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U.S. senator criticizes muni treatment in bank liquidity rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Democratic senator on Tuesday urged the Federal Reserve and other bank regulators to revamp the treatment of municipal bonds in recently finalized rules aimed at making sure banks can survive a cash crunch.

Business

Coke, J&J join big corporations behind new employee wellness push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of some of the biggest U.S. corporations, from Coca-Cola Co to Johnson & Johnson , unveiled a campaign on Tuesday to reduce the nation's healthcare costs, urging their peers to embrace wellness programs to improve employee health.

Entertainment

Leonardo DiCaprio named U.N. messenger of peace for climate

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has been named a United Nations Messenger of Peace, a post he will use to raise awareness about climate change, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.

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Germany unveils Europe's biggest battery plant

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany switched on Europe's largest commercial battery plant on Tuesday, an installation powered by 25,600 lithium-ion batteries that will help stabilize the region's growing supply of renewable energy.

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Tony Stewart fatal dirt-track accident to be heard by grand jury

(Reuters) - A fatal dirt-track accident involving three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in upstate New York last month will be heard by a grand jury, authorities said on Tuesday.

Technology

U.S. court throws out VirnetX $368 million patent award vs Apple

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a jury order requiring Apple Inc to pay VirnetX Holding Corp $368.2 million in damages for infringing four patents concerning technology for providing security over the Internet.

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