American charged with joining ISIS after capture in Syria

wingedwolf/iStock(DALLAS) — An American citizen captured in Syria has been charged by federal prosecutors in Dallas, Texas, for allegedly joining the terrorist group ISIS. A criminal complaint unsealed in Texas’ Northern District Court Thursday alleged that Omer Kuzu, a 23-year-old U.S. citizen, traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, with his brother in October 2014 and from there …

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‘Erroneous reporting’ on Garlic Festival shooting suspect’s ideology: FBI

vmargineanu/iStock(GILROY, Calif.) — Citing “erroneous reporting,” the FBI special agent in charge of the FBI San Francisco’s office said there’s been no determination yet on any ideology of the suspect who killed three and wounded 12 at a Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, over the weekend. “I can tell you there has been no determination …

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Pilot in Navy Super Hornet jet crash has died

Jack Mullins/iStock(DEATH VALLEY, Calif.) — A U.S. Navy single-seat F/A-18E fighter jet crashed on Wednesday in Death Valley, California, according to the Navy. The pilot has died and seven individuals on the ground suffered minor injuries, a spokesperson for Death Valley National Park said. “At approximately 10 a.m. PST, a F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to …

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Granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, found dead at Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, sources say

deebrowning/iStock(BARNSTABLE, Mass.) — Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, was found dead on Thursday afternoon at the Kennedy Compound, according to a law enforcement source and people close to the family. The Kennedy family confirmed the death in a statement. “Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved …

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Police respond to ‘unattended death’ at Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, district attorney says

deebrowning/iStock(BARNSTABLE, Mass.) — Barnstable police were called to the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, for a report of an “unattended death,” the Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said in a statement. “The matter remains under investigation by Barnstable Police and State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office,” the statement read. …

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USDA disaster declaration approved for 21 counties

Twenty-one Wisconsin counties have been designated by Ag Secretary Perdue as primary natural disaster areas. That means producers in those counties can apply for low interest FSA loans from losses caused by winterkill, rain, freezing rain, cold and snow in the first five months of this year. The deadline to apply is March 25th, 2020. …

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Analyst sees USDA decrease corn acres 5 to 6 million

A market analyst expects the USDA to reduce corn acreage five to six million following a resurvey of U.S. planted acres. Mike Zuzolo with Global Commodity Analytics says this was a historically bad spring to get a crop in. “I think this is where the trade is really seeing a disconnect from what we’re trading …

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Federal farm payments are high, but not a record

Agriculture economist David Widmar says the latest Market Facilitation Program outlay results in direct farm payments being higher than in recent memory, but not at record levels. Widmar, the co-founder of Ag Economic Insights, tells Brownfield MFP 2.0 payments bring early estimates for 2019 federal farm payments to about $21 billion. “If we were to …

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Minnesota Ag Water Quality program hits milestone

More than 500,000 acres have been certified in Minnesota’s Ag Water Quality Certification Program. Governor Walz recognized the achievement by visiting a farm north of the Twin Cities. Since its launch in 2015, 772 farmers have implemented over 1,500 new conservation practices.  The program is credited with reducing an estimated 34,000 tons of sediment per …

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Soybeans sink on China questions

Soybeans were sharply lower on fund and technical selling. China did buy old and new crop U.S. beans ahead of the recent trade talks, but nothing since, even with a pledge to buy more U.S. ag goods. President Trump has announced new 10% tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese goods will go into effect September …

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Hog futures drop on new tariff talk

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were higher, waiting to see how much direct trade is left to be done this week. August was up $.97 at $107.87 and October was $1.07 higher at $108.72. Feeder cattle were lower on technical selling. August was down $.30 at $141.22 and September was $.92 lower at $141.52. …

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Warm conditions speed up some crop development

A southern Indiana farmer says recent hot and humid conditions have boosted crop development in his area.   David Ring grows corn, soybeans, and wheat in Dubois County. “Two weeks ago we had a heat index of like 109 or 110 and we had some moisture and the corn and soybeans actually started growing,” he …

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North Korea launches another projectile, US official says

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(SEOUL) — North Korea has fired at least one projectile into the Sea of Japan, a U.S. official confirmed to ABC News. The official said that the projectile is similar to the two launched by North Korea earlier this week which were assessed to be short range ballistic missiles. This is the third launch …

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American charged with joining ISIS after capture in Syria

wingedwolf/iStock(DALLAS) — An American citizen captured in Syria has been charged by federal prosecutors in Dallas, Texas, for allegedly joining the terrorist group ISIS. A criminal complaint unsealed in Texas’ Northern District Court Thursday alleged that Omer Kuzu, a 23-year-old U.S. citizen, traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, with his brother in October 2014 and from there …

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“Epic Universe”: new theme park coming to Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort (ORLANDO, Fla.) — Theme park lovers, brace yourselves. There’s a whole new park opening at Universal Orlando Resort. Here is everything we know so far: It’s called Universal’s Epic Universe and referred to as “Epic Universe” for short. It will be the fourth theme park at Universal Orlando resort. The others are …

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‘Erroneous reporting’ on Garlic Festival shooting suspect’s ideology: FBI

vmargineanu/iStock(GILROY, Calif.) — Citing “erroneous reporting,” the FBI special agent in charge of the FBI San Francisco’s office said there’s been no determination yet on any ideology of the suspect who killed three and wounded 12 at a Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, over the weekend. “I can tell you there has been no determination …

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Ahead of Rossello’s resignation, protesters in Puerto Rico still fighting for ‘sea of change’

NatanaelGinting/iStock(SAN JUAN, P.R.) — Immediately after Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced his plans to resign amid a political scandal and under the pressure of sustained, mass protests, residents of the island erupted into roaring cheers and joyous chants. But for many, the victory of ousting an unpopular governor was not the end of the …

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Critical time to scout soybeans for defoliators

An integrated pest management specialist is encouraging growers to scout soybean fields for insects. Bruce Potter with University of Minnesota Extension says the crop becomes more susceptible as it goes through its reproductive phase. “They can tolerate a little less defoliation now than they could earlier. There’s not as many leaves to be put on …

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Families of American teens detained in Rome in connection to cop’s murder speak out

piola666/iStock(LONDON) — The fathers of two American teenagers detained in Rome have visited their sons for the first time since the teens were accused of killing an Italian police officer. Finnegan Lee Elder, 19, and Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth, 18, remain jailed in the Italian capital on suspicion of attempted extortion and aggravated murder in connection …

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Iran calls US sanctions on its foreign minister ‘childish’

studiocasper/iStock(NEW YORK) — Iran’s leadership called U.S. sanctions against its foreign minister “childish” and pushed back on the Trump administration’s assertion that he did not speak for the country’s decision makers. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that the United States’ announcement this week was targeting Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, and reflected “childish behavior,” …

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