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May 29, 2014

Missouri should fund state drug lab to make lethal injections: AG

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri should fund and operate its own drug laboratory to mix lethal injections for executions, a move that could help circumvent the problems it and other states are having obtaining the drugs they need, the state’s top prosecutor said on Thursday.

Setting up a state laboratory would take compounding pharmacies out of the system, and eliminate the secrecy about where lethal injections drugs are coming from, said Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

May 27, 2014

Angry mothers meet U.S. EPA over concerns with Roundup herbicide

May 27 (Reuters) – Questions about Roundup, the world’s most
popular herbicide, are on the agenda at the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Tuesday when regulators meet with a group of
mothers, scientists, environmentalists and others who say they
are worried about Roundup residues found in breast milk.

The meeting near Washington D.C., follows a five-day phone
call blitz of EPA offices by a group called “Moms Across
America” demanding that the EPA pay attention to their demands
for a recall of Roundup.

May 22, 2014

Fox News anchor Jarrett released after Minneapolis airport arrest

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett was released from jail early Thursday after running into trouble with the law in a Minneapolis airport.

Jarrett, 59, was arrested by airport police Wednesday afternoon in an airport restaurant and bar for not cooperating with officers. One reason for the arrest was cited as a “tab charge,” according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department.

May 20, 2014

Ex-football players sue NFL, claiming ‘culture of drug misuse’

May 20 (Reuters) – A group of retired pro football players
sued the National Football League on Tuesday, saying they were
illegally fed painkillers and told to play while injured to keep
massive profits flowing to the league for three decades.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco,
could turn into another black eye for the NFL, which last year
agreed to pay $760 million to thousands of former players who
filed suit claiming the league downplayed the risk of

May 20, 2014

Rural Oregon county votes on GMO crop ban amid U.S. labeling uproar

May 20 (Reuters) – Voters in a small Oregon county were
considering on Tuesday a controversial measure that would ban
cultivation of genetically engineered crops within their

The measure in Jackson County in southern Oregon, has drawn
national attention and more than $1 million in campaign funding
to the community, which has only 117,650 registered voters.

May 19, 2014

Webster’s dictionary adds ‘selfie,’ ‘tweep,’ ‘turducken’

May 19 (Reuters) – “Selfie,” “tweep” and “turducken” were
among more than 150 new words and definitions added to the 2014
updated Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the publishing
company said on Monday.

The additions to the U.S. dictionary reflect the growing
influence of technology and social networking, the company said.

May 15, 2014

Bees crucial to many crops still dying at worrisome rate: USDA

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Honey bees, crucial in the pollination of many U.S. crops, are still dying off at an worrisome rate, even though fewer were lost over the past winter, according to a government report issued on Thursday.

Total losses of managed honey bee colonies was 23.2 percent nationwide for the 2013-2014 winter, according to the annual report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the “Bee Informed Partnership,” a group of honeybee industry participants.

May 15, 2014

Breakfast cereals loaded with too much sugar for U.S. kids: report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – U.S. children are consuming more than 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) of sugar annually if they eat a typical morning bowl of cereal each day, contributing to obesity and other health problems, and cereal makers and regulators are doing little to address the issue, according to a study released on Thursday.

The Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based health information non-profit, said its report covers more than 1,500 cereals, including 181 marketed to children.

May 9, 2014

U.S. court affirms sanctions against DuPont in battle with Monsanto

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – U.S. chemical maker DuPont and its agricultural seed unit, Pioneer, acted in bad faith in a long-running legal battle with rival Monsanto Co, according to a federal appeals court ruling on Friday that affirmed sanctions against DuPont.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed with a lower court decision in Missouri that sided with Monsanto in a dispute over DuPont’s use of Monsanto’s patented seed technology that makes certain crops able to tolerate glyphosate-based herbicide.

May 9, 2014

Dow making limited rollout of new Enlist GMO corn in Canada

May 9 (Reuters) – Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical
, said Friday it would start a “limited commercial
introduction” in Canada of a new genetically engineered corn
that tolerates a new herbicide developed by Dow that U.S.
regulators are still examining.

Dow said the new corn will be offered to only certain
Canadian farmers under tight controls, with full
commercialization planned for 2015 after all needed import
approvals are in place. Planting starts next week, Dow said. Any
harvested corn must be kept on the farm, Dow said.

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