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In this Thursday, May 28, 2020 photo Jamien Richardson moves a tray of baby arugula in a crop house at Spear Spring Farm in Warren, Maine. Spear Spring is one of many farms that have seen an uptick in the number community supported agriculture shares sold to customers, most likely as a result to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Farm-to-table dining takes on new meaning amid pandemic

Jun. 4, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Eric Pray is used to shipping seafood all over the country. But since the coronavirus took hold, he has shifted his focus closer to home — selling lobsters from a homemade tank in his garage. Pray, of Portland, Maine, is one of hundreds of fishermen, farmers and food producers...

This April 28, 2020 file photo shows the Pilgrim's Pride plant in Cold Spring. Minn. A federal grand jury has charged four current and former chicken company executives with price-fixing. The U.S. Department of Justice says the executives from Colorado-based Pilgrim’s Pride and Georgia-based Claxton Poulrty conspired to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chickens from at least 2012 to 2017.(Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP)

Pilgrim’s Pride CEO among indicted for chicken price fixing

Jun. 3, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — The CEO of Pilgrim's Pride is one of four current and former chicken company executives indicted Wednesday on charges of price-fixing. The U.S. Department of Justice said a federal grand jury in Colorado found that executives from Greeley, Colorado-based Pilgrim’s Pride and...

Maine looking for new ways to save whales from fishing gear

Jun. 3, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is in the final year of funding for a project that seeks to better protect endangered whales in the Gulf of Maine from entanglement in fishing gear. The Maine Department of Marine Resources is using the project to collect data about vertical line fishing in the gulf, and...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2016, file photo, jockey Mike Smith celebrates after riding Arrogate to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic horse race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Arrogate, North America's all-time money earner, has died. He was seven. Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, Ky., said Arrogate was euthanized on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, after becoming ill. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Arrogate, North America's richest racehorse, dies at 7

Jun. 2, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

Arrogate, winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic and the champion 3-year-old male that year on his way to becoming North America’s all-time leading money earner, has died. He was 7. Juddmonte Farms said Arrogate was euthanized Tuesday after becoming ill. The Lexington, Kentucky, breeding farm said...

A woman receives a box of food Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at a pop-up pantry in Chelsea, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Court denies bid to release inmates: 50 new COVID-19 deaths

Jun. 2, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court on Tuesday denied a bid to immediately release more prisoners due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Supreme Judicial Court's ruling came in the case brought by Prisoners’ Legal Services seeking to further reduce the number of people behind bars so...

224 workers at Council Bluffs plant test positive for virus

Jun. 2, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Coronavirus tests have revealed that 224 employees of a Tyson beef and pork processing plant in Council Bluffs have tested positive for the virus, company officials said Tuesday. The company said 103 workers stayed home the required quarantine time and have returned to work. The...

Meat workers slowly returning to Nebraska plant hit by virus

Jun. 2, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska meatpacking plant that was forced to shut down because of a coronavirus among its workers is slowly ramping up its operations, but nearly 800 employees are still on leave after they became infected. The Tyson Foods beef plant in Dakota City said in a statement that the...

Baby eel fishing wrapping up in Maine with much lower prices

Jun. 1, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's season for baby eel fishing is coming to a close with the lowest prices in a decade. Baby eels are a lucrative resource in Maine, where fishermen harvest the elvers from rivers and streams and often sell them for more than $2,000 per pound. They're highly prized by Asian...

New England cod fishery restrictions in place this spring

May. 31, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Commercial fishing for Atlantic cod is limited by closures off the coast of New England this spring, federal fishing managers said. Cod were once the subject of one of the largest fisheries in the country, but it has collapsed after years of overfishing and is much smaller than it...

Sudan summons Ethiopia’s envoy over cross-border attack

May. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday said it summoned Ethiopia’s diplomat to the country over a cross-border attack allegedly conducted by a militia backed by Ethiopia's military. Thursday’s attack in the eastern province of al-Qadarif killed at least one officer and one...