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Gillette uses new ad to urge men to get rid of ‘toxic masculinity’ in #MeToo era

Gillette/YouTube(NEW YORK) — Gillette has been known for the past 30 years as a brand for men with the tagline, “The best a man can get.” Now the shaving company, owned by Procter & Gamble, is calling on men to be better in a new ad that has already provoked controversy. The ad, released Monday …

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Judge bans citizenship question in 2020 census, says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ‘violated public trust’

liveslow/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Trump administration cannot ask a question about citizenship status in the 2020 census, a federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman concluded that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had violated the public trust in his decision to include a citizenship question on the next census, calling Ross’s …

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Trump administration can’t ask about citizenship status in 2020 census, federal judge rules

liveslow/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Trump administration cannot ask a question about citizenship status in the 2020 census, a federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman concluded that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had violated the public trust in his decision to include a citizenship question on the next census, calling Ross’s …

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Illinois economist doesn’t expect drastic farmland value shifts

There are mixed opinions about what direction farmland values will go this year and in the years to come.  Professor Todd Kuethe from the University of Illinois says he’s not expecting a lot of change in the short term. Continue reading Illinois economist doesn’t expect drastic farmland value shifts at Brownfield Ag News.      

High-end complex in Nairobi under ‘attack,’ police say

MarkRubens/iStock(LONDON) — Gunfire and an explosion have been reported at a high-end complex in Kenya’s capital Tuesday afternoon in what authorities are calling an “attack incident.” Video from the scene in Nairobi’s affluent Westlands neighborhood showed vehicles ablaze and people being carried away. A popular, upscale hotel called the DusitD2 is located in the modern …

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Brexit: Vote to take place in parliament as Britain’s future hangs in balance

MicroStockHub/iStock(LONDON) — After two years of protracted negotiations, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal to take Britain out of the European Union is set to go before Parliament for a vote on Tuesday. The vote was originally intended to take place in December, but as it became increasingly clear that members of parliament were …

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Ford debuts 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, its most powerful street-legal car

Ford Motor(DETROIT) — European supercars, you’ve met your match. Ford Motor on Monday debuted its new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 sports car — the fastest and most advanced street-legal vehicle ever produced by the Dearborn, Michigan, automaker. The hand-built, 5.2-liter aluminum alloy supercharged V8 engine turns out 700-plus horsepower and is “capable of mid-three-second 0-60 …

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Captain, passengers reunite for 10th anniversary of ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — When a US Airways jet suddenly plunged from the sky and toward the icy Hudson River 10 years ago, Eric Stevenson thought about his mother, his sister, his friends and he wrote them a goodbye note. Stevenson was one of 153 passengers and crew members aboard Flight 1549 on Jan. 15, …

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Unpaid federal workers get help from food banks during government shutdown

asiseeit/iStock(NEW YORK) — Food banks around the country near military bases or in cities with a lot of federal government employees have been stepping up to help the furloughed or unpaid workers during the government shutdown. Over the weekend in Washington, a local food bank said 2,200 furloughed federal employees received produce and other items …

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UNC chancellor stepping down, plans to remove what’s left of ‘Silent Sam’ statue

DNY59/iStock(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) — The chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is slated to step down later this year, but she plans to settle a controversial debate before she leaves. Carol Folt said she’ll resign at the end of the school year, according to a statement released Monday that also laid …

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Houston man may get 20 years in prison for chase that led to fatal crash

KTRK-TV(HOUSTON) — A grand jury on Monday indicted a Houston man accused of chasing a teen and causing a fatal car crash on New Year’s Day. Christopher Lopez, 48, was charged with three felonies after allegedly chasing a 14-year-old driver who egged his car, leading to a deadly collision in northern Houston, according to the …

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Severe storms heading for West Coast, then speeding east

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Several storms this week are forecast to hit the West Coast and then move across the country. Seven states from California to Colorado are under snow, flood or high-wind alerts Tuesday morning as areas burned by wildfires in Santa Barbara County are being evacuated Tuesday because of potential weather-related threats including …

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Man convicted in murder of 15-year-old sentenced to 84 years in prison

Kuzma/iStock(CHICAGO) — One of the two men convicted in the 2013 murder of 15-year-old Chicago honor student Hadiya Pendleton has been sentenced to 84 years in prison. Pendleton was killed on Jan. 29, 2013, when Micheail Ward and Kenneth Williams — who were both convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated battery in August — opened …

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World’s second-deadliest Ebola outbreak reaches 600 confirmed cases

omersukrugoksu/iStock(NEW YORK) — The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has reached 600 confirmed cases in five months, health officials said. Since the outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Aug. 1, a total of 649 people have reported symptoms of hemorrhagic fever in the country’s northeastern provinces of North Kivu …

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Brexit: Vote to take place in parliament as Britain’s future hangs in balance

MicroStockHub/iStock(LONDON) — After two years of protracted negotiations, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal to take Britain out of the European Union is set to go before Parliament for a vote on Tuesday. The vote was originally intended to take place in December, but as it became increasingly clear that members of parliament were …

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Trump returns for AFBF’s 100th

President Trump found a friendly audience at the 100th American Farm Bureau Convention. The president found little resistance to his desire to build a wall on the nation’s southern border. A big part of his speech to the American Farm Bureau focused on immigration issues. “I want people to come into our country,” Trump told …

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Pentagon extends southern border mission through September

Sherry Smith/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon has extended the U.S. military’s support mission along the southwestern border through the end of September. Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan also approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security that officials have said will place 116 miles of concertina wire between ports of entry along the border. “In …

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Peel says trade impacts, direct and hidden, will grow

Trade impacts will become bigger and hidden impacts will rise if trade issues continue, according to a beef marketing specialist. Derrell Peel, with Oklahoma State University Extension, tells Brownfield Ag News, “Projections for U.S. macroeconomic growth in 2019 have been reduced as a result of the continuing trade war and even the global economy is …

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NCGA concerned about U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA

The National Corn Growers Association views the possibility of U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA as risky and potentially very detrimental to farmers. NCGA president Lynn Chrisp of Nebraska says they’re letting the Trump Administration know how important it is for the U.S. to stay in NAFTA until the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is ratified. “We understand that …

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Marshall to chair Missouri Farmers Care

The new chairman of the Missouri Farmers Care Coalition says there remains a need to fight extremist groups that go after production agriculture, like the Humane Society of the U.S., “They continue to work at the county level, any time there’s an issue with an opportunity for new agriculture to get put in the ground, …

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