Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

BEIJING (AP) — Already China’s biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day. That dramatic growth comes with a big catch: KFC’s quality control is struggling to keep up. The Louisville, Kentucky-based chain is reeling after a Chinese supplier …

UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 31, 2014

Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014 with 153 to follow. The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include author and jurist James …

Quote of the Day

“Why isn’t anybody coming here to pick up the pieces?” ~MARIA NIKOLAYEVA, a retiree in Petropavlovka, Ukraine, who was distraught at finding personal belongings from the crashed Malaysia Airlines plane in her garden. Quotation of the Day for Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – NYTimes.com.

Celeb birthdays for July 31, 2014

Actor Don Murray is 85. Actor Geoffrey Lewis is 79. Actress Susan Flannery (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is 75. Singer Lobo is 71. Singer Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys is 69. Actor Michael Biehn is 58. Singer-guitarist Daniel Ash (Love and Rockets, Bauhaus) is 57. Drummer …

Falafel to go: Mideast food chains expand abroad

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The super-sized malls that dot Dubai and other Gulf Arab cities are stuffed with foreign restaurants, from Burger King and Subway to suburban sit-down staples like IHOP and Red Lobster. Mideast entrepreneurs who’ve taken on that international competition are now turning the tables, spreading …