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Did a Robot Help Create That Ad? The Answer, Increasingly, Is Yes.

In late 2021, as states eased pandemic restrictions and consumers began flying again, travel search company Kayak needed a message that would help it stand out against bigger rivals. Most travel ads focused on “the family reunion space, soft piano music, the get-together on the beach,” said Matthew Clarke, vice president of North American marketing …

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Latvia, Estonia leave China-backed East Europe forum

BEIJING (AP) — Latvia and Estonia say they have left a Chinese-backed forum aimed at boosting relations with Eastern European countries, in what appears to be a new setback for China’s increasingly assertive diplomacy. The move follows China’s boosting of its relations with Russia, whose invasion of Ukraine is seen as a possible first step …

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Low water on Rhine poses new threat to Germany’s economy

Dortmund/London CNN Business — Germany’s Rhine river is getting too dry, snarling supply chains and creating more problems for its struggling economy. Water in the river has dropped to “exceptionally low” levels in some areas, disrupting shipping on the country’s most important inland waterway, German officials told CNN on Friday. A lack of rainfall in …

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Johnson & Johnson will stop selling talc-based baby powder around the world in 2023

Its talc-based powder, which hasn’t been sold in the United States and Canada since 2020, is at the center of tens of thousands of lawsuits filed by women who have developed ovarian cancer after using regular talcum powder Johnson & Johnson says it remains confident in the safety of the product. But, in a statement …

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Pharma stocks crater as investors brace for litigation charges

Shares of GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi and Haleon all sold off sharply this week, shedding tens of billions in market value, amid investor fear over potential US litigation charges focused on popular heartburn drug Zantac. This has been a known issue bumbling in the background for years but investor concern exploded this week in the lead-up to …

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Big climate bill; Spending green bucks to boost green energy

By SETH BORENSTEIN, MATTHEW DALY and MICHAEL PHILLIS August 11, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/technology-science-congress-climate-and-environment-f084d23d61ebb068068d4aa92c82fdbb WASHINGTON (AP) — After decades of inaction in the face of escalating natural disasters and sustained global warming, Congress hopes to make clean energy so cheap in all aspects of life that it’s nearly irresistible. The House is poised to pass a …

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Hostage standoff at Beirut bank ends with gunman’s arrest

BEIRUT (AP) — A gunman demanding a Beirut bank let him withdraw his trapped savings to pay his father’s medical bills took up to 10 people hosting in a seven-hour standoff Thursday before surrendering in exchange for what a family lawyer said was $35,000 of his money. Bassam al-Sheikh Hussein, a 42-year-old food-delivery driver, was …

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North Korea claims disputed victory over virus, blames Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a striking speech before thousands of North Koreans, leader Kim Jong Un’s sister said he suffered a fever while guiding the country to victory over the coronavirus. She blamed rival South Korea for the outbreak and vowed “deadly” retaliation. Kim Yo Jong, a powerful official in charge of inter-Korean …

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