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Calif. moves to raise taxes on ‘alcopops’

SACRAMENTO Calif. California regulators have voted to raise the taxes levied on flavored alcoholic beverages, sometimes known as “alcopops.” The increase had been sought by advocacy groups that contend the drinks often are consumed by underage consumers and that their popularity lures youngsters to start drinking.

Following the lead of Maine, the California Board of Equalization decided Tuesday to tax brands such as Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Zima as distilled

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