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Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founders Arrested in DC Protest

Apr 19, 2016, 12:46 pm EDT

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the co-founders of Unilever plc (ADR)’s (UL) Ben & Jerry’s, were arrested on Monday.

The Ben & Jerry’s co-founders were arrested while taking part in the Democracy Awakening happening at the U.S. Capitol. They were charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding and were released on location.

The protests in D.C. have been going on since April 11 and police have arrested 1,200 people connected to it during that time. The Ben & Jerry’s co-founders were arrested as part of a group of 300 people taking part in the protests, reports USA Today. Read 

UnitedHealth Group Inc to Leave Obamacare Exchanges in Michigan

Apr 18, 2016, 1:05 pm EDT

UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH) has announced that it will be leaving Obamacare exchanges in Michigan.

UnitedHealth will stop offering plans on Obamacare exchanges in the state next year. The company said that it’s reevaluating its offerings on the market due to an expected $500 million in losses connected to the plans.

UnitedHealth has already announced plans to leave Obamacare exchanges in Arkansas and Georgia, and analysts are expecting it to stop selling Obamacare plans in all of the 34 states it offers them in. Other insurers are also expected to abandon Obamacare exchanges due to losses, reports The Wall Street Journal. Read 

Microsoft Sues US Government Over Secret Demands

Apr 14, 2016, 3:40 pm EDT

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is suing the U.S. government. Source: Brad Moon

The lawsuit was filed against the Justice Department over the government snooping on the emails of citizens without their knowledge or consents.

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post that consumers and businesses should know when the government accesses their emails or records. Read 

President Obama to Speak at Rutger’s Commencement

Apr 14, 2016, 3:00 pm EDT

President Obama will be delivering the Rutgers University commencement address.

As he continues the last year of his eight-year presidency, Obama has agreed to be the keynote speaker as the 2016 graduation ceremony. Rutgers University was taken off a three-year wait list Thursday for the services of President Obama.

The school is the eighth-oldest college in the U.S., and it is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2016. President Obama will be the first U.S. resident to address the graduating class at a Rutgers commencement. Read 

HB2 News: Ringo Starr Cancels Concert Over NC ‘Bathroom’ Bill

Apr 14, 2016, 1:17 pm EDT

Ringo Starr, former member of The Beatles, has canceled a concert in North Carolina over HB2.

The HB2 bill makes it so that transgenders have to use public bathrooms that correspond with their gender listed on their birth certificate. Ringo Starr apologized to fans for canceling, but said he had to “take a stand against this hatred.”

Ringo Starr isn’t the only artist that has canceled a performance in NC over HB2. Other artists not performing in the state because of the law include Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band. Some artists are still performing in the state, but are asking for the law to be repealed, reports USA Today. Read 

Medical Marijuana to Get OK in Pennsylvania

Apr 14, 2016, 12:23 pm EDT

Pennsylvania has approved medical marijuana for use in patients that have certain conditions.

The approval of medical marijuana means that patients with cancer, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and other conditions will be able to obtain pills, oils and creams with the substance. However, it won’t be covered by insurance.

The new ruling on medical marijuana in Pennsylvania won’t allow people to legally grow it at home. Instead, they’ll have to visit dispensaries with a state card to get the drug. The pot for medical use will be provided by 25 state-approved growers, reports PennLive.com‎. Read 

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