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    Indiana passenger rail extended 4 months

    The Indiana Department of Transportation and seven local partners will keep funding passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago through Jan. 31 while the state agency negotiates with a private vendor to operate the line,

    Aug 21, 2014 8:23 AM

    The Indiana Department of Transportation and seven local partners will keep funding passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago through Jan. 31 while the state agency negotiates with a private vendor to operate the line, it said Wednesday.

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    McDonald’s shuts four Moscow restaurants

    People walk past the oldest of Moscow’s McDonald’s outlets which was opened on Jan. 31, 1990, and closed on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

    Aug 21, 2014 8:21 AM

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp.’s Russian business shut four Moscow restaurants yesterday at the order of a consumer-safety regulator, which said it found multiple violations of sanitary rules.The Rospotrebnadzor agency ordered several restaurants to be closed after a probe into ingredients and wastewater this week, according to the consumer watchdog’s website. McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast-food chain by revenue, has 438 restaurants in Russia.

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    California drought stings bees, honey supplies

    California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.

    Aug 21, 2014 7:53 AM

    California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. The state is traditionally one of the country’s largest honey producers, with abundant crops and wildflowers that provide the nectar that bees turn into honey. But the lack of rain has ravaged native plants and forced farmers to scale back crop production, leaving fewer places for honeybees to forage.

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    Sears 2Q loss widens on sluggish sales

    Associated Press Sears said Thursday that its second-quarter loss widened as it continues to deal with weak sales.

    Aug 21, 2014 7:46 AM

    Sears said Thursday that its second-quarter loss widened as it continues to deal with weak sales. The retailer — which runs Sears and Kmart stores — lost $573 million, or $5.39 per share, for the period ended Aug. 2. That compares with a loss of $194 million, or $1.83 per share, a year earlier.

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    No brie for Moscow as cheeses stack up in France after ban

    An employee tests a whole Emmentaler Switzerland AOC cheese for holes in the salting cellar at the Hupfenboden dairy in Trubschachen, Switzerland, in 2011. Since Vladimir Putinís government banned many food imports from nations supporting sanctions due to the countryís role in the Ukraine crisis, neutral Switzerland finds itself with an edge in selling cheese to 142.5 million Russians.

    Aug 21, 2014 8:30 AM

    At Alexander Krupetskov’s one-window cheese store in central Moscow, sales of products from France have tripled in the past two weeks. Shoppers are stocking up on foods set to become scarce after Russia banned a range of products from the European Union and the U.S. in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine.

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    Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists

    Scott McCann, left, and Jeremy Gilson of Nashua, N.H. have their commitment ceremony photos taken at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

    Aug 21, 2014 8:19 AM

    While gay couples still can’t get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they — and their money — are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer. The city’s tourism authority recently launched its first mainstream TV campaign aimed at the LGBT community: a commercial featuring a hunk and a heavy dose of innuendo.

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