Fires in Amazon rainforest up more than 80% this year, scientists warn

gustavofrazao/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Amazon rainforest in Brazil is experiencing a record amount of fires this year, according to the country’s space agency. The number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon between Jan. 1 and Aug. 20 — more than 74,000 as of Tuesday — has risen 84% from the same period in 2018, according …

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Ethanol production hits multi-month low

U.S. ethanol production and stocks declined last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 1.023 million barrels a day, down 22,000 on the week, the lowest weekly average since April as the industry struggles with margins and EPA policy on exemption waivers for smaller oil refiners. Most of the weekly decline was in …

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Officials to reevaluate search for missing firefighters off Florida coast after 6th day

U.S. Coast Guard(PORT CANAVERAL, Fla.) — U.S. Coast Guard officials will assess whether to continue the search for two firefighters who went missing on a fishing trip off the coast of Florida after six days of operations. The search was launched after Jacksonville, Fla., firefighter Brian McCluney and Fairfax, Va., firefighter Justin Walker failed to …

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Teen girl, baby sister found dead in apparent homicide; mom named person of interest: Police

kali9/iStock(ONTARIO, Calif.) — A 4-month-old girl and her 14-year-old sister were found dead in the garage of their southern California home in a suspected homicide, and their mother has been named a person of interest, authorities said. Police in Ontario, Calif., said the girls’ identities and cause of death have not been released. Their mother …

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Migrants allowed to disembark Open Arms ship at Lampedusa as Italian government shakes

Naeblys/iStock FILE(NEW YORK) — Dozens of people were allowed to disembark a rescue ship on the Italian island of Lampedusa, ending a 19-day standoff between the Spain-based rescue organization and the Italian government. The Open Arms ship, managed by an NGO of the same name, had been waiting in the central Mediterranean with nearly 100 …

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Harvey Weinstein seeks change of venue for trial, citing ‘circus-like atmosphere’

iStockHarvey Weinstein wants his upcoming criminal trial moved because of a “circus-like atmosphere” that exists in New York, according to a recent court filing. An attorney for the disgraced film producer said in the filing that Weinstein has been demonized by “unending and ever-expanding deluge of local, national and international news, press coverage and online …

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12-year-old boy bitten in apparent shark attack in Florida, escapes with ‘very minor’ injuries: Official

Connah/iStock FILE(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — A 12-year-old boy was bitten in an apparent shark attack in Florida Wednesday morning, escaping with only “very minor” injuries, according to a fire rescue official. The boy was in waist-deep water at a Fort Lauderdale beach when he was bitten on his foot by what officials believe was a …

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19-year-old sues Juul, Philip Morris alleging illegal marketing to young people

BCFC/iStock(CHICAGO) — An Illinois teenager is suing e-cigarette maker Juul and tobacco giant Philip Morris claiming the companies use illegal and deceptive marketing to prey on young people. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Illinois on Monday, is based on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO, which is the …

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‘Stranger Things’ star Millie Bobby Brown is launching her own vegan makeup line

Jun/iStock(NEW YORK) — Millie Bobby Brown is launching her own vegan makeup line called Florence by Mills. The Stranger Things star announced the new line by posting a video about it on Instagram. “Every young person deserves to have a good start with their skin. I want it to be vegan, clean, cruelty-free, that would …

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Trade dispute with China continues

President Trump says the trade dispute with China will continue whether “it’s good or bad” for the U.S. in the short term. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Trump said it will help in the long term and that someone had to address China’s unfair trading practices. Trump said China wants to make a deal, but any …

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Temps vary; active pattern across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are affecting some western production areas, including parts of the Missouri Valley. Cool air is arriving across the upper Midwest, but hot, humid conditions linger in the Ohio Valley. Only 68% of the U.S. soybeans were setting pods by August 18, the slowest pace since 1996. That year, …

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Much cooler days ahead for much of the Heartland

During the next few days, a surge of cool air will engulf much of the central and eastern U.S. Late-summer heat will persist, however, from the Intermountain West to the High Plains. Mostly dry weather will accompany the heat, except for a few showers in the central and southern Rockies and environs. Meanwhile, abundant rain …

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The battle against weed resistance

Research has shown that a farmer’s best chance to control weeds happens when they spray early. In this Managing for Profit, University of Wisconsin weed scientist Rodrigo Werle addresses some of the challenges farmers face and why now is the perfect time to start planning for the 2020 crop year. Continue reading The battle against …

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Pioneer Media Day

Pioneer hosted a media day at its Johnston, Iowa headquarters on August 13 to provide ag journalists with an update on company programs. Brownfield took the opportunity to interview several of the Pioneer experts on hand. Pioneer Corn Revolution–Ryan Myers, U.S. Corn Lead Myers interview Qrome Availability in 2020–Neal Hoss, Pioneer Corn Product Manager Hoss interview LumiGEN …

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Man films his own dramatic plane crash and helicopter rescue off California coast

Owen Leipelt(SAN FRANCISCO) — Two people are lucky to be alive after their plane lost power and went down in Half Moon Bay off the coast of California on Tuesday – and they caught the entire dramatic ordeal on tape. David Lesh, 34, and his friend Kayla were visiting San Francisco from Denver to do …

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Flood Warning issued August 21 at 8:01AM MDT until further notice by NWS

…The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in South Dakota and Nebraska… Missouri River Near Greenwood Missouri River Near Verdel Missouri River At Niobrara Missouri River At Springfield

Police: Four shot on college campus in Atlanta during block party

TheaDesign/iStock(ATLANTA) — At least four people were wounded Tuesday night when a shooting broke out at a back-to-school block party on a college campus in Atlanta, police said. An unidentified shooter opened fire into a crowd of about 200 people at the block party in front of the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Clark Atlanta …

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Ahead of G-7 Summit, Trump again backs Russia being allowed back into alliance

republica/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Just days before heading to the G-7 Summit in France, President Donald Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his support for allowing Russia to rejoin the group of the world’s advanced economies. Trump has repeatedly called for closer ties with Moscow and it’s a move he backed last year. But Western democracies have …

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Rescuers cling to hope of finding two missing firefighters off coast of Florida

holgs/iStock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A flotilla of volunteers answered the call on Tuesday to join the search off the Florida coast for two firefighters who failed to return from a fishing trip on Friday. As the search for Jacksonville, Florida, Firefighter Brian McCluney and Fairfax, Virginia, Firefighter Justin Walker stretched into its fifth day on Tuesday, …

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Escaped Georgia inmate wanted for murder kills himself as authorities close in

Gulf County Sheriffs Office(NEW YORK) — An escaped Georgia inmate who was named as the suspect in a fatal shooting over a botched drug deal in Florida earlier this week took his own life on Tuesday night as authorities closed in. The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Stephen Michael Smith, was spotted driving on a highway …

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