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  • Euro bailout rebel quits senior German governing party job

    BERLIN (AP) — A prominent opponent of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s eurozone bailout policies has announced that he’s stepping down as deputy leader of one of Germany’s governing parties and giving up his parliamentary seat. Peter…

  • China announces plans for deposit insurance in bank reform

    BEIJING (AP) — China has announced plans to offer deposit insurance in May for the first time as part of steps to liberalize the state-owned banking industry. The central bank said Tuesday that it will…

  • Harman buying Bang & Olufsen Automotive audio business

    NEW YORK (AP) — The audio and electronic systems company Harman International Industries Inc. will buy Bang & Olufsen Automotive for about $157.3 million. Bang & Olufsen makes sound systems, which are available in high-end…

  • French eye cockpit entry, psychological screening rules

    PARIS (AP) — French aviation investigators said Tuesday they will examine “systemic weaknesses” like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings crash, while Lufthansa said its insurers set…

  • Eurozone deflation eases, unemployment at near 3-year low

    LONDON (AP) — The 19-country eurozone isn’t going to be the driving force of the global economy anytime soon, but it’s increasingly evident that its numbers are heading the right way. Official figures Tuesday raised…

  • US leads pledges with $507 million at Syria donor conference

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The United States pledged $507 million in humanitarian aid at an international donors’ conference for Syria on Tuesday as the United Nations issued an appeal for $8.4 billion in commitments this…

  • UK economy grew more sharply in 2014 than previously thought

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s national statistics agency says the economy grew faster than previously thought last year. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the country’s gross domestic product expanded 2.8 percent, compared…

  • Unease about immigration at core of UK election campaign

    BOSTON, England (AP) — Boston is a typical English town — ancient church, traditional shops, Polish supermarkets, Baltic bakeries. Amid the bargain-hunting crowds on market day, eastern European languages are almost as common as the…

  • Global stocks mostly gain on economic data, China hopes

    TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets mostly climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 added 0.2 percent to 5,092.19 in early trading…

  • Several Turkish cities hit by power outage

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Officials say a glitch at Turkey’s electricity power transmission network has caused power outages in several cities, including Istanbul and the capital Ankara. The blackout early on Tuesday has brought subway…

  • Lufthansa insurers set aside $300 million over Alps crash

    BERLIN (AP) — Lufthansa says its insurers are setting aside $300 million to deal with possible costs resulting from last week’s crash of a Germanwings jet in the French Alps, in which 150 people died.…

  • Distillers: Stiff whiskey law stifles town’s boozy revival

    TRIMBLE, Tenn. (AP) — Booze, bikes and rock ‘n’ roll. That’s the plan for economic development in this otherwise sleepy town of Trimble, tucked away among the corn and soybean fields of northwestern Tennessee. The…

  • Huawei reports 2014 profit up 33 percent

    BEIJING (AP) — Huawei Technologies Ltd., one of the world’s biggest makers of telecommunications equipment, said Tuesday its 2014 profit rose 33 percent, helped by strong sales of smartphones. The company based in the southern…

  • New Arizona governor avoids major issues with apparent ease

    PHOENIX (AP) — Less than three months into his tenure, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has largely managed to avoid having to make the tough political decisions that could have alienated him with the two wings…

  • 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…