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Does Ashton Kutcher’s ‘Jobs’ give enough credit to Steve Wozniak?

28 Jul

SAN FRANCISCO — Even before the new biopic of Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher hits theaters, it’s stirring controversy over whether it gives enough credit to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Kutcher, who has the starring role in the film due out Aug. 16, was in San Francisco on Thursday night for a screening of the film.

He was accompanied by the film’s director, Joshua Michael Stern. Each spoke thoughtfully about Jobs’ complex legacy and his sometimes complicated relationships with Wozniak and early Apple employees.

Kutcher, who has received praise for his portrayal of of the technology icon, said the response from early Apple employees was enthusiastic. Two approached him after a screening to say: “Thank you for giving us two more hours of Steve,” Kutcher said.

Kutcher and Stern said they had reached out to Wozniak to consult on their film, but that he instead signed on as a consultant on Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, a big-budget biopic from Sony.

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In an interview, Wozniak said he was approached by the makers of “Jobs” but turned them down after reading an early version of the script.

Wozniak said he hasn’t seen the film and could not judge it, but objected to the way it reprocessed history in a two-minute trailer. In it, “Steve is lecturing me about where computers could go, when it was the other way around,” Wozniak said.

“Steve never created a great computer. In that period, he had failure after failure after failure. He had an incredible vision, but he didn’t have the ability to execute on it,” Wozniak said. “I would be surprised if the movie portrays the truth.”

Daniel Kottke, an early Apple employee who was a script consultant on the film, praised the fastidious attention to detail in parts of the film, especially its reconstruction of the moment when Apple introduces the Apple II at the West Coast Computer Faire.

Kottke had a cameo in the scene, filmed at the Pasadena Convention Center, for which he says he had no need for wardrobe help. He wore the same rimless glasses and clothes that he’d had on that very day in 1976: slacks and a Brooks Brothers button-down shirt that his father had given him.

But as someone who worked in that Los Altos garage side by side with Jobs and Wozniak, Kottke has strong feelings about lionizing Jobs at the expense of Wozniak.

He said that he asked the filmmakers to make changes that would give credit to Wozniak as an “equal visionary,” but that they did not respond.


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GOP Steps Up Fight as Obamacare Price Tag Grows

28 Jul

Republicans are stepping up their opposition against the president’s costly healthcare overhaul, and it could leave Congress with a tough decision in just a matter of weeks: de-fund Obamacare or shut down the government.

Meanwhile, the price tag for the president’s healthcare overhaul is getting bigger.

“The cost of Obamacare is now three times what they originally expected it to be and getting higher every day,” Kereakos Zuras, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, said.

Twelve senators and 66 congressmen have signed letters to their leaders, declaring they will not support a new government funding bill in September if it includes funds for the healthcare law.

This comes as the White House delays the implementation for some of the reforms and launches a new healthcare advertising campaign.

The new ads target an audience that’s tough to reach: the working poor, young people, and those who gave up their insurance because of the cost. The price tag for this push is nearly $700 million.

“The law as it was designed is impossible to implement. And that is what we are learning as they run into all these practical problems. So either this thing is going to be repealed or it is going to be significantly changed into something that can actually be done,” Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment, said.

Meanwhile, Obamacare remains unpopular with Americans.

In the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll, 47 percent say it’s a bad idea, while 34 percent say it’s good one.

For now, confusion and uncertainty about the law is stifling economic growth and leaving business owners worried.

“So there’s a lot of heartburn and a lot of nervousness about what exactly the increased costs will mean for their bottom line,” Kevin Kuhlman, with the Nat’l Federation of Independent Business, said.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is among the 12 senators who signed the letter refusing to support a spending bill that funds Obamacare.

He called the opposition an integral part of the party’s principles and urged his colleagues to be ready to take a stand.


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Punjab prisoners go live on Facebook social sites

27 Jul
  • Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    In an attempt to stall a possible announcement by the Congress for formation of a separate Telangana state, eight members of Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly Thursday sent their resignations to assembly speaker. The legislators from Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and Andhra regions) announced their resignations to mount pressure on the Congress to drop any move to divide the state. With Congress …

  • Southern actress Keerthi inclined towards designing

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    Keerthi, daughter of Malayalam producer Suresh Kumar and former actress Menaka, is filming Priyadarshan’s “Gitanjali” here. Although acting is in her blood, she is also interested in fashion designing. Keerthi is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fashion designing in Chennai. “I am not sure about my future plans, but I have a keen interest in fashion designing,” Keerthi told …

