March 14- The costs to California residents to meet the ambitious goal of using renewable power for one-third of the state's electric needs by 2020 are beginning to come down, according to a state regulatory report.
TOKYO, March 15- Boeing Co said its proposed fix for problems relating to the lithium-ion batteries on its 787 Dreamliner would eliminate the risk of fire, as the company seeks to reassure regulators and the public about the jet's safety and get it flying again.
BOGOTA, March 14- Colombia's FARC rebels blew up the rail line of Colombia's largest coal exporter, Cerrejon, on Thursday, taking the train out of commission for up to four days but not impeding exports, military and company officials said.
*Debate stirred over platinum mechanisation. *Geology and cost seen as obstacles. LONDON/ MARIKANA, South Africa, March 14- Rising wage costs and strikes have revived the arguments in favour of automating South Africa's loss-making platinum mines, but weak prices for the metal and tough conditions underground mean mechanisation remains a distant prospect.
NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. private employers added 198,000 jobs in February, the biggest increase in a year and another sign of improvement in the labor market, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 170,000 jobs.
SHANGHAI, March 6- China's yuan closed higher on Wednesday boosted by strong client demand as recent data boosted expectations that the Chinese currency will appreciate in coming weeks. Chinese banks purchased a record net 683.7 billion yuan of foreign exchange in January, data on Tuesday afternoon showed.
*Nonetheless lets JPMorgan, Goldman proceed with plans. *Shares of JPMorgan, Goldman and BB&T fall after hours. March 14- In a blow to two major Wall Street banks, the Federal Reserve told Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase that they must fix flaws in how they determine capital payouts to shareholders, but still approved their plans for share buybacks and dividends.
*MSCI world share index just under June 2008 high. NEW YORK, March 6- The blue-chip Dow Jones index extended its record-breaking run on Wednesday and world stock markets edged higher led by strong gains in Asia, while the euro slid against the dollar a day before a European Central Bank meeting.
SEOUL, March 15- Samsung Electronics Co on Thursday premiered its latest phone, the Galaxy S4, which sports a bigger display and features such as gesture controls, as the South Korean company takes the fight to iPhone maker Apple Inc. The following is a side-by-side comparison of their physical hardware:.
NEW YORK, March 14- JPMorgan Chase& Co's stock buyback plan that was conditionally approved by the Federal Reserve on Thursday calls for spending half as much as was allowed before the bank lost $6.2 billion in the "London Whale" derivatives trades.
*Board to review land deals by CEO Tom Ward. *Board to decide Ward's fate by June 30. March 13- SandRidge Energy Inc and activist hedge fund TPG-Axon Capital struck a deal on Wednesday that could lead to the removal of the oil and gas company's chief executive, Tom Ward, SandRidge said.
BRUSSELS, March 14- Euro zone finance ministers are expected to agree the parameters of a bailout of Cyprus on Friday in the hope of preventing the island economy falling into default. Cyprus has a banking sector that is around eight times the size of the economy-- more than double the EU average.
LOS ANGELES, March 14- McDonald's Corp will debut a new egg-white McMuffin in the United States in April and allow diners to swap out egg whites on all of its breakfast sandwiches, catching up with rivals already offering the lower-calorie option.
March 14- A Carnival Cruise Lines ship was stuck at port in St. Maarten in the Caribbean on Thursday with equipment trouble, a month after passengers spent nearly five days trapped on another disabled Carnival vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.
WASHINGTON, March 13- U.S. industry groups on Wednesday called for the United States to increase pressure on India to reform high-tech, agricultural and pharmaceutical policies they said block U.S. exports and damage patent rights.
HONG KONG, March 14- China Mobile Ltd said it plans to spend 41.7 billion yuan developing 4 G technology this year, hoping to tap pent-up demand for Apple Inc smartphones as it gets an iPhone model that will finally run on its network.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 13- Amazon.com Inc said on Wednesday it cut the price of its largest Kindle Fire tablet, part of an effort by the world's biggest Internet retailer to get the device into the hands of as many consumers as possible. The 4 G wireless version now starts at $399, compared with $499 before, Amazon said.
Earlier this year a New England Journal of Medicine study compared the risk of cardiovascular death from different antibacterial drugs and found that the drug, which is made by Pfizer Inc and is also sold by generic drugmakers, had a higher rate of death.
*China's domestic oversupply of copper widens equity correlation. The most-traded June copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange fell 0.26 percent to close at 56,770 yuan a tonne. " It's steady as she goes for China's copper demand, "said Thomas Lam, chief economist at DMG& Partners Securities in Hong Kong.
GOA, India, March 14- Rising Indian coal imports are the knight in shining armour for producers from the Americas through Africa to Asia-- at least that's the impression the industry is keen to give.