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US oil services companies Halliburton and Baker Hughes have called off their proposed merger that had met resistance from antitrust officials, a joint statement said Sunday. The deal, announced in November 2014, foresaw a $34.6 billion takeover by Halliburton of its rival. "Challenges in obtaining remaining regulatory approvals and general industry conditions that severely damaged deal economics led to the conclusion that termination is the best course of action," Halliburton's chairman and chief executive, Dave Lesar, said in the statement.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested Sunday against a new Mississippi law they call discriminatory, saying they're not giving up their fight.