Author: Associated Press

5 takeaways from the Tonys, including leave Bette alone

BY MARK KENNEDY NEW YORK (AP) — Five memorable moments from the 2017 Tony Awards: DON’T MESS WITH BETTE: It takes real bravado to even attempt to shoo off Bette Midler when she’s winning her first competitive Tony. Producers tried on Sunday – and failed miserably. The Divine Miss M, who won best actress for “Hello, Dolly!” was not going to be denied and signaled she was in a feisty mood early: “I’d like to thank all the Tony voters – many of whom I’ve actually dated,” she joked. When the orchestra tried to goose her along with swelling...

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New frontier in cancer care: Turning blood into living drugs

BY LAURAN NEERGAARD SEATTLE (AP) — Ken Shefveland’s body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They removed some of his immune cells, engineered them into cancer assassins and unleashed them into his bloodstream. Immune therapy is the hottest trend in cancer care and this is its next frontier – creating “living drugs” that grow inside the body into an army that seeks and destroys tumors. Looking in the mirror, Shefveland saw “the cancer was just melting away.” A month later doctors at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center couldn’t find...

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Crosby, Pens cap amazing year with 2nd straight Stanley Cup

BY TERESA M. WALKER NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Even Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to be challenged trying to top this. Crosby was awarded his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and goalie Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as the Penguins became the first team to repeat as champion in nearly two decades with a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 6. That doesn’t include Crosby also winning the World Cup of Hockey title before this season started, along with tournament MVP....

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Lyft joins forces with Jaguar Land Rover in New tech venture

BY BERNARD CONDON NEW YORK (AP) — The next Lyft car you book may soon be a Jaguar or a Land Rover. The British company behind the two iconic car brands announced Monday that it was investing $25 million into Lyft to help the ride-hailing business expand and develop technologies. As part of the investment, Jaguar Land Rover agreed to supply a fleet of its vehicles. The investment is from InMotion Ventures, a unit of Jaguar Land Rover that focuses on autonomous cars and other technology. The collaboration will provide a “real-world platform helping us develop our connected and...

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GE CEO Immelt stepping down, Flannery to take over role

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric says Jeff Immelt is stepping down as CEO and John Flannery, president and CEO of the conglomerate’s health care unit, will take over the post in August. The 61-year-old Immelt will stay on as chairman until his retirement from the position at the end of the year, with the 55-year-old Flannery stepping into the role after that. Immelt has been at the helm of the conglomerate for 16 years, overseeing a transformation that included selling many of the company’s units. Over that time, General Electric sold its insurance, credit card, plastics and security...

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