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These Vintner Monks Turn Wilderness Into The Divine Gift Of Wine

In a part of Northern California better known for cattle ranches than grapes, the monks of New Clairvaux abbey are cultivating the art of winemaking. The hard work feeds the spirit and the coffers.
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Icy Traffic Jam On Lake Superior Has 18 Ships Stuck

Pickup truck-size ice chunks have left the freight ships stuck in Lake Superior. The U.S. and Canadian coast guards have sent in icebreakers to help the ships get through.
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A Changing Ward 8, As Seen From A Used Car Lot

We talk with a salesman about the changes he's seen in D.C.'s Ward 8 and what the future may hold.
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The Latest Item On McDonald's Shifting Menu: A $5 Burger

McDonald's is trying to hold down menu prices and keep options simple to speed up service while at the same time create pricier premium burgers and more sophisticated dining options.
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Shell's Big Deal Could Shift Global Landscape Of Gas Business

Royal Dutch Shell plans to spend nearly $70 billion to acquire natural gas giant BG Group. The deal, if approved, would create the world's largest independent producer of liquefied natural gas.
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The 'Netflix Of Books' Hopes To Open Up The E-Book Market

Oyster, the subscription e-book service, says it is opening up a retail component and has the Big Five publishers on board. The move sets up Oyster to challenge Amazon.
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In Korea, Spam Isn't Junk Meat — It's A Treat

It's a gelatinous slab of pork, salt and starch — and in fancy packaging, it's a popular holiday gift. So how did South Korea become the world's No. 2 Spam consumer? Blame it on the war.
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Royal Dutch Shell's $70 Billion Deal For BG Would Create Gas Giant

The deal would put Shell on track to surpass ExxonMobil as the world's largest publicly traded oil and gas company. It comes as global oil prices have dropped sharply.
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John Hancock Hopes You'll Trade Activity Data For Insurance Discounts

Life insurance customers will receive discounts each year based on their activity levels. The practice is used in Australia, Europe, Singapore and South Africa. But privacy experts are concerned.
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Aspiring Craft Brewers Hit The Books To Pick Up Science Chops

As the craft beer industry grows, so are options for learning to brew. More colleges are now introducing degree programs to teach the art and science of beer-making.

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