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Exclusive: Frost damages nearly fifth of Brazil sugar cane crop: analyst

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Last week's frosts in southern Brazil damaged nearly a fifth of the unharvested cane crop in the principal growing region, an event likely to cut sugar exports from the world's largest producer, agriculture research company Datagro said Wednesday. Full story

Panama uncovers fighter jet engines from seized North Korea ship

COLON, Panama (Reuters) - Panamanian investigators unloading the cargo of a seized North Korean ship carrying arms from Cuba under sacks of brown sugar on Tuesday found 12 engines for MiG-21 fighter jets and five military vehicles that officials said resembled missile control centers. Full story

Lou Manfredini reveals how to get paint off wood

   The handyman and host of the TV show “House Smarts” advises you can get rid of sugar ants with products like Raid and Combat and says the best way to clean paint off wood is to sand it off.

Montana sugar plant faces $193K in fines

Federal regulators have proposed $193,300 in fines for a Billings, Mont. sugar plant after inspectors discovered 17 health and safety violations. Full story

Dig in: Make scrumptious summer stack pies

   Melissa Clark of the New York Times explains how to whip together a lemon and blueberry stack pie for your next summer gathering.

North Korean ship was carrying sugar donation, Cuba told Panama

PANAMA CITY/MIAMI (Reuters) - When a North Korean ship carrying Cuban arms was seized last week in Panama on suspicion of smuggling drugs, Cuba first said it was loaded with sugar for the people of North Korea, according to a Panamanian official familiar with the matter. Full story

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American business magnate Stewart pours powdered sugar onto blueberries while discussing recipes on NBC's 'Today' show in Midtown, New York
American business magnate Stewart pours powdered sugar onto blueberries while discussing recipes on NBC's 'Today' show in Midtown, New York

American business magnate Martha Stewart pours powdered sugar onto blueberries while discussing recipes on NBC's 'Today' show in Midtown, New York July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS FOOD)

Sugar, black beans, and rice are displayed inside a subsidized market in Havana
Sugar, black beans, and rice are displayed inside a subsidized market in Havana

Sugar, black beans, and rice are displayed inside a subsidized market in Havana July 11, 2013. Considered life-saving for some and obsolete for others, Cuba's food ration coupons which were created in 1963 to guarantee basic food to all Cubans, turned 50 years old as the government works to phase it

Sugar, coffee, fruit juice for babies, oil, and salt are displayed inside a subsidized market in Havana
Sugar, coffee, fruit juice for babies, oil, and salt are displayed inside a subsidized market in Havana

Sugar, coffee, fruit juice for babies, oil, and salt are displayed inside a subsidized market in Havana July 11, 2013. Considered life-saving for some and obsolete for others, Cuba's food ration coupons which were created in 1963 to guarantee basic food to all Cubans, turned 50 years old as the gove