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Hurricane Florence, a Category 3, takes aim at Bermuda, potentially East Coast

ABC News(PENSACOLA, Fla.) — Hurricane Florence maintained its Category 3 storm status Thursday as it moved toward Bermuda and potentially the East Coast. Now with 115 mph winds, the storm had risen briefly to Category 4 on Wednesday with winds of 130 mph. Florence was expected to continue to move northwest through the weekend and …

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Man accused of killing pregnant girlfriend found dead in jail cell ahead of trial

iStock/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Md.) — A Maryland man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend was found dead in his jail cell Thursday hours before his murder trial was set to begin, corrections officials said. Tyler Tessier, who was arrested in last September for allegedly killing Laura Wallen, was found hanging in his jail cell early Thursday with …

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At least 3 injured, suspect in custody after ‘active shooter’ incident in Cincinnati

ABC News(CINCINNATI) — At least three people were injured in downtown Cincinnati Thursday morning during what police called an “active shooter” incident, a law enforcement official told ABC News. The suspect is in custody, the official said. The Cincinnati Police Department confirmed on Twitter that it was investigating an “active shooter/officer-involved shooting incident” in the …

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DOJ to announce charges against North Koreans for Sony hack, Wannacry attack

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department is planning to announce charges Thursday against North Korean nationals who U.S. authorities have accused of being behind the massive hack of Sony in 2014 and the Wannacry ransomware attack last year. Earlier on Thursday, President Donald Trump praised North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un on Twitter. “Kim Jong …

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Public school teachers turn to crowdfunding for supplies, ‘dream’ school projects

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many public school teachers across the country are looking to go above and beyond to educate the next generation, and they’re turning to Donors Choose to raise money for school supplies and projects. “About half the projects on our site are basics: paper, pencils, dictionaries, art supplies for an art teacher,” Donors …

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Remnants from tropical depression Gordon lead to flooding

ABC News(PENSACOLA, Fla.) — Almost 10 inches of rain has fallen near Pensacola, Florida, over the last two days, as parts of Alabama have seen more than 7 inches as a result of Tropical Storm Gordon’s making landfall. The remnants from Gordon, which is now officially a depression, are continuing into Arkansas Thursday morning. Flood …

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Kim Jong Un says he still trusts Donald Trump, ‘never made a negative comment’

South Korean Presidential Blue House/Getty Images(PYONGYANG, North Korea) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s trust in U.S. President Donald Trump remains unchanged, according to South Korea’s special envoy, who met with Kim in Pyongyang on Wednesday. “Chairman Kim emphasized that he has never made a negative comment about Trump,” Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s top …

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CEAT a new player in North American ag radial tire market

Farmers pay close attention to tire performance, whether it’s better traction, less compaction, or a more comfortable ride. And farmers also know competition usually means a better deal for them. CEAT is a tire manufacturer based in India.  Technical services manager Jim Enyart says CEAT is new to the North American ag radial tire market. …

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Coffee giant Starbucks to open first store in Italy, the home of espresso

ABC News(MILAN) — Starbucks is opening its first store in Italy, a bold effort to introduce an Americanized version of Italian coffee traditions. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery, one of the chain’s high-end stores, will be located in an historic building on a grand square in downtown Milan. The store will serve a range of Starbucks …

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Wisconsin woman facing four felony drug charges following a traffic stop

A 19 year old Wisconsin woman is facing four felony drug counts following a traffic stop on Monday. According to court documents Trooper Weston Fischer stopped a vehicle for speeding west of Mitchell. The driver had apparently flown to a known drug state was returning through South Dakota. The driver gave permission to search the …

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Minnesota woman arrested on drug charges

It looks like the honeymoon may be over for a Minnesota couple after a stop in Mitchell last weekend. According to court documents 41 year old Kristal Simpson and her husband of two months stopped at Walmart on their way to Colorado. Her husband went into the store. When he returned the husband observed her …

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Duffy supports farm bill safety net, House SNAP changes

Congressman Sean Duffy told the Farm Bill Conference Committee Wednesday Wisconsin has the best ginseng and the most cranberry production, but dairy is incredibly important in his state.  “Making sure that we have a risk management program in place that actually is beneficial to our farmers, that we’re increasing coverage and we’re allowing some of …

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Miss America pageant begins for the first time sans swimsuit competition

Donald Kravitz/Getty Images(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) — Two of the most iconic and controversial traditions will be missing when the preliminary competition for the Miss America pageant begins on Wednesday night: The swimsuit and evening gown competitions. No longer will pageant hopefuls from all over the country be judged by their appearance — whether in skin-baring …

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SE Minnesota farmer advocates for less tillage

A farmer in southeastern Minnesota wants to see less tillage in crop production. Travis Willford of Harmony grows corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. “No-till we feel works, and minimum tillage works to some degree.  But I think the old adage that ‘if you want something to work you’ll make it work.’  It may not be the …

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Growers have success with Engenia in 2018

Two Midwestern soybean growers say Engenia herbicide provided excellent weed control this year. During the Farm Progress Show last week, Iowa farmer Steve Anderson and Minnesota farmer Scott Dauk took part in a panel discussion moderated by BASF VP of agricultural solutions Scott Kay. Anderson said 2018 was his second year using Engenia, a dicamba …

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U.S. cheese production up in July

The USDA’s latest Dairy Product Production report shows cheese production is going up while butter and sour cream production is going down. The report says Cheddar production in July was more than 336-million pounds, about 23-million pounds more than June and 28-million pounds more than July of 2017.  Gains were also reported for Blue, Gorgonzola, …

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Dairy leader continues push for foreign worker legislation

The leader of the American Dairy Coalition says she is working to get the votes to support the Ag and Legal Workforce Act so America’s farmers have the workforce they need.  CEO Laurie Fischer tells Brownfield, “We need to get to 218 and we are working, like I said, every day counting not only the …

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Hemp gets support during farm bill conference opening comments

Language in the 2018 Farm Bill that would remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances received early support from members of the Farm Bill Conference Committee. Senator Mitch McConnell says, “I believe that industrial hemp deserves a comeback.  I think the confusion with its more controversial cousin has largely been eliminated.” McConnell praised …

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Asia Argento claims she was ‘sexually attacked’ by accuser Jimmy Bennett

Andreas Rentz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Italian actress Asia Argento, who last month was accused of sexually assaulting actor Jimmy Bennett when he was a minor, is now claiming that he was the aggressor. Mark Jay Heller, Argento’s new attorney, issued a lengthy statement Wednesday in which he claimed that Bennett, who reportedly met the actress …

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US adults changing the way they use Facebook: Study

Facebook(NEW YORK) — Over half of adult U.S. Facebook users have changed the way they use the social media platform within the past year, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. The survey was conducted following reports of election meddling and privacy breaches on the site. Twenty-six percent of surveyed adults over …

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