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Tuesday October 18th, 2022 morning edition

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The workers filed a lawsuit in South Carolina state court against Starbucks and the manager at the store in Anderson, a few miles from Clemson University.

They claimed the manager urged police to charge them with assault and kidnapping after the workers pressed her for a raise in August.

At least 240 other Starbucks in the United States have unionized over the past year, and the company has been accused of illegal labor practices at dozens of locations.

According to the complaint, the Anderson workers on Aug. 1 presented the manager with a letter calling for a raise.

She then called a Starbucks district manager and falsely claimed the workers were preventing her from leaving the store, the plaintiffs claim.

Starbucks released a statement on Aug. 8 saying the manager had felt unsafe and the workers were suspended with pay pending an investigation.

The workers accused Starbucks of defamation and abusing the legal process in violation of state law. »

Vaccines to treat cancer possible by 2030, say BioNTech founders

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Asked when cancer vaccines based on mRNA might be ready to use in patients, Prof Sahin said they could be available “before 2030”.

BioNTech was working on mRNA cancer vaccines before the pandemic struck but the firm pivoted to produce Covid vaccines in the face of the global emergency.

The German firm hopes to develop treatments for bowel cancer, melanoma and other cancer types, but substantial hurdles lie ahead. »

Agency says BTS members will serve in South Korea’s military

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The members of K-pop band BTS will serve their mandatory military duties under South Korean law, their management company said Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, effectively ending a debate on exempting them because of their artistic accomplishments.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The members of K-pop band BTS will serve their mandatory military duties under South Korean law, their management company said Monday, effectively ending a debate on whether they should be granted exemptions because of their artistic accomplishments.

Opinion surveys in recent weeks showed that the public was split over whether the BTS members should serve in the military. »

Exxon fully withdraws from Russia after Putin seizes assets

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Exxon Mobil on Monday said it has fully exited Russia, with the energy giant saying that President Vladimir Putin had expropriated its assets in the country and "unilaterally terminated" the company's Sakhalin-1 oil project.

She didn't disclose whether Exxon received compensation for the assets, but added that Exxon plans to reserve its legal rights under international law and its production-sharing agreement to pursue remedies.

The Sakhalin-1 project, which Exxon has managed since 2005, has generated $16 billion for the Russian government, according to Exxon. »

God of War Ragnarok Early Copies Out In The Wild

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It appears that early copies of the long awaited PlayStation exclusive, God of War Ragnarok, are out in the wild.

Previously, patch notes for update 1.01 for God of War Ragnarok as well as its download size were revealed.

God of War Ragnarok recently went gold, therefore this update will likely not be included in physical copies at launch. »