A Tunisian people smuggler who survived one of the worst migrant boat disasters in the Mediterranean was given an 18-year jail sentence on Wednesday. A court in Agrigento, Sicily found Khaled Bensalem, 36, guilty of trafficking and of having contributed to the ship catching fire and capsizing just off the outlying Italian island of Lampedusa in October 2013. At least 366 people died in the accident which caused an international outcry over the plight of migrants trying to reach Europe by sea and led to the launch of Italy's search and rescue operation Mare Nostrum, which has since been succeeded by a multi-national mission.
(Reuters) - Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods are both trying to recover this week at the Greenbrier Classic, one from the highs of victory and the other from another major disappointment. Watson said on Wednesday he was exhausted following his playoff victory on Sunday at the Travelers Championship, while Woods tried to remain upbeat after a U.S. Open appearance that included another round of 80 for the 14-times major winner. "I'll keep resting, drinking fluids and hopefully recover." Woods is making his first appearance since missing the U.S. Open cut by 11 strokes two weeks ago after posting an opening 10-over-par 80.
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Visa Inc said on Wednesday it is joining MasterCard Inc and American Express Co in barring its credit cards from being used to pay for ads on Backpage.com following a request from a Chicago sheriff who said the site is used by sex traffickers. Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said that "escort" ads on Backpage.com and similar classified advertising sites make up the foundation of a sex-trafficking industry that preys on the young and vulnerable. Earlier this week, he asked both Visa and MasterCard to cut off any association with the Backpage.com "adult" section.
Strong demand for sport utility vehicles and trucks in June helped General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co offset slowing demand for sedans by allowing them to raise prices on their trucks. GM and Ford said on Wednesday increases in the average transaction prices for their vehicles, particularly trucks and SUVs, outpaced sales volume growth that fell short of Wall Street expectations. Ford, for example, said prices for its F-series trucks rose 8 percent, or $3,600, while sales volume for the pickup truck line dropped 8.9 percent in June.
Deloitte & Touche LLP will pay more than $1 million to settle charges that it violated auditor independence rules, after its consulting arm maintained a relationship with a trustee who served on boards for funds Deloitte audited, U.S. regulators said. The Securities and Exchange Commission said the trustee, Andrew C. Boynton, and the funds' administrator ALPS Fund Services, also settled charges in the case. SEC rules require auditors to maintain a degree of independence from clients whose books they review.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) â President Barack Obama is using the momentum from a recent Supreme Court victory for his health care law to change the conversation from talk about undoing his signature domestic achievement to talk about how to improve it.
Electrolux declined to comment, and the DOJ and GE were not immediately available for a comment. Sweden's Electrolux agreed to buy GE's century-old appliance business in September. The deal would double Electrolux's U.S. sales, putting it on a par with larger rival Whirlpool Corp .