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  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 31- Blu LNG, one of the biggest names in the move to wean U.S. trucks off diesel onto natural gas, has laid off 20 percent of its staff, ousted several senior executives and slowed down development of fueling stations as it waits for more truckers to embrace the switch to the cheap and cleaner-burning fuel.

  • Jan 31- Talmer Bancorp Inc, backed by billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, priced its initial public offering of common shares at between $12.50 and $14.50 per share, valuing the company at up to $1 billion.

  • MELBOURNE, Jan 31- Australia's Great Barrier Reef watchdog gave the green light on Friday for millions of cubic metres of dredged mud to be dumped near the fragile reef to create the world's biggest coal port and possibly unlock $28 billion in coal projects.

  • MELBOURNE, Jan 31- Australia's Great Barrier Reef watchdog gave the green light on Friday for millions of cubic metres of dredged mud to be dumped near the fragile reef to create the world's biggest coal port and possibly unlock $28 billion in coal projects.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Jan 30- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been tapped to be U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change, sources familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 30- A New York state appeals court on Thursday refused to dismiss a $1.07 billion lawsuit accusing Goldman Sachs Group Inc of selling securities as the financial crisis began that it expected to lose value.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 30- A New York state appeals court on Thursday refused to dismiss a $1.07 billion lawsuit accusing Goldman Sachs Group Inc of selling securities as the financial crisis began that it expected to lose value.

  • UPDATE 2-Alibaba rival JD.com files for U.S. listing Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    Jan 30- JD.com, China's second-largest e-commerce company, filed for a U.S. listing of its shares, following market leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd in tapping into rising investor enthusiasm around China's booming online retail market.

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  • Jan 30- JD.com, China's second-largest e-commerce company behind Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, said on Thursday it plans to raise up to $1.5 billion in an initial public offering in the United States.

  • MELBOURNE, Jan 30- Australia's Great Barrier Reef watchdog is to decide by Friday whether to allow millions of cubic metres of dredged mud to be dumped near the fragile reef to create the world's biggest coal port and possibly unlock $28 billion in coal projects.

  • *Tycoon Babak Zanjani helped Iran evade international sanctions. BEIRUT, Jan 30- While international sanctions have made life a struggle for many Iranians, they were a big break for businessman Babak Zanjani, who made a fortune helping the government evade the restrictions on oil sales.

  • Jan 29- Dow Chemical Co hiked its dividend and tripled its share buyback program, but signaled that it was in no hurry to fall in line with activist shareholder Daniel Loeb's demands to spin off its slow-growing petrochemical businesses. Shares of Dow Chemical, the largest U.S. chemical maker by sales, rose as much as 6 percent in early trading on Wednesday.

  • Jan 29- Dow Chemical Co reported a quarterly profit that comfortably beat market expectations, hiked its dividend and tripled its share buyback program, joining rival DuPont in increasing shareholder returns amid investor activism.

  • SAO PAULO/ SANTIAGO, Jan 29- Brazil's Itaú Unibanco Holding SA, Latin America's largest bank by market value, took a key step in its overseas expansion plan on Wednesday with a deal to take control of Chilean lender CorpBanca SA.

  • ROME/ MILAN, Jan 29- Italy would have no objections to an investment in Telecom Italia by Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris if he were prepared to put cash into the business, a government official said on Wednesday.

  • China decor magnate arrested for suspected bribery Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Jan 29- A billionaire who Chinese media say is linked to the downfall of the former mayor of Nanjing has been arrested on suspicion of corruption, the company he founded, Suzhou Gold Mantis Construction Decoration Co Ltd, said.

  • Jan 28- Hedge fund billionaire Carl Icahn said he bought another half a billion dollars' worth of Apple Inc stock on Tuesday, signaling confidence in the iPhone maker even after it gave a disappointing revenue forecast for the current quarter. The investment, Icahn's third in Apple in less than a week, boosts the value of stake in the company to more than $4 billion.

  • Herbalife shares drop on report of Canadian inquiry Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    BOSTON, Jan 28- Herbalife shares fell as much as 3.5 percent on Tuesday following a report that Canada's top consumer regulator has launched a formal probe into complaints that the nutrition and weight loss company runs a pyramid scheme.

  • SAO PAULO/ SANTIAGO, Jan 28- Itaú Unibanco Holding SA, Latin American's largest bank by market value, and Chilean lender CorpBanca SA could announce a partnership as early as Wednesday, sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

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