Tyson wins bidding war to gobble up Hillshire

Tyson had been vying with rival poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride for Hillshire, which wrapped up its bidding process Sunday. Tyson ended up raising its offer to $63 per share.

Company creates blanket for tornado protection

The Bodyguard Blanket, made by ProTecht, is a bulletproof pad designed to protect students during disasters at school. The 5/16-inch thick rectangle features backpack-like straps that allow users to put it on, and then duck and cover.

Two police officers, 3 others dead in Las Vegas shooting

Two police officers were having lunch at a strip mall pizza buffet when a man and a woman fatally shot them in a point-blank ambush, then fled to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said.

Man attacks outside Ga. courthouse, wounds deputy

A man wielding an assault rifle, explosives and supplies to take hostages opened fire outside a Georgia courthouse Friday, wounding a deputy before he was killed in a shootout with officers, authorities said.

Minnesota teen spending a year of nights outside

Seventeen-year-old Rudy Hummel hasn’t let one of the coldest winters in decades, drenching rain or clouds of mosquitoes prevent him from sleeping outside every night for a full year.

Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fargo, challenges both North Dakota’s constitutional ban on gay marriage and its refusal to recognize marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed in other states. That means cases are currently pending in all 31 states with gay marriage bans.

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Woman sues after STD diagnosis posted on Facebook

An Ohio woman whose medical record was posted to Facebook — revealing her name and a syphilis diagnosis — has sued the hospital where she was treated and the worker accused of accessing her file.

Engineer’s ‘switch from hell’ began GM recall woes

Engineers knew about switch problems as early as 2004 when a Cobalt stalled on a GM test track when the driver’s knee grazed the key fob. By GM’s admission, the defective switches caused over 50 crashes and at least 13 deaths.

Stock market heads higher after jobs report

The stock market headed higher in early Friday trading following news that U.S. employers added workers at a good clip for the fourth month in a row. Hertz plunged after saying it would need to restate three years of its financial results because of accounting errors.

Officials: Concern for Bergdahl led to secrecy

Fears the Taliban might kill Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if word leaked that he was being exchanged for five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees drove the Obama administration not to notify Congress in advance about the deal, according to congressional and administration officials.

‘Heroes’ helped stop gunman at Seattle university

When a lone gunman armed with a shotgun at a small Seattle university stopped firing at students to reload, another student pepper-sprayed him and subdued him with the help of others and prevented more deaths, police said.