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  • NEW YORK, July 6- Benchmark U.S. Concerns over Greece drove safe-haven demand for Treasuries. "Some might perceive the risk of a bad outcome in Greece has marginally increased" since the ECB has made it slightly more expensive for Greek banks to access ECB liquidity, said Boris Rjavinski, a strategist at UBS in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • July 6- A U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of an Illinois man who prosecutors said made nearly $1.2 million trading on inside information about mergers involving clients of Citigroup Inc, where his brother-in-law worked. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirmed the conviction of Bassam Salman, who was sentenced in April...

  • ATHENS/ FRANKFURT- Greece's combative finance minister resigns, removing one major obstacle to any deal to keep Athens in the euro zone after Greeks voted resoundingly to back the government in rejecting the austerity terms of a bailout. -EUROZONE- GREECE/ GERMANY, moved, by Paul Carrel, 640 words. -MARKETS- GREECE/ VOTE REACTION, moved, by Jamie McGeever, 800 words.

  • July 6- In the midst of moving from Atlanta to St. Louis last year, Thomas Nitzsche discovered his parked rental car had been hit by another car, causing $791 in damage. To keep costs low, he had rejected the "collision damage waiver" insurance offered by the rental car company, which can run as much as $45 a day and can include a deductible. It took three months or so for the...

  • TORONTO, July 3- An Ontario court on Friday rejected the city of Toronto's request for an injunction to halt Uber's operations in Canada's largest city. "We are pleased with today's ruling, which confirms that ridesharing is a new business model, distinct from traditional taxi services," Ian Black, general manager for Uber Canada, said in a statement.

  • PARIS, July 3- Uber Technologies will suspend its UberPOP ride-hailing service in France, the U.S. company said on Friday, after it faced often-violent protests and the authorities denounced it as an illegal taxi service. France last week ordered a nationwide clampdown on the service and two executives from California- based Uber will face trial in France on...

  • PARIS— Uber is suspending its low-cost ride-hailing service in France, hoping to defuse an escalating legal dispute and sometimes-violent tensions with traditional French taxi drivers. Uber Technologies Inc. has run into legal problems elsewhere in Europe, as well as in China and India. The French battle centers around Uber's low-cost service, in France...

  • SHANGHAI— A complete bootlegged copy of Michael Lewis' bestselling book about Wall Street, "Liar's Poker," was hosted on the official website of the Chinese Commerce Ministry, the agency responsible for intellectual property protection in China, The Associated Press has found. China has a long and troubled history with copyright infringement.

  • *Balance of influence between Washington, local interests. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 2- Efforts to fill top positions at some U.S. A bill passed in May by the Senate Banking Committee that Shelby chairs would strip the New York Fed's board of its power to appoint its presidents.

  • *IMF warns Greece needs debt extension. July 2- U.S. stocks extended losses on Thursday after the International Monetary Fund warned Greece may need a large debt writeoff, and muted U.S. jobs data dampened the economic outlook. "The market seems to be paying more attention to what may happen with Greece as well as whether or not wage growth will pick up," said Omar...

  • TV news crews robbed of cameras during live broadcasts Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 12:36 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— News crews from two San Francisco Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts on Thursday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the robbery and assault occurred at about 6 a.m. Thursday along the city's waterfront. Television and newspaper crews have been robbed in the San...

  • *Balance of influence between Washington, local interests. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 2- Efforts to fill top positions at some U.S. A bill passed in May by the Senate Banking Committee that Shelby chairs would strip the New York Fed's board of its power to appoint its presidents.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St turns negative as IMF warns on Greece Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 12:13 PM ET

    *IMF warns Greece needs debt extension. July 2- U.S. stocks turned negative after the International Monetary Fund warned Greece may need a further large debt writeoff, and weak U.S. jobs data dampened the economic outlook. "The market seems to be paying more attention to what may happen with Greece as well as whether or not wage growth will pick up," said Omar Aguilar,...

  • Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30- year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.08 percent this week from 4.02 percent a week earlier. Data issued Tuesday showed that home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit gains in Denver and San Francisco. To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across...

  • NEW YORK— You may have noticed your Facebook friends getting considerably more colorful. More than 26 million Facebook profile photos have taken on a rainbow hue in the days since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is a right guaranteed under the Constitution regardless of a person's sexual orientation. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leonardo...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google's new image-recognition program misfired badly this week by identifying two black people as gorillas, delivering a mortifying reminder that even the most intelligent machines still have lot to learn about human sensitivity. The blunder surfaced in a smartphone screen shot posted online Sunday by a New York man on his Twitter account,@...

  • July 1- Macy's Inc said on Wednesday it would end its business relationship with Donald Trump, and New York City said it was reviewing its contracts with the billionaire developer and U.S. presidential hopeful because of his comments insulting Mexicans. In New York City, where Trump built his fortune in real estate, his company has a contract to run a golf course at...

  • Hewlett-Packard moves forward with plan to split in 2 Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 6:51 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Hewlett-Packard is moving forward with plans to split into two companies, filing paperwork to create a new entity that will sell commercial technology, while a separate spinoff will sell personal computers and printers. The papers show those units had $25.6 billion in sales over the last two quarters, with net earnings of $852 million.

  • PayPal to buy Xoom for $890 million cash Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 6:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Ebay's PayPal unit is buying Xoom for $890 million cash in a bid to expand into international money transfers. Xoom is a San Francisco- based digital money transfer provider. PayPal said Xoom's presence in 37 countries including key markets like Mexico, India, the Philippines, China and Brazil will accelerate its expansion.

  • Former federal agent pleads guilty to stealing bitcoins Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 6:31 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A former undercover drug agent pleaded guilty Wednesday to extortion and other charges after authorities said he used his position to steal more than $700,000 in digital currency, most of it siphoned from an online drug bazaar known as Silk Road that he infiltrated as part of a federal investigation. While with the DEA, Force, 46, was tasked with...