July 18th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
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With more than half the country in some state of drought, farmers are feeling the impact on their livelihood and consumers could expect to feel a hit in their wallet when they go to the supermarket soon, experts say.

The U.S. is facing the largest drought since the 1950s, the National Climatic Data Center reported Monday, saying that about 55% of the country was in at least moderate short-term drought in June for the first time since December 1956, when 58% of the country was in a moderate to extreme drought.
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New Fiat boasts a built-in espresso maker
July 16th, 2012
11:45 AM ET
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Drivers love fancy technology extras packed in their car and Fiat is hoping their latest innovation may be the best yet – one that can save you a trip to your favorite coffee store.

But the car designers new innovative addition to their latest line, due out in Italy in October, is landing them in some hot water with some consumers concerned about it adding to a mounting list of things that distract drivers. However, the car maker says, don't rush to judgement, you can't brew up a cup unless your car is stopped.
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July 4th, 2012
02:15 PM ET
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July 4th, 2011
04:45 PM ET
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Joey Chestnut has won his 5th consecutive mustard-yellow belt at this year's Nathan's July 4th International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.

He ate 62 hot dogs in ten minutes, six shy of his world record of 68.

Adding intrigue to this year's competition, one-time reigning champ Takeru Kobayashi, who was effectively locked out of the competition due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating, wolfed down 69 frankfurters at an offsite event in New York.

Read Joey Chestnut wins Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for fifth time

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Flooding 'could be devastating' for Gulf oystermen
May 13th, 2011
12:45 PM ET
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As the massive flooding from the Mississippi heads towards the nation's richest oyster grounds, Mike Voisin feels that old familiar feeling.

He's seen the damage caused to the oyster business in Louisiana firsthand over the past six years. After Hurricane Rita and then Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana, the oyster business realized they needed protection.  A part-government, part-private insurance program gave them breathing room to recuperate.

But then the blows kept coming. One, after another, after another. Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Gustav again battered the spirits and livelihoods of those who depend on their oyster crops.

Read "Oysterman: BP left us vulnerable, flooding could be 'knockout blow'"

Previously - Oysters stage a comeback after BP disaster

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