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From Belgium To Piggly Wiggly: U.S. Beer Fans Snatch Up Elusive Ale

To many beer fans, the arrival of the elusive Westvleteren 12 Trappist ale in American shops today is a chance to try a beer they've only read about on beer-geek blogs and sites. But finding the beer can be tricky, and some stores sold out of their allotment within hours of opening Wednesday.
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More Shoppers Gravitate Toward 'Brand Stories'

This week we are exploring the evolution of the American shopping experience. In the second installment in this series, Audie Cornish explores the influence of the Internet on the brick-and-mortar retail world. Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of the design website Apartment Therapy, says that as shoppers move online, the physical store has morphed into more of a showroom for products that are later purchased on the Web, and a place to tell a brand's "story."
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Survey: Business Leaders Warming To Tax Increases

In a quarterly survey by Duke University and CFO Magazine, 63 percent of CFOs of U.S. companies say they support a Simpson-Bowles level of tax increases and spending cuts.
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Federal Reserve Boosts Effort To Lift Economy

The central bank's policymakers also said they expect their policies aimed at stimulating growth will remain in effect until the jobless rate drops to 6.5 percent, from the current 7.7 percent.
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Wal-Mart's Lobbying In U.S. To Be Probed By Indian Government

A heated debate about the retailer's plans for stores in India has pressured the government into looking at Wal-Mart's practices. Critics in India equate the company's lobbying with bribery. Wal-Mart and the U.S. ambassador say there's a big difference.
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Chinese Firm Buys Massachusetts Tech Company

On Tuesday, a federal bankruptcy judge gave the nod to a Chinese firm to buy a Massachusetts technology company. The company, A123 Systems, makes batteries for electric cars, but some in Congress are fighting to block the deal.
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Fiscal Cliff: Why Not Cut Entitlements?

The debate over the congressional budget has both political parties putting previously 'untouchable' policies on the table for negotiation. As part of Tell Me More's 'Why Not?' series, host Michel Martin and NPR correspondents Julie Rovner and John Ydstie take a closer look at entitlement spending, like Social Security and Medicare.

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