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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

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.

Dec 17, 2013

Iowa mom arrested for post threatening shooting at son’s school

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – An Iowa mother is facing criminal charges for a message posted on Facebook that threatened a school shooting in retaliation for bullying against her 15-year-old son.

Teri Pallat, 39, of Council Bluffs, Iowa was arrested on Monday and charged with making a “terroristic threat” and harassment for allegedly warning school administrators that they would be to blame if her son shot up Lewis Central High School, where he was a sophomore.

Dec 16, 2013

U.S. to spend $14 million on concussion research, using NFL funds

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – U.S. researchers on Monday unveiled a $14 million series of research projects aimed at diagnosing and treating brain injuries in football players and others who have suffered multiple head injuries or concussions.

The projects, partly funded by the National Football League, are aimed at chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a condition linked to the loss of decision-making control, aggression and dementia. The condition is tied to repeated hits to the head, such as those experienced by football players, hockey players and boxers.

Dec 13, 2013

Man arrested for suspected suicide plot to blow up Kansas airport

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Authorities said Friday they foiled a suicide bombing plot to blow up the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, arresting a man who proclaimed himself Muslim and had talked of committing “violent jihad on behalf of al Qaeda.”

Terry Loewen, a 58-year-old aviation technician from Wichita, was taken into custody early Friday morning as he attempted to enter the airport tarmac with a vehicle loaded with what authorities said he believed were explosives. He planned to trigger the explosives and die in the explosion, they said.

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