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An aggrieved harness-racing bettor has received $20,000 in the settlement of his claims that he was cheated out of his winnings when a doped horse won a race in New Jersey in 2016.  When the bettor filed suit in March 2018, leading figures in harness racing said they had never before heard of such a lawsuit. It accused the trainer of fraud and racketeering. The general practice has been to reallocate the purse to other owners in the event a winning horse is later proven to have been doped, but not to pay back bettors.  Under the settlement, the horse's trainer and owner have have agreed to pay $20,000 to the bettor, Jeffrey Tretter. He agreed to donate $7,500 of that sum to a racehorse adoption program   Read more

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Corporate interest in Bubba Wallace has picked up momentum and NASCAR’s only Black full-time driver has signed a new sponsor that includes funding for his Richard Petty Motorports team. Columbia Sportswear signed a multiyear sponsorship with Wallace as a brand ambassador that will also put the company on the No. 43 at Dover later this month. Columbia was drawn to Wallace as he took on a larger role as a social activist then learned Wallace also pursues outdoor activities for pleasure. If Wallace does not return to RPM next season, Columbia would follow him to a new team.  Read more

ERIE, Pa., Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Erie Family Life Insurance Company is introducing ERIExpress Life, a new quick -issue term and whole life product designed to make the life insurance purchase experience quicker and easier for customers. With a simple application process including a few health questions, Erie Insurance auto insurance customers can complete the entire process over the phone with their ERIE agent and have a policy issued within minutes. Read more

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BOYERTOWN, Pa., Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Inc. magazine today revealed that ClimeCo has been included on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. From 2016 to 2019, ClimeCo saw 102% revenue growth and a 61% growth in number of employees. Read more

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BOYERTOWN, Pa., Aug. 12, 2020 /CNW/ -- Inc. magazine today revealed that ClimeCo has been included on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. From 2016 to 2019, ClimeCo saw 102% revenue growth and a 61% growth in number of employees. Read more

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Lawyers representing dozens of Black former University of Michigan student-athletes who claim they were abused by a sports doctor who worked there for decades are asking the university to treat them fairly as it settles hundreds of lawsuits expected to cost the school millions of dollars. They're demanding Wednesday that victims of Dr. Robert Anderson receive fair compensation “based on their trauma rather than based on their color.” Attorney Parker Stinar says most personal injury cases are settled out of court with the amounts often based on data that projects lower lifetime earnings for Blacks, Latinos and women than white men. Stinar said that nearly half of the 750 men claiming to have been sexually abused by Anderson are Black. Read more

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The Broadway musical “Diana” isn’t waiting for theaters to reopen in New York to offer its show to a live audience — it’s going to Netflix. In an unconventional step, the cast and crew will reunite in an empty theater to perform the musical for cameras. Then the finished product will be put on Netflix for broadcast next year, before the show welcomes a live audience again. Producers have worked out safety protocols with Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union representing actors and stage managers. The provisions include testing, an isolation plan and changes to ensure ventilation. Read more

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WAYNE, Pa., Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Renovus Capital Partners ("Renovus"), a Philadelphia area private equity firm announced today that it has invested in the acquisition of Futura Mobility, LLC by its current CEO, David Gulian. Futura is a full-service mobile solution provider to healthcare and commercial clients. Over the last decade, the Company has offered innovative, cohesive solutions to complex IT challenges. Read more

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling on the young democracies of central and Eastern Europe to embrace their hard-won freedoms as they face threats from Russia, China and others, and as they see backsliding closer to home, including in Belarus. During a speech in Prague, America's diplomat said the rise in authoritarianism was not an abstract trend focused on far-away capitals such as Moscow and Beijing. He said it also was apparent in Europe and its backyard, notably in Belarus. Belarus has been wracked by unrest since its disputed presidential election Sunday. Read more

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President Donald Trump has tweeted support for congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene following her Republican primary victory in Georgia. Greene is a supporter of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory and has been widely criticized for racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim comments. The businesswoman and political newcomer beat neurosurgeon John Cowan in a primary runoff Tuesday. Georgia’s deep-red 14th Congressional District stretches from the outskirts of metro Atlanta to the rural northwest corner of the state. Trump called Greene “a real WINNER" and said she never gives up. Greene will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November. Read more

