The Latest: More North Carolina conventions nixed over law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on reaction to a North Carolina law that limits protection for lesbians, gays and transgender people (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Several more groups are canceling planned conventions or gatherings in North Carolina because of a state law limiting protections for lesbians, gays and transgender people.

Ryan Smith, a spokeswoman for the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, says that five groups totaling about 1,000 attendees have already canceled. She said in an email the canceled events would have brought $730,000 to the area.

Smith said another 16 groups are considering cancellations of events expected to have an impact of $24 million on the area.

The B Lab, a group organizing a gathering for socially conscious companies, says that it's relocating the event that was expected to bring 550 attendees to Durham in October. Certified B Corporations are for-profit but meet strict criteria for social and environmental responsibility.

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11:45 a.m.

Entertainer Jimmy Buffett says he's not canceling two North Carolina concerts even though he thinks the state enacted a "stupid law" limiting protections for lesbians, gays and transgender people.

Buffett says he will perform scheduled shows in Raleigh on April 21 and Charlotte on April 23. But in a blog post he says scheduling of future shows will depend on whether the law is repealed.

Bruce Springsteen's cancellation in Greensboro over the weekend put the spotlight on big-name performers coming through the state.

Buffett condemns the law on his blog and says he thinks most of his fans feel the same way. But he says fans bought tickets long before the law was enacted last month. He adds: "I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year."

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11:15 a.m.

Deutsche Bank is halting plans to add 250 jobs in North Carolina because of a state law limiting protections for lesbians, gays and transgender people.

Previously, the bank had planned to add the jobs through next year in Cary.

But on Tuesday co-executive officer John Cryan said the company is "unwilling to include North Carolina in its U.S. expansion plans for now," because of the law. He said the German bank may revisit the plans later.

The bank currently employs 900 people at a Cary software development center, and it said it plans to sustain that existing operation.

The law passed last month overrules LGBT antidiscrimination measures passed by local governments. It also excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from the state's antidiscrimination policy.