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  • CARACAS, July 21- China will provide Venezuela with a new $4 billion credit line under an agreement signed on Monday, with the money to be repaid by oil shipments from OPEC member Venezuela. The deal was inked during a 24- hour visit to Venezuela by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on a tour of Latin America.

  • *McDonald's warns may face China product shortfall. *Incident highlights broader China food supply chain issues. SHANGHAI, July 21- McDonald's Corp and Yum Brands Inc are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast food giants' efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets.

  • RJ Reynolds vows to fight $23.6B in damages Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    MIAMI— The nation's No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. executive J. Jeffery Raborn has called the damages awarded by a Pensacola jury "grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law."

  • Hours after the Malaysia Airlines jetliner was shot down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing 298 people, SIA's Facebook and Twitter updates said its own flights were not using Ukraine airspace. "You better come up with a more considerate, diplomatic and a more sensitive status before you lose customers," said a post by Edwin Lim on SIA's Facebook page.

  • Experts: Social media can feed Munchausen by proxy Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    Lacey Spears, of Scottsville, Kentucky, has pleaded not guilty to charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in the January death of her son, Garnett-Paul Spears, whose sodium levels rose to an extremely dangerous level with no medical explanation.

  • 2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

  • US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    A Congressional Budget Office report earlier this year lent some support for that view. It found that a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, as President Obama supports, could cost 500,000 jobs nationwide.

  • LOS ANGELES, July 18- Twenty-First Century Fox cannot buy publisher Tribune Co or its Los Angeles Times newspaper, Fox Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch wrote on Twitter on Friday, citing U.S. laws on media ownership. "Sorry can't buy Trib group or LA Times- cross-ownership laws from another age still in place," said tweets attributed to Murdoch.

  • IRS says hard drive that lost emails destroyed Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 4:44 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails. In court papers, the IRS said the hard drive was destroyed after two sets of trained technicians tried to retrieve the data. The IRS says Lerner's computer crashed in 2011, destroying an untold number of emails.

  • Murdoch says he cannot buy Tribune or LA Times Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 2:23 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, July 18- Twenty-First Century Fox cannot buy publisher Tribune Co or its Los Angeles Times newspaper, Fox Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch wrote on Twitter on Friday, citing U.S. laws on media ownership. "Sorry can't buy Trib group or LA Times- cross-ownership laws from another age still in place," said tweets attributed to Murdoch.

  • Your first trade for Monday Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    The "Fast Money" traders share their final trades of the day.

  • July 18- Google Inc is the best placed of any company to benefit from the shift to mobile, increased local advertising and wearables, analysts said after the search giant posted its 18th straight quarter of 20 percent- plus revenue growth. Google shares were up 2 percent at $593.37 in early trading on the Nasdaq.

  • Eye on mobile, Google seen as best placed for growth Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:54 AM ET
    Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., is viewed in this photo.

    At least seven brokerages raised their target price on the stock on Friday by as much as $75, to a high of $700.

  • July 18- Google Inc is the best placed of any company to benefit from the shift to mobile, increased local advertising and wearables, analysts said after the search giant posted its 18th straight quarter of 20 percent- plus revenue growth. Google shares were set to open about 4 percent higher at just over $600.

  • US-EU trade talks sour amid chlorine chicken fears Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Visions of chlorine-drenched chickens and the prospect of genetically modified "Frankenfood" invading dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a sweeping free trade agreement between the United States and the 28- country bloc.

  • Millionaires prefer Facebook over Twitter Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:12 AM ET
    Video ads will play automatically but silently, going fullscreen and adding sound when you tap or click.

    Millionaires are taking to social media in surprising numbers—especially to Facebook.

  • China, Russia leaders seek South American inroads Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    During overlapping visits to Latin America, the leaders of China and Russia have been welcomed with open arms by governments that are among the most hostile to Washington, including Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

  • Twitter to unveil new metrics to show wider reach -WSJ Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:02 PM ET

    July 17- Twitter Inc, which has been struggling to revive flagging user growth, is expected to introduce new metrics to show that its microblogging service has a wider audience who may not necessarily be logged in to their accounts, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Google earnings miss, revenue beats; shares up Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:53 PM ET
    A car drives past Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

    Google reported earnings that missed expectations while revenue topped Wall Street estimates on Thursday. Shares rallied in extended hours trading.

  • Social Security: Field offices to verify benefits Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Bowing to pressure from Congress, the Social Security Administration said Thursday its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits. "We appreciate the feedback from members of Congress, our community stakeholders and agency partners," Colvin said in a statement.