A last-minute battle is unfolding over the fate of a former paramilitary warlord who the Colombian government wants returned following 12 years in U.S. prison. Salvatore Mancuso recently completed the sentence for trafficking cocaine when he was the top commander of a group of right-wing militias. He remains in federal custody as Colombian officials fight a U.S. government order that would send him to Italy, where he also has citizenship. Colombia says Mancuso still has crimes to answer for. His lawyers contend his time served is enough and he would be killed if returned to the South American nation. Read more

Microsoft is back to selling smartphones for the first time since it abandoned its mobile business more than four years ago. The company began taking orders Wednesday for the Surface Duo, a new dual-screen Android device that costs almost $1,400 and begins shipping in September. The high-priced gadget is designed to impress, but is also arriving during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, with unemployment in double digits and budget-wary consumers spending more time at home to avoid the coronavirus pandemic. Microsoft is pitching the Duo as more useful than a conventional smartphone, since it enables users to multitask with two separate apps at once. Read more

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Joe Biden is making his first appearance with newly chosen running mate Kamala Harris. The former primary rivals will appear together Wednesday at a high school near Biden’s Delaware home to discuss their shared vision for how to defeat President Donald Trump and then lead the country through a pandemic, its economic fallout and a long-simmering reckoning with systemic racism. Harris and Biden then will sit down together for an online fundraiser designed to let even small donors get a fresh glimpse of what the Democratic presidential ticket will look like. Read more

Germany’s government is urging citizens to keep their guard up and stick to public health guidelines, as new COVID-19 infections have hit a three-month high and schools reopened in the country’s most populous state. Germany has widely been seen as a success story in slowing the spread of the pandemic efficiently and quickly but the country’s disease control authority on Wednesday reported 1,226 new infections, the highest number since early May. Health Minister Jens Spahn says smaller and mid-sized outbreaks have been taking place in almost all regions, largely driven by travelers returning from abroad and people partying or getting together for family gatherings. Read more

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U.S. consumer prices jumped 0.6% in July as gasoline prices continued to rise. The Labor Department reported Wednesday that the increase in its consumer price index matched a 0.6% rise in June. The uptick was about twice what economists expected. But inflation remains in check: Consumer prices are up just 1% over the past year. Gasoline prices rose 5.3% from June to July but are down 20.3% in the past 12 months as the coronavirus recession has kept Americans from driving. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, so-called core inflation was up 0.6% last month from June and 1.6% from a year ago. Read more

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Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and songwriter Dean Dillon are the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Williams joins his father, country legend Hank Williams Sr., in the Hall of Fame and is known for songs like “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight." Stuart, a five-time Grammy winner, started his career as a sideman backing up Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash before starting his own artist career. Dillon is known for writing dozens of hits for George Strait, including “The Chair” and “Here For a Good Time,” as well as the often covered classic “Tennessee Whiskey.” Read more

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The honors keep piling up for that normal guy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That's how Zach Johnson described himself when he won the Masters in 2007. Now he's adding an award that brought him to tears. The two-time major champion has been selected to receive the Payne Stewart Award by the PGA Tour. The award began after Stewart perished in a freak plane accident on his way to the 1999 Tour Championship. It's for players who display his character, charity and sportsmanship. Johnson says the award makes everything he does on and off the golf course worthwhile. Read more

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Sumner Redstone, who built a media empire from his family’s drive-in movie chain, has died. He was 97. Redstone built his operations through aggressive acquisitions, but many headlines with his name focused on his severing ties with wives, actors and executives. In multiple interviews, he said he’d never die.His tight-fisted grip on the National Amusements theater chain, which controls both CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. through voting stock, has been passed down to his daughter Shari Redstone, who battled top executives to re-merge the two entities that split in 2006. Read more

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KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The NCHERM Group, Inc. d/b/a TNG Consulting ("TNG") announces the acquisition of Oracle Investigations Group, LLC ("Oracle"). Brian Heider, Founder and President of Oracle, joins TNG as Vice President - Investigations and as a member of the firm's Leadership Team. Read more

