By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration.
One earthquake recorded at 3.8 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey rocked houses in several communities around central Oklahoma at 7:42 a.m. local time. Another about two hours earlier in the same part of the state, north of Oklahoma City, was recorded at 2.9 magnitude, USGS said.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday as its corn and soybean businesses expanded globally.
The company, which specializes in developing genetically engineered crops that withstand herbicides and ward off insects, also affirmed its fiscal-year forecast.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – The Asiana Airlines Inc flight that crashed in San Francisco in July, killing three passengers, was likely because the pilots were flying dangerously slow and a warning system that should have alerted them was inadequate, according to conclusions drawn by the airline and reported in documents released by U.S. investigators on Monday.
“The probable cause of this accident was the flight crew’s failure to monitor and maintain a minimum safe airspeed during a final approach,” Asiana Airlines said in its report to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – A top Federal Reserve official who has often warned of the risks of keeping U.S. interest rates too low for too long said on Friday she wants to see how winding down the Fed’s massive bond-buying stimulus goes before setting out any path for rate hikes.
“I don’t think it would be fair to say I have a date in mind or a path in mind,” for the appropriate timing of the Fed’s first rate increase, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George told the Central Exchange. “We are in a place now where we have to be very careful and think about how we are beginning to withdraw stimulus.”
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Missouri officials were preparing Tuesday to execute a man convicted of abducting, raping and strangling a teenage girl who was working as a gas station attendant.
Jeffrey Ferguson, 59, was convicted twice for killing 17-year-old Kelli Hall, kidnapping her with an accomplice as she ended her evening shift at a metropolitan St. Louis service station on February 9, 1989. The girl’s naked body was found less than two weeks later.
March 13 (Reuters) – A public interest group is asking a
court to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to turn over
documents explaining its approval of a genetically altered
alfalfa even as the department acknowledged the crop’s potential
to do environmental damage.
The Center for Food Safety said on Thursday that it believes
the USDA may have succumbed to outside pressure, possibly from
Monsanto Co., the developer of the genetic trait in the
INDIANAPOLIS, March 10 (Reuters) – Dan Kittle has spent more
than a decade waiting for this day.
As the man in charge of research and development at Dow
AgroSciences, the unit of Dow Chemical Co that develops
agricultural seeds and pesticides, Kittle remembers the “big
shock” when rival Monsanto Co unveiled a genetically
modified seed in 1996 designed to be used in combination with a
specific herbicide, a combination that rapidly led Monsanto to
March 7 (Reuters) – Kansas is violating the state
constitution in its funding of public schools, a duty that is
mandatory and not to be left to the whims of state legislators,
the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Friday.
But while the court upheld part of a lower court finding in
favor of a group of public school districts claiming the state
should provide more money for education, the court also reversed
part of that lower court ruling, and remanded some issues back
for further analysis by a district court panel.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Three environmental and public health groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, seeking to press it to move forward with rules that would require public disclosure of certain pesticide ingredients.
The Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, and Physicians for Social Responsibility, all non-profit advocacy groups, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
March 3 (Reuters) – Growing crops free from contamination by
genetically modified crops and the pesticides used on those
biotech versions is getting more difficult and more costly for
U.S. farmers, and new government rules to control contamination
are needed, according to report issued on Monday by an
environmental organization and an organic food group.
Based on information from 268 farmers from 17 U.S. states,
the report said more than 30 percent of farmers seeking to grow
organic crops reported that unintended GMO presence has been
found or suspected on their farms, according to the report by
Food & Water Watch and the Organic Farmers’ Agency for
Relationship Marketing (OFARM).