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Olive Garden: At least 1 more breadstick creation on the way
The "breadstick crostini" — or toasted bread — will be sliced and used as part of an appetizer, said Jose Duenas, Olive Garden's executive vice president of marketing. To win back diners, the chain has tried to modernize its image by ditching its...
May 26, 2015 | 8:26 AM
Orders to US factories for durable goods slip 0.5 percent, but investment category shows gain
WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to US factories for durable goods slip 0.5 percent, but investment category shows gain.
May 26, 2015 | 8:26 AM
Peeking into healthy brains to see if Alzheimer’s is brewing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer’s,...
May 26, 2015 | 7:26 AM
Independent booksellers continue to add new stores
NEW YORK (AP) — The independent bookseller community continues to expand, through new stores opening and old stores adding new locations. Core membership of the American Booksellers Association grew from 1,664 companies last spring to 1,712 this...
May 26, 2015 | 7:26 AM
Publishing world gathers this week for book conventions
NEW YORK (AP) — Diversity will get an extra push at this week’s BookCon and BookExpo America. Last year, a virtually all-white lineup of speakers at publishing’s annual national conventions highlighted the whiteness of the industry...
May 26, 2015 | 7:26 AM
Fire on coastal Louisiana oil platform extinguished
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fire that burned for more than a day on an oil production platform off Louisiana's coast was extinguished early Saturday, the Coast Guard said. The platform, which was shut down after the fire, is used to gather some 90,000...
May 26, 2015 | 7:26 AM
NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program
In a chaotic scene during the wee hours of Saturday, Senate Republicans blocked a bill known as the USA Freedom Act, which would have ended the NSA's bulk collection but preserved its ability to search the records held by the phone companies on a...
May 26, 2015 | 7:26 AM
Why many experts missed this: Cheap oil can hurt US economy
[...] despite their savings at the gas pump, consumers have slowed rather than increased their spending. Cheaper oil and gas had been expected to turbocharge spending and drive growth, more than making up for any economic damage caused by cutbacks...
May 26, 2015 | 6:26 AM
After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of...
May 26, 2015 | 6:26 AM
Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. Senate Majority...
May 26, 2015 | 5:26 AM