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Big Mac Whacked: McDonald's U.S. Sales Continue To Slide

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:31pm

McDonald's is not loving its financial numbers. The fast-food chain reported that same-store sales in the U.S. tumbled 4.6 percent in November compared to a year ago, continuing a downward trend.

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Bad Weather, Pests, Diease Lead To Drop In Olive Oil Production

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:31pm

Global olive oil production is down this year and Italian oil has been especially hard hit. To explain what it might mean for consumers, Audie Cornish speaks with Curtis Cord, publisher of the Olive Oil Times.

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'New Republic' Owner Defends Strategy Shift That Led Many To Quit

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:31pm

Media correspondent David Folkenflik talks with Chris Hughes, owner and publisher of The New Republic, about last week's editorial shake-up at the 100-year-old publication.

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McDonald's Reports Steep Drop In Sales At U.S. Restaurants

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:31pm

Same-store sales, a category that excludes newly opened sites, were down 4.6 percent in November. The fast-food giant faces tough competition from a number of younger chains, including Chipotle, Chick-fil-A and Five Guys.

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GOP Leaders: Gas Tax Hike Could Fuel Fixes To Bad Roads And Bridges

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:31pm

Several states, including those led by Republicans, aren't waiting for Congress to shore up the federal highway trust fund and help pay for repairing worn out infrastructure.

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How Afghanistan Vets Are Trying To Cultivate Peace Through Saffron

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:57pm

Afghanistan has an ideal climate for growing saffron, the most expensive spice in the world. But little is exported. Rumi Spice is working with small farmers there to build the U.S. market for it.

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Fringe No More: 'Ancient Grains' Will Soon Be A Cheerios Variety

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:05pm

General Mills helped define the industrial era of American breakfasting with its ringlets of processed oats. Soon, it'll put out a version with "ancient grains," which aren't, actually, very ancient.

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Supreme Court Rejects BP's Challenge To Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:51am

The oil giant had hoped to limit how much it will pay under a 2012 settlement with people and businesses on the Gulf Coast. BP originally estimated it would pay $7.8 billion to settle claims.

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IOC Unveils Changes Including Lower Bidding Costs, More Sports At Olympics

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:31am

The changes adopted today at a two-day meeting in Monaco include a new Olympic channel. They are all part of biggest change in decades to the International Olympic Committee.

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U.S. Tech Firms See Green As They Set Up Shop In Low-Tax Ireland

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:17am

Google, Apple and other industry leaders have global headquarters in Ireland. But the U.S. Congress and others aren't happy, and the Irish are reconsidering some of these business-friendly tax laws.

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Women Butchers Are Slicing Through The Meat World's Glass Ceiling

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:54pm

The meat industry traditionally has been a male-dominated field. But as demand for local meat grows, that's made more room for women to carve out ownership roles in the business.

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Washington Post Reporter, Detained For Months In Iran, Is Charged

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 11:45am

Jason Rezaian, the newspaper's Tehran bureau chief, was arrested in July, but the Iranian government has so far declined to say why.

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