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Starbucks Ditches Bug-Based Red Dye In Strawberry Drink

Under pressure from vegetarians and vegans, Starbucks plans to stop using a red dye made from crushed bugs called cochineal in some strawberry drinks and rosy-hued baked goods by the end of June.
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Bay Crab Population Highest In Nearly Two Decades

Thanks in large part to a warm winter, the blue crab population in the Chesapeake Bay is at its highest level since 1993, according to survey results released in Maryland on Thursday.

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Craft Beer Biz

Beer sales are down overall, but craft brews continue their meteoric rise. Some wonder whether the market can sustain the growth, while others say "the more the merrier."

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Drinking On The Job: Is 2012 The New 1966?

The TV show Mad Men has won fans for breathing life — and a heavy whiff of bourbon — into the fictional workplace of the 1960s. And it seems that some U.S. companies are still at it — at least, they're making sure their employees have easy access to liquor and beer.

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Plan To Slaughter Horses For Human Consumption Is Met With Distaste

A proposal to slaughter horses in New Mexico highlights this country's unique aversion to horse meat. It's the first since the federal government lifted a ban on slaughter for horse meat.
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13th-Century Food Fights Helped Fuel The Magna Carta

A greedy king who seized food was a key driver of the Magna Carta. That 13th-century document was a key inspiration for the American Revolution 500 years later. But at the time, the barons who negotiated the deal weren't concerned with the rights of starving peasants — these 1 percenters wanted to protect their own power and property.
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Virginia's Supreme Court Considers Alexandria's Wales Alley Fight

The fight over Wales Alley in Alexandria continues in Virginia Supreme Court today; the Old Dominion Boat Club is hoping the court upholds a ruling that a restaurant's patio unfairly blocks its members' access to the water.

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