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  • HOUSTON, Sept 19- To capitalize on a flood of domestic and Canadian crude into the U.S. Gulf Coast, logistics giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is spending more than $1.5 billion in Houston to build the most flexible oil and fuel transport hub in the country.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1600 GMT / 12:00 p.m. ET Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    Alibaba expected to rise in trading debut on heavy interest. NEW YORK- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares surge 41 percent to $96.02 on their first day of trading as many investors who received fewer shares than hoped lined up orders to buy what looks likely to be the largest IPO in history. Wall St rises as Scots stay in UK, Alibaba debuts.

  • Fewer than 1 percent of large partnerships were audited by the IRS in 2012, compared with 27 percent of large corporations, the GAO said, defining both as having $100 million or more in assets, and in the case of partnerships, 100 or more partners.

  • Sept 18- The mothballed Hovensa refinery, once the largest in the Western hemisphere, could be the latest "zombie refinery" to come back to life, revived by the U.S. shale boom.

  • *Sulzer worth $4.6 bln, Dresser-Rand worth $5.6 bln. Sept 17- Swiss pump maker Sulzer said on Wednesday it is in talks on a potential combination with U.S. compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand, a deal that would create a machinery company with a combined market valuation exceeding $10 billion.

  • CARACAS, Sept 16- Buses across jungle borders, boats through Caribbean waters and private flights from small airfields have become a new norm for departing Venezuela as a multi-billion dollar pay dispute turns the country into something of a' no-fly' zone.

  • Sept 15- ConocoPhillips, the largest U.S. independent oil and gas company, is preparing to auction its 24 percent stake in the Clair oilfield in the United Kingdom, the Financial Times reported on Monday. The oilfield has an estimated 8 billion barrels of oil, making it the largest hydrocarbon resource in Europe, according to oil major BP Plc's website.

  • UPDATE 7-Oil drops as ample supply overtakes demand Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:34 PM ET

    *Weaker oil demand growth in China and Europe- IEA. NEW YORK, Sept 12- Crude oil prices fell on Friday on pressure from weak demand, ample supplies and a strong dollar. "We've seen a lot of selling pressure lately and concerns of a lot of oil on hand to meet demand," said Gene McGillian, an analyst at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 12- The United States hit Russia's largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine. They are the latest economic penalties imposed by the West since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March.

  • *Weaker oil demand growth in China and Europe- IEA. NEW YORK, Sept 12- Brent oil prices fell on Friday, pressured by a strong dollar, weak demand and ample supplies, while U.S. crude rose, stabilizing a day after hitting 16- month lows.

  • Venezuela's PDVSA: Let's make a deal on Citgo Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 8:28 AM ET
    Caracas, Venezuela.

    Venezuela's state-run oil company is seeking offers for its U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum in a deal that could fetch up to $10 billion.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 10- Morgan Stanley's unorthodox plan to export U.S. compressed natural gas could give the Wall Street bank quick access to emerging Caribbean markets- if it can find a way to ship the fuel in bulk after decades of other failed attempts.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 9- Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA is seeking preliminary offers for its U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum Corp by the end of September, a deal that could fetch up to $10 billion, according to two people familiar with the matter.

  • NEW YORK/ WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, Sept 9- Puerto Rico's indebted power authority better get used to some tough love from its new chief restructuring officer, Lisa Donahue, who has earned a reputation for decisiveness, hard work and a cold-blooded devotion to cutting costs.

  • Oil producers in condensate-heavy shale crude plays like the Eagle Ford and the western Permian Basin in Texas also could fetch better condensate prices if exported, as U.S. refiners have limited demand for it.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 8- In June 2013, activist investors got the board of SandRidge Energy Inc to fire its CEO Tom Ward, arguing that he had mismanaged the Oklahoma City company and destroyed billions in shareholder value.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2000 GMT/4 PM ET Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    LONDON- The British government is scrambling to respond to a lurch in the opinion polls towards a vote for Scottish independence this month by promising a range of new powers for Scotland if it chooses to stay within the United Kingdom.

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 4- U.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities on Thursday in a fight for higher pay, and organizers said more than 450 were arrested from Manhattan's Times Square to Los Angeles. About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour.

  • *BP shares fall 5 percent in U.S. trading. HOUSTON, Sept 4- BP Plc was "grossly negligent" for its role in the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, a U.S. district judge said on Thursday in a ruling that could add billions of dollars in fines to the more than $42 billion in charges taken so far for the worst offshore disaster in U.S. history.

  • CARACAS, Sept 3- President Nicolas Maduro has reshuffled his cabinet in a bid to boost his popularity but shows no sign of revamping Venezuela's troubled economy, meaning prospects of gasoline price hikes and a unification of Byzantine currency controls have dimmed.