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Blue agaves grow in a plantation for the production of tequila in Arandas, Jalisco state, Mexico, in December 2010. In the past 20 years, tequila has become fashionable all over the world, demonstrating that producers' international sales strategy has been a great success. Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit

Some of tequila's oldest traditions are fast being erased as international spirit conglomerates take over family businesses. And tequila makers are worried about their impact on the environment.

A man stands in line at Miami International airport to board a charter flight to Havana, Cuba. Travelers often fly to Cuba from the U.S. with piles of goods, despite a decades-long trade embargo. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Heirs Of The Revolution: A Changing Cuba

With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market

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With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market

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Blue agaves grow in a plantation for the production of tequila in Arandas, Jalisco state, Mexico, in December 2010. In the past 20 years, tequila has become fashionable all over the world, demonstrating that producers' international sales strategy has been a great success. Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit

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Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit

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Music News

Think Before You Clap: You Could Be Beat Deaf

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Think Before You Clap: You Could Be Beat Deaf

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Amish show up at a makeshift clinic to get vaccinated against the measles. There's been an outbreak of measles among the Amish in central Ohio. Sarah Jane Tribble/Sarah Jane Tribble hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Measles Outbreak In Ohio Leads Amish To Reconsider Vaccines

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Measles Outbreak In Ohio Leads Amish To Reconsider Vaccines

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Cuban entrepreneur Barbara Fernandez Franco oversees two employees in the small living room of her home in Havana, the Cuban capital. Her boyfriend, Michel Perez Casanova (right), works in the tourism industry but also helps with her business. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Heirs Of The Revolution: A Changing Cuba

Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success

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Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success

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President Obama (aka the bear) walks to lunch at a Chipotle restaurant Monday. Larry Downing/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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It's All Politics

A Bear On The Loose In Washington

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A Bear On The Loose In Washington

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Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says he hopes a new study can influence the business community by applying the science of risk management. iStockphoto hide caption

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Latest Climate Change Report Paints Dire Picture For Business

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For homes near the Hague River in downtown Norfolk, flooding is now a regular event. On a calm day, at high tide, the water laps just inches from the top of the barrier. Yuki Noguchi/NPR hide caption

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Environment

As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning

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As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning

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Yves Saint Laurent works with a model at his Paris fashion house in 1965. A new film follows the designer's rise in the fashion world. Reg Lancaster/Getty Images hide caption

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The Turbulent Love Story Behind Yves Saint Laurent's Revolutionary Rise

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