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CBS News: 40 Percent of U.S. Bee Colonies Died in Past Year


40 percent of U.S. bee colonies died in past year

40 percent of U.S. bee colonies died in past year
May 13, 2015 12:09 PM EDT

Sean Gallup, Getty Images
It just keeps getting worse for commercial beekeepers.

Starting in 2006, they have watched as the rates of dead bees almost tripled due to a condition called colony collapse disorder or CCD. And with the latest data, it appears the trend is not getting any better.

A nationwide survey this week found that beekeepers across the United States lost more than 40 percent of their honeybee colonies between April 2014 to April 2015. While winter loss rates improved slightly compared to a year earlier, summer losses were more severe and enough to increase the annual losses, which were the second-highest in the last nine years.

"We traditionally thought of winter losses as a more important indicator of health, because surviving the cold winter months is a crucial test for any bee colony," said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Maryland and project director for the Bee Informed Partnership survey. "But we now know that summer loss rates are significant too. This is especially so for commercial beekeepers, who are now losing more colonies in the summertime compared to the winter. Years ago, this was unheard of."

The survey, which asks both commercial and small-scale beekeepers to track the health and survival rates of their honeybee colonies, is conducted each year by the partnership in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It featured 6,000 beekeepers from all 50 states.


Breaking: 'King of the Blues' Legend B.B. King Dead at Age 89

Source: Associated Press / USA Today

@AP: BREAKING: 'King of the Blues' legend B.B. King dead in Las Vegas at age 89, his attorney says.


B.B. King dies at 89, attorney says

Jerry Shriver and Steve Jones, USA Today

B.B. King spread joy to millions by giving them the blues.

The iconic musician, along with his ever-present guitar Lucille, spent nearly 70 years thrilling audiences and spreading the music he learned as a poverty-stricken youth in the Mississippi Delta all over the world.

King, 89, died in Las Vegas, his attorney announced late Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

"Blues is a tonic for whatever ails you," King told USA TODAY in 2005. "I could play the blues and then not be blue anymore.''
The same could be said of those who heard him play. No matter how stormy the tale he'd weave, by the time he was through, the clouds had parted.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2015/05/15/bb-king-obit/25381783/


TOM TOMORROW: The Populist Menace

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/11/1383377/-Cartoon-The-populist-menace

Breaking: Justice Department to Launch Federal Investigation of Baltimore Police

Source: Washington Post

Justice Department to launch federal investigation of Baltimore police

By Sari Horwitz May 7 at 9:00 PM

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has decided to launch a federal investigation into whether the Baltimore Police Department has engaged in a “pattern or practice” of excessive force.

Lynch’s announcement about the Justice Department’s probe — the latest in a string of municipalities that are being investigated by the federal government for civil rights violations — could come as early as Friday, according to two law enforcement officials.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment Thursday night.

Lynch hinted Thursday that a decision could come soon, when she testified during her first hearing on Capitol Hill as attorney general. She said that she would decide “in the coming days” whether to have the department’s civil rights division open an investigation into the Baltimore police force.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/attorney-general-says-she-will-decide-soon-on-a-baltimore-investigation/2015/05/07/b3a422da-f4d4-11e4-b2f3-af5479e6bbdd_story.html

Hot Chocolate Singer Errol Brown Dead at 71 ("You Sexy Thing," "Every 1's A Winner")

Source: Rolling Stone

Hot Chocolate Singer Errol Brown Dead at 71

By Kory Grow May 6, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Singer Errol Brown, who fronted the pop and disco group Hot Chocolate from the late Sixties through the early Eighties, has died. He co-wrote and sang the 1975 hit "You Sexy Thing," which got a second life from placement in The Full Monty, and 1973 single "Brother Louie," which serves as the theme song for TV's Louie. The Jamaican-British musician had been suffering from liver cancer and died in his home in the Bahamas with his wife, Ginette, and daughters, Colette and Leonie, by his side, according to the BBC. He was 71.

Brown, who was born in Jamaica, moved to the U.K. with his mother when he was 12. Along with some friends, he began his music career by sending a reggae version of "Give Peace a Chance" to John Lennon in 1969. The Beatle liked what he heard and signed Hot Chocolate to Apple.

