The late ticker
Sunday 17 August 1997
US federal regulators are expected to allow BT to complete its $22.3bn purchase of MCI after clarifying merger guidelines on Thursday when they approved the Bell Atlantic purchase of Nynex Corp. Approval is expected by the end of the month.
Smokers to pay
RJ Reynolds Tobacco has failed to persuade President Clinton's top economists that raising the cost of the historic $368.5bn tobacco litigation settlement would hobble the company. White House officials believe that while industry profit margins may narrow, cigarette makers will be able to shift the bulk of the expense of the settlement to smokers through price rises.
Mince health scare
Hudson Foods, one of the largest meat and poultry producers in the US, has recalled more than 1.2 million pounds of minced beef suspected of harbouring E. coli bacteria. Wal-Mart Stores, Safeways and Burger King have removed all suspect meat from stores and restaurants. An investigation is under way into why Hudson Foods took more than three days to reveal the extent of the problem.
elephant appealPrince William signs up for our charity appeal
elephant appealSo says man jailed for cutting off dead elephant's tusks
booksWe examine the best titles for teens
scienceResearchers teach border collie to understand sentences using more than 1,000 words
booksA Christmas story in six parts
travelWill high-value tourism help the workshops of this Renaissance city?
Geoffrey Macnab does not like the comedian's big screen debut
Top PR exec Justine Sacco under fire for sending racist tweet before flying to Africa
French pub fined €9,000 after customers returned empties to bar - because it's 'undeclared labour'
Ten best places to live in the UK: Hart in Hampshire takes top spot
'Untrue statements' anger over work to make H5N1 bird-flu virus MORE dangerous to humans
Paul Walker's daughter Meadow attends Justin Bieber Believe premiere
- 1 Top PR exec Justine Sacco under fire for sending racist tweet before flying to Africa
- 2 French pub fined €9,000 after customers returned empties to bar - because it's 'undeclared labour'
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 The publisher who played with fire: the battle for control of Larsson's £30m legacy
- 5 Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness
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