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Gates, Rockefeller warn leaders about pandemic’s impact

Sep. 14, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

Just ahead of the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly that opens on Tuesday, leaders of the Gates and Rockefeller Foundations — grant makers that have committed billions of dollars to fight the coronavirus — are warning that without larger government and philanthropic investments...

2 people dead in house fire in town of Steuben in central NY

Sep. 07, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

STEUBEN, N.Y. (AP) — Two people died in a house fire in Oneida County in central New York, the Barneveld Fire Department said in a Facebook post. The fire was reported early Monday in the town of Steuben. Firefighters from the Holland Patent fire...

Free TV service Locast suspends operations after legal loss

Sep. 02, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

Locast, a service that streamed local TV for free in about three dozen U.S. cities, suspended its operations Thursday after losses in court against the broadcast industry. The owners of the country's major broadcast TV networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — had sued...

Google appeals $591M French fine in copyright payment spat

Sep. 01, 2021 07:50 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Google is appealing a 500 million euro ($591 million) fine issued by French regulators over its handling of negotiations with publishers in a dispute over copyright. The dispute is part of a larger battle by authorities in Europe and elsewhere to force...

University opposes state's move to trademark 'Team Kentucky'

Aug. 17, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky is opposing a move by the state to trademark the phrase “Team Kentucky" for use on clothing products. The university argued last week in a notice of opposition with a board in the United States Patent and Trademark...

Groups make own drugs to fight high drug prices, shortages

Aug. 10, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

Impatient with years of inaction in Washington on prescription drug costs, U.S. hospital groups, startups and nonprofits have started making their own medicines in a bid to combat stubbornly high prices and persistent shortages of drugs with little competition. The...

Maine authorities warn of scam about expiring trademarks

Aug. 06, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine said Friday that businesses, nonprofit groups and government organizations should be wary of a scam about expiring trademarks. Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey and Secretary of State Shenna Bellows said the scammers...

German federal court sides with Lindt in gold bunny battle

Jul. 29, 2021 07:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court ruled Thursday that the golden shade of the foil wrap on Lindt & Spruengli's Gold Bunny, a popular chocolate Easter bunny, enjoys protected status. The Federal Court of Justice delivered its verdict in a battle between...

Group licensing: A new way for college athletes to cash in

Jul. 20, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

With college athletes able to profit from their fame for the first time, North Carolina opened a new path Tuesday for its players to cash in: group licensing for official Tar Heels merchandise. North Caorlina is believed to be the first school in the nation to launch a...

Vaccine inequity: Inside the cutthroat race to secure doses

Jul. 18, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — No one disputes that the world is unfair. But no one expected a vaccine gap between the global rich and poor that was this bad, this far into the pandemic. Inequity is everywhere: Inoculations go begging in the United States while Haiti, a short plane ride...