Chickens Feel Empathy; Lady Gaga Restaurant Investment Closed

Bad news for that lunchtime Caesar salad you were planning: A study has found chickens capable of feeling empathy. [Telegraph UK]

Hopefully Lady Gaga doesn't feel caught in a bad romance now that Vince & Eddie's, the UWS Italian restaurant she invested in, seems to be closed. [DNA Info]
 
Be nice to your street-meat vendor: He might be paying as much as $14,000 for a two-year permit thanks to a raging black market for the licenses. [WSJ]

Not much for sports? You can still join the March Madness with this food-named-bands tournament bracket that squares off the likes of Jelly Roll Morton and Blue Oyster Cult. [HuffPo]

Booze news: Sherry is finally getting a little respect; it may not teach kids healthy drinking habits to let them imbibe at home. [NYT, WSJ]

The U.N. says food prices will likely stay high all year thanks to elevated crude-oil costs and smaller crops. And the U.N. is also calling for more rice production in Asia. [Bloomberg, AFP]

But hey, at least McDonald's is having a good year! Global sales were up nearly 4 percent in February. [USAT]