US leveraged loans calendar shows green shoots

NEW YORK, April 17 (LPC) – The calendar for US leveraged
loans is at the highest point of the year with new deals
including drug developer Catalent Pharma Solutions’ US$1.2bn
purchase of gene-therapy company Paragon Bioservices and private
equity firm Apollo Global’s US$1.1bn acquisition of Smart &
Final Stores providing a boost.

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Hearing loss tied to increased risk for depression

(Reuters Health) – Older adults with hearing loss may be more likely than peers without hearing difficulty to develop symptoms of depression, a research review suggests.

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City lead Spurs after five goals in opening 21 minutes

Manchester City lead Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 (3-3 aggregate) at halftime after a remarkable five goals were scored in the opening 21 minutes of their Champions League quarter-final second leg on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook working on voice assistant to rival Amazon’s Alexa

Facebook Inc is working to
develop a voice assistant to rival the likes of Inc’s
Alexa, Apple Inc’s Siri and Alphabet Inc’s
Google Assistant.

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Targeted doping tests having an impact in esports, says Verroken

Targeted testing of esports competitors is leading to a rethink about drug cheating in online gaming and which stimulants are more widespread, according to anti-doping expert Michele Verroken.

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Peru’s ex-leader dies after self-inflicted gunshot

Peru’s former president Alan Garcia died in a hospital in Lima on Wednesday, hours after authorities say he shot himself in the head to avoid arrest.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. chipmakers’ shares rally despite demand uncertainty

As Qualcomm’s
major victory against Apple sent semiconductor stocks
to record highs on Wednesday, the sector’s strong recent rally
may be at odds with uncertainty about an ongoing downturn in
global demand.

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After manhunt, Columbine-obsessed teen found dead in Colorado

A Florida teenager believed to be obsessed with the Columbine massacre was found dead in Colorado on Wednesday after she triggered a manhunt by making a “pilgrimage” to the state, days before the 20th anniversary of the infamous school attack.

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Twenty-eight dead in tourist bus accident in Madeira – Lusa

Twenty-eight people died in a tourist bus accident on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Wednesday, Lusa news agency and other media reported, quoting a local politician.

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EU parliament votes to fine internet firms for not removing extremist content quickly

The European parliament voted on Wednesday to fine firms like Facebook, Google and Twitter up to 4 percent of their turnover if they persistently fail to remove extremist content within one hour of being asked to do so by authorities.

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