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Alaska Town Gets Free Tacos After Hoax

July 2, 2012 9:57 am | by MARK THIESSEN,Associated Press

Taco Bell offered its fare for free to the town. There were 950 pounds of seasoned beef, 300 pounds of lettuce, 150 pounds of cheddar cheese, 500 pounds of reduced fat sour cream and 300 pounds of tomatoes.

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Wash. Tribes Say Fishing Rights Are At Risk

July 2, 2012 9:54 am | by PHUONG LE,Associated Press

More than 150 years ago, American Indian tribes in western Washington ceded much of the state to the federal government in return for guarantees of salmon and other fishing rights. Now, those tribes say their treaty rights with the U.S. are at risk because the region is losing habitat that salmon need to survive.

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Toxic Grass Responsible For Cattle Deaths

July 2, 2012 9:52 am | by SARAH KUTA,Associated Press

The sun was setting when Jerry Abel's cattle began to bellow on his Central Texas ranch. They were convulsing by the time he rushed to the pasture. Within hours, Abel had lost almost all his herd. The culprit: toxic grass.

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Photo Of The Day: Taco Tricks

July 2, 2012 9:48 am

After a hoax had residents of Bethel, Alaska thinking they would soon be getting Taco Bell, executives for the chain restaurant have arranged to fly enough ingredients from Anchorage to make 10,000 free tacos for a feast on Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurant And Foodservice Trends

June 29, 2012 12:00 pm

According to the National Restaurant Association's 2012 Restaurant Industry Forecast , nine out of 10 restaurant operators said their customers are more knowledgeable and sophisticated about food and beverages than ever before.

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U.S. Resolves To Take Lead In Whale Conservation

June 29, 2012 10:48 am | by SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare

Reaffirming their commitment to the oceans and those that inhabit them, Representatives Bill Keating and Howard Berman have introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives about the importance of U.S. leadership in whale conservation in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and in other international fora.

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Constellation Brands 1Q Adj. Profit Tops Street

June 29, 2012 10:33 am

Constellation Brands Inc.'s fiscal first-quarter net income fell as wine and spirit sales dipped, but its adjusted results topped Wall Street's expectations. The alcoholic beverage company also announced Friday that it is purchasing the remaining 50 percent stake of Crown Imports LLC that it doesn't already own for $1.85 billion.

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Culinary Students Catch And Prepare Gulf Coast Seafood

June 29, 2012 10:31 am | by SOURCE Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana Tourism

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world's premier culinary college, sent six of its distinguished faculty and degree program students to catch fish off the coast of Louisiana in Plaquemines Parish and experience firsthand the purity and taste of the region's seafood.

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Okla. Supreme Ct. Approves Wine In Groceries

June 29, 2012 10:25 am | by TIM TALLEY,Associated Press

An initiative petition to ask voters if they want to allow grocery stores in the state's largest counties to sell wine was narrowly approved by the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday.

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Child Labor Still Issue On Ivory Coast Cocoa Farms

June 29, 2012 10:23 am | by LAURA BURKE,Associated Press

Children continue to work in hazardous conditions on farms that supply cocoa to Nestle in Ivory Coast, the world's largest cocoa producer, but the multinational company is taking concrete steps to root out the practice, a labor organization said Friday.

USDA Announce Efforts To End Child Hunger

June 29, 2012 9:13 am

The USDA and leading hunger prevention groups announce the 13 organizations in 12 states chosen as No Kid Hungry Allies to connect kids to federal nutrition programs across the country.

Photo Of The Day: Korea Dries Up

June 29, 2012 9:00 am

South Korean officials reported the worst drought in more than a century in some areas after nearly two months without significant rainfall, raising worries about damage to crops and a dangerous drop in water levels at the nation’s reservoirs.

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No Quick-Fix For China's Troubled Dairy Industry

June 29, 2012 8:44 am | by ALEXA OLESEN, Associated Press

The contamination problems with China's dairy industry have sent people over the border into Hong Kong to buy milk powder for their babies, and have been reported in the usually tightly controlled state media. 

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Hillshire To Begin Trading On NYSE

June 29, 2012 8:41 am

Hillshire Brands Inc. is set to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange Friday after spinning off from Sara Lee Corp.

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InBev To Buy Out Modelo For $20.1 Billion

June 29, 2012 8:39 am | by TOBY STERLING,AP Business Writer

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA agreed Friday to buy the half of Corona maker Grupo Modelo it doesn't already own for $20.1 billion in cash, in a deal that will greatly increase the size and dominance of the world's largest brewer.

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Constellation Buying Rest Of Crown For $1.85B

June 29, 2012 8:37 am

Constellation Brands is buying the remaining 50 percent stake of Crown Imports LLC that it doesn't already own from Anheuser-Busch for $1.85 billion, giving it more U.S. control over Corona beers and other breweries.

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Mass. Fishermen Drop Suit Aimed At Cape Wind

June 28, 2012 12:58 pm | by JAY LINDSAY, Associated Press

A group of Martha's Vineyard fishermen on Tuesday dropped a lawsuit aimed at derailing the planned Cape Wind offshore wind farm, saying they will instead work with the developers on ways to co-exist.

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Bad Weather Causes 90 Percent Michigan Apple Loss

June 28, 2012 12:40 pm

Michigan's apple crop will be about 90 percent smaller than usual this year because of spring weather damage. The Michigan Apple Committee says it's the biggest apple crop loss since the 1940s.

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Northwest Sees Record Returns Of Sockeye Salmon

June 28, 2012 12:37 pm | by JEFF BARNARD,AP Environmental Writer

Record numbers of a once-waning population of sockeye salmon have been returning to the Northwest's Columbia Basin this summer, with thousands more crossing the river's dams in a single day than the total numbers seen in some previous years.

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IFT Launches Campaign Touting Food Science

June 28, 2012 12:35 pm

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today launched a new public education campaign called ”A World Without Food Science” that will aim to generate greater awareness of the role food science plays in ensuring a nutritious, safe and abundant food supply.

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