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Jan 24, 2014

Accused North Dakota ‘white supremacist’ makes plea bargain

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A man charged with threatening residents of a small North Dakota town pleaded guilty on Friday to lesser offenses and agreed to testify against a white supremacist who had been working to establish an all-white enclave there, his attorney said.

Kynan Dutton, 29, pleaded guilty to seven misdemeanors and agreed to testify against co-defendant Craig Cobb in a deal with prosecutors that reduced his charges from seven terrorizing felonies, Dutton’s attorney, Robert Quick, said.

Jan 23, 2014

Purdue University student was stabbed and shot, prosecutor says

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The Purdue University student killed Tuesday was shot and stabbed in a rampage that ended as quickly as it began with the suspect holding his bloody hands behind his head to await arrest, prosecutors said in a court filing on Thursday.

Cody Cousins, 23, is accused of killing Andrew Boldt, 21, of West Bend, Wisconsin in a basement classroom at the university in West Lafayette, Indiana. Both men were seniors in the College of Engineering at Purdue.

Jan 22, 2014

Suspect in Purdue University shooting due in court Thursday

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A Purdue University student who police said barged into a classroom and fatally shot a teacher’s assistant on the Indiana school’s campus is due in court Thursday.

The shooting was the latest in a rash of gun attacks at schools across the United States that gun control advocates say illustrate the need for tighter controls on firearms.

Jan 22, 2014

Indiana’s Purdue University shooting leaves one dead, man in custody

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A man was shot to death at Indiana’s Purdue University on Tuesday and a male suspect was taken into custody, police said, in an apparently targeted killing that follows a rash of shootings at U.S. schools this month.

Cody Cousins, 23, fatally shot Andrew Boldt, 21, a teacher’s assistant, at about noon in a basement classroom of the university’s electrical engineering building, according to Purdue University Police Chief John Cox.

Jan 21, 2014

Shooting at Indiana’s Purdue University leaves one dead, man in custody

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – One person was shot to death on the campus of Indiana’s Purdue University on Tuesday, and a male suspect was in custody, authorities said.

The shooting took place around noon local time (1800 GMT) in a basement classroom of the university’s electrical engineering building. The shooter seemed to have had only the victim as his intended target, leaving the building immediately after the shooting, said Purdue University Police Chief John Cox.

Jan 21, 2014

Deadly U.S. plant accidents under investigation in two states

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A day after four workers died in two plant accidents in Nebraska and Oklahoma, authorities sought to determine what triggered the incidents while trying to recover the body of one victim trapped in the rubble, officials said Tuesday.

Two people died and 10 were injured Monday morning in Omaha, Nebraska, when the second floor of an animal feed plant collapsed. In Madill, Oklahoma, two workers died when a large industrial furnace exploded at a steel plant Monday afternoon.

Jan 16, 2014

Organic food and farm groups ask Obama to require GMO food labels

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Four U.S. lawmakers joined with more than 200 food companies, organic farming groups, health and environment organizations and other groups on Thursday to urge President Barack Obama to require manufacturers to label food products that contain genetically engineered ingredients.

The groups delivered a letter to the president dated January 16 reminding Obama of a campaign pledge the groups said he made in 2007 as he campaigned in Iowa to work to label so-called GMO foods.

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.

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