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Jury Orders Monsanto To Pay California Couple Over $2 Billion In Historic Verdict

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Agriculture company Monsanto Co. have recently been accused of causing cancer via their weed killer, Roundup.


A case was recently opened by a California couple against Monsanto Co., claiming the company's weed killer was the cause of their cancer. The jury's verdict was for more than $55 million compensatory damages to the couple, along with $2 billion in punitive damages.

This is not the first time Monsanto has been under fire for the effects of Roundup.

In fact, there are thousands of cases against Monsanto that now await trial.


One of the main ingredients in Roundup is glyphosate, which, according to WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer, is "probably carcinogenic to humans".

Bayer, the parent company to Monsanto, claimed that these findings were inconsistent to the US Environmental Protection Agency, who released a statement announcing that glyphosate is not a carcinogen, and therefore is not hazardous to humans at all.

The couple in question, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, claimed that they had used Roundup on their property for over thirty years.

During this time, the two were both diagnosed with the same kind of cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, only four years apart.




Bayer insisted that the jury was presented with "cherry-picked evidence". According to the American Cancer Society, lymphoma has no known cause.

However, the verdict was presented with evidence of two other cases in which similar occurrences have arisen, and concluded that Roundup was not safe for human environment.


"[The verdict] is as clear of a statement as you can get that they need to change what they're doing," said Brett Wisner, one of the Pilliods' attorneys, to CNN. "This is going to continue until Monsanto and now Bayer takes responsibility for its product."

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Warning: There may be spoilers if you have not watched the series finale of Game of Thrones.

Emilia Clarke wanted to ensure Daenerys Targaryen would nail that war-mongering scene in the final episode of Game of Thrones.

The 32-year-old actress – who portrays Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains (that's one character) – did what was necessary to convincingly portray the chilling moment as she spoke in Dothraki and Valyrian.

Who was her inspiration? Dictators like Adolf Hitler, of course.

Speaking with Variety, Clarke said she had to learn many fake languages for her speeches, but Daenerys's final address for her troops was by far the most challenging.

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A father-of-three whose finger was "ripped clean off" when his wedding ring caught on the top of a fence he was climbing over told how the accident was so incredible his wife thought it was an April Fool's joke.

Warning: The content below is extremely graphic.

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Halsey has paid off a fan’s speeding ticket after the woman claimed she was driving too fast because she was enjoying her new single "Nightmare".

Twitter user Francesca claimed she was driving home from Pennsylvania State University when she was stopped for speeding.

“I got pulled over… for the first time ever and when asked why I was going 99 in a 70 I was dangerously close to admitting I was bangin out to Halsey’s new song Nightmare,” she said on social media.

“What’s your Venmo. I’ll pay your ticket. Drive safely please!” Halsey said on Twitter.

The singer’s music video for Nightmare, starring Debbie Harry and Cara Delevingne, was released on May 16, and has already reached over 15.5 million views on YouTube.

The original tweet was liked over 4,000 times, and caught the attention of Halsey herself, who transferred Francesca 250 US dollars for the ticket.


Needless to say the interaction has gotten quite a lot of attention. We all stan a queen that supports her fans as much as they support her.



Once the receipt had been paid, Francesca said she “will never forget your kindness and will continue blasting your music forever (just at a safer speed). I’ve never been more grateful or felt less deserving.”

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A woman in New York has been praised by police for alerting them to a possible suicide attempt after she mistook a closed umbrella for a person wearing a "Handmaid's Tale" costume. Casey McCormick tweeted she thought she saw “a woman dressed as a handmaid about to jump from a building” and called 911.

The sighting turned out to be a table umbrella which, from a distance, looked much like a handmaid from the seminal Margaret Atwood novel "The Handmaid’s Tale".

The New York Police Department’s news account made it clear on Twitter that McCormick had done the right thing in alerting the authorities.

“Blessed be the umbrella. Thank you Casey and the @POPSUGAR team for alerting us to this crime, glad we could save the day,” they tweeted. “Jokes aside, if you’re ever hesitant about calling 911 – don’t be! We take all calls seriously, and worse case we get to go home with a great story.”

“Better safe than sorry!” one Twitter user replied.

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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her addiction to porn before starting a relationship with current husband Will Smith.

The conversation centered on the subject of pornography and its affect on relationships on Monday's episode of Red Table Talks on Facebook.

The discussion began backstage with her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne Banfield Norris when Smith said that 40 million people watch porn on a daily basis.

"Back in the day I had a little porn addiction," the 47-year-old admitted, but emphasized, "I wasn't in a relationship when I had a porn addiction, believe it or not, thank goodness."

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Who does James Corden call when he's lost in Las Vegas at the beginning of his most recent installment of Carpool Karaoke?Well, who else but Grammy, Oscar, and Felix Award winning singer Céline Dion joined James Corden for his most recent edition of Carpool Karaoke and they gave fans a finale to remember.line Dion!

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