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Former Blockbuster owner Wayne Huizenga dies at 80

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wayne Huizenga in 2009 Wayne Huizenga, the former owner of Blockbuster Entertainment and three Florida sports teams, has died at the age of 80. The college dropout made his fortune in waste disposal, founding Waste Management, now a publicly traded company worth more than …

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Cambridge Analytica search warrant granted

The UK information commissioner has been granted a warrant to search the London offices of data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. A spokesperson said the organisation was “pleased” and plans “to execute the warrant shortly”. Cambridge Analytica is facing claims it amassed the data of millions of people without their consent, …

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Trump threatens to veto $1.3tn spending bill passed by Congress

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The budget increases funding for the National Parks system US President Donald Trump has said he may veto a sweeping $1.3tn (£921bn) package to fund the government until September. He cited a lack of immigration measures, including protections for young immigrants brought illegally to the …

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Lords seek rethink on UK passport contract

Image copyright Home Office/PA Members of the House of Lords have called on the government to reconsider awarding a contract to print new blue UK passports to a Franco-Dutch firm. Conservative peer Lord Naseby said it would have a major adverse effect on “the whole of British industry, and the …

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EasyJet suspends pilots over social media posts

Image caption The EasyJet pilots have been suspended pending a disciplinary investigation said the airline. Two EasyJet pilots have been suspended after footage emerged of them using a mobile phone app while flying. The Luton-based airline said it was taking the matter “seriously” and the actions were “not acceptable”. As …

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Prezzo restaurant chain to close 92 outlets

Image copyright Getty Images Creditors of the Italian restaurant business Prezzo have backed a restructuring plan that will see it close 92 outlets – about a third of the chain, the BBC understands. It’s estimated the move, backed by most creditors, could result in up to 1,800 job losses. The …

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South Africa's lucrative funeral insurance industry

Laying your loved ones to rest is big business in South Africa. The funeral insurance industry is valued at nearly half a billion dollars and people are spending large sums on items such as caskets and tombstones. As the financial burden on surviving relatives increases, many are putting money aside …

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Watchdog raids firm suspected of 200m nuisance calls

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The unnamed firm is suspected of marketing boiler and window replacement schemes A business premises suspected of making 200 million illegal calls has been searched by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Some calls may have put lives at risk as they were made to Network …

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Next full-year profits fall in 'challenging' year

Image copyright Next Plc Annual profits at Next fell by 8.1% in what the High Street retail chain described as a “challenging” year. The company said pre-tax profits dropped to £726.1m in the 12 months to January, marking the third year in a row that income has declined. Next said …

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