  • Dangling wires loose cables short-circuiting Delhiites

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    Death lurks in every nook and corner for residents of Delhi with loose cables and snapped high-voltage wires dangling precariously. Two electrocution deaths within a week during monsoon in the national capital proves this. “We live in constant fear as a common man’s life is of no value. Every monsoon, electrocution deaths are waiting to happen. The discom companies and the civic authorities …

  • Punjab prisoners go live on Facebook social sites

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    Smuggling of mobile phones in Punjab’s prisons is passe! Armed with smart-phones, young prisoners in jails across the state are well-connected with the outside world through social networking sites, especially Facebook. These prisoners are not only connected with their friends but are freely uploading photographs from inside the prison premises. Some of the photos are those of other …

  • Multi-drug therapys role in leprosy control hailed

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    Eighteen leprosy-burdened countries, including India, Thursday acknowledged the role of multi-drug therapy in helping reduce cases of the bacterial disease across the world. At a three-day summit on leprosy, organised by WHO and the Nippon Foundation in Bangkok, health ministers of these countries – which also included Bangladesh, Japan, Thailand and Brazil – discussed the current leprosy …

  • IGNOU NDMA educate people in disaster management

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    A special workshop on disaster management for those living in areas vulnerable to disasters was jointly organized by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), officials said Thursday. Undertaken in 54 districts in 11 states identified by NDMA on the basis of their susceptibility to natural and man-made disasters, the workshop was “very …

  • Madan Lal Khurana off ventilator Doctor

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    Former Delhi chief minister Madan Lal Khurana, who was admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) following brain haemorrhage a week ago, is off the ventilator and “gradually improving”, a doctor attending on him said Thursday. “The bleeding inside his brain is controlled, he is off the ventilator for the past 36 hours. All his vital parameters are normal. He is opening his eyes and is …

  • Huge surge in weight loss surgeries in India Expert

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    With diabetes and obesity on the increase in the country, weight reduction procedures or bariatric surgeries are in huge demand in the country, said an expert. “Bariatric surgeries are in huge demand. This is an indicator of the rising obesity and diabetes cases. There is a vast difference in the number of cases from five years ago,” said Om Tantia, consultant bariatric and metabolic surgeon, …

  • Shootout verdict to boost anti-terror forces morale BJP

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    The BJP Thursday said the verdict in the 2008 Batla House shootout here will go a long way in boosting the morale of the security forces fighting terror. “There was a consistent campaign by several political parties, including the Congress, to declare it (shootout) fakethis verdict will go a long way in upholding the morale of those police officers fighting terror,” Bharatiya Janata Party …

  • Navdanya joins hands with Central Cottage Industries

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    Laying hands on organic food items is easier, thanks to Navdanya, and its network of organic farmers spread across 17 states of the country. Now, the organisation has become part of the Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Limited (CCIC), falling under the jurisdiction of the textiles ministry. “We have become part of the foundation that sustains the traditions, aesthetics and …

  • Those who doubted shootout meant well Chidambaram

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Thursday expressed joy that police were “able to prove their case” in the 2008 Batla House shootout in Delhi, but also defended Congress leaders who questioned the incident’s veracity, saying “they meant well”. “I am glad that the police have been able to prove their case. Earlier, the NHRC (National Human rights Commission) and the high court also held that …

  • JMMs Bhokta elected Jharkhand assembly speaker

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator Shashank Shekhar Bhokta was Thursday unanimously elected speaker of Jharkhand assembly. After his election, Bhokta was escorted to his chair by Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Leader of Opposition Arjun Munda. He thanked all members of the house and assured the legislators that he would run the house smoothly and impartially. The speaker’s post fell …

  • Five must-have lingerie for brides

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    Style experts say a woman should choose her innerwear carefully as it can make or spoil the entire look of an outfit. If you wear a stylish halter neck dress, go for silicon innerwear. Opt for c-string thongs if you wear a body hugging tee or off shoulder dress as it enhances the look. Leading online innerwear brand, Under Cover Lingerie, offers five must-have designer innerwear for modern …

  • Sensex closes 286 points down FMCG stocks plummet

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Thursday fell 286 points on negative global cues and derivative expiry. There was heavy selling pressure in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), healthcare, metal, oil and gas and capital goods. However, automobile and technology, entertainment and media (TECk) stocks gained. The sentiment was bearish after the Reserve Bank of India’s decision Tuesday …

