MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills says it has signed a deal to buy a controlling stake in French yogurt company Yoplait for about $1.15 billion. The deal protects General Mills' U.S. yogurt business. The food maker has sold the world's second-largest yogurt brand under license in the U.S. for 30 years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Often maligned, the french fry is fighting back. The spud has had a tough time lately. In the last year, it has been marginalized by new school lunch rules, demonized by a popular television program and blamed for the nation's obesity epidemic. Health advocates and government officials have pushed to take them off lunch lines, where kids often reach for the crispy treats instead of greener vegetables.
MOLINE, Illinois (AP) — Deere & Co. said Wednesday its fiscal second-quarter profit soared 65 percent because of strong demand for its agricultural equipment, especially in the United States, Canada and Brazil. The company also said it plans to invest $80 million in a new agricultural equipment manufacturing plant in northeast China to help meet increased demand in the region.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mack Trucks Inc. and its parent, AB Volvo, will pay $525 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by more than 9,300 retirees of the North Carolina truck maker after they challenged potential reductions to their lifetime health benefits. The Legal Intelligencer reported Tuesday that Senior U.
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — After its CEO warned of another tough quarter, Hewlett-Packard Co. cut its full-year outlook Tuesday citing to soft PC sales and the effects of the earthquake in Japan. HP said its net income for the latest quarter rose slightly, but investors focused on challenges ahead sent shares down 5 percent before the market opened Tuesday.
VERSAILLES, Ohio (AP) — Authorities estimate that about 83,000 chickens were killed in a barn fire at a western Ohio egg farm. WHIO-TV says about 70 firefighters were called out shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday to fight the fire near Versailles (vur-SAYLZ'). The barn is on a farm owned by Kissinger Brothers Poultry and was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.
WHITE MARSH, Md. (AP) — Groundbreaking is scheduled for a new electric motor manufacturing facility at General Motor's Powertrain Baltimore location. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and other officials will participate in Tuesday's ceremony for the facility that is expected to create about 190 jobs.
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A vote could soon be taken to decertify the union at Omnova Solutions, Inc., in Columbus, where some workers have been on strike for a year. The Columbus Dispatch reports a group of replacement workers have filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board to take a decertification vote.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's largest lead producer plans to build a new plant in the eastern Missouri town and promises it will be far more environmentally friendly than its existing smelter there that has been the subject of scorn by environmentalists and regulators for decades. St.
LONDON (AP) — Defense contractor BAE Systems PLC said Tuesday it has agreed to pay a fine of up to $79 million to settle an arms export controls case with the U.S. Department of State, the largest civil fine ever levied by the department. The State Department settlement of the civil case includes a possible $10 million reduction in the fine depending on the company's implementation of compliance measures.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories in April produced fewer goods for the first time in 10 months. A shortage of parts from Japan forced auto makers to cut back output. The Federal Reserve says manufacturing production fell 0.4 percent in April. That follows nine straight monthly increases. But excluding the drop in activity at auto plants, factory production rose 0.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego-based defense contractor pleaded guilty Monday to offering bribes to a Navy official who, in return, placed $300,000 worth of orders from the company for military aircraft. Jesse Denome, owner of JD Machine Tech, Inc., admitted that from June 2004 to September 2005 he gave a Navy official a bicycle worth nearly $2,500, a model airplane engine worth $449 and made $18,000 in payments on the official's personal credit card.
BEIJING (AP) — Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, creating what state media called fields of "land mines." About 20 farmers around Danyang city in Jiangsu province were affected, losing up to 115 acres (45 hectares) of melon, China Central Television said in an investigative report.
DETROIT (AP) — Ballpoint pen-chewers, take note: The cap in your mouth can obstruct breathing if swallowed. Common sense? Apparently for speakers of French, Spanish and German. The warning appears only in the English section of the multilingual instructions from the pen manufacturer, according to the creator of the Wacky Warning Labels contest.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's rebounding economy will add about 60,000 jobs annually for the next three years, a university economist predicted Monday. George Fulton of the University of Michigan said job growth will be steady but not spectacular, dropping the state's annual unemployment rate to 10 percent this year and 9 percent in 2013.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hemlock Semiconductor on Monday confirmed it is negotiating with Tennessee officials on an incentive package on a potential $3 billion expansion of its solar materials plant in Clarksville. The Hemlock, Mich.-based company issued its statement after a member of Gov.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — China's commerce minister said Monday that his nation will ramp up investments in the South American country. Commerce Minister Chen Deming, however, didn't forecast by how much China's investments in Brazil would increase. In 2010, Chinese companies invested about $17 billion in Brazil, a dramatic rise from the approximately $300 million invested a year earlier, according to Brazilian economic think tank SOBEET, which tracked the inflows.
ATLANTA (AP) — Food processors in Georgia who don't conduct mandatory tests for contamination or hide the results would face thousands of dollars in fines under proposed regulations. Officials at the Georgia Department of Agriculture said Monday they are taking public comments on regulations implementing the fines, which were part of legislation passed by lawmakers.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hyundai executives say the company is expanding its Alabama manufacturingplant in a move that is expected to add more than 210 jobs in Montgomery County. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama said Monday it will invest $173 million to enlarge and modify an engine plant at the complex.
BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it wants to commit another €1 billion ($1.4 billion) in tax breaks and incentives to help fulfill its goal of having 1 million electric cars on the road by 2020. The Transport Ministry said Monday that a new proposal meant to boost the electric-car industry would be taken up by Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet this week.