USDA launches 2nd round of payments to farmers

President Donald Trump has authorized the Agriculture Department to launch the second and final round of $11 billion in trade mitigation payments to farmers hard hit by tariffs.

The Trump administration in July announced that it would provide up to $12 billion to offset losses from trade disputes with China and other countries. Soybean farmers will get the largest share.— AP

California withdraws 'text tax' after FCC ruling

SAN FRANCISCO — California regulators have canceled a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones.

The California Public Utilities Commission reversed course after a Federal Communications Commission ruling last week classified text messaging as an information service and not a telecommunications service. The federal Telecommunications Act limits state authority over information services.

State officials said the tax was intended to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor.— AP

Poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi'

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie "Bambi" as part of his sentence for illegally killing hundreds of deer.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Walt Disney movie at least once a month during his yearlong jail sentence in what conservation agents are calling one of the largest deer poaching cases in Missouri history.

Prosecutors say the deer were killed for their heads, with their bodies left to rot. Berry was convicted in southwest Missouri's Lawrence County of illegally taking wildlife.—AP

No severance package for ousted CBS chief

NEW YORK — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves will not receive his $120 million severance package after the company's board of directors determined that he was fired "with cause" over sexual misconduct allegations.

The board said Monday that it reached its decision after finding that Moonves failed to cooperate fully with investigators looking into the allegations.— AP

Two Chicago officers are struck by train, die

CHICAGO — Chicago police said two officers investigating a call of shots fired on the city's far South Side died when they were struck by a train Monday night.

The train was operated by the South Shore commuter rail line that links northern Indiana and Chicago.— AP

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