Lettuce is the only member of the Lactuca genus to be grown commercially. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reports that world production of lettuce and chicory (the two crops are combined by the FAO for reporting purposes) for calendar year 2010 was 23,622,366 metric tons (23,249,287 long tons; 26,039,201 short tons). This came primarily from China (53 percent), the US (17 percent) and India (4 percent). Although China is the top world producer of lettuce, the majority of the crop is consumed domestically. Spain is the world's largest exporter of lettuce, with the US ranking second.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Lois Of The Lettuces said:
The magic google sez Spain is the foremost exporter of Lettuce, with the U.S. a close second. WE'RE NUMBER TWO! WE'RE NUMBER TWO! Which reminds me why you should grow your own vegetables...night soil! Look it up. It's disgusting.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Taking a WAG here - The U.S.
I'd forgotten about Uncle Miltie's cross-dressing; maybe I was too young.
Very seasonal weather here; everywhere you turn the roses are amazing. Ah, spring, probably my favorite season.
Column concerning people who represent signs Aries - Cancer. Even if you aren't one of those, I'm sure you know some! I will cover the other signs in the near future. I want to avert pouting. Read it and share it with them! Excuse the proofreading lapses.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
CBS opens the night with a RERUN'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH'The Gawd-Awful Odd Couple', then a FRESH'Mom', followed by a FRESH'2 Broke Girls', then a FRESH Rush Hour'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 2/4/16) are Michael Strahan, Samantha Bee, and Wilco.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 3/16/16) are Colin Farrell, Wanda Sykes, Jack Hanna, and Demi Lovato.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Strong', followed by a FRESH'The Blacklist', then a FRESH'Game Of Silence'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Hugh Laurie, Sen. Rafael Eduardo "Ted" Cruz (R-Goldman Sachs), and Future.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Gov. John Kasich (R-Gynotician), David Duchovny, Juliette Lewis, Michelle Wolf, and Fabrizio Moretti.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/24/16) are Zack Snyder, Luxxury, and Melissa Rauch.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Grey's Anatomy', followed by another FRESH'Grey's Anatomy', then a FRESH'The Catch'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Chris Hemsworth, Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer, and Anderson Paak featuring Schoolboy Q.
The CW offers a FRESH'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a FRESH'The 100'.
Faux has a FRESH'Bones', followed by a FRESH'American Girl'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48', then a FRESH'60 Days In'.
AMC offers the movie 'Lethal Weapon 4', followed by the movie 'The Hunt For Red October'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 7
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - Episode 8
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Ensign Ro
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-Silicon Avatar
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Disaster
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-The Game
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Unification (Part 1)
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Unification (Part 2)
[2:00PM] V FOR VENDETTA (2006)
[5:00PM] LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE (2003)
[7:30PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003)
[10:00PM] ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-The Collapse of Nature
[11:00PM] AFTER THE BLACK - SEASON 4 - Episode 1
[11:30PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 19 - Episode 3
[12:30AM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003)
[3:00AM] ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-The Collapse of Nature
[4:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 12 - Episode 3
[5:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 12 - Episode 4 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Dallas', 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', and 'Real Housewives Of BH'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious', 'Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts', and 'Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is W. Kamau Bell.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Bassem Youssef.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Annie Lederman, Mike Lawrence, and Rich Eisen.
FX has the movie 'Thor: The Dark World', followed by the movie 'Men In Black III', then a FRESH'Archer', and another 'Archer'.
History has 2 hours of old 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Alone', then a FRESH'Vikings', followed by a FRESH'Join Or Die With Craig Ferguson', then a FRESH'Night Class'.
[6:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Dutiful but Dumb
[6:25AM] THE THREE STOOGES-False Alarms
[6:50AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Flat Foot Stooges
[7:15AM] THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
[9:00AM] DARK CITY
[11:15AM] THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
[1:00PM] BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2
[3:00PM] DARK CITY
[5PM] THE MIST
[8:00PM] ALIEN 3
[10:30PM] ALIEN RESURRECTION
[1:00AM] ALIEN 3
[3:30AM] ALIEN RESURRECTION (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:15AM] The Virgin Suicides
[8:15AM] Fast Times at Ridgemont High
[1:00PM] The Professional
[3:30PM] The Italian Job
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Bait
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Judge Dread
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Swept Away: A Very Special Episode
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Whiplash
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Menace
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Teenage Wasteland
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Under the Influence
[1:00AM] Rosemary's Baby
[4:00AM] The Virgin Suicides (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Emilia Clarke, Jason Jones, and Eagles of Death Metal.
Scientists say Greenland's massive ice sheet this week started melting freakishly early thanks to a weather system that brought unseasonably warm temperatures and rain.
While the record melt is mostly from natural weather, scientists say they are concerned about what it means when the melt season kicks in this summer.
Peter Langen, a climate scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute, said the substantial melting Greenland had on Monday and Tuesday is what would normally be expected in late May, not mid-April. It smashed the record for early melting by more than three weeks.
Langen said on Monday and Tuesday, about 12 percent of the ice sheet surface area - 656,000 square miles- showed signs of melting ice. Normally, no ice should be melting in Greenland at this time of year.
Actress and pay equity advocate Patricia Arquette, second from left, poses for a photo with, from left, Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., before talking about equal pay for women during a visit on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
Photo by Susan Walsh
U2 frontman Bono brought his star power to Capitol Hill Tuesday as he called on members of Congress to take swift action to deal with the global refugee crisis and violent extremism.
In testimony before a Senate subcommittee, Bono drew a bleak picture as he described the flood of people fleeing their homes in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The human torrent threatens the very idea of European unity, he said, as he urged lawmakers to think of foreign aid as national security instead of charity.
