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Rent walkouts point to strains in U.S. farm economy

Monday, 23 February 2015 01:05
By Jo Winterbottom and P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Across the U.S. Midwest, the plunge in grain prices to near four-year lows is pitting landowners determined to sustain rental incomes against farmer tenants worried about making rent payments because their revenues are squeezed. Some grain farmers already see the burden as too big. They are taking an extreme step, one not widely seen since the 1980s: breaching lease contracts, reducing how much land they will…
Oscars 2015: Complete coverage
Sunday, 22 February 2015 23:04
By Seth Abramovitch This story first appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. On a February afternoon in 1940, Hattie McDaniel — then one of the biggest African-American movie stars in the world — marched into the Culver City offices of producer David O. Selznick and placed a stack of Gone With the Wind reviews on his desk. The Civil War epic, released two months earlier, had become an instant cultural…
Somali extremists urge attacks on U.S. shopping malls
Sunday, 22 February 2015 22:03
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A video purported to be by Somalia's al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries. U.S. authorities said there was "no credible" evidence suggesting a U.S. mall attack was in the works. The threat by the al-Qaida affiliate came in the final minutes of a more than hourlong video released Saturday in which the extremists also warned Kenya of more attacks…
Homeland Security chief: Budget stall muddies response to IS
Sunday, 22 February 2015 22:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — The possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security threatens the Obama administration's efforts to counter the extremist appeal of the Islamic State group within the U.S. and to respond with emergency aid to communities struggling with winter snowstorms, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned on Sunday. In a round of appearances on network news programs, Johnson said that if Congress fails to agree on a new budget for his department by…
Sen. Graham: 'No doubt' President Obama loves his country
Sunday, 22 February 2015 18:58
Potential Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham has "no doubt" that President Obama loves his country, refuting comments made by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani earlier this week. “Well, I love Rudy, but I don’t want to go there. The nation’s very divided. President Obama has divided us more than he’s brought us together and I don’t want to add to that division,” Graham initially said on ABC's "This Week" today, before adding, “I…
Storms, freezing temps cause 21 deaths in Tennessee
Sunday, 22 February 2015 16:55
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say the storms and freezing temperatures this past week in Tennessee caused 21 deaths, including 11 attributed to hypothermia. Gov. Bill Haslam elevated Tennessee on Saturday to a higher level state of emergency, meaning hard-hit areas may be eligible for state and federal assistance. Forecasters say the heavy precipitation has gone, but most of the state will see low temperatures in the teens to mid-20s the rest of the week.
UK debates how to stop teenage girls travelling to Syria
Sunday, 22 February 2015 14:53
London (AFP) - Britain debated Sunday how to stop teenage girls joining the Islamic State group in Syria after three high-achieving youngsters became the latest to run away from home. School friends Kadiza Sultana, 17, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase left their east London homes on Tuesday and flew to Istanbul, raising concerns they would travel on to Syria to join IS jihadists. All three were spoken to in December by police investigating…
Islamic State militants claim attacks on Iranian ambassador's residence in Libya
Sunday, 22 February 2015 13:52
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they were behind Sunday's twin bomb attacks on the residence of the Iranian ambassador in the Libyan capital and a rocket strike on the eastern Labraq airport, a group statement. The attack on the ambassador's residence came two days after the group claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing that killed more than 40 people in the eastern town of Qubbah, one of the worst…
Islamic State militants claim attacks on Iranian ambassador's residence, airport
Sunday, 22 February 2015 11:50
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they were behind Sunday's twin bomb attacks on the residence of the Iranian ambassador in the Libyan capital and a rocket strike on the eastern Labraq airport, a group statement. The attack on the ambassador's residence came two days after the group claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing that killed more than 40 people in the eastern town of Qubbah, one of the worst…
Ferry sinks in central Bangladesh, killing at least 48
Sunday, 22 February 2015 09:47
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A river ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized in central Bangladesh on Sunday, killing at least seven people, officials said. A rescue operation was underway, but it was not clear exactly how many people were missing. The ferry was reportedly hit by a cargo vessel at the Daulatdia-Paturia crossing on the Padma River on Sunday afternoon, said fire department official Shahzadi Begum. Rescue teams were deployed and passing boats were helping…

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