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NEW YORK -- General Mills is scrapping a controversial plan to strip consumers of their right to sue the food company.

The company, which owns Cheerios, Progresso and Yoplait, had posted a notice on its website notifying visitors of a change to its legal terms -- visitors using its websites or engaging with it online in a variety of other ways meant they would have to give up their right to sue.

Instead, the new terms said, people would need to have disputes resolved through informal negotiation or arbitration.

But the company felt pressure regarding its new terms after The New York Times wrote a story Wednesday bearing the headline, "When 'Liking' A Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue," and issued a statement late Saturday saying that it decided to return to the previous legal terms.

"We are announcing today that we have reverted back to our prior legal terms, which contain no mention of arbitration," the email said.

Everest jump canceled

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- There will be no leap off Mount Everest on live television.

Discovery Channel on Sunday announced it had canceled the telecast.

Joby Ogwyn had been scheduled to leap off the top of Everest in a wing suit in "Everest Jump Live," which was tentatively set for May 11 on Discovery. The event was to be shown in 224 countries and territories.

But an avalanche Friday killed 13 Sherpa guides.

Gas at 13-month high

HOUSTON -- The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps jumped 8.5 cents in the past two weeks to a 13-month high of $3.6918 a gallon, according to Lundberg Survey Inc.

The survey covers the period ended April 18 and is based on information obtained at about 2,500 filling stations by the Camarillo, Calif.-based company.

Prices are the highest since March 22, 2013. The average is 15.55 cents higher than a year ago, Lundberg said Sunday. Gasoline has risen 39.74 cents a gallon since bottoming out in February and is up 43 cents this year.

"The most important factor right now in this rise is crude oil, which rose by a very similar amount to the street-price move," Trilby Lundberg, the president of Lundberg Survey, said in a telephone interview today. "From here, we will probably see very little increase, if any, with the big caveat of course being crude. If crude prices climb even higher, then this may not be the peak."

An "extremely robust" rise in U.S. gasoline demand may have also helped increase retail prices, according to Lundberg.

An ethereal Easter

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies.

The shipment arrived Sunday morning via a Dragon, versus a bunny.

The SpaceX company's cargo ship, Dragon, spent two days chasing the International Space Station following its launch from Cape Canaveral. Astronauts used a robot arm to capture the capsule 260 miles above Egypt.

More than 2 tons of food, spacewalking gear and experiments fill the Dragon, including mating fruit flies, a little veggie hothouse and legs for the resident robot. NASA also packed family care packages for the six spacemen.

NASA is paying SpaceX as well as Virginia's Orbital Sciences Corp. to regularly stock the orbiting lab. These commercial shipments stemmed from the 2011 retirement of the space shuttles. This was the fourth station delivery for SpaceX.



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