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Euro zone private sector on strong footing but still slashing prices: PMIs

A cashier holds euro banknotes in RigaWe are looking at 0.5 percent quarter-on-quarter GDP growth if we continue to see this level," said Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit. Inflation fell to just 0.5 percent in March, its sixth straight month in what European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has called a "danger zone" below 1 percent and keeping pressure on the ECB to intervene. However, Markit's flash Composite Purchasing Managers' Index, which is widely regarded as a good gauge of growth, suggested the economic support, at least, may not be necessary.


Nicest man on ship: Captain had 40 years' experience, love of sea, but abandoned sinking ferry

An off-duty helmsman Oh Yong-seok of the sunken ferry Sewol speaks on a bed at Mokpo Hankook Hospital where he gets treatment for minor injuries in Mokpo, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. “He (the ship's Capt. Lee Joon-seok) was generous, a really nice guy,” Oh , a 57-year-old helmsman, said of the boss who always asked about his wife and kids and was happy to dispense personal and professional advice. (AP Photo/Lee Won-cheol)MOKPO, South Korea - A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. Crew members interviewed by The Associated Press knew little about the captain's personal life.


Memorial set for last of victims of mass stabbing in Calgary last week

CALGARY - A service will be held today for the last of the five victims of last week's mass murder in Calgary. Lawrence Hong, who was 27, was to have graduated this year from the University of Calgary with a degree in urban studies. Hong, Zackariah Rathwell, Jordan Segura, Kaiti Perras and Josh Hunter were stabbed to death on April 15 at a party celebrating the end of university classes. Another party-goer, 22-year-old Matthew de Grood, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

Dozens of Sherpas leave Everest following deadly avalanche; some expeditions cancel climbs

Relatives of mountaineers, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, cry during the funeral ceremony in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014. Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. The avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpas. Three other Sherpas remain missing and are presumed dead. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)KATMANDU, Nepal - Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits. With the entire climbing season increasingly thrown into doubt, the government quickly announced that top tourism officials would fly to base camp Thursday to negotiate with the Sherpas and encourage them to return to work. But while Nepal's government has been heavily criticized for not doing enough for the Sherpas in the wake of last week's disaster, the deadliest ever on the mountain, one top official blamed the walkout on "hooligans." While it was unclear just how many of the 400 or so Sherpas on the mountain had joined the walkout, a number of expedition companies have already cancelled their climbs, and the lucrative climbing season is in disarray.


With daredevil's jump out, Discovery to make documentary on Everest avalanche

FILE - In this May 18, 2003 file photo, mountaineers pass through the treacherous Khumbu Icefall on their way to Mount Everest near Everest Base camp, Nepal. The Khumbu Icefall is a river of ice, a kilometer or so of constantly shifting glacier punctuated by deep crevasses and overhanging immensities of ice that can be as large as 10-story buildings and can move six feet in just one day. Crossing it can take 12 hours. On Friday, April 18, 2014, a piece of glacier sheared away from the mountain, setting off an avalanche of ice that killed 16 Sherpa guides as they ferried clients’ equipment up the mountain. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)NEW YORK, N.Y. - With its dreams of televising a daredevil's attempt to jump off Mount Everest over, the Discovery network said Tuesday it will instead make a documentary on last week's avalanche that killed more than a dozen mountain guides. Discovery President Eileen O'Neill said the network hopes to air the film within the next few weeks. Discovery will encourage viewers to donate to a relief fund for families of the Sherpa guides killed in Everest's most deadly disaster. Several of the Sherpas killed were helping prepare for American Joby Ogwyn's planned jump from the summit in a wingsuit.


Business

China PMI as predicted, Aussie drops after data

Man looks at an electronic board displaying Japan's Nikkei average and various countries' stock indices outside a brokerage in TokyoBy Wayne Cole and Vidya Ranganathan SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asian stock markets were little moved on Wednesday after a Chinese manufacturing survey met expectations, but the Australian dollar plunged to a two-week low after data showed surprisingly low inflation in that country's economy. Investors hoping that the Chinese HSBC manufacturing PMI data for April would show some stabilization in the slowing economy were relieved when the survey came in at 48.3, still in contractionary territory but slightly above the March number. Asian shares barely reacted to that data although China's stock markets, both the Shanghai Composite Index and the China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong, were about a quarter of a percent weaker. The Aussie fell after data showing Australian consumer price inflation was a surprisingly low 0.6 percent last quarter.


