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British PM tells Pfizer wants more commitments for AstraZeneca deal

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain wants more commitments from Pfizer on its $106 billion takeover bid for British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. (ASTRAZENECA-PFIZER/ (UPDATE 1, PICTURE), moved, by William James and Kate Holton, 700 words)

+ See also:

- ASTRAZENECA-PFIZER/VALUATION (GRAPHIC, PIX), moved, by Ben Hirschler, 830 words

- ASTRAZENECA-ALZHEIMERS/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by Ben Hirschler, 450 words

Yellen: U.S. economy still needs help, housing poses risk

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the U.S. economy is still in need of lots of support from the central bank given the "considerable slack" in the labor market, and she cites weakness in the housing sector as a fresh risk. (USA-FED/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Michael Flaherty, 620 words)

Stocks flat after Putin comments; gold falls

NEW YORK - Stock markets around the world are mostly flat as investors consider comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin that indicate a possible easing of tensions over Ukraine that have recently weighed on investors. (MARKETS-GLOBAL/ (WRAPUP 6), moved, by Ryan Vlastelica, 510 words)


Big banks still await gov't guidance on writing living wills

WASHINGTON - Almost six years after Lehman Brothers collapsed, U.S. regulators still haven't given Wall Street banks individual feedback on how to improve so-called living wills that detail how to go bankrupt without spending taxpayer dollars or causing a market panic. (FINANCIAL-REGULATIONS/RESOLUTION (INSIGHT), moved, by Douwe Miedema and Emily Stephenson, 1,250 words)


Bad weather sinks U.S. productivity, but trend is steady

WASHINGTON - U.S. non-farm productivity fell at its fastest pace in a year in the first quarter as severe weather took its toll, leading to the largest gain in unit labor costs in more than a year. (USA-ECONOMY/PRODUCTIVITY (UPDATE 2), moved, by Lucia Mutikani, 570 words)

Western investors link Russian business trouble to Ukraine crisis

MOSCOW - Western investors from a bank to a brewer report trouble in their Russian operations because of the Ukraine crisis, while the Kremlin suggests that Washington is trying to sabotage President Vladimir Putin's flagship economic forum. (UKRAINE-CRISIS/FORUM (UPDATE 2, PIX), moved, by Katya Golubkova and Timothy Heritage, 1,150)

+ See also:

- RUSSIA-SANCTIONS, moved, by Carolyn Cohn, 1,090 words


China's Alibaba files in U.S. for what may be biggest tech IPO

SAN FRANCISCO - Alibaba gives investors a closer look at the scale and growth of the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut in an initial public offering prospectus filed on Tuesday, the first step in what could be the largest technology debut in history. (ALIBABA-IPO/ (UPDATE 4, PICTURE, GRAPHIC), moved, by Alexei Oreskovic and Deepa Seetharaman, 1,500 words)

Fiat Chrysler shares tumble on strategic plan doubts

MILAN/PARIS - Fiat Chrysler's shares fall nearly 12 percent as analysts question whether the carmaker can achieve Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne's new targets - and how his ambitious expansion plan would be funded. (FIAT SPA/STOCKS (UPDATE 3), moved, by Stefano Rebaudo and Laurence Frost, 470 words)

AOL 1st-qtr profit misses estimate; shares tumble 22 pct

AOL Inc reports that quarterly profit fell, missing expectations as it sheds businesses and upgrades its advertising operations, sending its stock tumbling 22 percent. (AOL-RESULTS (UPDATE 3), moved, by Jennifer Saba, 410 words)

'Candy Crush' maker King serves up bittersweet results, shares fall

Shares of King Digital Entertainment Plc, maker of the popular mobile game "Candy Crush Saga," plummet more than 13 percent as signs that the company may be losing steam overshadow better-than-expected quarterly results." (KING DIGITAL-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 3), moved, by Malathi Nayak and Lehar Maan, 670 words)


The steel industry's fight for American stomachs

With shipments of canned goods stagnant, the U.S. steel industry and makers of the cans have successfully lobbied for a pilot program that will soon let canned food like fruit salad into the government's school snack program, to the dismay of some health advocates. (USA-STEEL/FOOD (FEATURE), expect by 2030 GMT/ 4:30 PM, by Allison Martell, 660 words)