Florida ‘stand your ground’ shooter found guilty of manslaughter

ABC News(CLEARWATER, Fla.) — The man accused of shooting a Florida father in front of his family in an argument over a handicap parking space outside a convenience store has been found guilty of manslaughter. Michael Drejka had argued he acted in self-defense, and initially invoked the controversial “stand your ground” law that earned widespread …

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Trump raises existing tariffs on China

President Trump is raising the existing tariffs on China.  Trump said in a tweet Friday afternoon China should not have announced a counter-tariff on 75-billion dollars’ worth of U.S. products, which he called “politically motivated.”  He says starting October 1st, the 250-billion dollars’ worth of goods and products from China currently being taxed at 25% …

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Peterson says China resolution should have been reached before they joined WTO

The Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee says the current trade problem with China could have been resolved prior to China’s WTO membership. Reacting to China’s additional tariffs on U.S. goods, Democrat Collin Peterson of Minnesota said trade issues with China could have been dealt with before that country became a member of the World …

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NCGA says MFP2 calculations better for corn

The first-vice-president of the National Corn Growers Association says they appreciate the way the USDA calculated trade damage payments in this second round of the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Kevin Ross tells Brownfield Ag News, “We certainly think they did a much better job. And, definitely, at least looked at a lot of the information …

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Suderman says China overshadowing markets

A market analyst says the China trade war is the main, overshadowing factor for the bearish commodity market because of how China is targeting agriculture, “The commodities do not have, at this point, from the day that they’ve been presented anything to argue against that. And the Midwest Crop Tour this week failed to show …

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Quantas to test 19-hour flights from New York and London to Sydney

iStock(NEW YORK) — Some travelers start a long book, binge-watch movies or series, or even do their best thinking on long flights. Now, they may be able to do all those things — and more — on a single flight. Quantas has announced that it is launching what it calls an “ultra-long-haul research flights” that …

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Homeless man who was given shoes by a jogger in viral photo now has a job offer

WABC(NEW YORK) — A homeless man in New York City who was given a pair of shoes by a stranger passing by him while jogging earlier this week has now been offered a job and a second chance. A Twitter account by the name of @NYorNothing posted a video on Sunday showing a man dressed …

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Homeless man who was given shoes by a jogger in viral photo now has a job offer

WABC(NEW YORK) — A homeless man in New York City who was given a pair of shoes by a stranger passing by him while jogging earlier this week has now been offered a job and a second chance. A Twitter account by the name of @NYorNothing posted a video on Sunday showing a man dressed …

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Livestock producers ponder “What if gray wolves are de-listed?”

Great Lakes livestock producers are wondering what wolf management might look like IF gray wolves are de-listed from the Endangered Species List. North-central Minnesota cattle rancher Miles Kuschel says because wolves are protected, the most he can do for his animals is employ scare tactics. “Try to get some blinking lights, some flashing, loud noises …

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Hog futures down on demand concerns

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were modestly to sharply lower on the lower midday boxed beef and unconfirmed reports of a higher Chinese tariff on U.S. beef. The USDA’s Cattle on Feed report looks mostly neutral to slightly bullish, with placements at the low end of analysts’ estimates. August was down $.35 at $104.62 …

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Heartbreak as farmers struggle to stay in business

The vice president of Minnesota Farmers Union is seeing heartbreak across rural America as farmers struggle to stay in business. Bryan Klabunde says he encountered a woman at a recent farm show in southwest Minnesota who told him her dad is a farmer in his 70’s trying to hang on. “And she started to break …

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Farmers express frustration with accuracy of USDA crop estimates

Nebraska farmers were looking forward to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue’s appearance at a town hall event at the Nebraska State Fair on Friday. However his visit was cancelled at the last minute, apparently because of weather-related travel issues. Perdue is likely to have faced some tough questions on trade and RFS waivers. But another source of …

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Spring delays leave no summer break for central Iowa farm family

Spring planting delays voided any summer break for one central Iowa farm family. Corey Hillebo of Polk City says their workload has been spread out all summer long. “We were busy all summer. Dad missed his vacation he had planned. We were just in the sprayer all the time, and I think it’s going to …

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Girl returns rock she stole from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National Park Service(SWAIN COUNTY, N.C.) — Park rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park received an unexpected hand-written letter with a heart-shaped rock from a former visitor. Rangers Jessie Snow and Allison Bate, who shared the story on the park’s Facebook page, told ABC News they knew “right away this would be a great opportunity …

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CBP seizes over 52,000 gun parts from China at California port

US Customs and Border Patrol(LOS ANGELES) — California Border Patrol at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport intercepted and seized over 52,000 illegal gun parts from China. U.S. Customs and Border protection announced Thursday that they seized a total of $378,225 worth of firearms parts in violation if the Chinese Arms Embargo that included sights, stocks, …

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Man arrested for terrorism after sending threatening email to ABC Nashville affiliate

iStock(NASHVILLE) — A man has been arrested after allegedly sending a rambling email to one of ABC News’ affiliate stations in Tennessee, threatening to go to the “state capital to blow someone’s brains out.” ABC Nashville affiliate WKRN-TV received a threatening email on Wednesday, authorities said, allegedly from Nathan Semans, who also expressed his displeasure …

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As Trump heads to G7 summit, potential for dysfunctional ‘family reunion’

iStock(BIARRITZ, France) — President Donald Trump flies across the Atlantic Ocean on Friday night to the ritzy coastal city of Biarritz, France, for the G7 summit, an annual gathering that could be likened to a dysfunctional family reunion. As world leaders from the Group of Seven countries, consisting of Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, …

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12-year-old boy jumps out of moving truck to escape suspected kidnapper, police say

Boynton Beach Police Department(BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.) — A 12-year-old boy dove from a moving vehicle to escape a suspected kidnapper in South Florida, police say. The child was treated for abrasions to his forehead, arms and hands, while the suspect, 26-year-old Timothy Miller of West Palm Beach, was arrested on charges of kidnapping under the …

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Teen sentenced to life for fatally running over Baltimore County officer

Baltimore County Police Department(BALTIMORE) — A Baltimore teenager was sentenced to life in prison for running over a police officer with a stolen Jeep and fleeing the scene. Dawnta Harris, 17, was convicted of felony murder in the death of Baltimore County Police Department Officer Amy Caprio, who was fatally struck in May 2018 after …

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A Florida woman is found dead, authorities ruled it a suicide, but her family believes she was killed

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) — When St. Johns County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the St. Augustine, Florida, home of Jeremy Banks on Sept. 2, 2010, they found his 24-year-old girlfriend Michelle O’Connell lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head and dozens of prescription painkillers in her pocket. “Please get someone to my …

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