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  • Widow: Jury sent tobacco company a $23B message Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 6:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband on Monday called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won't see much if any of the money. In another major tobacco trial, a $28 billion verdict in a 2002 case in Los Angeles turned into $28 million after appeals.

  • *U.S. accuses Russia of complicity in shooting down flight MH17. NEW YORK, July 21- Oil prices rose on Monday as the threat of escalating tension between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine mounted, while August U.S. crude zoomed higher prior to its expiry.

  • U.S. accuses Russia of complicity in shooting down flight MH17. *New European sanctions on Russia may heighten oil risk premium. NEW YORK, July 21- Oil prices rose on Monday as the threat of escalating tension between Russia and the West mounted, while August U.S. crude zoomed higher prior to its expiry.

  • *U.S. accuses Russia of complicity in shooting down flight MH17. *New European sanctions on Russia may heighten oil risk premium. NEW YORK, July 21- Oil prices rose on Monday as the threat grew of escalating tension between Russia and the West, while August U.S. crude zoomed higher prior to its expiry.

  • Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    The anti-tax Club for Growth Action last month had its second best fundraising haul this election cycle as it raised money to pour into Chris McDaniel's bid to deny incumbent Republican Thad Cochran a seventh term in the Senate.

  • RJ Reynolds vows to fight $23.6B in damages Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    MIAMI— The nation's No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. executive J. Jeffery Raborn has called the damages awarded by a Pensacola jury "grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law."

  • Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 3:48 PM ET

    MIAMI— A Florida jury has slammed the nation's No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.. The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict.

  • *Expects full-year earnings of $3.06/ shr vs est $3.09. July 18- Apparel retailer VF Corp, which owns brands such as Timberland and The North Face, reported a fall in gross margins for the first time in nine quarters and forecast a full-year profit below the analysts' average estimate.

  • July 18- VF Corp, the owner of brands such as Timberland and The North Face, reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales as cold weather in North America drove demand for its higher-margin outdoor and action sports brands.

  • *Manufacturing output rises at 6.7 percent pace in Q2. WASHINGTON, July 16- U.S. manufacturing output rose at its fastest pace in more than two years in the second quarter, suggesting the economy was regaining enough momentum to lift growth throughout the year.

  • LONDON, July 14- Oil prices ended slightly higher on Monday as traders weighed renewed violence in Libya against broader signs of a global market well-supplied with crude. Last week, North Sea benchmark Brent closed at its lowest in three months as easing tensions in Libya and Iraq mitigated fears of supply disruptions.

  • But I feel like I'm changing one or two minds here or there, "said Felice Pete, a nurse anesthetist and a member of the state party's Black Advisory Board. The swing state, one of 11 where the Republican National Committee has hired staff to reach black voters, hosts one of the country's most important Senate races in November's midterm elections.

  • UPDATE 1-Family Dollar profit falls by a third Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    July 10- Discount retailer Family Dollar Stores Inc, under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn to sell itself, said its profit fell by a third as the company cleared inventory ahead of store closures and competition intensified.

  • July 8- Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker said on Tuesday that U.S. inflation has bottomed out and is moving toward its target, with economic growth continuing at a moderate pace.

  • July 8- Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker said on Tuesday he expects U.S. economic growth to continue at a moderate pace, with inflation pressures remaining "well-behaved."

  • July 7- United Airlines said on Monday it plans to outsource more than 630 union jobs at 12 U.S. airports in a cost-saving move. United Airlines would shift these jobs from its payroll and hire other companies to provide the employees, under the outsourcing plan. "This is a bad business decision for United Airlines," Carlson said.

  • July 7- United Airlines said on Monday it plans to outsource more than 630 jobs at 12 U.S. airports in a cost-saving move. United Airlines would shift these jobs from its payroll and hire other companies to provide the employees, under the outsourcing plan.

  • NEW YORK, July 7- Brent crude oil fell on Monday, edging toward $110 a barrel as fears of supply disruptions out of Libya and Iraq abated. The North Sea oil benchmark reached a new three-week low, as Libya prepared to resume oil exports from two ports closed for nearly a year and violence in northern Iraq has spared the country's oil production.

  • UPDATE 7-Oil falls towards $110 as supply fears fade Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 11:24 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 7- Brent crude oil fell toward $110 a barrel on Monday, as fears of supply disruptions out of Libya and Iraq abated. The North Sea oil benchmark reached a new three-week low, as Libya prepared to resume oil exports from two ports closed for nearly a year and violence in northern Iraq has spared the country's oil production.

  • *Nonfarm payrolls expected to have risen 212,000 in June. WASHINGTON, July 3- U.S. employment growth is expected to have continued at a solid clip in June, which would further dispel fears about the economy's health and underscore its momentum heading into the second half of 2014..