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Top News Links: Wednesday, Aug. 10

Opening arguments heard in crisis-era fraud case

A state court jury in Florida heard opening statements on Tuesday in a civil trial in which it will have to decide whether auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is partially liable for the collapse of a U.S. mortgage lender in 2009. The lawsuit against PwC is a test of a recurring question that has faced the auditing industry: whether and when auditors are responsible for detecting fraud. – Reuters

Birmingham Health Care’s former CFO gets 17-year term

Birmingham Health Care's former chief financial officer, who last year pleaded guilty to stealing $1.7 million from a federally funded center for the poor and homeless, was sentenced Tuesday to serve 17 years in prison. Terri McGuire Mollica, 50, also was ordered by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Karon O. Bowdre to serve five years under supervised probation once she is released. – AL.com

Small business index shows meager increase

The Index of Small Business Optimism rose one-tenth of a point in July to 94.6, a meager increase showing no real enthusiasm for expansion, expected sales, and making capital outlays, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). – News release

Bradley unveils newly redesigned website

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has relaunched its website with a new design that reflects a rebranding initiative that included shortening its name to “Bradley.” The firm employs 500 lawyers and has offices in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia. – News release

RadioBro Corp. preps for rollout of flight-testing gear

The young aerospace entrepreneurs behind Huntsville startup RadioBro Corp. are prepping for the production roll-out of their flight test data-acquisition system as they continue to pursue business connections around the world. President Mark Becnel, who founded the company with twin brother Eric in 2014, gave an update on company progress at the Farnborough International Airshow in July. – ANC

Trump fires back at national security critics

Donald Trump has fired back at a group of GOP national security officials who signed a letter saying he would be “a dangerous president” and “unqualified” for the Oval Office. Late Monday, Trump dismissed the signatories to the letter as “the failed Washington elite looking to hold onto their power.” – Defense News

Honda’s dancing robot pays visit to Talladega plant

Honda’s innovative humanoid robot, ASIMO, visited the automaker’s Talladega County plant this week, part of an effort to encourage STEM education among local students and celebrate the advanced technology found throughout the facility. During five 15-minute demonstrations, the robot climbed stairs, kicked a soccer ball, ran, hopped and danced. – ANC

Used-car startup Carvana raises a half-billion

Online used-car startup Carvana, known for delivering vehicles through vending machines, said today it closed a $160 million funding round that brought the total raised to nearly half a billion dollars. The company said the funding was led by a U.S. institutional investor, along with existing and new investors, but declined to name it. – Automotive News

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