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  • NEW YORK, March 26- A California federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit against Facebook Inc that had accused the company of misappropriating the names and likenesses of minors who use the social network.

  • NEW YORK, March 26- The former chief executive of defunct online music storage firm MP3tunes was ordered to pay an estimated $41 million on Wednesday after being found liable for infringing copyrights owned by record companies and music publishers once part of EMI Group Ltd..

  • SINGAPORE, March 27- Gold moved up slightly on Thursday, stepping away from a six-week low as the metal's safe-haven appeal was boosted by weaker equities. *Barclays raised its 2014 gold forecast to $1,250 per ounce from $1,205, saying the change comes after taking into account gold's year-to-date performance.

  • *Yen helped marginally by renewed Ukraine concerns, U.S. data. TOKYO, March 27- The euro was on the defensive on Thursday after comments from European Central Bank officials this week raised fresh speculation on further monetary easing to stave off potential deflation.

  • DIARY - Government Debt auctions to April 30 Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 8:03 PM ET

    Mar 27- For other related diaries, please see;. DIARY- Central& Eastern Europe debt. *=All times in GMT unless stated otherwise, For Australia time is updated as Local time.

  • March 26- Cloud-based payroll processor TriNet Group Inc said it priced its initial public offering at $16 per share, valuing the company at about $1.09 billion.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 26- Amazon.com Inc will drop prices on most of its cloud computing services starting April 1, the largest U.S. online retailer said on Wednesday, a day after rival Google Inc outlined a major price cut of its own.

  • SYDNEY, March 27- Asian markets got off to a skittish start on Thursday following a late dip on Wall Street amid talk of tougher sanctions on Russia and a drop in technology stocks. The early action was cautious with the Australian market off 0.9 percent and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan down 0.24 percent.

  • Brazil nuclear plant maintenance adds to energy crunch Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 7:34 PM ET

    BRASILIA, March 26- Brazil will shut down one of its two nuclear power reactors for refueling and maintenance, depriving the nation of enough electricity to light up a city of about 1 million at a crucial time when it faces the prospect of power rationing due to drought.

  • White House defends extension of Obamacare deadline Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 7:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 26- The White House on Wednesday defended extending some enrollments for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act past a March 31 deadline, saying doing so was comparable to allowing voters who are in line when polls close to cast their ballots.

  • Rear Admiral Michael Manazir, director of the Navy's air warfare division, said on Wednesday the Navy decided to put the additional Growlers on an "unfunded priorities" list requested by Congress after classified studies showed the planes would improve the effectiveness of the overall 44- plane strike group on a carrier.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 26- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday rejected Citigroup Inc's plans to buy back $6.4 billion of shares and boost dividends, saying the bank is not sufficiently prepared to handle a potential financial crisis.

  • NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia/ BERLIN- The chief executive of engineering conglomerate Siemens gave a rare sign of German support to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the height of an economic standoff with the West over Ukraine, saying his firm supported a "trusting relationship" with Russian companies.

  • WASHINGTON, March 26- Bank of America agreed to pay $9.3 billion to settle claims that it sold Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac faulty mortgage bonds, helping the bank to end one of the largest legal headaches it still faced from the financial crisis.

  • The SEC is still actively eyeing a plan that would force prime institutional money market funds to abandon their stable $1 per-share net asset value and float their share price.

  • U.S. FCC still eyeing caps for 2015 spectrum auction Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 6:31 PM ET

    In April 2013, the U.S. Justice Department urged the FCC to devise an auction that would help ensure smaller carriers obtained a fair share of that spectrum. The so-called incentive auction will give TV stations that currently own the valuable frequencies the opportunity to voluntarily give up their frequencies to the FCC.

  • Merck, Glaxo end co-pay assistance for Obamacare plans Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 6:26 PM ET

    March 26- Merck and Co Inc and GlaxoSmithKline Plc are not reimbursing drug co-payments for patients who purchase their health insurance through state and federal exchanges set up under the Obamacare program.

  • NEW YORK, March 26- Kenneth Lewis, who turned Bank of America Corp into the nation's largest bank but also saddled it with enormous losses tied to mortgages, has settled a lawsuit accusing him of deceiving investors about one of his biggest acquisitions: Merrill Lynch& Co..

  • In a court filing on Tuesday, the McGraw Hill Financial Inc unit proposed holding a trial in two phases, with the first focusing on just the 17 securities where Citigroup Inc is alleged to have suffered losses.

  • March 26- Texas power generator Energy Future Holdings Corp is in last-minute talks with creditors to reach a debt-restructuring deal and may consider delaying the filing of its annual report, two sources told Reuters. EFH, formerly TXU Corp, was the largest generator in Texas before a $45 billion buyout in 2007..