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  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- Apollo Global Management LLC plans to start raising between $2 billion and $3 billion for a second natural resources private equity fund, sources familiar with the situation said, in the latest sign that the firm is doubling down on the U.S. shale boom. The firm's first resources fund, the Apollo Natural Resources Partners, has now almost fully...

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The problems for Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp grew after U.S. safety regulators expanded a warning about faulty air bags to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States while two more lawsuits have been filed over accidents in older Honda cars. The news came a day after Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States...

  • Obama calls late Ben Bradlee a 'true newspaperman' Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is remembering the late editor Ben Bradlee as a "true newspaperman" who transformed The Washington Post into one of the country's finest papers. Bradlee died Tuesday at his home in Washington at the age of 93.. Just last fall, Obama awarded Bradlee the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony at the White House.

  • Review: Better cameras, less glare in iPad Air 2 Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 PM ET

    CUPERTINO, Calif.— If I've seen you taking photos with a tablet computer, I've probably made fun of you. The tablets go on sale this week, starting at $499 for the iPad Air 2 and $399 for the iPad Mini 3. Both now have fingerprint ID technology to expedite online purchases through Apple Pay. Gold joins silver and grey as color choices, and pricier models have twice as much...

  • A newsman's life: Pentagon Papers to Watergate Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Ben Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor who died Tuesday at age 93, took a sleepy hometown newspaper and transformed it into a great one. Bradlee ended up getting a job at the Post in part because it was raining in Baltimore. Bradlee had been headed for a job interview in Baltimore in 1948 when a heavy rain prompted him to skip that appointment and...

  • Yahoo CEO defends strategy in face of criticism Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:27 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction. Starboard contends that since Mayer became CEO in July 2012, Yahoo has been wasting money on ill-advised acquisitions and a bloated payroll while...

  • Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:08 PM ET

    Bradlee died at home Tuesday of natural causes, the Post reported. Yet the Post's Pulitzer-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal is an inextricable part of Bradlee's legacy, and one measure of his success in transforming the Post from a sleepy hometown paper into a great national one. When Bradlee retired from the Post newsroom in 1991, then-publisher...

  • Raytheon beat out Northrop and Lockheed Martin Corp to develop a replacement for the Air Force's current TPS-75 radar, which has been in service since the late 1960 s. Raytheon said it would work closely with the Air Force to mitigate any resulting delays once the issue was resolved. "The Air Force ran a very tough but very fair competition, and selected the world...

  • DIARY -Top Economic Events to Nov 3 Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board holds open meeting to discuss a final rulemaking requiring sponsors of securitization transactions to retain risk in those transactions- 1930 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England publishes minutes of latest Monetary Policy Committee meeting. OTTAWA- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn...

  • Target offers free shipping on all holiday items Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Target Corp. is offering for the first time free shipping on all items for its online holiday customers, including even $6 lipsticks, as the discounter throws itself in the ring to compete better with the likes of Amazon. The move is unusually early for a retailer— happening weeks before the official holiday season kickoff over the Thanksgiving weekend—...

  • Apple issues security warning for iCloud Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China. Apple's post did not mention China or provide any details on the attacks. Chinese activists blamed the attacks on that country's government,...

  • Oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt dies at 88 Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 7:45 PM ET

    DALLAS— Nelson Bunker Hunt, a Texas oilman who once tried to corner the silver market with one of his brothers only to see the move end in financial disaster, has died. His father was legendary Texas oilman H.L. Hunt, who left behind a multibillion-dollar fortune and Placid Oil Co., once one of the biggest independent oil companies. Nelson Bunker Hunt built on his...

  • Third Point urges Amgen to consider breakup Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 7:31 PM ET

    A hedge fund run by a famed investor said Tuesday it has taken a large stake in Amgen and now wants the biotech drugmaker to consider splitting up into two. In response, Amgen said that its board and management are continually assessing the company's business. Third Point said Amgen Inc., which makes a range of drugs for arthritis, anemia and other diseases, is not...

  • Hawaii scientists return to ocean for weapon study Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 7:07 PM ET

    HONOLULU— University of Hawaii scientists plan to embark on a final expedition to deep waters off Oahu to study how chemical weapons dumped in the ocean decades ago are affecting seawater, marine life and sediment. The research vessel Kilo Moana will leave port Wednesday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. In 2007, the Army awarded the university $7.5...

  • Congressman's corp. loses Texas charter over taxes Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A Texas- based business co-owned by U.S. Vance McAllister has lost its right to do business as a Texas corporation after missing deadlines to pay state franchise taxes. Chris Ryan with the Texas Comptroller's Office said Tuesday that Texas Coastal Energy Co. LLC could have its corporate charter reinstated if it complies with the state tax code by...

  • Toys R Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' dolls Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:53 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week. The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman.

  • Man plans to plead guilty in oil patch killing Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    SIDNEY, Mont.— A Colorado man plans to plead guilty to killing a Montana teacher in a case that drew attention to the darker side of the Northern Plains' oil boom. Spell is charged with the 2012 murder of Sherry Arnold, a 43- year-old Sidney high school teacher who disappeared while jogging. Spell is due in court Wednesday before District Judge Richard Simonton in...

  • FTC names privacy expert as chief technologist Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:40 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday named an outspoken Internet privacy expert, Ashkan Soltani, as its chief technologist in a move that signals the agency's focus on protecting consumers' online privacy. Over the last year, he co-authored a series of Washington Post articles that examined government surveillance programs first revealed...

  • CHICAGO, Oct 21- With rain delaying the U.S. harvest and domestic and export use of crops strong, the squeeze on storage space in the world's biggest food exporter is not as bad as many feared, a top grain market analyst said on Tuesday. But the fact that we are stretching harvest out means that every day you are consuming another 70 million bushels, " Darrel Good,...

  • Correction: Earns-Steel Dynamics Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:13 PM ET

    FORT WAYNE, Ind.— In a story and headlines about third-quarter results, The Associated Press, in a story generated by Automated Insights, reported erroneously that Steel Dynamics Inc. missed third-quarter earnings expectations. Steel Dynamics beats 3 Q profit forecasts. FORT WAYNE, Ind.— FORT WAYNE, Ind.— Steel Dynamics Inc. on Monday reported third-quarter...