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Sep 27, 2015

Record number of guns found in U.S. airport searches -TSA

Sept 27 (Reuters) – U.S. airport security agents discovered
a record 67 firearms in luggage passengers intended to carry on
to airplanes during one week in September, according to the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Of the 67 firearms found during the week ended Sept. 17, 56
were loaded and 26 had a round in the chamber, the TSA reported.
The tally set a new weekly record. The prior record was 65
firearms found during a week in May 2013, TSA said.

Sep 27, 2015

Police seek motive in deadly shooting rampage in California

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Police in Banning, California on Sunday were trying to determine why a man went on a violent rampage that left one and possibly two people dead and at least two others injured.

Banning police officials said they had in custody a man who fitted the description of the suspect in a series of shootings and assaults that began Saturday morning. Police have not identified him.

Sep 24, 2015

Exclusive – Pivoting after failed Syngenta bid, Monsanto to build big data business

CHICAGO/KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – With its shares trading at three-year-lows since it abandoned a $46 billion bid to buy Syngenta AG last month, Monsanto Co plans to offer its shareholders a new corporate vision: a future in big data.

Monsanto (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research) executives are seeking to reposition the company as a business built on data science and services, as well as its traditional chemicals, seeds and genetic traits operations, chief technology officer Robert T. Fraley told Reuters in an interview.

Sep 24, 2015

Exclusive: Pivoting after Failed Syngenta Bid, Monsanto Will Focus on Big Data

CHICAGO AND KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – With its shares trading at three-year-lows since it abandoned a $46 billion bid to buy Syngenta AG last month, Monsanto Co. plans to offer worried shareholders a new corporate vision: a future in big data.

Monsanto (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) executives are repositioning the company as a business built on data science and services, not just chemicals, seeds and genetic traits, Monsanto’s chief technology officer Robert T. Fraley told Reuters. The company’s top executives are sketching plans now, briefing top shareholders at all ahead of a November investor meeting at the company’s St. Louis headquarters.

Sep 22, 2015

Herbicide scrutiny mounts as resistant weeds spread in U.S.

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Concerns about the world’s most popular herbicide continue to mount, as U.S. agricultural experts note spreading weed resistance to glyphosate.As the key ingredient in Monsanto Co’s Roundup herbicide products as well as about 700 other products, glyphosate is widely used on farms as well as residential lawns.

But the chemical has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years in part because scientists and environmentalists have warned that weed resistance to glyphosate has become a significant problem that impacts crop production.

Sep 17, 2015

Missouri man charged with fatally shooting three, including toddler

By Carey Gillam

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Kansas City man was charged Thursday with shooting to death his former girlfriend, the woman’s 1-year-old son and a male friend after the woman threw a box of diapers at him during an argument, prosecutors said.

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office charged Joseph Nelson with three counts of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary in connection with the crimes. The victims were identified as 17-year-old Bianca Fletcher, her son, Joseph, and an 18-year-old male named Shannon Rollins.

Sep 15, 2015

Market turbulence or not, North American investors plow into farm tech

WINNIPEG/KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – North American investors are pouring money into agriculture technology despite turbulent financial and commodity markets, as cutting-edge advances that enhance farm production bring opportunities for profits.

Investment in this technology, which spans plant and soil technology to drones, amounted to $2.06 billion in the first half of 2015, on pace to smash last year’s record $2.36 billion, according to AgFunder, which matches startups with investors.

Sep 14, 2015

Broad change needed to heal racially divided Missouri: report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Widespread racial inequities in the St. Louis area require sweeping changes in policing as well as in courts, the education system and other areas, according to a report issued Monday by a commission set up by Missouri’s governor.

The Ferguson Commission report said that the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson in August 2014 and the mass demonstrations that followed represent a “collective awakening” to a number of issues that have previously been invisible to many.

Sep 11, 2015

Family of black St. Louis teen fatally shot wants answers: lawyer

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Relatives of a black male teenager whom St. Louis police fatally shot in the back more than three weeks ago still cannot get officials to release key details about the incident, their lawyer said on Friday.

The family of Mansur Ball-Bey has repeatedly asked for the identity of the two police officers who fired on the 18-year-old shortly before noon on Aug. 19, attorney Jerryl Christmas said.

Sep 10, 2015

U.S. court finds EPA was wrong to approve Dow pesticide harmful to bees

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday that
federal regulators erred in allowing an insecticide developed by
Dow AgroSciences onto the market, canceling its approval and
giving environmentalists a major victory.

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth
Circuit, in San Francisco, is significant for commercial
beekeepers and others who say a dramatic decline in bee colonies
needed to pollinate key food crops is tied to widespread use of
a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids. Critics say the
Environmental Protection Agency is failing to evaluate the risks

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