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  • Dec 19- U.S. health regulators on Friday approved AbbVie's all-oral treatment for hepatitis C, providing the first competition for Gilead Sciences huge selling and expensive medicine for the liver-destroying virus. The AbbVie regimen consists of four different anti-viral drugs to be taken as three pills in the morning and one in the evening.

  • Dec 19- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on Friday labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste. The label means that states, and not the EPA, will be the primary enforcers of the new rules, which will require the closure of some coal ash holding ponds...

  • National Labor Relations Board on Friday filed complaints against McDonald's Corp and its franchises for alleged labor violations, including the illegal firing and intimidation of staff who protested working conditions. NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin filed complaints in 78 cases against the company and its franchisees from New York to Los...

  • Dec 19- A lawyer from the U.S. National Labor Relations Board on Friday filed complaints against McDonald's Corp and its franchisees for alleged labor violations. NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin filed 13 complaints against the company and its franchisees from New York to Los Angeles, the board said.

  • NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD OFFICIAL ISSUES COMPLAINTS AGAINST MCDONALDS FOR ALLEGED LABOR VIOLATIONS BY FRANCHISEES- FILING.

  • Dec 19- AstraZeneca Plc's ovarian cancer drug has been granted an accelerated approval by the U.S. health regulator, a day after it was approved by the European Commission. An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had voted in June against granting an accelerated approval to the drug, Lynparza, citing inadequate data. Lynparza aims to treat...

  • U.S. settles lawsuit with T-Mobile US over cramming Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 19- T-Mobile US has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. government over unauthorized charges placed on customers' bills, a practice known as cramming, and to pay at least $90 million in refunds and fines, two U.S. government agencies said on Friday. T-Mobile USA received 35 to 40 percent of the amount charged, the Federal Trade Commission said...

  • *Asia shares buoyed as Wall St surges for second day. SYDNEY, Dec 19- Asian shares enjoyed their best day in 15 months on Friday, after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to withdraw stimulus from the U.S. economy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan put on 1.5 percent,...

  • *Asia shares buoyed as Wall St surges for second day. SYDNEY, Dec 19- Japanese stocks led Asian markets higher on Friday, after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to start hiking interest rates. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei climbed 1.9 percent to erase much of it's recent losses, while Australia's...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks catch Wall St tailwind Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:26 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Dec 19- Asian markets looked set for another upbeat session on Friday after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to start hiking interest rates. Brent was quoted $1.37 lighter at $59.81 a barrel, while U.S. crude was hovering around $55.00 after losing more than $2 on Thursday.

  • The greenback hit a 28- month high against the Swiss franc at 0.9847 franc after the Swiss National Bank said it would impose an interest rate of -0.25 percent on some large deposits held by investors in francs, as it seeks to discourage buying of the currency as a safe haven. The euro hit its lowest level against the dollar since Dec. 8, at $1.2266, while the dollar...

  • TIPS breakeven rates slip before $15 bln auction. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as Wall Street stock prices rose a day after U.S.

  • PIMCO SAYS FORMER FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN BEN BERNANKE PARTICIPATED AT FIRM'S CYCLICAL OUTLOOK FORUM LAST WEEK IN NEWPORT BEACH.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- Factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region grew at a slower pace in December, a survey showed on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank said its business activity index fell to 24.5 from 40.8 the month before. The survey covers factories in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- The U.S. dollar rose against major currencies for a second straight session on Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled it would hike rates next year and the Swiss National Bank's statement that it would introduce negative interest rates. "The dollar strength today is a continuation of the Fed reaction," said currency strategist Vassili...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday after its central bank announced a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and likely inflows from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent weeks calmed a touch as oil rose for a second day, although the pressure was still on Russia's rouble...

  • *Silver up more than 3 pct; platinum, palladium also rise. LONDON, Dec 18- Gold climbed more than 2 percent on Thursday after the Federal Reserve said it would take a patient approach toward raising interest rates, lifting stock markets and commodities while dampening the dollar. A break of stops above $1,200 an ounce sparked a rally in gold in early European trade,...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday as its central bank slapped a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and the likely pressure from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent days also calmed a touch as Russia managed to stabilise its rouble ahead of an end-of-year address...

  • PARIS, Dec 18- European stocks rose early on Thursday, tracking a rally on Wall Street after the U.S. At 0804 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 1.4 percent at 1,335.46 points. Fed Chair Janet Yellen told a news conference that "patient" meant the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee was unlikely to hike rates for "at least a couple of...

  • TOKYO, Dec 18- Japanese stocks enjoyed their best day in 6-1/ 2 weeks on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve expressed confidence in the U.S. economy and promised a "patient" approach to raising interest rates, boosting Wall Street shares. Exporters Toyota Motor Co and Canon Inc climbed 1.5 percent and 1.7 percent respectively, benefitting from a weaker yen.