ST. LOUIS (AP) — Agribusiness Monsanto Co., whose popular weed killer Roundup has been partly blamed by critics for knocking out monarch butterflies' habitat, said Tuesday it is committing $4 million to efforts to stem the worrisome decline of the black-and-orange insects.
Pennsylvania's highest court says a county judge acted properly when he appointed a special prosecutor to look into grand jury leaks tied to the state attorney general's office. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who had challenged the appointment after a grand jury recommended she be charged criminally for leaks of secret material. The court's main opinion says a suburban Philadelphia judge "acted within his authority and sound prerogative" in appointing lawyer Thomas Carluccio to investigate the leaks. Carluccio led a grand jury looking into a complaint that material from a 2009 investigation was reported last year in the Philadelphia Daily News.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors are preparing to question more than a dozen police officers as hostile witnesses if they continue to be uncooperative before the trial of another officer accused of firing the final shots of a 137-round barrage that killed two unarmed suspects in November 2012, according to court documents.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers are expected to plant a record number of soybean acres this year, but fewer acres of corn as profit potential for the grain remains low due to slumping prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday in its first report of the new crop season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays — and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say.