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  • SINGAPORE, March 31- The dollar rose against a basket of currencies on Tuesday and was on track for its best quarter since 2008, bolstered by the diverging outlook for monetary policy in the United States compared to other major economies. That poses a stark contrast to policies in the euro zone and Japan, where central banks are engaged in quantitative easing to...

  • PORT ALBERNI, British Columbia, March 31- In Sarita Bay, a remote cove on Canada's Vancouver Island, aboriginal-owned land used for decades by loggers is slowly being reimagined as a multibillion-dollar export terminal to ship liquefied natural gas to Asia. Aboriginal groups in the West Coast province of British Columbia are often in the news for opposing...

  • NYC blast probe highlights problem of stealing gas Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK— It was a run-of-the-mill complaint— a smell of gas— with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building's gas line, and it was leaking. While officials caution that they aren't certain of the cause of last week's blast in New York's East Village, it is highlighting a long-known problem with potentially deadly...

  • BEIJING, March 30- China has agreed to delay implementing new bank technology restrictions that Washington has complained represent unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a senior U.S. Treasury official said in Beijing on Monday. BSA The Software Alliance, whose members include Adobe Systems, Apple Inc, IBM, Microsoft Corp and Oracle Corp, and the...

  • IBM to invest $3 billion in 'Internet of Things' unit Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— IBM is investing $3 billion to build an "Internet of Things" division aimed at harnessing the massive trove of data collected by smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances and using it to help companies better manage their businesses. IBM estimates that 90 percent of all data generated by mobile and "smart" devices is never analyzed.

  • WASHINGTON— Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. Calling themselves the "Corinthian 100"— named for the troubled Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which operated Everest College, Heald College and WyoTech before agreeing last summer to sell or close its 100- plus campuses— about 100 current and former students are refusing to pay back their loans, according to the...

  • NEW YORK, March 31- A month ago, it seemed inevitable: a massive global oversupply of crude oil production would overwhelm storage tanks in Oklahoma and fill supertankers off Singapore. Now, there are growing signs that the U.S. oil market can avoid the doomsday scenario in which it runs out of room to stockpile surplus crude, a development that oil traders worried...

  • March 30- U.S. cable T.V. operator Cablevision Systems Corp is planning to make an offer for the New York Daily News as early as this week, valuing the troubled tabloid at just $1, according to a person familiar with the matter. Cablevision's $1 bid takes into account the New York Daily News' reported $30 million annual loss and $150 million investment in a printing...

  • TORONTO, March 30- A Nova Scotia law firm has said it will file a class action lawsuit representing passengers on an Air Canada flight that suffered heavy damage after landing short of the runway in Halifax on Sunday, CBC News said on Monday. The report said MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law was instructed to file a lawsuit by an individual who is seeking...

  • BEIJING— A groundbreaking solar-powered plane successfully flew from Myanmar to central China early Tuesday as part of an historic round-the-world journey promoting renewable energy use. The organizers of the Solar Impulse 2 flight wrote in a statement that the plane landed in Chongqing, China, at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday, after leaving Mandalay, Myanmar, more...

  • Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that "significant gaps" in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for U.S. automobiles in the Japanese market. There is an array of non-tariff barriers in Japan that have effectively closed the Japanese auto market to U.S. producers, "Cutler said in prepared remarks on...

  • March 30- Some of the world's biggest names in music including Beyonce, Cold Play's Chris Martin and Rihanna are backing Jay Z's new global streaming music service Tidal, which launched on Monday, and is billing itself as the first of its kind owned by artists. Co-owners Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Madonna and other musicians were in New York on Monday to sign a...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 30- Mergers and acquisitions this year reached their highest first-quarter level since 2007, as companies defied headwinds such as currency and oil price volatility and sought growth-boosting deals amid favorable financing conditions. "The deal activity in the first quarter was driven by continuing cash accumulation at companies,...

  • Jay Z brings the A-list for Tidal music streaming Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 PM ET
    Sean Jay Z Carter

    Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a new streaming service.

  • US pharmacist group moves to block execution drugs Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:44 PM ET
    Hypodermic needle filled from vial

    A national pharmacists' group has adopted a policy discouraging its members from providing death-penalty drugs.

  • March 30- Canadian financial technology firm D+ H said on Monday it agreed to acquire global payment services provider Fundtech for $1.25 billion in cash, in a bid to expand its service offerings aimed at global financial institutions and large U.S. banks. The deal comes nearly two years after it acquired U.S. rival Harland Financial Solutions for about $1.2...

  • FOREX-Yen, Aussie hit hard as dollar gains traction Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:31 PM ET

    *Dollar posts biggest one-day gain in over a month vs yen. SYDNEY, March 31- The dollar was firmer against most of its peers early on Tuesday, having posted its biggest one-day rally in over a month against the yen and notching up solid gains on its Australian counterpart. The dollar fetched 120.15 yen, well off Monday's trough of 119.105.

  • The declaration approved by American Pharmacists Association delegates at their annual meeting held in San Diego this year says the practice of providing lethal-injection drugs is contrary to the role of pharmacists as health care providers. "Now there is unanimity among all health professions in the United States who represent anybody who might be asked...

  • The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.035 percent, up from 0.020 percent last week. Another $24 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.135 percent, up from 0.105 percent last week. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,999.12 while a six-month bill sold for $9,993.18.

  • Green Brick Partners posts 4Q profit Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    DENVER _ Green Brick Partners Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $31.6 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Denver- based company said it had net income of $1.24. Green Brick Partners shares have fallen nearly 3 percent since the beginning of the year.