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Where the Original Buffalo Chicken Wing Got its Start

August 26, 2014 12:00 pm | by CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press

Visitors often flock to Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York for some homemade chicken wings. But, these aren't just any wings. This is the home of the original Buffalo chicken wings. The dish was developed in 1964, and 50 years later the Main Street eatery remains a must-see.

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NY Sees Surge in Local Alcohol Production

August 26, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press

New York has seen an overall uptick in the number of alcohol producers in the state, as more and more consumers turn to locally produced beer, wine and spirits. In 2011, the state was home to five hard cider-makers. Now, it boats 29.    

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Hard to Swallow? Burger King May Move to Canada

August 26, 2014 9:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI, MICHELLE CHAPMAN, Associated Press

Customers are voicing their discontent with the 60-year-old hamburger chain because of its plans to relocate its headquarters from Miami to Canada in a deal that could lower its taxes. Burger King's Facebook page was littered with negative comments about the potential deal.

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Judge: Kauai GMO Law Invalid

August 26, 2014 8:45 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled Monday in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop Kauai's new law from going into effect. The companies argued the local ordinance is invalid and unfairly targets their industry.       

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North Dakota Coffee Shop Operates on Honor System

August 26, 2014 8:15 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press

The Vault coffee shop in North Dakota operates a little differently than most businesses. The small-town shop utilizes the honor system. This unusual setup has given customers a sense of ownership and has brought in 15 percent more money than the asking price.

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Edible Insects: Thailand Leads the World in Putting Bugs on Tables

August 26, 2014 8:00 am | by DENIS D. GRAY, Associated Press

Averaging an annual output of 7,500 tons, Thailand leads the world in producing insects. Although a decade ago insect eating was largely a gimmick, experts say a recent increase in interest in the West is being driven by health and environmental concerns.

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New Gluten-Free Ingredient May Cause Allergic Reaction

August 25, 2014 2:40 pm | by Kansas State University

Lupin, a legume belonging to the same plant family as peanuts, is showing up as a wheat replacement in an increasing number of gluten-free products. But now, the USDA is issuing an alert to consumers to actively read food labels before buying these products.

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Whisky's Worries Mirror Economic Fears in Scotland

August 25, 2014 2:34 pm | by MARTIN BENEDYK, DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press

Whisky makers are worried about the risks involved in finding themselves overnight in a new country with, among other things, a different currency. Nine out of 10 bottles of Scotch are sold overseas for a value of 4.3 billion pounds ($7.1 billion) a year.

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Teamsters to Host Investor Call on Sysco, US Foods Merger

August 25, 2014 2:27 pm | by International Brotherhood of Teamsters

The Teamsters are hosting an analyst call on the Sysco and US Foods merger antitrust obstacles. Representatives will outline issues that may jeopardize the deal and harm workers, customers and consumers.                

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North Dakota Winter Wheat Crop Hurt by Disease

August 25, 2014 2:17 pm | by Minot Daily News, Minot, North Dakota

The North Dakota winter wheat crop is showing high levels of vomitoxin — a toxin associated with scab disease that can make grain unsafe for people and animals to eat.                        

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Auburn University Offers Beer Brewing Course

August 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by RUSS COREY, TimesDaily

Interested in learning about brewing beer? Now there is a graduate-level course at Auburn University in Alabama for just that. The Brewing Science and Operations program began a few years ago as craft brew enthusiasts pushed for home brewing in the state.  

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Calif. Co-Owner Pleads Guilty to Processing Cows With Cancer

August 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Co-owner of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., a Northern California slaughterhouse, has pleaded guilty to the criminal charges accusing him of processing cows with cancer. Operations were halted in February after a series of recalls.   

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Calif. Earthquake Shakes Famed Wine Country

August 25, 2014 10:11 am | by KEN SWEET, ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake. Napa is California's best-known winemaking region. The earthquake adds to what has already been a difficult year for the state's winemakers.  

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De Rothschild, Grande Dame of Wine, Dies at 80

August 25, 2014 9:51 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Philippine de Rothschild, who cracked a male-dominated wine industry to become company chairwoman and was known by many as simply "The Baroness," has died. She was 80. De Rothschild was a grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards.

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Infographics: What Happens When Baby Boomers Retire?

August 25, 2014 9:34 am | by Adecco

Baby boomers occupy the majority of skilled trade positions, while younger workers are mostly employed in other professions. So while baby boomers are aging out of the manufacturing industries, what will happen to the once booming industry?

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Invasive Insect Threatens Iconic Florida Citrus

August 25, 2014 9:22 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

Florida has always been well known for its oranges. But now the $9 billion industry is facing its biggest threat yet, putting at risk the state's economy and very identity. Blame a mottled brown bug no bigger than a pencil eraser and a disease called "the yellow dragon."

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Calif. Hot Sauce Plant's Tour Offers Whiff of Excitement

August 25, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press

As many as 3,000 people are expected to visit the factory that makes Sriracha hot sauce over the weekend in the Los Angeles' suburb of Irwindale. During a 20-minute walk through the 650,000-square-foot facility, visitors can watch chili grinding at Huy Fong Foods.

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Venezuela Proposes Fingerprinting Grocery Shoppers

August 25, 2014 8:50 am | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has implemented a mandatory fingerprinting system at grocery stores to help combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item. He calls it an "anti-fraud system."     

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Ice Cream: Now With More...Okra?

August 22, 2014 1:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

A study by the Institute of Food Technologists shows how okra extracts can be used as a stabilizer in ice cream. Scientists found that water extracts of okra fiber can be used to maintain ice cream quality during storage — thereby extending the shelf life.

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Lawyer: Dickey's Barbecue in Utah Had Another Chemical Burn

August 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

After a woman nearly died unknowingly drinking tea laced with a chemical cleaning compound at a Utah restaurant, a second victim has come forward. The woman's attorney said an employee at Dickey's Barbecue burned her tongue on the same substance. 

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