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  • LOS ANGELES— Chatting on the red carpet with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; recording a country song with Clint Black; working a relief mission with Patricia Arquette; receiving a serenade from Michael Bolton on a Caribbean island. "If you can have a Military Channel and a History Channel, I don't see any reason there can't be a' Cause Network,'" said Wagner, who...

  • SOUTHINGTON, Conn.— The head of the largest business advocacy group in Connecticut criticized a package of tax and spending increases advanced by two committees of the legislature and urged businesses Friday to lobby against the proposals. Joe Brennan, president of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, told nearly 250 business owners and...

  • In mere seconds a powerful earthquake devastated a swathe of Nepal. "I don't know when it would be realistic for tourists to again visit Nepal." Biswas forecasts the cost of reconstruction could exceed $5 billion or about 20 percent of Nepal's economy.

  • KATHMANDU, April 29- Nepali officials conceded they had made mistakes in their initial response to a massive earthquake that has killed more than 4,700 people, as survivors stranded in remote villages and towns waited for aid and relief to arrive on Wednesday. Anger and frustration was mounting steadily, with many Nepalis sleeping out in the open under...

  • KATHMANDU, April 28- Nepal has told aid agencies it did not need more foreign rescue teams to come and help in the search for earthquake survivors, because its government and military could cope, the national head of the United Nations Development Program told Reuters. "The search and rescue will go on but the message they wanted us to relay was they have enough to...

  • Genetic testing moves into world of employee health Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    Your employer may one day help determine if your genes are why your jeans have become too snug. Big companies are considering blending genetic testing with coaching on nutrition and exercise to help workers lose weight and improve their health before serious conditions like diabetes or heart disease develop. And earlier this year, President Obama asked...

  • Access top challenge in Nepal: British Red Cross   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 12:04 AM ET
    Access top challenge in Nepal: British Red Cross

    Mark South, Beneficiary Communications Delegate at British Red Cross, says access to rural areas of Nepal remain difficult following a serious earthquake over the weekend.

  • Bill under debate would limit farm antibiotics in Oregon Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 11:38 AM ET

    As public pressure mounts nationally against antibiotics, Oregon legislators are debating whether to curtail their use in agriculture. If the legislation passes, Oregon would be the first in the nation to mandate stricter rules on livestock antibiotics. Proponents of Oregon's bill say that's inadequate, because the move still allows operators to...

  • NEW YORK— In the aftermath of Comcast's decision to walk away from buying Time Warner Cable, some winners and losers are emerging. The breakdown of the deal is being seen as a blow to Comcast and the cable industry in general. A major worry for regulators was that a bigger Comcast would be able to choke the online video industry.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— In an unusually public fight, a Cherokee advocacy group is challenging a half-million dollars in extra pay the Tribal Council recently approved for itself, saying the North Carolina tribe can't afford raises for top officials while other services suffer. The group's Asheville- based attorney, Meghann Burke, said the Eastern Band of Cherokee...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, April 23- Comcast Corp's board was meeting late on Thursday to finalize plans to abandon its proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable Inc, according to a person directly familiar with the matter. Comcast and Time Warner Cable declined to comment. The news came a day after officials of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the two largest U.S....

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, April 23- Comcast Corp's board was meeting late on Thursday to finalize plans to abandon its proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable Inc, according to a person directly familiar with the matter. Representatives of Comcast and Time Warner Cable declined to comment. The news came a day after officials of Comcast and Time Warner...

  • UPDATE 2-U.S. House passes cyber-threat information bill Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 6:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 22- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it easier for private companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with each other and the government without fear of lawsuits. "At some point, we need to stop talking about the next Sony, the next Anthem, the next Target, the next JP Morgan Chase and the...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— The families of 11 people killed in the Newtown school massacre distanced themselves Wednesday from a Sandy Hook advocacy group, saying they want to clarify that victims' families are not receiving money from a Tim McGraw concert planned this summer. The July 17 concert in Hartford is benefiting Sandy Hook Promise, a group that was created in...

  • April 13- New York's attorney general has sent letters to 13 national retailers, including Gap Inc, Target Corp and JC Penney Co Inc, about "on-call shifts" in which workers are told whether to report to work a day or less before a scheduled shift. A number of companies with stores in New York are requiring employees to check in by telephone, text message or email before...

  • LONDON, April 11- The Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters has left Iraq after he was threatened on Facebook and denounced by a Shi'ite paramilitary group's satellite news channel in reaction to a Reuters report last week that detailed lynching and looting in the city of Tikrit. The April 5 post and subsequent comments demanded he be expelled from Iraq.

  • April 10- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said the Walton family was putting 6 percent of the retailer's outstanding shares in a newly formed trust for possible sale to offset expected increases in its stake due to stock buybacks and to help fund charitable contributions. The Walton family, which founded the company more than five decades ago, owned 50.86 percent of...

  • NEW YORK, April 9- A Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Donna Edwards, pledged on Thursday to swear off all campaign donations from Wall Street banks, the latest Democrat to assail big financial institutions. She said she was "outraged" by a Reuters report that major Wall Street banks had met to discuss ways to urge Democrats such as Massachusetts Senator...

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity has injected another $30 million into an environmental campaign to halve the number of U.S. coal-fired power plants by 2017, it said on Wednesday. The mayor and the Sierra Club said 12 other contributors would match Bloomberg Philanthropies' $30 million donation. With opposition...

  • Relief from outside appeared distant as the International Committee of the Red Cross told Reuters that it had yet to arrange a flight to deliver 48 tons of medical supplies despite gaining Saudi approval for the aid on Saturday night. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which for days blamed the Saudi-led coalition for delays, told Reuters on Monday...