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  • Greece to start key data handover on EgyptAir crash Wednesday: source Greece will start dispatching key information on the EgyptAir crash to Egyptian authorities on Wednesday, including data from the airliner as it flew through Greek airspace moments before disappearing, a source close to the probe said on Tuesday.
  • The Latest: No early exit for Venus Williams this time

    Venus Williams of the U.S. returns the ball to Estonia's Anett Kontaveit during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):


  • French tax police raid Google's Paris offices

    Google is one of several multinational corporations that have come under fire in Europe for paying extremely low taxes by shifting revenue across borders in an often complex web of financial arrangementsFrench investigators swarmed Google's Paris offices on Tuesday as part of a tax fraud investigation, with the US Internet giant saying it is "cooperating fully" with the probe. Prosecutors said police, tax officials and 25 computer experts took part in the raid. "These searches are part of a preliminary investigation opened in June 16, 2015, into aggravated tax fraud and conspiracy to conceal (it), following a complaint by the French tax administration," the national financial prosecution service (PNF) said in a statement.


  • Helen Mirren to narrate audiobook for Beatrix Potter story

    FILE - In this May 18, 2016 file photo, Actress Helen Mirren poses for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film La Fille Inconnue (The Unkown Girl) at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. The award-winning British actress is narrating the recently rediscovered Beatrix Potter story “The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots,” Penguin Random House told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The hardcover and audio editions are scheduled for a Sept. 6 (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Mirren's latest role is audio only.


  • Obama pushes for better rights in Vietnam after arms deal

    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. After knocking down one of the last vestiges of Cold War antagonism with a former war enemy, Obama on Tuesday took his push for closer ties directly to the Vietnamese people, meeting with activists and entrepreneurs and arguing that better human rights would boost the communist country's economy, stability and regional power. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the communist country's economy, stability and regional power.


  • Twitter eases 140-character limit for tweets

    By relaxing the 140-character limit, Twitter is expecting to encourage more use and sharing of pictures, videos and linksTwitter announced Tuesday it was easing its 140-character limit for tweets, allowing users to add links, attachments and some other features within the short messages. The move comes as Twitter's efforts to increase its user base and engagement have been sputtering, raising questions about its growth trend. "Over the past decade, the tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines, and more," said Twitter product manager Todd Sherman in a statement.


  • Bank of England's Carney, under fresh fire, defends Brexit message

    Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney delivers his monthly inflation report at the Bank of England in the City of LondonBy David Milliken and Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney on Tuesday defended the central bank's decision to flag the risks of leaving the European Union, coming under renewed attack from a lawmaker who has been highly critical of his role in the Brexit debate. Carney said the Bank might have to make a big reassessment of its stance on interest rates if Britain votes to leave the EU in the referendum on June 23 - widely known as Brexit - and that was something it felt obliged to explain ahead of time to businesses and households. The BoE has angered campaigners who want Britain to leave the EU by talking of the risk of a sharp slowdown in economic growth and a rise in inflation in the event of a vote for Brexit, as a British departure from the EU is known.


  • Despite money woes, Atlantic City's attractions still open ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City is open for business — and pleasure.
  • Volkswagen, U.S. make 'significant progress' toward deal: sources

    A U.S. flag flutters in the wind above a Volkswagen dealership in Carlsbad, CaliforniaLawyers are also expected to tell U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer that a settlement over the excess diesel emissions scandal will include "substantial compensation" for owners of 482,000 polluting vehicles, the sources said. An agreement in principle for buybacks and potential fixes was announced in April.


  • Lawsuit accuses Domino's Pizza of 'rampant wage violations' ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state's attorney general has sued Domino's Pizza Inc., affiliates and three franchisees alleging they underpaid workers based on payroll reports generated by the parent company's computer system.
  • Exclusive: Monsanto to reject Bayer bid, seek higher price - sources

    Monsanto is displayed on a screen where the stock is traded on the floor of the NYSEWhile Monsanto sees industrial logic in a combination with Bayer and believes a deal would be approved by antitrust and other regulators, the company also has confidence in its standalone plan and believes shareholders deserve a better offer, the people said. The German drugs and crop chemicals group said on Monday it offered Monsanto $122 per share. It was not clear what price Monsanto would be willing to sell for.


