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The pork jokes are flying as the Rand/Christie beef escalatesFull story

Breaking down the latest beef: Harry Belafonte vs. Jay Z

  The MHP panel breaks down the latest "beef" in the world of hip-hop rivalries: the public feud between rapper Jay Z and actor, civil right activist Harry Belafonte over Belafonte's claims about "Mr. Carter's" lack of social responsibility.

Proposed western Nebraska beef plant criticized

A proposed beef processing plant is facing some opposition in Scottsbluff, Neb. as officials review the plan. Full story

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McDonald's cuts Angus burgers from U.S. menu due to high beef prices

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Danish food authorities find pork traces in kebab beef

Tests find horsemeat in Taco Bell UK ground beef

Italy finds no trace of horse DNA in Nestle mince meals

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  Beef costs big bucks as prices skyrocket

The summer grilling season is in full swing, but that juicy steak or thick burger is going to cost you dearly as beef prices skyrocket to their highest levels in decades. NBC News’ Jackie DeAngelis reports.

  Beef Prices Concern Traders

Beef demand is up, and supplies are down, reports CNBC's Jane Wells. One California rancher Bud Sloan is having to buy feed because of the drought, and has cut his herd nearly in half.

  Beef Price Sticker Shock

Beef prices are going up with ground beef up 9 percent in a year, reports CNBC's Jane Wells. And it doesn't look like it will come down any time this summer.

  Beef Retail Prices Up

Lean ground beef is up 21 percent to $4.81 per pound, reports CNBC's Jane Wells. And it could turn more consumers to cheaper cuts of meat.

  Why beef prices are rising

MSNBC’s Betty Nguyen gets the latest economy headlines from analyst Hitha Prahbahker. Prahbahker comments on the Dow’s record territory and how the Fed’s effort to keep interest rates low will perpetuate the Dow’s growth. Moms should be expecting some bling this Mother’s Day as the NRF is projecting

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A slaughterer works with beef carcasses at the Biernacki Meat Plant slaughterhouse in Golina near Jarocin, western Poland

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