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Sunday, September 27, 2015

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers: Video Highlights and Recap from Week 3 | Bleacher Report

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers: Video Highlights and Recap from Week 3 | Bleacher Report: The Carolina Panthers looked to keep their 2-0 start intact in Week 3, when they faced the New Orleans Saints.�

The 0-2 Saints' early-season struggles were compounded without talismanic quarterback Drew Brees, who was out with an injured shoulder.�

Saints-lose-to-Panthers-fall-3-games-back-in-NFC-South_78068135 - News Sentinel Story

Saints-lose-to-Panthers-fall-3-games-back-in-NFC-South_78068135 - News Sentinel Story: New Orleans return specialist Marcus Murphy believes the Saints are close to getting their first win of the season.

They were in position to do that Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, leading early in the third quarter before the Panthers came back to win 27-22.

Luke McCown, starting in place of the injured Drew Brees, completed 31 of 38 passes for 310 yards, but it wasn't enough to save New Orleans (0-3) from falling three games behind division-leading Carolina and Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South.

El Nino takes toll on US rice farmers – and points to even higher prices | Environment | The Guardian

El Ni�o takes toll on US rice farmers – and points to even higher prices | Environment | The Guardian: Blame El Ni�o. The weather phenomenon is causing havoc for US rice farmers and a sharp price spike in the world’s most important staple food may foreshadow possibly higher prices in Asia in the coming months.

While other commodities have hit recent lows, US rice futures prices are up nearly 40%, to about $12.90 per hundredweight, their highest level since August 2014. In sharp contrast, soybean and cotton prices are at their lowest level since early 2009, while sugar prices are just off their lowest levels since 2008. And matters are likely to get worse.

The latest El Ni�o pattern is cheering some in drought-ridden California where it promises some much needed rain and snow. But it caused planting delays this spring in the Mississippi Delta – Arkansas, Missisissipi and Louisiana – and Texas, the main US rice-growing regions. During the growing season, perpetually cloudy days and warm nights, caused by another weather system, created the worst conditions for rice production, said Shawn Hackett, president of Hackett Financial Advisors, an agricultural advisory firm. He noted harvests in Arkansas and Texas are likely to be about 15 to 20% below average. “The crop is an unmitigated disaster,” he said.

Tropical disturbance expected to head north toward Gulf Coast


A reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to fly to the southern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday to get a look at a tropical disturbance that will affect the northern Gulf Coast over the next few days.
The National Hurricane Center was monitoring an area of low pressure that was located over the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula and an upper-level low over the western Gulf on Sunday morning.