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    German automaker Volkswagen is holding a share offering for a minority stake in its luxury division, Porsche. And it will rank among the largest in European history. Volkswagen could reap as much as 9.5 billion euros to fund its push into electric cars and software. The deal lets Volkswagen tap investor interest in getting a piece of Porsche's fat profit margins. Volkswagen is completing the lineup of investors who will get a piece of the deal. Late Wednesday, Volkswagen priced the offering at 82.50 euros a share — at the top end of its estimated range. The shares are expected to start trading Thursday.

      A French Senate delegation says sexual and physical abuse in France’s porn industry is “systemic” and lawmakers should better regulate the production of violent videos. The report released on Wednesday was the first prepared for the French parliament to focus on the porn industry. The authors wrote that the violent acts depicted in pornographic films "are not simulated but very real for the women who are being filmed.” They recommended fines and age-verification mechanisms to address the “massive, ordinary and toxic” viewing of porn by children. Dozens of alleged victims have come forward in two separate police investigations linked to a major video platform and France’s leading amateur porn site.

        For more than half a century, ABC, CBS and NBC have aired evening newscasts each weeknight on television. This fall, the competition has spread to another medium. With the launch of “CBS News Prime Time” with John Dickerson a few weeks ago, all three networks are now also streaming competing evening newscasts. NBC's streamcast with Tom Llamas is celebrating its first anniversary, while Linsey Davis has been streaming a show on ABC for four years. Each network is taking different approaches to their programs, which last at least an hour and are streamed live starting at 7 p.m. Eastern. One mystery: it's impossible to tell how many people are watching.

          Vice President Kamala Harris has said her trip to Asia is intended to shore up American alliances with Japan and South Korea. However, tensions between the two nations have undermined the united front that the U.S. wants to show toward China. Japan and South Korea remain at odds over historical issues such as the legacy of Japan's forced labor and prostitution before and during World War II. The disputes have spilled over into debates over trade, technology and intelligence sharing. Japan and South Korea are taking steps to repair their relationship, but progress remains uncertain.

            Australia’s federal and state governments have called for Optus to pay for replacing passports and driver’s licenses after 9.8 million of the telecommunications company’s customers had personal data stolen by computer hackers. The Australian government has blamed lax cybersecurity at Optus for last week's unprecedented breach of the personal information of current and former customers. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese rejected opposition lawmakers’ calls for the government to waive the costs of replacing compromised Optus customers’ passports. Albanese told Parliament that Optus should pay, not taxpayers. Optus did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Different states have had varying responses to customer's requests for ID replacements.

              Vice President Kamala Harris has highlighted a new U.S. law boosting support for computer chip manufacturing as she met with Japanese technology executives on Wednesday. The meeting on her last full day in Tokyo reflects the administration’s focus on boosting semiconductor manufacturing and expanding the supply chain for critical materials. At the same time, Japan is looking to rejuvenate its own computer chip industry, and there could be opportunities for new partnerships as the allies work together to counter China's own technology investments.

                Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday awarded an $82.45 million grant for what she said will be a “transformative” project to expand broadband service in the state. Ivey said the grant will be used by Fiber Utility Network, a corporation formed by eight rural electric cooperatives to fund a “middle-mile” broadband network to help close gaps in service. The Fiber Utility Network will create a middle-mile network that will connect almost 3,000 miles of existing and new fiber infrastructure within a three-year period,

                Game days are as much about the appetizers as they are about football. These snacks will always be winners, even if your team doesn't make it to the Super Bowl.

                I wanted to make this enchilada dinner in a hurry without having to wait for my oven to preheat or to cook the filling ingredients. The answer was my microwave. It cooked the filling ingredients, then warmed the tortillas and, finally, cooked the entire enchilada dish. Another plus: No pots …

                It can be very easy to overeat, whether it be out of hunger, boredom or just for comfort. But thankfully, Jamie Nadaeu, a registered dietitian from the US, has suggested some treats to stop you from overeating.

                The U.S. is short nearly 4 million housing units based on the country’s population and housing needs. One reason for this shortage is significant underinvestment in new housing since the bubble burst in the mid-2000s, and much of the country has yet to catch up. Researchers ranked metros and…

                Hurricane Ian has swamped a four-story Florida hospital from both above and below, according to a doctor who works there. The storm surge flooded its lower level emergency room on Wednesday, while fierce winds tore away part of the roof from the fourth-floor intensive care unit. Dr. Birgit Bodine spent the night at HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte, anticipating the storm would make things busy. But, she says, she didn’t anticipate that the roof would blow off on the fourth floor. The damage forced patients into just two of the floors. Bodine plans to spend another night at the hospital, when incoming storm injuries could make things worse.

                A GOP candidate for the Washington Legislature says a post he put on social media in 2020 was antisemitic. The Bellingham Herald reports Dan Johnson of Laurel, who is running to represent part of northwest Washington in the House, released a statement about the post after the newspaper published a Sunday story examining his social media going back 10 years. Johnson's 2020 Facebook post showed a yellow Star of David along with text about coronavirus restrictions. Johnson said Tuesday he inappropriately compared pandemic mandates to the Nazis’ treatment of Jewish people. Johnson is facing Democrat Joe Timmons of Bellingham in the November general election.

                Shares of Biogen and other drugmakers researching Alzheimer’s disease have soared after Japan’s Eisai Co. said its potential treatment appeared to slow the fatal disease in a late-stage study. Eisai announced results late Tuesday from a global study of nearly 1,800 people with early-stage Alzheimer’s. The drugmaker said early results showed that its treatment, lecanemab, reduced patient clinical decline by 27% when compared to a placebo or fake drug after 18 months of the infused treatment. Patients were monitored using a scale that measures how they do in areas like memory, judgement, problem solving and personal care.

                An Oklahoma prosecutor who is recovering after being stabbed by his adult daughter is calling on state lawmakers for more funding for mental health services. Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler on Wednesday said in brief remarks to reporters that his family “endured one of the toughest days in our lives” on Tuesday. Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg says Kunzweiler's 30-year-old daughter, Jennifer Kunzweiler, was arrested following the stabbing at the home where she lived with her parents. Meulenberg said the motive was unknown, but that it was related to mental illness. It's the third time since 2015 that an elected Oklahoma official has been stabbed by an adult child.

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