Dec 152014
 

MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press   WASHINGTON (AP) — The food industry is likely to find a receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Republicans and Democrats on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee questioned Wednesday whether requiring a label on any packaged food including genetically modified organisms — or foods grown from seeds engineered in labs — would be misleading to consumers since there is little scientific evidence that such foods are unsafe. The food industry has made a similar argument. Congress has shown increasing interest in getting involved in the labeling

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Dec 142014
 

HONOLULU (AP) — The maker of Truvia Natural Sweetener will pay $6.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit initiated by a Hawaii woman. Kailua-Kona resident Denise Howerton was the first to sue Cargill, which manufactures the product sold nationwide. Her lawsuit filed last year said the company made misleading statements about Truvia being a natural sweetener. According to the lawsuit, Truvia is marketed as a natural sugar substitute primarily made from the stevia plant. But the plant makes up only 1 percent of Truvia, the suit said. Howerton and the four others in Florida, Minnesota and California who filed similar

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Dec 122014
 

BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top spies past and present campaigned Wednesday to discredit the Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s harrowing torture practices after 9/11, battling to define the historical record and deter potential legal action around the world. The Senate intelligence committee’s report doesn’t urge prosecution for wrongdoing, and the Justice Department has no interest in reopening a criminal probe. But the threat to former interrogators and their superiors was underlined as a U.N. special investigator demanded those responsible for “systematic crimes” be brought to justice, and human rights groups pushed for the arrest of key CIA

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