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  • TOKYO, April 24- For Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, who wants to build the world's largest mobile Internet company, criticism of his operations from regulators in his home market could not come at a worse time.

  • OTTAWA, April 23- Canada will require that older rail cars used for carrying crude oil be phased out by May 2017, the government said on Wednesday, moving ahead of the United States to ban the controversial cars in light of burgeoning oil-by-rail traffic and a deadly accident last year.

  • Figures on government spending and debt Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • U..S consumer bureau to test electronic mortgage closings Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 23- Borrowers seeking to buy a new home say they often do not have time to read final mortgage documents and sometimes find mistakes in their paperwork, the U.S. consumer watchdog said in a report on Wednesday.

  • SAO PAULO, April 23- Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff praised the United States on Wednesday for its decision to ease control over the Internet and called for a more democratic, transparent network following the U.S. National Security Agency spying scandal.

  • Batteries in baby video monitors recalled Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Summer Infant is recalling about 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in baby video monitors because of a burn hazard. The hand-held, color video monitors were sold with a matching camera and A/C adaptors at Babies "R'' Us, online and other retailers from about February 2010 through 2012 for $150 to $350.

  • Feds: Amedisys paying $150 million settlement Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 3:22 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Amedisys Inc., a Baton Rouge- based home health company, will pay $150 million to resolve allegations that it inflated Medicare billings and had improper financial relationships with referring physicians, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 3:20 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.

  • Rail safety effort marred by squabbling Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 2:28 PM ET

    The Department of Transportation, worried about the potential for catastrophic accidents involving oil and ethanol trains that are sometimes as many as 100 cars long, is drafting new tank-car regulations aimed at making the cars less likely to spill their contents in the event of a crash.

  • Business events scheduled for Thursday Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 2:09 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases durable goods for March, 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m..

  • New social networks connect cooks and diners Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants. Cookapp, which recently moved its headquarters from Buenos Aires to New York City, works like a matchmaker, arranging intimate gourmet dinners between strangers.

  • Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 1:21 PM ET

    The Air Force wants to gradually retire the fleet of 32 "Dragon Lady" planes, which can soar to an altitude of 70,000 feet, collect intelligence on North Korea and Russia and rapidly send the data to U.S. commanders.

  • OTTAWA, April 23- Canada will require that the use of older rail cars for carrying crude oil be phased out within three years, even though the United States has yet to make such a rule change, according to documents seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

  • Kiev and Washington twisting peace accord: Moscow. KIEV, April 23- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.

  • The ban on exports of unprocessed minerals by Indonesia, the world's biggest nickel ore supplier, was felt sharply last month when its shipments to top buyer China fell to less than a million tonnes from an average of 3.4 million tonnes a month last year.

  • OTTAWA, April 23- Canada will require that the use of older rail cars for carrying crude oil be phased out within three years, even though the United States has yet to make such a rule change, according to documents seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

  • Canada to end tankers linked to Quebec explosion Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    TORONTO— Canada said Wednesday it was phasing out the type of rail tankers involved in last summer's massive explosion of a runaway oil train that incinerated much of a town in Quebec, killing 47 people and prompting intense public pressure to make oil trains safer.

  • How Piketty's research shaped wealth gap debate Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— French economist Thomas Piketty and his research partners have transformed the wealth gap debate by popularizing the concept of a financially elite 1 percent. At the time, politics in the United States overshadowed the data that Piketty had unearthed.

  • METALS-Nickel dips after 14-month high, Chinese data Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    The ban on exports of unprocessed minerals by Indonesia, the world's biggest nickel ore supplier, was felt sharply last month when its shipments to top buyer China fell to less than a million tonnes from an average of 3.4 million tonnes a month last year.

  • Union protests postal counters in Staples stores Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:51 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Postal workers plan protests in 27 states Thursday against the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with Staples employees. Last year, Staples office supply stores began providing postal services under a pilot program that now includes some 80 stores.

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