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‘No-till farming’ revolution grows in Indiana

Indiana farmer Mike Starkey does not plow his fields and uses fertilizer only sparingly, but he is on the cutting edge of a growing trend in American agriculture. Advocates of his “no-till farming” technique say it could provide the low-cost, environmentally-friendly crops the agricultural industry has sought for many years. Starkey’s cropland…

Supreme Court ruling supports generic drug makers

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court ruled that generic drug makers can challenge big-name pharmaceutical firms in court to stop them from broadening the scope of their patent descriptions. The measure overturns a 2010 appeals court ruling and confirms an earlier decision by a federal judge that ordered the US…

North Korea vows retaliation over rocket

SEOUL — In a defiant statement late Tuesday, the nuclear-armed North broke off a bilateral agreement to halt testing of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles after Washington suspended much-needed food aid. “We have thus become able to take necessary retaliatory measures, free from the agreement. The US will be held…

U.S. protesters mark tax day with protest at Ann Romney’s birthday party

A team of make-believe baseball players descended on Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday afternoon, using tax day to highlight corporate unaccountability as Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, celebrated her birthday at an exclusive party inside. The so-called Tax Dodgers wore white uniforms, not unlike…

Warren Buffett has prostate cancer, but feels ‘great’

WASHINGTON — US tycoon Warren Buffett announced he has early-stage prostate cancer, and indicated he had no intention of stepping down as head of his investment firm Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett, a larger-than-life financier known as the “Oracle of Omaha” for his investment savvy, said: “I feel great.” With his big…

Stolen Tom Petty guitars recovered

LOS ANGELES — US police have recovered five stolen guitars belonging to Tom Petty and Heartbreakers, they said Tuesday, earning thanks from the US rock veteran on the eve of his latest tour. Petty had offered a $7,500 reward for information about the guitars, including one of Petty’s vintage 12-string…

New York bomb plotter describes Al Qaeda plan

NEW YORK — The convicted bomb-maker in a 2009 plot to cause carnage in New York described Monday how he and an Al-Qaeda handler in Pakistan considered everything from the subway to movie theaters as targets. “We started the conversation on such targets as Walmart, the New York Stock Exchange,…

Despite scandal, Obama confident in Secret Service boss

WASHINGTON — The White House Tuesday expressed confidence in the chief of the US Secret Service, but the elite bodyguard unit’s Colombian sex scandal deepened, with claims that 20 women were involved. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan is coming under increasing political pressure over allegations that agents sent to the…

U.S. lawmakers seek to boost exports to Africa

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers on Tuesday called for a push to boost exports to Africa, saying that both sides would benefit if the United States sells more products to the continent’s growing middle class. Lawmakers from both major US parties teamed up to introduce bills in the House of Representatives…

In Canada, ‘Star Wars’ exhibit asks who we are

MONTREAL — A new exhibit exploring human identity through the “Star Wars” universe and the epic sci-fi saga’s quirky characters kicks off a multi-city world tour in Montreal on Thursday. “Star Wars Identities” combines the latest scientific research in areas of psychology, neuropsychology and genetics with some 200 costumes, props,…

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