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  • April 17- U.S. arms maker Raytheon Co has agreed to buy Websense Inc from private equity firm Vista Equity Partners LLC, in a deal that values the network security company at $1.9 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. Raytheon will combine Websense with its own cybersecurity operations and have an 80 percent stake in the combined...

  • The veto was expected, though Walker has had talks with House Speaker Mike Chenault and Senate President Kevin Meyer on whether there might be a way forward that would bring both sides a measure of comfort. Any veto override would require the support of 40 of the Legislature's 60 members. Supporters of the bill, sponsored by Chenault, said Walker's proposal cast...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- Conservation groups filed a lawsuit against California on Friday, saying the state did not adequately consider environmental factors when it approved a 30- year lease last month for a marine terminal at Tesoro Corp's refinery near San Francisco Bay. The Center for Biological Diversity and Communities for a Better Environment said...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The Bank of Canada will ignore that part of the surge in March core inflation which is due to the fall in the Canadian dollar, Governor Stephen Poloz said on Friday, adding that the growing output gap was exerting downward pressure on inflation. Canada's core inflation rose to 2.4 percent in March from 2.1 percent in February, putting it well...

  • April 17- Some employees accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Friday of closing a location in the Los Angeles area for six months in retaliation for workers demanding for better wages and benefits. Wal-Mart had not requested any city plumbing permits for the Pico Rivera store, the workers and city officials said. He declined to comment further on Wal-Mart's actions.

  • The IMF's member countries agreed in 2010 to give more voting power to countries like China and India, double the Fund's resources, and reduce the dominance of Western Europe on its 24- member board. To get around the United States, the IMF's board had proposed one "interim" plan to raise the voting rights of some emerging countries under an "ad hoc" increase without...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 34 to 954 Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 7:50 PM ET

    Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 34 this week to 954 amid depressed oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 734 rigs were seeking oil and 217 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas plummeted by 15 rigs; Oklahoma was down six;...

  • April 17- A section of the Mississippi River was closed on Friday following a diesel spill from a pipeline belonging to Phillips 66, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The diesel fuel was released into the Cahokia Canal that empties into the Mississippi River and the fuel reached the river, a company spokesman said. Oil spill response contractors have mobilized...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The Bank of Canada will ignore that part of the surge in March core inflation which is due to the fall in the Canadian dollar, Governor Stephen Poloz said on Friday, adding that the growing output gap was exerting downward pressure on inflation. Canada's core inflation rose to 2.4 percent in March from 2.1 percent in February, putting it well...

  • The herbicide is considered safe by the EPA, as well as many foreign regulatory agencies, including in the European Union. That could change, the EPA said in a statement Friday. "Given increased public interest in glyphosate, EPA may recommend sampling for glyphosate in the future," the agency said in an email response to a Reuters inquiry.

  • Senator: Decade-old Gulf oil leak is 'unacceptable' Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 7:23 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— A U.S. senator from Florida is pressing federal officials to disclose technical data and other information about a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than a company or government regulators have publicly reported. But the Coast Guard provided AP...

  • Vencore's owner, private equity firm Veritas Capital Management LLC, has hired Stone Key Group LLC and Wells Fargo& Co to advise on an auction for the company, three people said on Friday. Veritas Capital and Wells Fargo declined to comment. Veritas Capital bought the company, which was previously called SI Organization Inc, from Lockheed Martin Corp for $815...

  • Equities lost ground after industrials Honeywell International and General Electric took hits from the strong dollar, while concerns over new trading regulations in China and Greece's place in the euro zone dented sentiment. "Our markets will get kind of quiet again as we wait for some of those earnings and what is going to happen on the 24th with Greece," said...

  • A line of bike hooks that can unexpectedly detach from their mounting are among this week's recalled consumer products. Other recalls include mattresses that failed flammability standards and truck and motorcycle toys with excessive amounts of lead. They were sold at Home Depot stores nationwide from April 2011 to March 2015.

  • MEXICO CITY, April 17- Ford Motor Co said on Friday it will spend $2.5 billion to build a new generation of fuel-efficient engines and transmissions in Mexico, creating 3,800 jobs. The United Auto Workers union, in response, said putting jobs in Mexico rather than the United States will be a major issue at its upcoming U.S. labor talks with Ford, General Motors Co and...

  • Correction: Bird Flu story Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— In a story April 16 about bird flu, The Associated Press reported erroneously that recent outbreaks had led to the death of more than 2.5 million turkeys and chickens. USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be' devastating'. Top USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak may last for years and be' devastating' to poultry.

  • NEW YORK— Sprint's Boost Mobile business is offering prepaid calling cards for Miami customers who want to call Cuba. Cuba charges some of the world's highest rates for long-distance calling, and calls into Cuba are also among the world's most expensive. The two nations announced a prisoner exchange, and on Tuesday the White House said President Obama will...

  • "We have a lot of elders who are concerned about having enough capacity to bury their families when it's time to go," said Mahealani Cypher, who represents the Koolau Foundation, which is pushing the state to update its burial laws. Several bills in the Legislature seek to change state law to encourage traditional Hawaiian burials. "Across all these practices, the...

  • LOS ANGELES— Two Southern California utilities should return at least $648 million to customers because of evidence of secret deal-making in a nearly $5 billion settlement following the closing of a nuclear power plant, a state agency said Friday. The Office of Ratepayer Advocates, an arm of the California Public Utilities Commission, said in a statement that...

  • The herbicide is considered safe by the EPA, as well as many foreign regulatory agencies, including in the European Union. That could change, the EPA said in a statement Friday. "Given increased public interest in glyphosate, EPA may recommend sampling for glyphosate in the future," the agency said in an email response to a Reuters inquiry.