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Sep 25, 2014

Police chief issues apology over slain black teen in Missouri

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – After weeks of heavy criticism and calls for his ouster, the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, issued a video apology on Thursday to the parents of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot to death by a white police officer last month.

“I want to say this to the Brown family. No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you are feeling,” Chief Tom Jackson said in the video. “I am truly sorry for the loss of your son.”

Sep 24, 2014

Fire at memorial to slain teen, evening violence fuels tensions in Missouri

By Carey Gillam and Eric M. Johnson

(Reuters) – A window was smashed as a crowd filled the streets late on Tuesday evening in Ferguson, Missouri, hours after a fire destroyed a makeshift memorial honoring the black teenager killed last month by a white police officer, officials said.

One window was smashed at a beauty products store and a crowd formed in an area that has seen racially charged protests and bursts of violence after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, State Highway Patrol spokesman Al Nothum said.

Sep 23, 2014

Fire at memorial to slain teen adds to tensions in Ferguson, Missouri

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, faced heightened tensions on Tuesday after an early morning fire destroyed a makeshift memorial honoring the black teenager killed last month by a white police officer.

The memorial for 18-year-old Michael Brown that caught fire was erected in a grassy area alongside the road where Brown died. A larger memorial, which runs down the center lane of the road, was untouched by the fire.

Sep 18, 2014

Despite USDA approval, Dow’s new GMO corn and soybeans face hurdles

Sept 18 (Reuters) – U.S. approval of Dow AgroSciences’ new
genetically-modified corn and soybeans takes the agricultural
giant a step closer to its “most important” product launch ever,
but a series of hurdles remain, the company said on Thursday.

“We sure are aware of the concerns that have been
expressed,” said Dow AgroSciences President Tim Hassinger in an

Sep 17, 2014

USDA grants approval to Dow’s Enlist GMO corn and soybeans

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday gave final approval to new genetically modified corn and soybeans developed by Dow AgroSciences that, while heavily criticized by environmentalists and some farmers, are portrayed by Dow as an answer to weed resistance problems that limit crop production.

Approval of the specialty corn and soybeans to be sold as part of a branded “Enlist Weed Control System” means the traits could be on the market for the 2015 U.S. planting season, according to Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical.

Sep 17, 2014

Cop who killed Missouri teen testifies before grand jury: newspaper

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The Ferguson, Missouri police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager has ignited weeks of protests testified Tuesday before a St. Louis grand jury hearing evidence in the case, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Darren Wilson, who has been in hiding since the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, spent nearly four hours telling his version of events to the 12 members of the grand jury who are weighing possible charges against him, the newspaper said on Wednesday, citing a source.

Sep 16, 2014

St. Louis grand jury term extended as it hears Ferguson evidence

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The St. Louis grand jury hearing evidence in the case of the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last month has been given an extra four months to weigh possible criminal charges against the officer, officials said on Tuesday.

The prosecutor’s office still hopes to conclude its presentation of evidence to the grand jury in October but now has until Jan. 7 to do, said Edward Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

Sep 15, 2014

GMO safety, weed control top concerns as US study kicks off

Sept 15 (Reuters) – Agriculture experts raised a number of
concerns with genetically modified crops, including safety and
spreading weed resistance, at the first public meeting of a a
U.S. government sponsored study of genetically engineered crops
held Monday.

The study, led by the National Research Council (NRC) and
sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, comes
at a time of growing consumer suspicion of genetically modified
crops, which are used in a variety of packaged food products.
Many U.S. states are seeking mandatory labeling of foods with
GMO ingredients, and a growing number of food companies are
offering non-GMO products.

Sep 15, 2014

DuPont to pay $1.85 million fine after herbicide injures trees

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – DuPont will pay a $1.85 million penalty to resolve allegations that the global chemical company did not properly disclose the risks of using one of its herbicides, leading to widespread damage to tree species through several U.S. states.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered DuPont to stop selling the herbicide, Imprelis, in August 2011 after the agency received more than 7,000 reports of tree damage or death tied to its use. Damage to trees, primarily Norway spruce and white pine, was reported throughout Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and several other Midwest states.

Sep 15, 2014

New Yorker Kira Kazantsev ‘Happy’ to be crowned Miss America

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – New Yorker Kira Kazantsev won the coveted 2015 Miss America Pageant crown on Sunday, a “three-peat” for contenders from the Big Apple.

As part of the competition, Kazantsev, 23, sang Pharrell William’s song “Happy”, keeping time by tapping a red plastic cup. She said in a question-and-answer segment that sexual assault in the U.S. military was a problem that needed to be addressed by U.S. lawmakers.

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