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*U.S. flows into Europe equities slow- Lipper. PARIS, March 14- European shares fell on Friday, extending their pull-back as tensions in Ukraine before a weekend referendum in the Crimea peninsula unnerved investors.
WASHINGTON-- Former General Motors Chairman and CEO Daniel Akerson is rejoining The Carlyle Group as vice chairman and special adviser to the board. Akerson, 65, previously had been a managing director at Carlyle, serving as head of the private equity firm's global buyout unit from July 2009 to August 2010.
Few who have followed the Caribbean island's financial troubles doubt that a massive restructuring is in its future.
SEVASTOPOL/DONETSK, Ukraine, March 14- Russia shipped more troops and armour into Crimea on Friday and repeated its threat to invade other parts of Ukraine, showing no sign of listening to Western pleas to back off from the worst confrontation since the Cold War.
NEW YORK-- Even while the cause remains unknown, a deadly blast that leveled two buildings served by a 127- year-old gas main has provided a jarring reminder of just how old and vulnerable much of the infrastructure is in New York and many other cities nationwide.
As a media mogul with strong ties to Australia, Great Britain and the U.S., Murdoch's story is helping to open a major international theater festival in Washington.
WASHINGTON-- The Labor Department reports on U.S. producer price inflation in February. The report will be released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday. FOOD, ENERGY PRICES RISE: Higher costs for natural gas and food likely drove the overall index up, according to economists at JPMorgan Chase.
TOKYO, March 14- Japan's biggest refiner JX Nippon Oil& Energy has cut its annual crude contract with Iran by 27 percent, an industry source said, a move that will likely keep at bay any potential U.S. pressure over oil shipments from the Islamic republic.
Rippe saw TransCanada Corp- the company that hopes to build the 1,200- mile Keystone XL segment as part of a network of pipelines that move oil from Canada to refineries on Texas's Gulf Coast- lay another section of the Keystone line nearby four years ago.
March 14- Puerto Rico pulled off a blockbuster of a bond sale this week, sparing it from the threat of imminent default, but few who have followed the Caribbean island's financial troubles doubt that a massive restructuring is in its future.
SINGAPORE, March 14- U.S. crude steadied above $98 a barrel early on Friday, but was headed for its second-biggest weekly fall this year after a steep rise in U.S. oil stockpiles and Washington's first test sale of crude from its emergency reserve since 1990..
*White House says search area may expand based on new information. KUALA LUMPUR/ WASHINGTON, March 14- A new search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may be opened in the Indian Ocean, the White House said, significantly broadening the potential location of the plane, which disappeared nearly a week ago with 239 people on board.
ATLANTA, March 13- Budget air carrier Norwegian Air hopes to soon get U.S. government approval to operate more lower-cost flights to Europe despite opposition from U.S. and European unions, its chief executive said on Thursday. The carrier is looking to increase flights between the United States and Europe with a new unit based in Ireland.
STANFORD, United States- Federal Reserve vice-chair nominee Stanley Fischer speaks before a dinner at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Economic Summit 2014- 0145 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden's central bank governor Stefan Ingves to give a speech on "Have we learned the lessons of earlier financial crises?"
WASHINGTON, March 13- Raising the retirement age and scrapping regressive taxes such as deducting the interest on mortgages can help richer governments address income inequality without straining their pocketbooks, IMF staff said in a paper on Thursday.
The Center for Food Safety said on Thursday that it believes the USDA may have succumbed to outside pressure, possibly from Monsanto Co., the developer of the genetic trait in the biotech alfalfa.
If, as some expect, the U.S. Labor Department reverts to a classification test it used before 2004, it would likely make more workers overtime-eligible, and a new round of litigation could result as companies sort out employee reclassifications.
WASHINGTON/ PARIS, March 13- Communications satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no information about where the stray jet was heading and little else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said on Thursday.
March 13- Three anti-union Volkswagen workers have sued the German automaker and the United Auto Workers in U.S. court, alleging that they improperly colluded in the run-up to a union election in Tennessee that the UAW lost.
KUALA LUMPUR/ WASHINGTON, March 14- Satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no information about where the stray jet was heading and little else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said on Thursday.