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Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

Dec 12 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1100 GMT on Tuesday: ** France’s Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $15.7 billion, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record. ** Australia’s Tatts Group Ltd cleared one of the last hurdles in its takeover by horse race-betting firm Tabcorp Holdings Ltd with the lottery owner getting the green signal from its shareholders. ** Zurich Insurance has agreed to buy Australia and New Zealand BankingRead More

Democratic Senator Franken faces pressure to resign, announcement looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Al Franken faced intense pressure from members of his own party on Wednesday to resign from the U.S. Senate over accusations of sexual misconduct. Minnesota Public Radio reported Franken would resign on Thursday. Franken’s office said in an email that no final decision had been made and that the senator was still discussing the issue with his family. After accusations began surfacing three weeks ago, Franken said he would remain in office and work to regain the trust of voters in Minnesota, the state he represents.Read More

David Cassidy, teen heartthrob of ‘The Partridge Family,’ dies at 67

(Reuters) – David Cassidy, a singer and actor whose androgynous features and jaunty voice made him a 1970s teen heartthrob on the “The Partridge Family” television show, died on Tuesday at age 67, his publicist said. FILE PHOTO: David Cassidy smiles for photographers outside the Phoenix theatre in London, Britain October 23, 1995. REUTERS/Andrew Shaw/File Photo Cassidy, who was diagnosed with dementia in his 60s, entered a Florida hospital over the weekend and succumbed to organ failure. He died in the hospital’s intensive care unit, his publicist, Jo-Ann Geffen, saidRead More

easyJet clinches parts of Air Berlin for German expansion

BERLIN (Reuters) – EasyJet has strengthened its position in Germany by agreeing to buy part of Air Berlin’s operations at Berlin Tegel airport, ending uncertainty over the fate of the failed airline’s remaining assets. EasyJet Commercial passenger aircraft takes off in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau EasyJet said late on Friday it would enter into leases for up to 25 A320 aircraft, acquire take-off and landing slots, and offer jobs to staff, making the announcement shortly after Air Berlin’s final flight landed at Tegel. [nL8N1N21Y9]] TheRead More

Trump to shrink two Utah national monuments, senator says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will shrink the size of two national monuments in Utah, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah said on Friday, a change that will open the areas to drilling and mining but which Democrats, environmental groups and Native Americans are vowing to fight. FILE PHOTO: Bears Ears, the twin rock formations which form part of Bears Ears National Monument in the Four Corners region, are pictured in Utah, U.S., May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Bob Strong/File Photo The two Utah sites, Bears Ears National Monument andRead More

Golf – International captain Price struggling for answers

(Note use of language in third para that some readers may find offensive) By Andrew Both JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) – International captain Nick Price was left scratching his head in search of answers as he prepared for Saturday’s resumption at the Presidents Cup. With the United States team already leading 8-2, only a massive turnaround in the eight matches on Saturday will leave any suspense heading into Sunday’s 12 singles at Liberty National. “These guys are trying their arses off,” Price said. “I don’t know what the recipeRead More

France: Macron’s party faces likely blow in Senate elections

French President Emmanuel Macron’s unconventional political party is fighting to make its mark on the Senate in elections Sunday for half the seats in the upper house — but the results are likely to reflect mounting disenchantment with Macron’s leadership. His centrist Republic on the Move! party, created just last year, won a large majority in the lower house of parliament in June elections, but is unlikely to do the same in the Senate. Polls suggest the conservative Republicans party will consolidate its dominance of the chamber’s 348 seats instead.Read More

Hillary Clinton opens up about the moment she realized she lost Video

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Tronc buys New York Daily News in push into No. 1 media market

(Reuters) – Tronc Inc (TRNC.O), owner of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times newspapers, has gained entry into the United States’ top media market by acquiring the New York Daily News from publishing and property mogul Mort Zuckerman. Tronc disclosed in a filing early Tuesday that it had paid $1 in cash plus the assumption of liabilities for the nearly 100-year-old tabloid newspaper and a state-of-the-art printing plant in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York City. The Chicago-based company will assume the DailyRead More