The BBC reports that Hot Chocolate were the only group to have a hit single for 15 years, landing on the British charts every year between 1970 and 1984. The group's Top 10 U.K. hits include "So You Win Again" (Number One, 1977), "No Doubt About It" (Number Two, 1980) and "It Started With a Kiss" (Number Five, 1982), among others, as well as "You Sexy Thing" and "Brother Louie," which both crossed over into the U.S. charts.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hot-chocolate-singer-errol-brown-dead-at-71-20150506

World Passes Critical Global Warming Milestone

Source: CBS News

World Passes Critical Global Warming Milestone

May 6, 2015 2:59 PM EDT

The world has passed a worrying milestone, with concentrations of greenhouse gases reaching levels not seen for millions of years.

For the first time, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Wednesday that global concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in March passed 400 parts per million.

The landmark has long been expected, given that nations led by the United States, China and India continue to pump huge quantities of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. But the fact it has now been reached could provide additional urgency to reaching a global pact to cap emissions when world leaders meet in Paris on the issue later this year.

"It was only a matter of time that we would average 400 parts per million globally," said Pieter Tans, lead scientist of NOAA's Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. "We first reported 400 ppm when all of our Arctic sites reached that value in the spring of 2012. In 2013 the record at NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory first crossed the 400-ppm threshold. Reaching 400 parts per million as a global average is a significant milestone."

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/world-passes-critical-global-warming-milestone/

Tsunami warning issued after preliminary magnitude 7.5 quake hits south of Papua New Guinea

Source: NBC News

@BreakingNews: Tsunami warning issued after preliminary magnitude 7.5 quake hits south of Papua New Guinea - @NWS_PTWC http://t.co/LAUZt50IpI/s/KSEN

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TOM TOMORROW: Responses To Baltimore

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/04/1382167/-Cartoon-Responses-to-Baltimore

Officials Say Prince William's Wife, Kate, in Early Stages of Labor

Source: Associated Press / BBC News

@BreakingNews: RT @BreakingNewsUK: Duchess of Cambridge in labor, admitted to private Lindo Wing at London's St Mary's hospital - @BBCBreaking http://t.co/veSqmWjKyj/s/0dI5

Palace says Duchess of Cambridge in hospital for birth

MAY. 2, 2015 2:01 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Officials say Prince William's wife Kate has been admitted to a London hospital for the birth of the couple's second child.

In a brief statement, Kensington Palace officials announcd Saturday that the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St. Mary's Hospital.

The baby will be a younger brother or sister to William and Kate's first child, Prince George, who was born in July 2013 at the same hospital.

The couple has said that they don't know whether the baby will be a boy or a girl.

Officials say Prince William's wife, Kate, in early stages of labor

The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour.

She was admitted to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in west London - where her first child, Prince George, was born in July 2013.

Kensington Palace said "labour is progressing as normal" for the duchess who was taken to the hospital by car.

Officials have said the duchess and her husband, Prince William, do not know the sex of their unborn child.
The duchess travelled from Kensington Palace with Prince William and was admitted at 06:00 BST (05:00 GMT).

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/76b9400b4e604c8c81dcc571d35e5cc7/palace-says-duchess-cambridge-hospital-birth

Bernie Sanders Raise $1.5 Million In First Day


Bernie Sanders Has a Better Fund-Raising Start Than Republican Counterparts

3:36 PM ET 3:36 PM ET Alan Rappeport

The three Republican senators who are running for president — Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio — all boasted about raising $1 million in their first 24 hours as candidates. But they have nothing on Bernie Sanders.

The independent senator from Vermont, who announced Thursday that he is running as a Democrat, said Friday that he had raised $1.5 million online in less than a full day as a candidate. The support came from 35,000 donors who contributed an average of $43.

Mr. Sanders has said that small donations will be his only chance of defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton for the nomination, because he has no “billionaire and millionaire” friends and does not intend to depend on the backing of a “Super PAC.”

“A successful national campaign will require the active participation of millions of Americans in every community in our country,” Mr. Sanders said in a Facebook post. “With your help, we are off to a great start.”

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