Science

Britain to ban sale of plastic straws in bid to fight waste

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said.

Technology

U.S. Supreme Court weighs South Dakota e-commerce sale tax fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will consider whether to let states force out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases in a fight potentially worth billions of dollars pitting South Dakota against e-commerce b

Top News

South Dakota e-commerce sale tax fight reaches U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A high-stakes showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will determine whether states can force out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes in a fight between South Dakota and e-commerce businesses.

Business

Bratz maker's CEO bids $890 million for Toys 'R' Us stores

(Reuters) - Bratz doll maker MGA Entertainment said on Friday its billionaire founder and chief executive, Isaac Larian, had made an $890 million bid for Toys 'R' Us stores in the United States and Canada.

Health

UK gene therapy firm Orchard plans stock offer after GSK deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Orchard Therapeutics, which has already raised more than $140 million to fund its work in gene therapy, plans another private sale of shares following its acquisition of a portfolio of GlaxoSmithKline rare disease medicines.

Business

Key Safety Systems completes deal to acquire air bag maker Takata

TOKYO (Reuters) - Auto components maker Key Safety Systems on Wednesday completed its $1.6 billion deal to acquire air-bag maker Takata Corp, whose inflators triggered the auto industry's biggest recall and have been linked to at least 22 deaths around th

Business

Toys 'R' Us gets $1 billion bids for 85 percent of Asian business: lawyer

(Reuters) - Retailer Toys 'R' Us has received multiple bids of more than $1 billion for an 85 percent stake in its Asian business as the bankrupt company moves ahead with plans to sell some non-U.S. operations, its lawyer Joshua Sussberg said on Wednesday

Health

FDA restricts sale of Bayer's Essure birth control device

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday slapped restrictions on the sale of Bayer AG's implanted birth control device Essure two years after the agency put a severe warning label on the product.

Sport

Golf - Not for sale - The two homes Augusta National can't buy

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Augusta National, home to the U.S. Masters, may be one of the most exclusive and powerful golf clubs in the world but even its mighty coffers do not hold enough money to convince two neighbouring homeowners to relocate.

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