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Missing Chinese actress Fan Bingbing hit with $129 million fine for tax evasion

VCG / Getty Images(BEIJING) — China ordered its most famous actress, Fan Bingbing, who has not been seen for months, to pay a massive fine over tax evasion, state media reported Wednesday. Fan must pay about $128.7 million in back taxes and fines after an investigation found the actress and her company avoided paying millions …

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Notorious French fugitive arrested 3 months after dramatic prison escape by helicopter

ABCNews.com(PARIS) — Three months after a dramatic escape from prison by helicopter, French police announced they have arrested notorious gangster Redoine Faid. Redoine Faid was arrested Wednesday at around 4 a.m. local time by French special forces in an apartment located in the city of Creil, in the northern suburbs of Paris, according to French …

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Pennsylvania boy in critical condition after getting trapped in corn trailer

WNEP(MONTOUR COUNTY, Pa.) — A Pennsylvania boy is in critical condition on Wednesday after he fell into a full grain trailer over the weekend. Wellington Shaffer, 7, was playing on his family’s farm in central Pennsylvania on Saturday when he fell into a trailer filled with harvested corn kernels, authorities said. Rescuers had to open …

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US military’s close calls with China, Russia in the air and at sea

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — When a Chinese warship sailed 135 feet from the bow of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Decatur on Sunday — a distance so close the American ship’s commander had to make last-second maneuvers to avoid a collision — it was just the latest in a series of close calls between the U.S. military …

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Winner man pleads guilty to sexual contact with a young child

A 36 year old man is facing up to 30 years in prison following a Tuesday court appearance. Christopher Schmidt of Winner was facing six counts of sexual contact with a child under sixteen. In a deal with prosecutors he pleaded guilty to two counts with the balance dismissed. Schmidt admitted having sexual contact with …

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Low-cost Primera Air abruptly shuts down, stranding crews and passengers

Primera Airline(NEW YORK) — Primera Air suddenly shut down on Tuesday, stranding customers and employees — including flight attendants and pilots — on the U.S. east coast and across Europe. The low-cost carrier issued a surprisingly candid statement on its website on Monday, citing its decision to file for bankruptcy on problems with a faulty …

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Farmers’ voices heard at WSJ Global Food Forum

Soybean growers were represented at the Wall Street Journal Global Food Forum in New York. Tom Steever spoke with Polly Ruhland, United Soybean Board CEO, who says the Forum is an event where the farmer’s voice is very welcome. To learn more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Continue reading …

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South Dakota cattlemen cautioned about high nitrates

High nitrate levels have been found in South Dakota forages. South Dakota State University Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist Robin Salverson tells Brownfield Ag News livestock producers should get forages tested for nitrates before feeding. Most at risk, said Salverson, are pregnant cows. “The first thing we typically think about is abortions,” said Salverson, “but in …

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Cattle futures higher on limited cash trade

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed moderately higher on support from the limited early-week cash trade.  There is some concern as the industry expects a surge in production to start the next year.  October live cattle closed $.30 higher at $113.97 and December live cattle closed $.52 higher at $119.47.  October feeder cattle closed …

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Opportunities for young people to dairy still exist

A dairy leader says young people should not let the current dairy economy discourage them from entering the business. Gary Sipiorski with Vita Plus tells Brownfield older farmers without an incoming generation are looking for passionate young people to continue their farm regardless if they have money for the investment. “If they have the ambition, …

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Cow/calf producer COOL request falls on deaf ears

An organization representing U.S. cow/calf producers is frustrated the renegotiated NAFTA agreement does NOT include Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Lia Biondo with the United States Cattlemen’s Association says they’ve had several meetings with the Trump Administration to stress the importance of a WTO-compliant labeling program for beef products. “(it’s) Good news we’ve come to …

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Envelopes suspected of containing ricin poison addressed to president, defense secretary

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Two envelopes suspected of containing ricin poison, one addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis, were identified in the Pentagon’s Central Processing Center, according to a U.S. official. Later on Monday, the Secret Service reported it had also intercepted a suspicious envelope addressed to President Donald Trump, though that envelope was not received, nor …

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Cocktail parties, apps and mobile vans: The new ways fertility companies are trying to reach women in their 20s

ABC(NEW YORK) — Questions about fertility that were once a concern for women in their 30s are now being directed at women a decade younger. As more studies show how fertility gradually declines with age, fertility websites, companies, ads and apps are now targeting women in their 20s. “I think about an apple on a …

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Princess Kate returns to royal duties after maternity leave with Prince Louis

Karwai Tang/WireImage via Getty Images(LONDON) — Princess Kate made her first solo appearance since returning from maternity leave. Kate, the mother of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, met with children from the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground in central London. The school is near the hospital where …

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‘My focus was just on that knife’: Chicago police officer who killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald testifies in own defense

WLS-TV(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014 became emotional when he took the stand in his own defense Tuesday, wiping away tears as he recalled details from the fatal shooting. Jason Van Dyke, 40, testified about the crucial moments of the Oct. 20, 2014, encounter with McDonald, …

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Farmers for Free Trade: new trilateral deal will help farmers

The executive director of Farmers for Free Trade says there is good and bad news when it comes to the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement. Brian Kuehl says farmers across the country are relieved that there is no longer a threat of the U.S. withdrawing from a trade agreement with two of the top trading …

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Milk futures mostly lower, cash dairy mixed Tuesday

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Class III milk futures closed higher in the nearby contracts, and lower further out. October milk gained four cents, closing at $15.94.  November down seven at $16.29.  The December contract was down six cents Tuesday at $16.13.  The January through March contracts were down four to seven cents. In the …

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Farmers for Free Trade and Americans for Free Trade Town Hall

Brownfield’s Amie Simpson will be on the ground for Farmers for Free Trade and Americans for Free Trade Town Hall on Thursday, October 4 in Indianapolis, IN. Continue reading Farmers for Free Trade and Americans for Free Trade Town Hall at Brownfield Ag News.      

NCBA Cattle Industry Convention

Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Mark Dorenkamp will be on the ground for the NCBA Cattle Industry Convention Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2010 in New Orleans, LA. Continue reading NCBA Cattle Industry Convention at Brownfield Ag News.      

Bayer leadership excited about potential

  Six weeks ago, the much anticipated merger of Monsanto into Bayer Crop Science began. “What I’m most excited about is simply the potential of this company.” Bayer Crop Science President Liam Condon told Brownfield they’ve talked about it in an abstract sense as two companies for the past 2 years and now that they …

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