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Japanese Sake Makers Shake Off Tradition, Try Brewing Craft Beer

Until recently, if you ordered Japanese beer, there weren't many to choose from. But the domination by brewers such as Asahi, Sapporo and Kirin is ebbing. And some longtime sake makers are now devoting part of their breweries to beer.
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Singapore's Rising Tech Industry Draws Expat Innovators And Investors

Lower taxes weren't the only thing that attracted Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin when he made his new home in Singapore in May. The World Bank lists Singapore as the easiest place to do business. Increasingly, money and talent are drawn to the city-state's tech sector.
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Canada Stops Its Defense Of Asbestos, As Quebec's Mines Close For Good

Canada has ended its longstanding resistance to an international treaty calling asbestos a dangerous material, in a decision that reflects a shift in the leadership of Quebec province, home of Canada's asbestos industry.
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Shriveled Mich. Apple Harvest Means Fewer Jobs, Tough Year Ahead

After a mild winter and a late-April freeze, Michigan's apple harvest was decimated. Less fruit means fewer picking jobs. It also means little to no income from apples in storage that growers rely on to get them through to next year's harvest.
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Makers Of the DipJar Hope That Dipping To Tip Catches On

As Americans increasingly rely on cards, not cash, to pay for small items like coffee and snacks, it's not always easy to tip those behind the counter. A new device called the "Dip Jar" might fix that, by allowing customers to dip a card to give $1 to the staff.
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Is The 'Fiscal Cliff' As Bad As It Sounds?

Large cuts to the budget will take effect in January if Congress doesn't agree on a spending and tax plan. The White House has said it'll work with lawmakers to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," but experts predict a long budget battle. Host Michel Martin speaks with economics reporter Sudeep Reddy and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.
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White House Launching Trade Complaints Against China

The cases — charging that China unfairly subsidizes auto parts and slaps high duties on U.S.-made cars — come as Republican rival Mitt Romney argues that President Obama has let too many jobs go overseas.
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'Bernie Madoff Of The Midwest' To Plead Guilty

Russ Wasendorf Sr., the founder of an Iowa brokerage firm, is expected to plead guilty to embezzlement charges Monday. Wasendorf, of Peregrine Financial Group, has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors admitting to bilking 24,000 investors out of at least $100 million.

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