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Jan 21, 2014

Shooting at Indiana’s Purdue University leaves one dead, man in custody

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – One person was shot to death on the campus of Indiana’s Purdue University on Tuesday, and a male suspect was in custody, authorities said.

The shooting took place around noon local time (1800 GMT) in a basement classroom of the university’s electrical engineering building. The shooter seemed to have had only the victim as his intended target, leaving the building immediately after the shooting, said Purdue University Police Chief John Cox.

Jan 21, 2014

Deadly U.S. plant accidents under investigation in two states

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A day after four workers died in two plant accidents in Nebraska and Oklahoma, authorities sought to determine what triggered the incidents while trying to recover the body of one victim trapped in the rubble, officials said Tuesday.

Two people died and 10 were injured Monday morning in Omaha, Nebraska, when the second floor of an animal feed plant collapsed. In Madill, Oklahoma, two workers died when a large industrial furnace exploded at a steel plant Monday afternoon.

Jan 16, 2014

Organic food and farm groups ask Obama to require GMO food labels

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Four U.S. lawmakers joined with more than 200 food companies, organic farming groups, health and environment organizations and other groups on Thursday to urge President Barack Obama to require manufacturers to label food products that contain genetically engineered ingredients.

The groups delivered a letter to the president dated January 16 reminding Obama of a campaign pledge the groups said he made in 2007 as he campaigned in Iowa to work to label so-called GMO foods.

Jan 13, 2014

U.S. food makers to seek single federal standard for GMO labeling

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents more than 300 food companies, is preparing a petition to the chief U.S. food safety regulator and a push in Congress to require changes in oversight and labeling of new genetically modified foods, an association leader said Monday.

The double-pronged strategy, which the group expects roll out early this year, is aimed at squelching state-by-state efforts to mandate labeling of foods containing biotech crops, and at the same time setting a standard that among other things would authorize GMO foods to be touted as “natural.”

Jan 8, 2014

Monsanto says biotech wheat moves closer to market

Jan 8 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co, the world’s largest
seed company, said Wednesday it was making good progress on
development of an herbicide-tolerant wheat, pushing what would
be the world’s first biotech wheat a step closer to market.

Monsanto is already a leading developer of biotech corn,
soybeans and other crops and the company has long tried to bring
to market a wheat genetically altered to tolerate spraying of
glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

Jan 8, 2014

Monsanto profit beats expectations, shares jump

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research), the world’s largest seed company, reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Wednesday as higher herbicide sales offset a decline in its corn business.

Analysts lauded the company’s performance, saying it had a good balance of the high-margin herbicide business and advancements in its seed business.

Jan 8, 2014

Monsanto profit beats expectations, herbicide sales rise

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s largest seed company, reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Wednesday as higher herbicide sales offset a decline in sales from its corn portfolio.

Monsanto, a developer of genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops and purveyor of the popular Roundup herbicide, said it was seeing strong early seed orders for spring planting in the United States. It expected its launch of a new biotech soybean to cover about three million acres.

Jan 3, 2014

USDA moves Dow’s GMO Enlist corn and beans closer to approval

Jan 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture said
Friday it was leaning towards a long-awaited approval of Dow
AgroSciences’ genetically altered “Enlist” corn and soybeans
that have been heavily criticized by groups who say they will
harm the environment.

The Enlist seeds are designed to be used in combination with
a new herbicide developed by Dow that combines the weed-killers
2,4-D, known for its use in the Agent Orange defoliant, and
glyphosate.

Dec 18, 2013

Missouri mom charged for topless hot tub photo with teen daughter

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A photo of a topless Missouri mother and her bare-breasted teenage daughter in a hot tub has landed the mother in hot water with the law.

Mari Hieken, of Wentzville, Missouri, has been charged with misdemeanor child endangerment and could face a year in jail after the photo of herself and her 14-year-old daughter circulated on some Internet social media sites, law enforcement officials said.

Dec 18, 2013

U.S. teens smoke more marijuana, but back off other drugs -survey

Dec 18 (Reuters) – U.S. teenagers are smoking more
marijuana, but backing away from other harmful drugs and doing
less binge drinking, according to a report from federal health
researchers released Wednesday.

Easier access to marijuana provided by new state laws
allowing the drug for medical treatment may be a factor,
according to the report from the National Institutes of Health.

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