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Elliott and other investors have pushed Akzo to hold talks with USA coatings manufacturer PPG after the Dutch company rejected a sweetened 22.4 billion euro ($24 billion) cash-and-stock proposal from PPG last month. "It is only through engagement that Akzo Nobel can determine if PPG is prepared to bid at a level that provides adequate consideration to shareholders".
  • Delta cancels 275 more flights days after storm disruptions

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    Delta Chief Operating Officer Gil West called the storms that pounded Atlanta "unprecedented" and acknowledged the recovery effort could have been better. Even though they weren't holed up in a plane, stranded passengers at the Norfolk International Airport also got free pizza. McKnight said she is understanding of the challenges Delta has faced.
  • European Union competition authorities clear 21st Century Fox takeover of broadcaster Sky plc

    European Union competition authorities clear 21st Century Fox takeover of broadcaster Sky plc

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    In December the USA movie and TV giant, which owns 39% of Sky, announced its ambition to buy the rest of the pay-TV giant and fold it into its own operations. 21st Century Fox said it welcomed the EC's decision. Anger over phone hacking has since abated. "They compete with each other only to a limited extent, mainly in the acquisition of TV content and in the wholesale supply of basic pay-TV channels", it added.
  • Apple, Amazon, Google join bidding for Toshiba chip unit

    Apple, Amazon, Google join bidding for Toshiba chip unit

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    Three tech firms -Apple, Amazon , and Google -have reportedly joined the considerable list of bidders of Toshiba's NAND flash memory business, now on the market as Toshiba looks to raise $9 billion to cover losses at its US nuclear unit, Westinghouse, AppleInsider reports.
  • School execs say stalled Albany budget could force painful cuts

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    Though Cuomo criticized the state Legislature for failing to pass a budget by the April 1 deadline, he cited the uncertainty of the Federal Budget as a reason to further draw out budget negotiations. "On issues such as Raise the Age, there are political and ideological differences between the Senate and Assembly". After Assembly and Senate leaders were unable to strike a deal on key issues such as Raise the Age or education funding, lawmakers upstate passed an " extender budget", which ...
  • Trump signs bill blocking online privacy regulation

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    Internet service providers could have an easier time selling their customers' data thanks to a Senate vote on Thursday that overturns a Federal Communications Commission rule requiring ISPs to get permission before selling consumer browsing history and other data.
  • Deutsche Bank hits out at Brexit claiming PM's negotiation strategy 'unrealistic'

    Deutsche Bank hits out at Brexit claiming PM's negotiation strategy 'unrealistic'

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    However, this was immediately rejected by both German chancellor Angela Merkel and the French president Francois Hollande. "Brexit in itself is already punitive enough". Deutsche also criticised Mrs May's use of security intelligence as part of Britain's negotiating stance and said it is a "negative approach". "We really are moving forward now.
  • US Sanctions N. Korean Coal Firm, 11 Individuals

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    A bipartisan bill sponsored on March 21 by lawmakers affiliated with the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act allows for bans on the sale and transfer of crude oil and petroleum products to North Korea and on employment of North Korean workers at the executive branch's discretion.
  • Klopp hopes for best after Mane injury

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    Everton are now three spots below fourth-placed Liverpool , and only two points adrift of fifth-placed Manchester United. "Everyone was allowed to say his thoughts at that time and it was a really open meeting". "If you saw the games then Roberto didn't score, but he opened almost all the situations. That is how we like to play and how we like to continue".
  • Predicting the winners at the 52nd ACM Awards

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    These two guys may be the faces of Top 40 country's pop sound, but they clearly have a deep respect for Merle's music. To better understand the ranks of legendary country artists that this year's victor will join, PrettyFamous , an entertainment data site by Graphiq , gathered all of the previous ACM album of the year winners since the award was first presented in 1967.
  • Brit Johanna Konta beats Wozniacki in Miami Open final

    Brit Johanna Konta beats Wozniacki in Miami Open final

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    Konta was terrific from the start, winning 14 of her first 24 first-serve points, and took advantage of a lackluster effort from Wozniacki. "Obviously it's always talked about Indian Wells/Miami", she said. Wozniacki showed her excellent defence and staying power in her semi-final win over second-seed Karolina Pliskova on Thursday. Only one other player has gathered more ranking points in 2017 than Johanna Konta, but more importantly the new world number seven has now successfully negotiated ...
  • Rain and wintry mix lasts through the start of the weekend

    Rain and wintry mix lasts through the start of the weekend

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    This is a very complicated storm even by typical New England standards, and the snow amounts will ultimately reflect this. "Locally heavier snow is possible just north of town, but not excessively so". The precipitation was forecast to move into the Buffalo Niagara region by mid-afternoon today . Through Thursday , there had been 18.4 inches of snow this March, and Friday's storm added an inch or so more.
  • Senator criticizes House speaker on health care

    Senator criticizes House speaker on health care

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    No one is laughing now. But in the end, majority decided it wasn't enough and said they'd vote against the bill. "I think he's still just negotiating", said Representative Thomas Massie , a Kentucky conservative who is not in the Freedom Caucus but close to some of its members.
  • Oil Stays Above $49 as US Fuel Demand Blunts Crude Supply Gain

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    The oil market is risking a supply crunch as producers cut spending on major projects to focus on short-term low-priced shale output in the USA, some of the top crude and products traders said . USA crude imports dropped by 543,000 bpd. Oil prices rose slightly Thursday, with gains tempered by a rising dollar after crude witnessed some of its biggest gains in almost two months during the USA session.