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  • NEW YORK, July 18- A federal judge in New York has granted prosecutors access to a Gmail user's emails as part of a criminal probe, in a decision that could fan the debate over how aggressively the government may pursue data if doing so may invade people's privacy.

  • Inspector general probing US 'Cuban Twitter' plan Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:13 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The inspector general for the nation's international aid agency is probing a once-secret Obama administration program that created a social media network in Cuba, The Associated Press has learned.

  • New York, July 18- Lower Manhattan's economy is set to take-off. The massive developments are bringing back jobs lost as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center, which killed 2,753 people. A lot of construction work is still underway in the area, with the noise of drills and heavy equipment reverberating off the high rises around the World Trade Center site.

  • House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators. The White House threatened to veto the bill because it would add $16 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

  • Court further limits reach of gas drilling law Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— A Pennsylvania court has further limited the reach of a major 2012 law that modernized drilling regulations, ruling Thursday that state public utility regulators cannot review how local zoning restrictions affect the natural gas industry.

  • DAPU, China, July 16- After a test showed farmer Zhao Heping's toddler grandson had high levels of lead in his blood two years ago, local officials in China's Hunan province offered the child medicine, he says- and milk.

  • Buffett donates $2.8 bln to Gates, family charities Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 4:17 PM ET

    July 15- Warren Buffett this week donated $2.8 billion of Berkshire Hathaway Inc stock to five charities, as part of the billionaire's plan to give away nearly all of his wealth. About 16.6 million shares, worth more than $2.1 billion, went to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on education, health and poverty problems.

  • "I don't think anybody knows what do," said Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of CSPI, which calculated the numbers using data it obtained from the FDA. The FDA said it has been studying the drinks for several years and is evaluating the deaths. " This does not necessarily mean that the energy drink caused the death, "an FDA spokesperson said.

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- AT&T Inc's proposed merger with DirecTV does not compare with other mergers shaking up the telecommunications industry because the companies largely provide different services, AT&T's chief executive told lawmakers on Tuesday.

  • June 24- Coal miners and power companies are both suffering as railroads struggle to clear a backlog of coal stuck in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana after the harshest winter in over a decade.

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- Economic opportunity has dropped in the United States over the past 40 years, but a broader gauge of opportunity incorporating crime, education and healthcare has been on the rise, according to a study released on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, June 20- The U.S. State Department downgraded Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela on Friday to its list of the world's worst centers of human trafficking, opening up the countries to possible sanctions and dumping them in the same category as North Korea and Syria.

  • YOUR MONEY-How to launch a financially successful adult Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 10:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK, June 19- It's the secret fear of every American parent: failure to launch. The idea used to give Andy Byron the cold sweats. Their 22- year-old son scored a paid summer internship with medical device manufacturer Stryker Corp, with an eye toward a career in medical sales.

  • BOSTON, June 17- Apple Inc, criticized in the past for greenhouse gas emissions, use of toxic materials and the hiring of underage workers, has improved its practices and earned better scores from groups such as Greenpeace. That's good news for environmentally-aware mutual funds that hold Apple for another big reason- it makes money.

  • June 10- As U.S. lawsuits seeking gay-marriage rights move toward a likely showdown at the Supreme Court next year, major law firms are rushing to get involved- but only on the side of the proponents.

  • In China, managers are the new labor activists Saturday, 31 May 2014 | 10:00 PM ET

    The involvement of managers underscores the growing complexity and unpredictability of labor relations in China. Yue Yuen's strike wasn't the first time in recent years managers, rather than front-line workers, helped orchestrate industrial action in China.

  • The truth about Silicon Valley diversity     Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 11:47 AM ET

    Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition president, discusses the lack of diversity in the C-suites at major tech firms in Silicon Valley, and the need to transform leadership teams to mirror the America they rely on as customers.

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, May 22- EBay Inc came under pressure on Thursday over a massive cyber attack as three U.S. states began investigating the e-commerce company's security practices. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requested eBay provide free credit monitoring for everyone affected, according to a person familiar with the matter.

  • *Unease grows over Zimbabwe after Mugabe party victory. *Rwanda scores better but has only two listed stocks. LONDON, May 19- Three members of Africa's "youth club"- Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe- offer some of the fastest-growing working populations in the world, if only investors can capitalise on that.

  • JAKARTA, May 19- Indonesian presidential frontrunner Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Monday named popular former vice president Jusuf Kalla as his running mate in July's election, boosting his chances of becoming the next leader of the world's third largest democracy.