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Dec 12, 2013

Missouri killer’s execution to proceed after U.S. Supreme Court lifts stay

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted a last-minute stay of execution for a Missouri man convicted of killing a motorist who offered a ride in 1994, clearing the way for the state to put the inmate to death.

Allen Nicklasson, 41, will be executed before midnight central time, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office said.

Dec 11, 2013

Missouri awaits U.S. Supreme Court ruling on execution

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Missouri was set on Wednesday to put to death a man convicted in the 1994 murder of a motorist who stopped to assist him, should the U.S. Supreme Court lift a last-minute stay before a 24-hour warrant for his execution expires, officials said.

The execution of Allen Nicklasson, 41, which was scheduled for early on Wednesday, was ordered stayed by an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel to hear further arguments, such as ineffective lawyers at trial and in earlier appeals.

Dec 10, 2013

Monsanto deal with Novozymes aims to accelerate new crop products

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s largest seed company, said Tuesday that a deal with Danish company Novozymes to form a long-term research and development alliance should accelerate the release of microbial-based products designed to improve crop production.

The news helped to lightly lift shares in St. Louis-based Monsanto, and analysts said while the biological work is not likely to offer a near-term revenue boost, it does hold long-term promise.

Dec 10, 2013

Snow blankets U.S. East; Washington offices, many schools closed

Dec 10 (Reuters) – Fresh winter snow moved into the U.S.
mid-Atlantic region on Tuesday, shutting schools and offices in
the nation’s capital and elsewhere as the mid-section of the
country remained in the grip of Arctic air that showed no signs
of easing.

From 2 to 8 inches (5.1 cm to 20.3 cm) of snow was forecast
to fall from northern Virginia, across Maryland, Pennsylvania,
Delaware and into southern New England, Brian Korty,
meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a
forecast.

Dec 10, 2013

Cold, ice grip U.S. as more snow to blanket East

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A deadly winter storm kept a tight grip on much of the United States on Monday as cold, snow and ice spread across the East Coast, snarling traffic and knocking out power to thousands.

As much as 5 inches of snow were forecast for Monday night into Tuesday and much of the area from Virginia to coastal New England were under winter weather advisories, the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a forecast.

Dec 9, 2013

Record cold, ice grip U.S.; snow heads East

Dec 9 (Reuters) – A massive winter storm that drove parts of
the southern United States into a deep freeze over the weekend
kept a tight grip on the region on Monday, while bitter
temperatures, snow and ice spread through the East Coast.

Northern Maryland received 7 to 10 inches of snow over the
weekend, while central and eastern Pennsylvania got 4 to 10
inches, and parts of New York received up to 10 inches through
Monday morning, according to the weather service.

Dec 9, 2013

Bitter cold, ice slam U.S. East Coast; South still freezing

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A massive winter storm that drove parts of the southern United States into a deep freeze over the weekend kept a tight grip on the region on Monday while bitter temperatures, snow and ice spread through the East Coast.

The brutal storm pummeled the East with snow, sleet and freezing rain from Baltimore to north of Portland, Maine, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Dec 3, 2013

Dying Iowa inmate, sentenced to life at 15, granted parole

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A terminally ill Iowa inmate, who was only 15 when she was sentenced to life in prison for murdering an elderly relative, is being paroled, authorities said on Tuesday.

The Iowa Parole Board decision allows the cancer stricken Kristina Fetters, now 33, to become the first Iowa inmate serving a life term without possibility of parole to have her sentence altered following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year making life without parole unconstitutional for juveniles.

Dec 1, 2013

The votes are in – Washington’s panda cub named Bao Bao

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – In a ceremony fitting royalty, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington said on Sunday it was naming a rare, female giant panda cub “Bao Bao,” after a public online vote that drew more than 123,000 submissions.

Bao Bao (rhyming with Pow Pow) translates as precious or treasure in English, the zoo said. It was one of five Mandarin Chinese names offered in the online vote that ran from November 5 to November 22. Other options included Ling Hua, meaning a darling, delicate flower; and Mulan, a smart and brave Chinese warrior. The zoo said it had received 123,039 votes.

Nov 20, 2013

Staff, counsel to Warren Commission stand by JFK findings

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Richard Mosk knows they got it right.

Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, he and others who worked on the Warren Commission, the government’s probe of the shooting, say they have become inured to the seemingly endless stream of conspiracy theories.

“It’s natural that an event like this would cause skepticism and suspicions, especially in light of what has come out about our government,” said Mosk, 74, who was a newly minted lawyer in his mid-20s when he was hired as a researcher for the commission.

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