TOKYO, April 21- Japan's exports rose 1.8 percent in March from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, suggesting that sluggish external demand could put a drag on the economy already hit by the April 1 sales tax hike.» Read More
*Beijing is 3rd mainland gold import point, after Shenzhen& Shanghai. *China's gold imports from Hong Kong surged to $53 bln in 2013.
As China Securities Regulatory Commission orders underwriters to update application materials once again, there have been no new China listing applications published for the past eight weeks.
But when it comes to China, the world's second-largest economy, the probability of a full-blown crisis is apparently so remote that hardly anyone will buy an insurance policy against it, no matter how cheap.
ROME, April 20- Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said in interview published on Sunday he believed that growth in 2014 could be more than 0.8 percent but that he could not say by how much.
He's also Nancy Childress' childhood neighbor and the model for the drawing by her father, Robert Childress, that along with Jane, Sally, Spot and others brought the pages of the reader to life. Nancy Childress is selling her father's artwork at auction in New Hampshire at the end of April.
"There is a reasonable basis for the Board to have a high level of confidence in the professional and ethical conduct of Port Authority personnel, and that the Port Authority is conducting its business in a manner that ensures public confidence."
"All of the families just want the truth to be fully disclosed and uncovered," said Scott Maurer, whose daughter Lorin was among 50 people killed when Continental Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J., stalled and crashed into a house 5 miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport in 2009..
BRASILIA, April 20- Brazils President Dilma Rousseff must assume her share of responsibility for the controversial purchase of a refinery in Texas by Petroleo Brasileiro SA, the former chief executive of the state-run oil company said in an interview published on Sunday.
NEW YORK— General Mills is scrapping a controversial plan to strip consumers of their right to sue the food company. The next day, General Mills clarified the meaning of its new terms to say they did not apply when people engaged with its brands on Facebook and Twitter.
NEW YORK— "Just Do It" has been a familiar Nike slogan for years, but some parents are wondering what it was doing on some of New York's Common Core standardized English tests.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Two months after Arkansas agricultural officials gathered at the Governor's Mansion to announce efforts to revitalize the "Arkansas Grown" program, nearly 150 farmers and buyers have added their names to a list of willing project participants.
BENGHAZI, Libya, April 20- Technical problems have delayed the reopening of Libya's eastern Zueitina oil export terminal after the government reached a deal with rebels to end an eight-month blockade of the port, a minister said on Sunday.
WASHINGTON— Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help fight climate change.
Research by a Navy laboratory in Groton is now leading to changes for the undersea fleet. Military scientists concluded submarine sailors, who traditionally begin a new workday every 18 hours, show less fatigue on a 24- hour schedule, and the Navy has endorsed the findings for any skippers who want to make the switch.
BENGHAZI, Libya, April 20- Technical problems are delaying the reopening of Libya's eastern Zueitina oil export port after the government reached a deal with rebels to end a blockage of the terminal, its justice minister said on Sunday.
*Lexus imports cars from Japan for China market. Unlike German peers Audi, Volkswagen AG's luxury division and BMW, Lexus imports all of its vehicles sold in China, from Japan. But high tariffs charged on imported cars make it hard to generate volume and last year, Lexus sold around a seventh of Audi's tally and a fifth of what BMW sold in China.
PITTSBURGH— After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.
LOS ANGELES— Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp's new movie. Directed by longtime Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister, the Warner Bros. film is Depp's third consecutive box office disappointment.
*To invest $12 bln and build more plants in China. BEIJING, April 20- U.S. car giant General Motors Corp plans to invest $12 billion in China from 2014 to 2017 and build more plants next year as it competes with aggressive rivals in the world's largest auto market.
*Action follows meeting between Twitter and Turkish officials. ISTANBUL, April 20- Two anonymous Twitter accounts used to release secretly recorded conversations implicating family and associates of Turkey's prime minister and senior government officials in a corruption scandal appeared on Sunday to have been blocked.