Insight: Push for tax-avoidance curbs in G-20 threatens Publicis-Omnicom deal

Publicis Chief executive Levy and Omnicom Group head Wren react during a joint news conference in ParisBy Tom Bergin and Pamela Barbaglia LONDON (Reuters) - International pressure to curb corporate tax avoidance is behind delays to a $35 billion merger of French advertising group Publicis and U.S. rival Omnicom, and could even scupper the deal, tax advisers and sources close to the deal said. Last July, Paris-based Publicis and New York-headquartered Omnicom announced plans to create the world's biggest advertising group. The new company would be registered in the Netherlands and tax resident in the UK. However, on Wednesday Omnicom Chief Executive John Wren said the Dutch and British tax authorities had, "unexpectedly" so far failed to approve the arrangements, which Omnicom said last year would save $80 million a year in taxes.



Vanska returns as Minnesota Orchestra music head

FILE - This undated file photo shows Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska during a performance in Minneapolis. Vanska is returning as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. The orchestra's board said Thursday, April 24, 2014, that Vanska will lead at least 10 weeks of concerts for each of the next two seasons. Vanska resigned in October during a lockout of the orchestra's musicians that lasted more than a year. The dispute ended in January, when musicians agreed to pay cuts in a new three-year contract. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Tom Wallace, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUTMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After quitting last fall amid a protracted lockout of union musicians, Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska is returning as music director of the Grammy-winning Minnesota Orchestra, its board of directors said Thursday.



Pellet gun firing causes Navy base lockdown

Captain Scott F. Adams, right, Commanding Officer Navy Base Point Loma, accompanied by Lt. Commander Steve Ruh, talks about an incident on the base in which a sailor was arrested for operating an Airsoft weapon on the base, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in San Diego. A second sailor who was a friend of the sailor with the weapon was also arrested. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A major Navy base ground to a halt for about two hours Thursday after a report of a man seen waving a weapon led to the detention of a sailor who fired a gun that shoots soft plastic pellets.



Pineda not only pitcher in majors to try pine tar

Home plate umpire Gerry Davis, right, confers on the mound with New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, left; shortstop Derek Jeter (2); and others in the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Pineda was ejected after umpires found with a foreign substance on his neck.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is hardly the first major leaguer to head to the mound hoping to get away with using pine tar to aid his grip.



Buffalo Bills cheerleaders halt season after suit

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Pack up the pom-poms in Buffalo, because the Bills will be playing without the support of their official cheerleaders this year.


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