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  • NEW DELHI, Sept 18- China became the latest nation to line up for a stake in India's civil nuclear energy drive on Thursday, agreeing to open talks on cooperation in a sector that New Delhi sees as the solution to its chronic power problems.

  • News Corp opposes Google in EU antitrust case Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google's protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition.

  • APNewsBreak: Chevron meets shale drilling rules Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh- based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday.

  • *Riyadh trains Syrian rebels, praised new Iraq govt. RIYADH, Sept 17- In its war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria the United States wants strong public support from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and champion of Arab Sunni Muslims.

  • Net income rose to $484.5 million, or $1.12 per share, from $147.2 million, or 34 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Pier 1 Imports Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of Pier 1 Imports slumped 11 percent before the opening bell after the home decor retailer cut its outlook for the year and fell short of most second-quarter expectations. Pier 1 Imports Inc. cut its full-year earnings outlook to a range of 95 cents to $1.05 per share.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. stock index futures were higher in light volume on Thursday, setting up the S&P 500 to test resistance at its record high, a day after the Federal Reserve said interest rates would remain low for a considerable while.

  • JERUSALEM/ RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 18- Most Palestinians have known only two leaders: Yasser Arafat, the stubble-chinned firebrand fond of chequered scarves and olive fatigues, and Mahmoud Abbas, a smooth-shaven father figure who favours Western suits and ties.

  • Environmental cleanup OK'd for former RI shipyard Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    The Newport Daily News reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday it approved plans to clean up the former Robert E. Derecktor Shipyard site on Naval Station Newport property in Middletown. While EPA will oversee the remedies, the field work will be conducted and paid for by the Navy and its contractors.

  • Sept 18- Vivint Solar Inc, a residential solar panel installer backed by Blackstone Group LP, is expected to raise up to $371 million in its initial public offering. Provo, Utah based-Vivint Solar was launched in 2011 and has become the second-largest installer of residential solar panels in the United States after SolarCity Corp..

  • Green Dot lowers full-year forecasts Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    PASADENA, Calif.— Green Dot is lowered its full-year profit and revenue expectations, citing an acquisition of a tax refund company and rising expenses in its core business this year. Green Dot now expects adjusted earnings between $1.25 and $1.29 per share. Previously, Green Dot Corp. anticipated $1.37 to $1.41 per share.

  • VIENNA, Sept 18- The European Union said on Thursday it was disappointed with a lack of progress by Iran in addressing concerns about its suspected atomic bomb research, pressuring Tehran to cooperate with a long-stalled U.N. watchdog inquiry.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Unemployment Benefits Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. The report will be released Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. DECREASE LIKELY: Economists forecast that weekly applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 305,000, according to a survey by FactSet.

  • PepsiCo to close 2 warehouses in Maine Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:20 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— PepsiCo has announced that it is closing beverage warehouses in Portland and Augusta, but most of the 100 affected employees are expected to be offered jobs elsewhere within the company. A company spokeswoman called it a difficult decision made to "improve efficiency, fund future investments and be more competitive."

  • Ahead of the bell: US home construction Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in August. The report will be released Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. STARTS DOWN: Economists forecast that housing starts fell 5.3 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.04 million, according to a survey by data firm FactSet.

  • Cleveland port adds 2nd trans-Atlantic freighter Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:05 AM ET

    CLEVELAND— The Port of Cleveland will soon have a second freighter traversing the Atlantic Ocean. Despite financial losses on its freighter to Europe, the Cleveland- Cuyahoga County Port Authority has reached an agreement with its Dutch partner to add a second ship to the trans-Atlantic service.

  • New Jersey gets nearly $1.5B for transit repairs Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:03 AM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.— New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority are getting nearly $1.5 billion to make repairs from Superstorm Sandy and to shield themselves from future storms. The Port Authority will receive funds to, among other things, construct a sea wall near the PATH maintenance facility in Harrison and to shield the rail complex at the Penn-Moynihan Station.

  • MINNEAPOLIS, Sept 18- A string of missteps at a $10 billion Angolan liquefied natural gas venture has hurt Chevron Corp's reputation as a top-notch operator of profitable energy projects around the world.

  • US to train veterans to install solar panels Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.

  • Maine oil train protester trial ends in hung jury Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:42 AM ET

    AUBURN, Maine— The trial of a second defendant charged with trespassing for sitting on the tracks to block a train carrying crude oil through Maine has ended in a hung jury.