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A US city welcomed Wednesday a court ruling which could force the closure of a US factory that makes famed Sriracha chili sauces, after neighbors complained of spicy smells. The California city of Irwindale, outside Los Angeles, asked last month for Huy Fong Food's facility to be closed and that the company be forced to improve odor-filtering measures. On Tuesday LA Superior Court judge Robert H. O'Brien ruled in favor of the city, ordering the sauce maker to stop any operations that could cause smells and immediately take steps to lessen the odors.
The US government announced Wednesday small businesses will have to wait until next year to buy health coverage through an online marketplace, yet another setback for Barack Obama's signature health care reform. In an online posting, Health and Human Services said the online "marketplaces" created as part of the reform -- to help small businesses compare plans, take advantage of tax breaks, and find the best rates -- will not be available until November 2014, "for coverage taking effect on or after January 1, 2015." The health care reform package, dubbed "Obamacare," a major campaign promise from Obama that was made law in March 2010, requires companies with more than 50 employees to offer health insurance for their employees. But it is yet another setback for the Obama administration, which has made a number of concessions in recent weeks after a rocky rollout of several of the law's most sweeping changes.
By Sakari Suoninen and Paul Carrel FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A contraction in loans to households and companies in the euro zone quickened in October, piling pressure on the European Central Bank to do more to buoy the euro zone's weak recovery. The ECB cut its main refinancing rate earlier this month to 0.25 percent, but the euro zone central bank's record low interest rates are not feeding through evenly to the real economy in all corners of the currency bloc. ECB data released on Thursday showed loans to the private sector shrank by 2.1 percent in October from the same month a year ago, equaling the biggest fall on record. "Even though the ECB just cut its refi rate, the pressure to do more will build, especially on the back of faltering credit supply," said Peter Vanden Houte, economist at ING.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Destroying Syria's deadliest chemical weapons on land would come with vexing diplomatic and security problems as well as environmental issues. To avoid those potential troubles, U.S. officials say, the Obama administration is exploring the use of a government-owned ship to carry out the disposal in international waters.
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — The teenager with unruly hair in a ponytail wipes tears from her eyes as she holds her feverish 3-year-old brother, who clings to her and lets out a sob of his own now and then. They have been inseparable ever since they lost their parents to Typhoon Haiyan's tsunami-like storm surge.