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  • 'Cuban Twitter' _overtly political, poking Castros Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Draft messages produced for a Twitter- like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

  • Arkansas AG asks court to reconsider drug ruling Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 6:30 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider its decision tossing out a $1.2 billion judgment against drugmaker Johnson& Johnson, saying justices did "significant harm" to the state and broke from 170 years of precedent.

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- Two U.S. senators who led a push for more sanctions on Iran during negotiations over its nuclear program called on President Barack Obama on Monday to impose more restrictions if Tehran pursues an energy barter agreement with Russia.

  • Atlantic City casino earnings down 35 percent Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 2:24 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Not even a boost from Internet gambling money and the comparison with an extremely slow period after Superstorm Sandy could prevent Atlantic City's casinos from seeing a big decline in their earnings in 2013..

  • Ford recalls nearly 435,000 vehicles Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    The SUVs were originally sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads. The Escapes covered by the recall were built from Oct. 22, 1999 through Dec. 19, 2003 at the Kansas City Assembly plant, and from May 1, 2003 through Jan. 23, 2004 at the Ohio Assembly plant, Ford said in a statement issued Monday.

  • Vonage CEO to retire by the end of the year Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 9:31 AM ET

    HOLMDEL, N.J.— The CEO of the cloud-based communications company Vonage will retire by the end of the year. Marc Lefar, 50, has been with Vonage for six years. Shares of Vonage Holdings Corp. fell 2 cents to $4.11 at the opening bell.

  • *Investors to get 0.8 Sun Pharma share per Ranbaxy share.

  • Donations pour in for Phoenix mom facing charges Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    The 35- year-old Phoenix woman had an important job interview last month at an insurance company across town in Scottsdale. The case has attracted considerable attention on the Internet as a fundraising site created by a New Jersey woman for Taylor has amassed nearly $90,000.

  • *Ranbaxy shareholders to get 0.8 Sun Pharma share for each Ranbaxy share. Ranbaxy, India's No.1 drugmaker by sales and 63.4 percent held by Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd, is banned from exporting drug ingredients to the United States, while Sun Pharmaceutical's Karkhadi plant is also barred from shipping products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • Mohegan Tribe protects benefits with casino empire Sunday, 6 Apr 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    UNCASVILLE, Conn.— A gaming slump is eating into the profits of Mohegan Sun, but the 2,000 tribal members who draw benefits from the massive casino aren't feeling the pinch— not with money coming in from a burgeoning Mohegan Tribe gaming empire.

  • As Rutgers transforms, philosophy gets a boost Sunday, 6 Apr 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    But at Rutgers University, the humanities study— already recognized as a strong point for the university— is getting a major boost with donations totaling $3 million to endow a faculty chair in the subject.

  • At a glance: IPOs planned for coming week Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 3:31 PM ET

    The company has a deal with Forest Laboratories for co-creation of a dementia drug, which is pending FDA approval. Ally Financial Inc.- The finance company's offering could make taxpayers whole for a $17.2 billion government bailout during the financial crisis. Ally, known as GMAC Inc. at the time of its bailout, had been the auto lending arm for General Motors.

  • In its case, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said 37- year-old Joseph Dondero, a co-owner of a New Jersey- based trading firm called Visionary Trading LLC, routinely engaged in spoofing.

  • *Wall St touches fresh record high after U.S. payrolls. *Brent rises from 5- month low to above $106. NEW YORK, April 4- Steady U.S. jobs growth pushed stocks on Wall Street to fresh highs and kept European equities on track for a ninth day of gains Friday, while damping the dollar's strength on the outlook that the Federal Reserve will continue to wind down stimulus.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- The U.S. labor market emerged surprisingly strong from the severe winter, with employers hiring at a brisk pace and the jobless rate holding near a five-year low. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 192,000 jobs last month after rising by 197,000 in February, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- U.S. employers maintained a solid pace of hiring for a second straight month in March, further evidence of resilience in an economy that had been held back by a brutally cold winter. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 192,000 jobs last month after rising 197,000 in February, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • Feds reach $5.15B settlement over mining cleanup Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 2:16 AM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Arizona— For decades, uranium ore was mined from the Lukachukai Mountains of northeastern Arizona, providing Navajos with much-needed employment but leaving behind a legacy of death and disease on the reservation.

  • 'Cuban Twitter' heads to hearings in Congress Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 12:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration on Thursday defended its creation of a Twitter- like Cuban communications network to undermine the communist government, declaring the secret program was "invested and debated" by Congress and wasn't a covert operation that required White House approval.

  • US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 12:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government. McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors had come in from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Washington and Denver.

  • April 3- Mylan Inc on Thursday sued Celgene Corp to stop the latter's effort to keep generic versions of two drugs that generate $4.5 billion of annual sales off the market.

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