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Job Market Brightens As Unemployment Claims Drop

December 15, 2011 6:39 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for the job market is looking brighter. Far fewer people are seeking unemployment benefits than just three months ago — a sign that layoffs are falling sharply. The number of people applying for benefits fell last week to 366,000, the fewest since May 2008.

Bootleg Liquor Kills 143, Sickens Dozens

December 15, 2011 6:35 am

SANGRAMPUR, India (AP) — Bootleg liquor containing toxic methanol killed 143 people and sickened dozens more who drank the cheap, illicit brew bought at small shops in eastern India, officials said Thursday. Police arrested 10 suspected bootleggers. Emergency medical teams rushed to the village outside Kolkata, and thousands of relatives, many of them wailing in grief, gathered outside the packed hospital.

'M.A.S.H.' Hot Dog Exec Charged With Theft

December 15, 2011 6:22 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The grandson of the founder of a hot dog diner in Ohio made famous on TV's "M.A.S.H." was charged Wednesday with stealing more than $100,000 from the family business. The charges stem from a yearlong family battle over control of Tony Packo's, a restaurant chain whose hot dog sauce and pickles are sold in stores across the nation.

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Heineken Takes Controlling Stake In Haiti Brewer

December 15, 2011 6:19 am

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it will increase its stake in the dominant beer company in Haiti to 95 percent. Heineken says it already owned nearly 23 percent of Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti SA, known as Brana. The Dutch company says it sees room for growth in Haiti with the country's increasing economic and political stability.

Fishermen Stranded Off Bahamas For 5 Days

December 15, 2011 6:17 am

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say four fishermen spent five days stranded off the Bahamas without food or water before being rescued. U.S. Coast Guard officials say two fishing skiffs did not return to a larger fishing vessel from the Bahamas as scheduled Saturday morning. The Royal Bahamian Defence Force searched for the missing boats before requesting the Coast Guard's help Tuesday afternoon.

4 Fishermen Stranded Off Bahamas For 5 Days

December 15, 2011 6:17 am

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say four fishermen spent five days stranded off the Bahamas without food or water before being rescued. U.S. Coast Guard officials say two fishing skiffs did not return to a larger fishing vessel from the Bahamas as scheduled Saturday morning. The Royal Bahamian Defence Force searched for the missing boats before requesting the Coast Guard's help Tuesday afternoon.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Projects High Earnings

December 15, 2011 4:09 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., which bottles and sells Coca-Cola drinks in Europe, said that its full-year earnings will likely come in at the higher end of its prior forecast. Coca-Cola Enterprises previously predicted earnings between $2.14 and $2.18 per share, which includes a 15 cents per share foreign exchange benefit.

Mars Petcare To Add 275 Jobs

December 15, 2011 4:06 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A pet food company says it will add about 275 jobs as it expands its plant in Columbia. The State newspaper reported Mars Petcare plans to spend nearly $130 million as part of the expansion over the next five years. Company officials say the expansion will more than triple the number of employees at the plant.

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Whiskey Company To Make Barrel Wood In Ala.

December 15, 2011 4:04 am

STEVENSON, Ala. (AP) — The company that produces Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey is breaking ground in north Alabama for a plant that will produce the wood used in its barrels. The mill operated by Brown-Forman Cooperage is located in Stevenson, which is in northeast Alabama. The mill will produce white oak stave and heading material that will be used to produce whiskey barrels.

Rice On The Rise

December 15, 2011 4:03 am

Japan To Assess Safety Of Imported Beef

December 15, 2011 4:02 am

TOKYO, Dec. 15 (Kyodo) — Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry plans to ask the government's food safety panel to assess the safety of imported beef in two cases in which the country allows imports of beef from cattle aged 30 months or younger and from cattle aged more than 30 months, ministry sources said Thursday.

Ex-Health Inspectors Charged With Bribery

December 15, 2011 3:59 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two former health inspectors have been accused of accepting bribes in exchange for passing hundreds of restaurants on food safety exams in a city known for its culinary scene, officials said Wednesday. In addition to bribery charges, Ajamu Stewart and Clifton Sanders face felony counts for falsifying public records, said District Attorney George Gascon and City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

Photo Of The Day: Whole Foods Goes Halal

December 15, 2011 3:54 am

(AP) — In this Dec. 14, 2010 file photo, Jack Acree, executive vice president with American Halal Co., Inc., left, and Adnan Durrani, Chief Halal Officer with American Halal Co., Inc, stand near their products in a freezer case at a Whole Foods store in Darien, Conn. The company helped Whole Foods develop its first nationally distributed halal (Islamically permitted) food product called Saffron Road entrees that the food stores started selling in August.

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Summer Floods Cost Midwestern Farmers

December 14, 2011 8:13 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Midwestern farmers who saw their land swamped by summer flooding may be socked again with steep increases in their crop insurance premiums, the expensive result of the failure to fix broken levees before the winter snow and next spring's rains. The Missouri River rose to record levels this year after the U.

BBB: Self-Regulation Results In Remarkable Changes In Children's Food Ads

December 14, 2011 8:05 am

Arlington, Va. (BBB) — Five years ago, leading food and beverage companies made a major commitment to be a part of the solution to childhood obesity by agreeing to limit what foods they advertise to children under the age of 12. The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) launched the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) in November 2006 with ten charter companies.

Five Food Trends To Watch In 2012

December 14, 2011 6:27 am

NEW YORK (Euro RSCG) — Global integrated marketing communications agency Euro RSCG Worldwide today issued an in-depth look at what’s trending in food for 2012-13. Marian Salzman, CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, North America, and one of the world’s leading trendspotters, curated the list, which is part of a catalog of more than 150 trends in 32 categories.

NY Brews Beer Promotion

December 14, 2011 6:23 am

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The growing microbrewery industry is trying the same kind of I Love New York promotion used to boost tourism and wineries. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and brewers statewide on Wednesday will launch an "I Love NY Brew" promotion. The goal is for the growing New York beer brewing industry to work with convenience stores and New York City bars and restaurants to get more space on shelves and on menus for the state's beers.

Norwegians Battle Butter Shortage

December 14, 2011 6:20 am

OSLO, Norway (AP) — High demand for butter used in traditional Norwegian Christmas dishes has caused a big shortage, leading the government to slash import duties on the cherished product. Butter consumption has steadily increased in the Scandinavian country this year, partly because of the nation's increased popularity of low-carb but fat-rich diets.

Korean Cake Recalled

December 14, 2011 4:03 am

HANOVER, Md. (AP) — A Hanover company is recalling Korean Cake, or Gyeong Dan, because the product contains undeclared eggs. Rhee Bros. Inc. said Tuesday that it is recalling its 8-ounce packages of ASSI brand Korean Cake. The cakes were distributed nationwide to Asian food retail stores.

Fed Says Economy Is Healthier, Takes No New Steps

December 14, 2011 4:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Tuesday portrayed the U.S. economy as slightly healthier and held off on any new steps to boost growth. Hiring is picking up and consumers are spending more despite slower growth globally, the Fed said in its policy statement issued after its final meeting of the year.

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