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Ikea recalls cot canopies for strangulation risk PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:45

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish furniture retailer Ikea is recalling children's bed canopies because of a strangulation risk.

The company says that after receiving complaints from customers it has identified the risk of potential harm in canopies used to cover cots in the models: Legendarisk, Minnen bed canopy set, Barnslig Boll, Minnen Brodyr, Himmel, Fabler, Tissla and Klammig. About 2.7 million canopies have been sold in all Ikea markets since 1996.

Ikea said Thursday it was not aware of any reports of "permanent injury," but that customers had complained of canopy nets being pulled into cots and becoming entangled around infants' necks.

The furniture giant said it will fully refund customers for the canopy purchases when returned to the retailer.


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Swiss Emmentaler named world's best cheese PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 20 March 2014 08:56

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Swiss Emmentaler has won the title of 2014 World Championship Cheese in Wisconsin.

Cheesemaker Gerard Sinnesberger took top honors for his Original Schweizer Rohmilch Emmentaler, a large format, big wheel Swiss cheese.

Out of possible 100 points, the Emmentaler scored 97.85 in the final round of judging Wednesday. The cheese scored top honors out of 2,615 entries from 22 countries.

An Austrian entry, called Erzherzog Johann, was second. Another Swiss entry, Gruyere AOP, was third.

U.S. cheesemakers scored big in the competition, winning gold medals in 59 of the total 90 categories judged. Switzerland came in second with seven gold medals, while the Netherlands had five.

Among U.S. entries, Wisconsin dominated with 33 gold medals.

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http://www.worldchampioncheese.org


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Starbucks to roll out beer, wine to more cafes PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:02

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks plans to turn more of its cafes into a destination for beer and wine in the evenings.

The coffee company says it is looking to expand alcohol sales to "thousands of select stores" over the next several years.

The chain first offered beer and wine at one of its Seattle cafes in 2010. It's now in about 26 cafes, with plans to reach 40 by the end of the year.

The cafes with alcohol also serve a variety of small dishes, such as flatbreads and bacon-wrapped dates.

It's part of the chain's push to boost sales after the morning rush hour. To attract more afternoon customers, for instance, the company recently introduced new sandwiches and salads.

There are about 11,000 Starbucks stores in the U.S.


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VW recalls 150,000 Passats for headlight problem PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 20 March 2014 08:53

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen is recalling about 150,000 Passat midsize cars because the headlights can be damaged if the hoods are closed roughly.

The recall affects cars from the 2012 and 2013 model years. VW says if the hoods are closed hard, the vibration or impact can cut off electricity to the low-beam headlights. Drivers would see a dashboard warning light if this happens.

Volkswagen says the problem hasn't caused any crashes or injuries. VW dealers will install an improved bulb fitting and adjust the hood bumpers if needed at no cost to owners.


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