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FDA reconsiders added sugar label for maple syrup, honey

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering its plan to require that pure maple syrup and honey be labeled as containing added sugars.

Maple syrup producers had rallied against the plan, saying the nutrition labels updates were misleading, illogical and confusing and could hurt their industries.

Dangling wedding for pair

BERLIN—A couple in eastern Germany have gotten married in a swing dangling from a motorcycle atop a tightrope, 14 metres above the ground.

The German news agency dpa reported a pastor standing in a cage atop a fire service ladder presided over the wedding of Nicole Backhaus and Jens Knorr in the town of Stassfurt on Saturday.

Fiber optics? Range of ingredients bulk up food fiber counts

NEW YORK — Are the fiber counts for foods getting bloated?

Browse supermarket shelves, and it’s easy to find ice cream, yogurt and brownies with impressive fiber totals. That’s because companies add ingredients to boost the fiber, a practice they say helps people enjoy treats with less guilt but that critics say distorts ideas about what’s healthy.

'Beaver booze' created

TAMWORTH, N.H.—Beaver-flavoured whiskey, anyone?

A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavoured partly by the secretion from a beaver's castor sacs.

Tamworth Distilling said the secretion, called castoreum, has a history of being used as a flavouring and is on a small list of FDA ingredients called “generally recognized as safe.”

Pricey nude

NEW YORK—A painting of a defiantly nude woman that once was censored as obscene in Paris has sold for more than $157 million at an auction in New York City.

The 1917 painting by Amedeo Modigliani was the highlight of Sotheby's Monday evening auction of impressionist and modern art.

Sotheby's said the painting had the highest pre-auction estimate for an artwork at $150 million.

How many RTs does it take to wear Crocs to graduation? 2018!

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — On a whim, a Florida high school senior asked the Crocs shoe company to supply its foam shoes for her and all of her female classmates to wear to graduation, and the company said OK if her request could get 2,018 retweets.

Sarah Agee tells the Tampa Bay Times that she and other classmates were concerned about wearing high heels, so she suggested Crocs.