Buffett defends Berkshire’s big Coke stake

Warren Buffett on Saturday vigorously defended Berkshire Hathaway Inc’s large, long-standing investment in Coca-Cola Co, rejecting critics who say the company’s sugary drinks harm people’s health. Speaking at Berkshire’s annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, Buffett said it seemed “spurious” to argue that calories from Coke alone were a significant factor in obesity levels. Hedge fund manager William Ackman, among others, has said he would not own Coke stock.
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Canadian-run Syrian clinic was evacuated before strike on hospital: operator

A Canadian-run health care center in Aleppo, Syria that was hit by an air strike on Friday had been evacuated in the wake of another bombing at a hospital earlier this week, a spokesman for the non-profit group that operated it said. “After the hospital bombing three days ago, they’ve evacuated all the medical centers,” said Avi D’Souza, media co-ordinator for UOSSM-Canada, which operates the Al Marjeh Primary Health Care Centre. “There wasn’t anybody there at the time – thank God.” Air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo and shelling of government-held areas of the city resumed on Friday, after a brief dawn lull following seven days of violence, a war monitor, a civil defense worker and Syrian state media said.
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Oklahoma lawmaker apologizes for linking Native Americans to alcoholism

By Lenzy Krebiel-Burton TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) – An Oklahoma state legislator has apologized after saying in the legislature last week that Native Americans are pre-disposed to alcohol abuse, officials said on Thursday. State Representative Todd Russ, a Republican, made the apology in a statement issued by his office this week, his office said on Thursday. During floor debate last week on a measure to amend Oklahoma’s liquor laws, Russ said: “The white man took advantage of the Native American people at the rim of an alcohol bottle.
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