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'Breaking Bad' chemistry teacher sentenced for meth scheme

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:12:44 UT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former high school chemistry teacher, who gained international attention after he was convicted of cooking methamphetamines in New Mexico like the fictional Walter White character in the AMC-TV show "Breaking Bad," is headed to prison. Gose was arrested in October after police discovered glassware, rubber tubing, and chemicals used to cook methamphetamines during a routine traffic stop. According to police reports, Gose told a roommate he used to teach chemistry.




The Latest: 'Breaking Bad' teacher sentenced to 4 years

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:28:39 UT

A former high school chemistry teacher convicted of cooking methamphetamines in New Mexico like the fictional Walter White character in the AMC-TV show "Breaking Bad" has been sentenced to four years in prison. Gose was arrested in October after police discovered glassware, rubber tubing, and chemicals used to cook methamphetamines during a routine traffic stop. The 56-year-old Gose was arrested in October after police discovered glassware, rubber tubing, and chemicals used to cook methamphetamines during a routine traffic stop.



Amazon isn't technically dominant, but it pervades our lives

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:59:17 UT

Amazon is just one of several major tech companies — such as Google and Facebook — facing new scrutiny over their market power, which doesn't map neatly onto traditional notions of monopoly. When a company dominates a market, it typically pushes up prices to boost profits — something U.S. antitrust law is geared to prevent. Amazon, however, has a track record of keeping prices low and locking customers in to sell more stuff. [...] the company typically sells gadgets like its tablets for little or no profit — but then pushes people to buy digital movies they can watch on the tablet. Rather than dominate in market share, Amazon dominates "in reaching into customers' lives," Gartner retail analyst Robert Hetu said. Free shipping with a Prime membership makes it tempting to check Amazon first, even if rivals also offer free shipping for larger orders. [...] Amazon offers bonuses and cash back when using its gift cards and credit cards. [...] the Prime membership offers not just TV shows and movies but also music from such artists as Coldplay, Adele and Bruno Mars. While Amazon can pass those savings onto customers, analysts say smaller suppliers might have to reduce quality or staff to cut costs. In a statement, Amazon said it wants Whole Foods to continue working with "small farms and producers" to bring natural and organic food to shoppers.



Ready-to-cook meals from Amazon in bid to expand groceries

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:27:13 UT

Amazon-branded meal kits come with raw ingredients needed to prepare such meals as chicken tikka masala and falafel patties. The development comes as Amazon is also buying the organic grocer Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, a deal that would give the company a foothold in both groceries and brick-and-mortar retailing. Amazon could ultimately use Whole Foods' more than 400 locations as distribution centers for all food services, including meal kits. Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said meal kits fall between regular groceries and deliveries of fully cooked meals and represent Amazon's bid to expand its food business.



Samantha Harris hosts Gordon Ramsay's new 'Culinary Genius'

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:51:09 UT

Fox said Monday that Harris will host "Culinary Genius," a half-hour show produced by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. "Culinary Genius," adapted from an English show of the same name, opens with lead chef Edward Lee giving contestants a cooking demonstration.



Manure pond deaths raise concerns about farmworker safety

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 20:29:09 UT

A winter heat wave had melted snow and ice overnight, flooding part of the rural Jerome County farm. A foot of standing water made it hard to tell where the feeding area ended and the deep pond that held the farm's manure began. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent inspectors to investigate each incident. The agency cited each dairy for failing to provide a safe workplace and fined each $5,000. Neither dairy had fences or barricades to keep workers from driving the wrong way and into the manure pond in the dark, OSHA found. "Drowning in manure ponds is widely known in the dairy industry," the inspection reports noted. [...] that's just a fraction of the deaths in agriculture, one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S. More than 5,000 agricultural workers in the U.S. died on the job between 2003 and 2011, a death rate seven times higher than average. The local OSHA office began noticing a "dramatic uptick" in agriculture fatalities in early 2013, and it has persisted, said David Kearns, OSHA area director. Whenever they got in an accident, they got fired, or didn't know who to call or where to call. [...] she said, she has talked with about 500 farmworkers in Idaho. Workers hurt in Idaho Because of special rules for small farms, underreporting and a lack of public data in Idaho, there is no way to tally agricultural casualties and debilitating injuries. Congress this spring rolled back an Obama administration rule that allowed OSHA to enforce accident record-keeping by farm and other employers for years instead of months. [...] the Trump administration has delayed a separate rule that would make farm and other companies' accident records available to the public online. The meager data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that men and women who pick fruit, harvest crops, milk cows and work in processing plants in Idaho are injured and killed at a higher rat