  • Treading up Himalayas to avail of bank facility

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    People in Himachal Pradesh still have to trudge around five km in rugged, cold and inhospitable Himalayan terrain before they can avail of banking facility. This fact came to light in a charter of demands submitted by Mandi MP Pratibha Singh to union Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena in New Delhi. A request was made to open more branches in the state, particularly in the …

  • Bappis gold gift for reality show contestant

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    The ever-so-cheerful Bappi Lahiri turned teary-eyed on the sets of popular music reality show “Indian Idol Junior” when a young contestant sang the number “Aao tumhe chand pe le”. He was so moved that he decided to gift young Sugandha a gold chain. The veteran composer-singer, known for his love for gold ornaments, was on the sets of the show for an evening dedicated to him. After some …

  • Not ideology poverty responsible for Naxalism BJP leader

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    Senior BJP leader and former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Shanta Kumar Thursday said that poverty, illiteracy and unemployment were behind the rise in Naxalism in the country and held the UPA’s policy responsible for it. “More than 95 percent Maoists exist because of poverty, illiteracy and unemployment and not because of the ideology of Maoism,” said the BJP leader at a function here. “The …

  • Controversial poem no more in Kerala varsity syllabus

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    Following protests, a poem written by an alleged Al Qaeda leader was withdrawn temporarily from the syllabus for undergraduates in Kerala’s Calicut University, an official said Thursday. The poem, ‘Ode to the Sea’, written by Ibrahim al-Rubaish, a former detainee of Guantanamo Bay camp of the US, was part of the text ‘Literature and Contemporary Issue Studies’ for third semester BA and BSc …

  • Most northeastern states opt for food security Tripura opposes

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    The Congress ruled-Mizoram government, which had earlier said it could not implement the food security scheme in the state due to fund crunch, Thursday declared it would execute the plan. Congress-ruled Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh have also batted for the scheme but the remaining northeastern states – Nagaland and Sikkim – are yet to make their stand clear. Left Front-ruled …

  • Timeline of 2008 Batla House shootout case

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    The following is the time line of the Batla House shoot out September 2008: Sep 13, 2008 – Serial blasts at Karol Bagh, India Gate, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash in Delhi; 23 killed and 133 injured. Sep 19, 2008 – Shootout between Special Cell of Delhi Police and Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists at L-18 flat in Batla House, Jamia Nagar. Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma and two terrorists …

  • Sonakshi not an ideal dance teacher

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    “Dabangg” star Sonakshi Sinha tried teaching dance moves to actor Akshay Kumar, but ended up forgetting her own steps. The “Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara” actors recently shot for Colors Eid special “Jashan-E-Eid”. While rehearsing together, Sonakshi tried to teach Akshay his steps and she constantly corrected him when he made mistakes. Though the 26-year-old wanted the act to be perfect, …

  • Missed shooting light scenes in Qubool Hai Surbhi Jyoti

    Bombay News.Net – Thursday 25th July, 2013

    Surbhi Jyoti, seen as Zoya in TV show “Qubool Hai”, is happy that the show is back on track and confesses that she missed shooting the light and happy scenes with her co-star Karan Grover, seen as Asad in it. Currently, the show is focusing on plotting and planning of Tanveer, played by Amrapali Gupta, and how she manipulates Asad to marry her. But in the coming episodes Asad will catch Tanveer …

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    27 Jul

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    80 dead in Spain train crash blamed on high speed

    27 Jul

    This image taken from security camera video shows a train derailing in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Thursday July 25, 2013. Spanish investigators tried to determine Thursday why a passenger train jumped the tracks and sent eight cars crashing into each other just before arriving in this northwestern shrine city on the eve of a major Christian religious festival, killing at least 77 people and injuring more than 140. (AP Photo)

    This image taken from security camera video shows a train derailing in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Thursday July 25, 2013. Spanish investigators tried to determine Thursday why a passenger train jumped the tracks and sent eight cars crashing into each other just before arriving in this northwestern shrine city on the eve of a major Christian religious festival, killing at least 77 people and injuring more than 140. (AP Photo)

    This image taken from security camera video shows a train derailing in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Thursday July 25, 2013. Spanish investigators tried to determine Thursday why a passenger train jumped the tracks and sent eight cars crashing into each other just before arriving in this northwestern shrine city on the eve of a major Christian religious festival, killing at least 77 people and injuring more than 140. (AP Photo)

