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Written by BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:39

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The highest beef prices in almost three decades have arrived just before the start of grilling season, causing sticker shock for both consumers and restaurant owners — and relief isn't likely anytime soon.

A dwindling number of cattle and growing export demand from countries such as China and Japan have caused the average retail cost of fresh beef to climb to $5.28 a pound in February, up almost a quarter from January and the highest price since 1987.

Everything that's produced is being consumed, said Kevin Good, an analyst at CattleFax, a Colorado-based information group. And prices likely will stay high for a couple of years as cattle producers start to rebuild their herds amid big questions about whether the Southwest and parts of the Midwest will see enough rain to replenish pastures.

Meanwhile, quick trips to the grocery store could drag on a little longer as shoppers search for cuts that won't break the budgets. Patrons at one market in Lubbock seemed resigned to the high prices, but not happy.

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Ohio begins pushback against college player unions PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State pushback against a movement to unionize college athletes has begun in Ohio, the football-loving heart of a heated anti-labor campaign in 2011 and home to one of America's highest-grossing collegiate franchises, the Ohio State Buckeyes.

A measure approved by the state House on Wednesday, two weeks after a federal agency said football players at Northwestern University could unionize, clarifies that college athletes aren't public employees. The proposal appears to be the first of its kind to clear a state legislative chamber; it heads next to the state Senate.

The opposite is happening in Connecticut, where lawmakers are looking at clearing the path for college athletes to unionize. Some observers, though, think other states are more likely to follow Ohio's lead.

"This is a pre-emptive move," said John Russo, a union organization expert who formerly directed Youngstown State University's Center for Working-Class Studies.

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Store that supplied gear to music legends closing PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ANTHONY CLARK, The Gainesville Sun   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:38

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As customers hauled off the dwindling inventory of discounted pianos and guitars, Buster Lipham proudly laid out souvenirs on the glass display counter, evidence of his contribution to rock 'n' roll history.

There's the black-and-white photo of a teenage Tom Petty and other kids sitting in Lipham Music when it was on North Main and 10th streets in the mid-1960s.

There's the Allman Brothers Band records At Fillmore East and Idlewild South that list Buster Lipham and Lipham Music in the "thanks to" album credits after he fronted the band $13,276 worth of gear on credit, minus about $6,000 for trade-in equipment.

There's the autographed album "to Buster" from Iron Butterfly.

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NSC backs disclosing software vulnerabilities PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld from the public unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need, President Barack Obama's National Security Council said Saturday.

The statement of White House policy came after a computer bug called "Heartbleed" caused major security concerns across the Internet and affected a widely used encryption technology, the variant of SSL/TLS known as OpenSSL, that was designed to protect online accounts. Major Internet services worked this week to insulate themselves against the bug.

The NSC, which Obama chairs, advises the president on national security and foreign policy matters. Its spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden, said in a statement Saturday that the federal government was not aware of the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report. The federal government relies on OpenSSL to protect the privacy of users of government websites and other online services, she said.

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