| Aug 6, 2013
| 7:14 AM
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly plunged in June to its lowest level since late 2009 as exports jumped to a record high, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.
A decrease in imports, particularly crude oil, also helped the deficit drop...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 2:51 PM
Call them port discoveries.
Federal agents intercepted dozens of animal skeletons at the port of Baltimore in recent weeks because they "pose a potential threat to the United States poultry industry," according to the Department of Homeland Security....
| Sep 4, 2013
| 6:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit jumped by 13% in July after hitting a more than three-year low the previous month, as the nation imported more goods, such as crude oil, and exports fell, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.
The increase in the...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 3:26 PM
Famed Berkeley wine importer Kermit Lynch is making the rounds in southern California starting next weekend to promote the 25th anniversary edition of “Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France.” The book, first...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 8:20 AM
I don't need to tell you it's freezing outside, but I do need to remind you that if you're hibernating in your apartment without a bottle of wine in your Snuggie-covered lap, well, you're doing it wrong. As crockpots buzz to life, it's the time of year to...
| May 18, 2013
Sofia Solomon didn't invent cheese, of course, but she is credited with helping to introduce many Chicagoans to the delights of artisan cheeses, notably those made by this region's cheesemakers.
So successful has Solomon's quest been that it's hard to...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 6:53 AM
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit widened in April after hitting a three-year low the previous month, as imports of consumer goods surged in a reflection of increasing confidence among American households.
The trade deficit increased 8.5% to $40.3...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 8:23 AM
In an effort to avoid illness outbreaks from imported foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules that would require importers to verify that their suppliers' standards are on par with those of domestic growers and processors....
| Feb 17, 2011
| 11:13 AM
The business agent for several honey importers has been arrested on federal charges lodged in Chicago, alleging she conspired to illegally import Chinese honey, prosecutors said today.
Shu Bei “Kathy” Yuan, a Chinese national, was arrested...
| Apr 14, 2011
There are signs the American economy is improving, at least as far as wine shops are concerned. But if you think that means a return to the glory days of $150 cult Cabernets … well, not so fast.
Instead, most wine store owners, far from declaring...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 7:58 AM
The economy added 200,000 jobs in December, and unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent. Going forward, unemployment is not likely to fall much further and may rise again.
Fourth quarter growth was exceptionally strong as the global economy recovered...