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BOSTON, March 20- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley remains well ahead of her nearest Democratic primary opponent and a Republican contender in the state's race for governor, according to a poll released on Thursday.
March 20- Fitbit Inc, which recalled a wristband fitness tracker a month ago following complaints that it caused rashes and blisters, has been sued by a customer who said the company did not warn consumers that the device was defective. The lawsuit, filed on Monday in the Superior Court of California in San Diego County, seeks class-action status.
LONDON, March 20- German yields hit a two-week peak on Thursday, leading most euro zone bond yields up in a broad sell-off after the U.S.
NEW YORK, March 20- The number of Americans who believe U.S. oil should be kept on U.S. soil to lower gasoline prices rose in the last four months, according to a new Reuters/ Ipsos poll.
LONDON, March 20- Britain's economy is likely to run out of spare capacity faster than most Bank of England officials expect, a member of its rate-setting committee said on Thursday.
PARIS, March 20- French luxury goods maker Hermes saw good demand over the Chinese New Year, it said on Thursday, underscoring its resilience to a crackdown on illicit gift-giving in the industry's biggest market that has hit some rivals hard.
*Pan-European index trims losses after Philadelphia data. It later trimmed losses to trade 0.3 percent lower at 1,301.34 points by 1559 GMT, after the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank said its business activity index rose to 9.0 in March from -6.3 in February.
WASHINGTON, March 20- Emily Hanson would like to buy a house, but she worries that she and her husband may have to move across the country to achieve their goal. In December, Emily, a 30- year-old student, and Nels Hanson, a 33- year-old software developer, began searching in Boston, where a shortage of homes for sale has driven up prices.
*Moscow says U.S. will be "hit like a boomerang". President Barack Obama announced sanctions on Thursday against prominent Russians including close allies of President Vladimir Putin, as Moscow raced to complete its annexation of Crimea and built up its forces in the region.
PARIS, March 20- Shares in French conglomerate Bouygues turned positive on Thursday afternoon after French newspaper Le Monde said it was expected to make a new offer to purchase telecom business SFR, the mobile phone unit of Vivendi. Bouygues could not be immediately reached for comment.
March 20- Johnson& Johnson on Thursday won the reversal by the Arkansas Supreme Court of a roughly $1.2 billion judgment in a lawsuit accusing the company of improperly marketing the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.
NEW YORK, March 20- Married same-sex couples this year will file their U.S. income tax returns just like heterosexual married couples because of the Supreme Court's decision in June to strike down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act.
NEW YORK, March 20- The dollar powered higher against other major currencies on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen surprised world markets by signalling that increases in U.S. interest rates were not as far away as most had thought.
WASHINGTON, March 20- The International Monetary Fund on Thursday extended talks IMF officials are holding with Ukraine on an aid package until March 25, saying progress had been made but more time was needed to wrap up the mission.
WASHINGTON, March 20- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits held near three-month lows last week and factory activity in the Mid-Atlantic region accelerated in March, indicating the economy was pulling out of recent weather-induced lull.
*EU leaders meet in Brussels to discuss sanctions on Russia, help for Ukraine. *Says further Moscow incursions into Ukraine possible, NATO entry unlikely.
IMF MISSION CHIEF SAYS UKRAINE'S REFORM PROGRAM COVERS WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES, MORE WORK NEEDED TO ADVANCE TALKS.
IMF MISSION CHIEF SAYS MISSION HAS MADE' SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS', COOPERATION WITH UKRAINIAN AUTHORITIES HAS BEEN EXCELLENT.
LONDON, March 20- JPMorgan commodity chief Blythe Masters laid out an ambitious plan four years ago to become the top Wall Street bank in energy and metals trading.
IMF UKRAINE MISSION CHIEF SAYS MISSION PLANS TO CONCLUDE ITS WORK ON MARCH 25.