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TOP STORIES

U.S. jobless claims at three-month low, factory orders fall

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected and hit a three-month low last week, a sign of strength in a labor market that has been hobbled by severe weather. (USA-ECONOMY/ (WRAPUP 3), moved, by Lucia Mutikani, 580 words)

Staples to shut 225 stores in North America as sales fall

Staples Inc will close up to 225 stores in the United States and Canada - 12 percent of its North America outlets - and forecast another quarter of sales decline as it loses customers to mass market chains and online retailers. (STAPLES-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 3), moved, by Maria Ajit Thomas, 740 words)

Russia wants IMF to move ahead on reforms without U.S. -sources

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW - Russian officials are pushing for the International Monetary Fund to move ahead with planned reforms without the United States, which could mean the loss of the U.S. veto over major decisions at the global lender, sources say. (IMF-REFORMS/ (EXCLUSIVE), moved, by Anna Yukhananov and Lidia Kelly, 470 words)

Stocks rise on Ukraine diplomacy, ECB easing speculation

NEW YORK- World equities markets rise, on hopes diplomatic efforts would cool the crisis in Ukraine, while the euro advances to its highest level of the year after the European Central Bank signals the euro zone needs no additional stimulus. MARKETS-GLOBAL/ (WRAPUP 7), moving shortly, by Richard Leong, 630 words)

INSIGHT

Online sleuthing by Mt. Gox dispossessed throws up few clues

SINGAPORE - Some of those who have lost bitcoins in the collapse of Mt. Gox have turned to Internet sleuthing to find out where their money has gone - but they're unlikely to have much luck. (BITCOIN-MTGOX/CYBERSLEUTHS (PICTURE), moved, by Jeremy Wagstaff, 1,300 words)

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- BITCOIN-DEATH/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Jeremy Wagstaff and Rujun Shen, 640 words

ECONOMY

ECB holds rates, looks at back door measure to loosen policy

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank leaves interest rates unchanged, holding its nerve in the face of uncomfortably low inflation though it may unleash other measures to pep up a fragile euro zone recovery. (ECB/RATES (UPDATE3), moved, by Leika Kihara, 830 words)

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- BRITAIN-BOE/, moved, by Ana Nicolaci da Costa, 400 words

Colombia coffee exporters fight 'price war' amid contract defaults

Some arabica coffee buyers in Colombia are ripping up supply contracts with exporters, setting off a price war for high-quality beans in the first sign an 80 percent surge in prices so far this year is starting to disrupt the market, exporters say. (COFFEE-COLOMBIA/DEFAULTS/, moved, by Peter Murphy, 850 words)

Top banks seen meeting capital rules well before deadline

LONDON - The world's top banks have already added most of the capital they need to meet new solvency rules in full, five years ahead of a 2019 deadline set by regulators, global banking supervisors say. (BASEL-BANKS/CAPITAL (UPDATE 1), moved, by Huw Jones, 420 words)

COMPANIES

Costco quarterly profit falls short of estimates

Warehouse club operator Costco Wholesale Corp's quarterly profit falls 15 percent, missing analysts' estimates, hurt by weaker gross margins in its fresh-food business and some non-foods merchandises. (COSTCO-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 3), moved, by Aditi Shrivastava, 620 words)

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- KROGER-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, 450 words

ALSO IN THE NEWS

Ex-Dewey law firm executives charged with fraud, theft

NEW YORK - Three former top executives of law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf are charged with fraud and theft for concealing from banks, investors and other lawyers the deteriorating health of the once prestigious firm before it went bankrupt in 2012.(DEWEY-EXECS/CRIMINAL (UPDATE 2), moved, by Karen Freifeld and Jonathan Stempel, 830 words)