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  • Aug 28- Canadian oil and gas company Crew Energy Inc said it would sell its liquids-rich assets in Princess, Alberta for C $150 million to focus on the development of its core Montney properties in British Columbia.

  • LONDON, Aug 28- The independent companies at the forefront of the U.S. shale boom will finally earn enough from selling oil and gas to cover their capital expenditures next year, for the first time since 2008.. That compares with a shortfall of around $9 billion in 2013 and $32 billion in 2012..

  • *Riyadh seeks strong Sunni representation in Iraq government. The Al Saud have long seen the conflicts in Iraq and Syria as a pivotal battle for the future of the Middle East, pitting Sunni Muslims against a radical, revolutionary, Shi'ite Iran.

  • Aug 28- OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lifted a partial hold on patient enrolments for three trials testing its experimental cancer drug, vantictumab.

  • UPDATE 5-Oil steadies around $103 on ample supply Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 9:34 AM ET

    *Fire hits BP's largest U.S. refinery, at Whiting, Indiana. LONDON, Aug 28- Brent crude oil steadied around $103 a barrel on Thursday, not far above 14- month lows on ample supply and lacklustre demand as global economic growth remained tepid.

  • ANKARA, Aug 28- Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped over 8 million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, sources and energy officials said, as the autonomous region employs new tactics to establish independent oil sales in defiance of Baghdad.

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 28- EU lawmakers are threatening to block a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union-- a blueprint for a much bigger EU-U.S. deal-- because it would allow firms to sue governments if they breach the treaty.

  • *Ukraine tensions add safety bid. Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of bringing troops into the southeast of the country in support of pro- Moscow separatist rebels. "It's all about Europe," said Ira Jersey, an interest rate strategist at Credit Suisse in New York.

  • Aug 28- Canadian oil and gas company Crew Energy Inc said it would sell its liquids-rich assets in Princess, Alberta for C $150 million to focus on the development of its core Montney properties in British Columbia.

  • Iraq to appeal U.S court decision on Kurdish oil Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    However, the court gave Baghdad 10 days to resubmit its case. The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million worth of Kurdish crude, has been anchored in the Gulf of Mexico for weeks, with the Iraqi region of Kurdistan locked in a legal battle over ownership with the central government of Iraq.

  • Dollar General still wants to buy Family Dollar Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Dollar General Corp. said it still wants to buy rival Family Dollar, even though its nearly $9 billion offer was rejected by the discount retailer rejected last week. Last week, Family Dollar rejected Dollar General's $8.95 billion offer in favor of a slightly smaller one from rival Dollar Tree Inc. for about $8.5 billion.

  • Aug 28- Digital Ally Inc said the Michigan police force placed an order for the company's flagship video cameras for its fleet, highlighting the spike in demand for surveillance systems since a policeman fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Thursday after Ukraine's president said Russian forces had been brought into his country, bringing concerns over the volatile region back into focus and overshadowing some positive economic data.

  • Aug 28- JPMorgan Chase& Co is investigating a possible cyber attack and working with law enforcement authorities to determine the scope, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday morning.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    California: Down 8,771, no reason given. Florida: Down 1,462, due to fewer layoffs in farming, manufacturing, retail and services. Illinois: Down 1,442, no reason given.

  • US economy grew at brisk 4.2 pct. rate in Q2 Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated. The Commerce Department's second estimate of growth for last quarter followed its initial estimate of 4 percent.

  • Applications for US unemployment aid slip to 298K Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped to 299,750, the Labor Department said Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON— US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated.

  • FairPoint declares impasse, unions disagree Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:28 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— FairPoint Communications on Thursday declared an impasse after four months of contract talks with two unions and imposed its final offer that freezes the current pension plan and eliminates retiree health care benefits.

  • TORONTO, Aug 28- Toronto-Dominion Bank reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, boosted by gains at its core Canadian retail business and the impact of buoyant capital markets on its investment banking and trading arm.