Massive California verdict expands J&J’s talc battlefield

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A massive California verdict in a lawsuit alleging Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ.N) talc-based products cause cancer has opened a new front in the litigation, upending the company’s hopes that the cases were only gaining traction in Missouri, legal experts said. The $417 million award by California jury to a California resident

Euro, bond yields rise on buoyant business surveys

LONDON (Reuters) – The European single currency and euro zone government bond yields rose on Wednesday after a survey showed the bloc’s manufacturing businesses clocked up their best month of growth in six-and-a-half years. Forecast-beating surveys in the euro zone’s two biggest economies France and Germany helped pull the euro up against the dollar EUR=D4,

US targets Chinese, Russian firms over N. Korea’s nukes

North Korea has long maintained it wants nuclear weapons and long-range missiles in order to deter the United States from attempting to overthrow the regime of Kim Jong Un. Pyongyang looks at states like Iraq — where former dictator Saddam Hussein was overthrown by the United States, and Libya — the country’s late leader, Moammar

At least 3 arrested as hundreds protest over Confederate statue

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A few hundred people rallied Tuesday night on the campus of North Carolina’s flagship university to protest over a Confederate statue, surrounding the bronze monument and later blocking traffic on the college town’s main drag. The gathering at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill focused on a statue known as