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Mar 1, 2014

Exclusive: Fared Adib, senior Sprint executive, departing – memo

By James B. Kelleher and Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Another senior executive is leaving Sprint Corp, the U.S. wireless company that has seen several key leaders exit since it was acquired last year by Japan’s SoftBank Corp (9984.T).

Fared Adib, a 12-year veteran of Sprint who was tapped by SoftBank to lead a new initiative last fall, has resigned from the Overland Park, Kansas-based company, according to an internal memo obtained by Reuters.

Mar 1, 2014

Fared Adib, senior Sprint executive, departing – memo

March 1 (Reuters) – Another senior executive is leaving
Sprint Corp, the U.S. wireless company that has seen
several key leaders exit since it was acquired last year by
Japan’s SoftBank Corp (9984.T).

Fared Adib, a 12-year veteran of Sprint who was tapped by
SoftBank to lead a new initiative last fall, has resigned from
the Overland Park, Kansas-based company, according to an
internal memo obtained by Reuters.

Feb 27, 2014

DuPont Pioneer launches “Encirca” farm data services platform

Feb 27 (Reuters) – DuPont Pioneer, the agricultural seed
unit of DuPont, said on Thursday it was launching a suite
of “whole-farm decision” services aimed at boosting crop
productivity, a line of business many in the agricultural sector
are racing to offer.

The platform of data and technology services, to be called
“Encirca,” will have a dedicated website and a team of about 50
Encirca sales and service agents through key corn- and
soybean-growing areas of the U.S. Midwest, DuPont said.

Feb 27, 2014

Hundreds of foods in U.S. contain ‘ADA’ plastics chemical: report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Nearly 500 foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States, including many foods labeled as “healthy,” contain a potentially hazardous industrial plastics chemical, according to a report issued Thursday by a health research and advocacy group.

Azodicarbonamide, also known as ADA, was found as an ingredient in breads, bagels, tortillas, hamburger and hot dog buns, pizza, pastries, and other food products, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group, based in Washington.

Feb 26, 2014

Killer of Missouri schoolgirl executed after appeals dismissed

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – A Missouri man was executed early on Wednesday for raping and murdering a 15 year-old school girl, authorities said after the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a flurry of petitions seeking a stay.

Michael Taylor died by lethal injection 25 years after he and an accomplice abducted Ann Harrison while she was waiting for a school bus. The two men then raped her and then stuffed her in the trunk of a car where they stabbed her to death.

Feb 26, 2014

Supreme Court refuses to block execution of Missouri teen’s killer

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court late on Tuesday denied an 11th-hour flurry of petitions seeking to stay the execution of convicted killer Michael Taylor, who was slated to die by lethal injection in a Missouri prison shortly after midnight.

Taylor, 47, condemned for the rape and stabbing death of a teenager 25 years ago, would mark Missouri’s 72nd execution since 1976 and the second this year.

Feb 25, 2014

Teen’s killer presses appeals as Missouri prepares his execution

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Missouri officials on Tuesday were fending off a flurry of late appeals from convicted killer Michael Taylor as they prepared for his execution by lethal injection shortly after midnight.

Under the state protocol, 47-year-old Taylor will receive his last meal and be dressed in simple gray pants and a T-shirt and socks before being escorted to the death chamber.

Feb 25, 2014

Anti-GMO crop, pesticide ballot initiative launched in Hawaii

Feb 24 (Reuters) – A citizens’ group on Maui on Monday
launched a petition to allow voters to consider temporarily
suspending production of genetically modified crops (GMOs) on
the Hawaiian island.

The group said its “temporary moratorium initiative” seeks a
suspension until the completion of an environmental and public
health impact study examining the effects of widespread testing
of GMO crops and associated pesticide use.

Feb 24, 2014

U.S. GMO crops show mix of benefits, concerns – USDA report

Feb 24 (Reuters) – After more than 15 years of using
genetically modified crops, U.S. farmers are continuing to see
an array of benefits, but the impacts on the environmental and
on food production are mixed, and high farmer use of a popular
herbicide on GMO crops is a cause for ongoing concern, according
to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“We are not characterizing them (GMO crops) as bad or good.
We are just providing information,” said Michael Livingston, a
government agricultural economist and one of the authors of the
report, prepared by the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

Feb 24, 2014

Looming Missouri execution turns spotlight on lethal injection drugs

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Michael Taylor has been here before.

The 47-year-old convicted murderer due to be executed in Missouri on Wednesday, came within hours of dying in 2006 before a court ordered a stay on concerns about the doctor and the drugs prison officials planned to use.

Now, a team of defense attorneys from Los Angeles to Washington D.C., is again fighting to keep Taylor out of the death chamber. They have filed a flurry of appeals that include attacks on the state for its methodology and secrecy over the lethal injection drugs the state intends to use. The lawyers also argue that Taylor should be serving a life sentence instead of facing death.

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