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What happens if Twinkies really do go away?

Let’s not panic. We all know that Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder bread and the rest of Hostess Brands’ oddly everlasting foods aren’t going away any time soon, even if the …


APNewBreak: Huge slaughterhouse settlement reached

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The humane society says a landmark $500 million settlement has been reached in a slaughterhouse abuse case that led to the biggest meat recall in U.S. …


Wal-Mart and Target: A tale of 2 discounters

NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, the biggest discount chains in the U.S. will tell the tale of two very different shoppers: those that have and those that have …


Gap raises outlook after stronger 3rd quarter

NEW YORK (AP) — Gap Inc. raised its outlook for the year after reporting stronger third-quarter net income that beat Wall Street expectations on Thursday. The San Francisco-based clothing retailer …


GOP senator outlines $68 billion in defense cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense spending could be slashed by $68 billion over 10 years if the military stopped spending millions on running grocery stores, operating its own schools and even …


Wal-Mart 3Q profit up but shares slide on outlook

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart reported a 9 percent increase in third-quarter net income as the world’s largest retailer continues to woo back shoppers by reemphasizing low prices. But momentum …


Wal-Mart’s 3Q profit up 9 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 9 percent increase in third-quarter net income as the world’s largest retailer continues to woo back shoppers by reemphasizing it has …


False info in NY lottery led to arrest in $5M scam

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Lottery put out false information to snare two Syracuse-area brothers accused of scamming a customer out of a winning $5 million scratch-off …


NTSB urges safety technologies be made standard

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government should require automakers to make the latest collision prevention technologies standard equipment on all new cars and trucks, a move that could reduce fatal highway …


Penney is the day’s biggest stock loser

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney Co. executives may be confident in the department-store chain’s everyday low pricing strategy, but its investors are panicking. The company’s stock fell more than …


Penney is biggest S&P stock loser

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney Co. executives may be confident in the department-store chain’s everyday pricing strategy, but investors are panicking. The company’s stock fell nearly 11 percent on …


More women have driver’s licenses than men in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Women have passed men on the nation’s roads. More women than men now have driver’s licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that …


Gas rationing, shortage fray nerves in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A gasoline shortage caused by Superstorm Sandy forced 1970s-era rationing on New Yorkers Friday, adding a fuel-gauge obsession to their frayed nerves and dwindling patience. “I …


J.C. Penney reports hefty 3Q loss

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney Co. is hoping it has finally hit rock bottom. The bad news just keeps getting worse for the struggling department-store chain, which on Friday …


Claims about flood-damaged cars aren’t true

DETROIT (AP) — In the days since Superstorm Sandy, an alarming prediction has flashed across the Internet: Hundreds of thousands of flood-damaged vehicles will inundate the nation’s used-car market, and …


Hyundai, Kia overstated gas mileage, EPA finds

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai and Kia overstated the gas mileage on 900,000 vehicles in the past three years, a discovery that could result in sanctions from the U.S. government and …


New Yorkers search for food, water and electricity

NEW YORK (AP) — The people gathered around the side of a building on Third Avenue looked like refugees huddled around a campfire. But instead of crackling flames, their warmth …


ABC News asks judge to toss ‘pink slime’ lawsuit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Lawyers for ABC News asked a judge Wednesday to toss out a $1 billion defamation lawsuit filed by a South Dakota-based meat processor over a …


Big Apple improvises to reopen for business

NEW YORK (AP) — Two days after Superstorm Sandy brought business in New York City to a standstill, stores that lost power are again serving customers, albeit by flashlight. Companies …


Ex-Goldman exec’s 2-year sentence draws scrutiny

NEW YORK (AP) — A two-year prison sentence for insider trading at the height of the 2008 economic crisis, by a man who was once one of the nation’s most …


Mass. pharmacy dodged reprimand after protest

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts regulators in 2004 proposed a formal reprimand for a company now linked to deadly meningitis outbreak, but they never delivered it after the company protested the …


Ex-Goldman exec given 2 years for inside trades

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble Co. board member was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday, culminating a spectacular fall from grace for …


Georgia store offers gun raffle tickets to voters

ATLANTA (AP) — Want a chance to win a rifle or handgun? Go vote. That’s the message from an Atlanta-area sporting goods store. The promotion caught the attention of the …


State officials find problems at Mass. pharmacy

BOSTON (AP) — Water from a leaking boiler collected just outside a room that was supposed to be sterile. Floor mats used by technicians were filled with dirt and debris. …


Mass. gov.: Fungus seen at meningitis-linked firm

BOSTON (AP) — State officials investigating a pharmacy linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis said Tuesday they found shoddy sterilization practices and unclean conditions there, including debris-covered floor mats …


Gov’t to examine technology for automated cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cars that drive themselves may hold the potential to save thousands of lives, an Obama administration safety official said Tuesday, as the government prepares to launch a …


Kansas case puts face on ‘total identity theft’

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — When Candida L. Gutierrez’s identity was stolen, the thief didn’t limit herself to opening fraudulent credit and bank accounts. She assumed Gutierrez’s persona completely, using it …


Gunman kills 3, self in Florida salon shooting

CASSELBERRY, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a central Florida beauty salon Thursday, killing three women and wounding the manager, who had asked for a restraining order against …


4 dead in central Fla. beauty salon shooting

CASSELBERRY, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire in a central Florida beauty salon Thursday, killing three women and wounding a fourth before leaving the business and killing himself at …


Dirty shoes? How did steroids get contaminated?

NEW YORK (AP) — Was it some moldy ceiling tiles? The dusty shoes of a careless employee? Or did the contamination ride in on one of the ingredients? There are …