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Missouri plans execution after Oklahoma stay over drug secrecy

By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the execution of a death row inmate in Missouri whose attorneys had argued that Missouri's secrecy around its lethal injection drugs could result in undue suffering. The high court's decision not to take the case comes a day after the Oklahoma Supreme Court stopped two executions there over similar issues.

Comcast nears deal with Charter on $18-$20 billion in divestitures: source

(Reuters) - Comcast may divest about 4 million subscribers after its merger with Time Warner Cable and is working to reach an accord to sell a portion of those customers to Charter Communications, a source familiar with the matter said Tuesday. Comcast is studying what could be a two-phase process, where Charter would first acquire up to 1.5 million subscribers directly from Comcast, the source said on condition of anonymity because discussions were continuing and a final agreement had not been struck.

France treads fine line on EU deficit-cutting targets

By Nicholas Vinocur and Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - France's government is to set out its roadmap to deficit reduction on Wednesday using optimistic growth forecasts considered risky by its own fiscal watchdog to show how it will meet European budget standards by the end of next year.

Scottish leader says independence could benefit northern England

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - An independent Scotland would work closely with northern England to boost its economy and job opportunities, Scottish leader Alex Salmond will say on Wednesday in a bid to allay concerns south of the border about Scotland quitting the United Kingdom.

Voice of first U.S. Hispanic justice heard in major race case

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first Hispanic Supreme Court justice has been on the bench for nearly five years but had never written an opinion addressing race in America until today. Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a sharply worded 58-page dissent on Tuesday to the court's 18-page decision upholding a Michigan state ban on race-based affirmative action in education.

Novartis and GSK trade assets as pharma industry reshapes

By Caroline Copley and Paul Sandle ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) - Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline agreed to trade more than $20 billion worth of assets on Tuesday to bolster their best businesses and exit weaker ones as the drug industry contends with healthcare spending cuts and generic competition.

Bon Jovi helps open JBJ Soul Homes for low-income and formerly homeless residents in Philly

PHILADELPHIA - Jon Bon Jovi's hit tune "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" took on new meaning Tuesday as the rock star cut the ribbon on a namesake housing development for low-income residents and the formerly homeless in Philadelphia. The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes opened in the Francisville neighbourhood after about 18 months of construction. Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation provided the lead gift for the $16.6 million complex, which he hopes will offer tenants the support they need to get back on their feet.

In latest cycle, drugmakers use deals to narrow focus to boost prospects, satisfy shareholders

Drugmakers eager to satisfy shareholders by boosting profits and share prices are wheeling, dealing and in one case even making trades like a pro sports team looking to shake up its roster. The moves could spur more mergers and acquisitions in the industry.

Venezuela government, opposition to resume talks Thursday

A Venezuelan opposition coalition and President Nicolas Maduro's government will meet for new talks aimed at ending more than two months of deadly anti-government protests, officials said Tuesday. "We have a date, Thursday, but we still do not have a time and place," said Ramon Guillermo Aveledo of the Democratic Unity (MUD). It will be the fourth such meeting, this time in private, since April 7. "They have not been what one might wish for (but) some progress has been made," Aveledo said.

Latinos are largest group among incoming freshmen in UCal system

Los Angeles, Apr 22 (EFE).- For the first time in the history of the University of California system, Hispanics represent the largest group among incoming freshmen, reflecting the state's clear demographic change. The number of Hispanic students admitted to the nine institutions of the UC system topped that of white students for the first time. The news coincides with Census Bureau estimates that in March the Hispanic population of the Golden State exceeded that of Anglos.
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