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  • NEW YORK, May 6- A group of hedge funds that hold Puerto Rico's government debt plans to hire a litigation law firm as a financing deal that could help save the U.S. territory from a potential default looks increasingly remote. The Ad Hoc group of hedge funds, which holds $4.5 billion of Puerto Rico's debt, is planning to hire Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck,...

  • UNITED NATIONS, May 5- Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring U.N. sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. United Nations sanctions and a future mechanism for Iran to buy atomic technology are two...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 18 Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde participate in " Finance and Society" conversation before the Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference on Finance and Society hosted by the IMF- 1315 GMT. BUDAPEST- Central bank of Hungary publishes April policy meeting- 1200 GMT.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 18 Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde participate in " Finance and Society" conversation before the Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference on Finance and Society hosted by the IMF- 1315 GMT. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate on Tuesday sustained President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would have scrapped a new government rule on union elections. The Senate fell short earlier in overriding Obama's veto of legislation calling for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The vote in the Senate was 96-3, and did not reflect Republican support for the...

  • New Jersey officials expect to collect up to $200 million in additional revenue between now and June 30, a windfall that Gov. The additional sum, if achieved, is still just one-eighth of the nearly $1.6 billion that a superior court judge ordered lawmakers to pay into the system after more than a dozen public sector unions filed suit to force the administration to...

  • NEW YORK, May 5- JPMorgan Chase& Co said on Tuesday it is in "advanced stages" of settlement talks with the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Reserve over previously disclosed investigations into its foreign exchange trading. The company gave the description of the talks in a quarterly filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday.

  • Advisory Board reports 1Q loss Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 4:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON _ The Advisory Board Co. on Tuesday reported a loss of $23.7 million in its first quarter. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 33 cents per share. Advisory Board expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.30 to $1.43 per share.

  • Business events scheduled for Wednesday Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 4:36 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m. Eastern. Tesla Motors Inc. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes. Whole Foods Market Inc. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes.

  • *India to build port in Iran to get more trade with CIS and Gulf. NEW DELHI, May 5- India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with Central Asia and prepared to fend off U.S. pressure not to rush into any deals with Iran. India and Iran agreed in 2003 to develop a...

  • Figures on government spending and debt Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate's top Democrat fiercely opposes expanded trade deals, but he signaled Tuesday he won't stand on the railroad tracks to block them. Under fast track— which, in a partisan twist, congressional Republicans generally support, and Democrats generally oppose— presidents can submit trade deals that Congress can endorse or kill, but not amend.

  • WASHINGTON— The head of the U.S. Forest Service warned Tuesday of an "above average" fire season that could cost the agency more than $1 billion and require shifting funds from programs designed to prevent wildfires. The Forest Service and the Department of Interior can transfer money from other programs once their fire suppressions accounts have been...

  • EPA is attempting to "force states into shuttering coal-fired power plants" in an effort to drive the nation away from fossil fuels and other traditional sources of energy, Pruitt said. Oklahoma and West Virginia are among 15 coal-reliant states that are suing the EPA to block the so-called "Clean Power Plan," which would require states to cut carbon dioxide...

  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— French President Francois Hollande vowed to defend Gulf Arab allies as he announced Tuesday that his country is in talks with Saudi Arabia for business deals worth tens of billions of euros. Hollande made the remarks after a ceremonial meeting in Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, with the heads of state of the six energy-rich countries of the...

  • WASHINGTON— The IRS issued $5.6 billion in potentially bogus education tax credits in a single year— more than a quarter of all education credits claimed by taxpayers, a government watchdog said Tuesday. A new report by the agency's inspector general says questionable credits were issued to more than 3.6 million taxpayers in 2012. Most of them went to students...

  • Washington Health System officials said they expect to close the purchase July 1 but declined to disclose details of the deal for the 49- bed Southwest Regional Medical Center. Washington Health officials said they plan to continue services at Southwest Regional and honor existing union contracts. Gary Weinstein, CEO of Washington Health, said WHS named...

  • *Greece debt talks hit snags. NEW YORK, May 5- The dollar fell from three-week highs against the yen and one-week peaks versus the euro as a mixed batch of U.S. economic data added to uncertainty about the pace of future interest rate increases. The euro recovered from one-week lows to trade 0.4 percent higher at $1.1187, disregarding a report that said the...

  • Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates' chairman and CEO, said in an interview that several American cities have asked Emirates to launch routes connecting them with its ever-expanding hub in Dubai. He declined to name the potential destinations, citing competitive reasons and confidentiality agreements, but said the Dubai government-backed carrier...

  • Growth in US services firms picked up speed last month Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 10:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. service firms' growth accelerated in April, fueled by more orders, rising sales and an uptick in hiring. The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its services index rose to 57.8 in April from 56.5 in March. "The data still suggest a solid trend in overall growth as well as in employment," Jim O'Sullivan, an economist at High Frequency...