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That's The Spirit: Why Indians Prefer Strong Beer, Liquor

Indians traditionally don't drink much compared with many other countries. But they are imbibing more these days and they do like the strong stuff. Liquor and strong beer dominate the market.
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Chinese Online Retailer To Shift IPO To U.S.

China's biggest online retailer, the Alibaba Group, reportedly has decided it will not launch its Initial Public Offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Instead, it wants to bring the IPO to New York. Alibaba processed $170 billion in transactions last year — more than Amazon and eBay combined.
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Ellison Skips Out On Keynote Address At Oracle Conference

Larry Ellison — the billionaire CEO of Oracle — was scheduled to deliver a keynote address on Tuesday at Oracle OpenWorld. Thousands showed up or tuned in remotely, but the nation's third-richest man didn't show up. Instead, he was watching Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup.
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House GOP Group Forces Boehner To Choose Sides

A GOP group in the House is behind an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act through the process of keeping the federal government funded. Speaker John Boehner may have to choose whether to stand by them and force a government shutdown, or makes a deal with Democrats to avert it. Steve Inskeep talks to former Ohio Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette for insight into Boehner's dilemma.
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Moroccan Women Have 'Greater Opportunities' In Business

Nezha Hayat is the first woman to serve on the board of directors of a bank in Morocco. She is involved in running the Casablanca Stock Exchange, and she's pushing for more women to play decision-making roles in the country's economy. David Greene talks to Hayat about her experience rising through the ranks of a field dominated by men.
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Senate More Than Likely To Keep Obamacare Intact

Congress has just days to avoid a government shutdown when the new fiscal year starts next Tuesday. Standing in the way is a House provision that cuts off all funding for the health care law known as Obamacare. The aim is to cripple that program just when its major provisions are about to kick in. But the Senate is not expected to pass any bill that defunds or delays Obamacare.
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What Happens When Stores Let Customers Return Whatever They Want?

L.L. Bean has taken back a live Christmas wreath that had turned brown and a shirt ripped by a rescue crew after a car accident. Is that any way to run a business?
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Commander In Chief, Explainer In Chief Tout Health Care Law

The biggest test of the Affordable Care Act could begin next week. That's when the online marketplaces offering health care coverage to the uninsured are set to start signing people up. The question is, will they come? Obama and former President Clinton have teamed up to explain the law.
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Proposed Power Lines Tangle With Native American History

The Bonneville Power Administration is trying to string a new transmission line project near a cave that contains ancient paintings. The site is considered sacred by Northwest tribes, and one landowner says, "These cultural sites are worth protecting."
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Administration Touts Lower-Than-Expected Obamacare Premiums

According to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services, "premiums nationwide will ... be around 16 percent lower than originally expected," and 95 percent of uninsured people live in a state with average premiums that are lower than expected.

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