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  • The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    "The consumer should not need a law degree to read a label," says Laura Batcha, president of the Organic Trade Association, the industry's main trade group. According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of those nonfood organic products were about $2.8 billion last year, a small share of the overall organic market but growing rapidly. USDA doesn't regulate any...

  • UNITED NATIONS/ WASHINGTON, Oct 16- A United Nations trust fund seeking nearly $1 billion for rapid, flexible funding of the most urgent needs to fight Ebola in West Africa has received a deposit of just $100,000 nearly a month after it was set up. Since then $365 million has been committed to stop Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, which have been hit hardest...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16- A United Nations trust fund, seeking $1 billion to fight Ebola in West Africa, has received a deposit of just $100,000 nearly a month after it was set up to allow for rapid, flexible funding of the most urgent needs on the ground. As of Thursday, $365 million had been committed by at least 28 countries, the African Union, the European Union, the World...

  • 4 questions to ask before renewing health coverage Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 2:29 PM ET

    The health care overhaul makes renewing insurance so easy you don't have to do a thing. However, there are many reasons to resist this temptation. Open enrollment returns starting Nov. 15, and experts say it brings with it the perfect chance to take stock in your insurance coverage, even if you like the plan you have this year.

  • Whole Foods to roll out rankings for produce Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good,"'' better "or" best "based on the supplier's farming practices. The program will start appearing in the nearly 400 Whole Foods stores in the U.S. and Canada starting Wednesday, with the rankings being noted on signs where prices are listed. Not all produce and flowers that...

  • Twitter to be used for payments in France Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 7:45 AM ET

    PARIS— Did someone spot you money for lunch two weeks ago? In France, Twitter users can now publicly repay debts, donate to charity or chip in for a gift with a new payment service backed by the country's second-largest banking service. Transactions are limited to 250 euros when paying a Twitter user and 500 euros when sending money to charities or crowd-funding.

  • Giffords begins 9-state tour on women, guns Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:17 AM ET

    Gabby Giffords on Tuesday urged women in Maine to help prevent stalkers and abusers from getting guns, part of a nine-state tour to advocate for tougher laws she says can protect domestic violence victims. The former Arizona congresswoman, who was severely wounded in a 2011 shooting in Tucson that killed six people, told law enforcement officials, domestic...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- The missteps in Dallas's handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States have revealed an uncomfortable reality: state and city plans for handling the deadly virus are based on generic recommendations for everything from measles to floods, to hurricanes and dirty bombs. Reuters checks with health departments in six states and...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- The missteps in Dallas's handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States have revealed an uncomfortable reality: state and city plans for handling the deadly virus are based on generic recommendations for everything from measles to floods, to hurricanes and dirty bombs. Reuters checks with health departments in six states and...

  • Oct 6- Wealthy Americans contributed less of their incomes to charity while low and middle-income residents gave more in the years surrounding the Great Recession, according to a newly released report by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Idaho, Georgia, Connecticut and Florida also ranked high on the list of increased givers. Utah residents gave the biggest...

  • Democrats lean heavily on PACs in Senate battle Sunday, 5 Oct 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    With the battle for the Senate tilting toward Republicans, Democrats are more reliant than ever on groups they tried to outlaw, the NY Times reports.

  • GoPro shares slump after early IPO lockup break Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    Oct 2- Shares of GoPro Inc closed down nearly 7 percent on Thursday, wiping out about $800 million in market value, after the wearable camera maker said a portion of its Class A shares would be exempt from a lock-up restriction, effective tomorrow. GoPro, whose stock has quadrupled since its June 24 IPO price of $24, said about 5.8 million Class A shares have been...

  • As risks multiply, NGOs reassess security in Middle East Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 6:05 AM ET

    ARBIL, Iraq, Sept 24- Aid agencies are tightening security measures in the Middle East and increasingly outsourcing work to local organizations to limit their exposure to multiplying risks across the region.

  • Chrysler recalling nearly 189,000 SUVs Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 10:14 AM ET
    2014 Jeep Cherokees

    Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Frustrated by what he describes as a lack of political courage, a former president of the U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell takes center stage in a new documentary film that makes the case for using alternative fuels in cars.

  • Sept 17- Two Republican lawmakers on Wednesday asked a U.S. labor agency for more information about a recent finding that fast-food chain McDonald's Corp could be held liable for the labor practices of franchisees, a view that has alarmed many businesses.

  • COPENHAGEN, Sept 17- European pension funds could become more, rather than less adventurous in their investment strategies after the European Union introduces tough new rules on capital requirements, if the experience of similar rules in Denmark is any pointer.

  • LONDON, Sept 16- New international tax rules proposed on Tuesday could eliminate structures that have allowed companies such as Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc to shave billions of dollars off their tax bills.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The United States announced on Tuesday it will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan, including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control.

  • UPDATE 2-Obama to send 3,000 troops to tackle Ebola Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON/ GENEVA, Sept 16- The United States announced on Tuesday that it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up response including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiralling fastest out of control. So far Cuba and China have said they will send medical staff to Sierra Leone.