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• The Indianapolis Star reports that "Angie’s List has sued Amazon Local, accusing it of stealing provider lists and other proprietary information from Angie’s. The federal lawsuit, filed Friday in Indianapolis, alleges that Amazon Local executives and other employees got access to the information by signing up as members of Angie’s and downloading provider profiles, member reviews and other information" that it is using to compete in the home services procurement market.


• In the New York suburbs, the Journal-News reports that financially troubled D’Agostino's has closed its Rye Brook store, which was the only unit it operated outside Manhattan. It closed the store, apparently, without even notifying its landlord, and is not commenting to the media about the closure.


• The Associated Press reports that "General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural. The company said on Monday that Trix and Reese’s Puffs will be among the first cereals to undergo the changes."


Variety reports that "Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has been bought by the retail licensing company Sequential Brands Group for about $353 million." The company's publishing properties were licensed out last year to the Meredith publishing company.

The New York Times notes that the sale price is just a fraction of the $1 billion that Stewart's company was worth at its peak.
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