A North Carolina federal judge has rejected an attempt by Food Lion, Salisbury, N.C., to subpoena records from third parties to investigate news-gathering methods by ABC News, a Food Lion spokeswoman said. Food Lion sued ABC in 1992 in connection with a PrimeTime Live news segment that used hidden-camera footage to allege that the chain handled meat and fish in an unsanitary manner. The suit is slated for trial Dec. 9. (ABC is the parent of Fairchild Publications, publisher of SN.) ...

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