China factory activity shrinks for fourth month

A worker assembles a generator at a factory in HefeiBy Kevin Yao BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory activity shrank for the fourth straight month in April, signaling economic weakness into the second quarter, a preliminary survey showed on Wednesday, although the pace of decline eased helped by policy steps to arrest the slowdown. "It's generally in line (with expectations), reflecting that growth momentum is stabilizing," said Zhou Hao, China economist at ANZ in Shanghai. Hao expected economic growth to pick up slightly to 7.5 percent in the second quarter. MODEST STIMULUS MEASURES China's central bank will cut the amount of deposits rural banks must hold as reserves by between 0.5 and 2 percentage points, it said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of measures to help combat the slowing economy.


GM seeks U.S. court protection against ignition lawsuits

An engineer shows the ignition assembly which has a faulty 2005 ignition switch in a file photo.Plaintiffs suing the company also filed a proposed class action lawsuit in Manhattan bankruptcy court on Monday, seeking an order declaring that GM cannot use the bankruptcy protection to absolve itself from liabilities. The faulty ignition switch has been linked to at least 13 deaths and the recall of 2.6 million GM vehicles. GM emerged from bankruptcy protection in 2009 as a different legal entity from the so-called old GM. Under those terms, the "new GM" shed liability for incidents predating its exit from bankruptcy, and any lawsuit involving pre-bankruptcy issues must be brought against what remains of old GM.


Valeant, Ackman offer to buy Botox maker Allergan for $47 billion

A sample of Botox is seen at the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group at the Americana Manhasset luxury shopping destination in ManhassetCanada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc said on Tuesday it and activist investor Bill Ackman made an unsolicited $47 billion bid to buy Botox maker Allergan Inc as it seeks to become one of the world's five biggest drug companies. The offer, if successful, would bring together two mid-sized pharmaceutical companies with expertise in skin care and eye care products, and is highly unusual as activist investors typically buy stakes and then agitate for strategic change. Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management, Allergan's largest shareholder with a 9.7 percent stake, disclosed in a filing on Monday it is supporting the bid. Allergan said in a statement that it has received the offer, and will carefully consider the proposal and "pursue the course of action that it believes is in the best interests of the company's stockholders." Late on Tuesday, Allergan said it adopted a shareholder rights plan effective April 22 that will trigger if a person or group acquires 10 percent or more of its shares.


Wal-Mart to report how compliance targets impacted executive pay: WSJ

A man stands on a skateboard outside a Wal-Mart store in Williston(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is set to report as soon as Wednesday on how its executives performed on their goals to overhaul compliance operations and how that affected their pay, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company's board will issue a securities filing in the coming days that will detail how well executives performed on its compliance goals, such as enhancing its global anti-corruption program, the report cited the retailer's chief compliance officer, Jay Jorgensen, as saying. A representative for Wal-Mart could not be immediately reached for comment outside of regular U.S. business hours. An assessment of compliance objectives will now be part of the company's regular corporate governance, the Journal quoted Jorgensen as saying at the Dow Jones Global Compliance Symposium in Washington on Tuesday.


Weight Loss

7 Diseases that Strike Younger Than You Think

"When we're young, we think we're invincible," says Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. "But we're not." And increasingly, diseases we commonly associate with people in their 60s and 70s are hitting two, three, or even four decades earlier. Why? Better screening and early detection are part of the picture, but lifestyle factors such as poor diet and the fact that we're living more sedentary lives are to blame as well. Here, 7 diseases you can do something about today--to make sure you feel better, longer.

Rosie O'Donnell Drops 50 Pounds! (Roll Call)

Rosie O'Donnell attends Rosie's Theater Kids 10th Anniversary Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on September 25, 2013 in New York City -- Getty ImagesYour Daily Roundup of Celebrity Gossip & Star Shenanigans!


Jacques Servier, founder of famed French lab ensnared in drug scandal, dies at 92

FILE - In this May 21, 2013 file photo, Jacques Servier, founder of Servier Laboratories, is pictured during the opening of the trial of the so-called Mediator case, a drug allegedly linked to hundreds of deaths, at Nanterre's court house, outside Paris. Servier, the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group who became ensnared in a scandal over a diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, has died. He was 92. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)PARIS - Jacques Servier, the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group who became ensnared in a scandal over a diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, has died. Servier Research Group announced the death of 92-year-old Servier late Wednesday. Servier and his lab were at the centre of one of France's biggest health scandals, in which the drug Mediator was alleged to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people. The European Medicines Agency pulled Mediator from shelves when it found that its active ingredient, benfluorex, could lead to a dangerous thickening of heart valves.


A new way to put creeps in their place

A new way to put creeps in their placeSexual harassment on the street is an offence with no real consequence - but this app may help to give offenders something to think about.


