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  • Germany hints at preparations of a Plan B on Greece Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 8:37 AM ET

    *Greece under pressure to deliver reform list to creditors. At a briefing with reporters after a tense meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Greece on Friday, Schaeuble was asked if euro zone finance ministers were working on a "Plan B" in case negotiations on funding with cash-strapped Athens fail. At the ministers' meeting on Friday, Greece was sharply...

  • RIGA, April 25- European Union finance ministers gave strong support on Saturday to the European Commission's proposal of a capital markets union, which would boost economic growth by giving companies wider access to capital across the 28- nation bloc. Unlike in the United States, where companies rely mainly on shares or bonds to raise money for development, in...

  • *Greece's Varoufakis mainly alone, skips gala dinner. Greece's Yanis Varoufakis had other dinner plans, he said, after a bruising first day of meetings in Riga that underlined his isolation as he tries to avert national bankruptcy. While other ministers were feted by their entourages with food and warm clothing during the meeting in Riga, Varoufakis was seen...

  • ZURICH, April 25- UBS's chairman said a default by Greece is seen by the International Monetary Fund as "systemically controllable" and he believed it would have a negligible impact on the Swiss bank itself, according to a newspaper interview published on Saturday. In an interview with Neue Zuercher Zeitung, the chairman of Zurich- based UBS, Axel Weber, addressed...

  • *Spain seeks influential post to gain influence in EU. RIGA, April 25- Spain will make a bid to EU leaders in the coming weeks to take over as chair of euro zone finance ministers' meetings, Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Saturday, seeking a post that shapes key policies in the single currency bloc. The post, long sought by Madrid to balance what Spain...

  • BERLIN, April 25- The head of Germany's Bundesbank said on Saturday he had misgivings about granting emergency funding to Greece as the liquidity situation at the country's banks has not improved. Jens Weidmann was speaking at a press event with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble after a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Riga.

  • Greece's Yanis Varoufakis was rebuked for failing to come up with a list of economic reforms, which are needed so Greece can get money it needs to stay solvent and avoid a potential exit from the euro. Just two months ago, Greece secured an agreement from the eurozone to get the remaining money in its bailout fund— 7.2 billion euros— but only if it came up with mutually...

  • The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no reason to think that listeria illnesses and deaths linked to Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries and the discovery of listeria in Ohio- based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams are related. Jeni's ice cream hasn't been linked to any illnesses, but the company recalled its...

  • April 24- Starbucks Corp said on Friday night that an outage affecting payment systems at a number of its stores in the United States and Canada had been resolved. "The point of sale register outage has been resolved and all Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada are expected to open for business as usual on Saturday," a statement on the company's website said.

  • AND CANADA STORES OPEN SATURDAY- COMPANY.

  • Thousands march in South Korea anti-government protest Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 1:35 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul for the second straight day Saturday to protest government labor policies and the handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago. Saturday's rally ended peacefully without any reported injuries, said an official from the National Police Agency, who didn't want to be named,...

  • House GOP finalizes bid in education funding debate Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 1:31 AM ET

    Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats who control the Senate. During a House session that began Friday and stretched into early Saturday morning, GOP lawmakers offered a budget bill that also would limit future salary hikes for administration officials, cut the new Metropolitan Council chair's salary in half and remove the governor's ability to appoint those...

  • SEATTLE— Starbucks: Computer outage resolved and the thousands of affected stores to reopen Saturday.

  • Starbucks stores reopen Saturday after computer glitch Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 12:30 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Starbucks was back in business Saturday after a computer outage forced thousands of its stores to close early the night before. The glitch affected registers at 7,400 company-operated stores in the U.S. and 1,000 in Canada, and prompted some stores to give away drinks. "All Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada are expected to open for business as usual...

  • Kotzias said Greece and its euro zone partners need to compromise on creating political policies that will foster growth and allow the country to pay its debts. Asked if he is simply asking the rest of Europe to trust Greece, he said: "No. "Do they want to support us to have growth... or do they decide to have Greece struggle, to punish Greece and to create an example of what...

  • TOKYO, April 25- Japanese consumer electronics firm Sony Corp has raised its operating profit estimate for fiscal 2015 to 300 billion yen, or four times its previous estimate, the Nikkei reported on Saturday. Expectations for higher sales of display sensors used in mobile phones and the Playstation gaming console were the reason Sony raised its forecast, the...

  • April 24- Starbucks Corp said that it was aware that a number of stores in the United States and Canada were experiencing outages at their payment systems on Friday night. A number of social media users also reported that the computers in the stores of the Seattle- based company were down. On Thursday, the company said sales at shops open at least 13 months were up 7...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 24- Software developers who tried on an Apple Watch for the first time on Friday predicted a rush of new apps over the next few months, particularly in areas including health and messaging. Ross Cohen, chief operating officer of BeenVerified.com, which makes a caller ID app for the watch, said he only realized on Friday that the watch goes on and...

  • SEATTLE— A computer outage affecting sales registers disrupted sales Friday at 8,000 company-operated Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada. Company spokesman Jim Olson says the problem affected 7,000 U.S. stores and 1,000 in Canada. A computer outage affecting sales registers disrupted sales Friday at 8,000 company-operated Starbucks...

  • Lawmakers reached a compromise on the last day of the regular legislative session to resolve differences between competing versions that earlier cleared the Senate and House. The Senate voted 46-0 and the House 95-1 on House bill 1449, which now heads to Gov. "It's no secret to say that one of those chambers and one of those parties are much more solicitous of the...