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  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- Conservation groups filed a lawsuit against California on Friday, saying the state did not adequately consider environmental factors when it approved a 30- year lease last month for a marine terminal at Tesoro Corp's refinery near San Francisco Bay. The Center for Biological Diversity and Communities for a Better Environment said...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The Bank of Canada will ignore that part of the surge in March core inflation which is due to the fall in the Canadian dollar, Governor Stephen Poloz said on Friday, adding that the growing output gap was exerting downward pressure on inflation. Canada's core inflation rose to 2.4 percent in March from 2.1 percent in February, putting it well...

  • April 17- Some employees accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Friday of closing a location in the Los Angeles area for six months in retaliation for workers demanding for better wages and benefits. Wal-Mart had not requested any city plumbing permits for the Pico Rivera store, the workers and city officials said. He declined to comment further on Wal-Mart's actions.

  • The IMF's member countries agreed in 2010 to give more voting power to countries like China and India, double the Fund's resources, and reduce the dominance of Western Europe on its 24- member board. To get around the United States, the IMF's board had proposed one "interim" plan to raise the voting rights of some emerging countries under an "ad hoc" increase without...

  • BRASILIA, April 17- Investment fund Coliseu has reached a preliminary agreement to sell its stake in Brazilian transmission utility Taesa to Colombia's Empresas Publicas de Medellin for 1.527 billion reais, both companies said on Friday. The other controlling shareholder is Brazilian power holding company Cia Energética de Minas Gerais SA, or Cemig, which...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 34 to 954 Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 7:50 PM ET

    Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 34 this week to 954 amid depressed oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 734 rigs were seeking oil and 217 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas plummeted by 15 rigs; Oklahoma was down six;...

  • April 17- A section of the Mississippi River was closed on Friday following a diesel spill from a pipeline belonging to Phillips 66, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The diesel fuel was released into the Cahokia Canal that empties into the Mississippi River and the fuel reached the river, a company spokesman said. Oil spill response contractors have mobilized...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The Bank of Canada will ignore that part of the surge in March core inflation which is due to the fall in the Canadian dollar, Governor Stephen Poloz said on Friday, adding that the growing output gap was exerting downward pressure on inflation. Canada's core inflation rose to 2.4 percent in March from 2.1 percent in February, putting it well...

  • The herbicide is considered safe by the EPA, as well as many foreign regulatory agencies, including in the European Union. That could change, the EPA said in a statement Friday. "Given increased public interest in glyphosate, EPA may recommend sampling for glyphosate in the future," the agency said in an email response to a Reuters inquiry.

  • Senator: Decade-old Gulf oil leak is 'unacceptable' Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 7:23 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— A U.S. senator from Florida is pressing federal officials to disclose technical data and other information about a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than a company or government regulators have publicly reported. But the Coast Guard provided AP...

  • Vencore's owner, private equity firm Veritas Capital Management LLC, has hired Stone Key Group LLC and Wells Fargo& Co to advise on an auction for the company, three people said on Friday. Veritas Capital and Wells Fargo declined to comment. Veritas Capital bought the company, which was previously called SI Organization Inc, from Lockheed Martin Corp for $815...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The United States on Friday urged Greece's government to go through "every line" in its budget to come up with a detailed economic reform plan that satisfies its international creditors. "I believe that the kind of detail that's needed requires going literally through every line in your budget," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in a news...

  • Equities lost ground after industrials Honeywell International and General Electric took hits from the strong dollar, while concerns over new trading regulations in China and Greece's place in the euro zone dented sentiment. "Our markets will get kind of quiet again as we wait for some of those earnings and what is going to happen on the 24th with Greece," said...

  • A line of bike hooks that can unexpectedly detach from their mounting are among this week's recalled consumer products. Other recalls include mattresses that failed flammability standards and truck and motorcycle toys with excessive amounts of lead. They were sold at Home Depot stores nationwide from April 2011 to March 2015.

  • UPDATE 1-FDA approves AcuFocus' corneal implant Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 6:37 PM ET

    April 17- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AcuFocus Inc's corneal implant to improve vision in patients with presbyopia, an age-related eye disorder. The device, KAMRA inlay, is the first implantable device to correct vision in patients who have not had cataract surgery, the FDA said in a statement on Friday. The FDA, however, warned that the device...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- Britain favors the eventual inclusion of the Chinese yuan in the International Monetary Fund's SDR basket of currencies, finance minister George Osborne said on Friday, saying it was important to include emerging powers in the world system. French Finance Minister Michel Sapin, however, voiced disappointment with Britain's surprise...

  • MEXICO CITY, April 17- Ford Motor Co said on Friday it will spend $2.5 billion to build a new generation of fuel-efficient engines and transmissions in Mexico, creating 3,800 jobs. The United Auto Workers union, in response, said putting jobs in Mexico rather than the United States will be a major issue at its upcoming U.S. labor talks with Ford, General Motors Co and...

  • Correction: Bird Flu story Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— In a story April 16 about bird flu, The Associated Press reported erroneously that recent outbreaks had led to the death of more than 2.5 million turkeys and chickens. USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be' devastating'. Top USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak may last for years and be' devastating' to poultry.

  • NEW YORK— Sprint's Boost Mobile business is offering prepaid calling cards for Miami customers who want to call Cuba. Cuba charges some of the world's highest rates for long-distance calling, and calls into Cuba are also among the world's most expensive. The two nations announced a prisoner exchange, and on Tuesday the White House said President Obama will...

  • April 17- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Friday it would eliminate the position of zone manager in its U.S. stores while adding up to 8,000 new department heads as part of an overhaul of its store operations. There are about five zone managers in each of Wal-Mart's 3,407 supercenters, and those employees will be reassigned to department manager or assistant manager...