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July 16, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
SÃO PAULO, Brazil -- A man died after a one-ton cow crashed through his roof and landed on him while he was asleep in bed, local press reported.   Authorities said the cow wandered down a hill and onto the top of the home of Joao Maria de Souza, 45, in the small city of Caratinga before crashing through a thin asbestos roof.   Maria de Souza was initially conscious after the blow on July 10, authorities said, but succumbed to injuries the next day.   The cow, which was reportedly uninjured, narrowly missed his wife.
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BUSINESS
July 11, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
After a stretch of record-setting heat in late June and early July that blanketed much of the West, dairy prices could spike this summer.  Extreme heat causes cows to produce less milk, making farmers work harder to keep their Holsteins cool. The coming weeks are expected to bring prolonged heat to the Midwest, a top dairy producing region, according to meteorologists for Accuweather.com . California has also seen triple-digit temperatures recently, and this summer could bring other heat waves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
State officials are investigating the death of an Ontario dairy worker crushed while moving cattle over the weekend. Winston Perez, 28, suffered severe internal injuries after he was "crushed between a gate and the fence by the cows" about 5 a.m. Saturday at Dick Dykstra Dairy, the San Bernardino County coroner's office and state officials said. The Riverside man underwent surgery at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, but died in the intensive care unit later that day. Cal/OSHA spokesman Peter Melton said state officials had no record of safety violations at the dairy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Kate Mather
State officials are investigating the death of an Ontario dairy worker crushed while moving cattle over the weekend. Winston Perez, 28, suffered severe internal injuries after he was "crushed between a gate and the fence by the cows" about 5 a.m. Saturday at Dick Dykstra Dairy, coroner's and state officials said. The Riverside man underwent surgery at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, but died in the intensive care later that day. Cal/OSHA spokesman Peter Melton noted state officials had no record of safety violations at the dairy.
TRAVEL
June 2, 2013 | By April Orcutt
PETALUMA, Calif. - As you drive north of San Francisco into Marin and Sonoma counties, the countryside begins to unfold before you. Green pastures, oak and chaparral-covered hillsides and small canyons of redwood trees reveal themselves. Red-tailed hawks and osprey fly overhead, deer graze in the hills and at sunset, bobcats survey the terrain. A setting so lovely that you can't help but think cheese Wait - not wine? Perhaps that too, but we're talking here about the Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail that winds through the countryside, connecting family farms and food artisans that create batches of distinctive cheeses from local grass-fed cows, goats and sheep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Gun shows would likely be banned from the Cow Palace in Daly City under legislation approved by the state Senate after some acrimonious debate. The historic venue sits on state land straddling San Mateo and San Francisco counties. The bill by Sen. Mark Leno (D-Sacramento) would allow gun shows only if approved by the boards of supervisors of both counties, something Leno said is unlikely. “The community doesn't want it,” Leno told his Senate colleagues Thursday regarding an annual gun show.
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
El Encanto is back -- with a new spa, new ballroom and its own Holstein cow. The historic hideaway in the Santa Barbara hills hasn't gone Farmville but it has undergone a "meticulous restoration" by Orient-Express Hotels , marking the luxury brand's first property in the West. The hotel reopened Monday to guests with 92 bungalows that overlook the city and the ocean. The official public opening isn't until Friday. (Sneak a peek with this El Encanto photo gallery .) Orient-Express spent $134 million and seven years restoring the hotel in keeping with its California Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival styles, according to a company spokeswoman.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Colorado farmers are in udder disbelief. The state's legislators are considering a new law that would ban farmers from taking away natural fly swatters from their dairy cows. Some want to ban dairy operations from carrying out a process called docking -- cutting cattle tails for sanitary reasons. Critics call it animal cruelty. Farmers say it produces more sanitary milk by keeping the tail from dragging in mud and manure. Not only that, but many farmers complain that the practice is rare in their state, so what's the big deal?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
More than a decade after gun shows were banned on Los Angeles County-owned property, a San Francisco lawmaker is hoping to achieve the same goal for the Cow Palace in Daly City, which saw a record turnout of firearms buyers and sellers convene in January. Three bills have been introduced in recent years to ban gun shows at the Cow Palace, but two did not make it out of the Legislature while the other was vetoed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now, state Sen Mark Leno (D-San Francisco)
NEWS
December 18, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
The ban on beef from Brazil's Parana state is spreading. Saudi Arabia , Egypt and South Korea join China , South Africa and Japan in not buying beef from the region after Brazil revealed the discovery of a cow with proteins that cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as mad cow disease.  Brazil's agriculture ministry reported this month that the cow died two years ago but said the animal did not die of the disease, according to a Reuters report. Animals classified as having "atypical BSE," such as in this case, may or may not develop full-blown BSE disease.
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