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  • March 2- Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen's office said on Monday it has launched an investigation into Lenovo Group Ltd's sales of laptops preloaded with Superfish software, which the U.S. government last month warned made users vulnerable to cyberattacks. The office said that Jepsen last week sent letters to Lenovo, the world's biggest personal...

  • U.S., Liberia kick off trial of Ebola drug ZMapp Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 12:50 PM ET

    CHICAGO, Feb 27- U.S. and Liberian researchers have started a clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc's Ebola drug ZMapp, an experimental treatment that has already been tried in a handful of Ebola patients, including two U.S. missionaries. The trial, a joint effort by the Liberian government and the National Institute...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 25- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a North Carolina state dental board does not have the authority to regulate teeth-whitening services, accepting the federal government's claim that the system is anticompetitive because dentists sit on the panel. The court, on a 6-3 vote, ruled for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which had...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 25- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a North Carolina state dental board does not have the authority to regulate teeth-whitening services, accepting the federal government's claim that the system is anticompetitive because dentists sit on the panel. The court, on a 6-3 vote, ruled for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which had decided...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc is close to a deal to acquire bowel drug maker Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd for around $160 per share, according to a person directly familiar with the matter. A deal of that size would be the largest ever for Valeant, which lost a takeover contest for Allergan Inc last year. The usually acquisitive Valeant...

  • *Reports adjusted profit $0.86/ share vs estimate of $0.88. Feb 18- Duke Energy Corp said it could reach a settlement with the U.S. government in the "next several days" over a federal grand jury probe into a coal ash spill in North Carolina's Dan River last February. A pipe break at a retired Duke coal plant triggered the third-worst coal ash spill in U.S. history,...

  • Feb 18- Duke Energy Corp said it could reach a settlement with the U.S. government in the "next several days" over a federal grand jury probe into a coal ash spill in North Carolina's Dan River last February. A pipe break at a retired Duke coal plant triggered the third-worst coal ash spill in U.S. history, prompting North Carolina's Senate to ask Duke to close 33 coal...

  • Duke has been retiring some of its coal powered plants to comply with North Carolina's Coal Ash Management Act of 2014. The state's Senate has asked Duke to close 33 coal ash ponds within 15 years after coal ash was released into the Dan River from a retired plant in February last year. The company said it recorded a charge of 14 cents per share in anticipation of...

  • Heavy snowfall and ice moving from the Southern Plains eastward pounded Missouri, Arkansas, southern Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, the National Weather Service said. With the storm headed east and sleet and freezing rain expected to also take a swipe at the South, North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi and Georgia declared states of emergency.

  • *UBS, Credit Suisse expand off-shoring centers in Poland. WARSAW/ KRAKOW, Feb 15- Swiss financial titans UBS and Credit Suisse are expanding their operations in provincial Poland in a cost-saving drive made more urgent by the surge in the value of the Swiss franc. Even before the Swiss central bank abandoned its cap on the currency in January, the cost of taking on...

  • Feb 13- United Airlines will outsource about 1,150 positions at 16 airports across the country, but reached tentative agreements with its union to keep another 800 jobs in-house that also had been under scrutiny, a company spokesman said on Friday. Before taking effect, the agreement must be approved by a vote of the affected workers, who are located in or near...

  • YOUR MONEY-Is organic chocolate worth the price? Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 3:40 PM ET

    Feb 11- If you plunk down some big bucks for organic chocolate this Valentine's Day, your sweetie may or may not be impressed. Andy Ciordia, owner of The Secret Chocolatier in Charlotte, North Carolina, says consumers are most likely to notice that mass-produced chocolates using a cacao solution taste flatter than those made on a smaller scale and with natural...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- The U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday that it reached a settlement in its first-ever discrimination case against auto dealers who also finance the purchase of used cars. Two so-called "buy here, pay here" dealerships in Charlotte, North Carolina, Auto Fare Inc and Southeastern Auto Corp, agreed to set aside $225,000 to reimburse...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 20 Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome Powell gives lecture, "Audit the Fed and Other Proposals" before the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law: Brendan Brown Lecture event- 2100 GMT. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens at the RMB Clearing Bank launch ceremony- 0015 GMT. RALEIGH, United States- Federal Reserve...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 18 Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    NAPLES, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on monetary policy and the economic outlook before the Southwest Florida Business Leaders Luncheon- 1745 GMT. ROME- Conference on European financial architecture and the EU banking union with EU Parliament representative Roberto Gualtieri, ECB Supervisory Council...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- Several U.S. states are investigating a massive cyberattack on No. 2 U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc that is being looked at for possible ties to China, according to a source familiar with the probe. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen asked Anthem Chief Executive Joseph Swedish to provide by March 4 detailed information about the...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- Several U.S. states are investigating a massive cyberattack on No. 2 U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc that is being looked at for possible ties to China, according to a source familiar with the probe. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen asked Anthem Chief Executive Joseph Swedish to provide by March 4 detailed information about the...

  • Whole Foods issues macadamia nut recall Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 7:29 PM ET
    A man walks into Whole Foods Market in the Brooklyn borough in New York.

    Whole Foods has recalled macadamia nuts due to potential Salmonella contamination, according to consumer advocacy site Consumerist.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 17 Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    CALIFORNIA- Andrew Gracie, Bank of England's executive director for resolution, speaks at the FIA-SIFMA asset management derivatives forum- 1200 GMT. COLUMBUS- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester speaks on the economy before the Ohio Bankers League annual economic summit- 1745 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England holds monetary policy...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 3- A federal judge on Tuesday rejected Bank of America Corp's bid to throw out a jury verdict finding it liable for the sale of questionable loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial crisis, which led to a $1.27 billion civil penalty. He also rejected Bank of America's alternative request for a new trial. The U.S. Department of Justice had...