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Bird flu found in 5 more northwest Iowa poultry farms

- Associated Press

The deadly bird flu virus was found in an egg-laying flock with 3.7 million chickens in northwest Iowa in addition to four more poultry farms, state agriculture officials said Monday.

In this Jan.18, 2007 file photo, Mark Schutter, former Larned State Hospital superintendent, stands in one of the rooms of the sexual preditors unit in Larned, Kan. At a time when Kansas legislators are seeking to find a mix of cuts and tax increases to fill  budget shortfalls, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has recommended increasing funds for the sexual predator program despite criticism over costs and effectiveness. (Mike Hutmacher/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Kansas faces criticism for cost of sex offender program

- Associated Press

Kansas is among a number of states facing questions about whether its program that commits sex offenders to involuntary treatment rehabilitates them or, as critics claim, merely warehouses them indefinitely due to public safety concerns.

This undated photo provided by Joseph L. Murphy shows chickens in an Iowa chicken house. Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States, with the virus confirmed in the animals in 10 states. While it is not the first time bird flu has surfaced, this is the first time a widespread outbreak that's affected millions of commercially raised chickens and turkeys. (Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association via AP)

An explanation of wild birds' role in avian flu outbreak

- Associated Press

Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States. The H5N2 virus has cost Midwestern turkey and chicken producers more than 13 million birds since early March, including several new cases announced in Iowa and Minnesota on Monday. Here are some questions and answers about how wild birds remain healthy even when carrying and spreading the virus.

NC senators won't try to stop mental health property sale

- Associated Press

Republican senators announced Monday they will no longer try to stop the sale of more than 300 acres of state land to Raleigh to build a regional park, saying their biggest concerns about the pending deal have been addressed by the governor's office.

Correction: Bratwurst Recall story

Associated Press

In an April 24 story about a bratwurst recall, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the company involved, North Clay Packing Co., is in Springfield, Illinois. The company is in Louisville, Illinois. In addition, the AP, relying on information from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, reported erroneously that the bratwurst was sold in Coles County. The product was sold in Clay County.

Source of Ohio botulism cases likely was potato salad

Associated Press

Health officials say the likely source of the botulism outbreak that killed one person and sickened many others at an Ohio church potluck dinner was home-canned potatoes used in a potato salad.

In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 photo, men on a motorbike rush a man who was injured during a crossfire between tribal fighters and Shiite militia known as Houthis, to a hospital, in Taiz, Yemen. The fighting in Taiz between government forces and rebels was heaviest around government and security buildings in the city center, killing some 20 civilians and wounding dozens more, they said, adding that indiscriminately fired mortar rounds hit several private residences and landed near a hospital at one point. (AP Photo/Abdulnasser Alseddik)

Yemen's exiled government declares 3 disaster zones

- Associated Press

Yemen's exiled government on Monday declared three areas in the country engulfed in fighting between Shiite rebels, their allies and pro-government forces as "disaster" zones, including the southern port city of Aden, and said that the last month of violence has claimed 1,000 civilian lives.