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Budweiser loses fight to be only 'Bud' in Europe

Jul 30, 2010
Budweiser has lost a long-running battle to trademark its name across Europe, allowing a Czech company called Budweiser Budvar to also call itself "Bud".
Posted In: Food

Some Spaniards fear tourism drop in Catalonia's bullfighting ban

Jul 28, 2010
The Spanish province of Catalonia has voted to ban bullfighting, saying its barbaric and dangerous. But bullfight supporters say it's vital to tourism.

Study: Lack of confidence has impact on handshake

Jul 28, 2010
New research identifies the 12 things we need to perform the perfect handshake.
Posted In: Science

BP's 2Q profit absorbed in $32B oil spill cost

Jul 27, 2010
BP earned $5 billion in the second quarter, a higher figure over this time last year. The company will now rope the profits into the overall loss.
Posted In: Oil

BP's Hayward likely on the way out

Jul 26, 2010
BP executives are meeting to discuss the fate of CEO Tony Hayward, who has been on thin ice for months for his handling of the Gulf oil crisis.
Posted In: Oil

Oil companies invest in quick response to deep-sea blowouts

Jul 22, 2010
Learning from the BP spill, Exxon Mobil, Shell, Chevron and ConocoPhillips are committing a quarter of a billion dollars each to construct a rapid response unit that could quickly move in place to collect leaking oil.
Posted In: Oil

How will BP's asset sales affect the company?

Jul 21, 2010
Steve Chiotakis talks to the BBC's Rebecca Singer about what BP's sales of some of its assets means for the company.

BP selling assets at a disadvantage to offset Gulf clean-up costs

Jul 21, 2010
BP is selling some of its assets to pay Gulf spill clean-up costs at a speed surprising analysts.
Posted In: Investing, Oil

Fiscal measures shake up Ireland's financial house

Jul 20, 2010
Ireland sold $2 billion worth of government debt today to fund its country's budget. The move was more expensive due to Moody's cutting Ireland's credit rating.

$1B cocoa bean purchase pushes price up to 33-year high

Jul 19, 2010
British investor Anthony Ward has purchased $1 billion worth of cocoa beans. This could have an bitter effect on the price of chocolate bars.
Posted In: Food, Wall Street