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April 4, 2014 - 4:02pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A full federal appeals court will review meat labeling rules that would require country-of-origin information on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat.

The meat industry went to court in an effort to block the government regulation, which went into effect last year. The industry says the regulations are costly and provide no health benefits to consumers. The rules require labeling with where animals are born, raised and slaughtered....

April 4, 2014 - 4:02pm
1 week 5 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — As excited baseball fans, many of them wearing Cleveland's smiling Chief Wahoo logo, headed into Progressive Field for Friday's home opener, a smaller group stood by unable to share their enthusiasm.

Holding hand-painted signs that read, "We Are Not Honored," and "Our Children Are Not Mascots," a contingent of Native Americans and some of their supporters demonstrated against the Indians' use of their red-faced Wahoo logo.

The...

April 4, 2014 - 4:01pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Watch out world, Grumpy Cat has hit her terrible twos.

The top dog in Internet cat stardom, known for her downward smile and bugged-out baby blues, spent her birthday Friday touring New York City with an entourage worthy of Hollywood.

And Hollywood is where the funny-looking feline is bound, with a movie project in the works to add to her pile of endorsements and licensing deals that include her scowling face on limited-edition bags...

April 4, 2014 - 3:55pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street has a major craving for takeout.

Investors sent shares of GrubHub Inc. up more than 30 percent Friday in an initial public offering that gave the online food ordering service a market capitalization of nearly $2.7 billion.

GrubHub is one of four companies to go public Friday in what has been a very hot IPO market, especially for businesses in the cloud software and biotech industries. There have been 71 IPOs priced so far...

April 4, 2014 - 3:53pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — World powers and Iran will start drafting a final nuclear agreement next month, a U.S. official said Friday in a surprisingly optimistic assessment that expressed hope that a comprehensive pact could be reached in July.

Negotiators were to meet again next week in Vienna. The sides were making progress in talks, said the official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name and briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

The United...

April 4, 2014 - 3:48pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired general's mostly positive assessment of conditions inside the nuclear Air Force one year ago stands in contrast to the picture that has emerged since. Some examples of how the views differ:

— A 2013 study for the Pentagon, headed by Larry Welch, a retired Air Force general, said the nuclear missile and bomber forces are "professional, disciplined, committed and attentive to the special demands of the mission." The same month his group's report...

April 4, 2014 - 3:42pm
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ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors ruled in favor of the former director of Georgia's ethics commission on Friday, awarding her $700,000 in a lawsuit alleging retaliation for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

The jury decided in favor of Stacey Kalberman after more than two hours of deliberation.

Kalberman claimed in a lawsuit that commissioners had cut her salary and eliminated her deputy's position as she was seeking approval to issue subpoenas...

April 4, 2014 - 3:36pm
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DALLAS (AP) — After three mass shootings at military bases in the U.S. over the last five years, security experts say the sad truth is that there is probably no practical way of preventing members of the armed forces or civilian employees from carrying guns onto big installations like Fort Hood.

The kind of searches that would have prevented Army Spc. Ivan A. Lopez from driving onto Fort Hood with a pistol in his car and killing three fellow soldiers would paralyze...

April 4, 2014 - 3:32pm
1 week 5 days ago

Most U.S. industries added workers in March, when payrolls rose 192,000, according to Friday's monthly jobs report from the Labor Department.

The gains marked a pivotal moment for the 4½-year-old economic recovery. Private employers have finally added more jobs than they shed during the recession.

The private sector now employs 116.1 million people, the highest total since January 2008. The mix of that population has changed. There are more temporary...

April 4, 2014 - 3:27pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says it paid whistleblowers a total of $53 million last year for turning in tax cheats.

In an annual report to Congress, the agency said Friday it paid out 122 awards. That's an average award of nearly $435,000.

The tips led the IRS to collect more than $367 million in taxes, interest and penalties.

In general, whistleblowers can claim awards if they provide information that helps...

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