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  • Stocks slip ahead of earnings season

    Stocks fell on Wall Street Tuesday in anticipation of the beginning of corporate earnings season. The European debt crisis continued to cast a pall over the stock market.

  • McDonald's chicken wings? Testing expands.

    McDonald's chicken wings had a successful test run in Atlanta earlier this year. Now, McDonald's is expanding testing for its 'MightyWings' chicken wings to Chicago.

  • New FDA rules: safer food, $500 million cost

    New FDA rules are biggest change in food safety in decades. Precautions against contamination range from farm workers washing hands to required safety plans from food manufacturers, under new FDA rules. 

  • 'Dairy cliff'? Milk prices poised to spike unless Congress acts.

    Prices could surge in January, but probably not double, if inaction by Congress results in the revival of a 1949 price system. And it probably won't come to that, as lawmakers work to avert dairy-case price shock.

  • Washington dodges the 'dairy cliff,' avoids spike in milk prices

    The House's Agricultural Committee reached an agreement with the Senate to extend the US farm bill  that will keep milk prices in check in 2013. Without the compromise the price of a gallon of milk may have reached $7.

  • Focus The Monitor's top 11 US stories of 2012

    From storms to politics, the year was a wild ride. What are the most meaningful US stories of 2012? Here's the Monitor's list, in roughly chronological order.

  • McDonald's open on Christmas? Yes, burger chain tells owners.

    McDonald's is urging its US restaurant owners to remain open on Christmas Day, a major break for a company that usually closes on major holidays. The decision comes after a successful Thanksgiving Day for McDonald's. 

  • Diet Pepsi changes its sweetener to compete with Coke

    DIet Pepsi used to be sweetened with aspartame; now, it lists a mix of artificial sweeteners. The Diet Pepsi sweetener change is part of a major rebranding effort for the soft drink, which has lost some of its market share to Coca-Cola in recent years. 

  • Stir It Up! The rise of independent cheesemakers

    Artisanal cheesemakers represent a new version of an old American dream: people making living doing what they want, where they want, on their own land. An MIT anthropologist looks inside the growing world of do-it-yourself American cheesemakers.

  • Top 5 product recalls in US history

    Product recalls happen nearly every day, but these five had a lasting impact. Can you guess which product recall was the most significant?

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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