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• The Associated Press reports that McDonald's is testing a new version of the Chicken McNugget that is made without artificial preservatives. The company says that the recipe is "simpler," and designed to "make parents feel good" about serving it to their children; it also is an effort "to try to catch up with changing tastes and turn around its business, which has lost customers in recent years."

• The National Retail Federation (NRF) is projecting that "Americans are expected to spend $172.22 on mom this Mother's Day, down slightly from $172.63 last year," with the bulk of the money being spent on jewelry, dinner out, and flowers.
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