In a bitterly divided town, Karen Pence produces some sweet results

WASHINGTON —

There's a buzz in the air on the grounds at the Naval Observatory.

Second lady Karen Pence installed the first beehive at the vice president's residence in June last year and it has thrived. Washington might not be known for successful collaborations these days, but Pence can point to the sweet success of her bees — tens of thousands of them — as she prepared for her first honey harvest this month.

"The bees are doing great," Pence told CNN. "We are proud to report after a year that we are up to about 60,000 bees now."

When Pence installed her hive at the residence last summer, she noted that bees, along with other pollinators, are responsible for one in every three bites of food consumed in the U.S. — from your morning coffee to summer berries in a pie — and that their population has been declining, potentially putting agriculture and food production at risk.

"One of the reasons that we wanted to bring a beehive to the v…

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Former Jupiter police sergeant, fired for sex acts on duty, sues town alleging sexual harassment

JUPITER, Fla. - A former Jupiter police sergeant, fired after an investigation found he performed sex acts while on duty, is now suing the town of Jupiter.

Jason VanSteenburgh is suing the town for negligent supervision as well as retaliation and discrimination, after he says he was sexually harassed by then Major Amy Walling.

Walling was fired at the same time as VanSteenburgh, for engaging in those sexual acts with the sergeant, while he was on duty.

Investigators said videos taken during the acts were part of evidence. 

In his lawsuit, VanSteenburgh admits he engaged in a sexual relationship with his supervisor, Walling in 2013. But he says "she used her power as major to discipline him for personal matters/disputes and put his position on the SWAT team at issue."

VanSteenburgh said he ended his relationship with W…

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