By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - (This Jan 23 story corrects name of service throughout to Agricultural Research Service) U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters. The emailed memo from Chavonda Jacobs-Young, head of the agency's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), was sent to all ARS employees on Friday afternoon in response to recent media reports over controversial animal welfare conditions at its U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska. In addition, an independent panel will be convened to review the group's animal handling protocols, policies and research practices. Agricultural Research Service officials could not be reached for comment on Friday evening.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs.
HAVANA (AP) — Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.
Police say a man has apparently shot himself to death outside the News Corp. building in midtown Manhattan. The 41-year-old man died after the shooting at about 9 a.m. Monday. Authorities aren't certain ...