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  • BRASILIA, Dec 17- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's approval rating has not suffered from a widening corruption scandal involving state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA and many Brazilians continue to trust her, a poll showed on Wednesday. Prosecutors have indicted nearly 40 people, including two former Petrobras directors and executives of...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 17- Senior management at Petroleo Brasileiro SA may have to resign to avoid further delays of the Brazilian state-run oil company's audited third-quarter earnings report, Chief Executive Officer Maria das Graças Foster said on Wednesday. Foster said she had spoken to President Dilma Rousseff about the potential resignations, including...

  • Upgrades at US border crossing thrill commuters Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:48 AM ET

    Waits to enter San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico, during the morning rush have dropped to less than 45 minutes from two hours since vehicle lanes were added in September. "I lost so much time that it made me cry," said Tijuana resident Alexandra Acua, driving a friend to the San Diego airport during a recent Monday morning rush. Shorter lines have fueled a 20 percent...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The Obama administration as soon as Wednesday will announce its plans for curbing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, which the United States must do to meet its 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, people familiar with the issue said Tuesday. The government reaffirmed that goal last week at U.N. climate talks in Lima.

  • Dec 16- California pension plans would divest all assets related to the coal industry under a measure the leader of the state senate said he will propose to reduce support for an industry that critics blame for contributing to climate change. He had just returned from United Nations talks in Lima, Peru on international efforts to fight climate change.

  • Rio prosecutors file new case against Petrobras Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— Officials from Rio de Janeiro public prosecutors' office said Tuesday that they've filed legal action against Brazil's scandal-mired oil company, Petrobras, as well as top builder Andrade Gutierrez. Authorities there allege top officials from Petrobras operated a kickback scheme on contracts worth upward of $4 billion, with money from the...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 16- Prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro said on Tuesday that they were seeking to indict the former chief executive officer of Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA and a leading local construction and engineering firm for fraud. This list includes Jose Sergio Gabrielli, CEO from July 2005 to January 2012 and Renato Duque, the...

  • Chrysler renames itself as FCA US Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    Dec 16- U.S. automaker Chrysler Group LLC said it had changed its name to FCA US LLC effective immediately to follow the naming convention of its parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. Earlier this year Fiat completed its purchase of all outstanding Chrysler shares, and listed the company on the New York Stock Exchange in October. FCA US employs more than 77,000...

  • Goodyear to close Latin American office, move jobs Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:04 AM ET

    AKRON, Ohio— There's a report that Goodyear Tire& Rubber Co. plans to close an office in Argentina and move 30 to 50 jobs to Akron. DeShazior tells the Akron Beacon Journal for a story Tuesday that the office in Buenos Aires serves as a design hub in Latin America. DeShazior said Goodyear leaders shared the news with city officials Monday.

  • Restaurateur who moved Mexican food to masses dies Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:26 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Larry J. Cano once said it was not his love of food so much as it was the way he was treated in a Mexican restaurant during a visit to his father's homeland that led him to help popularize Mexican food in the United States. He had been managing a Polynesian restaurant in Los Angeles in 1954 when the owner died and his widow asked Cano if he wanted to take the...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- Argentina has taken all the required steps so far to revamp its economic data but must still meet one more deadline as it seeks to bring the quality of its statistics in line with global standards, the International Monetary Fund's board said on Monday. The IMF, which requires accurate data to analyze the world's economies, censured Argentina...

  • Julio Camargo, a consultant for contractor Toyo Setal, and lobbyist Fernando Soares were charged along with Cervero with allegedly paying out $40 million in kickbacks to political parties, executives and contractors and accepting $13 million in bribes from Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries, the prosecutors said in a statement.

  • Brazil: Google fined in Petrobras probe Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    SAO PAULO— A Brazilian court says it has fined Google around $200,000 for refusing to intercept emails needed in a corruption investigation at state-run oil company Petrobras. The federal court in the southern state of Parana said in a statement Monday that Google eventually did share the emails with Brazilian police several months ago but had to pay the fine...

  • Vinicius and Tom named 2016 Olympics mascots Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— The mascot for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has been named Vinicius, and the Paralympics mascot will go by the name of Tom. The names honor Brazilian musicians and partners Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim. Vinicius is a yellow cat-like creature that represents Brazil's fauna, and Tom is a bushy-headed figure reminiscent of the country's...

  • The prosecutors said Nestor Cervero, the former head of Petrobras' distribution subsidiary, as well as lobbyist Fernando Soares and Julio Camargo of local contractor Toyo Setal funneled $40 million of kickbacks and accepted $13 million in bribes from Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries. Toyo Setal and Samsung Heavy Industries were not...

  • New Malick movie to debut at Berlin film festival Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    BERLIN— New films from Terrence Malick and Peter Greenaway are among the first movies chosen to screen at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. Festival organizers said Monday that Malick's "Knight of Cups," starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman, will have its world premiere in the event's competition.

  • Nicaragua rescue crews find capsized boat Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 8:27 AM ET

    PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua— Rescue crews in Nicaragua have found a fishing boat that capsized in the Caribbean last week with 50 people aboard and are searching for 18 crew members who remain missing, authorities said Sunday. The MN Wayward Wind was overturned by a huge wave five days ago about 35 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, survivors...

  • LIMA, Dec 15- U.N. climate negotiations wrapped up in Lima on Sunday with a modest agreement about the building blocks of a deal due to be agreed on in Paris in a year's time. All nations will be asked to submit plans for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, known as "Intended Nationally Determined Contributions," or INDCs, to the United Nations by an informal deadline of...

  • TOKYO, Dec 14- Takata Corp. has begun enforcing tighter quality controls on a group of parts suppliers as the auto safety equipment maker boosts production to replace millions of air bags recalled for a potentially deadly defect, according to people involved. Takata, whose exploding air bags have caused five deaths and a recall of more than 20 million vehicles...

  • MADRID, Dec 14- On a street in central Madrid, Juan Jose Perucho points to where he is going to build one of the capital's tallest residential blocks after buying a site bigger than five football pitches from the state-owned metro network. Spain is building again after seven years of a crushing downturn in the construction sector with investment in...