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Rich newspaper owners: Industry saviors or foes?
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Salt Lake Tribune's pending sale to the wealthy Huntsman family unshackles the newspaper from cost-cutting corporate owners and resolves crippling financial uncertainty - but it also raises concerns about whether the influential family will meddle in the paper's coverage....

EU trims economic growth forecasts amid global uncertainty
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has trimmed its economic growth forecasts for the 19 countries that share the euro, saying the recovery could be held back by a likely rise in the price of oil and the common currency....

Lights out: Philips to launch IPO for lighting division
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Royal Philips NV announced Tuesday that it is spinning off its iconic lighting division in an initial public offering so it can focus on its future as a health technology provider....

Who created bitcoin? The long search may not be over
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? For many in the tech world, the identity of bitcoin's elusive creator has been a long-running parlor game. And the speculation might not be over....

Bitcoin's creator unmasks himself _ well, maybe
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The mystery creator of the digital currency bitcoin has finally stepped forward. Or has he?...

BMW enjoys strong Europe, Asia sales but cautious on outlook
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Luxury automaker BMW says net profit rose 8.2 percent in the first quarter thanks to strong sales in Europe and Asia, but the company gave a restrained outlook for the rest of the year....

France: US-EU trade deal blocked, probably doomed
PARIS (AP) -- France's trade minister says a huge free trade deal between the U.S. and Europe is probably doomed, and France would reject the current version because it's too friendly to U.S. business....

AP EXPLAINS: What is bitcoin? A look at the digital currency
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bitcoin is a type of digital currency that allows people to buy goods and services and exchange money without involving banks, credit card issuers or other third parties. Its origins have long been a mystery - though an Australian man long rumored to have ties to bitcoin has come forward claiming to be its creator....

HSBC profit lower in volatile market
BEIJING (AP) -- HSBC Holdings PLC says its latest quarterly profit fell 18 percent from a year earlier due to global market volatility....

Global stocks mixed, European indexes down in early trading
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Global stocks were mixed Tuesday, with European stocks all down in early trading but Australia's S&P ASX 200 index making solid gains after the Australian central bank cut interest rates....

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