“A senior Iranian military official says Iran’s oil industry was briefly affected by a powerful computer virus that has unprecedented data-snatching capabilities and can eavesdrop on computer users.”
“Investors unnerved by Spain’s deepening financial crunch, pushed Italy’s funding costs sharply higher at a bond sale, with 10-year yields topping 6 percent for the first time this year.”
” Hopes are high in this major agricultural northeastern prefecture (state) that farmers will meet the unprecedented challenge of producing safe-to-eat rice in contaminated soil.
Following orders from the government, they have sprinkled zeolite, a pebble-like material that traps radioactive cesium, and added fertilizer with potassium to help block radiation absorption. That work is part of the 100 billion yen ($1.3 billion) Tokyo has allocated for decontamination efforts this year.”
” Michigan’s unseasonably warm winter and late April freeze means a near-total loss to many Ionia County growers of apples, peaches and other tree fruits.
“It’s been a severe year as far as all Michigan cherries, apples, plums, peaches,” said Alex Hanulcik of Hanulcik Farm Market and Hanulcik Pick-Your-Own Peach and Apple Orchards in Ionia. “It’s all pretty much gone across the state.”
” The harvest began about two weeks early due to a mild winter and a dry spring. This Memorial Day weekend, farmers across the state have been very busy out in the fields. In Sumner County, the wheat harvest has really only been in full swing a few days, but farmers say that 2012 is already shaping up to be a better and much more profitable harvest.”
“Without a rush of new cash, MoveOn says it will have to give up efforts to elect Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, help the recall fight against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and energize younger voters who’ve soured on Washington.”