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Disney sees operating income growth at cable networks LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's cable networks are expected to record high single-digit growth in operating income and domestic affiliate revenue from fiscal 2014 through 2016, Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo told investors on Thursday. "We feel very good about the long-term growth of our cable business," Rasulo said at a meeting for investors at its the company's ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. Barnes & Noble chairman cuts stake in company again

Mediterranean diet may slow diabetes progression

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, eating lots of olive oil, fish and whole grains slows progression of the disease more than restricting fat, according to a new analysis. In a trial that followed participants for more than eight years, those following a so-called Mediterranean diet went significantly longer before needing diabetes medication and more of them had their diabetes go into remission, compared to those on a low-fat diet.

Ex-Goldman director Gupta starts prison term on June 17

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc <GS.N> director Rajat Gupta is expected to begin his two-year prison term on June 17 for insider trading. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan directed Gupta to surrender by 2:00 p.m. EDT on that date to start serving his sentence, according to an order issued on Thursday.

Top court to give long-awaited advice on Senate reform, abolition next week

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will issue a landmark opinion next week that could determine the fate of the country's scandal-plagued Senate. The top court will advise the federal government what it will take to reform or abolish the upper house. The court announced Thursday it will hand down its opinion on April 25. If the court sets a high constitutional bar that must be scaled to alter the Senate, it may guarantee the maligned chamber is never changed. If it sets a lower bar, the Senate could eventually be overhauled or eliminated altogether.

Herbalife says it will co-operate with investigation by attorney general of Illinois

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Nutritional supplements and weight-loss products maker Herbalife is being investigated by the attorney general of Illinois. The office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan confirms it is investigating complaints brought by consumers. Herbalife says it will work with the attorney general's office, and that it is confident in the integrity of its business and its compliance with the law. The company has over 15,000 members in Illinois. Herbalife shares fell 17 cents to $55.10 on Thursday.

Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry as broadcasters challenge it in Supreme Court

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week.

Federal Court of Appeal upholds landmark ruling on rights of Metis

OTTAWA - The Federal Court of Appeal has largely upheld a landmark ruling that could extend Ottawa's responsibilities to hundreds of thousands of aboriginal people who are not affiliated with specific reserves and have essentially no access to First Nations programs, services and rights. Off-reserve aboriginals say the appeals court decision is yet another victory in what has been a long legal saga with the federal government.

Croatia extradites ex-top spy to Germany

Croatia extradited a former Yugoslav spy chief to Germany on Thursday to face charges for the 1983 murder of a dissident on German soil. Zdravko Mustac, accompanied by German police, left the Croatian capital on a regular Lufthansa flight for Munich, the state-run HINA news agency reported. Germany was seeking the 72-year-old Mustac under the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), which regulates extradition between European Union member states.

Supreme Court to hear three people-smuggling cases, including Sun Sea appeals

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will hear three appeals in cases where people were denied refugee status because they were allegedly involved in people smuggling. Two of the cases involve an individual and a couple who were aboard the MV Sun Sea, which carried 492 Sri Lankan nationals to Canada in 2010. The arrival of two ships off the British Columbia coast led the Harper government to enact its so-called human smuggling law to discourage a repeat of the dramatic incidents.

U.S. justices decline case of photo company, gay couple

(This April 7 story was corrected to remove reference to "gay marriage" and replace with "gay couple" in the headline) By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a New Mexico photography company had free speech grounds to refuse to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex couple.
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