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Consolidation In The Livestock Industry May Get A Boost Since Proposed USDA Rule Won’t Take Effect

Between the time a cut of steak or pound of hamburger goes from cattle farm to grocery shelf, it more than likely passes through one of three companies: Tyson Foods, Cargill or JBS. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the top four beef processors hold 85 percent of the market share , controlling the beef market to the point that some farmers believe the companies’ clout unfairly influences livestock prices. Last month, the USDA withdrew a rule proposed in the final weeks of the Obama administration that would have made it easier for cattle producers to raise objections if they thought meatpackers weren’t giving them a fair price.

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Stormy conditions off the coast of Patagonia were hampering efforts to locate a missing Argentine submarine with 44 crew members. Doubts also surfaced over the origin of satellite signals that were initially thought to have come from the vessel.

Communications with the ARA San Juan, a German-built diesel-electric submarine that entered service in the Argentine Navy in 1985, were lost on Wednesday. The vessel was returning to the Mar del Plata Naval Base south of Buenos Aires at the conclusion of a routine patrol to the far southern port of Ushuaia.

Charles Manson, the cult leader who drew lasting infamy for directing mass killings in 1969, has died at the age of 83.

Manson had been removed from prison in Corcoran, Calif., where he had been serving nine life sentences, and placed in a nearby hospital for a serious illness. It was the second time this year the mass murderer had been hospitalized.

Whether you're the star chef of the family or you're assigned dish duty, the odds are pretty good you've got that all-important Thanksgiving dinner on your mind.

Along with the fun — and let's be honest, the occasional tension — that comes with getting together with friends and family, the cooking itself can be overwhelming for many people.

NPR's Michel Martin got together with Christopher Sorensen, the culinary director for Blue Apron,, to whip up a few Thanksgiving-friendly meals and to talk about getting comfortable in the kitchen this holiday season.

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New Orleans made history last night. For the first time ever, the city has elected a woman as mayor - LaToya Cantrell. But Cantrell says that there are other big numbers that matter more. NPR's Colin Dwyer reports.

Kenya's opposition leader is asking for "international intervention" as violence is escalating in the country's post-election crisis. Overnight into Sunday at least four people were killed in an "area that's opposition heavy," reports NPR's Eyder Peralta from Nairobi.

"The country's just really tense," Eyder says.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga said those who died overnight were his own supporters and called their deaths "state-sponsored thuggery," reports The Associated Press.

It has been a little more than a year since President Trump, then candidate-Trump, faced furious criticism over the now-infamous Access Hollywood video featuring his comments about groping women. He subsequently faced a barrage of sexual harassment claims.

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Zimbabwe's governing ZANU-PF party voted Sunday to remove President Robert Mugabe and appoint ousted Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to replace him. The move marked a major turn in nearly four decades of the 93-year-old's sometimes brutal and tyrannical rule.

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Iowa: A Place to Grow. Iowa Week October 9 - 13 on Talk of Iowa.

From growing food, to growing older. From growing problems to growing up in Iowa. We examine the ways in which Iowa has been, and is, a place to grow.

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St. Vincent (born Annie Clark in Tulsa, Oklahoma) attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for three years, and then became a member of The Polyphonic Spree. She also toured with Sufjan Stevens before releasing her debut album in 2007. After a couple more full-lengths of her own, she collaborated with David Byrne for an album in 2012. Byrne and St. Vincent also toured together. You may have caught their impressive set (the choreography!) at 80/35 in the summer of 2013. St. Vincent has...

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Brucemorchestra X Thanksgiving Day Special

Four world-class vocalists, four choirs, and Orchestra Iowa performing Beethoven’s glorious 9 th Symphony. Don’t miss a note as IPR brings you Brucemorchestra X on Thanksgiving Day! The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre collaborated with Orchestra Iowa to present soprano Rebecca Nash, mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman, tenor Ta’u Pupu’a and bass-baritone Daniel Sumegi performing famous operatic arias by Bizet, Verdi, Rossini, and more. The 10th anniversary bash concludes with members of the Cedar...

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