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McDonald's Unveils 'Gourmet' Plan as Sales Drop

Company's sales fall 4.5% domestically

(Newser) - Wall Street gave McDonald's a little kick today after the global fast-food giant posted some of its worst numbers in over a decade, USA Today reports. The problem, oddly, may be that its food is too fast. First, the numbers: The company's November sales fell by 4.5%... More »

Payday Lenders Outnumber McDonald's in the US

At about 20K to 14K

(Newser) - What could possibly be more ubiquitous than McDonald's? Payday lenders, according to an article running in Inside the Vault , a newsletter put out by the St. Louis Federal Reserve. By its count, there are roughly 20,000 payday lender locations in the US, which works out to one for... More »

McDonald's Shuns GMO Potato OK'd by FDA

Fast-food giant not lovin' JR Simplot's 'Innate' spud

(Newser) - A major Idaho potato producer has won some love from the FDA for its genetically modified spud, but don't look for the "Innate" potato in the deep fryers at McDonald's anytime soon. As the Idaho Statesman reports, the fast-food giant—a longtime major buyer of Boise-based JR... More »

Plunging Profit Makes Clear: 'McDonald's Has a Problem'

Chain reports 30% drop

(Newser) - Investors were bracing for lousy numbers from McDonald's today, and the chain failed to meet even those expectations. McDonald's reported a 30% drop in quarterly profit, thanks to what the Wall Street Journal calls "problems in nearly every major part of its business." As one analyst... More »

Putin Closing Russian McDonald's for 'Safety' Reasons

Government investigating 200+ locations—but it's likely because of US sanctions

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin wants to show the world who's the real Big Mac daddy. About half of Russia's 440 McDonald's restaurants are "now under government investigation," with nine locations recently shut down by court order, ostensibly for health and safety violations, Businessweek reports. But (most) others... More »

Dozens Busted in 'Fight for $15' Fast-Food Protests

Demonstrators nationwide demand $15 an hour

(Newser) - Dozens of protesters have been arrested in at least two cities so far today during nationwide protests seeking $15 an hour for fast-food workers, reports the AP . At least three people in McDonald's work clothes in New York's Times Square and about two dozen demonstrators at a Detroit... More »

McDonald's Forced to Turn Golden Arches Turquoise

Sedona officials say new color better matches red desert rocks

(Newser) - Nearly every American will recognize this famous symbol— the golden arches of fast food, aka McDonald's. Those golden arches turned to turquoise, however, at one McDonalds in Arizona. Apparently, gold doesn't match the cityscape well enough and clashes with Sedona city regulations that prevent buildings from ruining views... More »

Fast-Food Workers Plot New Strike, Civil Disobedience

Many ready 'to do whatever it takes' for $15-an-hour wage

(Newser) - As fast-food workers battle for a $15-an-hour wage, they're getting ready to strike this week—and get arrested if they have to. McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's employees are among those planning a protest on Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports, and the effort will include broad civil... More »

Landmark Ruling Opens Door for Fast-Food Unions

Labor board says McD's, franchisees can be named as 'joint employers'

(Newser) - McDonald's can't completely reject responsibility for the pay and working conditions of people in McDonald's uniforms serving McDonald's food at McDonald's restaurants, the National Labor Relations Board decided in a landmark ruling yesterday. The board said that the company could be considered a joint employer... More »

McDonald's Fires Mom Who Let 9-Year-Old Play Alone

But Debra Harrell now has custody of daughter again

(Newser) - The South Carolina single mom arrested for letting her 9-year-old daughter play in a park while she worked at McDonald's has been given her daughter back—but has lost her job. The lawyer representing Debra Harrell pro bono says McDonald's has let her go, but he isn't... More »

McDonald's Meat Supplier Changed Expiration Dates

Report: Sold McD's, KFC, Pizza Hut rotten meat

(Newser) - Cue China's next food scare: A Shanghai reporter spent two months in the city’s Husi Food Company plant, which supplies meat to McDonald’s and Yum Brands (which owns Pizza Hut and KFC) in China, and found some pretty disgusting practices including falsifying expiration dates and picking food... More »

America's Worst Burgers Found At...

McDonald's, per 'Consumer Reports' subscribers

(Newser) - Love biting a McDonald's burger? Then you're likely not a Consumer Reports subscriber. Some 32,405 subscribers weighed in on their experiences at 65 fast-food and fast-casual chains, and they handed McDonald's the title of worst-tasting burger (on a scale of 1 to 10, the chain's... More »

Protesters Shut McDonald's HQ; 138 Arrested

Expect more ruckus at shareholders meeting today

(Newser) - It looks like a win for protesters who took to McDonald's yesterday to demand $15 an hour for fast-food workers—at least, it's a win for those who didn't end up in jail. McDonald's was forced to close a main building at its headquarters in Oakbrook,... More »

Iowa Pair Orders McD's Burgers, Gets Pot With That

No, not Colorado, and no, it wasn't a happy meal

(Newser) - While many might hit their local fast-food joint to chase away the excesses of the night before, an Iowa couple found the excess itself tucked between the patties of their McDonald's double cheeseburgers. As they were chowing down one evening last month in Ottumwa, the couple noticed what the... More »

Fast-Food Strikes Hit 6 Continents Today

Higher-wages movement looks to hit 30 other countries

(Newser) - If you want it your way, it might not be right away today. Fast-food industry workers are again striking today, in McDonald's, KFCs, and other chains in some 150 American cities. But the movement for $15 hourly pay is also going global this time, reports the New York Times ... More »

In Baltimore McDonald's, a Stark Lesson on US Prisons

Jeffrey Toobin finds ex-inmates galore at inner-city locale

(Newser) - In the course of writing about how a gang called the Black Guerrilla Family began calling the shots inside the Baltimore City Detention Center, Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker sought to track down people who had done time at the facility. He struck gold in an unusual spot: A... More »

McDonald's Mighty Wings, Now 40% Off

They're discounted until they're gone

(Newser) - McDonald's Mighty Wings simply didn't fly with customers, and now the chain appears to just want to break even on them. Reports in December predicted that a promotion would be coming, and it's here: Instead of selling the wings at a buck each, McDonald's is now... More »

What McMuffin? Taco Bell Makes Run for Breakfast

Chain plans to go head-to-head with McD's

(Newser) - Taco Bell plans to go head-to-head—and burrito-to-burrito—with McDonald's in an effort to grab a big slice of the fast-food breakfast market. The chain plans to launch its breakfast menu at its almost 6,000 locations nationwide late next month, featuring items like the Waffle Taco, a breakfast... More »

Where Fast-Food Chains Began

'Mental Floss' recounts original locations of McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and more

(Newser) - Can you imagine a time when Pizza Hut was actually a single hut? Neither could we, but the folks over at Mental Floss compiled a great list of the original locations of a variety of fast-food chains that have since swept across the globe, assimilating all before them in Borg-like... More »

Blind Man Sinks 3-Pointer, Wins McDonald's for a Year

Michael Quin nails it to crowd's delight

(Newser) - A 54-year-old Missouri man made an extraordinary 3-point shot, but it's not just the basket that has people talking. Michael Quin, who sank the shot at a College of the Ozarks game, is blind. His prize: a year's worth of McDonald's and lots of national press. Newsy... More »

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