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A major beef processing company is suing ABC News for $1.2 billion over its coverage of "pink slime", which the company says ABC portrayed as unhealthy and unsafe.

Beef Products Inc. says ABC made 200 "false and misleading and defamatory" statements about the product, which the producer says is just lean, finely textured beef.

Here's one component of ABC News' pink slime expose:

The network quotes a former USDA scientist saying 70 percent of ground beef contains "trimmings that were once used only in dog food and cooking oil, now sprayed with ammonia to make them safe and then added to most beef as a cheaper filler."

An attorney for BPI said the company filed because "[ABC reports] caused consumers to believe that our lean beef is not beef at all, that it's an unhealthy pink slime, unsafe for public consumption, and somehow it got hidden in the meat."

The company claims the product, abbreviated as LFTB, is heated and treated to kill bacteria, and that it's actually healthier for you, by virtue of being leaner.

As for where the $1.2 billion figure came from, BPI says the reports have hurt sales so much that three out of its four plants have closed and 650 jobs have been lost.

One of the biggest purchasers of U.S. beef, McDonalds cut pink slime from its burgers early this year. TV chef Jamie Oliver has also been a public, vocal opponent.

ABC says the lawsuit is baseless and will be contested.

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Chipotle locations around the country are feeling the heat from media and consumers over their practice of rounding up pennies to the nearest even amount.

This came to light after a few New Jersey residents recently noticed their checks at the popular restaurant were rounded up. Turns out it's not uncommon.

The Newark Star-Ledger found that Chipotle registers in the tri-state area typically round up - or down - depending where the coin falls nearest to a nickel.

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A spokesperson for Chipotle said that the company employs the practice to curb long lines and create greater efficiency in these high-volume locations.

"The idea is simply to limit the possible combinations of change on cash transactions to keep the lines moving quickly in high volume areas," Chris Arnold said.

"It was never our intention to have a policy that was confusing or misleading."

He also said that Chipotle hasn't seen any kind of profit from the practice, but effective immediately, Chipotle locations in New Jersey will only round down.

Still, there is debate as to whether it was fleecing customers - albeit a little at a time - or whether it would be more convenient to avoid small change altogether.

Canada already did away with their penny in March. Perhaps for the U.S., rounding down (and up) with even amounts is the next logical step as well?

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Farrah Abraham's Teen Mom days are over, but don't expect you've seen the last of the young mom. She's already cooking up a return to TV ... literally!

The 21-year-old tells Celebuzz she wants to be a media mogul and exploit her culinary talents ... which are hopefully better than her musical talents.

“I definitely want to start on my own digital media platform. So, like my YouTube channel and I’ve been messing around with things on there,” she says.

Farrah Abraham and Sophia

“Then, moving on to Food Network, Cooking Channel and maybe WE network,” adds Farrah Abraham. “I think that’s the best place for me moving forward.”

That’s just one part of her "empire," which now includes a memoir, My Teenage Dream Ended, and her debut single "Finally Getting Up From Rock Bottom."

“I think right now is the time of my life when I can experience, try different things and find the best niche for my career,” says the mother of little Sophia.

“I know in my future I want to do more books, open my own restaurant and hopefully have other TV shows [and] be a big part of social efforts.”

Best of luck, Farrah. Best of luck. With the Teen Mom finale having closed one chapter in her life, who knows what new ones are still unwritten.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]

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Receipts aren't usually viewed as a tool for hitting on someone, but one fast food chain apparently thinks outside the box when doling out "discounts."

One woman was surprised to look down at her receipt from a burger joint and find "Best Butt" and "Best Looking" were itemized along with her meal.

The "compliments" even netted her a $0.02 discount! Woo!

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It doesn't look like this is a fake: Consumerist notes that the burger chain in question has a cash register system that allows "fun discounts" to be added.

Two points: 1) PETA is going to love the tagline at the bottom; 2) We can only imagine what would happen if Kim Kardashian walked into this place.

She'd earn some major deductions, no doubt, based on the evidence above ... but she could also potentially be charged extra for Most Annoying.

Best Butt discount:

 

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On the Tonight Show Monday night, Olympic champion Gabby Douglas revealed how she celebrated her gold medal-winning gymnastics performance.

"I splurged on an Egg McMuffin at McDonald's!" the 16-year-old said ... an answer that was music to the ears of famous fast food lover Jay Leno.

"Egg McMuffin?" the intrigued host said as the program's other guest, fitness and nutrition fanatic Michelle Obama, could only shake her head.

"Gabby, don't encourage him," she joked. "I'm sure it was a whole wheat McMuffin."

