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Non-Profit Sues Tortilla Maker Over Patents

July 11, 2012 9:55 am

A company affiliated with the University of Nebraska has filed a lawsuit alleging a Mexican tortilla maker is infringing on a patent two university researchers received in 2002.

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Wis. Town Barred From Beefing Up Water Rules

July 11, 2012 9:52 am | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a rural town does not have the authority to impose tougher water quality standards on a livestock farm than the state requires.

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Mead Johnson Gets Apology For False Formula Reports

July 11, 2012 9:48 am

Shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. rebounded in premarket trading Wednesday after a Chinese agency conceded that invalid testing led to erroneous reports that vanillin had been found in baby formula from companies including Mead Johnson.

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Fishing Vessel Leaks Ammonia

July 11, 2012 9:47 am | by RACHEL D'ORO,Associated Press

Three people were treated for inhalation of ammonia vapors leaking from a Seattle-based fishing vessel as it was docked in Alaska's Dutch Harbor, responders said Sunday.

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Photo Of The Day: Wisconsin Water Wars

July 11, 2012 9:44 am

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court is set to rule Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in a closely watched case that pits Larson Acres Inc. against a small town that blames its water-pollution problems on manure generated by Mike Larson’s 2,900 cows. The case is the first to test a 2004 state law governing the expansion of livestock farm operations.

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Russian Investors Send Vodka Company Higher

July 10, 2012 1:18 pm

Shares of Central European Distribution Corp., a vodka producer based in Mt. Laurel, N.J., soared more than 33 percent after it announced that Russian financiers expect to buy a bigger stake of the company.

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Parents Defend Putting Children To Work On Farms

July 10, 2012 1:16 pm | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

Some farmers believe the U.S. Labor Department was misguided in its attempts to protect children from farm accidents and are relieved the agency dropped its plans this spring and has promised not to take up the matter again.

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Shareholders OK Coca-Cola Split

July 10, 2012 1:13 pm

Shareholders have approved The Coca-Cola Co.'s first stock split in 16 years. The Atlanta-based company announced the two-for-one split in April, citing its expectation to double revenue over this decade.

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Ice Cream Recalled For Undeclared Eggs

July 10, 2012 1:11 pm

The Cass-Clay Creamery of Fargo, N.D., is voluntarily recalling some brands of peppermint bon bon-flavored ice cream because they may contain eggs that aren't listed on the label.

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‘The Million Big Gulp March’ Protests NYC Soda Ban

July 10, 2012 1:07 pm | by VERENA DOBNIK,Associated Press

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that if New Yorkers want to kill themselves with sugar — that's their right. That was the mayor's response Monday to a small, peaceful protest rally against a ban on big sodas on a sidewalk near City Hall Park — dubbed The Million Big Gulp March.

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Consumer Trends: Best And Worst Restaurants

July 10, 2012 9:00 am

Whether you're traveling the interstate, looking for a sumptuous supper, or just want to get away from the kitchen this summer, Consumer Reports surveyed 47,565 diners to help find the best meals and best deals at 102 of the nation's biggest sit-down chain restaurants.

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Photo Of The Day: Pepsi Tries Yogurt

July 10, 2012 8:41 am

PepsiCo, Inc. and Theo Muller Group, the largest privately held dairy business in Germany, announced their U.S. joint venture, Muller Quaker Dairy, will enter the growing U.S. dairy market in mid-July with premium yogurt products.

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PepsiCo Opens New Plant In China

July 10, 2012 8:15 am

PepsiCo Inc. has opened a new food manufacturing plant in China, its sixth food plant in the region in a move to strengthen its position in a growing market.

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Agencies Say Campbell Deal May Lead To Downgrade

July 10, 2012 8:13 am | by The Associated Press

Campbell Soup Co. may face some credit rating downgrades as a result of its plans to acquire natural-food maker Bolthouse Farms.

Planned Carp-Processing Plant Gets State Help

July 10, 2012 7:52 am

Developers hoping to build an Asian carp processing plant in the Mississippi River town of Grafton could soon get help from taxpayers.

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Sector Snap: Food producers Fall On Corn Concerns

July 10, 2012 7:50 am | by The Associated Press

Shares of a number of food producers fell in trading Monday as concern grew about how corn costs may weigh on the companies.

USDA Reports Corn In 18 States Hurt By Drought

July 10, 2012 7:46 am

Corn and soybean prices surged Monday after the latest government report showed a widespread drought in the middle of the country is hurting this year's crop.

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Whaling Meeting Ends With Mixed Results

July 9, 2012 1:02 pm

The International Whaling Commission ended its annual meeting on Friday amid dissatisfaction from a variety of members, including Japan, which sought permission for coastal communities to carry out small-scale whaling.

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Smithfield Foods To Open Restaurant

July 9, 2012 1:01 pm

The Smithfield, Va.-based company plans to open the Taste of Smithfield restaurant on Tuesday. Customers can buy salads and sandwiches made with Smithfield pork products as well as ribs and burgers.

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Ocean Acidity Threatens Seafood Security

July 9, 2012 12:59 pm | by KRISTEN GELINEAU,Associated Press

Oceans' rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, and the potential impact of all of this is huge because seafood is the primary source of protein for many people around the world.

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