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Another big catch for Thai company in $1.5B bid for Bumble Bee

BANGKOK - A Thai food company may be landing another whopper in the U.S. with its $1.5 billion bid for Bumble Bee Seafoods.Thai Union Frozen Products, which...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-19/another-big-catch-thai-com
Braves get creative centerpiece for Upton

...contributors in Smith and Jace Peterson, a big upside centerpiece in Fried, and a low-level flier with power in Dustin Peterson. It may be more of a quantity package as opposed to the Heyward impact package, but it's a fair trade for both sides. If the Braves...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/david-lee/2014-12-19/braves-get-c
Engagement is worth a try

Americans may soon be able to buy Cuban cigars ? though...backwater outpost of Stalinism.Still, it may be time for this sharp change in tactics...good graces. And increased travel and trade may only bankroll the Cuban people's tormentors...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-12-18/engagement-worth-try
Christmas is time to ponder contrasts in faith, life

...result in marriage and a son who would be the progenitor of Jesus? This is scandalous stuff here! However, provocative as it may be, this was God's choice ? to enter into a flawed and dysfunctional lineage. Perhaps it was to present the contrasting...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/your-faith/2014-12-19/christmas-time-ponder-co
Surrey Center restaurant reopens with new name, concept

A Surrey Center restaurant that closed this spring didn't stay empty for long.Bistro 491 closed in late May so that chef and owner Todd Schafer could turn the French-style restaurant into a more modern, casual dining spot aimed at a...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-12-18/surrey-cent
USC in court battle to evict banned frat's members

...The University of South Carolina and the owner of a campus fraternity house are in court over whether members of the fraternity may remain after the group lost its charter.A judge temporarily blocked the university from kicking members of Kappa Sigma fraternity...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2014-12-19/usc-court-battle-evict-banned-frats
Average US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.80 percent

...93 percent last week. It is now at its lowest level since May 2013.At the beginning of the year, the 30-year rate stood...Treasury note, which also has fallen to its lowest levels since May 2013. It traded at 2.14 percent Wednesday, down from 2...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-18/average-us-30-year-loan-ra
University will appeal Columbia County denial

...president for legal affairs. The appeal will follow a complicated and lengthy process that means it likely won't be heard until May at the earliest, he said.Doctors Hospital also confirmed it will appeal its denial for a Certificate of Need to build a hospital...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-18/university-will-appeal-colum
FDA official warns of dangers of caffeine powder

...Applied Nutrition, wrote about the two men on the FDA's website this week.Landa said 18-year-old Logan James Stiner died May 27 in Ohio after taking powdered pure caffeine. His parents traveled to Washington from LaGrange, Ohio, this month to urge...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2014-12-18/fda-official-warns-dangers-c
Aiken County investigators searching for three people in regard to shooting

...Feemster.Cameron G. Clark, 24, of Graniteville, was killed during the incident, while Jacob Humphries, 27, was shot and injured.Humphries' condition is unknown.Anyone with information may contact an investigator at (803) 642-1790.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-12-18/aiken-county-investiga