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Animal rights activists take California rodeo to court
California Rodeo organizers denied the claims and said they have given the Monterey County SPCA full access to the rodeo grounds.

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Minnesota links caramel apples, 2 listeria deaths
Minnesota officials are warning consumers to wait for more information before eating any pre-packaged, commercially produced caramel apples.
Kauai council kills separate tax for GMO research
The proposal would have used lease amounts, instead of fair market values, to calculate property tax assessments on biotech companies.
Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy
Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy
Even if congressional opponents of normalizing relations with Cuba were to pass sweeping legislation to stop what President Obama wants to do, he could veto it and they are unlikely to muster the two-thirds majority to override a veto.
US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers
The Peterson Institute for International Economics estimates that exports of U.S. goods to Cuba could reach $4.3 billion a year, compared to less than $360 million last year.
Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on
Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on
A decision on whether protections are warranted will be reached by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.
Coyote Catalog program activated in North Dakota
State program links farmers with coyote hunters and trappers.
McDonald’s in Japan limits orders of fries
West Coast port slowdown causes fry rationing at McDonald's in Japan.
Fresh rain in Southern Calif. causes mudslides
Drought-parched California hit by more storms.
Falling gas costs push consumer prices down
Plunging gasoline costs caused U.S. consumer prices to drop in November, muting inflation across the entire economy.
Maui group wins ability to intervene in GMO case
SHAKA Movement attorney Michael Carroll says the judge’s ruling on Monday will allow his clients to file their own motions and to respond and object to plaintiff motions.