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  • Aug 26- Allergan Inc said on Tuesday that it has scheduled a special shareholders meeting for Dec. 18, when activist investor Bill Ackman, who supports a hostile bid for the company by Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc, will attempt to oust most of its board.

  • NY judge dismisses suit over 'Deep Throat' film Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 6:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A Manhattan judge has found a lot of differences between the porn classic "Deep Throat" and last year's Hollywood- produced biography of the world's first major porn star.

  • -Charles Schwab Corp. has lost a $15 million arbitration case against Morgan Stanley, which it accused of improperly recruiting brokers from a Schwab San Francisco branch who left with confidential information. Schwab accused Morgan Stanley of maliciously organizing an "actionable raid" of the branch.

  • Publisher acquires Robin Williams biography Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 5:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A New York Times cultural reporter who has written extensively about Robin Williams is working on a book about the late actor-comedian. Henry Holt and Co. announced Tuesday it had acquired a planned biography by the Times' Dave Itzkoff. He committed suicide at age 63. His body was found in his Northern California home on Aug. 11.

  • GOP leader says Labor Dept. is wasting tax money Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The chairman of a House panel is asking Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to turn over to Congress documents and information he alleges will show "a pattern of wasteful spending and mismanagement" at the Labor Department.

  • With no Miley Cyrus twerking, VMA ratings down Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 4:01 PM ET

    That's down from the 10.1 million who saw last year's show but up from the 6.1 million who watched the awards show live the year before that, the Nielsen ratings company said. CBS won last week in prime time, averaging 5.8 million viewers. NBC, with "America's Got Talent" again the week's most popular program, was second with a 5.1 million viewer average.

  • NBC's Emmycast logs robust 15.6 million viewership Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    NEW YORK— NBC says the Emmys thrived despite a Monday airing in the dog days of August. It was the second biggest audience for an Emmy Awards broadcast in eight years, NBC said Tuesday. The 15.6- million audience makes this the most-watched night on any network since ABC's Academy Awards on March 2, when 35.2 million viewers were tuned in.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, Aug 26- Investors are looking over portfolios to make room for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings Inc's market debut next month- and that means some less attractive stocks that funds are holding might be shown the door.

  • Judge asked to cut off extra water for salmon Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    Agricultural water providers in the Central Valley of California asked a federal judge to stop releases of extra water intended to help salmon in the Klamath Basin survive the drought.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, Aug 26- Investors are looking over portfolios to make room for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings Inc's market debut next month- and that means some less attractive stocks that funds are holding might be shown the door.

  • Correction: Obit-Sperling story Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    PHOENIX— In a story Aug. 25 about death of University of Phoenix founder John Sperling, The Associated Press reported erroneously the day that Sperling died. John Sperling, University of Phoenix founder, dies. John Sperling, founder of for-profit University of Phoenix, dies at 93 near San Francisco.

  • California firm recalls Caesar salad kits Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    CORONA, Calif.— A Southern California food company has recalled nearly 93,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kits sold at Sam's Club stores over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

  • American, US Airways will stop listing on Orbitz Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas— American Airlines and US Airways are pulling flight listings from Orbitz- run websites in a long-running dispute over fees that the travel company charges to list and sell the flights. American said that it had already dropped its fares from Orbitz and that US Airways listings would be pulled on Monday.

  • Hurricane Cristobal gains, heads toward Bermuda Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Hurricane Cristobal hurled heavy rains across Atlantic and Caribbean islands on Tuesday as it headed toward Bermuda, and officials said the storm already had caused at least five deaths. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, but it was expected to strengthen slightly by Thursday after passing northwest of Bermuda.

  • Los Angeles schools halt iPad deal amid criticism Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Faced with criticism about the planning and rollout of a $1 billion effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide iPads to all students, Superintendent John Deasy on Tuesday suspended future use of a contract with Apple Inc..

  • Gap plans to expand New York distribution center Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:36 AM ET

    FISHKILL, N.Y.— Gap, Inc. plans to expand its distribution center in the Hudson Valley, adding up to 1,200 jobs over the next five years while investing $96 million into upgrading the facility.

  • Rapper arrested for firearms in shooting probe Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— Platinum- selling rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert in Silicon Valley, authorities said.

  • Aug 26- The Los Angeles schools superintendent has suspended a contract with Apple Inc to provide an iPad to each of its students as the $1 billion initiative faces problems and growing scrutiny, the Los Angeles Times newspaper reported.

  • 5 things to watch for at the Venice Film Festival Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 6:32 AM ET

    VENICE, Italy— It has Al Pacino and zombie girlfriends, Owen Wilson and Lars von Trier. The 71st Venice Film Festival opens this week, bringing 11 days of high art and Hollywood glamour to the canal-crossed Italian city. Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts also star.

  • Quake is major test for hard-luck California city Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    NAPA, Calif.— The earthquake that jolted California's wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state's effort to develop an early warning system that might offer a few precious seconds for residents to duck under desks, trains to slow down and utility lines to be powered down before the seismic waves reach them.