62% of high school senior girls binge drink
January 8th, 2013
07:45 PM ET
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Millions of high school-aged girls and women binge drink, behavior that can have disastrous results including long-term health effects, the CDC warns in a report released Tuesday.

For females, binge drinking means consuming four or more drinks in one sitting. For males, it's five or more drinks.
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January 8th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
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You can't take it with you, so you might as well drink it down by the dram. Lyle Shellenberg made a special trip to Hillsdale Liquor in Portland, Oregon to make one extravagant purchase.

KPTV reports that Shellenberg purchased a 50-year-old bottle of Glenfiddich Scotch whisky at a price of $27,000, making him one of only 50 people in the world - and six in the United States - to own this special release.
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January 8th, 2013
12:00 PM ET
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English toffee day
January 8th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

January 8 is English Toffee Day, and there's a debate boiling in the toffee lovers' world: Is English toffee hard or soft? The answer might surprise you - it's both.

Toffee is a combination of caramelized sugar or molasses and butter. In some cases, notably American toffee, vanilla can be added. Nuts and dried fruit are also popular additions. The mixture is heated until it reaches the hard crack stage of sugar preparation, which means that after it's cooled, you can break the candy up into smaller pieces easily.

American toffee isn't brought to the hard crack stage, so it's much softer and more pliable. Toffees in England (though not what we typically call "English toffee") can also be made this way. The aforementioned hard variety is popular across the pond, and therein lies the confusion. We'll stick with English toffee being the hard stuff for our purposes.
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