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Scientists work in Arizona to reshape desert food production

Sep. 20, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — In the cool shade of solar panels, a lush plot of herbs and vegetables hints at one possible future for farming in the desert. At the moment, that future includes more basil than researchers know what to do with. “We’ve been pulling out pounds of it every week,”...

Fruit cups are stacked on a shelf at the Serving Our Kids Foundation warehouse in Henderson, Nev., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. The volunteer program that started small, supplying bags of food to 20 students at one Las Vegas-area school 14 years ago, has become a nonprofit supplying weekend meals for about 3,800 students at 80 southern Nevada schools. (Steve Marcus /Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Volunteers find big need for student weekend meals in Vegas

Sep. 19, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas-area program that started small, supplying food to 20 students at one school 14 years ago, has grown into a nonprofit that provides weekend meals for about 3,800 students at 80 southern Nevada schools. Serving Our Kids Executive Director Dale Darcas said that when he asked...

FILE - In this June 14, 2000 file photo, members of the Israeli Diamond Exchange work in Ramat Gan, Israel. On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, the Israeli and Dubai diamond exchanges announced a deal to boost trade. The deal came just days after Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a breakthrough agreement at the White House to normalize their relations. (AP Photo/Eyal Warshavsky, File)

Israeli and Dubai diamond exchanges sign trade agreement

Sep. 17, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Israeli and Dubai diamond exchanges announced Thursday they had struck a deal to boost trade, just days after Israel signed breakthrough agreements with United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House to normalize their relations. With the U.S.-brokered...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, a truck bearing Weld County insignia sits outside the administrative office entrance at JBS USA in Greeley, Colo. A union representing workers at a JBS USA meatpacking plant in Colorado where six workers have died of the coronavirus and hundreds more were infected is protesting a $15,615 fine against the company for failing to provide safe working conditions at the plant in Greeley. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union says JBS failed to protect workers from getting sick and didn't compensate them for working under the risk of contracting COVID-19. (Alex McIntyre/The Greeley Tribune via AP, File)

Colorado workers protest COVID-19 fine issued to meat plant

Sep. 16, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A union representing workers at a Colorado meatpacking plant where six workers died of COVID-19 and hundreds more were infected staged a protest Wednesday, claiming that federal officials should have fined the company more for its alleged failure to provide safe working conditions. The JBS...

FILE - Revelers march during the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in New York on Oct. 31, 2019. The holiday so many look forward to each year is going to look different in the pandemic as parents and the people who provide Halloween fun navigate a myriad of restrictions and safety concerns. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Trick-or-What? Pandemic Halloween is a mixed bag all around

Sep. 16, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Roving grown-ups tossing candy at kids waiting on lawns. Drive-thru Halloween haunts. Yard parties instead of block parties and parades. Wider paths through corn mazes. The family holiday so many look forward to each year is going to look different in the pandemic as parents and the people...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 5, 2010, file photo, packages of Cracker Barrel cheese are displayed at a supermarket in Bath, Maine. Kraft Heinz said Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, it is selling its natural cheese business, including its Cracker Barrel brand, to French dairy company Lactalis Group as part of a larger restructuring. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

Struggling Kraft Heinz sells dairy brands to Lactalis

Sep. 15, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

Kraft Heinz said Tuesday that it is selling its natural cheese business — including its Cracker Barrel and Breakstone’s brands — to French dairy company Lactalis Group as part of a larger restructuring. The $3.2 billion sale includes Kraft Heinz production facilities in Tulare, California;...

Pawn shop owner Josh Davis works in his GCPawn shop in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Sept. 3, 2020. Pawn shops in Broward and Miami-Dade were among only a few types of businesses with increased sales during coronavirus pandemic. (Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

How the pandemic changed the way South Florida does business

Sep. 13, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It has been months since we all locked ourselves in our homes to escape the coronavirus, but it has become clear that we’ve learned a new way to live and work. Recently released sales tax data reveals the extent to which we were forced to change — as consumers and...

FILE - This Feb. 13, 2013 file photo shows Peeps at the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pa.  Peeps holiday treats are going on hiatus — another consequence of the coronavirus. PennLive.com reports, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020,  that Just Born Quality Confections says it won’t be producing the popular sweets for Halloween, Christmas or Valentine’s Day as the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based company prepares for next Easter.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Harshmallow: Virus prompts pause for Peeps holiday treats

Sep. 12, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Peeps treats are going on hiatus for several months — another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. Just Born Quality Confections said it won’t be producing the popular marshmallow sweets for Halloween, Christmas or Valentine’s Day as the Bethlehem,...

Judge OKs NORPAC settlement with farms

Sep. 11, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bankruptcy judge has approved a settlement agreement between the former NORPAC Foods processing company and some 100 member farms, which means they’ll collectively receive $4.5 million. Continued litigation between the defunct food processor and growers would have been highly...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo, Dr. Patrick Brown, founder and CEO of Impossible Foods, the California plant-based meat company, unveils Impossible Pork and Impossible Sausage during a news conference before the CES tech show in Las Vegas. American plant-based meat company Impossible Foods Inc. is awaiting regulatory approval to enter the China market, while rivals such as Beyond Meat have pushed forward with plans to set up production in China despite edgy relations between Beijing and Washington. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

China becoming battleground for plant-based meat makers

Sep. 11, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China has become a battleground for plant-based meat companies looking to tap into the world’s largest market for meat-consumption. American plant-based meat company Impossible Foods Inc. said Thursday it is awaiting regulatory approval to enter the China market, while rivals such...