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Multiple Studies Prove Coffee Lessens Heart Risks

March 4, 2015 1:25 pm | by BMJ

Despite earlier concerns about a potential increase in heart disease risk associated with drinking coffee, a recent meta-analysis of 36 studies showed that moderate coffee consumption was associated with a decreased risk of heart disease.

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Brown-Forman Profits Led By Jack Daniel's Brand

March 4, 2015 12:40 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Jack Daniel's maker Brown-Forman Corp. said Wednesday that its third-quarter profit rose 5 percent, led by strong demand for its pricier American whiskeys and broad sales growth in the U.S. and overseas.

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Ben & Jerry's Open to Making Weed-Infused Ice Cream

March 4, 2015 11:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

The famous ice cream kings Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's declared in an interview with HuffPost Live that they would be open to making and marketing a marijuana-infused flavor where weed is legal.

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WHO Says World is Eating Too Much Sugar

March 4, 2015 11:00 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer

New guidelines from the World Health Organization say the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their sugar intake to just 5 to 10 percent of their overall calories.

McDonald's to Switch to Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press

McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST.

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Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-to-Work Proposal

March 4, 2015 8:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Despite widespread support in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature, one Minnesota Republican harshly criticized the proposed law and invited affected companies to consider moving across the Mississippi River.

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Cuba Looks North to US Farmers for Help with Food Crisis

March 4, 2015 7:45 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press

Cuba spends roughly $2 billion a year to import about 80 percent of its food and a long-standing humanitarian exception to the trade embargo allows U.S. farmers to fill some of that demand. After years of declining sales, mostly Republican states sold nearly $300 million of food to the island last year, primarily frozen chicken and soybean products

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Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense of BPA

March 3, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe." The ads urge readers to "listen to science" on BPA, a synthetic compound found in many plastics.

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Meat Distributor Sued After Worker Killed in Running Blender

March 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

The family of a cleaning worker who was killed when he fell into a running industrial meat blender at an Oregon plant is suing the meat distributor for $5 million. The lawsuit filed last week accused Interstate Meat Distributors of failing to follow safety procedures.

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Popeyes CEO on Rivals, Why Deep-Fried Wins on Menus

March 3, 2015 1:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder addresses a number of topics about her company and the fast-food industry in a wide-ranging Q&A with The Associated Press.

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NY Farming Economy Grows 22 Percent in Five-Year Period

March 3, 2015 1:15 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press

Agriculture contributed an estimated $37.6 billion to New York's economy by 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent over the previous five years, but the number of farms declined slightly, according to the state comptroller. Milk was the largest commodity, with $2.4 billion in sales, followed by grains, peas and beans at $856 million, the report said.

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Divorce Fuels Sugary Beverage Consumption, Says Study

March 3, 2015 12:35 pm | by SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY

Children of recently separated or divorced families are likelier to drink sugar-sweetened beverages than children in families where the parents are married, putting them at higher risk for obesity later in life, according to a new study.

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GMO Corn Spreads Reach Domestically; Is India Next?

March 3, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Genetically modified corn is steadily gaining prominence in the U.S. grain market, while China has lifted one of its ban on imports of modified seeds. Now, agribusiness companies also have high hopes for introducing modified corn in India.

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Childhood Hunger From the Educators' Perspective

March 3, 2015 9:45 am

In a recent report, more than 1,000 school employees were surveyed on the effects that hunger can have on children. Nearly 76 percent of educators say they believe breakfast served as part of the school day could be an easy solution.

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US Manufacturing Slows as Output, Hiring Weaken

March 3, 2015 8:55 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

U.S. factories expanded last month at their weakest pace in a year, with orders, hiring and production all growing more slowly.

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Enjoy a Good Tearjerker? Study Says Sad Movies Can Make You Fat

March 3, 2015 8:20 am | by Cornell Food & Brand Lab

A new study shows that movie-goers watching tearjerkers ate between 28 to 55 percent more popcorn both in the lab and in a mall theater. But research also says sad movies lead people to eat more of any healthy food that's in front of them.

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Veterans Help Bridge the Manufacturing Skills Gap

March 3, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Helping vets transition into the workforce is something that is near and dear to my heart, as my boyfriend will soon be getting out of the military after serving five years in the U.S. Marine Corps. They don't know where to start or how their military skills can translate into the workforce.

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Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need a Degree'

March 2, 2015 2:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Labor Department highlighted millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers on a recent list of "10 Good Jobs that Don’t Need a Degree." The agency expects those jobs to grow by 17 percent through 2022 and that prospects for qualified applicants "should be very good.”

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EU Nations Power Together to Ban Genetically-Modified Crops

March 2, 2015 1:20 pm | by Associated Press

The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically-modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority.

Researchers Call For Licorice Limits After Boy Develops Seizures

March 2, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

University researchers in Italy said candy producers should set recommended limits on daily consumption of licorice after a local boy developed seizures. 

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