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Did You Get Strange Seeds in the Mail? ‘Don’t Plant Them,’ Says Ag Commission

Unsolicited seeds from China are being received by homeowners throughout the United States. At least 50 Fresno county homeowners have reported the odd packages to the local ag commissioner. More calls are coming in every day. Here's the messaging that officials want people to hear: Do not open the packages....

After NPR Dust-Up, Pompeo Defends Press Freedom Abroad

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — For the past four days, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been calling for authoritarian governments in eastern Europe and Central Asia to ease restrictions on press freedom despite criticism for his own treatment of journalists at home. In Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan over the weekend...

US, Russian Astronauts Safe After Emergency Landing

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A booster rocket failed less than two minutes after launching an American and a Russian toward the International Space Station on Thursday, forcing their emergency — but safe — landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. It was the latest in a recent series of failures for the...