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Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky

In a deal worth some $16 billion, Japanese beverage giant Suntory is buying Beam Inc., maker of Jim Beam bourbon and owner of well-known American brands such as Maker's Mark. Industry leaders say it's a reflection of bourbon's exploding popularity in Asian markets, but some wonder if the new owners will preserve bourbon's Kentucky heritage.

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A Woman Comes To Terms With Her Family's Slave-Owning Past

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Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky

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With Bonfires And Dancing, Indians Ring In Hindu New Year

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