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NEW YORK, March 5- Oil slid further on Wednesday, weighing on a key commodities index, but gold, nickel and coffee prices rose as investor attention returned after a brief pause over the Ukraine crisis.
*Dialogue used to resolve Ukraine issues- U.S.' Kerry. NEW YORK, March 5- Oil prices slid nearly $2 per barrel on Wednesday as U.S. government data reflected weaker oil demand as Europe and the United States head into spring and refiners move into maintenance season.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 5- Facebook Inc and its photo sharing subsidiary, Instagram, will delete posts offering to buy or sell guns without background checks, Facebook announced on Wednesday.
NEW YORK-- Smith& Wesson's stock jumped 10 in premarket trading Wednesday after the gun maker's quarterly performance topped expectations and its outlook surprised Wall Street. KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Scott Hamann said that he is still cautious on the firearms industry and anticipates Smith& Wesson will face moderating demand.
WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Air Force decided on Tuesday to start work on a new rescue helicopter by United Technologies Corp's Sikorsky Aircraft in fiscal 2015, a surprising turnaround hours after the Pentagon told Congress the program had been postponed.
NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 4- Lawyers for Jesse Litvak wrapped up their defense of the former Jefferies Group Inc trader on federal fraud charges without his taking the stand, putting the case on track to go to the jury by late Wednesday.
*RadioShack closing 1,100 stores after sales tumble 20 pct. NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. stocks rallied on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 at a record high, as fears eased of a confrontation between Russia and Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin said there was no need to use military force in the Crimea region for now.
NEW HAVEN, Conn.-- The U.S. military has failed to upgrade the discharges of Vietnam veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder, resulting in stigma and loss of benefits, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. Five Vietnam veterans and three veterans organizations are suing the Army, the Navy and the Air Force in Connecticut.
March 3- UIL Holdings Corp said it would buy Philadelphia Gas Works, the largest municipally owned natural gas utility in the United States, for $1.86 billion in cash to expand its natural gas distribution operations.
WILMINGTON, Del.-- A winter storm headed toward the East Coast has Amtrak trimming schedules for its Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains. Amtrak says passengers should also expect fewer runs than normal on its Keystone Service, from Harrisburg through Philadelphia to New York City.
*Mounting tensions in Ukraine keep risk appetite in check. NEW YORK, Feb 28- U.S. oil rose on Friday on market talk of decreased supply from the Bakken shale in North Dakota. Tension in Ukraine and lower estimates for U.S. gross domestic product capped gains.
WASHINGTON, Feb 28- The U.S. government slashed its estimate for fourth-quarter economic growth on Friday in the latest sign of a loss of momentum, but some tentative signs emerged that suggested the worst of the slowdown may be over.
Details of the package were being hammered out, but Senator Chris Murphy, chairman of a Senate subcommittee on European Affairs, said the package would be part of "a broader, coordinated program" with the European Union, International Monetary Fund and other international partners.
BOSTON-- His political future clouded by scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pressed ahead on a national fundraising tour Thursday, but kept a low profile during a brief Boston appearance that attracted GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and intense criticism from Democrats.
*Jesse Litvak accused of securities fraud, TARP fraud. NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb 27- Lawyers defending Jesse Litvak at the former Jefferies Group Inc trader's federal fraud trial on Thursday accused the firm of firing him and then helping prosecutors out of concern that it might otherwise lose a major client.
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb 27- Lawyers defending Jesse Litvak at the former Jeffries Group Inc trader's federal fraud trial on Thursday accused the firm of firing him and then helping prosecutors out of concern that it might otherwise lose a major client.
WASHINGTON, Feb 27- Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods excluding transportation and a gauge of business spending unexpectedly rose in January, offering hopeful signs for factory activity which has slowed in recent months.
HARTFORD, Conn.-- A former Connecticut securities broker been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges that he swindled investors, including a Greek Orthodox church, out of more than $27 million.
*Crude stocks at Cushing draw for 4th week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said crude stocks rose overall by just 68,000 barrels last week, far less than the average build of 1.2 million barrels forecast, while stocks at Cushing fell 1.1 million barrels as TransCanada Corp's southern pipeline continued to drain oil to the Gulf Coast.
Michael Fifer, the CEO of firearm maker Sturm, Ruger& Co. Inc., said that orders for its guns are "more realistic" this year compared to 2013, when demand soared on fears that lawmakers would try to restrict firearm sales.