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  • July 29- United States Steel Corp reported a narrower second-quarter loss on Tuesday as steel prices improved, but the impact of bad weather, higher repairs and maintenance costs continued to weigh on earnings. Net loss narrowed to $18 million, or 12 cents a share, in the three months to end-June from $78 million, or 54 cents, a year earlier.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, July 29- Talisman Energy Inc, Canada's fifth-largest independent petroleum producer, declined to offer additional details on its talks with Spain's Repsol SA on Tuesday, after it reported a surprise loss, hurt by lower gas prices in North America and higher royalty payments on production.

  • U.S. Steel loss narrows in second quarter Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:20 PM ET

    July 29- United States Steel Corp reported a narrower second-quarter loss on Tuesday as steel prices improved, but the impact of bad weather, higher repairs and maintenance costs continued to weigh on earnings. Net loss narrowed to $18 million, or 12 cents a share, in the three months to end-June from $78 milllion, or 54 cents, a year earlier.

  • "It is a really reassuring sign that BlackBerry is now less focused on firefighting and more focused on identifying and building for the long-term into enterprise services," said CCS Insight analyst Geoff Blaber. Still, BlackBerry shares fell 4 percent to $9.54 on Nasdaq and C $10.45 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

  • Global task force created after plane shot down Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:52 PM ET

    MONTREAL— The United Nations agency that governs civil aviation said Tuesday it is creating a task force aimed at improving security measures after the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine.

  • CLEVELAND, July 29- Casablanca Capital triumphed on Tuesday in its proxy battle with miner Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, preliminary estimates show, putting the hedge fund in a position to replace Cliffs' chief executive and sell off underperforming assets.

  • BERLIN, July 29- Major airlines are taking differing stances to flying over Iraq, reflecting the piecemeal approach airlines currently take to flying over conflict zones and ahead of an international meeting of industry representatives to discuss the issue.

  • TORONTO, July 29- Lifted by strong demand and market-beating quarterly results, WestJet Airlines Ltd on Tuesday laid out growth plans including increased capacity and new turboprops for its regional carrier.

  • *Baudot-Trajtenberg doesn't see economic shock from Gaza conflict. JERUSALEM, July 29- Israel is unlikely to cut interest rates again as the shekel is not strengthening as much as last year and the war in Gaza should not have a major impact on the economy, the central bank's deputy governor said.

  • Disabled commuter train to NYC cleared from tracks Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 9:24 AM ET

    The Northeast Corridor train, carrying about 1,000 passengers, was scheduled to arrive at Penn Station at 8:39 a.m. but broke down near 10th Avenue, said NJ Transit spokesman William Smith.

  • July 29- WestJet Airlines Ltd, Canada's No. 2 carrier, posted a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit as higher ticket prices and fees helped it offset steeper fuel costs and a weaker Canadian dollar. The airline also agreed to buy five Bombardier Inc Q400 NextGen turboprop planes for its Encore regional carrier, Bombardier said in a separate statement.

  • UPDATE 1-Talisman Energy posts surprise loss Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 7:27 AM ET

    July 29- Talisman Energy Inc, Canada's fifth-largest independent petroleum producer, reported a surprise loss, hurt by lower gas prices in North America and higher royalty payments on production.

  • July 29- WestJet Airlines Ltd, Canada's No. 2 carrier, posted a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit as higher ticket prices and fees helped it offset steeper fuel costs and a weaker Canadian dollar.

  • July 29- Canada's Talisman Energy Inc, which has been approached by Spain's Repsol SA for talks over a potential deal, reported a 4 percent rise in second-quarter revenue, helped by an increase in North American drilling. Revenue rose to $1.24 billion from $1.19 billion a year earlier.

  • WestJet profit rises 16 pct Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 5:27 AM ET

    July 29- WestJet Airlines Ltd, Canada's No. 2 carrier, reported a 16 percent rise in quarterly earnings, helped by a 5.5 percent rise in revenue passenger miles.

  • US whale watching boat stranded overnight at sea Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    Boston Harbor Cruises, which operates the whale watch, confirmed that the 83- foot Cetacea strayed into a restricted area, and the company said it was cooperating with a Coast Guard investigation.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 28- California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact on Monday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement that could eventually expand the market for carbon credits.

  • DETROIT, July 28- General Motors Co has pushed forward the launch of its next-generation full-size pickups by about nine months to fall 2018, hoping to narrow rival Ford Motor Co's still-sizable lead in meeting future U.S. fuel-economy standards, supplier sources said on Monday.

  • July 28- Canadian power company TransAlta Corp said it would build a A $570 million gas power station in South Hedland, Western Australia. The 150- megawatt power station will supply to customers of state-owned Horizon Power in the Pilbara region and to Fortescue Metals Group Ltd's port operations, TransAlta said on Monday.

  • FEATURE-Bitcoin catches on in tech-savvy Romania Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:45 AM ET

    But Romania ranks as the European Union's second-poorest state and among the weakest in collecting taxes and fighting fraud, making it poorly equipped to manage the bitcoin.