Rob Ford recruits Ben Johnson, Trailer Park Boys actor to join his campaign

Canada's former sprinter Ben Johnson poses as he stands in the track where he once competed in the Seoul Olympics on Sept. 24, 1988, at Seoul Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson and a member of the mockumentary series ``Trailer Park Boys'' have joined Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's re-election team. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Lee Jin-manThroughout the course of any election campaign, it's important for a candidate to bring-in endorsers -- individuals who will lend some credibility to the campaign while, at the same time, showing a sense of momentum. But even what's left of … Continue reading →


Lifestyle

With daredevil's jump out, Discovery to make documentary on Everest avalanche

FILE - In this May 18, 2003 file photo, mountaineers pass through the treacherous Khumbu Icefall on their way to Mount Everest near Everest Base camp, Nepal. The Khumbu Icefall is a river of ice, a kilometer or so of constantly shifting glacier punctuated by deep crevasses and overhanging immensities of ice that can be as large as 10-story buildings and can move six feet in just one day. Crossing it can take 12 hours. On Friday, April 18, 2014, a piece of glacier sheared away from the mountain, setting off an avalanche of ice that killed 16 Sherpa guides as they ferried clients’ equipment up the mountain. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)NEW YORK, N.Y. - With its dreams of televising a daredevil's attempt to jump off Mount Everest over, the Discovery network said Tuesday it will instead make a documentary on last week's avalanche that killed more than a dozen mountain guides. Discovery President Eileen O'Neill said the network hopes to air the film within the next few weeks. Discovery will encourage viewers to donate to a relief fund for families of the Sherpa guides killed in Everest's most deadly disaster. Several of the Sherpas killed were helping prepare for American Joby Ogwyn's planned jump from the summit in a wingsuit.


Chris Brown trial in Washington on assault charge could start Wednesday after being delayed

WASHINGTON - Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge is scheduled to begin in Washington. Brown's trial had been set for Monday but was postponed while lawyers tried to work out whether his bodyguard will testify. It's unclear if the trial will start Wednesday, as Brown's lawyers seem to want, or if further legal manoeuvring will delay it. Both Brown and his bodyguard were arrested in October.

Neil Patrick Harris channels 'Hedwig' on stage when fans call out his name during performance

This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Neil Patrick Harris in a scene from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," at the Belasco Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)NEW YORK, N.Y. - Neil Patrick Harris knows that his character Hedwig speaks directly to the audience throughout his Broadway show, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." So he understands how things can sometimes get unruly. It draws heavily from Mitchell's personal life growing up as the son a U.S. Army General.


Stephen Colbert pays visit to show he'll take over from David Letterman, says he's 'thrilled'

In this photo provided by CBS, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, left, shakes hands with host David Letterman on the set of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in New York. This was Colbert’s first visit to the show since CBS announced that he will succeed Letterman as host when he retires in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeffrey R. Staab) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE, FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLYNEW YORK, N.Y. - Stephen Colbert, who will take over for a retiring David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" next year, revealed Tuesday that he almost worked for Letterman — twice. Colbert, the Comedy Central host, visited the "Late Show" for the first time since it was announced earlier this month that he will replace Letterman sometime next year. He was greeted warmly, with Letterman introducing him as "very talented" and "always entertaining," and the two men posed for the obligatory selfie. Letterman was working at NBC then, and Colbert said he accompanied his girlfriend to New York, where she was interviewing for an internship at Letterman's show.


'Game Of Thrones' Q&A: Sophie Turner On Sansa's Escape

Sophie Turner on a red carpet and as Sansa Stark in 'Game of Thrones' -- HBO/Getty ImagesThanks to a scheming Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, the last Stark in King's Landing - Sophie Turner's Sansa - has left the capitol. She's "sailing home," as Littlefinger put it in last Sunday's episode, as they began to travel far away from the chaos that erupted following King Joffrey Baratheon's wedding day murder. But nothing is that simple or that easy in "Game of Thrones." With her flame haired character heading off on a new journey, Sophie shared with Access Hollywood her thoughts on recent events -- like finding out Ser Dontos was (going to be) paid to help Sansa flee the city.


Sports

Spurs coach Popovich named Coach of the Year

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs(Reuters) - Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs was voted NBA Coach of the Year, becoming the third three-time winner of the award, the National Basketball Association announced on Tuesday. Popovich's Spurs posted the NBA's best record at 62-20 to secure homecourt advantage through the postseason as he claimed the coaching honor for the second time in three seasons and joined Don Nelson and Pat Riley as a three-time recipient. After steering the Spurs to a 15th successive season with 50 or more wins, Popovich totaled 380 points, including 59 first-place votes, from a panel of 124 sportswriters from the United States and Canada.