Sitka brothers bake cookies to help Syrian refugee family

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 20:28:26 UT

Sitka brothers bake cookies to help Syrian refugee family SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Three Sitka brothers baked cookies to help a Syrian refugee family arrive safely in Canada. Blake, Dane and Nate LaPerriere, ages 15, 7 and 11, respectively, were excited to learn this week that the family made it to Canada with the help of a $20,000 fundraiser that they contributed to, the Sitka Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/2tg5JZT ). The LaPerriere brothers heard about the needy family from their mother. A sign told customers that they were raising money to bring a family to Canada, Nate said, but the siblings decided they should keep the politics of the civil war and refugee crisis out of their operation.



School food progresses far beyond mystery meat, tater tots

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:17:45 UT

ATLANTA (AP) — The future of school lunches — and snacks, brunches and other forms of meals — were on display recently at the School Nutrition Association's annual conference in Atlanta. [...] literally, whatever's happening in that kind of culture, we try to bring it back to our school nutrition culture. Every month, she meets with the high school student council to hear what kinds of food kids want.



Starbucks offering free iced tea Friday

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:52:36 UT




McDonald's makes supersized effort to turn fading popularity

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:45:23 UT

Much of the work is on display in an unmarked warehouse near the company's headquarters in suburban Chicago, where a blowup of a mobile phone screen shows the app launching nationally later this year. McDonald's estimates it would take 10 seconds for a customer to tell an employee their order number from the app, down from the 17-second average of ordering at the drive-thru, a difference that could help ease pileups. The push come as McDonald's Corp.'s stock has hit all-time highs as investors cheer a turnaround plan that has included slashed costs and expansion overseas. Yet the asterisk on the headlines is the chain's declining stature in its flagship U.S. market, where it is fighting intensifying competition, fickle tastes and a persistent junk food image. Lots of once-dominant restaurant chains are feeling the pressure of people having more eating options. Customers who place orders on the mobile app, for instance, could also pull into a designated parking spot where an employee would bring out their order. [...] at about 700 locations, the company is testing "dessert stations" behind the counter where employees can make sundaes topped with cake or brownie chunks. [...] McDonald's is still trying to shake its image for serving junk food, especially since its appeal to families with children has long helped keep it ahead of rivals like Burger King and Wendy's. Larry Light, a former chief marketing officer at McDonald's, says the company strayed in recent years by chasing customers who may have been going to places like Chipotle, but that it is refocusing on burgers and fries.



Campbell Soup buying Pacific Foods for $700 million

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 21:00:22 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Campbell Soup says it has agreed to pay $700 million to acquire Pacific Foods, which makes organic broths and plant-based drinks. The New Jersey-based company's other acquisitions have included hummus and salsa maker Garden Fresh and organic baby food maker Plum.



Luxurious North Dakota casino continues to grow

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 20:38:51 UT

From attracting illustrious entertainers Styx, Foreigner and Dwight Yoakam to hosting Mixed Martial Arts battles and UFC fight parities, 4 Bears Casino & Lodge is boldly re-establishing its brand by striving for top-notch attractions and high-quality service, the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/2tWp5DF ) reported. According to Packineau, every seat in the house provides a great view of the show. In addition to their live shows, the New Town casino and lodge offers classic games, including black jack, roulette, three card poker and a variety of slot machines. Featuring lakeside cabins overlooking Lake Sakakawea along with the Bison Room Steakhouse, which provides choice beverages and its signature bone-in ribeye, Packineau expressed confidence that guests will enjoy their stay at the updated destination.



