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Mar 4, 2015

Reforms demanded in Missouri after U.S. probe finds racially biased policing

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By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Lawmakers and civil rights lawyers called on Wednesday for sweeping reforms in Ferguson, Missouri, after a federal investigation found broad racial bias in the city’s police force and municipal court system.

The U.S. Justice Department is set to release a lengthy report on Wednesday that accuses the Ferguson Police Department of routinely engaging in a range of racially biased practices, according to sources with the city and with the Justice Department.

Mar 3, 2015

Ferguson officials meeting with U.S. DOJ on police department probe

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Ferguson city officials were meeting with the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday to go over the results of a federal probe of the city’s police department, an investigation sparked by the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August.

The meeting is widely expected to include harsh criticism of Ferguson’s mostly white police department and its treatment of the small Missouri community’s mostly black residents. City officials have said in recent weeks that they are bracing for possible charges of civil rights violations and federal demands for reform.

Feb 28, 2015

Investigators search for what triggered Missouri rampage

By Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – What led Joseph Aldridge to gun down seven people in a southern Missouri hamlet remained uncertain on Saturday, though authorities speculated that the death of the gunman’s mother from cancer could have triggered the rampage.

Aldridge, 36, embarked on a shooting spree late on Thursday in the rural community of Tyrone, going door to door in the wintry night, killing four relatives and three neighbors, and wounding another, before fatally shooting himself, police said.

Feb 28, 2015

Eight dead in door-to-door Missouri shooting spree

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A man armed with a handgun went on a house-to-house shooting spree in a rural Missouri town, killing seven relatives and neighbors before taking his own life, officials said on Friday.

All of those killed by the gunman, identified as Joseph Aldridge, 36, lived within a few miles of each other in the tiny community of Tyrone, an unincorporated area with a population of about 50, authorities said.

Feb 27, 2015

Environmental group sues U.S. EPA over monarch butterfly demise

Feb 27 (Reuters) – An environmental group sued the U.S.
government on Friday, accusing regulators of discounting the
dangers of a widely used herbicide on the declining monarch
butterfly population.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed suit
against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in U.S.
District Court in New York. The suit claimed the agency has
failed to heed warnings about the dangers to monarchs posed by
glyphosate, the key ingredient in a widely used herbicide.
Glyphosate is used in Monsanto Co’s Roundup and other
herbicides.

Feb 27, 2015

Eight people reported dead in murder, suicide in Missouri

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Eight people were found dead overnight in an apparent mass murder and suicide in rural southern Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said on Friday.

Seven people were thought to be victims of one man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a statement by the highway patrol. One elderly woman was found dead of what appeared to be natural causes during an investigation.

Feb 25, 2015

California dog owner alleges Purina Beneful pet food can kill

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A California dog owner whose English bulldog died in January has filed a lawsuit against Nestle Purina PetCare Co [NESNP.UL], alleging his dog and thousands of others have been sickened by pet food that contains harmful toxins.

The suit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, claims that all three of Frank Lucido’s dogs became ill in January after eating from a bag of Purina Beneful dog food. One of the dogs died and a post-mortem veterinary examination revealed signs of internal bleeding in the dog’s stomach and lesions on his liver, the lawsuit claims.

Feb 22, 2015

Hidden sketches by French painter Cezanne found in Pennsylvania

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Unfinished sketches by the famed French artist Paul Cezanne have been found hidden on the backs of two of his watercolors, a Pennsylvania-based art foundation said on Saturday.

The Barnes Foundation said the sketches, one graphite and one watercolor, likely have not been seen since the early 20th century.

Feb 13, 2015

U.S. approves first biotech apple that resists browning

Feb 13 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Friday approved what
would be the first commercialized biotech apple, rejecting
efforts by the organic industry and other GMO critics to block
the new fruit.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS) approved two genetically engineered
apple varieties designed to resist browning that have been
developed by the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.

Feb 13, 2015

U.S. approves biotech apple that resists browning

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Friday approved two genetically engineered apple varieties designed to resist browning, rejecting efforts by the organic industry and other GMO critics to block the new fruit.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) approved the new apples, developed by the Canadian biotech company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., as “unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agriculture.”

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