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Judge won't dismiss 'pink slime' defamation suit PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 28 March 2014 06:11

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota judge on Thursday refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime."

Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages. Dakota Dunes-based BPI says ABC's coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs by misleading consumers into believing the product is unsafe.

Attorneys for ABC say the network in each of its broadcasts stated the U.S. Food and Drug Administration deemed the product safe to eat. They say BPI might not like the phrase "pink slime," but like all ground beef, it's pink and has a slimy texture.

In her Thursday ruling, Judge Cheryle Gering dismissed some claims but allowed most to go forward. Gering ruled that ABC isn't protected against liability by saying in its news reports that the product is beef, is safe and is nutritious.

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Value of Austrian art find may equal Munich trove PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:45

BERLIN (AP) — A haul of Monets, Picassos and Renoirs found last month in a house in Austria belonging to Cornelius Gurlitt could be as valuable as the trove German authorities seized from his home in Munich two years ago, a spokesman for the reclusive collector said Thursday.

German magazine Focus, which first reported the case, said the Munich find could be worth 1 billion euros ($1.38 billion). The 1,400 works included paintings by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall, some of which authorities believe may have been looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis.

"We can't say at this stage which part of the collection is more valuable," Gurlitt's spokesman Stephan Holzinger told The Associated Press, but added that the Focus estimate was "completely exaggerated."

A search of the dilapidated property in Salzburg, Austria, last month initially turned up 60 items. But a second search revealed a further 178 paintings, drawings and objects that have since been taken to a safe location for experts to restore and catalog, said Holzinger.

Once that has happened the collector plans to publish a list so potential claimants can come forward, he said.

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Million jars of peanut butter dumped in New Mexico PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press   
Friday, 28 March 2014 06:09

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.

Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll said he had no other choice after Costco Wholesale refused to take shipment of the Sunland Inc. product and declined requests to let it be donated to food banks or repackaged or sold to brokers who provide food to institutions like prisons.

"We considered all options," Coll said. "They didn't agree."

Costco officials did not return telephone calls seeking comment. But court filings indicate the product was made with $2.8 million worth of Valencia peanuts owned by Costco and had been sitting in the warehouse since the company shut down and filed for bankruptcy last fall.

After extensive testing, Costco agreed to a court order authorizing the trustee to sell it the peanut butter. But after getting eight loads, Costco rejected it as "not merchantable" because of leaky peanut oil.

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Microsoft unveils Office for iPad PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:40

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft on Thursday unveiled Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple Inc.'s hugely popular tablet computer.

The app was to be made available for download on Thursday in the App Store at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

Office for the iPad corrects layout problems that users experienced when accessing files they had saved on Microsoft's cloud storage service, OneDrive.

The app has touch-enabled features that allow users to drag photos around Word documents and grab elements like pie charts in Excel.

The app will allow reading and presenting of documents for free, but will require a subscription to Office365 to enable writing and editing. A subscription for up to five computers and five smartphones costs $100 a year, but a personal version for one computer and one tablet costs $70 a year. The subscription includes 20 gigabytes of storage space on OneDrive.

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