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Jul 2, 2014

Chinese woman charged in plot to steal U.S. corn technology

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A Chinese woman has been arrested and charged with trying to steal patented U.S. seed technology as part of a plot to smuggle types of specialized corn from farm fields in the U.S. Midwest for use in China, authorities said on Wednesday.

The woman, Mo Yun, is married to the founder and chairman of a Chinese conglomerate that runs a corn seed subsidiary. She and her brother, Mo Hailong, worked together and with others to steal the valuable corn seed from Iowa and Illinois, according to law enforcement officials. Mo Hailong was indicted and arrested in December.

Jul 1, 2014

Storms leave power outages, flooding, flight delays in central U.S

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people were without power on Tuesday and trying to clean up damaged homes and clear roads after a deadly storm that brought tornadoes, high winds, hail and heavy rain to the central United States.

Illinois was hit particularly hard, as flooding, downed trees and fires caused by lightning strikes snarled traffic, cut power and delayed or canceled hundreds of flights in and out of Chicago.

Jul 1, 2014

After wet weekend, new tornadoes, floods seen in U.S. Midwest

By Carey Gillam and Brendan O’Brien

(Reuters) – A strong storm front that proved deadly in Iowa moved through northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin on Monday, bringing with it hurricane-force winds and thunderstorms that damaged homes and took down trees and power lines.

The National Weather Service issued thunderstorm and flash flood warnings west of Milwaukee and Chicago as storm spotters reported 70 mph (112 kph) winds and baseball and golf ball-size hail that pelted parts of Iowa earlier on Monday.

Jun 27, 2014

Kansas coal plant fight back in court; emission concerns cited

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A long-running battle over coal-fired energy in Kansas continued Friday as the Sierra Club environmental group filed a legal challenge to the state’s issuance of a permit intended to give a green light to a controversial new power plant.

The complaint, filed in the Kansas Court of Appeals, names the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and its secretary, Robert Moser, as defendants, and claims the permit for the new power plant does not meet federal and state requirements.

Jun 27, 2014

Detroit police probe case of boy found in basement, stepmom arrested

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Detroit police said Friday they were still trying to determine if there was any wrongdoing in the case of a 12-year-old boy who was missing for 11 days before being found alive and well in his family’s basement.

Charlie Bothuell V was reported missing June 14, triggering frantic repeated search efforts. He was discovered Wednesday as police searched for evidence in his disappearance, stumbling across the boy in the basement of the townhome east of Detroit that he shared with his father, stepmother and two younger siblings.

Jun 26, 2014

Swimmers beware: water at some U.S. beaches may make you sick

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Every summer millions of American families head for beaches, but few stop to think of the possibility that the water they swim in may harbor enough bacteria to cause stomach flu and a host of other illnesses.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that 10 percent of water quality samples collected from nearly 3,500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches in 2013 contained levels of harmful bacteria that exceeded “safe to swim” thresholds recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. (here)

Jun 26, 2014

Missouri officials battle over gay marriage following Utah ruling

June 26 (Reuters) – Missouri’s top law enforcement official
filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a county official who had
started granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples in
violation of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said while he
supports marriage equality, St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds
Sharon Carpenter was violating the law by issuing marriage
licenses to same-sex couples.

Jun 25, 2014

U.S. retailers look to limit pesticides to help honeybees

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Home Depot (HD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and other U.S. companies are working to eliminate or limit use of a type of pesticide suspected of helping cause dramatic declines in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, officials said on Wednesday.

The moves include requiring suppliers to label any plants treated with neonicotinoid, or neonic, pesticides sold through home and garden stores.

Jun 25, 2014

Monsanto profit falls, but shares rise on bullish outlook

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a 6 percent drop in quarterly profit on Wednesday, but shares of the world’s largest seed company climbed more than 5 percent as it raised the low end of its fiscal-year outlook and said it planned to double earnings over the next five years.

The company also announced a $10 billion share repurchase authorization.

Monsanto, known for its development of genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops as well as for the popular Roundup herbicide, said that although earnings for the third quarter ended May 31 were down in the face of challenging market conditions, the overall outlook was bright. Chairman Hugh Grant said the company aimed by the end of fiscal 2019 to at least double full-year ongoing earnings, which exclude certain special after-tax items.

Jun 23, 2014

Christian broadcaster arrested on child sex charges in Michigan

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A Michigan radio personality, known for his work on “family friendly” Christian broadcasts, was due in court Monday on charges of paying a middleman to arrange sexual encounters with young boys, authorities said.

John Balyo, 35, of Caledonia, Michigan, was arrested Friday on state charges of criminal sexual conduct with a child under the age of 13, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Michigan State Police, according to a statement issued by ICE.

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