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Study Finds Households With Kids Buy Less Junk Food

Monday, September 22, 2014

American families with kids bought 101 fewer calories per person per day in packaged foods in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to an analysis of a pledge by big food companies to reduce calories in the marketplace. It’s an “impressive” accomplishment but not sufficient to reverse childhood obesity, experts say. The assessments, published last weekin the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, follow on an earlier report on the …

Lawmakers: Security Breach Means Secret Service Needs Work

Monday, September 22, 2014

Washington — Members of Congress insisted Sunday that the Secret Service improve its procedures after an Army veteran, apparently suffering from mental problems, jumped a fence and managed to make it into the White House. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the incident suggested the protective service might be plagued by an “atrophy of concern.” “I think what …

Thousands March in Moscow Against Fighting

Monday, September 22, 2014

Moscow — Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia’s alleged complicity in the conflict. An Associated Press reporter estimated the crowd at about 20,000, although the city police department put the number at about 5,000. The demonstrators chanted slogans including …

Horse power gains favor among small-scale farmers

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Marathon, n.y. — While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules. …

Red Flags Don’t Temper Alibaba’s Hot Debut

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Washington — The Alibaba Group, China’s e-commerce powerhouse, made history Friday when it raised more than $21 billion in a record-breaking stock market debut. So what exactly did investors buy? A piece of a Caribbean-based holding company with tenuous ties to the actual firm. An ownership stake that’s …

Beer Icon Pabst Blue Ribbon Sold to Russian Beverage Firm

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pabst Brewing Co. is changing owners for the second time in about four years, as Russia’s Oasis Beverages and TSG Consumer Partners LLC linked up to buy the company behind American brews such as Pabst Blue Ribbon. Pabst, which also sells brands such as Schlitz and Old Milwaukee, …

Google, Car Firms At Odds Over Driverless Future

Sunday, September 21, 2014

San Francisco — With its vision for a future where cars drive themselves, Google is putting itself at odds with an auto industry that shares its desire for safer, less-congested roads - yet won’t abide the “driverless” part. The clash pits the Internet giant, public for barely a …

VW Denies Microbus Rumor

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet. Volkswagen is not poised to introduce a new version of its legendary microbus. A spate of rumors and even a set of photos sprang up on the Web this week, featuring stats, specs and details on the 2015 version of …

U.S. Stocks Move Little Despite Alibaba Debut

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday after a three-day rally as shares of Alibaba began trading and corporate takeovers boosted investor optimism. Alibaba climbed 38 percent in its U.S. trading debut, after the company raised a record-breaking $21.8 billion. Dresser-Rand rallied 9.4 percent as …

Internet Inventor Slams Corporate Agenda of Web

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A quarter-century ago, Timothy Berners-Lee designed the world’s first Web browser and server, kicking off a thing that people started calling the World Wide Web. In a visit to The Washington Post, on Thursday, Berners-Lee said that system is now in danger from Internet service providers (ISPs) who …

Pope Names New Chicago Archbishop

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Chicago — Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., was introduced Saturday as Chicago’s next archbishop, succeeding the cancer-stricken Cardinal Francis George. The appointment is the most significant move so far by Pope Francis for the American …

Islamic State Frees 49 Turks held since June; Turkey says it didn’t pay ransom

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Istanbul — Islamic State extremists Saturday released 49 diplomatic hostages to the Turkish government, ending a crisis that officials here said had blocked the NATO ally from fully joining the U.S.-led battle against the Islamic State. Turkish officials said the MIT national intelligence agency, which negotiated the hostages’ …

CDC Sees 500,000 At Risk For Ebola

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Washington — The Ebola epidemic sweeping West Africa could infect up to 500,000 people by the end of January, according to a new estimate under development by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report is scheduled to be released next week, but work on it is …