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Floods stall fertilizer shipments in latest blow to U.S. farmers

Floods stall fertilizer shipments in latest blow to U.S. farmersFarm supplier CHS Inc has dozens of loaded barges trapped on the flood-swollen Mississippi River near St. Louis - about 500 miles from the company's two Minnesota distribution hubs. The barges can't move - or get crucial nutrients to corn farmers for the spring planting season - because river locks on the main U.S. artery for grain and fertilizer have been shuttered for weeks. High water presents a hazard for boats, barges and lock equipment.

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 07:07:16 -0400
Trump immigration plan may increase visas for highly skilled workers: sources

Trump immigration plan may increase visas for highly skilled workers: sourcesKushner is expected to present the comprehensive plan next week to President Donald Trump, who will decide whether to adopt it as his official position or send it back for changes, the sources said. The plan does not propose ways to address young people who came to the United States illegally as children who were protected by former President Barack Obama in the 2014 program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or those people who have Temporary Protected Status, the sources said. Democrats, whose support the White House would need to advance any kind of immigration legislation through Congress, have insisted that the DACA recipients be protected.

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:17:15 -0400
R. Kelly's accuser wins judgment in suit singer failed to answer

R. Kelly's accuser wins judgment in suit singer failed to answerThe woman, who accused Kelly of repeatedly having sex with her when she was 16 years old, filed the case in Chicago in February, a day before Kelly was arrested on 10 charges of sexual abuse. A Chicago judge on Tuesday entered a default ruling against Kelly, according to court records, after he did not respond to the lawsuit and missed the hearing. Kelly's criminal defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, said he was not involved in the civil litigation and declined to comment.

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:16:19 -0400
Trump says he is holding big Pharma accountable in opioid fight

Trump says he is holding big Pharma accountable in opioid fightAmerica's opioid epidemic, especially damaging in rural areas where Trump is popular, has been a focus for the Republican president. On Tuesday, the government charged drug distributor Rochester Drug Co-operative Inc and company executives for their role in fueling the epidemic.

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:10:33 -0400
Leader of self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol attacked in jail

Leader of self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol attacked in jailLarry Hopkins, 69, whose group of self-styled citizen border cops drew condemnation from civil liberties advocates, suffered broken ribs in the beating by fellow inmates on Tuesday at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, according to his attorney, Kelly O'Connell. Hopkins was arrested on Saturday by the FBI on an outstanding warrant accusing him of being a felon in illegal possession of firearms, a charge dating back to a 2017 search of his home. The detention facility, about 200 miles south of Albuquerque, confirmed that Hopkins was "the alleged victim" of a Tuesday night attack and said the incident was under investigation.

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:40:09 -0400
White supremacist executed in Texas for dragging death of black man

White supremacist executed in Texas for dragging death of black manJohn William "Bill" King, 44, was put to death by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 7:08 p.m. (0008 GMT Thursday) at the states death chamber in Huntsville, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a statement. King, along with Shawn Berry and Lawrence Brewer, was accused of kidnapping Byrd while he hitchhiked in Jasper, Texas, on June 7, 1998.

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:29:30 -0400
U.S. measles cases hit highest level since eradication in 2000

U.S. measles cases hit highest level since eradication in 2000The United States has confirmed 695 measles cases so far this year, the highest level since the country declared it had eliminated the virus in 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. The resurgence, which public health officials blamed in part on the spread of misinformation about the safety of vaccines, has been concentrated mainly in Washington state and New York with outbreaks that began late last year. "The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance measles will again get a sustained foothold in the United States," the CDC warned in a statement.

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 20:19:57 -0400
U.S. measles cases at highest since elimination in 2000: CDC

U.S. measles cases at highest since elimination in 2000: CDCThe United States has confirmed 695 measles cases so far this year, the highest incidence recorded since the country declared it had eliminated the virus in 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. The resurgence of the contagious disease is linked mainly to large outbreaks in Washington state and two in New York that began late last year, the agency said in a statement. "The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance measles will again get a sustained foothold in the United States," the agency's statement warned.

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:57:24 -0400
New Trump immigration plan may increase visas for highly-skilled workers

New Trump immigration plan may increase visas for highly-skilled workersKushner is expected to present the comprehensive plan next week to President Donald Trump, who will decide whether to adopt it as his official position or send it back for changes, the sources said. The plan does not propose ways to address young people who came to the United States illegally as children who were protected by President Barack Obama in the 2014 program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or those people who have Temporary Protected Status, the sources said. Democrats, whose support the White House would need to advance any kind of immigration legislation through Congress, have insisted that the DACA recipients be protected.

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:50:16 -0400
Trump says he is holding big Pharma accountable in opioid fight

Trump says he is holding big Pharma accountable in opioid fightU.S. President Donald Trump touted progress in the fight against opioid abuse on Wednesday and promised to hold drugmakers accountable for their part in the crisis, a day after his administration brought its first related criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives. America's opioid epidemic, especially damaging in rural areas where Trump is popular, has been a focus for the Republican president. On Tuesday, the government charged drug distributor Rochester Drug Co-operative Inc and company executives for their role in fueling the epidemic.

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:44:56 -0400
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