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  • Published reports say that scientists have found a coffee plant in Brazil that actually produces a naturally decaffeinated coffee bean that could result in a full-flavored cup of coffee.

  • Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has introduced legislation, dubbed the HeLP America Act, which he said would “reduce health care costs by giving Americans access to better preventive care and consumer information to promote healthier lifestyles.”

    According to a statement released by Harkin’s office, “One goal of the HeLP America Act is to improve the overall wellness of our children by improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, helping diagnosis and prevent mental illness, and providing alternatives to the competitive foods that are sold in vending machines and on a la carte menus in schools. Title I will help kids develop good habits by putting fresh fruits and vegetables in school, and taking junk food out. It also takes on the tidal wave of ads in schools and on TV pushing junk foods on our kids.”

  • The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) has been hit with a lawsuit charging that it violated New York State labor laws by changing time cards and not paying workers for overtime during the past six years.

    A&P recently settled a similar case, paying out $3.1 million to some 900 employees in New York City.

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