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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 20- The fight against Wall Street crime, long the domain of New York prosecutors, is increasingly being pursued out of Washington, as lawyers at the Justice Department's headquarters build expertise and gain the clout needed to grab high-profile cases.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 20- Mathew Martoma, the latest employee of Steven A. Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors to face trial on insider trading charges, lost a bid on Friday to delay his trial, which is scheduled to start on Jan. 6.

  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 20- Mexico's central bank flagged risks to growth but was hopeful economic reforms could lift the economy in the months ahead, with minutes of its latest meeting showing its board was unanimous in holding interest rates at a record low.

  • In comments posted on his website less than 48 hours after he cast his lone dissent against the decision, Boston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren said he expects the U.S. economy to continue to strengthen and for growth to be close to 3 percent next year.

  • BEIJING/ CHICAGO, Dec 20- China and the United States have made progress towards reaching a deal on American beef exports but agreement on technical issues is still needed before final approval, China's vice agriculture minister, Niu Dun, said on Friday.

  • Dec 20- A Beverly Hills, California, securities broker who advised Hollywood stars and racked up dozens of complaints from customers has been permanently barred from the securities business in a settlement with Wall Street's industry-funded watchdog.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 20- Stronger-than-expected U.S. economic growth took commodity markets broadly higher on Friday, including gold which is up after a two-day decline and is still headed for its biggest yearly loss in three decades.

  • PANAMA CITY, Dec 20- Panama's economy grew 8.9 percent in the third quarter from the same period last year, as massive infrastructure spending continued to buoy one of Latin America's fastest-growing economies, the government statistics agency said on Friday.

  • Dec 20- The Federal Communications Commission said on Friday that Dish Network Corp could take more time to build a network using some of the wireless airwaves it has bought. The FCC sets deadlines and requirements for how- and how quickly- companies have to make use of the radio frequencies they own.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 20- Three men were indicted in the United States on Friday in connection with Silk Road, the anonymous Internet black-market bazaar for illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine. The indictment, unsealed in New York, charges Andrew Jones, Gary Davis and Peter Nash with conspiracy to engage in narcotics trafficking, computer hacking and money laundering.

  • *Bank of Japan votes to keep monetary policy loose. The yen's losses against the dollar were compounded by a decision by the Bank of Japan to maintain its pledge of increasing base money in the financial system.

  • European shares post best week in eight months Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 12:38 PM ET

    LONDON, Dec 20- European shares rose on Friday, recording their best week in eight months, with cruise ship operator Carnival up on forecast-beating results and broad sentiment boosted by greater clarity on U.S. monetary policy.

  • FOREX-Dollar falls vs yen but firm trend seen intact Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 12:35 PM ET

    *Bank of Japan votes to keep monetary policy loose. The yen's losses against the dollar were compounded by a decision by the Bank of Japan to maintain its pledge of increasing base money in the financial system.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 20- Brent crude oil rose by more than $1 on Friday following refinery outages in the United States that will boost the need for gasoline imports linked to the global benchmark, and on reduced Libyan supply.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 20- The government's move to delay for some people a requirement to buy medical insurance raised new doubts about the already chaotic rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, just days before an enrollment deadline.

  • UPDATE 2-Cathay Pacific orders 21 Boeing 777-9X Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 12:29 PM ET

    Boeing shares rose 1 percent to $136.68 in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange after news of the order, which confirmed a potential deal earlier reported by Reuters. The deal provides Boeing with a coveted Asian customer for the latest version of its most profitable long-distance passenger jet.

  • Dec 20- Copper rose on Friday after suffering its biggest fall in three weeks during the previous session, as investors absorbed the U.S. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange was last bid up 0.51 percent at $7,238 a tonne, still below its two-month high of $7,290 hit on Monday.

  • MUMBAI, Dec 20- A regional court in India on Friday ordered the annulment of the sale of United Spirits to British spirits group Diageo, dealing a further blow to a transaction beset by complications, though Diageo said it would appeal the decision.

  • Washington gains clout in white-collar prosecutions Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 12:18 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 20- The fight against Wall Street crime, long the domain of New York prosecutors, is increasingly being pursued out of Washington, as lawyers at the Justice Department's headquarters build expertise and gain the clout needed to grab high-profile cases.

  • Dec 20- CVS Caremark Corp said on Friday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services lifted sanctions it had imposed earlier this year on a CVS Medicare drug plan aimed at seniors, allowing the company to resume enrolling members in 2014..

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