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How DNA, genealogy websites were used to find suspected ‘Golden State Killer’

Sacramento Police Department(LOS ANGELES) — Authorities used genealogical websites to track down the suspected serial killer known as the “Golden States Killer,” sources told ABC News, describing it as a long, painstaking process. The “Golden State Killer” is believed to have committed 12 murders, at least 50 rapes and multiple home burglaries in the 1970s …

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Thousands in Spain protest men cleared of rape charge, given lighter sentence

Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images(MADRID) — Thousands of women’s rights advocates hit the streets of Spain’s major cities Thursday to protest a verdict that cleared five men of rape, instead handing down a lighter sentence for sexual abuse. The Pamplona court charged the men with sexually abusing an 18-year-old woman during the San Fermin bull-running festival. …

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Son of US detainee in North Korea stays hopeful amid anticipation of Trump-Kim talk

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Amid anticipation of an unprecedented meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the son of a U.S. citizen detained in North Korea is trying to stay positive. “I feel hopeful. I feel good. Perhaps progress can be made. At the same time, I was hoping that [the …

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Setting up for success on your farm

Getting a good handle on fertility early on is key to a successful growing year. Understanding nitrogen, potassium and lime levels greatly impacts other decisions that need to be made on the farm. Every season is different, every farm is different, and what each individual farmer wants can be different. On this Managing for Profit, …

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Animal welfare challenges get less attention, but still exist

Concerns involving animal welfare and animal rights are no longer generating daily headlines like they did a few years ago. But the director of the Center for Animal Welfare Science at Purdue University, Candace Croney, says those issues have not gone away. “Certainly, the concerns are still there,” says Croney. “The pressure for those in …

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Tom Brokaw denies harassing former colleague

Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw said he “made no romantic overtures” toward a former colleague who told at least two other media outlets he acted inappropriately toward her in the 1990s. Linda Vester, 52, told the Washington Post and Variety that Brokaw approached her  at …

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Record rainfall leads to flooding in New England, summer-like temperatures on the way

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Several days of record rainfall combined with melting snow is causing flooding in some New England towns. On Thursday more than 3 inches of rain fell near Bar Harbor, Maine, while Augusta, Maine, saw a record daily rainfall of 1.29 inches. As that storm moves out, a new one is already moving …

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Prince William, Princess Kate announce name of newborn son

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) — Prince William and Princess Kate have announced the name of their third child: Louis Arthur Charles.  The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge, Kensington Palace said in a statement. William and Kate chose with their third child, and second son, to include two parts of …

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Hundreds in caravan of Central Americans expected to claim asylum at border on Sunday

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The group responsible for organizing a month-long journey of hundreds of Central Americans away from violence in their homelands and toward the U.S. reiterated on Thursday that the men, women, teens and children it represents have the legal right to demand asylum. Alex Mensing, a project coordinator for the group, Pueblo Sin …

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North Korea, South Korea agree to end war, denuclearize peninsula

Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — North Korea and South Korea have agreed to denuclearize the peninsula and later this year formally end the war between the two nations that began in 1950.  The nations signed an armistice when the fighting ended in 1953, but they’ve now agreed to pursue a proper peace agreement …

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Farmers Union VP says House Ag Committee farm bill needs more than a SNAP fix

The Vice President of the National Farmers Union says the SNAP program reforms are not the only problems in the House Ag Committee’s version of the farm bill.  Patty Edelburg tells Brownfield mandatory funding for many programs would be changed to discretionary funding, “so every year, they’re going to have to go back and ask …

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USDA says most dairy products had more production in 2017

The new USDA report shows butter production rose four-tenths of a percent, and American type cheese up 6.4% Gouda cheese production was up 11.6% and Romano production was up 11.2% over 2016. The biggest drop in production was for brick cheese, which was down 14.9% over the previous year. Nearly half of the Italian type …

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un crosses DMZ line for historic meeting with South Korea

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has crossed the line dividing the demilitarized zone (DMZ) to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in what’s being described as a historic summit. The two leaders shook hands at the Military Demarcation Line dividing the North from the South, smiling, chatting and …

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Milo Yiannopoulos appearing at Cal Poly amid racially charged climate on campus

Michael Masters/Getty Images(SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.) — Controversy surrounds Milo Yiannopoulos’ speech this evening at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, after the school was at the center of multiple racially charged incidents in recent weeks. The Cal Poly College Republicans Club is hosting the “Fake News Panel” Thursday evening, which will include …

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Farmers watching livestock after refinery explosion

An explosion at a Superior, Wisconsin oil refinery Thursday has some farmers concerned about livestock.  Mark and Cora Liebaert raise beef southeast of Superior. Cora Liebaert tells Brownfield that as of late Thursday afternoon, the toxic cloud missed their farm, and she hopes the livestock will remain safe.  “Evidently, it’s the black cloud.  It’s dust, …

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Governor, Ag Secretary, FSA Director tour Wisconsin farms damaged by blizzard

Government leaders want Wisconsin farmers impacted by the recent blizzard they will help them recover. Wisconsin Ag Secretary Sheila Harsdorf tells Brownfield, “The northeast was hit hard with this storm and we, between the federal government and the state, we want to do whatever we can to get people back on their feet.” Harsdorf joined Governor …

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Roberts promises Senate farm bill action ‘in early May’

Senate Ag Committee chair Pat Roberts says he expects committee markup of the Senate farm bill to take place in early May—and he says it could reach the Senate floor soon after that. “I will say that, on both sides, Senator Schumer and Senator McConnell have indicated that as soon as we get that done, …

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Missouri extends dicamba deadline for SE Missouri

Farmers in Southeast Missouri now have more time to use new formulations of dicamba. Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn says because of wet weather and slow planting, farmers will need that extra time. The state use label for Xtendimax, Engenia and Fexapan has been changed to a cut-off date of June 10th, from the original June first. It …

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MFA applicators focus on early dicamba application

Missouri-based MFA cooperative is stressing caution to its applicators when it comes to over-the-top use of newer dicamba herbicides this growing season. Jason Weirich, MFA director of agronomy, tells Brownfield Ag News it’s important to remember that dicamba is not a silver bullet and is best used in the early growing season, “We’re really focused on using …

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Russia accused of ‘obscene masquerade’ after flying in alleged witnesses to Syrian chemical attack

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Russia has been accused by Britain and France of organizing an “obscene masquerade.” These claims come after Russia reportedly flew in several Syrians to the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who Russian officials claimed could prove the chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma this …

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