If you wander through the streets of Tehran, you might find that faux McDonald's, or maybe a Pizza Hat. The rise of the "fake franchise" caught the attention of Iranian-American Holly Dagres, a Middle East analyst and commentator, who says some of these eateries "look like the real deal."
Kraft will produce mac and cheese without artificial dyes, the food-processing giant says. But the change affects only a line marketed specifically for children. Aficionados will still be able to purchase the luridly orange "original" version. A petition had asked Kraft to remove dyes from all mac and cheese products.
Food stamp recipients will see a cut in their benefits starting Friday. For the hungry and unemployed, more cuts may be coming. That's a challenge for the affected families, but it could also be a drain on the broader economy.
Scandal star Kerry Washington's turn hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live this Saturday has revived criticism of the show's lack of black female cast members. The issue was raised earlier this year when SNL announced five new cast members — four male, all white. The show's lack of black women — only three have ever been cast in 38 years — forces the show's black males to dress as black women, which echoes historic, demeaning issues for black male comics. It also keeps SNL from featuring black female characters and keeps black women from entering the farm team of America's comedy elite who launch their careers there.
This week we learned that the scope of surveillance by the National Security Agency reportedly includes Google and Yahoo data centers. We also explored the subject of kids and technology. And as it heads toward its initial public stock offering, Twitter gave itself a new look.
Prime Minister David Cameron says the U.K. could issue Islamic bonds as early as next year. The country is already the biggest Islamic finance center outside the Muslim world, and Islamic financing was used to build the Olympic Village. But most important, the sector is expected to grow threefold globally by 2017.
Starbucks recently bought the Teavana chain and has opened its first tea bar in New York City. Some say the beverage giant's move into tea could hurt small tea shops. But others say they'll be in a good position to compete the way independent coffee shops compete with Starbucks.
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