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Girl Scout Cookie Sales Go High-Tech

March 28, 2011 5:02 am

PARMA, Ohio (AP) — The Girl Scouts were selling their cookies the old-fashioned way, pulling a creaky-wheeled red wagon laden with Thin Mints and Samoas down a suburban street. But the affair took a decidedly 21st-century twist when, with a polite smile, one of the girls pulled out a smartphone and inquired: "Would you like to pay with a credit card?" The girls are among about 200 troops in northeast Ohio who are changing the way Girl Scouts do business.

Beef Company Settles Recall Liability Suit

March 28, 2011 5:00 am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Beef Ltd. has reached a settlement with a Colorado company over liability for a 2008 beef recall, according to an order filed late Friday in the federal case. The Omaha-based processor sued Loveland, Colo.-based Meyer Natural Foods LLC in January 2009, raising the question of which company should be held liable for the tainted meat.

Proposed Pet Food Plant Causes Concern

March 28, 2011 4:57 am

UNION CITY, Ind. (AP) — A proposal to build a $10 million pet food flavoring plant is raising a stink in eastern Indiana, where residents question whether the number of jobs it would bring would be worth the potential impact on their quality of life. Nebraska-based Naturally Recycled Proteins wants to build a plant on 20 acres near an ethanol plant about two miles outside Union City.

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Chavez Tells Venezuelans To Watch Weight

March 28, 2011 4:55 am

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez urged Venezuelans on Sunday to cut their calories to avoid obesity — the latest lifestyle recommendation by the self-proclaimed socialist crusader. Chavez has lobbied in recent weeks against what he calls the evils of capitalism, including alcoholism, breast implants and violent television programs.

Photo Of The Day: Testing For Radiation

March 28, 2011 4:47 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Thursday March 24, 2011, Chinese officials at the Rizhao Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau take samples of mackerel imported from Japan for radiation test in Rizhao in eastern China's Shandong province. China joined several countries on Friday, barring imports of dairy products, fruit, vegetables, and aquatic products, from five prefectures affected by radiation from the damaged nuclear plant _ Fukushima, Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi, and Chiba.

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Photo Of The Day: Feeding Japan

March 25, 2011 4:45 am

(AP) — In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, workers pack frozen vegetables on the production line at a food factory in Jiashan of east China's Zhejiang Province, Thursday, March 24, 2011. Vegetable factories increased their output to meet the demand in the quake-hit Japan.

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The Chickens Are Coming, So Idaho Revamps Rules

March 25, 2011 4:12 am

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hemmed in by suburbia, state politics and grain transportation costs, California poultry rancher Scott Rumbeck is considering greener pastures for his chicks. "We're a niche producer, so we're looking at everything we can do to reduce our grain costs and real-estate pressure," Rumbeck, a spokesman for Turlock-based Central Coast Farms, told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Krispy Kreme To Enter Distribution Deal With Sysco

March 25, 2011 4:10 am

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. plans to enter a supply chain distribution deal with Sysco Corp., the nation's biggest food distributor. The proposed agreement allows Sysco subsidiary Sygma to distribute proprietary doughnut mixes, other ingredients and supplies to Krispy Kreme franchise and company-run shops in the eastern U.

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ND Flour Company Fined $30K Over Safety Issues

March 25, 2011 4:09 am

HARVEY, N.D. (AP) — The federal government has fined a North Dakota flour business $30,000, alleging that the company repeatedly exposed workers to unsafe conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration began investigating Dakota Prairie Organic Flour in Harvey last October, the agency said Wednesday.

Inmates Become Bakers For NYC Jail System

March 25, 2011 4:08 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Each morning, and again in the afternoon, the blades of three bread-slicing machines are counted carefully. Only then does the bakery let workers go home — to their jail cells on Rikers Island. Twenty inmates of one of the nation's largest jail complexes are part of a team that bakes 36,000 loaves of bread a week to feed the city's entire population behind bars — about 13,000 people.

Feds: Scientists Erred In Oyster Farm Study

March 25, 2011 4:07 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Errors were made but there was no criminal conduct by National Park Service scientists assessing the environmental impact of a disputed oyster farm in Northern California, a federal investigation has found. The Interior Department's Solicitor's Office said the scientists made mistakes that eroded public confidence when studying whether the operation of Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Vt. AG Seeks To Evaluate Dairy Antitrust Settlement

March 25, 2011 4:06 am

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general wants to evaluate a proposed settlement between some Northeast dairy farmers and a major national milk processor in a class-action antitrust lawsuit. Dallas-based Dean Foods has agreed to pay $30 million to the dairy farmers and change its milk-buying practices in the region for 30 months to settle the lawsuit.

ConAgra's 3Q Income Falls On Rising Costs

March 24, 2011 4:52 am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc.'s fiscal third-quarter net income fell 6 percent as the maker of Healthy Choice and Chef Boyardee dealt with rising costs. In December ConAgra said it was raising prices. The company, based in Omaha, Neb., initially benefited from the economic downturn because people ate at home more.

Ammonia Leak Forces Evacuation At Meat Plant

March 24, 2011 4:49 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An anhydrous ammonia leak at a meat-packing plant forced 1,000 employees to evacuate and nearby residents to stay indoors for hours on Wednesday. A faint ammonia odor was detectable a few blocks away from the JBS Swift plant east of downtown Louisville for more than an hour after the leak.

Supreme Court Makes It Easier To Sue Businesses

March 23, 2011 4:38 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court made it easier to haul businesses into court on Tuesday, ruling that investors can sue them for purposefully withholding damaging information about a product and that employees can sue them for retaliation without having to make a written complaint. The court ruled unanimously to let a lawsuit by a group of investors against Matrixx Initiatives Inc.

Catfish Farmers Feud Over Inspections

March 23, 2011 4:35 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. catfish farmers thought they had pulled off a coup when they persuaded Congress a few years ago to require tougher federal inspections for the whiskered fish. It's not that they were clamoring for more oversight; the idea was that the new inspection system would be a roadblock to rival imports from Asia, which U.

General Mills 3Q Income Rises 18 Percent

March 23, 2011 4:31 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills Inc.'s fiscal third-quarter net income rose 18 percent as it sold more snacks and benefited from strength overseas. The maker of Nature Valley snack bars and Cheerios cereal also maintained its 2011 adjusted earnings and revenue outlooks Wednesday. General Mills earned $392.

23,000 Pounds Of Bologna Recalled

March 23, 2011 4:29 am

WASHINGTON (USDA)-- Palmyra Bologna Company, Inc., a Palmyra, Penn., establishment, is recalling approximately 23,000 pounds of Lebanon bologna products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

FDA Bans Food Imports From Japan

March 23, 2011 4:25 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will halt imports of dairy products and produce from the area of Japan where a nuclear reactor is leaking radiation. The FDA said those foods will be detained at entry and will not be sold to the public. The agency previously said it would just step up screening of those foods.

Photo Of The Day: Fish Fight

March 23, 2011 4:06 am

In this Aug. 24, 2009, file a catfish feeds near the surface of a pond at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's Aquaculture-Fisheries Center in Pine Bluff, Ark. U.S. catfish farmers thought they had pulled off a coup when they persuaded Congress a few years ago to require tougher federal inspections for the whiskered fish.

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