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Food companies cut 6.4 trillion calories PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 07:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the nation's largest food companies have cut calories in their products by more than 6.4 trillion, according to a new study.

The study sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that between 2007 and 2012 the companies reduced their products' calories by the equivalent of around 78 calories per person per day. The total is more than four times the amount those companies had pledged to cut by next year.

Seventy-eight calories would be about the same as an average cookie or a medium apple, and the federal government estimates an average daily diet at around 2,000 calories. The study said the calories cut averaged out to 78 calories per day for the entire U.S. population.

The 2010 pledge taken by 16 companies — including General Mills Inc., Campbell Soup Co., ConAgra Foods Inc., Kraft Foods Inc., Kellogg Co., Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Hershey Co. — was to cut 1 trillion calories by 2012 and 1.5 trillion calories by 2015.

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U.S. Chamber lobby seeks major push on immigration PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 16:34

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of the US Chamber of Commerce says the nation's biggest business lobby intends to "pull out all the stops" to pass an overhaul of immigration laws. That would place the chamber on the side of President Barack Obama on one of the White House's top legislative priorities of the year.

"We're determined to make 2014 the year that immigration reform is finally enacted," Chamber President Tom Donohue said Wednesday, during his annual "State of American Business" address.

Donohue cast his organization as both an ally and an adversary of the administration on Wednesday. He indicated support for Obama's stance on immigration and also the president's push for global trade agreements.

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Airlines go on a record new jet shopping spree PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 07:05

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Capt. Paul Wannberg glides an old Boeing 757 over the New Mexico desert, lining up with the runway. A computerized voice squawks elevation warnings. Forty feet. Thirty. Twenty. Ten. Touchdown.

Outside the cockpit window sit nearly a hundred airplane carcasses, perfectly lined up. They are jets that nobody wants anymore. And — after 26,057 takeoffs and landings — this 24-year-old American Airlines plane is about to join them.

"This is my first time here, and it's a sad place," First Officer Robert Popp tells the control tower. Airlines used to store planes in the desert during slow travel months. Sometimes, unwanted jets would be sold to carriers in Russia or Africa. Today, a man on the other end of the radio responds, "they're chopping them up."

Airlines are on the largest jet-buying spree in the history of aviation, ordering more than 8,200 new planes with manufacturers Airbus SAS and The Boeing Co. in the past five years. There are now a combined 24 planes rolling off assembly lines each week, up from 11 a decade ago. And that rate is expected to keep climbing.

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France fines Google $204,000 over privacy policy PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 16:34

PARIS (AP) — The French digital privacy watchdog is fining Google 150,000 euros ($204,000) for breaking rules on ensuring data privacy.

The CNIL agency said on Wednesday that Google's new privacy policy — which applies to all of its services from e-mail to calendars — isn't specific enough about how and why it collects data from users and doesn't define how long it keeps such data, among other problems. EU authorities also have said the new privacy policy doesn't follow their rules.

Google has contended that its new policy is simpler and complies with European law.

Since the company did not change its policy as requested, the CNIL said it is fining Google. The agency also asked the search giant to post a statement about the decision on its French home page, google.fr.

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