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  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, May 28- Gold inched higher after hitting a 2-1/ 2 week low on Thursday as the dollar and global shares fell alongside uncertainty about Greece and an unexpected rise in U.S. jobless claims. Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,188.30 an ounce by 2:26 p.m. EDT after falling to $1,180.55, the lowest since May 11. European Central Bank Vice President Vitor...

  • BRUSSELS, May 28- The European Commission said on Thursday it had asked Paris for more information on a new French law on taxis and chauffeured cars following a complaint from mobile phone taxi-booking service Uber. In November Uber filed a complaint with the Commission against the French law, arguing it favoured regular taxis at Uber's expense and that France...

  • NEW YORK, May 28- The U.S. dollar on Thursday hit its highest against the yen since 2002 while stocks fell after Chinese brokerages tightened margin rules and the IMF head played down talk of an imminent deal to keep Greece afloat. "We are all in the process of working towards a solution for Greece, and I would not say that we already have reached substantial results,"...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has revealed plans to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species. The chicken-sized birds are found from California to the Dakotas, but their numbers have declined sharply in...

  • TOKYO, May 28- Honda Motor Co called back about 690,000 cars in Japan and the United States to replace air bag inflators made by Takata Corp after the Tokyo- based parts supplier last week agreed to comply with U.S. orders to expand some of its previous recalls. Of the recalls announced on Thursday, about 350,000 are of vehicles registered in the United States and...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 28- Firefighters battled wildfires in northern Alberta, Canada's biggest crude-producing region, for a sixth day on Thursday, with two blazes near oil sands facilities still out of control. That blaze has forced Cenovus Energy Inc and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd to shut down production and evacuate staff from their Foster Creek and...

  • U.S. court grants exclusivity for Amarin's Vascepa Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 2:26 PM ET

    May 28- A U.S. district court has ruled that Amarin Corp's fish oil pill, Vascepa, is eligible for five years of marketing exclusivity, setting aside a U.S. Food and Drug administration decision. Amarin's shares rose as much as 44 percent to $2.80 on the Nasdaq. The case is Amarin v.

  • Madoff accountant sentenced to home detention Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 2:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A former accountant who certified fake financial records hiding Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme was sentenced Thursday to one year of home detention, a light punishment he received by becoming a key cooperator in the case. David Friehling had agreed to cooperate almost immediately after the financial fraud— one of the largest in U.S. history—...

  • DETROIT, May 28- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda Motor Co and BMW on Thursday expanded recalls of vehicles with potentially deadly air bags made by Takata Corp, after the Japanese manufacturer last week boosted the number of vehicles affected to 53 million globally. The recalls announced on Thursday are part of that widened Takata recall.

  • May 28- A Delaware jury on Thursday ordered Boston Scientific to pay $100 million to a woman who said she was injured by transvaginal mesh, a device that is the subject of more than 25,000 lawsuits against the company. The 51- year old Newark, Delaware- resident was implanted with Boston Scientific's Pinnacle and Advantage Fit mesh products in 2009, to treat...

  • Vodafone investors open to Liberty deal Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 1:58 PM ET

    LONDON, May 28- Some of the biggest investors in Vodafone say they are open to a European tie-up with Liberty Global, as the British company is now in a stronger position to negotiate a deal with John Malone's cable group. The positive reaction stands in contrast to previous occasions when talk of a deal sent shares in Vodafone tumbling on fears that it, as the suitor,...

  • Google unveils Android's latest technological tricks Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 1:50 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Google's next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in the quest to make their technology indispensable. The upgrade will give Android's personal assistant, Google Now, expanded powers of intuition that may...

  • Ex-Madoff auditor sentenced to home confinement Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 1:50 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 28- The former outside auditor for Bernard Madoff's firm was sentenced on Thursday to a year of home confinement, avoiding prison after cooperating with U.S. authorities investigating Madoff's multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in New York also ordered David Friehling to pay his share of a $130 billion joint...

  • BRUSSELS, May 28- The European Commission said on Thursday it had asked Paris for more information on a new French law on taxis and chauffeured cars following a complaint from mobile phone taxi-booking service Uber. In November Uber filed a complaint with the Commission against the new French taxi law, arguing it favored regular taxis at Uber's expense and that...

  • Only high-income households have managed to build significant savings, and the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College says 52 percent of today's working-age households face the shock of declining living standards in retirement. "If you have a dollar to spend on retirement security, it's much better to spend it on Social Security than by spreading...

  • May 28- Alpha Natural Resources Inc must pay for the legal defense of Donald Blankenship, who is facing a criminal trial over a coal mining disaster in 2010, when he headed Alpha's Massey Energy Co business, a Delaware judge ruled on Thursday. The indictment also said that after the explosion, he misled the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about Massey's...

  • NEW YORK, May 28- Oil prices were mixed on Thursday, with Brent up slightly and U.S. crude hovering near one-month lows, on concerns the rate of weekly drawdowns in U.S. crude stocks will not last. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said crude oil inventories fell by 2.8 million barrels last week, ahead of Monday's Memorial Day holiday, which unofficially...

  • LONDON— Ireland's parliament on Thursday voted in favor of selling off the country's share in the Aer Lingus airline as part of a 1.4 billion euro takeover bid by International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways. But Walsh's bid must still clear many hurdles, and needs backing from low-cost carrier Ryanair, the largest shareholder of Aer...

  • LONDON, May 28- Tom Hayes, a former trader charged with conspiring to rig benchmark interest rates, had become such a powerful player in 2008 that Goldman Sachs tried to hire him with a $3 million signing-on bonus, a London court was told on Thursday. Mukul Chawla, prosecuting for Britain's Serious Fraud Office, alleged that Hayes, who joined UBS in Tokyo in 2006, was...

  • Debut of 'Daily Show With Trevor Noah' set for Sept. 28 Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 1:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Comedy Central says Sept. 28 will be opening night for Trevor Noah as the new host of "The Daily Show." The 31- year-old South African comedian will be stepping into the job held by Jon Stewart since 1999.. The previously announced departure date for Stewart is Aug. 6.