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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit.
A US Marine asked a judge in the Philippines Friday to suspend his murder trial as he appeared in court for the first time since his detention over the killing of a transgender woman. Before the trial proceeds, Private First Class Joseph Pemberton wants the justice department to first resolve an application to have the charge against him downgraded from murder to the lesser charge of homicide, court officials said. The judge agreed to set a hearing Monday on the American's petition to suspend the murder trial, court clerk Gerry Gruspe told reporters. Pemberton was charged with murder over the death of Jennifer Laude, 26, also known as Jeffrey, whose body was found at a cheap hotel in the red light district of the northern port of Olongapo in October.