Comey wrote in a memo in February that the president asked him to stand down on the Flynn probe, according to the Times report. Flynn was forced to resign on Feb. 13 amid questions over his contact with the Russian ambassador to the United States and discussions of U.S. sanctions.
The move could create logistical chaos on the world's busiest corridor of air travel -- as many as 65 million people a year travel between Europe and North American on more than 400 daily flights, many of them business travelers who rely on their electronics to work during the flight.
The ban would be bigger than the current one, which was put in place in March and affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Middle East.
Airlines have said it is merely a matter of time before the ban is put in place, but the prospect has alarmed officials in the European Union, who want to know more about any new threats and the disruption such a move would create.
"We are not sure that this ban is adapted to the threat," International Air Transport Association director Alexandre de Junaic told Bloomberg Television on Wednesday. "We don't know the basis of the intelligence that would justify this measure."
The leader of United Airlines' (UAL) 12,500 pilots said bans on laptops as carry-on baggage should be imposed based on the adequacy of security at individual airports.
4. -- Web giant Alphabet (GOOGL) is likely to make announcements related to Google Assistant, Android and its Daydream virtual reality platform, among many other things, at Google's I/O developer conference which begins Wednesday.
Bloomberg reported that Google plans to bring Assistant to the iPhone through "a free, standalone app" available through the App Store. The news service also reported that Assistant will be built into General Electric home appliances "such as refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, washers and dryers."
5. -- Colgate-Palmolive's (CL) CEO recently signaled he would be open to selling the company for $100 a share, a source told the New York Post.
CEO Ian Cook's stated price tag, valuing the consumer-products giant at more than $88 billion, came at a meeting with institutional investors that took place in recent weeks, a source with knowledge of the conversation told the newspaper.
Rumors about possible deals have swirled around the New York-based company, which has been experiencing sluggish demand for its toothpaste, deodorants and food products.
Colgate-Palmolive shares were rising 3.3% in premarket trading to $73.91.
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