President Donald Trump said he will nominate William Barr as the next U.S. attorney general, putting an advocate of a strong executive branch in charge of the Justice Department as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation intensifies. Barr, if confirmed by the Senate, will take over after Jeff Sessions was ousted but the process could take several months.
China may be girding itself to buy more U.S. gas and soybeans amid easing trade tensions, but the sums just don't add up right now. American supplies would be uncompetitive or unneeded when shipped to China, based on current prices, shipping costs and other variables. So any resumption in purchases by the world's biggest gas importer and America's top soy buyer is unlikely to be for economic reasons and may be a political gesture by Beijing to smooth relations with Washington.
A growing number of honey bees die each year due to pesticides, vanishing habitats, poor nutrition and climate change, with potentially disastrous consequences for agriculture and natural diversity. Now, scientists at the University of Helsinki have developed the first edible vaccine against microbial infections, hoping to save at least some of the pollinators.
Former President George W. Bush choked back tears eulogizing "the best father a son or daughter could ever have" as official Washington turned out to honor the late President George H.W. Bush with the full pageantry of a state funeral. Bush paused and tapped his father's flag-draped casket twice as he walked up to the altar at Washington National Cathedral to offer a personal remembrance of the 41st president as a political leader of unrelenting optimism and steadfast personal character.
Congress is expected to vote this week on a new farm bill, which includes changes to the food stamp program. Lawmakers should take the time to read up on recent research about the program's effects. Innovative research has demonstrated convincingly that young children whose families receive food stamps benefit later in life.
It was mid-summer, less than three months before Canada legalized recreational marijuana, and Vic Neufeld had a problem. The chief executive officer of Aphria Inc. had just hired 50 people to work in the pot producer's greenhouse in Leamington, Ontario and by the end of the first week all but eight had quit. "Those are really hot, humid months and working in a greenhouse, as much cooling and airflow as we can provide, is still pretty darn hot in July and August," Neufeld said in a phone interview.
Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman accused of lying repeatedly to Special Counsel Robert Mueller after pledging to cooperate, is set to be sentenced March 5 on two conspiracy charges. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set the tentative date Friday after a tumultuous week in which Mueller said Manafort breached a plea agreement through unspecified crimes and lies. The judge gave prosecutors until Dec. 7 to lay out how they say Manafort breached his cooperation agreement since pleading guilty on Sept. 14 in Washington federal court.
It's not all bad news in the sluggish U.S. beer market. Sure, consumers are drinking less brew, increasingly swapping out mainstream brands like Coors Light and Bud Light for wine, bourbon, tequila or hard seltzer. Even the craft beer craze has slowed. But while many drinkers shift away from lager and ale, two brands are bucking the trend: Michelob Ultra and Modelo Especial.
Ford and General Motors both need to overhaul their U.S. manufacturing base to cope with consumers' drastic switch to SUVs from sedans. Only one is poised to make that adjustment without ticking off the president. In a significant rework of its U.S. production plans, Ford will eliminate shifts at factories in Trump country. But it plans to retain all the 1,150 workers affected by shifting their jobs to Michigan and Kentucky plants making big SUVs or supplying transmissions to pickups. That's fortunate not only for employees, but for Ford's relations with a touchy White House.
Everyone's favorite apple is leaving Northeastern orchards out on a limb.