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By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI (Reuters) - Two armed gangs killed four rhinos for their horns in rural Kenya this week in possibly the worst rhino poaching incident in the country in more than 25 years, the spokesman for Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Friday. The poaching on Wednesday night took place at the private Ol Jogi ranch near Nanyuki, about 200 km (120 miles) north of Nairobi. Paul Muya, a spokesman for KWS which has overall responsibility for wildlife in Kenya, told Reuters the rhino bodies were found on two separate sites on the 58,000-acre ranch and the poachers escaped with three of the animals' eight horns. One conservationist said the Ol Jogi raid was the worst poaching incident in Kenya since five white rhinos were killed in one swoop in Meru Park in 1988.
US tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. is in talks to buy smaller rival Lorillard, the companies said Friday, a deal that would challenge Altria, maker of Marlboro cigarettes. Reynolds American Inc. "confirms that it is in discussions with Lorillard regarding a possible acquisition of Lorillard. RAI is the parent company of RJ Reynolds, maker of Camel, Pall Mall and Winston cigarettes and the second-largest US tobacco company after Altria. Reynolds American also owns American Snuff, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco and a manufacturer of e-cigarettes, a tar-free alternative that releases nicotine in a vapor instead of smoke, a fast-growing market.