Added the First Lady, amid laughter, "You're setting me back, Gabby!"

As First Lady, Obama has advocated for encouraging healthy eating; on her last trip to the Tonight Show, Michelle even got Jay to eat vegetables.

Later during the trio's chat, Leno questioned the gold medalist about her post-Olympics life, and whether or not it's met her expectations so far.

Watch the second half of her interview after the jump ...

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Former political figure/celeb Sarah Palin stopped by a lucky Chick-fil-A restaurant Friday to "support a great business" slash their anti-gay marriage views.

Palin Tweeted and Facebooked a picture of herself, former Alaska First Dude Todd Palin, at Chick-fil-A, looking happy to be at the Houston-area spot.

"Stopped by Chick-fil-A in The Woodlands to support a great business," is her caption, no doubt in support of Chick-fil-A's anti-gay marriage stance.

Sarah Palin, Chick-fil-A

To be clear, Chick-fil-A's founders have a right to their opinions, and by visiting there and posting the photo above, Sarah's exercising that same right.

Freedom of speech. Great stuff. But to be equally clear, Palin is quite obviously using it to imply her distaste for gay rights without overtly saying so.

Way to be cowardly - chicken if you will - in your bigotry, Sarah. At least pull a Mike Huckabee and declare a full-on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

Ed Helms, Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian and others have called for a Chick-fil-A boycott, while Boston banned the restaurant from the city.

Where do you stand on the calls to boycott the chain?

 

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When it comes to its beef with actor Ed Helms, Chick-fil-A is not playing chicken.

The company has issued an immediate response to The Office star's recent Tweet, which took Chick-fil-A to task for its President admitting he is opposed to gay marriage.

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"The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect - regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender," the statement reads.

"We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

This controversy erupted after Helms responded to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy telling the press his company operated on "biblical principles" and, as a result of such a public stance, Chick-fil-A has lost him as a customer.

What do you think of Helms threatening a boycott?

 

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Ed Helms is hilarious in The Hangover and on The Office.

But the actor does not take the stance of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy as a laughing matter.

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In a recent interview with a Christian publication, Cathy said his company is "guilty as charged" when it comes to accusations that it is opposed to gay marriage, adding that Chick-fil-A supports the "biblical definition of the family unit."

That is the company's right, of course, and it's led to Helms exercise his own right.

"Chick-Fil-A doesn't like gay people? So lame," Helms Tweeted yesterday. "Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan."

Helms is not alone in his stance. Many associated with NOH8 - such as Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian - have also called for a Chick-fil-A boycott.

Where do you stand on Helms' decision to boycott the restaurant?

 

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When you have body dysmorphic disorder, you intensely obsess over your appearance and body image, often for many hours a day, and may feel very depressed or even suicidal, according to an eye-opening new study.

People who restrict how much they eat because they have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), may be at higher risk of taking their own lives.

Researchers say restricting food intake because of BDD is linked with double the risk of suicide. In short, body image issues can kill you.

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"Significantly limiting food intake can be physically painful," study researcher Dr. Katharine A. Phillips, M.D., of Rhode Island Hospital, said.

"It goes against our natural instincts to feed our bodies and people may respond to the physical pain that comes with extreme hunger."

"The results of this study suggest the importance of assessing individuals with BDD for restrictive eating behaviors to identify suicide risk, even if they haven't previously been diagnosed with an eating disorder."

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While Rush Limbaugh mocks Barack Kardashian, the First Lady of the U.S. is staying out of the political fray and focusing on her new book about gardening.

Michelle Obama, who's been promoting her new book about the White House garden and healthy eating, appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman.

Here are her "Top Ten Fun Facts About Gardening" from Tuesday ...

  1. Gardening was invented in 1822 by Albert Gardener.
  2. Plant avocados, tomatoes, onions and cilantro together and grow a guacamole tree.
  3. Eggplants were originally cultivated for use as doorstops.
  4. In his lifetime, the average American will eat half a radish.
  5. The largest zucchini ever grown contained a Starbucks.
  6. Later this year the Supreme Court will finally rule on "tomato" vs. "tomahto."
  7. If you have an actual green thumb, it might be scurvy.
  8. Lettuce is 96 percent water and 4 percent lettuce.
  9. The White House tool shed contains shovels, trowels and Weed Whacker One.
  10. With enough care and effort you can grow your own Barack-oli.

Her campaign for home-grown diets and to fight obesity has already shown progress. Earlier this year, Michelle even got Jay Leno to eat vegetables. Not a small feat.

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