Germany's highest court ruled this week that Wal-Mart unfairly hurt its competition by offering products such as milk and butter at below wholesale prices, arguing that the low prices could drive smaller stores out of business. A spokeswoman for the global retailer indicated it will adjust its pricing structures to comply with the ruling.
Three key senators have agreed to resolve issues over worker rights that have tied up the bill for two months. The bill would allow the president to bypass civil rules in hiring, firing and promoting the 170,000 workers from 22 agencies that would make up the new Homeland Security Department.
The Business Roundtable, representing 200 of the country's largest corporations, finds that 60% of its members are planning layoffs and 80% don't plan to increase infrastructure investments. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill argued there is no basis for the executives' pessimism and that the economy has been growing at 3% for about a year.
Holiday food catalogs provide gift ideas from restaurants and stores around the country. Customers can find various products, from crab cakes to porterhouse steaks to thermal coffee pots, all available for delivery by the holidays.
A survey conducted by the University of Maine found 85% of Maine residents would like to know when foods contain biotech ingredients. The survey showed Mainers ranked pesticides, growth hormones and antibiotics as more worrisome than genetic engineering.