade wars, drag on US rail companies

Oct. 17, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The slowing economy and ongoing trade disputes are dragging railroad profits down in the second half of the year. Two railroads, Union Pacific and CSX, have reported declining profit and revenue this week as they hauled less grain, imported goods and other products. Union Pacific's...

2 deaths near military base investigated as murder-suicide

Oct. 9, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — Court records show the shooting deaths last month of a Nebraska airman and his wife are being investigated as a murder-suicide. The Omaha World-Herald reports that an affidavit for a search of the home of Sgt. Zachary Firlik and his wife, Kari McManigal Firlik, says their bodies were...

Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes

Oct. 5, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an...

Critics uneasy as federal meat inspectors face work overload

Sep. 29, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — At eight months pregnant, government food inspector Rosalie Arriaga was scheduled in March 2018 to handle twice her normal workload at the meat processing plants she was assigned to cover. It was her third straight week of double coverage, according to agency schedules given to the...

Water levels rise again along the Missouri River

Sep. 24, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Water levels are rising again along the Missouri River after recent heavy rain, although none of the flooding is expected to be severe. The National Weather Service is predicting moderate flooding in St. Joseph, Missouri, where the river is expected to crest Tuesday night at a level...

Third round of flooding in 2019 likely along Missouri River

Sep. 16, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the record set during the historic 2011 flood, and another round of flooding is expected this week after unusually heavy rains upstream, federal officials said. Heavy rains dumped more than four times what...

Rains change planned water releases into Missouri River

Sep. 13, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water to be released into the lower Missouri River will change in the coming days to accommodate recent heavy rains in the Upper Plains. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release Friday that water releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota...

Union Pacific railroad trims volume outlook for rest of 2019

Sep. 4, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific expects to haul less freight in the second half of the year than it previously predicted, which isn't a good sign for the economy. The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Wednesday that the volume of cars, construction materials, grain and imported goods it will haul in the...

Midwest states seek to fix Missouri River flood bottlenecks

Aug. 27, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

JEFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After a year of devasting flooding, several Midwestern states are joining together to try to identify bottlenecks along the Missouri River that can cause waters to back up and worsen flooding in certain areas. Officials in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska teamed up to submit a...