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  • *Bild urges Merkel to be tough at Greece summit. The first point in the plan: the immediate exit of Greece from the euro zone. And her centre-left coalition partners, the Social Democrats, are also talking tough these days, limiting Merkel's room to forge compromises with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that would keep Greece in the currency bloc.

  • HONG KONG, July 7- China's move to curb initial public offerings to contain a stock market meltdown could endanger nearly $32 billion worth of deals announced this year by Chinese companies planning to drop their listings on U.S. exchanges and return home. China's securities regulator said at the weekend there would be "no new IPOs in the near-term" and the number...

  • Jerry Weintraub in June, 2015

    Jerry Weintraub, a showman whose career touched entertainers as grandly diverse as Elvis Presley and Michael Douglas, died on Monday.

  • CHICAGO— With an eye on the future, Florida Sen. The Republican White House hopeful will outline his policies at a Tuesday morning speech in Chicago before an extended campaign swing through Iowa. Jeb Bush or Democrat Hillary Clinton in excerpts of his remarks released to The Associated Press, yet he cites the years that the Bushes and Clintons governed.

  • Going for as much as $4 per ounce, human breast milk is a hot commodity that is emerging as a surprisingly cutthroat industry, one that states are now seeking to regulate amid a battle for control between nonprofit and for-profit banks that supply hospital neonatal units. In the United States, there are two for-profit companies and soon to be three, and one...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 7- When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. "I think they raise serious public safety questions," said Joe Simitian, the former California lawmaker who spearheaded the state's laws on phone use while driving. "You can't be looking at a...

  • *Corn dips 1 pct, falls for 2nd day on dry weather. SINGAPORE, July 7- Chicago corn slid for a second session on Tuesday, while soybeans fell to a one-week low as dry weather in parts of the U.S. grain belt after weeks of heavy rains improved crop prospects. Wheat lost ground, tracking weakness in corn, although losses were limited by unfavorable weather threatening...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 6- Facebook Inc's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is taking a seat on the board of SurveyMonkey, the online polling company that was run by her late husband, Dave Goldberg. also appointed to its board David Ebersman, the chief executive officer of behavioral health company Lyra Health and the former chief financial officer of...

  • SYDNEY, July 7- U.S. corn fell nearly 1.5 percent on Tuesday, clocking up two-day losses of approaching 2 percent, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture pegged the condition of the crop above market expectations. *Chicago Board Of Trade December corn was down 1.4 percent to $4.29 a bushel, having closed down 0.52 percent in the previous session.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 6- Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China pose a risk to major chipmakers such as Qualcomm Inc that derive a big portion of their sales from the world's second-largest economy. Consumer electronics giant Apple Inc could also be vulnerable- 17 percent of the company's overall revenue last fiscal year came from China, and in the...

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke on Monday with Greece's prime minister and finance minister and said Washington looked forward to Athens and other parties resuming conversations toward resolving the Greek situation, a Treasury spokeswoman said. Lew voiced hope such an outcome "will allow Greece to make difficult but necessary fiscal and structural...

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke on Monday with Greece's prime minister and finance minister and said Washington looked forward to Athens and other parties resuming conversations toward resolving the Greek situation, a Treasury spokeswoman said.

  • July 6- Tallgrass Energy Partners LP on Monday lifted a force majeure on the Wamsutter echo springs compressor station of its Rockies Express natural gas pipeline. The 1,698- mile natural gas pipeline system stretches from Rio Blanco County, Colorado, to Monroe County, Ohio, with a capacity of 1.8 billion cubic feet per day. Rockies Express is owned by Tallgrass...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 6- Reddit Chief Executive Ellen Pao on Monday issued an apology to users of the popular social news platform over the way the company handled the dismissal of a well-liked employee last week, a move that drew widespread outrage from users. The site's former Director of Talent, Victoria Taylor, was dismissed from the company on Thursday,...

  • SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia holds interest rate meeting- 0430 GMT. PARIS- Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer is due to speak about EU capital markets union at a financial sector conference- 0700 GMT. FRANKFURT- German's Bundesbank Board member Joachim Nagel to speak on "Asset Management of Public Pension Funds"- 1400 GMT.

  • NEW YORK— One of the last of the classic Hollywood showmen, Jerry Weintraub built his show business empire on a Rolodex and chutzpah. The Brooklyn- born son of a Bronx jeweler, Weintraub rose from the mailroom of a talent agency to become a top concert promoter before shifting into a decades-long career as a top Hollywood producer. Along the way, Weintraub worked...

  • NEW YORK— A New York state judge on Monday overturned the conviction of a former Goldman Sachs programmer for stealing confidential computer code— three years after a federal appeals court overturned his conviction on similar charges. State Supreme Court Justice Daniel Conviser said in his ruling prosecutors didn't prove as required by state law that...

  • CHICAGO, July 6- CME Group Inc rang the closing bell on open-outcry futures markets on Monday after a few dozen Chicago traders donned their multicolored jackets to buy and sell soybean and Eurodollar futures the old-fashioned way one last time. The world's largest futures exchange operator ended most of its open-outcry futures operations in Chicago and New...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 6- Commodities prices dropped to their lowest in nearly three months on Monday, dragged lower by a fresh rout in oil and copper as Greece's rejection of debt bailout terms and China's stock market woes unleashed a fresh round of selling. Greece's deepening economic crisis is unlikely to hurt global fuel demand on a major scale, but nervous oil...

  • *Platinum falls to lowest since 2009. NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 6- Gold eked out small gains on Monday in a rare spurt of safe-haven buying after Greek voters rejected terms of a bailout package, deepening the country's economic woes, and offsetting pressure from a rising U.S. dollar. "It seems likely there were some concerns that the rhetoric from that joint...