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Feds Declare Disaster Over Damaged Fruit Crops

July 3, 2012 12:34 pm | by JOHN FLESHER,Associated Press

The federal government Monday declared Michigan a disaster area because of damage to fruit crops from erratic spring weather, making growers eligible to seek low-interest loans.

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Budvar Ends Distribution Deal With Anheuser-Busch

July 3, 2012 12:32 pm

State-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP says it is terminating a distribution deal with its U.S. archrival Anheuser-Busch.

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China Fishermen Sue ConocoPhillips Over Spills

July 3, 2012 12:31 pm | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

A group of 30 fishermen from China sued ConocoPhillips in U.S. federal court on Monday, claiming their livelihoods have been greatly impacted by two oil spills last year from the company's offshore drilling operations in northeastern China.

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UPDATE: Brewery To Appeal In Suit Over Beer Name

July 3, 2012 12:30 pm

A Maryland brewery says it plans to appeal a federal judge's decision that Michigan liquor commissioners are immune to a lawsuit over a beer with a name that's offensive to some people.

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Grape Grower To Pay $350K In Harassment Case

July 3, 2012 12:29 pm

One of the country's largest grape growers will pay $350,000 and make changes in company procedures to settle a federal sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.

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U.S. Manufacturing Shrinks For First Time In 3 Years

July 3, 2012 12:23 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturing shrank in June for the first time in nearly three years, adding to signs that economic growth is weakening.

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Brewery Loses Lawsuit Over Offensive Label

July 3, 2012 9:47 am

A judge says Michigan liquor commissioners are immune to a lawsuit over a beer with a name that's offensive to some people.

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Subway To Offer Zero-Calorie Vitaminwater

July 3, 2012 9:45 am

Subway will begin offering zero-calorie Vitaminwater in August as consumers increasingly reach for less sugary drinks to wash down sandwiches and other foods.

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Overabundance Means Cheap Lobster Prices

July 3, 2012 9:42 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

A glut has driven down lobster prices in Maine — bringing cheer to lobster-loving consumers at the start of the state's tourist season but gloom among lobstermen.

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Ranchers, Lawmakers Protest EPA Flyover Inspections

July 3, 2012 9:39 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Midwest ranchers have never been enamored with environmental regulators, but they really began to complain after learning that federal inspectors were flying over their land to look for problems.

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Pedigree Dog Food May Contain Plastic Pieces

July 3, 2012 9:34 am

Today, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of a limited range of three varieties of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food products due to a potential choking risk.

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Photo Of The Day: Lobsters Cheaper Than Bologna

July 3, 2012 9:30 am

Many stores are selling the king of seafood for under $5 a pound, making it cheaper than bologna by weight.

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Mich. Regulators Consider Changes To Liquor Laws

July 2, 2012 12:59 pm | by KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN,Associated Press

New state rules that would allow craft brewers in Michigan to have off-premise tasting rooms and provide free samples are among sweeping changes to liquor control rules being sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.

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Dole Recalls More Salad Due To Listeria

July 2, 2012 12:58 pm

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,598 cases of bagged salad due to possible Listeria contamination.

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Schumer Calls For End To Canadian Wine Tariff

July 2, 2012 10:01 am

Sen. Charles Schumer wants the Canadian government and the U.S. Trade Representative to jump start negotiations to eliminate Canadian wine tax policies that put New York wineries at a competitive disadvantage.

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Award-Winning Beer Returns To Home State

July 2, 2012 10:00 am | by RICK HARMON,Montgomery Advertiser

One of America's best beers began in a bathtub in Auburn, and now, a decade after The New York Times named it the country's best pale ale, it is finally coming home.

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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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