Wearing his trademark rose-tinted glasses, Bono said members of Congress need to confront an "existential threat" to Europe that hasn't been seen since the 1940s. Countries such as Poland and Hungary are moving to the right politically, a shift he described as a "hyper nationalism." The United Kingdom is even considering leaving the European Union.
Bono also suggested using comedy to fight extremist groups. "It's like, you speak violence, you speak their language. But you laugh at them when they are goose-stepping down the street and it takes away their power," he said. "So I am suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen, thank you."
Dennis Hastert's lawyers have suggested that what occurred with a 14-year-old in a motel decades ago may not qualify as sexual abuse, while the judge in the former U.S. House speaker's hush-money case signaled Wednesday that he'll factor in Hastert's lies to investigators when he determines a sentence.
Prosecutors said at a hearing Wednesday that someone identified as "Individual D" - one of at least four boys who prosecutors say Hastert sexually abused in the 1970s - would be one of two witnesses seeking to speak at the April 27 sentencing. The other is a sister of a now-deceased accuser.
Hastert pleaded guilty last fall to breaking banking law as he sought to pay $3.5 million to the man not to divulge his misconduct when he taught and coached wrestling from 1965 to 1981 in Yorkville, a Chicago suburb. After first saying he withdrew large sums because he didn't trust banks, he told investigators he was the target of a bogus sexual abuse claim.
Prosecutors say agents initially had no inkling sexual abuse was behind the payments Hastert made to Individual A. When Hastert said Individual A was extorting him, agents helped stage and record phone conversations with the former wrestler.
It all backfired on Hastert, whose political career had taken him to speaker, second in the line of presidential succession. Investigators said the calls - recorded without Individual A's knowledge - showed that Hastert was lying. Agents said Individual A even repeatedly asked Hastert to bring in lawyers to formalize their payment agreement, but Hastert refused to involve anyone else, according to prosecutors.
Bill Cosby's lawyers urged an appeals court Wednesday to reseal the comedian's lurid, decade-old testimony about his womanizing, but the panel of judges seemed to think the request was pointless, since the deposition has already made headlines around the world.
Members of the three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit of Appeals reeled off a list of "the toothpaste's out of the tube"-type metaphors to suggest that any damage to Cosby's reputation from the release of the testimony has already been done.
Cosby's attorneys hope a ruling in their favor could help them keep the documents from being used in the criminal case against him in Pennsylvania and in the many lawsuits filed around the country by women who accuse him of sexual assault or defamation.
Cosby gave the testimony in 2005 as part of a lawsuit brought against him by Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee who said he drugged and molested her at his home. She later settled for an undisclosed sum, and sensitive documents in the file remained sealed.
In the nearly 1,000-page deposition, the comic known as "America's Dad" admitted to several extramarital affairs and said he obtained quaaludes to give to women he hoped to seduce.
A bipartisan group of more than 100 former state attorneys general has asked President Barack Obama to pardon ex-Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who is nearing the end of a six-year prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice.
Former New York Attorney General Bob Abrams said they believe the Democrat's conviction nearly a decade ago was both unjust and tarnished by politics. The letter from the group, which also supported Siegelman's unsuccessful legal appeals, was delivered to the White House on Wednesday.
"Although nine years have passed, Gov. Siegelman's unjust conviction continues to eat away at the integrity of the justice system," the former attorneys general wrote. "Many legal scholars as well as the public at large believe that the prosecution of Gov. Siegelman was a perversion of justice."
Presidential intervention in the form of a pardon or sentence commutation is likely Siegelman's final hope of getting his prison time reduced. Appellate courts have upheld his conviction.
U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, the judge who presided over Siegelman's trial and handed down his sentence, resigned from the bench last year after his arrest on a misdemeanor battery charge. The Judicial Council of the U.S. 11th Circuit found that Fuller's behavior "might constitute one or more grounds for impeachment."
A Hindu devotee is seen nailed to a cross during the annual Shiva Gajan religious festival in Batanal village in West Bengal, India, April 13, 2016. Hundreds of faithful devotees offer sacrifices and perform acts of devotion during the festival in the hopes of winning the favour of Hindu god Shiva and ensuring the fulfillment of their wishes, and also to mark the end of the Bengali calendar year.
Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri
Saudi Arabia has barred its religious police from pursuing suspects or making arrests, curbing the powers of an institution whose aggressive enforcement of the Islamic kingdom's strict morality rules has drawn criticism from more liberal Saudis.
The force, which hardline clerics say is central to imposing Saudi Arabia's austere form of Sunni Islam, patrol public spaces to enforce bans on alcohol, music, prayer time store closures and the mixing of unrelated men and women.
But from now on, members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) will not be allowed to pursue, question, request identification from or arrest suspects, according to a cabinet statement carried by state news agency SPA.
Members must instead report suspected crimes to the police or drug authorities, who will carry out law enforcement actions. Members are now also required to show identity cards while carrying out official duties, the statement said.
The move signals a possible shift to rein the religious police.
Neanderthals may have been died out after tropical diseases were introduced by waves of anatomically modern humans from Africa, new research suggests.
Evidence suggests that modern human ancestors bred with Neanderthals, exchanging genes associated with disease, according to researchers from universities of Cambridge and Oxford Brookes.
Infections such as tapeworm, tuberculosis and herpes would have weakened the hunter-gatherer Neanderthals, making them less fit and able to find food and leading to their demise, says the study.
While it is widely thought that infectious diseases exploded with the dawn of agriculture, the researchers believe that some diseases have been around for much longer and originated in humans and not herd animals, as originally thought.
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