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McDonald’s vows to stop pork suppliers confining sows in crates

CHICAGO (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp said on Monday it will work with its U.S. pork suppliers to phase out the use of gestation crates, the cramped stalls that millions of mother sows are confined to while they raise piglets. The fast-food chain said the metal crates were “not a sustainable…

Apple usurps Google as world’s most valuable brand

LONDON (Reuters) – Apple has overtaken Google as the world’s most valuable brand, ending a four-year reign by the Internet search leader, according to a new study by global brands agency Millward Brown. The iPhone and iPad maker’s brand is now worth $153 billion, almost half Apple’s market capitalization, says…

Chinese police snuff out planned Arab-inspired protests

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Police dispersed scores of people who gathered in central Beijing on Sunday after calls spread online across China urging pro-democracy gatherings inspired by protest rallies across the Middle East. In the end, the small gatherings in Beijing and Shanghai turned out to be demonstrations of the Chinese…

California mom sues McDonald’s over Happy Meals

LOS ANGELES — A mother-of-two from California launched a class-action lawsuit against McDonald’s, claiming the toys given out with Happy Meals unfairly lure kids into eating unhealthy food. Monet Parham is spearheading the suit backed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), aimed at stopping the fast-food…

McDonald’s furious after San Francisco bans Happy Meals

LOS ANGELES — Fast food giant McDonald’s said Wednesday it was “extremely disappointed” at a ruling by San Francisco authorities banning high-calorie Happy Meals, which entice children to eat with free toys. The response came after the Californian city’s board of supervisors voted to forbid restaurants from giving gifts with…

Judge: McDonald’s must pay obese employee $17.5K

Brazil judge orders McDonald’s to pay $17,500 to worker who says he became obese working there A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald’s must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds (30 kilograms) while working there for a dozen years. The 32-year-old man said he…

O’Reilly: US won’t run gay ad; Does McDonalds have Qaeda ad, too?

Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly insists that there is absolutely no way that a gay-themed McDonalds ad — that has gone viral — would ever run in America. As Huffington Post noted on Monday, “McDonald’s has released an ad in France welcoming gay people to their restaurants. The spot is…

Food for thought as Weight Watchers joins McDonald’s

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The slimmers organization Weight Watchers has teamed up with fast-food giant McDonald’s in New Zealand — in a deal that some of their members are finding difficult to stomach. The dieting company will put their logo on three different McDonald’s meals, that each adds up to…

Supreme Court gun case could imperil basis of state laws

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could affect the ability of states and cities to pass gun bans, and, more broadly, could shift the balance of power between the states and Washington. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of a challenge to Chicago’s…

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