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VANCOUVER/ TORONTO, March 9- Private equity firms are going underground. In the past, they have largely shunned mining acquisitions, as the volatility of commodities prices and cash flow made it difficult to structure leveraged deals.
*Offered to let Casablanca appoint 2 independent directors. *Casablanca denies making a postponement request. Casablanca, Cliffs' fifth-largest shareholder with a 5.2 percent stake, wants Chief Executive Gary Halverson gone, and the company to spin off its "riskier" international operations from cash-generating U.S. assets.
PARIS- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser participates in the Global Interdependence Center "Monetary Policy& Banks and the Rise of Global Protectionism" conference in Paris, France- 0945 GMT.
NEW YORK, March 7- Ecuadorean villagers who are trying to get billions of dollars from Chevron Corp for pollution in the Amazon jungle are ready to refocus their fight on pending suits in other countries after a setback in the United States.
VANCOUVER/ NEW DELHI, March 7- Petronas' plan to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on Canada's Pacific coast edged closer to reality on Friday, as the Malaysian energy giant secured a third equity and offtake partner for the massive gas export project.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba/ OTTAWA, March 7- Canada's government took the drastic step on Friday of forcing the country's two major rail companies to ship at least 500,000 tonnes of grain each a week to ease a massive backlog that is hurting farmers.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 7- Canada's government said on Friday it would force major rail companies to ship at least 500,000 tonnes of grain each a week to help deal with a massive backlog that is hurting farmers.
*Says offered to let Casablanca appoint two independent directors. Casablanca, Cliffs' fifth-largest shareholder with about a 5 percent stake, nominated six directors for election to the company's 11- member board on Thursday. Cliffs said on Friday it had offered to let Casablanca appoint two independent directors.
On Friday Cliffs said that it offered Casablanca the opportunity to appoint two independent directors to its 11- member board and a third mutually agreed-on board member to be named in the future. Cliffs said it tried to reach a settlement with Casablanca in order to avoid a "costly and distracting" proxy contest.
NEW YORK, March 7- The dollar rose on Friday, boosted by an unexpectedly large jump in U.S. jobs growth that touched off enough buying to lift the greenback from a four-month low.
NEW YORK, March 7- It doesn't matter how famous, or how important or how rich the person is- virtually everyone likes to stroll down memory lane and reminisce about their first job, which was usually very menial and extremely low-paid.
HOUSTON, United States- Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke speaks before the HIS CERAWeek 2014 conference in Houston, Texas- 1730 GMT. NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley speaks on the economy and local conditions before community and business leaders- 1700 GMT.
TORONTO, March 6- Three porn channels based in Toronto may not be Canadian enough for the country's broadcast regulator, which said this week it is concerned they are not serving up the requisite 35 percent of Canadian content.
The revised industry guidelines for handling pigs in Canada include more than 100 animal-care rules, including the phase-out by 2024 of stalls that continuously restrict sow movement, hog groups and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, March 6- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits hit a three-month low last week, suggesting some strength in a labor market that has been hobbled by severe weather.
OTTAWA/ TORONTO, March 6- The value of building permits issued in Canada surged in January, while the pace of purchasing activity unexpectedly picked up last month, suggesting some of the impact of unusually harsh winter weather may be dissipating in Canada.
*Forecasts 2014 EPS of C $2.25 to C $2.50 vs analyst view of C $2.67. TORONTO, March 6- Canada's SNC-Lavalin Group Inc reported marginally lower fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday and forecast earnings for 2014 below expectations, with both the results and the forecast hurt by unprofitable older projects and a softening commodity market.
WASHINGTON, March 6- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected and hit a three-month low last week, a sign of strength in a labor market that has been hobbled by severe weather. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
March 6- Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, Canada's No.2 oil and gas company, reported a 17 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by higher output at its Pelican Lake project in Alberta.
VANCOUVER/ TORONTO, March 5- Canadian police have launched an investigation after online bitcoin bank Flexcoin, which closed its virtual doors this week, said that it had lost about $600,000 worth of the digital currency in a hacker attack.