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  • TORONTO, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again. Revenue fell to $793 million from $1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of analysts' expectations of $931.5...

  • Dec 19- European regulators recommended the approval of Orexigen Therapeutics Inc's diet pill, which could become the first prescription medicine for obesity to be approved in the European Union in nearly a decade. The drug, sold as Contrave by partner Takeda Pharmaceutical Co in the United States, will be marketed as Mysimba in Europe. The third obesity...

  • Protection sought for scenic California region Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:13 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country. Congress declined this session to pass legislation from Democratic...

  • Thai seafood company to buy Bumble Bee tuna firm Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:35 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Thai Union Frozen Products announced Friday it is acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods, a major seller of canned tuna in the United States, for $1.5 billion. The Thai company, known as TUF, said the purchase of Bumble Bee, which is owned by private equity firm Lion Capital, is expected to be completed by the second half of 2015, pending approval by U.S. antitrust...

  • Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    The Sony attack, which U.S. officials blamed on North Korea, was unusual because it included threats of violence if the Hollywood studio released its movie "The Interview," a comedy that depicts the assassination of the North's leader. He said his company has received a growing number of requests from financial institutions and other businesses alarmed by...

  • It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis' Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. The AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of...

  • China's wealth finds home in Washington state Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    MEDINA, Wash.— Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state. "I'm so glad my mother made me study Chinese," laughed property broker Janie Lee, after showing a client from Beijing a $4 million home in the suburb of Medina. And a recent top-grossing Chinese romantic...

  • US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. Major U.S. farm groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, as well as leading agribusinesses such as Cargill Inc., have long advocated normalized trade relations with Cuba, a market of 11 million consumers just 90 miles off U.S. shores.

  • In spite of Asia advance, European stocks steady Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 2.4 percent to 17,621.40 and South Korea's Kospi added 1.7 percent 1,929.98. Stocks in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, India and New Zealand also rose.

  • Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism. A U.S. cyber-retaliation against North Korea would risk a dangerous...

  • Companies' data security in question after Sony hack Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. "The Sony breach is a real wake-up call even after the year of mega-breaches we've seen," says Lee Weiner, Boston security firm Rapid7's senior vice...

  • Sony Corp scrapped its Christmas Day release of "The Interview," following threats by hackers who have leaked internal company documents and emails, as well as unreleased movies, on the internet. But even before the cancellation of the film, Sony executives responsible for the international release of the movie were concerned the action-comedy featuring...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 18- Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows how the transportation service is falling afoul of officials who could threaten its expansion. The issue, which is being heard in a California administrative court and whose outcome will not be known until next year, pits Uber...

  • *White House not in position to confirm North Korea responsible. WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 18- Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response.

  • 'The Interview' jeopardizes overseas movie villains Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:21 PM ET

    Evil forces from Russia, China and North Korea have tirelessly menaced our big-screen heroes in recent years. "Pyongyang," an adaption of a graphic novel set in North Korea, was given the ax Wednesday after distributor Fox abandoned the project and producer New Regency was forced to shutter any plans. Director Gore Verbinski had imagined the project about an...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 18- Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows how the transportation service is falling afoul of officials who could threaten its expansion. The issue, which is being heard in a California administrative court and whose outcome will not be known until next year, pits Uber...

  • Uber suspends operations in Portland for 3 months Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:09 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Less than two weeks after the ride-hailing app Uber launched in Portland without officials' approval, the company said it is suspending operations for three months to work out its differences with the city. General manager Brooke Steger wrote in a blog post Thursday that Portland is working to update its regulations for private for-hire...

  • Hellmann's maker Unilever drops suit over 'Just Mayo' Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:52 PM ET

    Hellmann's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of " Just Mayo." Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small California company's product amounted to false advertising. Unilever said Thursday that it decided to withdraw the lawsuit so that Hampton Creek can address its label...

  • Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal? Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. Actors, filmmakers, politicians and pundits roundly denounced Sony's decision on Wednesday to nix "The Interview" in response to theater owners' refusal to show the Christmas release in light of threats invoking 9/ 11. But...

  • Sides 'far apart' in US West Coast port negotiations Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired. Longshoremen have continued to work without a contract at 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle that are a vital trade link with Asia, though their...