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Midwest dairy farmers struggle, but West worse


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Upper Midwest dairy farmers struggling through poor economic times say they are not as bad off as their counterparts in Western states.


Dairy cows head for slaughter as milk prices sour


TURLOCK, California (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of America's dairy cows are being turned into hamburgers because milk prices have dropped so low that farmers can no longer afford to feed the animals.


Huge chimp, once a TV commercial star, shot dead after mauling owner’s friend, cornering policeman in squad car


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 200-pound domesticated chimpanzee who once starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola was shot dead by police after a violent rampage that left a friend of its owner badly mauled.


Short trip, long agenda: Obama darts up to Canada

 OTTAWA (AP) — Outside U.S. borders for the first time as president, Barack Obama launched a brisk, closely watched visit Thursday with leaders of Canada, an essential economic ally.


Stocks drift amid mixed economic readings

 NEW YORK (AP) — Investors sat on the sidelines for a second day Thursday as they waited for signals about the direction of the economy.

Economic readings were mixed, offering the market little guidance. The Conference Board's January index of leading economic indicators logged a surprise increase in January, the second straight monthly increase. The index rose 0.4 percent.

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