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National Leader In Manufacturer Highlights Need For Workers, Immigration During Iowa Visit

The head of a U.S. manufacturing group highlighted the need for workers and immigration reform during a visit to Iowa.

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A House subcommittee bill is discussed that would prohibit a person from running as a non-party political organization candidate if they lose a Democratic or Republican primary. Another bill with a similar goal would require candidates from any party to file their nominating papers with the secretary of state on the same date.

When Heinz and Kraft merged in 2015, it created one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, encompassing a who's-who of brands including their namesakes as well as Oscar Mayer, Jell-O, Maxwell House and Planters.

But all is not well with Kraft Heinz Co.

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What if we told you that you could learn a lot about handling adversity from the life of a bug?

Kenneth Frazier, CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck, is set to face senators Tuesday who say drug costs are "sky-high" and "out of control."

But Frazier doesn't need new talking points. Sixty years ago, a different panel of senators grilled a different Merck boss about the same problem.

To a striking degree, the subjects likely to surface Tuesday — high drug prices and profits, limited price transparency, aggressive marketing, alleged patent abuse and mediocre "me-too" drugs — are identical to the issues senators investigated decades ago, historical transcripts show.

Editor's note: This story contains content that may be upsetting to some readers.

Big brands are pulling their ads off YouTube over concerns that potential sexual predators are gathering in the comment sections of videos featuring children. In response, YouTube has deleted more than 400 channels and suspended comments on tens of millions of videos as it tries to purge the system of pedophiles.

A powerful earthquake struck eastern Ecuador early Friday, sending tremors for miles through a sparsely populated area and into neighboring Peru and Colombia. The quake hit at an intermediate depth of about 82 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who is facing international pressure to step down after elections widely seen as rigged, ordered the country's vast border with Brazil to be closed. The move will make it harder for aid groups to get emergency food and medicine into the country.

The U.S. and some other countries have recognized Juan Guaidó, the parliamentary opposition leader, as the legitimate president of Venezuela. Guaidó is embracing the support and has promised to bring in emergency aid to help the poor country.

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The current wave of teacher walkouts started a year ago this week, when educators across West Virginia were out of the classroom for nine days. The movement spread to five more states before the school year was over.

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Chaz Bear (formerly Bundick) was born in Columbia, South Carolina. In the Bundick household, Chaz heard music from many different genres, and he was already playing and recording original compositions in his preteen years. He began forming bands in middle school. Chaz had already released over ten albums as Toro Y Moi on his own before signing with Carpark Records in 2009. His latest album for that label is Outer Peace , written and recorded in the Bay Area after Chaz's return from a one year...

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A House subcommittee bill is discussed that would prohibit a person from running as a non-party political organization candidate if they lose a Democratic or Republican primary. Another bill with a similar goal would require candidates from any party to file their nominating papers with the secretary of state on the same date. Right now Democrats and Republicans file their nominating papers in March, non-party candidates do so in August. Both bills are eligible to move to a full committee....

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