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  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a request by patent consortium Rockstar to transfer patent litigation from Google Inc's home turf in California to Texas, according to a court ruling.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- A federal judge in California on Thursday rejected a request by patent consortium Rockstar to transfer patent litigation against Google Inc to Texas, according to a court ruling.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Steve Farris runs a $33 billion Texas oil and gas company and turns, for advice, to a bearded Vermont environmentalist. These draw representatives from mainstream investment firms like T. Rowe Price, Gabelli& Co and Morgan Stanley& Co..

  • Michaels confirms breach of as many as 2.6M cards Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach. The nation's largest arts and crafts chain said its subsidiary Aaron Brothers was also attacked, with about 400,000 cards potentially affected.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee.

  • For big business in China he's a headache, part of a small but fast-growing industry built around exposing corporate wrongdoing.

  • IPO Roundup: 4 companies make their debut Thursday Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Two Chinese Internet companies, a sporting goods retailer and a travel software provider rose in their stock market debuts Thursday.

  • BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— BNSF Railway Co. will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting, the railroad has told a federal oversight board. The federal board this week ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to report their plans by Friday to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments this spring.

  • April 17- A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches.

  • Ex BP-employee settles US insider-trading charges Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has agreed to settle federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock.

  • Judge won't order recalled GM cars to be parked Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:11 PM ET

    DETROIT— A Texas federal judge has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of more than 2 million recalled cars to stop driving them until the ignition switches are replaced. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos issued her order Thursday in Corpus Christi.

  • April 17- A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches.

  • UPDATE 1-Shares of Travelocity owner Sabre rise in debut Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    April 17- Shares of Sabre Corp, the airline ticketing technology provider that also owns online travel agency Travelocity, rose as much as 7 percent in their market debut after the company sold fewer shares than expected in its initial public offering and priced them below the targeted range.

  • Shares of Travelocity owner Sabre rise after IPO Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    DALLAS— Shares of Sabre Corp. ended higher Thursday, but the provider of technology services to the travel industry raised less money than it had projected in its initial public offering. Private-equity owners TPG and Silver Lake will keep about 80 percent of the company, which the IPO valued at around $4 billion.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits increased slightly last week to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. The four-week average for claims dipped to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession began. California: Down 13,982, due to fewer layoffs in services. Iowa: Down 1,266, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing.

  • Retail gasoline prices up 6 cents across Texas Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:36 AM ET

    AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump has reached $3.49 per gallon. AAA Texas says motorists in El Paso are paying the least at $3.32. AAA Texas warns the switch, in addition to other factors, increase the chance of disruptions to production.

  • Citi pushes 'digital agenda' but rejects webcast Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    Citigroup will not webcast its annual meeting next week in St. Louis, in a move one analyst called "ridiculous."

  • President defending health law good for some Dems Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically. At a White House news conference Thursday, Obama noted that health insurance enrollments under the new law are higher than expected, and costs are lower.

  • Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:07 AM ET

    WEST, Texas— As word spread of a spiraling fire at this Texas town's fertilizer plant, volunteers raced to protect families and elderly residents who lived nearby.

  • NEW YORK, April 16- Citigroup Inc, which aspires "to become the world's digital bank", will not webcast its annual meeting next week in St. Louis. Of the top six U.S. banks, only Citigroup and Wells Fargo& Co do not allow investors to listen to live audio from their annual meetings.

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