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  • UPDATE 1-'Birdman' leads history-heavy SAG award nominees Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:07 AM ET

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec 10- The cast of dark existential comedy "Birdman" led the Screen Actors Guild film award nominations on Wednesday, earning four nods from its peers in the kick-off to the Hollywood awards season. "Birdman," about a has-been Hollywood star bent on reviving his career on the stage, netted nominations for Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Edward...

  • Boutrous represented the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, in one of the most anticipated business cases in years. Gibson Dunn is not the only law firm to turn Supreme Court appearances into gold. After the firm Sidley Austin won a Supreme Court patent case for eBay, it earned at least $10 million in unrelated legal fees from the online retailer, say people with...

  • UPDATE 2-Dow Chemical, Dan Loeb settle board debate Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:10 PM ET

    Nov 21- Dow Chemical Co averted a proxy fight with Dan Loeb's hedge fund, Third Point LLC, by agreeing to add four independent directors to its board, sending its shares up as much as 4.5 percent. The company has agreed to add to the board two Third Point nominees- former Foster Wheeler AG CEO Raymond Milchovich and Steve Miller, the non-executive chairman of AIG.

  • Nov 21- Dow Chemical Co said it would add four independent directors to its board as part of an agreement with Daniel Loeb's hedge fund, Third Point LLC, avoiding a proxy battle. The $17.5 billion hedge fund was considering a proxy contest after negotiations with Dow over board seats broke down, Reuters had reported on Thursday. The fund is known for pushing...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 19- Four workers who died on Saturday at a DuPont and Co plant in Texas were accidentally asphyxiated by chemicals, the coroner's office said on Wednesday, another finding that suggests the victims were not wearing full safety equipment. A DuPont spokesman declined to say if the victims were caught by surprise by the chemical or sent to repair a leak...

  • The evolution of insect resistance "is a great threat" long- term to the sustainability of the GMO crop biotechnology that has become a highly valued tool for many U.S. farmers, according to Fangneng Huang, an entomologist at Louisiana State University and lead researcher for a three-year study. The research documents resistance by fall armyworms in the...

  • Armyworm resistance to GMO crops seen in U.S. -study Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    The evolution of insect resistance "is a great threat" long- term to the sustainability of the GMO crop biotechnology that has become a highly valued tool for many U.S. farmers, according to Fangneng Huang, an entomologist at Louisiana State University and lead researcher for a three-year study. The research documents resistance by fall armyworms in the...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 16- Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board were headed on Sunday to a DuPont and Co plant in LaPorte, Texas, to begin a probe of a chemical leak that killed four workers. Two of the dead workers were identified as brothers Robert and Gilbert Tisnado, according to Houston television station KTRK. A fifth worker was taken to an area hospital and...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2200 GMT / 5 PM ET Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama defends the transparency of his signature healthcare law after a White House adviser on the reform said the law passed, in part, because of the "stupidity" of American voters. ALLERGAN, ACTAVIS NEAR DEAL, ANNOUNCEMENT AS EARLY AS MONDAY. NEW YORK- Allergan nears a deal to merge with Actavis Plc, with an announcement coming as soon as...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 16- Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board were headed on Sunday to a DuPont and Co plant in LaPorte, Texas, to begin a probe of a chemical leak that killed four workers. Two of the dead workers were identified as brothers Robert and Gilbert Tisnado, according to Houston television station KTRK. A DuPont representative was not immediately...

  • Early Movers: BHI, HTZ, SBUX, HLF & more Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • *Expects to raise $7 bln- $8.5 bln from asset sales by mid-2016. Nov 12- Dow Chemical Co raised its asset sale target by as much as 42 percent to $8.5 billion and increased its share buyback plan by $5 billion, as it looks to thwart hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb's push to split the company. Shares of Dow Chemical, which also raised its quarterly dividend to 42 cents per...

  • Stocks open down, but China at 3-year high Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 10:32 AM ET

    U.S. stocks opened lower on negative sentiment in Europe, but the Shanghai Composite closed up 1 percent to a three-year-high.

  • Nov 12- Shares of Axalta Coating Systems Ltd, a car paint company sold by DuPont to Carlyle Group LP, rose as much as 7.4 percent in their trading debut, valuing the company at about $4.8 billion. DuPont sold Axalta to Carlyle for $4.9 billion in cash in February 2013, a move that activist investor Nelson Peltz criticized two months back. Peltz, who is pushing DuPont to...

  • Nov 12- Shares of vehicle paint maker Axalta Coating Systems Ltd, sold by chemical maker DuPont to Carlyle Group LP last year, rose as much as 7.4 percent in their trading debut, valuing the company at about $4.8 billion. The stock touched a high of $20.94 in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. The offering was priced at $19.50 per share, at the...

  • Nov 12- Dow Chemical Co, the No. 1 U.S. chemical maker by sales, increased its dividend and said it would buy back shares worth $5 billion, more than doubling its share repurchase program. Dow, which is being pushed by hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb to split up, said it would complete its previous $4.5 billion share repurchase program by the end of the year.

  • Carlyle-backed Axalta Coating's IPO raises $975 mln Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 6:38 PM ET

    Nov 11- Paint company Axalta Coating Systems Ltd's initial public offering raised about $975 million after its enlarged offering was priced at $19.50 per share, at the midpoint of its expected price range. The selling stockholders, including affiliates of Carlyle Group LP, sold 50 million shares. Philadelphia- based Axalta, the Dupont unit which Carlyle bought...

  • The Iowa- based agricultural seed and chemical unit of DuPont this autumn harvested its first test crops of GMO corn in China in six years after lengthy efforts to win government approval for the new field trials. The company is pressing ahead while Monsanto Co is retreating from efforts to grow GMO crops in China amid mounting frustrations within the U.S. seed...

  • While manufacturers such as DuPont and Lakeland Industries Inc have increased production capacity, some are unable to keep up. DuPont has more than tripled its production, first to address the "unprecedented level of demand" in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, DuPont spokeswoman Sandra James said by email. DuPont is prioritizing orders for people in direct...

  • Nov 5- The defeat of twin measures in Oregon and Colorado that would have required labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients sets the stage for a battle over the issue in the nation's capital, both sides of the debate said on Wednesday. The Oregon measure lost 49 to 51 percent, according to unofficial results reported by the Oregon Secretary of...