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  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Nov 20- Shareholders of telecom giants AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc are seeking more details related to their sharing of customer information with governments, showing investors starting to push back over the role of communications companies in spying operations.

  • CARACAS, Nov 14- Venezuela's socialist government has arrested more than 100 "bourgeois" businessmen in a crackdown on alleged price-gouging at hundreds of shops and companies since the weekend, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday.

  • FACTBOX-How to help Philippine typhoon survivors Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 11:23 AM ET

    Nov 11- In the aftermath of the super typhoon that hit the Philippines on Saturday, international relief agencies were ramping up donation appeals.

  • Ayatollah's financial empire came from land grabs Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 9:23 AM ET
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

    A Reuters study found that Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei controls a massive financial empire built from property seizures from ordinary Iranians.

  • There's the court order authorizing the takeover of her children's three Tehran apartments in a multi-story building the family had owned for years. It was taken by an organization that is controlled by the most powerful man in Iran: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

  • BOSTON/ WASHINGTON, Nov 7- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed banning artificial trans fats in processed food ranging from cookies to frozen pizza, citing the risk of heart disease. Reducing the use of trans fats could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease a year, the FDA said.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 6- Banks and corporations would no longer be able to claim tax deductions for certain payments made under legal settlements with the U.S. government involving alleged business misconduct, under bipartisan legislation offered on Wednesday in the U.S. Senate.

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 4- Warren Buffett- backed Chinese carmaker BYD Co Ltd said it would hire more local employees at its new electric bus factory in California, its latest response to criticism that it violated labor rules in the United States.

  • DALLAS, Nov 3- For more than a century, ranchers and their children have paraded cattle around the dusty show ring at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, in a rite of passage that is part farm economics, part rural theater.

  • BEIJING, Oct 30- A chronic shortage of natural gas is hurting China's plan to move away from burning coal to heat homes and offices, raising the prospect of more choking air pollution this winter and beyond.

  • China's anti-pollution drive risks running out of gas Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 | 4:27 PM ET

    BEIJING, Oct 30- A chronic shortage of natural gas is hurting China's plan to move away from burning coal to heat homes and offices, raising the prospect of more choking air pollution this winter and beyond.

  • Fitch says too soon for top rating on SFR deals Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 | 11:59 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 29- Fitch said Tuesday that it will not consider giving its highest AAA rating to securitized products based on single-family rentals, as the first such deal gets ready to come to market. Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and JP Morgan will be pitching the deal at investor meetings in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles this week.

  • YOUR MONEY-How to beat office collection overload Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 29- Lance Cothern remembers when he finally hit the tipping point with office fundraisers. "It might be popcorn for the Boy Scouts, or cookies for the Girl Scouts," says Cothern, who declined to identify his firm and also blogs about his finances at moneylifeandmore.com. " "I probably get a request like that every week or two, averaging in the $10- $20 range.

  • *Companies position themselves ahead of FCC's spectrum auctions. WASHINGTON, Oct 28- U.S. telecommunications regulators on Monday formally adopted an agreement by AT&T Inc, Dish Network Corp and other wireless companies to give smaller operators access to devices now made only for AT&T's airwaves.

  • *Primark, Loblaw pay 3 months' wages to workers, families. DHAKA, Oct 24- British clothes retailer Primark and Canadian grocer Loblaw laid out plans on Thursday to pay more compensation for the collapse of a Bangladeshi factory that killed almost 1,130 people, as protesters demanded other brands follow suit.

  • Stern Advice - Time to buy pumpkins, set charity strategy Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 | 11:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 23- If you're waiting until Thanksgiving kicks off the season of goodwill, stop waiting. Foodbanks and other nonprofits that focus on helping the poor "are overwhelmed with demand" says Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

  • Susan Komen CEO Pay Draws Fire as Donations Drop Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | 12:45 PM ET
    Nancy Brinker, Founder, Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

    Months after the Komen Foundation's decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding sparked widespread backlash, the group's CEO still holds her position and received a large raise.

  • A prototype quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the Unmanned Systems Laboratory at the Naval Postgraduate School is tested on Septempter 30, 2011 in Monterey, California.

    As U.S. authorities grapple with how to regulate the use of unarmed drones in U.S. skies, a small network of police, first responders and experts is already flying unmanned aircraft.

  • Helping Those in Need Near You     Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 6:42 AM ET

    Andrew Young and Brad Newman, GiveLocally,net founders, discuss the future of nonprofit giving on the web.

  • Internet Turns UN Telecoms Talks Into Reality Show Friday, 14 Dec 2012 | 5:13 PM ET
    Hamadoun Toure, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), speaks during a press conference as Mohamed al-Ghanim, Chairman of the World Conference on International Telecommunication listens on during the final day of the WCIT-12 in Dubai.

    If the 1,500 delegates didn't know how it felt to be on a reality TV show, they do now.

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