  • The Latest: Judge hears Cosby accuser's statement

    Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's preliminary hearing in his Pennsylvania sex-assault case (all times local):


  • 1 of 3 deaths in EU avoidable if optimal care was available BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's statistical agency says that one out of three deaths in the 28-nation bloc would be avoidable if optimal health care was available.
  • Senior Taliban figure says death of leader could unify group

    A Pakistani police officer and paramedics stand beside two dead bodies reportedly killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Ahmad Wal area in Baluchistan province, Pakistan, at a hopsital in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, May 22, 2016. A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group's leader, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, had been killed in the strike. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death of the leader of the Afghan Taliban in a U.S. drone strike last week could make the insurgent movement stronger by bringing back dissident commanders and unifying the movement's ranks, a senior Afghan Taliban figure said on Tuesday.


  • 12 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide, many feared missing

    Rescue workers gather beside a landslide in a jade mining area on the outskirts of Hpakant in Myanmar's northern Kachin State on May 24, 2016A landslide in Myanmar's northern jade mining region has killed at least 12 people and many more are missing, officials said Tuesday, the latest deadly accident to hit the shadowy but lucrative industry. The bodies were recovered after a wall of unstable earth collapsed Monday night following heavy rain in the town of Hpakant in Kachin state, the centre of a multi-billion-dollar trade that feeds a huge demand for the precious stones from neighbouring China. "We retrieved seven dead bodies last night and five more this morning," a police officer in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw told AFP, requesting anonymity.


  • Cuba to legalize small and medium-sized private businesses HAVANA (AP) — Cuba announced Tuesday that it will legalize small and medium-sized private businesses, a move that could significantly expand the space allowed for private enterprise in one of the world's last communist countries.
  • Virginia governor says confident campaign donor was legitimate

    Virginia Democratic governor elect McAuliffe appears at victory rally in VirginiaTerry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic governor, said on Tuesday said he was confident that a person at the center of an FBI investigation over contributions to his 2013 campaign was a legitimate donor. "I'm very confident this gentleman had been fully vetted," McAuliffe told reporters, adding that he was shocked by the news of the investigation on Monday.


  • Hundreds of migrants relocated from squalid Greek border camp

    Greek authorities predict it will take 10 days to clear all the 8,400 refugees and migrants from a makeshift camp on the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni, on May 24, 2016Greek police on Tuesday moved hundreds of migrants out of the overcrowded camp of Idomeni, launching a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty had lived for months. In an operation that began shortly after sunrise, Greek police said they had put more than 1,500 people on buses to newly opened camps near Greece's second city Thessaloniki, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) to the south. Most media were kept at a distance, but footage and images handed out by state TV ERT and state agency ANA, who were allowed access, showed migrants patiently queueing up to board buses and being driven away, some waving at the camera.


  • US new-home sales jump to highest level in more than 8 years

    In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, photo, a "Sold" sign rests in front of a house under construction, in Walpole, Mass. On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in April. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans ramped up their purchases of new homes in April to the highest level since January 2008, evidence of a strong start to the spring buying season.


  • Suspect arrested in death of coal executive Bennett Hatfield CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man has been arrested in the death of a former coal company executive found shot at a West Virginia cemetery where his wife is buried, a sheriff said Tuesday.
  • Sumner Redstone appoints two new members to his trust

    Sumner Redstone arrives at premiere of The Guilt Trip in Los AngelesBy Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sumner Redstone, chairman emeritus of Viacom Inc said on Tuesday he has appointed two‎ new trustees to a trust that will determine the direction of the media conglomerate and CBS in the event of his incapacitation or death. The two trustees are executive vice president and general counsel of National Amusements Inc, Redstone's privately held movie theater chain, Tad Jankowski and former media executive and media analyst Jill Krutick, Redstone said in a statement.


