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  • WASHINGTON, April 4- The U.S. Justice Department is investigating high-speed trading for possible insider trading, Attorney General Eric Holder will tell lawmakers on Friday, according to an excerpt of his remarks.

  • *Deal could have created a $24 billion generic drugs group. STOCKHOLM, April 4- Sweden's Meda AB said on Friday it had rejected a takeover approach by U.S. generic drugmaker Mylan Inc, scuppering a potential deal to create a combined company worth around $24 billion.

  • ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER CONFIRMS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING HIGH-SPEED TRADING FOR POSSIBLE INSIDER TRADING.

  • TOKYO, April 4- Japan's $1.26 trillion public pension fund said on Friday it has selected 14 new active managers to supervise its domestic equities investment and added more benchmarks to its strategy.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- U.S. employers maintained a solid pace of hiring for a second straight month in March, further evidence of resilience in an economy that had been held back by a brutally cold winter. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 192,000 jobs last month after rising 197,000 in February, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • April 4- China, the world's No. 1 pork consumer, has slapped "temporary restrictions" on imports of U.S. pigs to prevent a deadly virus from spreading to its herd, according to a report by Bloomberg citing the Livestock Exporters Association of the USA.

  • TORONTO, April 4- Canada has the ability to move faster than the United States in eliminating older oil tanker rail cars that are more dangerous in accidents, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said on Friday.

  • *Funds flowing back into markets such as India. LONDON, April 4- A tentative recovery in emerging markets may paradoxically disappoint some investors who had hoped a sell-off earlier this year would push governments into making reforms to stimulate longer-term economic growth.

  • LONDON, April 4- A solid pace of U.S. jobs growth pushed up Wall Street stocks futures and the dollar on Friday, adding to pressure on the euro from signs that the European Central Bank is warming to the once-taboo idea of aggressive asset buying. Futures prices extended gains, pointing to a rise of around 0.4 percent for Wall Street.

  • *NYSE stock positions using leverage hit record high. LONDON/ PARIS, April 4- Hedge funds are borrowing record amounts of money to fund bets that stock markets will continue rising, creating conditions that could accelerate price falls if those leveraged positions are hurriedly closed.

  • KIEV, April 4- McDonald's announced on Friday it had closed its restaurants in Crimea, prompting fears of a backlash as a prominent Moscow politician called for all the U.S. fast food chain's outlets in Russia to be shut.

  • NEW YORK, April 4- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday, adding to earlier gains despite the March payroll report coming in modestly below expectations. S&P 500 futures rose 8.1 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract.

  • *Canada economy creates 42,900 new jobs in March. OTTAWA, April 4- Canada's economy created twice as many jobs as expected in March and the unemployment rate dropped for the first time this year, but private-sector and full-time hiring remained weak in a sign businesses remain cautious amid a slack economy.

  • INSTANT VIEW 1-U.S. job growth at 192k in March Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 8:34 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 19- U.S. employers maintained a solid pace of hiring for a second straight month in March, further evidence the economy was shifting into higher gear after being held back by a brutally cold winter. *Nonfarm payrolls increase 192,000 in March.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- U.S. employers maintained a solid pace of hiring for a second straight month in March, further evidence the economy was shifting into higher gear after being held back by a brutally cold winter. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 192,000 new jobs last month after rising 197,000 in February, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • Spike in Iran executions seen politically motivated Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    *Spike in executions since Hassan Rouhani became president. BEIRUT, April 4- Within the small community of minority Arabs where he lived in southwest Iran, Hashem Shaabani was known as a teacher, an advocate for civil rights and a poet.

  • DUESSELDORF, Germany, April 4- German consumer goods group Henkel said the weak Russian rouble would hurt its first-half earnings but it had no plans to withdraw from Russia or Ukraine in spite of uncertainty following Moscow's annexation of Crimea. Russia is Henkel's fourth-largest market with annual sales of around 1 billion euros last year.

  • PARIS/ LONDON, April 4- France's Bouygues submitted a new offer for Vivendi's SFR telecom unit on Friday- of 15 billion euros in cash, plus shares- in an effort to get back into the running hours before a decisive Vivendi board meeting.

  • DETROIT, April 4- General Motors Co said it has submitted most of the answers that U.S. safety regulators sought from the automaker about a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths.