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Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in warehouse PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 06:03

NEW YORK (AP) — At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime's worth of Rosa Parks' belongings — among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom — sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.

Parks' archives could be worth millions, especially now that 50th anniversaries of the civil rights era are being celebrated and the hunt is on for artifacts to fill a new Smithsonian museum of African-American history.

But a years-long legal fight between Parks' heirs and her friends — a dispute similar to the court battle among Martin Luther King Jr.'s heirs — led to the memorabilia being taken away from her home city of Detroit and offered up to the highest bidder.

So far, no high bidder has emerged.

Parks is one of the most beloved women in American history. She became an enduring symbol of the civil rights movement when she refused to cede her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man. That triggered a yearlong bus boycott that helped to dismantle officially sanctioned segregation, and lift King to national prominence.

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VW tells U.S. dealers to stop selling 4 models PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:11

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen is telling U.S. dealers to stop selling its most popular cars until transmission fluid leaks can be fixed.

The order covers about 25,000 Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle convertible models equipped with 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engines and automatic transmissions, spokesman Scott Vazin said Wednesday. They were built after Feb. 1.

An "O-ring" that links a transmission fluid line to a cooler can fail and cause leaks, potentially causing a fire. Vazin says no fires or crashes have been reported. VW plans to replace the defective parts.

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P&G selling pet food brands to Mars for $2.9B PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:27

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — Procter & Gamble is crying uncle on the edible business so it can focus on its core brands like Tide detergent and Pampers diapers.

The world's biggest consumer products maker is selling 80 percent of its pet food business to Mars for $2.9 billion as it tries to shed less profitable brands and focus on improving its bottom line. Pet food has been a weak spot in the company's vast portfolio.

Brands included in the deal include Iams, Eukanuba and Natura in North America, Latin America and certain other countries. The only business not included is in European Union countries. P&G is developing alternate plans to sell its pet care business in those markets.

"This is one of those businesses for a long time they've been signaling they want to sell," said Bernstein analyst Ali Dibadj. "It has been underperforming, and they didn't have the willingness to invest in it, given it was effectively a non-core business."

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Belgium destroys ivory stockpile, warns smugglers PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:59

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities have destroyed over 1,500 kilos (3,300 pounds) of ivory that had been seized by customs over the past three decades to serve as a warning to international smugglers who kill elephants daily for their tusks.

Wednesday's ivory crush followed similar initiatives in the United States, China and France. The pulverized ivory from the tusks will be turned into artwork to highlight Belgium's efforts to protect elephants.

The destruction by a crusher comes as the 28-nation European Union is mulling stronger action against illegal wildlife trafficking.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare group says some 50,000 elephants a year are killed for their tusks.


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