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Unemployment Applications Fall To 4-Year Low

March 2, 2012 1:05 pm | by DEREK KRAVITZ, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to thelowest point in four years, a further sign that the U.S. job market is improving.

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Texas Rice Farms Won't Get Water For Irrigation

March 2, 2012 1:03 pm

A Central Texas river authority said Friday that Hill Country lakes fell short of levels sufficient to provide irrigation water to downriver rice farmers.

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Police Arrest VP Of Tribe Suing Beer Companies

March 2, 2012 1:00 pm | by KRISTI EATON,Associated Press

The vice president of an American Indian tribe suing some of the world's largest beer makers was arrested and jailed for what police say was an alcohol-related incident on a dry reservation, but he insisted Thursday that the incident was racially motivated and that he wasn't drinking.

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North Dakota To Take Over Bankrupt Sunflower Seed Company

March 2, 2012 12:57 pm | by DALE WETZEL,Associated Press

North Dakota regulators filed court documents Thursday to take over a sunflower seed company that may owe farmers in North Dakota and South Dakota more than $4 million.

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Consumer Trends: Social Media Redefining America's Relationship With Food

March 2, 2012 12:54 pm

How Americans learn to cook, select recipes, plan their meals, purchase their food and share their culinary secrets with others has dramatically changed, according to a new study released last week.

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Wendy's Announces New Look, Revamped Menu

March 2, 2012 10:06 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Wendy's Co. is betting that a sleek new look for its restaurants, coupled with a revamped menu featuring its new premium Dave's Hot 'N Juicy burger, will rejuvenate its image as a higher-end fast food chain.

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Initiative Allows Wash. Restaurants To Buy Liquor From Distilleries

March 2, 2012 10:02 am | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Washington bars and restaurants will be allowed to buy liquor directly from distilleries beginning Thursday, marking the first step in substantial changes to how the state sells spirits.

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Research Shows Promise Of Ocean-Based Aquaculture

March 2, 2012 9:59 am

Marine biologists at Kampachi Farms announced today the successful final harvest from the "Velella" Research Project, which raised fish for the first time in U.S. Federal waters. This harvest completes the grow-out cycle of sashimi-grade kampachi fish from an unanchored drifter pen that has been riding eddies in the open ocean, 3 to 75 miles offshore of the Big Island of Hawaii, since last summer.

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Anti-Nuclear Japanese Farmer Visits South Africa

March 2, 2012 9:54 am | by DONNA BRYSON,Associated Press

A farmer evacuated from her home near a Japanese nuclear power plant visited Soweto Wednesday to talk to impoverished South Africans about how the poor are worst hit by catastrophes like the one triggered by an earthquake in her homeland.

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Sara Lee Spinoff To Distribute $4.6B In Stock

March 2, 2012 9:48 am

Food company Sara Lee Corp. said Friday that its shareholders will get stock valued at up to $4.55 billion when it spins off its international coffee and tea business later this year.

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Photo Of The Day: Eco-Friendly Aquaculture

March 2, 2012 9:41 am

The Velella project raised fish in a drifter pen far offshore the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Disney Rethinks Obesity Exhibit After Complaints

March 1, 2012 12:02 pm

Walt Disney World says it is retooling an Epcot exhibit on childhood obesity after critics complained that it was insensitive to obese kids.

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Cassava: The 'Rambo' Of Food Crops

March 1, 2012 12:00 pm | by MICHELLE FAUL,Associated Press

Calling cassava "the Rambo of food crops," scientists Monday said the long-neglected root becomes even more productive in hotter temperatures and could be the best bet for African farmers threatened by climate change.

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Consumer Spending Rises On Higher Incomes

March 1, 2012 11:58 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

Consumers earned a little more in January and spent most of the extra money. The gains should keep the economy growing at a modest pace.

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Connecticut Moves Closer To Allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales

March 1, 2012 11:55 am | by SUSAN HAIGH,Associated Press

Connecticut moved closer Tuesday to allowing retail alcohol sales on Sundays, a step that would bring it in line with neighboring states by ending a ban that dates to Prohibition.

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Tyson Nebraska Plant Improvements May Doom Iowa Plant

March 1, 2012 11:52 am

Tyson Foods Inc. says major improvements at its Dakota City beef plant in northeast Nebraska could lead to the closure of a smaller beef plant in Denison, Iowa.

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Consumer Trends: Food Preservatives Market Worth $2.5B By 2016

March 1, 2012 11:47 am

Globalization, world trade, merging consumer tendencies and choices, growing concerns regarding food safety and quality are some of the key factors driving the food preservatives market.

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Jamaica Cracks Down On Farm Thieves

March 1, 2012 10:19 am | by DAVID McFADDEN,Associated Press

Jamaica's government announced a campaign Tuesday to crack down on the longtime problem of thieves stealing livestock and crops from ranches and farms across the Caribbean island.

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Pork Checkoff Advances 2012 Pork Industry Research

March 1, 2012 10:16 am

The National Pork Board's six producer-led science and technology committees recently met in Dallas, Texas, to make decisions on how to advance pork producers' research priorities. Many of the committees reviewed research proposals to select projects that the Pork Checkoff would fund in 2012. In all, the groups reviewed more than 100 proposals, ultimately selecting those that would be of greatest benefit to the overall industry.

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FTC Reviewing 'Blackout In A Can'

March 1, 2012 10:10 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR,Associated Press

A carbonated brew guzzled on college campuses is the focus of an intense write-in campaign urging federal regulators to take some buzz out of a sweet alcoholic drink sometimes referred to as "blackout in a can."

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