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Merck CEO resigns from Trump’s manufacturing council over the president’s remarks on Charlottesville

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier announced Monday that he’s resigning from the president’s American Manufacturing Council amid the ongoing criticism over the president’s remarks on the weekend protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Frazier said in statement that as a “matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”

“America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” Frazier said.

The president responded on Twitter, slamming the pharmaceutical executive’s decision.

Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017

On Saturday, Trump said the hatred, bigotry and violence in Charlottesville needs to end on “many sides.”

He was summarily criticized for not directly condemning white supremacy and extremist groups.

A White House official said on Saturday the president was “condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides” when asked what Trump meant when he condemned the “many sides” involved in the Charlottesville rally.

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“Annabelle: Creation” scares up $35 million weekend to top the weekend box office

© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC(LOS ANGELES) — Annabelle: Creation, the fourth film in The Conjuring film series, topped the weekend box office, with an estimated $35 million haul.
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Justin Thomas wins 2017 PGA Championship

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Justin Thomas won the 2017 PGA Championship after shooting a three-under 68 in the final round on Sunday.
The 24-year old won by two shots over Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen, who all tied …

HBO responds to hacker’s latest release, accuses them of trying to ‘generate media attention’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — HBO is firing back after hackers reportedly released more episodes of the cable network’s programming before they’ve aired, accusing them of trying to get press.
A rep for HBO told ABC News in a statement, “We are not in …

Bears signed Kicker Aguayo

Brian Blanco/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Bears have claimed former Tampa Bay Kicker Roberto Aguayo off waivers.
To make room for Aguayo on the 90 man roster, the Bears placed wide receiver Reuben Randle on injured reserve.
Tampa Bay waived Ag…

Contaminated eggs found in more than 15 countries

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Fifteen countries in the European Union, along with Switzerland and Hong Kong, have received eggs tainted with an insecticide, according to the European Commission. The insecticide, fipronil, has been found in contaminated …

Scoreboard roundup — 8/12/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:
INTERLEAGUEToronto 7, Pittsburgh 2AMERICAN LEAGUEBoston 10, N.Y. Yankees 5Detroit 12, Minnesota 11Cleveland 3, Tampa Bay 0Kansas City 5, Chicago White Sox 4Texas 8, Houston 3Baltimo…

West Point graduate Chris Rowley wins MLB debut

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chris Rowley, a former first lieutenant in the Army, won his first career start for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 26-year-old right-hander made his debut against Pittsburgh on Saturday and won 7-2. He allowed one…

Judge throws out civil trial claims against Taylor Swift

iStock/ThinkStock(DENVER) — The judge in the Denver, CO, civil trial of pop superstar Taylor Swift has thrown out all claims by former radio disc jockey David Mueller against the singer. 
Both sides rested their cases earlier today.  Swift’s…

NFL suspends Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott for six games

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) –The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for the first six games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
The suspension comes after an over yearlong investig…

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