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  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- A federal judge in California on Thursday rejected a request by patent consortium Rockstar to transfer patent litigation against Google Inc to Texas, according to a court ruling.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Steve Farris runs a $33 billion Texas oil and gas company and turns, for advice, to a bearded Vermont environmentalist. These draw representatives from mainstream investment firms like T. Rowe Price, Gabelli& Co and Morgan Stanley& Co..

  • Advanced Micro Devices pares 1Q loss as sales grow Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:23 PM ET

    AMD said it lost $20 million, or 3 cents per share, after it took a loss of $146 million, or 19 cents per share, in 2013. The company said it earned 2 cents per share if one-time items are excluded. Revenue grew 28 percent, to $1.4 billion from $1.09 billion.

  • Auto airbag maker Continental named in GM recall suit Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:15 PM ET

    April 17- Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors Co vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths.

  • Korean Air A380 hits 2 light poles at LA airport Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:01 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— An Airbus A380 superjumbo jet hit two light poles while taxiing to its gate at Los Angeles International Airport with hundreds of passengers aboard.

  • Record labels sue Pandora over older songs Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:55 PM ET

    The labels, including divisions of Sony, Warner and Universal, argue that songs such as Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and the Beatles' "Hey Jude" are not covered by federal copyright law, but they have been protected in common law by states including New York.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The U.S. Department of Energy displayed a "lack of guidance" in how it dealt with millions of dollars in loan guarantees to now-bankrupt Abound Solar Manufacturing, the agency's internal watchdog said in a report on Thursday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- Shares of Weibo Corp rose 19 percent in their U.S. debut on Thursday, sweeping aside concerns that Chinese censorship will hurt the growth of the country's Internet sector and broader worries about lofty tech-stock valuations.

  • *U.S., Russia, Ukraine and EU issue joint statement. LOS ANGELES, April 17- Brent crude oil fell on Thursday, stalling below $100 a barrel after the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union jointly called for an end to the violence in Ukraine, taking some risk premium out of the market, while U.S. oil rose on positive economic data.

  • April 17- With the Chicago weather finally getting a little nicer, Chris Anderssen wanted to grill some burgers outside for a group of family and friends. Retail beef and pork prices reached all-time highs last month, according to Bill Hahn, agricultural economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.

  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. An impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room offered the president an opportunity to trumpet the new figures, which beat initial projections by 1 million.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- Shares of Weibo Corp rose as much as 41 percent in their U.S. debut on Thursday, sweeping aside concerns that censorship in China will hurt the growth of the country's Internet sector and broader worries about the outlook for tech-sector stocks.

  • *U.S., Russia, Ukraine and EU issue joint statement. LOS ANGELES, April 17- Brent crude oil fell on Thursday after the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union joined to call for an end to the violence in Ukraine, taking some risk premium out of the market, while U.S. oil rose on positive economic data.

  • Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday. The feature uses your smartphone's GPS system to tell your Facebook friends you are nearby— provided they have the feature turned on.

  • April 17- Shares of Weibo Corp, the owner of a Chinese Twitter-like messaging service, rose as much as 14.6 percent in their U.S. debut, overcoming worries about the outlook for tech sector and concerns that censorship in China was affecting its user growth. That would make it the biggest internet company IPO since Facebook Inc's $16 billion IPO in 2012..

  • Taxi app Uber faces ban in Berlin Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    BERLIN— Ride-hailing app Uber could face a ban in the German capital after the head of the Berlin Taxi Association convinced a local court that the company's service breaks the law.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.

  • UPDATE 8-Brent, U.S. oil rise as Ukraine tensions mount Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, April 17- Brent crude oil climbed above $110 a barrel on Thursday as rising tensions in Ukraine raised fears of potential supply disruptions from Russia. With Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine and three separatists killed overnight in eastern Ukraine, prospects of defusing the crisis at talks in Geneva appeared slim.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits increased slightly last week to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. The four-week average for claims dipped to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession began. California: Down 13,982, due to fewer layoffs in services. Iowa: Down 1,266, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing.

  • *First-quarter EPS $2.64 vs est. *Sales rise 24.4 pct to $904.2 mln; same-restaurant sales rise 13.4 pct. April 17- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc raised its full-year sales forecast after reporting better-than-expected quarterly revenue as sales surged at established restaurants.

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