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  • March 2- The Philadelphia Federal Reserve on Monday named Patrick Harker, one of its directors and the head of the University of Delaware, as its president and newest U.S. monetary policymaker. Harker, a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania and neighboring Delaware, has been president since 2007 of the university, where he teaches business administration and...

  • March 2- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc's application for expanding the use of its post-surgery pain drug, Exparel. Pacira said on Monday it would work with the FDA to secure the new indication for Exparel, which will allow it to harness a wider range of post-operative patients. Exparel, approved in April 2012 for...

  • March 2- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc's application for expanding the use of its pain drug, exparel.

  • WASHINGTON, March 2- Janet Yellen's premium on consensus may lead to a Federal Reserve decision the chair hasn't yet endorsed, as a near majority aligns in favor of a possible June interest rate hike. The five members of the Fed's Washington- based board of governors, including Yellen, have spoken less definitively, though governors including Jerome Powell have...

  • The scopes were linked to the exposure of 179 patients to drug-resistant bacteria at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles and may have contributed to two deaths. In early 2014, following a superbug outbreak at a hospital in Illinois, the FDA asked Fujifilm Holdings Corp, Olympus Corp and Pentax, which make the devices, to submit their test results...

  • WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen met Friday with a group of conservative activists who are unhappy with the way the central bank is conducting its interest-rate policies. Yellen rejected the GOP criticism as unfounded. Representatives of the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute also participated in the meeting.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said on Friday Puerto Rico-based bank Doral Financial Corp was closed, and its business taken over by Banco Popular de Puerto Rico.

  • PHILADELPHIA— Internet activists took an aerial jab at Comcast to celebrate new government rules affecting the Philadelphia- based corporation. A plane towed a banner past company headquarters that said, " Comcast: Don't Mess With the Internet." The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to impose strict regulations on Internet service providers...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- The dollar index ended little changed on Friday as it stayed on track for a record eighth month of gains on improving U.S. data and comments from Federal Reserve officials that bolstered bets for a interest rate rise later this year. "The trend is still in place to support the dollar," said Eric Viloria, currency strategist at Wells Fargo Securities in...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Raising interest rates too late is safer than acting too early, an influential Federal Reserve official said on Friday, endorsing a high-profile research paper that argues that the U.S. economy, given time, can rebound to normal growth. The paper by four top U.S. economists, presented on Friday to a roomful of powerful central bankers in New York,...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- The dollar index dipped on Friday on month-end selling but remained on track for a record eighth month of gains on improving U.S. data and comments from Federal Reserve officials that bolstered bets for a interest rate rise later this year. "The trend is still in place to support the dollar," said Eric Viloria, currency strategist at Wells Fargo...

  • BERLIN— The U.N.' s independent expert on freedom of speech has praised the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for voting to enforce "net neutrality" rules for the broadband industry. David Kaye says Thursday's decision was "a real victory for freedom of expression and access to information in the United States." In a statement Friday, Kaye said he hoped the...

  • Dublin- based Actavis Plc holds the commercial license for the product, but the marketing application was submitted by non-profit pharmaceutical company Medicines360, which holds the U.S. public sector clinic rights. The companies expect the device, which also helps to check heavy menstrual bleeding, to be available in the United States by the second quarter...

  • Actavis Plc holds the commercial license to the device, Liletta. Actavis and Medicines360 expect the device to be available for use in the United States by the second quarter of 2015.. The Actavis device will compete in the $1 billion global market for UIDs, said Michael WaterHouse, an analyst at brokerage Morningstar.

  • *Gold up 0.3 pct on week, could end 4- week losing streak. LONDON, Feb 27- Gold steadied on Friday, due to a softer dollar, but was heading for its biggest monthly loss since September as European shares traded near seven-year highs and upbeat U.S. data supported expectations of a rate hike by the Federal Reserve this year. Gold has fallen more than 7 percent from a...

  • Actavis' contraceptive device wins U.S. FDA approval Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 8:10 AM ET

    Feb 27- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it approved a hormonal contraceptive device, providing American women another reversible contraceptive choice as effective as sterilization. Actavis Plc holds the commercial license to the device, the marketing application of which was submitted by non-profit pharmaceutical company...

  • *Dollar index eases from previous day's 1- month high. Jan CPI, durables goods data raise rate-hike bets. LONDON, Feb 27- The dollar index fell on Friday amid month-end selling but was still on track for a record eighth month of gains on better data and comments from Federal Reserve officials that bolstered bets for a rate rise later this year.

  • *Gold up 0.3 pct on week, could end 4- week losing streak. LONDON, Feb 27- Gold edged down on Friday and was heading for its biggest monthly loss since September as European shares traded near seven-year highs and upbeat U.S. data supported expectations of a rate hike by the Federal Reserve this year. Gold has fallen more than 7 percent from a five-month high above...

  • *Dollar index eases from previous day's 1- month high. LONDON, Feb 27- The dollar index slipped on Friday, pegged back by month-end selling, but was still on track for its eighth straight month of gains on better data and comments from Federal Reserve officials that bolstered bets for a rate rise this year. The index had rallied 1.1 percent on Thursday, bringing it...

  • TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Feb 27- The dollar took a breather after surging to a one-month high against a basket of currencies the previous day as U.S. economic data and comments from Federal Reserve officials prompted investors to raise their bets on a rate increase. The euro edged up 0.1 percent to $1.1213, but remained not far from a one-month low of $1.1184 touched on...