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  • TORONTO, April 16- Canada's political elite and hundreds of well-wishers paid final respects to former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty at a state funeral on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper depicting Flaherty as a man who put his own needs aside in the service of his country.

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- The biggest U.S. business lobbying group is warning the nation's employers that labor relations could be reshaped by non-union labor groups that are backing high-profile efforts to raise wages and mandate paid sick leave.

  • April 16- Railroad operator Kansas City Southern reported better-than-expected quarterly results as a bumper corn crop in 2013 led to higher grain shipments. Midwest to Mexico, Chief Executive David Starling said on a conference call with analysts.

  • *First-quarter net profit $1.96/ share vs est $1.69. April 16- Capital One Financial Corp's quarterly profit rose about 10 percent, beating estimates, as the credit card issuer set aside less money to cover soured loans.

  • U.S. SEC releases cyber security examination blueprint Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:02 PM ET

    The SEC also plans examinations of more than 50 firms that will focus on cyber security-specific issues. John Reed Stark, the SEC's former chief of Internet enforcement and now a managing director with digital risk management consultancy Stroz Friedberg, said the SEC's detailed list of questions is both unusual and "forward-thinking."

  • China's workforce: smaller, more savvy, more restive Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, April 17- China's workforce is growing more restive as it shrinks. "This is going to be a very tough year for employers in China," said Lesli Ligorner, Shanghai- based partner at Simmons& Simmons.

  • Loud in a crowd: Nissan range gets grille makeover Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    BEIJING, April 17- Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Co is going for a facelift to stand out from the crowd. In an increasingly competitive global market- in China alone there are some 80 automakers battling for sales- Nissan plans to put a V-shaped front grille design on most of its models to give itself a "distinct, unified face", says global design chief Shiro Nakamura.

  • TOYOTA CITY, Japan/ IRVINE, Calif., April 17- In 1997, Toyota caught its competitors by surprise with the revolutionary Prius, the first commercially successful gasoline-electric hybrid car. Toyota Motor Corp will next year launch a hydrogen-powered car in the United States, Japan and Europe.

  • Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont's contains no such trigger clause.

  • April 16- American Express Co's first-quarter profit beat analysts' average estimate as its credit-card customers spent more in a recovering U.S. economy and the company kept expenses in check.

  • *Top U.S. central banker stresses need for stimulus. NEW YORK, April 16- Persistently low inflation poses a more immediate threat to the U.S. economy than rising prices, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday, stressing that the U.S. central bank would be delivering policy stimulus for some time to come.

  • *Yahoo rallies after results; BofA falls. NEW YORK, April 16- U.S. stocks rose 1 percent on Wednesday, advancing for a third straight session as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reaffirmed the central bank's commitment to keeping interest rates low and Yahoo rallied.

  • April 16- International Business Machines Corp reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as the company struggles with falling demand for its storage and server products. IBM shares fell about 4 percent to $189 in after-hours trade.

  • April 16- A lawsuit by retired Rhode Island public employees over the state's sweeping 2011 pension system overhaul will continue after a judge on Wednesday rejected a move by state officials to have the case thrown out.

  • Capital One profit rises 10 pct due to lower provision Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:25 PM ET

    April 16- Capital One Financial Corp's quarterly profit rose about 10 percent as the credit card issuer set aside less money to cover soured loans. The company's net income available to common stockholders rose to $1.14 billion, or $1.96 per share, for the first-quarter ended March 31, from $1.04 billion, or $1.77 per share, a year earlier.

  • NEW YORK, April 16- The dollar rose to the highest level in a week against the yen on Wednesday on signs of future buying of Tokyo stocks by Japan's state pension fund, but edged lower against the euro on traders' view that the Federal Reserve is maintaining a dovish stance.

  • *Troop carriers enter east Ukraine bearing Russian, separatist flags. April 16- Brent crude rose toward $110 a barrel on Wednesday on mounting tensions in Ukraine, while prices for U.S. oil were nearly unchanged after a report showed a huge build in stockpiles, which canceled out geopolitical concerns.

  • IBM revenue misses estimates as hardware sales fall Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    April 16- International Business Machines Corp reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as weakness in its storage and server businesses continues to offset gains in its software services. Total revenue fell 4 percent to $22.5 billion in the first quarter, below analysts' average estimate of $22.91 billion.

  • *Wheat posts biggest decline in two weeks. *Corn falls on forecasts for improved U.S. planting weather. Wheat led the way, giving up nearly 2 percent on expectations for a turn to better crop weather in the U.S.

  • April 16- Railroad operator Kansas City Southern reported a 10 percent rise in first-quarter revenue, helped by higher shipments in its agriculture business. Revenue rose to $607.4 million from $552.8 million, while revenue at the company's agriculture business jumped 40 percent.