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White Rock Beverages Still Thirsty After 140 Years

While Coca-Cola celebrated its 125th anniversary this year, this family-owned company in New York City is quietly toasting 140 years in the soft-drink business. "We've been around, but we're healthy and growing," says White Rock President Larry Bodkin.
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Latin America: Once A Risky Bet, Now EU's Hero?

The International Monetary Fund used to bail out deadbeat nations in Latin America. Now, in a role reversal, the IMF's new director, Christine Lagarde, is seeking the region's help in containing Europe's worsening debt crisis. Officials in Brazil, now the world's seventh-biggest economy, say they're putting together an IMF loan. And Lagarde says the whole region can provide Europe with lessons on how to manage the economy.
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Post Office To Move Forward With Cuts

The U.S. Postal Service is expected to announce Monday that it's moving forward with cuts that it says will save billions of dollars and help avoid bankruptcy.
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Can't Get It Out Of Your Head: Hanson's MMMhop Beer

The 1997 song "MMMbop" catapulted the youthful trio of brothers known as Hanson to fame. The pop group has faded in popularity, though the Hansons are still making music. More importantly, they're all old enough to drink now. So next year, instead of releasing a new album, Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson are releasing a new beer: an India pale ale called MMMhop.
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Italy's Prime Minister $40 Billion 'Save Italy' Plan

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti on Monday must persuade lawmakers to pass a giant reform package aimed at reducing debt and balancing the country's budget. The $40 billion package includes hikes in taxes, cuts in pensions, an increase in the retirement age, and measures to reduce tax evasion.
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Merkel, Sarkozy Meet Ahead Of Brussels Summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Nicolas Sarkozy now agree that European treaties will have to be altered to give institutions the firepower to deal with the euro crisis, but many differences remain — and time is running out.
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Why Burn Doctors Hate Instant Soup

Instant cups of soup — the kind that often come in a styrofoam cup full of noodles — send children to the hospital every day.

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