U.S. railways to halt grain shipments ahead of potential shutdown -agriculture sources

U.S. railways to halt grain shipments ahead of potential shutdown -agriculture sources

CHICAGO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Some U.S. railroads will start halting crop shipments on Thursday, a day ahead of a potential work stoppage, an agricultural association and sources at two grain cooperatives said on Tuesday, threatening exports and feed deliveries for livestock. With farmers starting to harvest autumn crops that are shipped to meat and … Read more

Biden touts ‘Cancer Moonshot’ on JFK speech anniversary in Boston

Biden touts ‘Cancer Moonshot’ on JFK speech anniversary in Boston

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BOSTON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden signed orders on Monday to push more government dollars to the U.S. biotechnology industry, as he promoted his initiative to create new treatments and cut the death rate from cancer. Cancer “doesn’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat,” … Read more

Blasts hit Crimea, Russian missile wounds 12 near nuclear plant in southern Ukraine

Blasts hit Crimea, Russian missile wounds 12 near nuclear plant in southern Ukraine

Aug 20 (Reuters) – New blasts resounded in the Russian-annexed Crimea peninsula on Saturday and a Russian missile hit a residential area of a southern Ukrainian town not far from a nuclear power station, wounding 12 civilians, Russian and Ukrainian officials said. That strike at the Pivdennoukrainsk (South Ukraine) nuclear station and fresh shelling near … Read more

U.S. spares Western states from Colorado River water cuts – for now

U.S. spares Western states from Colorado River water cuts – for now

Aug 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. government spared seven Western states from mandatory Colorado River water cutbacks for now but warned on Tuesday that drastic conservation was needed to protect dwindling reservoirs from overuse and severe drought exacerbated by climate change. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in June had given the states 60 days, until … Read more

Cash-strapped Britons give up pets as living costs soar

Cash-strapped Britons give up pets as living costs soar

LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Stood on her hind legs to greet any prospective owner who might approach her glass-doored kennel, Harriet is a black English cocker spaniel abandoned as a deepening cost-of-living crisis pushes growing numbers of Britons to part with their pets. She was found running along a busy road in London after … Read more

Germany and Poland search for cause of mass fish die-off in river Oder

Germany and Poland search for cause of mass fish die-off in river Oder

Tonnes of dead fish collected in river on Polish-German border Authorities are working to establish cause Polish authorities criticised for slow response Polish PM says Oder “may take years” to return to normal state BERLIN/WARSAW, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Polish and German authorities are working “flat-out” to establish the cause behind a mass fish die-off … Read more

Berkshire Hathaway posts massive $43.8 billion loss; operating results improve

Berkshire Hathaway posts massive .8 billion loss; operating results improve

Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett walks through the exhibit hall as shareholders gather to hear from the billionaire investor at Berkshire Hathaway Inc’s annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Morgan//File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 6 (Reuters) – The slide in U.S. stock prices … Read more

Shakin’ bacon? Belgian researchers study pigs’ response to music

Shakin’ bacon? Belgian researchers study pigs’ response to music

BRUSSELS, July 25 (Reuters) – Scientists in Belgium are investigating a farmer’s claim that different styles of music affect the behaviour of his pigs. Piet Paesmans first noticed the phenomenon when his son started singing a tune in the barn during a sluggish insemination session his sows seemed excited and started wagging their tails. “I … Read more

S&P 500, Dow close lower after bank earnings, inflation data

S&P 500, Dow close lower after bank earnings, inflation data

JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley report profit miss PPI surges more than expected in June Conagra Brands falls on downbeat forecast Dow down 0.46%, S&P off 0.30%, Nasdaq up 0.03% NEW YORK, July 14 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 (.SPX) pared early losses to close modestly lower on Thursday after investors digested disappointing quarterly results from two … Read more

Ships get older and slower as emissions rules bite

Ships get older and slower as emissions rules bite

Average age of vessels up more than two years since 2017 New emissions rules may force older ships to go slower One-fifth of ships fitted with energy saving devices New vessels and alternative fuels the long-term solution LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) – If shipping is the beating heart of global trade, its pulse is about … Read more