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  • LOS ANGELES— Two Southern California utilities should return at least $648 million to customers because of evidence of secret deal-making in a nearly $5 billion settlement following the closing of a nuclear power plant, a state agency said Friday. The Office of Ratepayer Advocates, an arm of the California Public Utilities Commission, said in a statement that...

  • LAS VEGAS— The bankrupt operating division of casino empire Caesars Entertainment Corp. wants more time to file its reorganization plan to get out from under about $18 billion in debt. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. lawyers filed a motion this week asking a bankruptcy judge in Chicago to allow the company six more months to file its own plan exclusively.

  • LOS ANGELES— After years of struggling to keep up with Victoria's Secret, Los Angeles- based lingerie brand Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc. is switching to a web-only retail model. The Los Angeles Times reports that Frederick's has closed all of its 94 brick-and-mortar stores in favor of e-commerce. Information from: Los Angeles Times,...

  • April 17- Honeywell International Inc, a major manufacturer of aircraft electronics and climate control systems, reported a 5 percent fall in quarterly revenue on Friday, hurt by the sale of its friction materials business and a strong dollar. Honeywell gets more than half its revenue from international operations and exports. Honeywell's transportation...

  • April 17- Diversified U.S. manufacturer Honeywell International Inc reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue, hurt by the sale of its friction materials business and a strong dollar. Honeywell sold its friction materials business to Federal Mogul last year for about $155 million. Net income attributable to Honeywell rose to $1.12 billion, or $1.41...

  • April 16- The Internal Revenue Service is seeking to recoup $3.22 billion from Texas businessman Samuel Wyly and the estate of his late brother Charles Wyly, after the brothers allegedly hid income by setting up sham overseas trusts. According to claims filings on Wednesday with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Dallas, the IRS believes Samuel Wyly owes $2.03...

  • China's incredible shrinking factory Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    HUIZHOU, China, April 17- Eight years ago, Pascal Lighting employed about 2,000 workers on a leafy campus in southern China. Cankun, an appliances factory in southern China featured in the documentary Manufactured Landscapes, had more than 22,000 manufacturing employees in 2005, according to its annual report. Some Hong Kong- owned factories in southern China...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C.— Amid reports Volvo may be looking at South Carolina to build a new plant, Berkeley County has applied for a permit to fill wetlands and clear land for a manufacturing operation expected to employ 4,000 workers within a decade. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control issued a public notice...

  • April 16- Canadian auto-parts maker Magna International Inc said on Thursday it will sell most of its vehicle-interiors operations to Spain's Grupo Antolin for about $525 million. The deal covers 36 manufacturing plants and about 12,000 employees in Europe, North America and Asia, the company said. "Overall, we regard the deal as positive as it takes out of a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- U.S. rules to cut carbon emissions could close more than 90 coal plants and eliminate jobs that support mining and power stations that the federal government has not fully considered, a report by the conservative American Action Forum research group said on Thursday. The EPA also says the rules will save consumers billions of dollars over...

  • April 16- Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc said it would sell most of its interiors operations to Spain's Grupo Antolin for about $525 million. The deal includes 36 manufacturing plants and about 12,000 employees in Europe, North America and Asia, the company said. The operations included in the agreement recorded about $2.4 billion in sales...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. Gunvor, one of the world's top five oil trading houses, has been looking to cut exposure to Russia by selling assets. The company's former co-owner, Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, sold his stake in Gunvor last year...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. It said in a statement the stake had been sold to a company controlled by Russian businessman Andrei Bokarev, an investor in coal mining and logistics assets, transportation and industrial processes.

  • Gunvor says sells stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:42 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. It said in a statement the stake had been sold to Mokara Enterprises Limited, which is owned by Russian businessman Andrei Bokarev, an investor in coal mining and logistics assets, transportation and industrial processes.

  • TOKYO, April 16- Japan's Sharp Corp and its main banks are set to agree on Thursday to a $1.7 billion rescue and restructuring plan that will likely include a promise to split off its ailing smartphone display business, a person involved in the discussions said. As part of its second major bailout in three years, Sharp's lenders, Mizuho Bank and Bank of...

  • TOKYO, April 16- Japan's Sharp Corp and its main banks are to meet on Thursday to agree on a $1.7 billion rescue and restructuring plan for the loss-making electronics maker, a person involved in the discussions said. An agreement between the Osaka- based company and its main lenders, Mizuho Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, would be Sharp's second big bailout...

  • NEW YORK, April 15- Creditors of Puerto Rico's troubled power authority, PREPA, will give the utility another 15 days leeway under an agreement aimed at staving off a messy default, PREPA confirmed in a statement on Wednesday. Creditors accepted that proposal, PREPA said, as the sides debate how to restructure PREPA's $9 billion in debt. Earlier PREPA said the...

  • April 15- Memory chipmaker SanDisk Corp reported its first fall in quarterly revenue in two years and plans to cut jobs to reduce costs as it struggles to meet demand for its flash-based memory products. SanDisk's adjusted profit also fell short of analysts' average estimate, sending the company's shares down nearly 6 percent in after market trading on...

  • NEW YORK, April 15- General Motors Co will not have to face dozens of lawsuits accusing it of concealing an ignition-switch defect that has been blamed for more than 200 deaths and serious injuries, a U.S. bankruptcy judge ruled on Wednesday. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber means GM may avoid potentially billions of dollars in liability, as well as the cost of...

  • NEW YORK, April 15- Creditors of Puerto Rico's troubled power authority, PREPA, are planning to give the utility another 15 days leeway under an agreement aimed at staving off a messy default, sources familiar with the creditors' thinking said on Wednesday. Creditors plan to accept that proposal as sides debate how to restructure PREPA's $9 billion in debt, said...