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China reports new outbreak of African swine fever

Feb. 8, 2019 10:54 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China has reported a new outbreak of African swine fever that is threating the country's vital pork industry. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs reported Friday the disease had been detected on a farm in Yongzhou in the central province of Hunan, where 4,600 pigs were being...

The Latest: Dem women, including Ocasio-Cortez, cheer Trump

Feb. 5, 2019 10:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's State of the Union address (all times local): 10:50 p.m. President Donald Trump seemed pleasantly surprised when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez jumped to her feet with other white-garbed female House members and cheered something he said. The moment...

Food industry sway over public health gets new scrutiny

Jan. 29, 2019 5:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The tweet from a group that finances development in Latin America was direct: Sodas do not offer beauty or joy, just a lot of sugar. There was one problem for the organization. Coca-Cola was a funder. The Inter-American Development Bank's management told Coke it hadn't been aware of the...

Investors, farmers guessing as shutdown delays crop reports

Jan. 4, 2019 5:19 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it must delay the release of key crop reports due to the partial government shutdown, leaving investors and farmers without vital information during an already tumultuous time for agricultural markets. The USDA had planned to...

Startups reinvent the sheet-buying experience

Jan. 2, 2019 10:36 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A new year calls for sparkly new sheets. But shoppers looking for high-quality linens without hurting their budget may want to skip the so-called white sales at mass retailers. A new cast of startups, including Parachute, Brooklinen, and Boll & Branch, are cutting out middlemen and...

History of Barret Bar is love story, pure and ongoing

Dec. 29, 2018 12:58 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Every morning around 8:30, Rick Wessling arrives at a serenely quiet Barret Bar, makes some coffee and gets to work. There is money to count and books to balance, but mostly there's a floor that needs mopping. Not just any floor. It's a terrazzo floor, poured when the bar was built...