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  • Blumenthal: Metro-North fined $552,000 past decade Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 6:07 AM ET

    Richard Blumenthal says Metro-North Railroad has been fined $552,000 over the past decade for safety violations and defects. The data was provided to Blumenthal by the Federal Railroad Administration. The railroad had two derailments last year, one in New York City that left four passengers dead and one in Bridgeport that injured dozens.

  • *BP pays billions in compensation but some claims still unpaid. April 18- Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.

  • *Canadian company ready to mine off Papua New Guinea. NEWCASTLE, England/ LONDON, April 18- The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea- when a wrangle over terms is solved. The world waits for the judgement of a United Nations agency based in Jamaica.

  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

  • White House updating online privacy policy Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    "Information you choose to share with the White House may be treated as public information," the new policy says. But it cannot make the same assurances for users who go to third-party White House sites on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.

  • Japan, US trade talks in stalemate Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:51 AM ET
    Japan's Economy Minister Akira Amari

    U.S.-Japan talks aimed at a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact are in stalemate, Japan's economy minister said.

  • *U.S. willing to let Japan keep some farm tariffs- Japan media. WASHINGTON/ TOKYO, April 18- U.S.- Japan talks aimed at a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact are in stalemate, Japan's economy minister said, as negotiators struggle to narrow gaps ahead of a summit between the countries' leaders.

  • Venture investments highest since 2001 Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    Startup investments totaled $9.47 billion in the first three months of the year, up from $6.01 billion in the first quarter of 2013. It was the highest since the second quarter of 2001, when investments reached $11.5 billion. Since March, shares of companies such as Netflix, Twitter and Facebook have sagged.

  • Vice President Joe Biden on topics including the situation in Ukraine and trade negotiations, an Obama administration official said.

  • California cross-border airport clears key hurdle Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:16 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO— U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday that it has reached agreement with an investor group to clear the way for construction of the nation's first cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

  • Christian broadcaster wins health care injunction Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:20 PM ET

    DENVER— Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry to include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception in its health insurance. A federal judge in Denver issued the injunction Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Several major U.S. music companies sued Pandora Media Inc on Thursday, accusing the online streaming service of cheating them out of royalties by playing thousands of pre-1972 recordings without paying royalties.

  • Apartheid abuse cases against Ford, IBM go ahead Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:58 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A federal judge on Thursday declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government.

  • DeFazio tours abandoned mine Superfund site Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    DeFazio, D- Ore., said the Formosa Mine, which is on federal and private land outside Riddle, illustrates what is wrong about the 1872 Mining Act: the Canadian companies that reopened the mine in the 1990 s have disappeared; the bond put up for cleanup was nowhere near enough to cover the true costs; and the federal government never got a penny in royalties.

  • 4th US Navy official charged in bribery scheme Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:49 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO— A fourth member of the U.S. Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore- based defense contractor accused of providing cash, vacations, electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified information.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ HONG KONG, April 17- Weibo Corp executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm's debut at Nasdaq's New York headquarters.

  • Several behemoths, including Apple, the largest U.S. company by market value, as well as Microsoft, McDonald's and AT&T, are due to report earnings.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a request by patent consortium Rockstar to transfer patent litigation from Google Inc's home turf in California to Texas, according to a court ruling.

  • DETROIT, April 17- The federal judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case has revived the idea of a regional water authority and also suggested the city may need court oversight after it emerges from bankruptcy.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- An unmanned U.S. Navy helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp and a precision ship-landing system built by Raytheon Co face mandatory reviews that could lead to their cancellation after quantity reductions drove unit costs sharply higher in 2013, the Pentagon announced on Thursday.

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