    Relatives of victims involved in a train accident react at a victims information point in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Thursday July 25, 2013. Relatives of victims from a train crash in northwestern Spain sobbed and hugged each other Thursday near a makeshift morgue in a sports arena for the victims as the death toll rose to 78 and investigators tried to determine the cause. The train jumped the tracks and at least one passenger told a radio station that it appeared to be going very fast as it went into a pronounced curve while approaching the station in this Catholic shrine city on the eve of a major religious festival. (AP Photo/Brais Lorenzo)

    This combo image taken from security camera video shows clockwise from top left a train derailing in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Wednesday July 24, 2013. Spanish investigators tried to determine Thursday why a passenger train jumped the tracks and sent eight cars crashing into each other just before arriving in this northwestern shrine city on the eve of a major Christian religious festival, killing at least 77 people and injuring more than 140. (AP Photo)

    Relatives of victims involved in a train accident wait for news at a victims information point in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Thursday July 25, 2013. The death toll in a passenger train crash in northwestern Spain rose to 77 on Thursday after the train jumped the tracks on a curvy stretch just before arriving in the northwestern shrine city of Santiago de Compostela, a judicial official said. (AP Photo/Salome Montes)

    (AP) ? A Spanish train that hurtled off the rails and smashed into a security wall as it rounded a bend was going so fast that carriages tumbled off the tracks like dominos, killing 80 people, according to eyewitness accounts and video footage obtained Thursday.

    An Associated Press analysis of video images suggests that the train may have been traveling at twice the speed limit for that stretch of track.

    Spain’s government said two probes have been launched into the cause of Wednesday night’s crash near this Christian festival city in northwest Spain. The regional government in Galicia confirmed that the train driver, hospitalized in Santiago de Compostela’s main hospital with unspecified injuries, was being questioned as a possible suspect but that possible faults in safety equipment were also being investigated.

    The Interior Ministry raised the death toll to 80 in what was Spain’s deadliest train wreck in four decades. The Galician government said 94 remained hospitalized in six regional hospitals, 31 of them ? including four children ? in critical condition.

    The U.S. State Department said one American was killed in the crash and five others were injured. It provided no other details.

    Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, a native of Santiago de Compostela, toured the crash scene alongside rescue workers and went to a nearby hospital to visit those wounded and their families.

    “For a native of Santiago, like me, this is the saddest day,” said Rajoy, who declared Spain would observe a three-day period of mourning. He said judicial authorities and the Public Works Ministry had launched parallel investigations into what caused the crash.

    Eyewitness accounts backed by security-camera footage of the moment of disaster suggested that the eight-carriage train was going too fast as it tried to turn left underneath a road bridge. The train company Renfe said 218 passengers and five crew members were on board. Spanish officials said the speed limit on that section of track is 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour.

    An Associated Press estimate of the train’s speed at the moment of impact using the time stamp of the video and the estimated distance between two pylons gives a range of 144-192 kph (89-119 mph). Another estimate calculated on the basis of the typical distance between railroad ties gives a range of 156-182 kph (96-112 mph).

    The video footage, which the Spanish railway authority Adif said probably came from one of its cameras, shows the train carriages start to buckle soon into the turn.

    Murray Hughes, consultant editor of Railway Gazette International, said it appeared that a diesel-powered unit behind the lead locomotive was the first to derail. The front engine itself quickly followed, violently tipping on to its right side as it crashed into a concrete security wall and bulldozed along the ground.

    In the background, all the rear carriages could be seen starting to decouple and come off the tracks. The picture went blank as the engine appeared to crash directly into the camera.

    After impact, witnesses said a fire engulfed passengers trapped in at least one carriage, most likely driven by ruptured tanks of diesel fuel carried in the forward engines.

    “I saw the train coming out of the bend at great speed and then there was a big noise,” one eyewitness who lives beside the train line, Consuelo Domingues, told The Associated Press. “… Then everybody tried to get out of the train.”

    Santiago officials had been preparing for the city’s internationally celebrated Catholic festival Thursday but canceled it and took control of the city’s main indoor sports arena to use as a makeshift morgue. There, relatives of the dead could be seen sobbing and embracing each other.

    The Interior Ministry, responsible for law and order, ruled out terrorism as a cause.

    It was Spain’s deadliest train accident since 1972, when a train collided with a bus in southwest Spain, killing 86 people and injuring 112.

    “July 24 will no longer be the eve of a day of celebration but rather one commemorating one of the saddest days in the history of Galicia,” said Alberto Nunez Feijoo, regional president of Galicia. Santiago de Compostela is its capital.

    The accident created a scene that was “Dante-esque,” Feijoo said. He said Galicia would observe seven days of mourning.

