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  • Virgin Group names leader of 'Sport' Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 4:24 PM ET
    Mary Wittenberg and Richard Branson to launch Virgin Sport.

    Mary Wittenberg of NYRR will join Virgin Sport, a branch of Virgin Group that aims to grow participation in running and cycling events.

  • Pennsylvania Senate passes medical marijuana bill Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 3:33 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— State senators voted Tuesday for a second time to send legislation to legalize medical marijuana to the House of Representatives, where the GOP majority has held hearings but otherwise given no certain signs of support. Every Democrat voted yes, as did 21 of 28 Republicans, including Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R- Jefferson, and...

  • *Nepal yet to recover from last month's disaster. CHAUTARA, Nepal, May 12- A second powerful earthquake in less than three weeks spread panic in Nepal on Tuesday, bringing down buildings weakened by the first disaster and killing at least 66 people, including 17 in neighbouring India and one in Chinese Tibet. The new 7.3 magnitude quake was centred 76 km east of the...

  • CATANIA, Sicily— When migrants arrive in Italy, exhausted after days of perilous travel in overcrowded boats, some of the first things they receive are gleaming sneakers that stand out incongruously against their grimy and threadbare clothes. Police in Catania, on Sicily's eastern coast, recently received court permission to donate confiscated counterfeit...

  • Oregon industry wants in on Obama's trade agreement Sunday, 10 May 2015 | 12:31 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon's wine industry has come into its own in recent years, spurring the growth of wineries and newly planted acres of vineyards from the California border to the Columbia River. Now the wine industry wants in the trans-Pacific trade agreement that President Barack Obama came to Oregon to promote. Obama gave a shout-out to the Dayton- based...

  • Rubio's political hopes boosted by a deep pocket Sunday, 10 May 2015 | 12:01 PM ET
    Sen. Marco Rubio.

    As Marco Rubio has ascended in the ranks of Republican politics, Norman Braman has emerged as a remarkable and unique patron.

  • Warren Buffett to auction another charity lunch Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

    May 5- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has once again agreed to have lunch this year with the winner of an auction to benefit a San Francisco charity. Past auctions have raised about $17.8 million, including a record $3,456,789 from an anonymous bidder in 2012. Last year's winner, Andy Chua of Singapore, bid $2,166,766. Other winners have included hedge fund...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Street fighting and heavy shelling has for several days torn through the city, the last bastion of support for Saudi-backed president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. 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...