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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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On Thursday and Friday, five women testified before the Inter-American Court for Human Rights and demanded an investigation regarding sexual torture at the hands of Mexican police forces. The abuse happened in May 2006 following a clash between protesters and state forces in the state of Mexico.

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A new museum opened its doors to the public today in Washington, D.C. - the Museum of the Bible.

JUDAH WINEHEART: I'm really excited to see the Gutenberg Bible. They've got a leaf from the first edition.

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The Western U.S. is just starting to recover after a prolonged, 16-year drought. A lack of water can force people to take a hard look at how they use it, and make big changes. That's what happened in southern Colorado, where farmers have tried a bold experiment: They're taxing themselves to boost conservation.

Colorado's San Luis Valley is a desperately dry stretch of land, about the same size as New Jersey.

Azzedine Alaia, the French-Tunisian designer known for his figure-sculpting fashions, has died at 77, the French Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion confirmed on Saturday.

In his more than four decades in the fashion industry, Alaia gained a reputation for going rogue; he refused to follow the calendar of international fashion weeks and released his collections only when he was ready. He rose to fame for his body-hugging designs that celebrated the female form.

The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to cease communication with the United States if the White House closes its diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C., lodging a potential thorn in President Trump's plans for Mideast peace.

The State Department says the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization must close under a little-known provision in U.S. law that forbids it from requesting Israelis be prosecuted for crimes against Palestinians. Trump may reverse the closure within 90 days if the Palestinians prove they are engaging in peace negotiations with the Israelis.

Tens of thousands of euphoric Zimbabweans marched through the country's capital on Saturday to celebrate what may be the near end of President Robert Mugabe's reign.

Mugabe, one of Africa's last living independence leaders, had been in power for nearly four decades, until this week when the military ousted him in what it is describing as a "bloodless correction."

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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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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