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Two holdouts prevented Cosby guilty verdict, juror tells ABC

June 22, 2017 (Reuters) – Two holdout jurors prevented comedian Bill Cosby from being found guilty on two of three counts in his sexual assault trial and deliberations were so tense that jurors burst into tears, a jury member told ABC News in a report on Wednesday. Only one juror thought the 79-year-old entertainer was guilty on the third charge, the jury member said in describing the 52 hours of deliberations that ended in a mistrial on Saturday. Cosby is facing a second trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting…

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Kim Kardashian said to have hired surrogate for third baby

June 22, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s family may be growing, according to reports on Wednesday that the celebrity couple have hired a surrogate to carry their third child after a doctor advised the reality star against another high-risk pregnancy. People Magazine and E! News, citing unidentified sources, said the couple had hired a surrogate, and TMZ.com said they had agreed to pay the surrogate more than $113,000 to carry a child. It was not clear whether the surrogate was already pregnant. Kardashian’s representative did…

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Time Warner signs deal to develop shows for Snapchat

June 19, 2017 (Reuters) – Time Warner Inc and Snap Inc said on Monday they had entered into an agreement to develop original shows for messaging service Snapchat over the next two years. The companies did not disclose the financial terms but a source familiar with the matter said the deal was valued at $100 million. As part of the deal, the media company’s HBO, Turner and Warner Bros units will advertise on Snapchat as they try to grab the attention of millennials, who are increasingly moving to mobile and…

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Fiat Chrysler denies report it has decided to pull Chrysler brand from Japan

June 19, 2017 TOKYO (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles denied it had decided to pull the plug on the Chrysler brand in Japan, after local media reported it was planning to stop selling the U.S. cars in the country as early as next year following years of poor sales. “Although FCA Japan has already announced its intention to concentrate its resources on the Jeep brand ahead, no decisions have been made regarding (the) Chrysler brand,” the automaker said in a statement on Monday. The Nikkei business daily reported that the…

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Mistrial declared in Cosby sex assault case after days of deliberations

June 18, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Pennsylvania prosecutors vowed to retry comedian Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges after a jury on Saturday failed to render a unanimous verdict despite 52 hours of deliberations in a case that echoed accusations made by dozens of women against him. Judge Steven O’Neill, of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, declared a mistrial on Saturday morning following a note from jurors saying that they were hopelessly deadlocked on three counts of aggravated sexual assault. The result was a…

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Angry Birds maker Rovio says IPO possible in future

June 16, 2017 HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish mobile game and animation studio Rovio, maker of the Angry Birds game, said it could list on the stock exchange in the future, while declining comment on a media report that China’s Tencent Holdings was looking to acquire the company. Technology news site The Information, citing unnamed sources, reported that Tencent was exploring a possible $3 billion bid for Rovio and also said Rovio may consider an IPO. “We and our shareholders regularly assess different alternatives to further develop Rovio,” the company said…

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Air bag maker Takata to file for bankruptcy this month: sources

June 16, 2017 By Jessica DiNapoli and David Shepardson NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Takata Corp, the Japanese company facing billions in liabilities stemming from its defective air bag inflators, is preparing to file for bankruptcy as early as next week as it works toward a deal for financial backing from U.S. auto parts maker Key Safety Systems Inc, sources said on Thursday. Takata, one of the world’s biggest automotive suppliers, has been working for months to complete a deal with Key Safety. A person briefed on the matter told Reuters…

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Singer Adele joins vigil for victims of London tower block inferno

June 15, 2017 LONDON (Reuters) – Singer Adele was among people who gathered on Wednesday night close to a London tower block that was destroyed in a catastrophic fire, according to posts on social media. Twelve people have been confirmed dead and the toll is expected to rise further after fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London in the early hours of Wednesday. The London-born pop star was spotted by Instagram user FourMee, who posted three blurry photographs. FourMee said the singer’s husband Simon Konecki was with her….

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To boycott, or not to boycott over Trumpian ‘Julius Caesar’

June 13, 2017 By Gina Cherelus and Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s Public Theater on Monday defended its production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” that portrays the assassinated Roman leader as U.S. President Donald Trump after Delta Air Lines Inc and Bank of America Corp pulled their funding. The nonprofit theater said it recognized that its contemporary staging of the play, which portrays Caesar as a magnetic, blond businessman with a gold bathtub, had provoked heated debate. Actors and other artists threatened on Monday to boycott the two…

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LG Chem denies media report of $6.2 billion Volkswagen battery deal

June 13, 2017 SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean battery maker LG Chem Ltd denied on Tuesday a media report that it has signed a 7 trillion won ($6.20 billion) deal to supply electric vehicle batteries for Volkswagen AG . The DongA Ilbo newspaper reported on Tuesday that LG Chem would be the battery supplier for Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive project. The report did not cite any direct sources. “No contract has been agreed on,” LG Chem said in a regulatory filing. The firm declined to comment on whether it was…

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