  • Eurozone ministers push for Greece debt deal

    Greece and its European Union creditors are locked in talks on how to reduce the country's debt burden, which the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said must happen if it is to contribute any more of its own fundsEurozone finance ministers said they hoped to unlock vital bailout cash for Greece Tuesday, but warned of tough talks on debt relief that the IMF has demanded as the price for staying with the programme. Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem hailed Greece's "important work since the summer and in the past weeks" to deliver on the reforms. "I hope there is full agreement ... and that we can move on in the programme," added Dijsselbloem, who is also Dutch finance minister, saying disbursement could be "in weeks".


  • U.S. new home sales race to eight-year high, prices surge

    A man walks on a job site of a home under construction in Manhasset, New YorkNew U.S. single-family home sales surged to a more than eight-year high in April and prices hit a record high, offering further evidence of a pick-up in economic growth that could allow the Federal Reserve to raises interest rates soon. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday new home sales jumped 16.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of619,000 units, the highest level since January 2008. March's sales pace was revised up to 531,000 units from the previously reported 511,000 units.


  • House panel hearing lawmaker who wants IRS chief impeached

    FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2016 file photo, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The IRS says the agency's commissioner won't appear at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, May 24, 2106, examining whether he deserves to be impeached. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading House Republican is telling Congress that IRS chief John Koskinen should be impeached because he's misled congressional investigators probing his agency.


  • South African weather service says El Nino "fast decaying"

    A farmer inspects the soil ahead of planting at a maize field in Wesselsbron, a small maize farming town in the Free State province of South AfricaThe winter forecast for drought-hit South Africa shows the rapid fading of an El Nino weather pattern that scorched key crops but the overall picture is increasingly uncertain, the national weather service said in its latest monthly forecast. "Current observations still show the fast decay of El Nino ... However, the current forecast is clouded by growing uncertainty," the weather service said in the bulletin, which provides forecasts for the next five months. South Africa's staple maize crop will likely be around 30 percent lower this season because of the drought.


  • Cosby arrives in court in Pennsylvania sex-assault case

    Bill Cosby waves as he arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby arrived in court Tuesday for a key hearing on whether prosecutors have enough evidence to put the 78-year-old comedian on trial on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman over a decade ago.


  • San Francisco to consider stricter immigrant protections

    FILE - In this May 10, 2016 file photo, Supervisor John Avalos speaks during a Board of Supervisors meeting at City Hall in San Francisco. San Francisco officials plan to take another run at clarifying sanctuary protections for people who are in the country illegally, a policy that landed the city in national hot water last year when a Mexican man shot and killed a woman walking along a waterfront pier. The Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal Tuesday, May 24, 2016, that spells out when law enforcement can turn over criminal suspects to federal immigration authorities. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials plan to take another run at clarifying the progressive city's protections for people in the country illegally, a policy that led to national criticism last year when a Mexican man was accused of shooting and killing a woman walking along a waterfront pier.


  • Iraq forces keep up shelling of Falluja, U.N. concern mounts for civilians

    Iraqi federal police advance towards FallujaBy Ahmed Rasheed and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State targets in Falluja on Tuesday, the second day of an assault to retake the militant stronghold just west of Baghdad, as international concern mounted for the security of civilians. The United Nations refugees agency UNHCR said women and children died while trying to leave the city. About 100,000 civilians are estimated to be in Falluja which, in January 2014, became the first Iraqi city to be captured by Islamic State, six months before the group declared its caliphate.


  • Cosby returns to Pennsylvania court in criminal case

    Comedian Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, related to assault charges, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, PennsylvaniaDisgraced television legend Bill Cosby returned to court in Pennsylvania on Tuesday to attend a preliminary hearing over criminal accusations that he sexually assaulted a woman working for a basketball team in 2004. The 78-year-old, once beloved, pioneering black comedian walked into the courthouse in Norristown just outside Philadelphia, looking somber and dressed in a grey suit, white shirt and patterned tie. Cosby has become a public pariah since an avalanche of women have accused him of feeding them pills and having sex with them over four decades.