Phelps facing toughest challenge yet

U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps poses with his Special Laureus Award during the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards, at Municipal Theater in Rio de JaneiroMichael Phelps has been swimming against the tide all his life. Time and time again he has proved the doubters wrong, setting the standard for Olympic achievement with his 18 gold medals. If all goes well, Phelps could be back on the winner's podium at Rio, although he insists he is still undecided about whether he wants to go to the 2016 Olympics. Nothing he does in the future will take away from what he did in the past but as Muhammad Ali, Mark Spitz, Michael Jordan, Bjorn Borg and Michael Schumacher all discovered, it can still become a permanent footnote.


Djokovic plays down injury fears, back for Madrid

Djokovic reacts after missing a point during his match against Federer during their semi-final match at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco(Reuters) - Novak Djokovic has played down fears he will miss this year's French Open, saying the wrist injury he sustained at the Monte Carlo Masters last week is not as serious as first feared. The Serb, second in the world rankings behind Rafael Nadal, said on his website (www.novakdjokovic.com) that he hoped to be fit to play in the Madrid Masters which starts on May 4. "Fortunately, the situation with the injury is better than it first seemed," Djokovic, who was beaten by Roger Federer in Monte Carlo, said on Tuesday. "Doctors assured me that I will be ready for Madrid, then Rome and Roland Garros, just as it has been planned.


Patrick Marleau scores OT winner, and Sharks beat LA Kings 4-3 to take 3-0 series lead

San Jose Sharks left wing James Sheppard, left, is tripped by Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series , Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After Patrick Marleau's fourth career playoff overtime goal silenced Staples Center for maybe the next-to-last time this season, the veteran San Jose Sharks forward attributed his knack for post-season heroics to one simple trait. "Well, you just try to shoot it on net," Marleau said. That's how good things happen for Marleau and the Sharks, who weathered the Los Angeles Kings' best game of the series and emerged on the brink of advancement. Marleau scored 6:20 into overtime, and the Sharks beat the Kings 4-3 on Tuesday night to take a 3-0 first-round series lead.


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Celebrity

'Game Of Thrones' Q&A: Sophie Turner On Sansa's Escape

Sophie Turner on a red carpet and as Sansa Stark in 'Game of Thrones' -- HBO/Getty ImagesThanks to a scheming Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, the last Stark in King's Landing - Sophie Turner's Sansa - has left the capitol. She's "sailing home," as Littlefinger put it in last Sunday's episode, as they began to travel far away from the chaos that erupted following King Joffrey Baratheon's wedding day murder. But nothing is that simple or that easy in "Game of Thrones." With her flame haired character heading off on a new journey, Sophie shared with Access Hollywood her thoughts on recent events -- like finding out Ser Dontos was (going to be) paid to help Sansa flee the city.


Drew Barrymore Gives Birth; Reveals Baby Name!

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman attend the release of 'Find It In Everything' at Chanel Boutique on January 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills -- FilmMagicDrew Barrymore's bundle of joy has arrived!


'Dancing' Recap: Stiff Competition Shakes Up Leaderboard

'Dancing with the Stars' Season 18 cast -- ABCA beloved member of the "Dancing with the Stars" cast was sent home on Monday night's show. "The Price Is Right" host Drew Carey and professional dance partner Cheryl Burke were eliminated from the stiff competition on Monday's "DWTS," and the cast was disappointed to see the pair, who brought a lot of fun to the ballroom, go home.


A look at the homegrown highlights at the upcoming Hot Docs film festival

Security certificate detainee Mahmoud Jaballah, who has been under house arrest for 7 years, waits at home in this undated handout image from the film "The Secret Trial." THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Hot Docs Festival, Noah G. BinghamTORONTO - Alice Cooper, George Takei, The Iron Sheik and the man behind Big Bird are among the high-profile guests headed to this year's Hot Docs festival. Here's a look at some of the homegrown films hoping to make a splash at the annual showcase, more formally known as the Canadian International Documentary Festival: Director Dennis Mohr: "I think they're just a strange untapped aspect of photography — call it portrait photography, just call it a terrible photograph.... It's a great leveller of society. Featuring: "I think we did get the Justin Bieber (shot) in, that was the last edit we made, but it really deals with non-celebrity," says Mohr.


Emma Stone Embraces 'Bland Basic Bitch' Label

Emma Stone on April 15, 2014 in Berlin -- Getty ImagesYour Daily Roundup of Celebrity Gossip & Star Shenanigans!









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