KPN board breaks silence and confirms Movil bid

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A month after Carlos Slim’s America Movil said it planned to launch a 7.2 billion euro ($9.5 billion) takeover bid for the 70 percent of Royal KPN NV it doesn’t already own, KPN’s boards have…

More people exercise while they work

WASHINGTON (AP) — Glued to your desk at work? Cross that off the list of excuses for not having the time to exercise. A growing number of people are standing, walking and even cycling their way through the…

Stevie Nicks, Lady Antebellum team on ‘Crossroads’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lady Antebellum may be on hiatus, but fans are still getting a chance to see something new from the Nashville trio. Lady A will join Stevie Nicks on Friday night’s episode of “CMT Crossroads,”…

Iran reopens film group in hint of moderate shift

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities say a prominent center for filmmakers and artists can reopen, more than 20 months after it was closed by hard-liners. The decision, reported Thursday by the official IRNA news agency, appears to…

Government offers gas mileage labels for used cars

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government has come up with window labels that show the gas mileage and pollution of used cars. The Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency say the labels can be downloaded or viewed…

Assad: Syria to offer data on chemical weapons

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels have blasted the Russian proposal on securing their country’s chemical weapons, saying that Bashar Assad’s government should instead be made to face an international court for last month’s attack near Damascus. The top…

Quotations of the Day

“Has it really been 12 years? Or 12 days? Sometimes it feels the same. Sometimes I reach for the phone so I can call you, and we can talk about our kids like we used to do every…

EU lawmakers back central bank oversight

BRUSSELS (AP) — European lawmakers are expected to back legislation establishing a new, centralized oversight for Europe’s largest banks Thursday, marking what is considered a key step toward stabilizing the bloc’s financial system. The centralized bank supervision authority,…

Curfew in Kashmir after deadly clash with police

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities imposed a curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday to try to quell violent protests over an alleged fatal paramilitary shooting in the disputed territory. Separatists also called for people to stay…

IMF says Palestinian economy precarious

WASHINGTON (AP) — Palestinians are in a precarious economic position and may struggle to keep financing their budgets over time, the International Monetary Fund mission chief for the West Bank and Gaza warned. Christoph Duenwald told The Associated…

New aquifers found in desert-dry region of Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A remote region of Kenya that suffers from frequent droughts may soon be flush with water after the discovery of huge underground aquifers. Two aquifers have been identified in the Turkana region of Kenya…

Insider steals data on 2 million Vodafone clients

BERLIN (AP) — Cellphone and broadband provider Vodafone Deutschland says it was the target of a large-scale data theft affecting the personal details of 2 million German customers. Spokesman Alexander Leinhos says the attack was conducted by an…

Feds: Ex-TSA screener acted alone in threats case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities are examining a website they say is linked to an arrested airport security screener that contained letters declaring America would be “reduced to nothing” by events “greater than 9/11.” The letters were posted…