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  • In addition to the cybersecurity failings, even the physical security in place to protect SEC data and equipment from being accessed or stolen is lax, a 25- page GAO report said, with workstations located in an area open to all agency staff.

  • Money market fund assets fell by $35.02 billion Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:55 PM ET

    Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets fell by $35.02 billion to $2.58 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute. Assets in the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $5.33 billion to $912.96 billion, the Washington- based mutual fund trade group said Thursday.

  • Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:36 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— First lady Michelle Obama says a high school education is not enough in today's global economy. The first lady toured Howard University on Thursday with high school juniors and seniors from her hometown of Chicago.

  • *Signs of diplomacy seen to ending violence in Ukraine. NEW YORK, April 17- The yen fell on Thursday as efforts toward finding a diplomatic solution to ending violence in eastern Ukraine prompted traders to trim safe-haven yen holdings ahead of the Easter holiday weekend.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice said Lowe's had also agreed to implement a new compliance program at more than 1,700 stores nationwide.

  • 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.

  • *Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. GENEVA/ MOSCOW, April 17- The United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union together called on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.

  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases new home sales for March, 10 a.m..

  • *Obama budget seen adding $1.4 trillion in revenue over 10 years. WASHINGTON, April 17- President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, slashing deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.

  • Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:55 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

  • War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school's appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes essentially are employees of the university and therefore have the right to unionize, bargain collectively and even strike.

  • 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.

  • FDA warns of cancer risk with fibroid procedure Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:05 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure to remove noncancerous growths from the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body.

  • Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday. The feature uses your smartphone's GPS system to tell your Facebook friends you are nearby— provided they have the feature turned on.

  • Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach retailer Target's computer systems last December.

  • US sanctions government official in Zimbabwe Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:09 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Treasury Department is sanctioning a government official and others in Zimbabwe for allegedly undermining democracy in the southern African nation. The department says Mudede oversaw critical elements of Zimbabwe's flawed July 2013 presidential and parliamentary elections.

  • Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who supported Hilary Clinton for president pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed candidates and coached someone to lie about it.

  • US sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    Hagel said the Obama administration will "continue to review" additional aid requested by Ukraine. Speaking alongside his Polish counterpart, Tomasz Siemoniak, Hagel said the U.S. and its NATO allies have to consider the possibility that Russia's actions in Ukraine point to a broader campaign to retake territories of the former Soviet Union.

  • *Putin denounces Kiev's use of military in east Ukraine. The former KGB spy's rhetoric on the United States was, as is customary for him, firm and uncompromising, but he also gave off clear signals that he did not want to get into a spiralling war of words with Washington.

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