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Japanese emperor performs secretive key succession ritual

Nov. 14, 2019 9:33 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito performed a secretive and controversial ritual Thursday, a once-in-a-reign event to give thanks for good harvests, pray for the peace and safety of the nation and play host to his family’s ancestral gods. Or at least that’s what experts and officials...

Senate Democrats assail Trump's $16B bailout for farmers

Nov. 12, 2019 5:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's $16 billion bailout package for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly benefits the South at the expense of the North and wealthy producers over smaller farms, Democratic senators concluded in a report released Tuesday. The report, one of the sharpest...

Former grain trader gets 8 years in prison for $11M scam

Nov. 12, 2019 4:58 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A former North Dakota grain trader who admitted to bilking farmers, elevators and commodity brokers out of millions of dollars was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who imposed the prison sentence, also ordered Hunter Hanson to pay...

Despite fires, California wine is doing just fine - for now

Nov. 9, 2019 10:05 AM EST

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — If you're worried that wildfires might have created shortages of Northern California's 2019 cabernet sauvignon, or even just imparted it with an undesirable smoky flavor, you can relax. The wine is just fine. For now. Despite a late October blaze that raged through one of the...

Stay or go? US residents of Mexico town torn after 9 killed

Nov. 8, 2019 8:42 PM EST

COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico (AP) — U.S. citizens living in a small Mexican farming community established by their Mormon ancestors are trying to decide whether they should stay or leave after burying some of the nine American women and children slaughtered this week in a drug cartel ambush. What had been a...

Mexico farm town buries 3 of 9 slain Americans

Nov. 7, 2019 11:34 PM EST

LA MORA, Mexico (AP) — As Mexican soldiers stood guard, a mother and two sons were laid to rest in hand-hewn pine coffins in a single grave dug out of the rocky soil Thursday at the first funeral for the victims of a drug cartel ambush that left nine American women and children dead. Clad in shirt sleeves,...

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been harvested

Nov. 7, 2019 1:45 PM EST

FLORIDA, N.Y. (AP) — A Norway spruce that years ago was displayed on its owner's coffee table will soon rise in a much grander setting: the middle of Rockefeller Center. Carol Schultz bought the sapling for the 1959 Christmas season. After displaying it in her home in the village of Florida, New York, she...

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

Nov. 7, 2019 1:38 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger by a severe drought strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. Emergency food deliveries are planned for parts of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries hard hit by a combination of low rainfall and high...

Farmers blamed for Delhi's pollution say they are helpless

Nov. 7, 2019 4:52 AM EST

AMRITSAR, India (AP) — Indian farmers said they're being unfairly criticized for causing the worst air pollution in the capital because of the burning of stubbles in fields. The air quality index stood at 273 on Thursday after authorities declared a health emergency last weekend when the index crossed 500...

Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area

Nov. 6, 2019 11:05 PM EST

COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico (AP) — When drug cartel gunmen opened fire on American women and children in northern Mexico, the Mexican Army, the National Guard and Sonora state police were not there to protect them. It took them about eight hours just to arrive. To villagers and others, the bloodshed seemed to...