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  • AP Top Financial News At 4 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 3:56 AM ET

    Asia shares rise as Ukraine plane tensions ease Netflix tops 50 M subscribers as 2 Q earnings soar Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide Credit Suisse has $779 M loss in 2 Q due US tax case China orders nationwide probe of meat supplier US stock slip to start the week; Six Flags sinks Star Wars Car, a Doomsday doll: Toys of Comic-Con Chipotle's sales surge despite price hikes Judge: FDA can't use tobacco panel menthol report Widow: Jury sent tobacco company a $23 B message

  • AP Top Financial News At 3:36 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 3:36 AM ET

    Asia shares rise as Ukraine plane tensions ease Netflix tops 50 M subscribers as 2 Q earnings soar Credit Suisse has $779 M loss in 2 Q due US tax case China orders nationwide probe of meat supplier US stock slip to start the week; Six Flags sinks Star Wars Car, a Doomsday doll: Toys of Comic-Con Chipotle's sales surge despite price hikes Judge: FDA can't use tobacco panel menthol report Widow: Jury sent tobacco company a $23 B message Allergan to cut 1,500 employees in restructuring

  • U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ordered the FDA reconstitute the committee and barred the agency from using the panel's findings, which said removing menthol cigarettes from the market would benefit public health.

  • U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ordered the FDA reconstitute the committee and barred the agency from using the panel's findings, which said removing menthol cigarettes from the market would benefit public health.

  • Judge: FDA can't use tobacco panel menthol report Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 6:25 PM ET

    U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington ordered the FDA on Monday to reconstitute the tobacco panel and barred the agency from using its older report on menthol cigarettes.

  • Widow: Jury sent tobacco company a $23B message Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 6:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband on Monday called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won't see much if any of the money. In another major tobacco trial, a $28 billion verdict in a 2002 case in Los Angeles turned into $28 million after appeals.

  • Big tobacco's $23B award unlikely to stand: Experts Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 6:59 AM ET

    A decision by a Florida jury to impose damages of $23.6 billion against RJ Reynolds is likely to be rejected or reduced on appeal, experts say.

  • NEW YORK, July 20- A decision by a Florida jury to impose punitive damages of $23.6 billion against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company on Friday is likely to be rejected on appeal or the award reduced substantially, lawyers with expertise in jury awards said on Sunday.

  • NEW YORK, July 20- A decision by a Florida jury to impose punitive damages of $23.6 billion against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company on Friday is likely to be rejected on appeal or the award reduced substantially, lawyers with expertise in jury awards said on Sunday. A Florida state court jury decided the award in a case brought by Cynthia Robinson of Pensacola.

  • RJ Reynolds vows to fight $23.6B in damages Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    MIAMI— The nation's No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. executive J. Jeffery Raborn has called the damages awarded by a Pensacola jury "grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law."

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:33 p.m. EDT Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 9:33 PM ET

    Plane crash in Ukraine unlikely to halt deepening divisions in old Soviet bloc on Russia International monitors try to secure sprawling Ukraine plane crash site for investigation Shooting down of Malaysia Airlines plane could force airlines into costly route changes Discontinued Nokia X phones suffered from improvements in Microsoft system, lack of identity Despite new boost, Maine nursing home funding challenges and political debate will remain Aruba official rejects Dutch involvement in financial affairs Uneven recovery: 5 years after recession, some US states enjoy hiring boom, others languish AbbVie, Shire agree on approx $55 billion combination, will form new UK incorporated company Investors look past geopolitical hot spots, send stocks higher on strong company earnings Florida jury slams tobacco company with $23.6 B in punitive damages in widow's lawsuit

  • ORLANDO, Fla., July 19- A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer 18 years ago record punitive damages of more than $23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker.

  • Big tobacco's big drag: $24B jury award Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 6:52 PM ET

    A Florida jury has slammed a tobacco company with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker.

  • ORLANDO, Fla., July 19- A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer punitive damages of more than $23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker.

  • Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 3:48 PM ET

    MIAMI— A Florida jury has slammed the nation's No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.. The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict.

  • What the Reynolds deal says about e-cig leader blu Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 5:28 PM ET
    A woman smoking a 'Blu' e-cigarette

    A huge merger between tobacco giants Reynolds American and Lorillard will see electronic cigarette leader blu go to another company.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 15- When Imperial Tobacco Group Plc agreed Tuesday to buy a group of brands from Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc as part of their merger, the British company insisted the assets include Lorillard's blu e-cigarette unit.

  • July 15- Reynolds American Inc's proposed $25 billion acquisition of smaller rival Lorillard Inc shows how the tobacco company is placing its bets on the market for menthols even as a growing number of smokers opt for e-cigarettes.

  • July 15- Reynolds American Inc's proposed $25 billion acquisition of smaller rival Lorillard Inc shows how the tobacco company is placing its bets on the market for menthols even as a growing number of smokers opt for e-cigarettes.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 15- Reynolds American Inc had no choice but to sell Lorillard Inc's top-selling blu electronic cigarettes brand after Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group Plc insisted it be part of a wider portfolio of assets it is buying, a source familiar with the transaction said.