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Company to pay $60M for deceptive marketing with pelvic mesh

Sep. 25, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A company that failed to adequately inform women of dangerous side effects related to permanent pelvic mesh devices will be required to pay $60 million, according to a settlement announced this week by state attorney generals across the U.S. The money from C.R. Bard, Inc. and its...

This image provided by Mars Food shows the new logo/name of Ben’s Original. The Uncle Ben's rice brand is getting a new name: Ben's Original. Parent firm Mars Inc. unveiled the change Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 for the 70-year-old brand, the latest company to drop a logo criticized as a racial stereotype. Packaging with the new name will hit stores next year. (Mars via AP)

Mars drops Uncle Ben's, reveals new name for rice brand

Sep. 23, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Uncle Ben's rice brand is getting a new name: Ben's Original. Parent firm Mars Inc. unveiled the change Wednesday for the 70-year-old brand, the latest company to drop a logo criticized as a racial stereotype. Packaging with the new name will hit stores next year. “We listened...

Arkansas panel scales back activity at Clinton House Museum

Sep. 22, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Advertising and Promotion Commission has pulled back from operations at the former home-turned-museum of Bill and Hillary Clinton in Fayetteville with plans to let the lease expire. Commissioners voted 6-0 Monday to scale back programming at the Clinton House Museum. Starting...

Gun control group launches ad blitz in key Iowa House races

Sep. 21, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A national gun control advocacy group said Monday it is targeting eight key races with digital ads and mailers seeking to help Democrats win back control of the Iowa House. Everytown for Gun Safety, the group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will spend...

Donald Harrison, President of Global Partnerships and Corporate Development for Google, testifies via video conference during a Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer rights hearing to examine whether Google harmed competition in online advertising, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Google exec on hot seat in Congress over advertising power

Sep. 15, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel put a top Google executive on the defensive Tuesday over the company’s powerful position in online advertising as some lawmakers look hopefully toward an expected antitrust case against the tech giant by the Trump administration. Donald Harrison, Google’s...

Michigan launches $5M in ads to urge masks to fight virus

Sep. 14, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Monday launched a $5 million advertising campaign to urge people to wear a mask to fight the coronavirus, with a focus on appealing to those who believe the state's requirement infringes on their rights. The “spread hope, not COVID” message includes three...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden departs after voting early in Delaware's state primary election at the New Castle County Board of Elections office in Wilmington, Del., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden, flush with cash, boosts ad spending in battlegrounds

Sep. 14, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s massive campaign war chest was supposed to finance an onslaught of attacks that would destroy Joe Biden’s chance of winning in November. But after months of profligate spending, the attacks did little to diminish the Democratic nominee's standing....

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2019 file photo, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul speaks during a news conference in Chicago. The Illinois attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit against e-cigarette maker Juice Man, alleging deceptive marketing practices aimed at attracting youth. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Cook County against the California-based company. (AP Photo/Noreen Nasir, File)

Illinois files lawsuit against e-cigarette maker Juice Man

Sep. 10, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois attorney general sued e-cigarette maker Juice Man on Thursday, alleging deceptive marketing practices aimed at enticing youth. The move follows a similar Illinois complaint filed in December against Juul, the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker. Juice Man, based in Dana...

FILE – In this May 20, 2009, file photo, Jeff Arnett, the master distiller at the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn., drills a hole in a barrel of whiskey in one of the aging houses at the distillery. After 12 years of leading production of the powerhouse Jack Daniel's whiskey brand, Arnett is stepping down as master distiller at the Tennessee distillery, the company announced Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Jack Daniel's master distiller stepping down after 12 years

Sep. 3, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — After 12 years of leading production of the powerhouse Jack Daniel's whiskey brand, Jeff Arnett is stepping down as master distiller, the company announced Thursday. Arnett stewarded the brand's continued global growth and executed a strategy that expanded the Jack Daniel's lineup...

FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo, shows the logo for social media giant Facebook at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. With just two months left until the U.S. presidential election, Facebook says it is taking additional steps to encourage voting, minimize misinformation and reduce the likelihood of post-election “civil unrest.” The company said Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020,  it will restrict new political ads in the week before the election and remove posts that convey misinformation about COVID-19 and voting.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook curbs political ads - for 7 days before US election

Sep. 3, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

Bracing for a contentious election with no immediate results and possible “civil unrest,” Facebook is enacting a host of measures to ensure its platform is not used to sow chaos and spread misinformation before, during and after the U.S. presidential election. But it's not clear the changes are...