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Another statue removed amid debate over symbols of U.S. slave past -

Another statue removed amid debate over symbols of U.S. slave pastMaryland authorities took down a statue on Friday of a 19th century chief justice who wrote an infamous pro-slavery decision, the latest example of action across the United States over memorials that have triggered racially charged protests. Meanwhile, the mother of a woman killed when a man crashed a car into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in the Virginia city of Charlottesville on Saturday said that after hearing Donald Trump's latest comments, she did not want to talk to the president. In what has become the biggest domestic crisis of his presidency, Trump has been strongly criticized, including by many fellow Republicans, for blaming the Charlottesville violence not only on the rally organizers, but also the anti-racism activists who opposed them.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:07:57 -0400

Big city biotechs decamp for suburbs as property costs rise -

Big city biotechs decamp for suburbs as property costs riseThe biotech industry is facing high rents and tight lab space in Boston, New York and San Francisco, forcing companies into the suburbs in a sign the "live, work and play" movement into big cities may have hit a roadblock. For example, Modern Meadow, a biotech start-up poised to commercially manufacture leather from synthetic animal protein, was looking at a prohibitive $200 million cost to build its own lab in New York City.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:00:33 -0400

Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lottery -

Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lotteryHundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. Northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations. Ranchers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana have been suffering through the region's worst drought in 30 years, which has withered grazing fields, causing a severe spike in the cost of hay to feed their animals. While the ranchers search for affordable hay, some have been selling off cattle they cannot afford to feed.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:40:41 -0400

Nestle defends 'Kit Kat' campaign against Atari 'Breakout' lawsuit -

Nestle defends 'Kit Kat' campaign against Atari 'Breakout' lawsuitNestle SA on Friday paddled back claims in a new lawsuit in which Atari SA accused the Swiss food company of pilfering its classic 1970s video game "Breakout" to help sell Kit Kat chocolate-covered wafer bars. Nestle damaged Atari's goodwill and reputation on Facebook, Twitter and television by exploiting the name, look and feel of "Breakout," it said in a copyright and trademark infringement complaint filed on Thursday in San Francisco, Atari said Nestle and its U.S. and U.K. affiliates did this to whet the appetites of "nostalgic Baby Boomers, Generation X, and even today's Millennial and post-Millennial 'gamers.'" A spokeswoman for Nestle UK said: "We are aware of the lawsuit in the U.S. and will defend ourselves strongly against these allegations." Kit Kat was first manufactured in 1935.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:05:20 -0400

SEC drops case against ex-JPMorgan traders over 'London Whale' -

SEC drops case against ex-JPMorgan traders over 'London Whale'The top U.S. securities regulator on Friday dropped its civil lawsuit accusing two former JPMorgan Chase & Co traders of trying to hide some of the bank's $6.2 billion of losses tied to the 2012 "London Whale" scandal. The decision by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to dismiss charges against Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout came four weeks after the U.S. Department of Justice abandoned its criminal case against both men, who have denied wrongdoing. Prosecutors said their case ran into trouble after testimony from Bruno Iksil, a cooperating witness who had been dubbed the London Whale, proved unreliable.

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