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US exports to lobster-loving China go off cliff amid tariffs

Aug. 25, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. lobster exports to China have fallen off a cliff this year as new retaliatory tariffs shift the seafood business farther north. China, a huge and growing customer for lobster, placed heavy tariffs on U.S. lobsters — and many other food products — in July 2018 amid...

Rhode Island fined $2M for problems with its benefits system

Aug. 25, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The federal government is fining Rhode Island about $2 million for problems with the state's benefits system. WPRI-TV reports the problems stem from the botched rollout of a computer system for benefits programs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service found...

Extinction bites: countries agree to protect sharks and rays

Aug. 25, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Countries have agreed to protect more than a dozen shark species at risk of extinction, in a move aimed at conserving some of the ocean's most awe-inspiring creatures who have themselves become prey to commercial fishing and the Chinese appetite for shark fin soup. Three proposals covering...

The Latest: France invites Iran to G-7 to ease tensions

Aug. 25, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — The Latest on the Group of Seven leaders' summit (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A senior French official says France invited Iran's foreign minister to the venue of the G-7 summit to try to ease tensions over its nuclear program. The official said the decision to invite Jawad Zarif on...

Rainbow City Farms adds color to dishes

Aug. 24, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Five-year-old Walt Rogers picked a large sweet pepper out of his father's garden. First he showed Michael Rogers his harvest, then ripped into it with his teeth, pulling away a large chunk of the red vegetable. "It's good!" he said. Michael Rogers, 28, began gardening in his yard six...

Coffee growers help reforest Mozambique's Mount Gorongosa

Aug. 24, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

MOUNT GORONGOSA, Mozambique (AP) — A wiry woman, Querida Barequinha intently sorts through the coffee beans laid out on racks to dry in the sun, plucking out any that are cracked or misshapen. "I like growing coffee because it earns cash that goes right into my pocket," she said, with a darting smile. "I...

Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures

Aug. 23, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Add salmon to the list of species affected by Alaska's blistering summer temperatures, including the hottest July on record. Dead salmon have shown up in river systems throughout Alaska, and the mortalities are probably connected to warm water or low river water levels, said Sam...

Feds settle with supermarket group over clean air violations

Aug. 23, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A supermarket company has agreed to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states, federal authorities said Friday. The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement...

France to deploy celebrated cuisine to ease G-7 tensions

Aug. 23, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — As tensions loom over this weekend's G-7 summit of world leaders in France, the country is counting on one key asset to cheer up the event: food. France hosts the summit of seven advanced economies starting Saturday in the southwestern seaside resort of Biarritz, known for its surfers, casino...

Spain reports 2nd death in widening listeria outbreak

Aug. 23, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say a second person has died in an outbreak of listeria from pork meat. The health spokesman for the southern Andalusia region, José Miguel Cisneros, said Friday a 72-year-old man who was in a terminal phase of pancreatic cancer died from the bacteria. Listeria...