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DOVER, Del.-- Delaware has 17 condemned prisoners facing the death penalty, but no means of executing any of them.
WASHINGTON-- The Commerce Department reports on U.S. factory orders in January. The report will be released at 10 a.m. EST Thursday. ORDERS DOWN: The forecast is that orders slipped 0.3 percent in January, according to a survey of economists by FactSet.
WASHINGTON-- The Labor Department issues a revised look at productivity for the October-December quarter. The report will be released at 8:30 a.m. EST Thursday. SLOWER GROWTH: The forecast is that productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter, according to a survey of economists by FactSet.
WASHINGTON-- The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week. The report will be released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Thursday. The Labor Department will release Friday its February jobs report after what has been a disappointing winter for the economy.
*India key focus of Obama's "rebalancing" towards Asia. NEW DELHI, March 6- The United States sought on Thursday to rebuild rocky ties with India, while stressing it would tackle differences "head on" in pursuit of its drive to quintuple bilateral trade in a decade.
WASHINGTON, March 5- China agrees with the United States that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine must be respected in its dispute with Russia, the White House said in statement on Wednesday after top-level contacts between the two countries.
SEATTLE/ MEXICO CITY/ WASHINGTON, March 5- F ederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen vowed on Wednesday to "do all that I can" to boost a U.S. economy where unemployment is too high and inflation is too low.
March 5- Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank has hired Millco Advisors LP, a Washington, D.C.- based affiliate of Millstein& Co LP, to evaluate potential funding sources and financial proposals for the bank and the commonwealth.
*Diplomatic efforts to solve Ukraine crisis underpin risk assets. TOKYO, March 6- Asian shares could enjoy a reprieve on Thursday as diplomatic efforts moderate the crisis over Ukraine, while the euro comes under pressure as investors speculate whether the European Central Bank will ease policy later in the day.
SINGAPORE, March 6- Gold was trading in a tight range on Thursday, supported near $1,335 an ounce by weak U.S. data, with investors waiting for developments in the Ukraine geopolitical crisis and a key jobs report for further cues. *Spot gold was trading nearly flat at $1,336.66 an ounce by 0020 GMT, after rising slightly by 0.2 percent in the previous session.
March 5- Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank said Wednesday that it hired Millco Advisors LP, a Washington, D.C.- based affiliate of Millstein& Co LP to evaluate potential funding sources and financial proposals for the bank and the commonwealth.
WASHINGTON, March 5- The Obama administration on Wednesday said it would allow health insurers to extend plans that fail to comply with its signature health law for an additional two years, a move Republicans quickly condemned as a politically motivated delay. "This reeks of politics," said Brendan Buck, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner.
WASHINGTON, March 5- The U.S. State Department dropped its diplomatic niceties on Wednesday and all but accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of lying about events in Ukraine, publishing a list of what it said were 10 of his "false claims."
HOUSTON, March 5- The rise of global trade in liquefied natural gas in the coming decade could curb Russia's foreign-policy leverage over Europe and prompt China to take a more constructive role in global affairs as its imports of the fuel surge. Moscow has in years past cut gas supplies to Ukraine in foreign policy tussles, causing disruptions for Europe.
NEW YORK, March 5- Masayoshi Son isn't used to taking no for an answer. It is no secret that Son, known to have threatened self-immolation to get his way in the past, wants to combine Sprint Corp, which Softbank acquired last year, with T-Mobile US Inc as part of his vision to create a global industry leader.
*NATO to cut back on cooperation with Russia. PARIS/ KIEV, March 5- High-level diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine made little apparent headway at talks in Paris on Wednesday with Moscow and Washington at odds and Russia's foreign minister refusing to recognise his Ukrainian counterpart.
*Yen extends broad slide, focus shifts to data. *Euro lower against the dollar ahead of ECB meeting. NEW YORK, March 5- The dollar edged higher against the euro and yen on Wednesday, shrugging off softer-than-expected U.S. private-sector payrolls and services sector reports affected by severe winter conditions.
*Platinum at 4- month highs as talks to end strike falter. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 5- Gold edged higher on Wednesday after weak U.S. private-sector job data and lackluster services-sector activities, but gains were slight as Washington and Moscow set up talks to reduce tensions over Ukraine, reducing gold's safe-haven bid.
NEW YORK, March 5- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen vowed on Wednesday to do all that she can to boost a U.S. economy that is running well short of the central bank's objectives.
WASHINGTON _ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. Eastern. WASHINGTON _ Labor Department releases fourth-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON _ Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m..