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Top News Links: Tuesday, May 16

Auburn’s price tag in white nationalist fight: $29,000

Auburn University's failed, one-day fight to prevent a white nationalist from speaking on campus will cost nearly $30,000 in legal fees under an agreement approved by a federal judge. School officials said they agreed to pay $29,000 in legal fees "to avoid more costly litigation costs" stemming from the university's attempt to block Richard Spencer from speaking in a campus auditorium last month. – AP

Elyton Hotel almost ready for its big summer reveal

The last floor is being laid, the last light fixtures going up, and the last painting being done on the long-anticipated hotel in the Empire Building. The Elyton Hotel is putting finishing touches on the building before its scheduled summer opening in the historic building at 1928 1st Ave. N. in Birmingham. – AL.com

Lucy Buffett carries ‘Gumbo Love’ to Miami

Take a map of the United States, put your finger on Key West, then trace the arc of the Gulf of Mexico: up through the Keys, then gradually turning east along Florida’s big bend, across the Panhandle, around Mobile Bay, through Biloxi and into New Orleans. This is the heart of “Gumbo Love,” a new cookbook by Lucy “LuLu” Buffett that is a culinary map of Buffett’s life. – Miami Herald

Shelby ranked Alabama’s healthiest county

Shelby County’s residents are the healthiest in the state of Alabama, according to rankings recently released by a national website. In early May, 247wallst.com released its list of the healthiest counties in every state in the nation, and suburban Shelby County was named tops in Alabama. – Pelham Reporter

North Korea linked to ransomware attack

The WannaCry ransomware that attacked computers in 150 countries has lines of code that are identical to work by hackers known as the Lazarus Group, according to security experts. The Lazarus hackers have been linked to North Korea, raising suspicions that the nation could be responsible for the attack. – APR

Ford looks to cut salaried workforce by 10 percent

Ford Motor Co plans to shrink its salaried workforce in North America and Asia by about 10 percent as it works to boost profits and its sliding stock price. A person briefed on the plan said Ford plans to offer generous early retirement incentives to reduce its salaried headcount by Oct. 1, but does not plan cuts to its hourly workforce or its production. – Reuters

UnitedHealthcare expands Huntsville coverage

UnitedHealthcare and Huntsville Hospital Health System have expanded their network relationship, giving those enrolled in UHC Medicare Advantage plans access to care at all the Health Systems’ hospitals, outpatient clinics and physicians. In Alabama, UHC serves more than 310,000 people enrolled in individual, employer-sponsored, and Medicare health plans with a network of 104 hospitals and nearly 12,000 physicians and other care providers statewide. – News release

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