Alia Knight

USDA Announces the Availability of More Than 8 Million for Climate Change Research

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced the availability of $8.4 million in available funding to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. The funding is available through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is …

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Minnesota Woman Charged with Holding Chinese Woman in “Slavery”

A Minnesota woman is charged with beating and starving a woman she brought from China to work as a nanny, holding her in a state of “slavery or indentured servitude,” a prosecutor said. Lili Huang, 35, of Woodbury is charged in Washington County with five felony counts, including labor trafficking, …

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Turkish Military Attempts to Overthrow President

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted to the nation Saturday that his government is in charge following a coup attempt brought a night of explosions, air battles, gunfire and unrest across the capital and left at least 90 dead, 1,154 people wounded and more than 1,000 military personnel detained. In …

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Donald Trump Selects Mike Pence to be His Running Mate

Donald Trump has selected 50th Indiana governor Mike Pence to be his running mate. Trump had initially suggested he would wait until the Republican National Convention to unveil his vice presidential choice, but Indiana law forced his hand. Candidates can’t run for both federal and state office after July 15, …

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At Least 80 Dead After Attack in Nice France

At least 80 people are dead and dozens injured as a result of a truck driver plowing through a crowd that had gathered to watch a Bastille Day fireworks show in Nice France. The driver’s actions were apparently intentional and are being called “a terrorist attack” by French President François Hollande. …

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Disney Introduces First Ever Latina Princess

Disney is introducing its first Latina princess with the new animated television series “Elena of Avalor.” The series focuses on the adventures of the title character, who is described as being “a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to …

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Obama Rejects Notion that Racial Divides in America are Insurmountable

President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he understood why Americans felt there was a widening racial gulf in the country, but rejected the suggestion that tensions would only get worse. Speaking at a memorial service for five police officers who were killed in Dallas by Micah Johnson, Obama said Americans …

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New Dwarf Planet Beyond Pluto Discovered

Astronomers have discovered another dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt, the ring of icy objects beyond Neptune. But this newfound world, dubbed 2015 RR245, is much more distant than Pluto, orbiting the sun once every 700 Earth years, scientists said. (Pluto completes one lap around the sun every 248 Earth …

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Starbucks to Increase the Base Pay of All Workers Next Month

Starbucks is boosting the base pay of all employees and store managers at U.S. company-run stores by 5 percent or more. In a letter sent to workers Monday, CEO Howard Schultz said that the amount of the raise — which will occur in October— will be determined by geographic and …

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Uber Suspends its Services in Response to Gun Violence

Last night, after this week’s deadly shootings made national news, Uber changed its app to have riders “reflect on gun violence” while using the service. BuzzFeed first noted the changes as social media users began circulating messages from Uber early today. The company reportedly paused the app for one minute …

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