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2 St. Louis police officers fired over Facebook posts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 7:54am

Two of nearly two dozen St. Louis police officers accused this summer by a watchdog group of posting objectionable Facebook messages have been fired.

Panda Biotech Plans the Largest Industrial Hemp Processing Facility for Fiber and Cellulose in the United States

Business Wire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 7:46am

which has included an analysis of the hemp fiber and cellulose industries in the People’s Republic of China, various European countries and Canada — we have concluded that the processing of hemp stalk for industrial uses will be the next multi-billion-dollar business in the United States,” said Scott Evans, executive vice president of Panda Biotech. “Hemp fiber and cellulose will help manufacturers meet the needs of today’s eco-conscious consumers who increasingly require environmentally friendly products and services. As a result, hemp will be a game changer for both agriculture and industry for generations to come.”

Stocks open lower on Wall Street ahead of US tariff deadline

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 7:44am

Major stock indexes are opening lower on Wall Stret ahead of a U.S. tariff deadline on Chinese imports this weekend. Investors expect President Donald Trump to put off or scrap the tariff increase but talks on an interim “Phase 1” agreement announced in October have failed to agree on details. Investors are also watching the outcome of Britain's general election on Thursday. The S&P 500 fell 3 points, or 0.1%, to 3,132. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 38 points, or 0.1%, to 27,867. The Nasdaq lost 4 points, or 0.1%, to 8,617. Bond prices rose, sending yields lower.

Europe's new central bank chief faces slow growth, dissent

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 7:13am

Mario Draghi took over as head of the European Central Bank eight years ago amid market speculation that the euro currency union might break up. Christine Lagarde succeeds him with a little more breathing room - but facing serious challenges from a weak economy, policy differences among her own officials, and questions about how much more central banks can do to help.

Leading Companies in North America Partner with Coursera to Execute on Digital Transformation

Business Wire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 7:01am

a diverse network of companies ranging from small businesses to the Fortune 500, spanning several verticals including telecom, technology, and financial services.”

Anomalie Launches DressBuilder to Visualize and Create the Perfect Wedding Dress from Four Billion Options

Business Wire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 7:01am

machine learning backed tools and mind-reading technology to help brides visualize their dress, vertical integration with the top workshops in the world and seasoned in-house stylist team. Founded on Leslie’s extensive background in supply chain management for Nike and Apple, Anomalie is pioneering a new model in retail supply chains uniquely fit for expansive customization at mass scale. Anomalie’s technical team includes leaders from Stitch Fix, Google and Sephora, while the dress production team includes experts from Vera Wang, Pronovias and David’s Bridal. Anomalie has raised a total of $18.1 million in funding from Lerer Hippeau, Maveron and Goodwater Capital.

TEC Eurolab Doubles Productivity With Data Management Solution from Cohesity and HPE

Business Wire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 7:01am

intelligent file services built into the Cohesity DataPlatform — resulting in more efficient file sharing and faster recovery, all from a central management user interface (UI).

Business Reconsidered: Organizations Must Rethink Their Fundamentals, Reveals New Fjord Trends Report From Accenture Interactive

Business Wire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 6:59am

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Pilot killed when small cargo plane crashes in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 6:53am

One person was killed in the crash of a small cargo airplane in south Texas, authorities said.

US productivity edges down 0.2% in third quarter

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 6:35am

U.S. productivity fell in the summer, the first decline in nearly four years, underscoring the struggles companies are facing in boosting worker efficiency.

Riverbed Appoints Ian Halifax as New CFO

Business Wire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 6:31am

for customers, employees, partners, patients, and citizens. Riverbed’s Digital Performance Platform includes a combination of Digital Experience Management and Digital Networking solutions that ensure superior digital and user experiences, provides new levels of operational agility and accelerates business outcomes. Riverbed’s 30,000+ customers include 100% of the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at

Report: black lung funding cut will cost taxpayers billions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 6:23am

A cut to the tax coal companies pay to fund a trust for sick miners will cost taxpayers at least $15 billion by 2050, according to a new report from a national watchdog group.

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn: Redistribute UK wealth, tax the rich

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 6:16am

If Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn wins Britain's general election on Thursday, he’s promising a remix of British society, with a strong emphasis on raising the lot of Britain’s disenfranchised and forcing tax-dodging corporations and wealthy individuals to pick up part of the tab.

Rule-breaker Boris Johnson faces toughest test in election

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 6:13am

Boris Johnson defies political gravity.

World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court

Jamey Keaten and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 5:11am

Global commerce will lose its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization and instead facing what critics call “the law of the jungle.’’

Veeam Introduces Enhanced Accredited Services Partner Program

Business Wire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 5:01am

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Food delivery service Just Eat rejects new takeover offer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 4:46am

Food delivery company Just Eat rejected a sweetened takeover bid from investment firm Prosus on Tuesday, saying that the 5 billion pound ($6.6 billion) offer still “significantly undervalues” the company.

Not Truist yet: Braves park keeping SunTrust name for now

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 4:30am

SunTrust and BB&T have combined into a megabank with a new name, Truist, but the completion of their merger won't immediately change the name of the Atlanta Braves home field.

UK's Johnson wants to talk about Brexit, not health care

Danica Kirka, Mike Corder and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 4:28am

With two days until polling day, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought Tuesday to get his election campaign back onto Brexit after coming under fire for his lack of empathy for looking away from an image of a child sleeping on a hospital floor while seeking treatment.