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  • TOKYO, July 30- U.S. crude oil futures regained some of the previous day's losses to trade above $101 early on Wednesday, after industry data showed U.S. petroleum stockpiles fell much more sharply than expected. *U.S. crude futures for September delivery rose 8 cents to $101.05 a barrel by 0000 GMT, after finishing 70 cents lower on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War.

  • Business Highlights Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 6:03 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Dustin Moskovitz has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago.

  • *EU reaches deal on Russia sanctions, prompts short rally. NEW YORK, July 29- Brent crude ended slightly higher on Tuesday as new sanctions on Russia looked set to worsen relations between Moscow and the West, while U.S. prices slipped after a Kansas refinery fire curbed demand for WTI crude.

  • Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:57 PM ET

    Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil liberties groups, the White House and Republicans.

  • *Merck up as results beat expectations, but Pfizer slips. United Parcel Service shares fell 3.7 percent to $98.86 after the world's biggest courier company slashed its earnings forecast for the year due to spending to boost capacity. Rival shipping company FedEx Corp was down 1.6 percent at $147.14.

  • TORONTO, July 29- Canada said on Tuesday it plans to impose additional sanctions on Russia in the coming days, in close coordination with partners in the United States and Europe.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States has expanded sanctions against Russia over its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, unveiling the steps after the EU agreed to its own new measures against Moscow hours earlier.

  • US to sanction Russian banks: Reuters     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    According to Reuters, the U.S. will sanction Russian financial institutions. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the details.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- Corporations that move their tax domiciles abroad would be denied federal contracts under legislation offered on Tuesday by Democrats in the U.S. Congress, targeting tax-driven deals known as inversions.

  • Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    According to the Treasury Department, the U.S. penalties target the Bank of Moscow, the Russian Agricultural Bank and VTB Bank. Also listed on the Treasury designation is the United Shipbuilding Corp., which is based in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ahead of Obama's announcement, White House spokesman Josh Earnest welcomed the European sanctions.

  • GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 29- Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets on Tuesday, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist militants in the enclave.

  • What EU sanctions look like     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the European Union will limit access to EU capital markets for state-owned banks among its sanctions against Russia.

  • Obama tells Putin that Russia broke nuclear treaty Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    President Obama wrote to Russian President Putin to inform him the U.S. government had determined Russia violated a nuclear treaty.

  • EU hits Russia with new military, financial sanctions Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:45 PM ET
    The central processing plant for oil and gas in Salym, Russia, Feb. 4, 2014. Salym Petroleum Development is a venture between Shell and Gazprom Neft.

    The White House also said Tuesday that the U.S. could announce new sanctions on Russia "as soon as today."

  • July 29- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, reported a rise in medical costs on Tuesday, raising investor concerns that a long run of low growth in such costs might be ending and pushing shares in the industry lower.

  • EU agrees on Russia sanctions     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    Insight to the fighting in the Middle East, with the "Power Lunch" crew, and new sanctions against Russia, with CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • Hawaii health care faces federal threat Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Janice Nakamura knows the financial burden of going without health care, and she's thankful for the Hawaii law that strictly mandates expansive, employer-provided coverage for her and her family.

  • Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    The industry said in court that the rules go beyond what Congress intended and violate First Amendment rights to freedom of speech by forcing meat producers to provide information about their products without "directly advancing a government interest."

  • *Gaza's only power station knocked out. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 29- Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave on Tuesday, with no end in sight to more than three weeks of conflict.