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Twenty-seven reported tornadoes rip through Iowa, devastating towns

ABC News(DES MOINES, Iowa) — Iowa, which usually averages about seven tornadoes in the month of July, saw 27 reported twisters rip through the state Thursday night, damaging buildings, overturning cars and rupturing gas lines. Marshalltown, Iowa, suffered major damage, while the Vermeer Plant in Pella took a direct hit from an apparent tornado. “Devastated …

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Using a new tool to identify an old pest

Grape Colaspis is a problem growers in Illinois haven’t had to face in over two decades. Until two years ago. In this Managing for Profit, Pioneer agronomist Matt Montgomery explains how growers used new technologies to identify the problem and put together a management plan – with hopes of protecting the bottom line. Continue reading …

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle plan trip to the US, sources say

Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) — Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have been working at a whirlwind pace since marrying on May 19. They just completed their first foreign tour to Ireland on behalf of Queen Elizabeth. Kensington Palace recently announced that Meghan and Harry will tour Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in October, a trip …

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French president’s aide questioned by police for allegedly beating protester

Chesnot/Getty Images(PARIS) — Police questioned an aide to French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday after he was apparently caught on video impersonating a police officer while hitting and stomping a Paris demonstrator earlier this year. The video, published Wednesday night by French newspaper Le Monde, was taken May 1 during a demonstration and seems to …

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At least 13 dead, including children, in Missouri duck boat accident

iStock/Thinkstock(BRANSON, Mo.) — A tourist duck boat capsized in a lake near Branson, Missouri, amid powerful storms, killing at least 13 people, including children, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. The Thursday-night accident also injured seven people, and four others are still missing, officials said. A total of 29 passengers and two crew members were on …

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Officials confirm shark attacked boy at Long Island beach

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The bites that a 13-year-old boy sustained in the waters around the barrier island off Long Island’s South Shore resulted from a shark attack, New York state officials confirmed on Friday. But experts have been unable to determine the species based on the size and condition of a tooth fragment recovered from …

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At least 11 dead, including children, in Missouri duck boat accident

iStock/Thinkstock(BRANSON, Mo.) — A tourist duck boat capsized in a lake near Branson, Missouri, during powerful storms, killing at least 11 people, including children, officials said. The Thursday-night accident also injured seven people and has left at least five others missing, Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said. The region suffered severe evening thunderstorms, including winds …

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About 14 percent of children aged 5-17 reunited, US government says

Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. government said late Thursday that it has reunited about 14 percent of the migrant children aged 5-17 separated from their families at the border, as a court-ordered deadline looms less than a week away. Of the 2,551 children stripped from their parents or family members, 364 have been reconnected, …

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Three-year-old dies after spending more than three hours in scorching bus

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — A 3-year-old boy left unattended in a blistering-hot daycare bus for more than three hours has died. The child was unresponsive when discovered inside the vehicle by police, who said the temperature inside the vehicle at the time was 113 degrees. The bus was parked outside a daycare facility following a field trip, …

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US citizen, believed to have been fighting for ISIS, detained in Syria

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. citizen, believed to have been fighting for ISIS, was captured in northern Syria this summer, according to a U.S. defense official. Ibraheem Musaibli, who is now at a holding facility, was detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — the U.S.-led coalition’s partner force fighting ISIS in Syria, the official said.The …

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Tornadoes touch down in Iowa, causing several injuries and destruction

Gloria McAllister(DES MOINES, Iowa) — Tornadoes have touched down in central Iowa, displacing families and causing destruction across multiple counties. A number of people have been injured and sent to the hospital, Lt. Shane Cox of the Pella Police Department told ABC News. The extent of the injuries is unknown at this time. The city …

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Florida, California among top sites for shark attacks in the US

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New York may have been the site of two suspected shark attacks on Wednesday, but attacks by the creatures in these waters are so rare that there have been only 10 documented cases confirmed in nearly 150 years. The worst place in America for shark attacks? Florida. Statistics from The International Shark …

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Aphid populations worst in central Minnesota

Soybean aphid populations are on the rise in Minnesota. University of Minnesota Extension entomologist Bob Koch says the largest numbers are in the central part of the state. “Stearns County area westward towards Willmar, and now even Morris.  We’re seeing aphid populations increasing to near treatable levels in some fields.” He tells Brownfield central Minnesota …

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Disease pressure builds in wet areas of the Corn Belt

Disease pressure continues to build in parts of the Corn Belt under stress from too much moisture. Carolyn Zierke is an innovation specialist for BASF in southern Minnesota. She says rain, heat, and humidity has spawned an array of diseases in corn and soybean fields. “And growers really need to look and be proactive at …

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Minnesota farmers adapting to herbicide resistance

A soybean researcher says farmers in his state are adapting to the herbicide-resistant weed epidemic. David Kee with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council tells Brownfield growers are mixing up chemistries and making more passes. “We’re seeing more and more pre-emergent programs put together.  You can really spot the fields that didn’t get a …

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Tumbling soybean prices could trigger indemnity payments

A farm management analyst predicts the tumble in soybean prices will result in substantial crop insurance payments for some farmers. Kent Thiesse with MinnStar Bank in south-central Minnesota says revenue protection policies based on optional units with higher coverage levels should provide the biggest payout. “Depending on what your APH yield is, at 85 percent …

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Crop disease common across Midwest this year

Many farmers across the Midwest are seeing a variety of crop diseases because of increasingly hot and moist conditions. Mike Meyer is a technical expert with Corteva. “Frogeye leaf spot, mostly gray leaf spot, and in pockets throughout the Midwest we are seeing Physoderma Brown Spot,” he says. He tells Brownfield now is the time …

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‘I pray for our cops every day’: Law enforcement deaths spiking, guns No. 1 cause

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When New York State Police trooper Nicholas Clark responded to a reported suicidal person barricaded in a home this month, the suspect gunned him down before taking his own life. “A 29-year-old trooper, a stellar trooper with an extraordinary record, his whole life before him,” a grieving New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo …

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Harvey Weinstein asks court to dismiss Ashley Judd lawsuit, says they had a ‘bargain’

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein’s legal team said in new court documents that Ashley Judd struck “a bargain” with him in which she would allow him to touch her “if she won an Academy Award in one of his films.” Weinstein is asking the court to dismiss Judd’s defamation lawsuit …

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Prosecutors allege Russian agent maintained ‘duplicitous relationship’ with political operative

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Federal prosecutors believe that Maria Butina, the Russian gun-rights activist who was recently arrested and charged with acting as a foreign agent, maintained a “duplicitous relationship” with an American political operative for the purposes of gaining access to U.S. political organizations. Identified in court filings only as “U.S. Person 1,” a 56-year-old political …

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