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Taco Bell offers Breakfast Menu at 750 Restaurants

Taco Bell FirstMeal Breakfast Menu expands in Western US - Taco Bell

(Best Syndication News) - Taco Bell launched their FirstMeal™ breakfast menu items on January 26, 2012, in the Western United States. This includes restaurants in California and Arizona. Breakfast will be served at the participating locations starting at 8 or 9 am up until 11 am. The participating restaurants will open one hour earlier than before.

They will have a 99-cent breakfast deals up to $2.79 for a Grande Skillet Burrito, along with combo meals priced at $3.99. They offer branded breakfast food such as Johnsonville®, Cinnabon®, Tropicana, and Seattle’s Best Coffee.

Taco Bell completed a test run of the FirstMeal menu at 150 stores in four markets. This included restaurants in Calif., Oklahoma City, Tucson, Ariz., and Dayton, Ohio. Now, 750 Taco Bell restaurants will make the breakfast menu available to their customers.

USDA announce New Standards for School Meal Programs

Broccoli and Strawberry - credit National Cancer Institute Renee Comet (photographer) - PD

(Best Syndication News) - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new healthier standards for school meals, including lunch and breakfast. The changes have been finalized, and schools will begin to be implementing the new food rules next school year. It has been 15 years since the USDA changed their standards for school meals.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was signed into law by President Obama, is what employed the USDA to set new nutritional requirements for the school meal programs. The new standards require that students be offered vegetables and fruits every day. The meals must increase the amount of whole grain food being offered. Milk will only be allowed in fat-free or low-fat options. Calorie restrictions will be required and will be based on the age group. Saturated fat, Trans-fats, and sodium amounts need to be reduced.

The 2013 Honda Fit EV arrives in Torrance

City of Torrance ceremony for the 2013 Honda Fit EV arrival - Honda

(Best Syndication News) - Today, the 2013 Honda Fit EV arrived in the city of Torrance, California. The automaker presented Mayor Frank Scotto a key to the vehicle as the city will be taking part in the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program. The city of Torrance has been working with Honda over the last year to help plan for recharging stations in the city. The city government officials will also be studying the use of electric vehicles for their own fleet.

Honda first introduced electric vehicles 15 years ago, explained Steve Center, the vice president of the Environmental Development Office at American Honda. Center said that working the City of Torrance would help them implement electric vehicles to more customers.

Study finds 1 in 10 Canadians cannot afford Prescription Medication

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of British Columbia along with the University of Toronto suggested that around 1 in 10 Canadians could not afford their prescription medications. Approximately 9.6 percent of Canadians were not getting their prescription filled, not getting it refilled, or even skipping dosages because of the cost.

The researchers reviewed data from 5,732 respondents to a Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey to determine the magnitude of the problem of affording prescription medication in country.

Store Closings announced for 80 Sears and Kmart Locations

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(Best Syndication News) - Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD) announced 80 of the 100 – 120 Sears and Kmart stores that are going to be closed. The company did not specify the date they will close each store at this time.

Each store has around 40 – 80 employees, and this could vary depending on the location. The amount of jobs lost from this downsizing could be anywhere between 4,000 and 9,600 positions.

The store closures announced are in 25 states throughout the continental US. The states involved with the 80-store closings are: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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