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Starbucks is quietly testing soft drinks

From AZ Central

The Starbucks siren is dipping her tail into soda. The coffee kingpin, which has been carefully but methodically evolving beyond coffee over the past several years, is quietly testing handcrafted soft-drink products -- spiced root beer, ginger ale and a lemon ale -- in some stores in the Atlanta and Austin markets. ... Quick Read

Cyprus still reeling in wake of its international bailout

From AZ Central

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- It's been just over 100 days since its financial rescue and Cyprus is struggling to cope with life under the terms of its international bailout. The country's shell-shocked banking system is still reeling from a punishing restructuring while harsh capital controls at the banks are holding back spending. All of which is hitting Cyprus' fragile economy, which is projected to shrink by more than 9 percent this year while unemployment is expected to soar. At the same time, ... Quick Read

Breweries spark revitalization

From AZ Central

NEW YORK -- To see how a small business can transform a neighborhood, just follow the barrels. About 30 years ago, beer lovers wanting to create their own drinks started taking over abandoned old buildings in rundown city districts, refitted them with tanks, kettles and casks, and started churning out beer. The byproduct was a boom in craft-beer drinkers: Barrels shipped have more than doubled in the past decade, according to trade publication Beer Marketer's Insights. Craft beer now makes up ... Quick Read

Stars at Wimbledon: J.K. Rowling, Matthew Morrison, Pippa Middleton Among Fans at the Tournament

From hollywoodreporter

As they do every year, the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in the Southwest London neighborhood of Wimbledon have attracted famous and regular people alike. Among the stars turning out for some Grand Slam tennis - or maybe Wimbledon's popular strawberries and cream - were "Glee" star Matthew Morrison, J.K. Rowling and Pippa Middleton. Here's a more detailed look at the celebs flocking to the courts. ... Quick Read

Ad Wars: Julianne Moore is Reed Krakoff's New Face

From hollywoodreporter

The "Carrie" actress will appear in the New York-based brand's fall campaign.read more  ... Quick Read

George Lucas, Joan Didion to Receive White House Honors

From hollywoodreporter

There are 23 cultural figures receiving this year's National Medals of Arts and Humanities in Washington D.C. on July 10.read more ... Quick Read

Rangers, Bigs Stars, Lovers and Criminal Masterminds Mashed

From Adweek

The Lone Ranger, The Look of Love, BIg Star, Despicable Me 2 & The Way Way Back  ... Quick Read

Cities restoring fireworks events canceled during downturn

From AZ Central

Kerry Welty can't recall what it's like to watch fireworks from a lawn chair or picnic blanket. That's because since 1986, Welty has been the one behind the mortar tubes, sending the shells into the sky. "You get to do something a lot of people don't," Welty said. "It's a cool job, and I love doing it. ... Quick Read

Gasoline prices begin summer slide

From AZ Central

NEW YORK -- Gasoline prices are on a summer slide, giving U.S. drivers a break as they set out for the beach and other vacation spots for the Fourth of July. The national average for a gallon has fallen for 21 days straight and is now below $3.50 for the first time since February. The reason: Oil prices have been relatively stable, and refineries are turning out more gasoline after completing springtime maintenance. ... Quick Read

Honda's robot museum guide not yet a people person

From AZ Central

TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co.'s walking, talking interactive robot is running into glitches in its new job as a museum guide in Tokyo. The bubble-headed Asimo machine had problems telling the difference between people raising their hands to ask questions and those aiming their smartphones to take photos at the Miraikan science museum. ... Quick Read

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