Most Super Bowl advertisers tried to crack up the TV audience with over-the-top antics, as is to be expected in the highly viewed event. But some of this year's best ads, as judged by experts and viewers, took a more somber tone.
The USA's northern neighbor stopped distributing cents on Monday. The Canadian government expects to save millions of dollars a year. The case has been made for years that the U.S. should get rid of its penny too. Would that be a good idea?
The Canadian mint stops distributing pennies on Monday. Canada stopped making one-cent coins last year to cut costs, since each penny cost 1.6 cents to make. Most stores will round out change to the nearest five cents.
With both sides of the Atlantic suffering economic woes, there is renewed interest in a free-trade zone between the U.S. and the European Union. The idea has been discussed often but has always been defeated. Vice President Joe Biden has signaled Washington wants a deal with the E.U.
SodaStream is the first Israeli company to advertise in the Super Bowl. The company has dodged controversy in efforts to break open the soft drink market. Its plant in the West Bank has made it a target for an international boycott movement.
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