  • PBS to air film of American couple that defied Nazis

    FILE - In this April 14, 2016 file photo, Ken Burns attends the 2016 Room To Grow Benefit, to support babies born into poverty, at Tribeca Three Sixty in New York. PBS will air a film in September about an American couple that spent two years rescuing Jews in Europe before and after the start of World War II, made by the couple’s grandson with Burns. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — PBS will air a film in September about an American couple that spent two years rescuing Jews in Europe before and after the start of World War II, made by the couple's grandson with documentarian Ken Burns.


  • Protesters interrupt coal debate in Swedish Parliament STOCKHOLM (AP) — Unruly protesters briefly interrupted a debate Tuesday in the Swedish Parliament on the future of state-owned utility Vattenfall's coal assets in Germany.
  • The Latest: Russia denies losing helicopters at Syrian base

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, the wreckage of burned vehicles is seen at the site of a bombing, in the coastal towns of Tartus, Syria, Monday, May 23, 2016. A series of rare explosions including suicide bombings rocked coastal government strongholds in Syria Monday, killing several people and wounding dozens more, state media and opposition activists said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks. (SANA via AP)BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the violence in Syria a day after deadly attacks claimed by the Islamic State group targeted government strongholds (all times local):


  • Romanian Senate speaker charged with making false statements BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian prosecutors have charged the Senate speaker with making false statements to protect people standing trial in a real estate case involving a prince.
  • US new-home sales soar to highest level in 8 years on strong gains in Northeast and West WASHINGTON (AP) — US new-home sales soar to highest level in 8 years on strong gains in Northeast and West.
  • Sanders wants David to keep his job on 'Saturday Night Live'

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, May 23, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says comedian Larry David shouldn't worry about his role on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."


  • As fighters return from Libya, Tunisia faces growing challenge

    The Wider Image: As fighters return, Tunisia faces growing challengeBy Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara BEN GUERDANE, Tunisia (Reuters) - After a U.S. air strike killed a Tunisian jihadist commander in western Libya in late February, dozens of Islamic State fighters sneaked across the border into Tunisia and attacked an army barracks and police bases in the town of Ben Guerdane. In the battle that followed, Islamic State militants shot dead local Tunisian anti-terrorism chief Colonel Abdel Atti Abdelkabir metres from his home. Residents, including the colonel's brother, say they recognised some of the attackers as former neighbours and classmates who had left to train with Islamic State in Libya.


  • Ukraine: 7 soldiers killed, 9 wounded in eastern clashes MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian officials say seven soldiers have been killed over the past day in fighting in eastern Ukraine.
  • Libyan coastguards intercept 550 migrants off western coast

    Migrants, who attempted to flee the Libyan coast to head for Europe, are seen after being detained at the coast guard center in the coastal city of Tripoli, LibyaLibyan coastguards intercepted about 550 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa on Tuesday after they set out to cross the Mediterranean in four rubber boats, Tripoli coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem said. The migrants from various African countries, including 30 women and three children, were stopped off the Libyan coast near Sabratha, a city 80 km (50 miles) west of the capital Tripoli. Another 850 migrants were intercepted in the same area on Sunday.


  • Goodbye, empty nest: Millennials staying longer with parents WASHINGTON (AP) — Many of America's young adults appear to be in no hurry to move out of their old bedrooms.
  • Investigators raid Google Paris HQ in tax evasion inquiry

    A Google carpet is seen at the entrance of the new headquarters of Google France before its official inauguration in ParisFrench investigators raided Google's Paris headquarters on Tuesday as part of a tax evasion inquiry, the financial prosecutor's office said. Google said it was fully complying with French law. Facing public anger at the way multinational companies use their footprints around the world to minimize tax, France, Britain and others have sought ways to make sure Google, Yahoo! and other digital giants, who often have their tax bases in other countries, pay their taxes locally.