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  • *China regulator' confirms' Qualcomm has monopoly- report. BEIJING, July 24- China's antitrust regulator has confirmed that Qualcomm Inc, one of the world's biggest mobile chipmakers, has a monopoly, the state-run Securities Times newspaper reported on Thursday, as Qualcomm's chief executive held talks in China.

  • July 24- Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc. *Agreed with Ben Venue Laboratories, Inc., part of Boehringer Ingelheim Group of companies, to acquire their generic injectables manufacturing site in Bedford, Ohio. *No incremental consideration is payable in relation to Hikma acquiring Ben Venue manufacturing site.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on Gaza be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700..

  • European shares edge lower on mixed earnings, PMIs Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:52 AM ET

    The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 slipped 0.2 percent in early trade to 1,372.80 points, with benchmark indexes in France, Germany and the UK down 0.3 to 0.6 percent.

  • Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims.

  • Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— President Barack Obama is tapping into growing misgivings about tax-driven overseas mergers by U.S. corporations, issuing a new call to end the practice quickly and questioning the patriotism and citizenship of those companies.

  • Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:36 AM ET

    A few have forfeited their right to do business in Texas by not filing tax reports. Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, has for several years travelled the country extolling the strength of the Texas economy and bragging about his efforts to bring new investment to the state, including the tech fund.

  • Slow public alert after ND fire raises concerns Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:29 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— Officials need to improve communication with residents of North Dakota's booming oil patch during potentially dangerous situations, an emergency manager and residents said, after an oil field service supply facility storing toxic chemicals exploded this week and authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours.

  • Boss of company in China meat scandal apologizes Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:56 AM ET

    Fast food chains in China suspended use of products from Shanghai Husi Food Co. after a television station reported last weekend it repackaged and sold meat past its use-by date. I will not try to and defend it or explain it, "said Sheldon Lavin, chairman and chief executive of Aurora, Illinois- based OSI Group, which owns Husi Food.

  • SINGAPORE, July 24- Brent crude held steady above $108 a barrel on Thursday as a surprisingly strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for higher demand in the world's No.2 oil consumer. Brent crude for September delivery traded up 8 cents at $108.11 a barrel by 0539 GMT, after closing 70 cents higher on Wednesday.

  • JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:27 AM ET

    WEST POINT, New York— President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- U.S. authorities' $8.9 billion settlement last month with French bank BNP Paribas for sanctions busting will pay for New York cops to get live computer feeds of street crime and for new carpets in the offices of prosecutors, among many other things. In some places- particularly New York state- that is leading to ugly wrangling over how to spend it.

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK July 24- Chase Carey, Twenty-First Century Fox's president and chief operating officer, may be feeling pressure to stay in his job for several more years both from his boss, Rupert Murdoch, and from the company Murdoch is trying to buy, Time Warner Inc.

  • JAKARTA, July 24- Indonesia will soon allow U.S. miner Freeport-McMoRan Copper& Gold Inc to resume copper exports, with both sides close to ending a six-month dispute over new mining rules, a senior official said on Thursday. Indonesia introduced a mineral ore export ban and a steep export tax on concentrates in January.

  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:15 AM ET

    "Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation," the FAA said.

  • Farm bank donates $10 billion for rural projects Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A bank that serves farmers and agribusiness is donating $10 billion to spur private investment in rural America. The White House was announcing the money Thursday as part of a rural conference it is holding this week.

  • Republican lawmaker to grill U.S. SEC over Ackman tactics Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 24- A U.S. lawmaker will pressure the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday to consider a raft of reforms, after William Ackman's aggressive efforts to take over Allergan Inc raised concerns about loose rules governing disclosure and shareholder voting.

  • U.S. health insurers to pay $330 mln in premium rebates Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    July 24- U.S. health insurers will send out about $330 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday.

  • SINGAPORE, July 24- Brent crude was steady above $108 a barrel on Thursday, holding on to the previous day's gains, after a surprisingly strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for higher demand in the world's second-biggest oil consumer.

  • SHANGHAI, July 24- China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors as it investigates a fast-spreading food safety scare that has dragged in a number of global brands and hit food outlets as far away as Japan.