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Dec 5, 2014

March seeks justice for black Missouri teen killed by police

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Activists protesting police treatment of black Americans neared the end of a 120-mile (190-km) march from Ferguson to the Missouri governor’s mansion on Friday, concluding a “journey for justice” tied to the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

A cold rain fell on about 120 marchers, a group that included children and adults from a mixture of racial backgrounds, as they neared the state capital in Jefferson City. The march, which began Nov. 29, was organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and has been reminiscent of the civil rights marches of the 1960s.

Dec 2, 2014

Missouri governor says National guard scaling back, monitoring unrest

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The Missouri National Guard is starting to scale back its presence in the St. Louis area as angry protests over the lack of an indictment in the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager ease, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said on Tuesday.

Nixon said the guard had completed its duties within the city of St. Louis but continued to support law enforcement agencies in Ferguson and other areas of St. Louis County. He said there were some 1,200 troops still stationed in the St. Louis area on Tuesday.

Dec 2, 2014

Despite Obama promises, Ferguson protesters say more change needed

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A pledge by President Barack Obama to address race-related problems between police and minorities falls far short of what is needed, and nationwide demonstrations tied to the police shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown will continue to grow, several protest leaders said on Tuesday.

“We’re going to continue to take to the streets, we’re going to continue to disrupt the daily order … until something really really happens for the people in our communities, until we see some meaningful reform,” Phillip Agnew, a leader with the Dream Defenders youth activist group, said in a conference call with reporters.

Nov 30, 2014

Qatar court overturns conviction of U.S. parents in death of adopted girl

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – An appeals court in Qatar on Sunday overturned the convictions of a Los Angeles couple who were sentenced to three years in jail for the death of their adopted African-born daughter, but the government was refusing to let the couple leave the country, a spokesman for the family said.

Matthew and Grace Huang were trying to return to the United States after the tribunal found the lower court had made numerous errors, family spokesman Eric Volz told Reuters. But as soon as they arrived at the airport in Doha, their passports were seized and they were told a new arrest warrant had been issued for them, Volz said.

Nov 26, 2014

Angry outbursts in Ferguson overwhelm organized protests

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON/KANSAS CITY, MO. (Reuters) – Angry over the shooting of Michael Brown, thousands of people in August took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, with the hope the policeman who shot the unarmed black teenager would be charged.

This week, the protests have become more violent and less organized as that hope has soured into bitterness over a grand jury’s decision not to indict the policeman, Darren Wilson.

Nov 25, 2014

Vote tally too close, recount ordered on Oregon GMO labeling

Nov 25 (Reuters) – The final vote tally on an Oregon ballot
measure that would require labeling of foods made with
genetically modified ingredients was so close that state
officials are doing a recount, a spokesman for the state said on
Tuesday.

Final results show the Oregon measure losing by 812 votes
out of a total of more than 1.5 million votes, according to the
Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

Nov 19, 2014

Supreme Court rejects stay for Missouri execution

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a stay of execution for a Kansas City man convicted of killing a gas station attendant in front of the man’s stepdaughter 20 years ago.

Leon Taylor, 56, is scheduled to be put to death at 1:01 a.m. ET Wednesday for shooting Robert Newton, 53, during a robbery at an Independence, Missouri, gas station in 1994.

Nov 18, 2014

Missouri set to execute man who killed gas station attendant

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri officials on Tuesday were preparing to execute a Kansas City man convicted of killing a gas station attendant in front of the man’s stepdaughter 20 years ago.

Leon Taylor, 56, is scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. CST Wednesday for shooting to death Robert Newton, 53, during a robbery at an Independence, Missouri, gas station in 1994. Taylor shot Newton in the head as Newton’s 8-year-old stepdaughter watched. She testified that Taylor had tried to shoot her as well but the gun jammed.

Nov 17, 2014

Armyworm resistance to GMO crops seen in U.S. -study

Nov 17 (Reuters) – Crop-devouring armyworms are showing
increasing resistance in some U.S. farm fields to a popular type
of genetically modified crop that should kill them, scientists
said on Monday.

The evolution of insect resistance “is a great threat” long-
term to the sustainability of the GMO crop biotechnology that
has become a highly valued tool for many U.S. farmers, according
to Fangneng Huang, an entomologist at Louisiana State University
(LSU) and lead researcher for a three-year study.

Nov 13, 2014

Limited GMO crop launch is ‘unique’ reaction to China: Dow official

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Dow AgroSciences’ decision to severely restrict U.S. introduction of its Enlist genetically modified crops and herbicide – billed as the company’s most important product launch ever – came after extensive talks with U.S. grain leaders who fear roiling trade with China, a company executive said Thursday.

The deep involvement of the grain industry in defining a GMO crop launch and the controls on that launch underscore the lengths U.S. companies are going to avoid angering China.

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