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The battle between sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has gone into the fifth (sixth?) inning. Which will win is anybody's guess.
The two sides have been in court for three years, suing each other for false advertising.
The Western Sugar Cooperative filed the first lawsuit in 2011, accusing the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) and backers such as Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland of misleading the public with an educational campaign promoting HFCS as nutritionally identical to sugar.
"Sugar is sugar," the association said back then, as it spent an estimated $50 million to promote HFCS. It even sought—unsuccessfully—to persuade the Food and Drug Administration to let it change the name of HFCS to "corn sugar."
The CRA countersued in 2012, claiming that the sugar industry was smearing HFCS in order to get consumers to buy products sweetened with sugar.
(Read more: Global food prices tick up on higher sugar costs)
Both agricultural industry groups benefit from taxpayer subsidies and protections. Corn is the most highly subsidized crop in the U.S., with the federal government paying an estimated $10 billion or more in various forms of aid between 2010 and 2012, according to the Environmental Working Group's database.
And while Congress cannot agree on a farm bill, it did agree to renew a controversial safety net for the sugar industry that inflates prices.
Russell Wilson isn't the only person in Seattle who fumbles around. The Seahawks quarterback is near the top of the 2013 fumblers list at 11, though the Broncos' Peyton Manning isn't far behind at 10.
I guess it comes with the territory.
According to SquareTrade, a company that sells extended warranties for mobile devices, Seahawks fans in general are "clumsy." A lot clumsier than Broncos fans. One in 4 people in Seattle have had a cellphone accident over the last year, compared with only 16 percent in Denver.
David Kenyon is used to answering questions. He runs Cover Wrap Communications in Vero Beach, Fla. He's especially good at answering questions about the value of the advertising that wraps around covers of magazines placed in a doctor's office.
He's not so good at answering questions about health-care plans 3,000 miles away in Oregon.
But at least Kenyon will take your call.
"My wife thinks I'm crazy for answering the phone when I see it is from Oregon," he said. "Calls come in until 9 p.m."
This week the Consumer Electronics Show is all the rage. Tech-this, and smart-that—all the cool kids have converged on Las Vegas to find out what products will make our lives better in 2014.
Meantime, most of us haven't gotten rid of the old VCR.
According to a Gallup survey, 58 percent of Americans still have their VCRs. That's a larger percentage than those owning a desktop computer, an iPod or MP3 player, a videogame console, a tablet computer, satellite TV, or an e-reader. In fact, only a few more of us—62 percent—own a smartphone.
All just a bunch of old fogies? Uh, no. According to Gallup, 41 percent of people ages 18 to 29 still own a VCR.
Here's the most amazing part of that survey—people admit they have one.
Intel announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it will be rebranding its McAfee Security software products as "Intel Security." Even though the McAfee brand is almost 30 years old, the name is now most often associated with the escapades of the company's founder, John McAfee.
However, while the name is gone, Intel is keeping the red shield.
If you're putting off going to the mall, put off by the holiday crowds, I'm afraid it's not going to get any better.
Better to stay home and shop online naked.
This is a thing now, apparently.
The "adult use" cannabis will be sold with a 25 percent tax—three times as much as Colorado's medical marijuana tax. Will recreational users pay more for legal pot? That is the $240-an-ounce question.
Weedmaps, the Yelp of medical pot, is getting a jump on events. It's rating and reviewing medical dispensaries in Colorado that also will sell recreational pot.
(Read more: High Times aiming for $100M marijuana fund)
While it seems like war has ended after a dozen years, the truth is, we still have thousands of troops overseas in harm's way.
Some haven't forgotten. Here are two men trying to make the holiday less stressful—and a lot more fun—for troops who cannot be home with family.
First, there's Bunkers in Baghdad. Joe Hanna, a sports entertainment attorney from Buffalo, N.Y., started the charity after learning that troops in Iraq were creating makeshift driving ranges and golf courses to relieve stress. He thought, "Why not send them balls and clubs?"
An over-the-counter, FDA-approved treatment for "PE"—that's premature ejaculation, for those who aren't up to date on their pharmaceutical acronyms—is beginning clinical trials this month at Kaiser in Southern California.
At the same time, the company behind it has released a very funny commercial starring "Peter," a man who always seems to finish everything early.
It may be cold in the Upper Midwest, but folks in Madison, Wis., don't feel like cuddling. The Snuggle House has closed its doors, according to its Facebook page.
The business, owned by former health supplements salesman Matthew Hurtado, was only three weeks old. The entire enterprise had a hard time getting off the ground. Its planned opening in October was delayed a month as city officials tried to get their arms around the idea. Some locals were reportedly concerned the business could be a front for prostitution.
During the delay, The Snuggle House put up a website offering "therapeutic cuddling" for $60 an hour.
(Read more: Worst layover ever: Man gets locked inside plane)
It profiled its staff, including one man, Lonnie, a long-maned former camp counselor. Here's his video. "He had 300 to 400 applications before they opened," said Hurtado's attorney, Timothy Casper.
Finally, an occupancy permit was granted, and local Councilman Mike Verveer said he received no complaints. The sudden closing surprised him. "My guess would probably be that they just didn't have the business that they anticipated," he said.
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Former college football coach Barry Switzer has turned a man cave in his Oklahoma home into a base for Coaches' Cabana.
Apeks Supercritical sells an extraction machine for medical marijuana users who prefer consuming oils over smoking the plant.