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Dutch Authorities To Run Forensic Tests In Delta Case

July 18, 2012 11:42 am | by MIKE CORDER,Associated Press

Dutch police investigating how needles got into six turkey sandwiches on Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to U.S. cities said Wednesday that the sandwiches and needles are being flown back to the Netherlands for tests.

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Lobstermen Resume Pulling Traps, Glut Persists

July 18, 2012 11:39 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Most Maine lobstermen have resumed pulling their traps after many of them tied up their boats last week in an effort to ease a glut that has driven down prices.

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Costco Turns Against Gestation Crates

July 18, 2012 11:37 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

Costco Wholesale Corp. on Tuesday joined a growing list of retailers and restaurants in asking suppliers to phase out the use of small pens for pregnant sows, as an animal welfare group prepared to release an undercover video showing conditions at one of its suppliers.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Hungry For Healthy Foods

July 18, 2012 11:28 am

New research reveals that just more than two-thirds of Americans choose healthier foods to stay well.

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Candy Maker Mars Donates $5M For Smithsonian Exhibit

July 18, 2012 10:03 am | by BRETT ZONGKER,Associated Press

Candy maker Mars Inc. is donating $5 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to create a new gallery focused on business and innovation in the United States dating back to the 1700s, the museum announced Wednesday.

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Illinois Governor Outlines Response To Drought

July 18, 2012 10:01 am | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

With a baking southern Illinois cornfield as a backdrop, Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday pledged state support through loans and debt restructuring to farmers and ranchers punished by a nagging drought that shows no signs of abating anytime soon.

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South Korea Scraps Whaling Plan

July 18, 2012 9:58 am | by SAM KIM,Associated Press

A South Korean official says the government has decided to scrap a much-criticized plan to hunt whales for scientific research. Critics suspected the plan was a cover for commercial whaling.

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FBI Opens Investigation Of Delta Sandwich Needles

July 18, 2012 9:56 am | by JOSHUA FREED,AP Airlines Writer

The FBI and the airport's police department have opened criminal investigations to try to determine how the needles got into meals served on at least four Delta flights from Amsterdam to the U.S. and why anyone would place them there.

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More Than 60,000 New Yorkers Say No To Soda Ban

July 18, 2012 9:50 am

New Yorkers for Beverage Choices announced that more than 60,000 New Yorkers have affirmed that they are capable of making their own food and beverage choices by signing on to the petition against Mayor Bloomberg's proposed "soda ban."

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Photo Of The Day: Rallying For Whales

July 18, 2012 9:45 am

South Korean animal rights activists Tuesday held dolphin and whale-shaped balloons during a rally to oppose South Korean government's recent plan to resume whaling in Seoul, South Korea.

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Coca-Cola Profit Slips On Higher Ingredient Costs

July 17, 2012 12:42 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Coca-Cola Co. said Tuesday that it's selling more of its sodas, sports drinks and bottled waters in most parts of the world, with growth particularly strong in emerging markets. Still, the company's second-quarter profit slipped as costs for ingredients rose as well.

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Farmers Sue Company Over Hybrid Rice

July 17, 2012 12:38 pm | by CHUCK BARTELS,AP Business Writer

A group of Arkansas rice farmers sued a company that produces hybrid seed on Monday, claiming that RiceTec Inc. supplied them with seed that produced an inferior crop and sometimes didn't grow well enough to be harvested.

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Menu For Mars

July 17, 2012 12:37 pm | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

Through a labyrinth of hallways deep inside a 1950s-era building that has housed research that dates back to the origins of U.S. space travel, a group of scientists in white coats is stirring, mixing, measuring, brushing and, most important, tasting the end result of their cooking. Their mission: Build a menu for a planned journey to Mars in the 2030s.

Ag Department Spares Produce-Testing Program

July 17, 2012 12:36 pm | by GARANCE BURKE,Associated Press

The nation's largest produce-safety testing program narrowly escaped closure thanks to a last-minute grudging reprieve from the Agriculture Department, and finding a permanent solution to keep tainted fruits and vegetables from reaching consumers could take an even bigger effort.

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More Than Half Of U.S. Gripped By Drought

July 17, 2012 12:33 pm | by JIM SUHR and STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Only in the 1930s and the 1950s has a drought covered more land, according to federal figures released Monday. So far, there's little risk of a Dust Bowl-type catastrophe, but crop losses could mount if rain doesn't come soon.

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Consumer Trends: Debating Sodium Intake

July 17, 2012 12:18 pm

 "People who talk about banning salt are not considering all the facts," says Mark Zoske, CEO of SaltWorks, Inc. 

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Dean Foods Hurt By High Costs, Weather

July 17, 2012 9:54 am

Shares of Dean Foods Co. tumbled on Monday as an analyst lowered his rating for the country's largest dairy company partly because it is being hurt by rising feed costs and hot weather.

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Coca-Cola Breaks Ground On Joplin Plant

July 17, 2012 9:52 am

The Coca-Cola Co. has broken ground on a new distribution facility in Joplin, more than a year after a deadly tornado delayed its original expansion plans.

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Calif. Restaurants Get Around Foie Gras Ban

July 17, 2012 9:50 am | by FENIT NIRAPPIL,Associated Press

California's new ban on the production and sale of foie gras took eight years to go into effect, but restaurants have wasted little time in finding creative ways to duck the law.

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NYC Trans Fat Ban Made Fast Food Healthier

July 17, 2012 9:48 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD,AP Medical Writer

New York City now has hard evidence that its ban on trans fat in restaurant food made a meaningful dent in people's consumption of the artery clogger and wasn't just replaced with another bad fat.

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