Minnesota cities could get power to ban pesticides as bee populations fall
MINNEAPOLIS — Lawmakers may give cities throughout Minnesota the authority to ban some widely used pesticides as native bumblebee and pollinator populations continue to collapse.A measure introduced last week by state Rep. Jean Wagenius, DFL-Minneapolis, would essentially give cities their first chance in more than 30 years to have some form of local control over what pesticides can be used within their boundaries. It would grant each city the choice to issue a blanket ban on a group of pesticides that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has labeled as lethal to pollinators. That list incl...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
SeaWorld concerts, once a disaster, now help the company's comeback
Just months after the debut of “Blackfish” in 2013, SeaWorld’s planned concert series for the following spring unraveled.Barenaked Ladies pulled out. So did the Beach Boys.Willie Nelson, another cancellation, went on CNN to say, “I don’t agree with the way they treat their animals.”Now, seven years later, “Blackfish,” the documentary that detailed the condition of orcas in captivity at SeaWorld, is still making news. The company announced Feb. 11 that it would pay $65 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit from investors who said they had been misled by the company on the film’s impa...
Cubs sign deal to air Marquee Sports Network on streaming service Hulu
CHICAGO — When the Marquee Sports Network, the exclusive new cable TV home of the Cubs, debuts Saturday with the first spring training game against the Oakland Athletics, there will be at least one alternative way for Chicagoans to watch it.The Cubs on Monday announced a deal with streaming service Hulu to carry the fledgling regional sports network on the Hulu+ Live TV service, allowing Midwest viewers to watch the games through a TV, computer or mobile device — without a cable subscription.A streaming option could loom large for Cubs fans who are also Comcast subscribers, since Marquee, a pa...
NY prosecutors mulling more charges against Giuliani associates
NEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani may not be out of the woods yet.Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are considering more charges against criminally indicted associates of the former New York mayor in connection with a company that gave him a lucrative business deal, according to a report Monday.The charges being mulled would be brought by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York over allegations that ex-Giuliani pal Lev Parnas and at least one of his partners misled potential investors for his Florida-based company, Fraud Guarantee, sources told CNN.Fraud Guarantee, which pitched...
New York Daily News
Why prosecutors could hold off filing more cases against the Pillowcase Rapist suspect
MIAMI — Detectives first arrested the Kendall Rapist in 2009, more than a decade after he robbed and attacked women in public spaces throughout Southwest Miami-Dade. Over the ensuing months, as more victims were interviewed and DNA results from the crime scenes confirmed they had the right man, prosecutors wound up filing nine separate cases.But justice took a long time.It was not until six years later that William Angel Rivera, faced with damning DNA evidence, finally pleaded guilty to eight of the nine cases, agreeing to spend 35 years in prison. In Miami’s notoriously slow and overwhelmed c...
Insulin is being sold illegally on Craigslist for a fraction of its retail price, study finds
Craigslist: a place to shop for used Ikea furniture, summer apartment sublets and … insulin?A new study by researchers at ChristianaCare and Jefferson College of Population Health found that the lifesaving diabetes medication is routinely being sold through the online marketplace for a fraction of its list price.The findings, published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Monday, speak to how the high cost of insulin has strained families and may be pushing them to risky behavior in order to get the medication at a price they can afford.Insulin must be stored at a speci...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Delta's profit-sharing payout hits record $1.6 billion
Delta Air Lines distributed $1.6 billion in profit-sharing to its 90,000 employees on Friday, a record for any U.S. company.The distribution has become a Valentine’s Day ritual for Delta in recent years, representing an income boost that, except in the finance industry, is rare to most workers in America. It has also become a moment when unions draw attention to the inequalities in the airline industry, which relies, for some services, heavily on subcontractors that don’t pay their workers nearly as well.This year’s payout at Delta works out to nearly $17,800 per employee and represented a 16%...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Trump's budget would cut bomb-sniffing dogs at airports, train hubs
NEW YORK — New Yorkers could see fewer bomb-sniffing dogs at the city’s airports and train stations if President Donald Trump gets his way.Trump’s proposed 2021 budget released to Congress last week includes plans to eliminate a program that deploys dog teams to detect explosives at crowded travel hubs across the country.Last year’s budget allocated $59 million for 31 of the dog units, formally called Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response Teams. Trump wants to slash those figures to zero.“As state and local law enforcement agencies already monitor and maintain jurisdiction in these areas,...
New York Daily News
Missouri man accused of kidnapping went free, attacked two more women, charges say
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The investigation into Kevin March began when Kansas City police officers, responding to a call about someone yelling for help, found a woman handcuffed to a tree in June.She told police a man, later identified as 39-year-old March, allegedly made her take drugs before he duct taped her hands and feet. He forced her into her own vehicle’s trunk and drove her around before forcing her to perform a sexual act and eventually restraining her to the tree in south Kansas City, police said.March, who also allegedly took officers on a chase while driving the woman’s vehicle, was cha...
The Kansas City Star
1 killed, 2 wounded in shooting in tunnel connecting subway lines in Chicago's Loop
CHICAGO — A man was killed and two other people were wounded early Monday in a pedestrian tunnel that connects the Red and Blue line Jackson stops — the third attack on a CTA train line in less than two weeks, according to Chicago police.The shooting took place just after 2 a.m. in the 200 block of South Dearborn Street in the Loop, police said.One man was shot in the abdomen and chest and pronounced at the scene, police said. Another man was shot in the head and arm, and he was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.A 19-year-old woman was shot in the lower back and was...