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Papa John’s scores Shaq to help revive its image

UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 5:44 p.m.

The pizza chain said Friday that basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will be its new pitchman, appearing in TV commercials and promoting Papa John’s in other ways. The company hopes O’Neal can repair its image and revive its sales after the company’s founder and namesake, John Schnatter, made racially insensitive remarks.
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Ohio cuts funding for Planned Parenthood

The Ohio Department of Health says it’s ending grants and contracts that send money to Planned Parenthood after a divided federal appeals court upheld a state anti-abortion law that blocks public money for the group.
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Baristas beware: A robot that makes gourmet cups of coffee has arrived

UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 4:50 p.m.

In the food industry, it seems, the robot revolution is well underway. Now comes Briggo, a company that has created a fully automated, robotic brewing machine that that can push out 100 cups of coffee in a single hour – equaling the output of three to four baristas, according to the company.
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White House: Islamic State territory in Syria eliminated

UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 10:52 a.m.

All Islamic State-held territory in Syria has been “100 percent” eliminated, the White House announced Friday, though officials said sporadic fighting continues on the ground between coalition forces and the group’s holdouts.