    Rescue workers spent the night searching through smashed carriages alongside the tracks.

    As dawn broke, cranes brought to the scene were used to lift the carriages away from the tracks. Rescue workers collected passengers’ scattered luggage and loaded it into a truck next to the tracks.

    Rescuers described a scene of horror immediately after the crash. Smoke billowed from at least one carriage that had caught fire, while another had been torn into two parts.

    Residents of the residential neighborhood closest to the rail line struggled to help victims out of the toppled cars. Some passengers were pulled out of broken windows. Television images showed one man atop a carriage lying on its side, using a pickaxe to try to smash through a window. Other rescuers used rocks to try to free survivors from the fiery wreckage.

    Nearby, rescue workers lined up bodies covered in blankets alongside the tracks.

    State-owned train operator Renfe said the crash happened at 8:41 p.m. (1841 GMT) about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) south of Santiago de Compostela.

    Spanish media said the train had two drivers aboard and both survived.

    However, Galician court officials said the train had only one driver. Court spokeswoman Maria Pardo Rios said the driver survived and was expected to give a statement to police later Thursday. She declined to name the driver.

    Renfe said it and Adif, another state-owned company that manages tracks, signals and other railway infrastructure, were cooperating with a judge appointed to investigate the accident.

    It was the world’s third major rail accident this month.

    On July 12, six people were killed and nearly 200 were injured when four cars of a passenger train derailed south of Paris.

    On July 6, 72 cars carrying crude oil derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, setting off explosions and fires that killed 47 people.

    Catholic pilgrims converge on Santiago de Compostela annually to celebrate a festival honoring St. James, a disciple of Jesus whose remains are said to rest in a shrine. The city is the main gathering point for those who reach the end of the El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route that has drawn Christians since the Middle Ages.

    Several injured passengers said they felt a strong vibration just before the cars jumped the tracks, according to Xabier Martinez, a photographer who talked with them after arriving at the scene as rescue workers were still removing bodies.

    One passenger, Ricardo Montero, told the Cadena Ser radio station that “when the train reached that bend it began to flip over, many times, with some carriages ending up on top of others, leaving many people trapped below. We had to get under the carriages to get out.”

    Another passenger, Sergio Prego, told Cadena Ser the train “traveled very fast” just before it derailed and the cars flipped upside down, on their sides and into the air.

    “I’ve been very lucky because I’m one of the few able to walk out,” Prego said.

    The Alvia 730 series train started from Madrid and was scheduled to end its journey at El Ferrol, about 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of Santiago de Compostela. Alvias operate high-speed services but do not go as fast as Spain’s fastest bullet trains, called AVEs.

    The maximum Alvia speed is 250 kph (155 mph) on tracks made especially for the AVEs, and they travel at a maximum speed of 220 kph (137 mph) on normal gauge rails.

    Other major train crashes in Spain include a 1944 accident involving three trains that crashed in a tunnel. That disaster produced wildly disputed death tolls ranging from the government’s official count of 78 to more than 500, according to later research.

    In 2006, 43 people died when a subway train crashed because of excessive speed in the southern city of Valencia. In 2004, 191 died when al-Qaida-inspired terrorists detonated 10 bombs on four Madrid commuter trains.




    Associated Press writers Alan Clendenning, Ciaran Giles and Harold Heckle in Madrid, Panagiotis Mouzakis, Fisnik Abrashi and Robert Barr in London, and Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin contributed to this report.

    Associated Press


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    VY possessions to be auctioned to settle loan debt

    26 Jul

    Vince Young once had the world by the tail. Now he is just another cautionary tale.

    Per KHOU Channel 11 in Houston, a judge has ordered that some of Young’s property be auctioned off in order to satisfy a $1.7 million lockout loan taken out in 2011 that the quarterback defaulted on.

    Deputy constables took inventory of furniture, jewelry and artwork in an effort to determine its value so that it can be sold to help pay off the debt. Young is allowed to keep $60,000 in personal property as a part of the order.

    It is a sad story for the man who led Texas to a national championship in the 2006 Rose Bowl, then was the third overall pick by the Tennessee Titans that spring, signing a $58 million contract with $26 million guaranteed.

    Young went on to become the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2006, but after that, his career tumbled downhill, and he has been out of football since being released by the Buffalo Bills in training camp last year.

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    GSK appoints new boss of troubled Chinese division

    26 Jul

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    Source: — Thursday, July 25, 2013
    British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline on Thursday announced the appointment of a new boss at its troubled Chinese division, which has been rocked by a state bribery probe. …


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