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Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

National Briefs

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Campbell tampers with its label

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- Campbell Soup is tampering with an American icon: the red-and-white soup label made famous by pop artist Andy Warhol. The company says it's the most significant change in its history and will include 70 varieties in its condensed soup line. The new label has a photograph of a bowl of soup at the center, a recipe on the back and a colored banner to distinguish the soup category.

Since 1898, Campbell has only made 14 minor changes to the red- and-white label. The last change was made for select varieties in 1994 to mark the company's 125th anniversary. The Camden-based food maker will formally unveil the redesigned label today in Pittsburgh, where a symbolic replica of the last can of condensed tomato soup bearing the old label will be inducted into the Andy Warhol Museum.

Russians hint at GM deal

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's biggest car maker, Avtovaz, said Wednesday that a long-awaited agreement for a joint car plant with General Motors is likely to be signed next month. GM executives indicated, however, that details remained to be worked out despite two years of talks on the project.

Avtovaz has serious financial problems and has been looking for foreign partners to help it pay off $113 million in back taxes. Avtovaz chief Vladimir Kadannikovrefused to say how much investment he expected from GM. Russian media have said GM would invest up to $200 million.

American weathers another blast

FORT WORTH (AP) -- The arrests Wednesday of dozens of American Airlines employees are just the latest in a series of events that have buffeted the Fort Worth-based carrier. In the past several months, the airline has suffered a fatal crash in Arkansas that raised safety questions, been sued for predatory pricing and been hit with labor unrest that inconvenienced thousands of passengers.

American officials admit to feeling besieged by bad news, but they defend the airline's performance. …

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