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The case of the disappearing McRib

Nov 3, 2010
It's that time of the year again -- McDonald's has brought back the McRib. The BBQ sandwich's only available at the fast-food joint for six weeks, though -- which might have an effect on its rabid popularity. Eve Troeh tries to figure out its mysterious appeal.
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Medicinal food goes to pot

Nov 2, 2010
Californians will vote on a ballot initiative that would legalize all marijuana use, which could open up new business opportunities. The Golden State currently allows marijuana for medical use. Rico Gagliano talks with one woman who's carved a special place for herself in the weed economy.
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Unhappy meal: McDonald's ups prices

Oct 22, 2010
McDonald's has survived the recession better than most other restaurants. Better than most other companies, in fact. The burger chain announced this week it's seen sales rise for 30 consecutive quarters. McDonald's is doing so well some managers are even re-thinking the competition. Tony Arnold explains.
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Starbucks uncorks wine, beer menu

Oct 22, 2010
If you amp up for your workday with a Starbucks latte, how about swinging by on the way home to unwind with a glass of merlot? This week, the company started testing out alcohol on the menu at one store in Seattle. Ann Dornfeld reports on whether this could be the company's next big foray into mind-altering substances.
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Sandwich shop employees may join a union

Oct 22, 2010
Workers at Jimmy John's are voting whether to unionize, and become the first U.S. fast food workers to do so. Eve Troeh reports.
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French fast food goes halal

Oct 21, 2010
Fast food restaurants come under scrutiny for a number of issues, like nutrition and animal rights. What they usually avoid is religion, until now. One fast food chain in France is experimenting with going all-halal -- offering food that practicing Muslims can eat -- and customers are on both sides of the fence.
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Frozen yogurt trend far from cold

Oct 20, 2010
Despite retail stores and restaurants closing all over the country, there's one kind of shop that's booming: self-serve frozen yogurt. What makes the chilly dessert so successful? Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
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Freakonomics: A thirsty economist walks into an A&W Root Beer joint...

Oct 8, 2010
What would you do if you walked into an A&W Root Beer -- and they said they were out of root beer? Or, if you stopped by a KFC that was out of chicken? Well, we know one economist who recently experienced both. Host Tess Vigeland talks to Freakonomics correspondent Stephen Dubner about the economic theory behind bad customer service.
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Iran pistachio ban helps U.S. growers

Sep 29, 2010
A new round of U.S. trade sanctions against Iran taking effect will ban Iranian pistachio imports. Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale talks with Bill Radke about how that is good news for American pistachio growers.
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FTC goes after POM over health claims

Sep 28, 2010
The Federal Trade Commission's filed a complaint against the owners of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice, saying the company's marketers are making false claims of health benefits. Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale talks with Steve Chiotakis about the health claims POM is making.
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