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Correction: Restaurant Sales story

NEW YORK, N.Y. - In a story April 17 about restaurant sales, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the average sales in a Starbucks location in 2013 was $13.1 million. It was $1.31 million, according to an estimate by restaurant industry tracker Technomic. A corrected version of the story is below: How Chipotle's average sales per restaurant rank How Chipotle's average sales per restaurant rank compared with other chains By CANDICE CHOI AP Food Industry Writer Chipotle restaurants are ringing up more sales than ever before.

Supreme Court declines to block ruling on multiple sclerosis drug in patent dispute

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's bestselling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month. The decision is a victory for rivals challenging the patents of Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., maker of the drug Copaxone.

Supreme Court declines to block ruling on multiple sclerosis drug in patent dispute

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's bestselling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals. The order Friday from Chief Justice John Roberts is a victory for rivals challenging the maker of the drug Copaxone, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Top Hollande aide quits in conflict of interest row

By Julien Ponthus and Nicholas Vinocur CLERMONT-FERRAND, France (Reuters) - A senior adviser to French President Francois Hollande quit on Friday over accusations of past conflict of interest linked to his work for pharmaceutical firms, adding to pressure on the unpopular Socialist leader weeks before European elections.

AbbVie urges U.S. court to avoid gay rights issue in HIV drug case

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - An Abbott Laboratories spinoff urged a federal appeals court to revisit a ruling in a case against GlaxoSmithKline Plc, but without disturbing landmark constitutional protections for gays and lesbians. In a brief filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday, AbbVie Inc said the full court should review an initial three-judge decision that found a gay man was improperly excluded from jury service due to his sexual orientation.

In appeals court decision, environmental groups lose challenge to EPA cement standard

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants. In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court said the emissions-related provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency standard are permissible.

East and west, Ukraine rival camps dig in

By Alastair Macdonald and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - If armies march on their stomachs, then Ukraine's rival protest camps could be in for a long campaign, judging by the cooks hard at work behind the barricades in Kiev and Donetsk on Friday.

Malls empty in Venezuela as economic woes bite

Venezuelans, already struggling to find basics like milk and toilet paper at the supermarket, are now confronted with empty appliance store windows and clothes racks at shopping centers. Malls have become deserted in the oil-rich country, with stores straining under government-imposed limits on profits, rents and access to hard currency. Venezuelans have always loved to shop, even under a socialist-inspired government that frequently lambasts capitalism and consumerism.

LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States. "While this is an exciting moment, we still have a long way to go to realize our vision of creating economic opportunity for every one of the 3.3 billion people in the global workforce," said LinkedIn vice president Deep Nishar in a blog posting. Nishar said that for future growth, the company believes it will be more important to get people using the network on mobile devices. "We know mobile is critical," he said.

Algeria's Bouteflika, ailing but still president

Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who won a fourth presidential term on Friday with nearly 82 percent of the votes cast, was victorious despite frail health preventing him from even campaigning. The ailing 77-year-old had to vote from a wheelchair on Thursday after not appearing in public since May 2012. His decision to seek a new mandate after being in power for 15 years had sparked both derision and criticism from those who questioned his ability to rule after he had a mini-stroke last year.
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