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- Thai junta chief says he has asked king to lift martial law
- Philips to sell major stake in LED, car lighting arm for $2.8 bn
Dutch electronics giant Philips on Tuesday said it was selling a majority stake in its LED and car lighting arm to a consortium led by China-based GO Scale Capital investment fund in a deal worth $2.8 bn. "Philips today announced that it has signed an agreement with a consortium led by GO Scale Capital through which they will acquire an 80.1 percent interest in Philips' combined LED components and automotive lighting business," the Amsterdam-based Philips said. "Philips expects to receive cash proceeds, before tax and transaction related costs, of approximately USD 2.8 billion (2.5 billion euros," it said in a statement. After the sale, to be completed in the third quarter of the year, Philips will retain a 19.9 percent share in the business, it added.
- New Zealand cricketer Vettori calls time on international career
Long-serving New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori called time on his international career Tuesday, saying the World Cup final was his last appearance for the Black Caps. "It was my last game for New Zealand so it was a lovely way to finish," the former captain told reporters as the team returned from Sunday's final to a heroes' welcome despite being beaten by seven wickets by Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The 36-year-old's announcement was no real surprise after an 18-year international career. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum revealed that Vettori pulled a calf muscle when exercising between innings in the World Cup final but still managed to send down five overs taking none for 25.
- Liberal Dems, GOP cling to hope Warren runs for president
- Clinton also used iPad for email; mixed personal, work chats
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
- Pharmacist group says members shouldn't aid in executions
SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a move that could heighten the hurdles faced by states attempting to execute prisoners, a leading association for U.S. pharmacists has officially discouraged its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections.
- Lawmaker's staff to face tough prosecutor in spending probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock's current and previous employees will appear before a federal grand jury next month to answer questions about their old boss. When they do, they'll likely face a prosecutor with a tough, meticulous reputation.
- US to pledge up to 28 percent emission cut in global treaty
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will pledge Tuesday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change, according to individuals briefed on the White House's plans.
- Differences persist on deadline day for Iran nuke talks
- Iran sends aid to Yemen's rebels amid Saudi-led airstrikes
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Iran's official news agency says Tehran has sent aid to Yemen, its first such shipment since a Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Arab states launched airstrikes last week to halt the advance of the country's Shiite rebels known as the Houthis.
- Student loan recipients go on repayment strike, face default
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She's refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college that she now considers so worthless she doesn't include it on her resume.
- Federal agents accused of stealing $1M in online currency SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two former federal agents are accused of using their positions and savvy computer skills to siphon more than $1 million in digital currency from the illegal black market Silk Road website while they and their agencies were operating an undercover investigation of the online drug bazaar.
- Samsung, LG agree to end legal feuds
Samsung and LG agreed Tuesday to end all pending legal disputes that had seen the South Korean electronics rivals accuse each other of stealing technology and vandalising products. A recent series of feuds between the two giants even saw one senior LG executive indicted by prosecutors for allegedly sabotaging Samsung's washing machines at a trade fair in Germany last year. The two firms' display panel-making subsidiaries have also accused each other of stealing technology in separate lawsuits, which saw four Samsung Display officials indicted. "For ongoing legal disputes, we will take necessary steps to drop the charges and will ask for leniency from the relevant (law enforcement) authorities," they said in a joint statement.
- Tsarnaev's lawyers try to show brother in charge of bombing
- Singapore teen in court over anti-Lee Kuan Yew video
A Singaporean teenager arrested after posting an expletive-laden YouTube video attacking the country's late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity was charged Tuesday with jailable offences including obscenity and hurting religious feelings. Amos Yee, a slight student with a thick mop of hair, smiled and fidgeted as charges were read to him in a district court. Yee, who at 16 is old enough to be tried as an adult, was already known in the local YouTube community for humorous postings and a bit role as a child actor in a comedy movie called "We Not Naughty". In an eight-minute video titled "Lee Kuan Yew is finally dead" Yee launched a scathing attack on the 91-year-old political patriarch who was cremated after a state funeral on Sunday.
- LEADING OFF: King Felix tunes up, Storen ailing again
- Despondent Gazans return to destroyed homes
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Despondent over the slow pace of post-war reconstruction, displaced Gazans have begun to return to their damaged homes, patching up the structures with cinder blocks and plastic sheets and living in the unstable and unsafe buildings while they wait for promised aid to arrive.
- Robin Williams heirs agree to negotiate over belongings
Robin Williams' widow and his three children have agreed to out-of-court negotiations in a battle over parts of the late actor's estate -- including movie awards such as his 1998 Oscar for "Good Will Hunting". A judge in San Francisco delayed until June a hearing on a suit filed in December by Susan Schneider, with whom the comedian and movie star had been married for five years when he committed suicide in August of last year at the age of 63. Schneider's attorney, James Wagstaffe, told AFP that over the next two weeks he would meet with Williams' three children from two previous marriages -- Zelda, Zachary and Cody Williams -- to try to reach an agreement.