Mauritius says it is seeking compensation from the owners of a Japanese ship that’s spilling oil after it grounded in the shallow waters off the Indian Ocean island nation. Urgent efforts continue to pump out the remaining fuel. The ship has spilled 1,000 tons of oil into the sea, fouling the coastline and a protected wetlands area. An estimated 2,500 tons of fuel has been pumped from the ship. Workers are racing to empty the ship before it breaks up in heavy seas and further pollutes the shore. Read more

The U.S. affiliate of UNICEF has announced its first major program supporting children in the United States. For more than 70 years, UNICEF USA has supported the global work of that U.N. agency, most of it focused on aiding children in developing countries. UNICEF USA’s president says his agency will be investing $1 million this year on an initiative to help U.S. cities become more child-friendly. Wednesday’s announcement comes amid overlapping domestic crises of the coronavirus and racial injustice. Houston, Minneapolis and San Francisco are the first cities to commit. Prince George’s County in Maryland is expected to follow soon. The goal is to encourage cities to make themselves safer for children, and ensure there is equitable access to social programs, parks and playgrounds. Read more

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A Chinese official has lashed out at U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar for visiting Taiwan amid an ongoing pandemic back home, accusing him of putting politics ahead of the lives of the American people. The comments came a day after Azar accused China of failing to warn the rest of the world about the coronavirus. Azar’s trip to Taiwan has angered China because it considers the self-governing island part of its territory. He is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit since the U.S. cut format diplomatic ties in 1979, switching recognition to Beijing as the government of China.  Read more

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A train has derailed in northeast Scotland  amid stormy weather, and authorities say there are early reports of injuries. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described Wednesday's derailment as a “major″ incident and said she would be convening an emergency response meeting. The British Transport Police force said officers were called at 9:43 a.m. (0843GMT) to the railway line near Stonehaven, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Edinburgh, where a train had derailed. Read more

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Women have gathered in the capital of Belarus and other cities to show solidarity with protesters injured in the latest rallies against the results of the country’s presidential election. Young women carrying flowers held hands and march through central Minsk on Wednesday chanting “Shame!” and decrying police violence against protest participants. Thousands have demonstrated in dozens of cities for three nights to contest President Alexander Lukashenko's landslide election to sixth term. Police have moved aggressively to break up the crowds, and the crackdown intensified Tuesday night. Officers assaulted journalists, fired guns and broke into residential buildings to make arrests.  Read more

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PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PREIT today announced that it has executed a Secured Term Loan with certain of its existing lenders for up to $30 million, which is in addition to recently executed amendments to its 7-Year Term Loan and 2018 Credit Agreement. These are both important steps that create flexibility as the Company recovers from the extended COVID-19-related shutdown that has impacted its operations and liquidity position. Read more

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Relations between the British government and ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s have chilled in a spat about the treatment of migrants. The Vermont-based dessert brand directed a tweet at Britain’s interior minister, Home Secretary Priti Patel, who has vowed to stop asylum seekers crossing the English Channel from France to England in small boats. Hundreds have made the dangerous crossing in the past weeks of calm summer weather. The company tweeted: “Hey @PritiPatel we think the real crisis is our lack of humanity for people fleeing war, climate change and torture.” The Home Office hit back, saying Patel was unconcerned about “upsetting the social media team for a brand of overpriced junk food.” Read more

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- EQT Corporation (the "Company" or "EQT") (NYSE: EQT) announced today the results of its previously announced tender offer (the "Tender Offer") to purchase for cash any and all of its outstanding 4.875% Senior Notes due 2021 (the "Notes"). Read more

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The Paris Marathon has been canceled because of the coronavirus after repeated attempts to find a new date. The race was originally due to take place in April but was then moved to October. Organizers say they’d recently tried to rearrange the race for November but continuing travel restrictions made it too hard for runners to travel, especially from abroad. They will now focus on the 2021 edition of the race. Runners who were registered for this year’s race will be automatically signed up for next year. Read more

Police say at least three people have died in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru when police clashed with hundreds of Muslims who attacked a police station and set fire to vehicles during a protest over a Facebook post considered offensive to Islam. They say the protesters burned public and police vehicles and attacked the house of a local politician whose relative was accused of posting remarks online reportedly involving the Prophet Muhammad. Police say the post has since been deleted. The violence in southern India comes months after communal riots in the national capital, New Delhi, in which more than 55 people, mostly Muslims, were killed. Read more