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EXPLAINER: Mixed US inflation signs. Where are prices going?

Aug. 10, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers struggling with skyrocketing prices for food, gas, autos and rent got a tantalizing hint of relief last month, when prices didn't budge at all from June after 25 straight months of increases. With gas prices continuing to fall, inflation is probably slowing further...

Microplastics increasingly found in Colorado's snowpack

Aug. 06, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — As the focus on the electron microscope resolved, Richard Reynolds found himself feeling more resigned than surprised. The slide before him was a snowpack sample collected from pristine Colorado high country. The sample revealed, at intense magnification, the...

UN food price index dropped in July for fourth month

Aug. 06, 2022 00:23 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Food and Agriculture Agency’s global food price index dropped for a fourth straight month in July, but was still 13% higher than in July 2021, the agency reported Friday. FAO said last month’s 8.6% decline was the steepest monthly drop in the...

US: Africa can buy Russian grain but risks actions on oil

Aug. 04, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — African nations are free to buy grain from Russia but could face consequences if they trade in U.S.-sanctioned commodities such as Russian oil, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday. “Countries can buy Russian agricultural products,...

Italy's salty Po Delta hurting agriculture, fisheries

Aug. 02, 2022 06:35 AM EDT

PORTO TOLLE, Italy (AP) — Drought and unusually hot weather have raised the salinity in Italy’s largest delta, where the mighty Po River feeds into the Adriatic Sea south of Venice, and it’s killing rice fields along with the shellfish that are a key ingredient in one of Italy’s culinary...

1st ship carrying Ukrainian grain leaves the port of Odesa

Aug. 01, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain set out Monday from the port of Odesa under an internationally brokered deal to unblock the embattled country's agricultural exports and ease the growing global food crisis. The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni...

Alabama couple opens 'pick your own' flower farm

Jul. 31, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — An east Alabama couple has opened their property as a flower-picking farm called Circles of Colors, which currently offers sunflowers, dahlias, zinnias and cosmos. “You come and pick whatever you want,” farm owner Arely Kloss told the Opelika-Auburn News....

Feds sue poultry producers, alleging unfair worker practices

Jul. 25, 2022 11:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Monday against some of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. along with a proposed settlement seeking to end what it claims have been longstanding deceptive and abusive practices for workers. The suit, filed in federal...

Farm offers happily-ever-afters to rescued livestock

Jul. 23, 2022 09:05 AM EDT

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Remember when you were a kid and your parents said your missing dog or cat had gone to live on a farm? Believe it or not, that farm actually exists — sort of. Peaceful Fields Sanctuary is a nonprofit farm that takes in mistreated animals, nurses them back...

Atlantic Beach artist's whimsical critters bring cheer

Jul. 23, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Scotie Cousin kicks back in the garage/workshop of his Atlantic Beach home surrounded by some of his creations. His whimsical work is often installed randomly and anonymously around the beaches for the public to enjoy. In early 2020 the nation was...