By Suzannah Gonzales and Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – New Orleans police said on Sunday they had arrested the man suspected of shooting dead a city police officer who was transporting him to jail a day earlier.
Police said Travis Boys, 33, who was handcuffed, managed to grab a gun and fatally shoot Officer Daryle Holloway before escaping the police cruiser which crashed into a utility pole.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – The University of Kansas Hospital said on Friday it was monitoring a patient for a possible Ebola infection after he returned from the West African nation of Sierra Leone and developed a fever.
“The patient is extremely low risk. It’s just the fever that tipped the balance,” Dr. Lee Norman at University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, told a news conference.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – The World Health Organization is set to examine
a widely used pesticide and agribusiness is bracing for bad
news, less than three months after the group classified another
popular herbicide as “probably” cancer-causing.
Twenty-four scientists representing WHO’s International
Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) are set to analyze
scientific findings regarding links between cancer in humans and
the herbicide known as 2,4-D at a June 2-9 meeting in Lyon,
May 28 (Reuters) – U.S. environmental regulators on Thursday
proposed a rule that would create temporary pesticide-free zones
to protect commercial honeybees, which are critical to food
production and have been dying off at alarming rates.
The restrictions would cover times when specific plants are
in bloom and when commercial honeybees are being moved through
certain areas, EPA officials said.
May 22 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co, the world’s largest
seed company, is also known for the popularity of its Roundup
herbicide, a weedkiller beloved by farmers and homeowners alike
for its speed and deadly assault on tough weeds.
But Monsanto’s ongoing efforts to try to take over Swiss
agrochemicals firm Syngenta, a rival whose product
portfolio offers an array of agricultural chemicals, could spark
a sell-off or de-emphasis of a product line that last year
brought in roughly $5 billion, or a third of total revenues for
Monsanto, according to industry sources.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Monsanto Co (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s largest seed company, said on Wednesday it plans to divest all of Syngenta AG’s (SYNN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) seeds and traits businesses as well as some overlapping chemistry assets to get regulatory approval for a takeover of its Swiss rival.
The $45 billion transaction would create an industry giant with combined sales of over $31 billion before any divestitures and a market capitalization of nearly $100 billion, based on current share prices. It would likely attract scrutiny from regulators in Europe and the United States.
May 20 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co., the world’s largest
seed company, said on Wednesday it plans to divest all of
Syngenta Ag’s seeds and traits businesses as well as
some overlapping chemistry assets to get regulatory approval for
a takeover of its Swiss rival.
Monsanto President Brett Begemann said in a statement that
U.S.-based Monsanto sees an acquisition of Syngenta as a move
toward “redefining the future of agriculture,” and is confident
it can address regulatory concerns about a combination of the
two agrichemical and seed giants.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Nine people were killed on Sunday when a simmering feud among rival biker gangs boiled over at a sports bar in Waco, Texas, resulting in gunfire and a full-blown rumble in the parking lot, police said.
The battle took place at Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in a shopping mall in the central Texas city, Waco police said. In addition to the fatalities, several people were injured.
May 15 (Reuters) – As seed and chemical maker Monsanto Co.
woos Swiss agrochemicals firm Syngenta,
Monsanto also is trying to win over consumers in key
international markets, rolling out social media and marketing
U.S.-based Monsanto said it has recently launched
interactive consumer-oriented websites in China, France, India,
Argentina and Brazil, in addition to a lead site launched for
U.S. consumers late last year.
May 13 (Reuters) – Honey bees, critical agents in the
pollination of key U.S. crops, disappeared at a staggering rate
over the last year, according to a new government report that
comes as regulators, environmentalists and agribusinesses try to
reverse the decline.
Losses of managed honey bee colonies hit 42.1 percent from
April 2014 through April 2015, up from 34.2 percent for
2013-2014, and the second-highest annual loss to date, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture said in a report issued on Wednesday.