Harry Potter, Abe Lincoln books on owners' reading lists

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 19:58:09 UT

[...] some say they've found insight they can apply to their companies from the subjects of books they cracked just for the joy of reading — Abraham Lincoln, Harry Potter or a young woman in an alternative universe. WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT: "Team of Rivals," published in 2005, details how U.S. President Abraham Lincoln put together a Cabinet that included politicians like Secretary of State William H. Seward and Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase, whom Lincoln had defeated for the Republican presidential nomination. HOW IT HAS HELPED HIM IN BUSINESS: "When times get tough, which they always do as a business owner, that book helps to keep me going and realize if I stick to the course and treat all people well, good things will come in the end." WHY PALANDECH RECOMMENDS IT TO BUSINESS OWNERS: The fact that is set in a dystopian world where women are trophy wives, servants, or of breeding stock provides anyone reading it with a powerful feminist message. WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT: "The Martian," published in 2011, is about Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on Mars, and the mental and physical processes he goes through to survive and get back to his fellow space travelers. HOW IT HAS HELPED HIM IN BUSINESS: Our company was stuck in a small business no man's land where we had to hang on long enough to show investors that we have a powerful business model with significant potential. In "The Martian," Watney took help wherever he could find it and had his crew, NASA, and even the Chinese space program lend a hand. [...] I thought, 'what the heck' and followed suit by inviting employees, angel investors, and partners to lend a hand. YourBestFit, founded in 1996 and based in Boynton Beach, Florida, provides health, wellness and fitness services to individuals, organizations and companies. Published in 1946, "Man's Search for Meaning" is about Frankl's experiences in the Auschwitz death camp during World War II and his



Some shoppers fret when companies take over favorite brands

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:26:50 UT

Amazon's move to purchase Whole Foods has spurred worries about a decline in quality and ethical standards, or that the store will become like other supermarkets. Walmart's purchase of clothing labels ModCloth and Bonobos has some shoppers anxious that the world's largest retailer will cheapen the quality of the clothes, or they're vowing not to buy the brand again because they don't want to support Walmart. Cosmetic giant Estee Lauder kept the irreverent spirit of MAC Cosmetics when it bought the remaining stake of the upstart makeup brand in 1998. [...] when Marriott International purchased the swank Ritz-Carlton chain that same year, it found success because it took a hands-off approach, says Allen Adamson, founder of the firm BrandSimpleConsulting. More than 60 percent of Whole Foods shoppers are members of Amazon Prime, and more than 25 percent of Whole Foods customers already buy some groceries on Amazon, says consumer research firm Magid. Whole Foods' most loyal shoppers were fairly negative about the deal, with almost 43 percent saying they thought it was a bad idea, according to a survey of more than 2,000 shoppers conducted by research firm GlobalData Retail after the purchase was announced. Most of the concerns centered around a possible change in food quality or the company's ethical standards, the report said, and just over half fear the deal might mean Whole Foods becomes like "any other grocer." Take Gunnar Lovelace, the co-founder of online retailer Thrive Market, which aims to make non-perishable organic food and non-GMO products more widely affordable.



South Dakota youth nonprofit to breed cattle with donation

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:44:57 UT

A donation of five cow-calf pairs from the South Dakota Farm Bureau means the McCrossan Boys Ranch will soon be able to feed its approximately 65 boys beef from cattle they've bred and cared for themselves, the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2ryWK1k ) reported. The nonprofit marked the event with a public viewing of the cattle and a competition in which the boys had a burger grill-off. South Dakota Farm Bureau Director Krystil Smit said the breeding program was a good fit because it lays a foundation for years of learning and has the potential to become a more integral part of an established program.