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Jul 26, 2015

Missouri man kills father by lying on his head to ‘prove a point’

By Carey Gillam

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – A Missouri man was charged Sunday with murdering his 74-year-old father by lying on his head until the man lost consciousness, to prove “how big and bad” he was, authorities said.

Kyle Webb, 44, of Grandview, Missouri, is charged with killing Franklin Webb late Saturday night at a home they shared after the father complained about the way his son was cleaning up around a leaky pipe, according to a police report.

Jul 26, 2015

Police probe decapitation of Arizona woman and her dogs

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Police in Arizona on Sunday were probing what prompted a bloody domestic assault that left a woman and her two dogs decapitated and the man she lived with hospitalized with serious injuries, including a partly severed arm.

The grisly scene was discovered Saturday morning after a neighbor decided to check on the welfare of a married couple he knew had mental health issues.

Jul 24, 2015

Life sentence for woman whose hired hit man shot the wrong guy

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A South Carolina woman whose teenage lover shot and killed the woman’s brother-in-law instead of her husband who was the intended target, will serve life in prison, and the teenager is expected to plead guilty, the prosecutor in the case said on Friday.

Karlita Phillips, 41, was sentenced on Thursday after being convicted of soliciting a minor to commit a felony and accessory before the fact to murder. She had hoped to cash in on more than $500,000 in life insurance money by having her husband, Dale Phillips Jr., killed, said Greenwood County Solicitor David Stumbo, who prosecuted the case.

Jul 23, 2015

U.S. House passes anti-GMO labeling law

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a hotly debated measure that blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont.

Dubbed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by supporters, but the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act, by opponents, the measure was approved 275-150 with 45 Democrats voting for the bill.

Jul 23, 2015

House set to vote on anti-GMO labeling law

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The House of Representatives was set to vote Thursday on a hotly debated measure that would block mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont.

Dubbed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by supporters, but the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act, by opponents, the measure appeared likely to pass the House, according to lawmakers and lobbyists. It sailed through the House Agriculture Committee last week.

Jul 22, 2015

Ferguson, Missouri looks outside for new interim police chief

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Ferguson, Missouri, plans to name on Wednesday a new interim chief to lead its police department, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday, after accusations by the U.S. Justice Department of widespread racial bias in its policing.

The interim chief will be a police commander from Glendale, Arizona, a municipality from which Ferguson has already hired interim city manager Ed Beasley, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported.

Jul 17, 2015

In bid for Syngenta, Monsanto woos U.S. farmer support

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – As Monsanto Co struggles to convince rival Syngenta AG to discuss a potential merger, the seed and agrochemical giant is also wooing U.S. farmers, aiming to ease concerns about the proposed tie-up that could prompt regulatory challenges.

Company executives have been criss-crossing the U.S. heartland, meeting with soybean and corn growers and a range of powerful farm lobby organizations to seek their support, company and farm officials say. And the company has launched a website promoting the benefits of the proposed $45 billion acquisition of Syngenta, which the Swiss company has thus far rebuffed.

Jul 14, 2015

U.S. House committee approves anti-GMO labeling law

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – U.S. food companies and other opponents of genetically modified food labeling notched a key victory on Tuesday as the House Agriculture Committee approved a measure banning mandatory labeling as well as local efforts to regulate genetically engineered crops.

The move demonstrates fresh momentum for those seeking to block mandated labeling of foods made with GMO crops, food industry advocates said.

Jul 14, 2015

Monsanto says panel to review WHO finding on cancer link to herbicide

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co, whose Roundup product is one of the world’s most widely used herbicides, said on Tuesday it has arranged for an outside scientific review of a World Health Organization finding that the weed killer’s key ingredient probably causes cancer.

The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said in March that it had concluded that the ingredient, called glyphosate, was probably carcinogenic after reviewing a range of scientific literature. [ID:nL2N0WM2I4]

Jul 9, 2015

Monsanto president tells farmers nothing to fear in Syngenta deal

DES MOINES, Iowa July 9 (Reuters) – Monsanto President Brett
Begemann on Thursday told U.S. soybean growers that if it buys
Syngenta, the combined company would be run out of the United
States and enough Syngenta operations would be shed to ensure
continued market competition for seeds and chemicals.

“There will be good competition. Whatever choice was
available before the transaction, if there is one, will be
available after the transaction,” Begemann said in a
presentation to the United Soybean Board (USB) in Des Moines,
Iowa.

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