- China closes 66 'illegal' golf courses
China has closed down nearly 70 "illegal" golf courses, a government statement said, in what appears to be the first sign of enforcement of a decade-old ban. The announcement by China's ministry of land and resources comes amid a high-profile anti-graft campaign spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, which has seen crackdowns on banquets, lavish gift-giving and other official excesses. The ruling Communist Party has long had an ambivalent relationship with golf, which is both a lucrative opportunity for local authorities and a favoured pastime of some officials, but closely associated with wealth and Western elites. "Presently, local governments have shut down a number of illegally-built golf courses, and preliminary results have been achieved in clean-up and rectification work," read the announcement on the ministry's website late Monday.
- Alps crash pilot had suicidal tendencies in past: prosecutors
The co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane into the French Alps was classified as suicidal "several years ago" but had appeared more stable of late, German prosecutors said Monday. As investigators in both countries tried to zero in on a potential motive, it emerged that that the first officer, Andreas Lubitz, was receiving treatment from neurologists and psychiatrists who had written him off sick from work a number of times. Meanwhile investigators sifting through the wreckage and hundreds of body parts in the French Alps were forced to resume the hunt on foot as bad weather hampered helicopter flights. Authorities are hoping to identify more DNA from the 150 people who died, as well as locate the jet's second black box that should provide more clues as to the circumstances of the tragedy.
- Fight over religious objection proposals shifts to Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The fight over "religious freedom" proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure.
- Violence wanes in Chicago, but fear looms over mayor's race
CHICAGO (AP) — A few years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed.
- Man accused in Ferguson police shooting to seek lower bond
- South African comic Noah will replace Jon Stewart
NEW YORK (AP) — The choice of South African comic Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart's replacement on "The Daily Show" advances an intriguing new trend of late-night comic hosts with a more worldly perspective while continuing the longer-running pattern of keeping those jobs filled with men.
- NYC blast probe highlights problem of stealing gas
- Maryland knocks off Tennessee 58-48 in regional final
- Lightning clinch playoff berth with 5-3 win at Montreal
- Jay Z leads stars in rebranded Tidal streaming service
Rap mogul Jay Z has launched the rebranded Tidal music streaming service with major star backing, hoping to shake up the growing industry through high sound quality and artist control. With veiled swipes at streaming leader Spotify, Jay Z brought out musicians including Madonna, Kanye West and the masked electronic duo Daft Punk, who will all be equity partners in the new Tidal. Jay Z earlier this year bought Tidal, which markets itself to audiophiles, by spending $56 million for its Swedish-listed parent company Aspiro. At the announcement in New York, singer Alicia Keys hinted that some musicians could choose to release material exclusively or early on the artist-owned service.
- Four No. 1 seeds in the women's Final Four
- US treasury secretary presses Beijing on technology curbs
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew pressed Chinese leaders to suspend proposed curbs on foreign security technology and said a Beijing-led regional bank should work in partnership with existing institutions.
- Tsipras seeks 'honest compromise' as Greece wrangles with creditors
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he wanted an "honest compromise" as the cash-strapped country wrangled with eurozone creditors over a new package of reforms needed to unlock vital bailout funds. Experts from the IMF and the EU are scrutinising a list of reforms that Athens has proposed in its bid to get the creditors to release 7.2-billion euros ($7.8-billion) in loans. Greece's government says the reforms would help raise an extra three billion euros for its coffers without resorting to wage and pension cuts. "We're not there yet," European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters.
- DeRozan scores 42, Raptors beat Rockets 99-96
- Asian stocks gain on economic data, China stimulus hopes
- Indiana lawmakers try to quiet firestorm surrounding new law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence called off public appearances Monday and sports officials planned an "Indy Welcomes All" campaign ahead of this weekend's NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis as lawmakers scrambled to quiet the firestorm over a new law that has much of the country portraying Indiana as a state of intolerance.
- Report: Hawaii supervisor manipulated veterans' benefit data
HONOLULU (AP) — A supervisor at the Veterans Administration office in Honolulu was manipulating data to make it look like the agency was processing veterans' benefits claims faster it actually was, according to a new report by the VA Office of Inspector General.
- UConn reaches 8th straight Final Four with win over Dayton
- US files appeal of judge's hold on immigration action WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department urged a federal appeals court Monday to reverse a hold a judge placed on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action.
- Mexico double-transplant patient gets US humanitarian pass
- Selena's dad: Mixed feelings about fans marking star's death
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Twenty years after Selena's murder, the Latin world will remember "The Queen of Tejano" with concerts, lookalike contests, dances and a massive festival. But her father has mixed feelings about the celebrations.
- Marathon bombing jurors see autopsy photos, prosecutors rest
BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack.
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