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Farm boom fizzles as U.S. crop surplus expands financial strain

CHICAGO — The American farm boom is all but over. Farmland values are down from all-time highs. Global surpluses left corn and soybean prices below the cost of production. And the amount of agricultural debt relative to income ballooned to the highest in three decades, just as the Federal Reserve has begun raising interest rates […]

Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook says it’s cracking down on online gun sales, announcing Friday a new policy barring private individuals from advertising or selling firearms on the world’s largest social network. The new policy applies also to Facebook’s photo-sharing service Instagram. It comes after gun control groups have long complained that Facebook and other online […]

Enforcer John Scott enjoying moment as NHL All-Star captain

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — John Scott sat back in his chair and took a cellphone photo of all the reporters crowded around him once the questions finally ended. It was a big moment for a big man, and it almost didn’t happen. So the journeyman enforcer who admits he’s an odd fit for an NHL […]

As trial looms, baseball fans already won in MLB TV dispute

  NEW YORK — Major League Baseball fans are already the winners in a lawsuit scheduled for trial next week after the league agreed to let consumers buy single-team television packages for the first time. MLB lawyers have told a Manhattan federal court judge that fans will be able to buy the new packages this […]

Arrieta, Keuchel among 156 to file for salary arbitration

NEW YORK — Cy Young Award winners Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs and Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros were among 156 players who filed for salary arbitration Tuesday and are set to swap proposed figures with their teams this week unless they agree to contracts. New Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman could file the […]

January 13, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Saudi-Iran tensions overshadow Asian soccer tournaments

The political tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran may filter onto the soccer pitch in the coming weeks with teams from the two nations due to play each other in the Asian Champions League and the Asian Under-23 Championships. Relations between the countries deteriorated sharply in early January when Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite […]

January 13, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Taste test: Next generation of fake meats, eggless mayo

CONCORD, N.H. — How far have vegan alternatives come to tasting like the real thing? Not far enough, according to a panel that tasted some options for The Associated Press. “Noxious” and “kind of not natural” were among the reactions to some of the meatless alternatives being pushed by a new generation of vegan food […]

January 24, 2016 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

End of meat? Startups seek meat alternatives for the masses

NEW YORK — Patrick Brown is on an improbable mission: Make a burger Americans love, minus the meat. Veggie patties have been around for decades, but Brown and others want to make foods without animal products that look, cook and taste like the real thing — and can finally appeal to the masses. “We are […]

January 24, 2016 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Kings blow big lead, beat Lakers in Kobe’s Sacramento finale

SACRAMENTO — DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and the Kings blew all of a 27-point lead in the second half before beating the Los Angeles Lakers 118-115 on Thursday night in Kobe Bryant’s last Sacramento appearance. Although the Kings were ahead 25-4 five minutes into the game, they needed a late rally […]

January 08, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mrazek makes 35 saves, Red Wings beat Sharks 2-1

  SAN JOSE — Petr Mrazek made 35 saves, Justin Abdelkader scored with 6:52 remaining and the Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Thursday night for their third straight win. Danny DeKeyser also scored and Detroit remained perfect midway through a six-game trip. Mrazek has started each of those three games […]

January 08, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

AP All-Bowl Team features Kohlhausen, McCaffrey, Fournette

Now that all the postseason games with “bowl” in the title have been played, it’s time to reveal the Associated Press 2015 All-Bowl Team. There were enough standout performances that we decided to cheat a little on our team. That’s why you’ll see 12 men on our defense and 14 players on our offense, including […]

January 06, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Painkiller politics: Effort to curb prescribing under fire

WASHINGTON — A bold federal effort to curb prescribing of painkillers may be faltering amid stiff resistance from drugmakers, industry-funded groups and, now, even other public health officials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was on track to finalize new prescribing guidelines for opioid painkillers in January. The guidelines — though not binding — […]

January 03, 2016 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Michigan schools try out gold standard of concussion tests

BEVERLY HILLS, Mich. — Details of the block that knocked Ian Rice to the turf are fuzzy for him now. He remembers falling over. He remembers he couldn’t walk. That was the first sign something was seriously wrong. His father, watching his son and his Birmingham Groves High School football team from the stands, remembers […]

December 25, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Commodity Faithful See Some Hope Next Year After 2015 Heartbreak

After the worst commodity collapse in a generation, there may be some glimmers of hope. Gold, wheat and natural gas probably will climb in 2016, according to a Bloomberg survey of 108 traders, analysts, economists and strategists across Asia, Europe and the Americas. It won’t all be positive. For oil, mired in the longest slump […]

December 20, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Former No 1 pick Bush has minor deal with Texas after prison

  Former No. 1 overall draft pick Matt Bush agreed on a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers after spending 3 1/2 years in prison for a drunken driving accident in Florida that seriously injured a man. Bush said Friday that he has been sober since the March 2012 accident after years of alcohol […]

December 19, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged , ,

Can trading pollution like stocks help fight climate change?

NEW YORK — The gas produced by hog manure at farms across the U.S. punches holes in the ozone layer, overheats the planet, and angers neighbors with its peculiar odor, a mix of rotten egg and ammonia. All that’s needed to clear the air is to cover the manure with a system of tarps that […]

December 13, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,
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