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  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- The U.S. federal government has rejected most of a $511 million loan request for the renewal of New York state's Tappan Zee Bridge, dealing a blow to one of governor Andrew Cuomo's most prominent infrastructure projects just weeks ahead of state elections.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Leaders of some of the biggest U.S. corporations, from Coca-Cola Co to Johnson& Johnson, unveiled a campaign on Tuesday to reduce the nation's healthcare costs, urging their peers to embrace wellness programs to improve employee health.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. Senate's top Democratic tax-writer said on Tuesday he is considering linking legislation to curb foreign corporate buyout deals known as inversions with separate efforts to renew expired tax breaks that businesses want extended.

  • Rackspace shares fall as search for merger ends Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    Cloud management services provider Rackspace Hosting Inc said it would not sell itself, sending its shares down 16.5 percent in after-market trading.

  • Sept 16- Photoshop maker Adobe Systems Inc reported a mere 1 percent rise in quarterly revenue that missed analysts' expectations, hurt by lower sales at its digital media business, which includes the Creative Cloud software suite.

  • Calpers exit could heap pressure on hedge fund fees Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:07 PM ET

    BOSTON, Sept 16- The California Public Employees Retirement System handed fellow U.S. pension funds a hefty club to beat down hedge fund fees and demand better returns this week when it voted to pull out of hedge funds entirely, investors said.

  • Endo offers to buy Auxilium Pharma for about $2.2 bln Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:01 PM ET

    Sept 16- Endo International Plc offered to acquire Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc for about $2.2 billion in cash and stock. The offer of $28.10 per share represents a premium of 30.6 percent to Auxilium's Tuesday closing price of $21.52 on the Nasdaq. Endo said it intends to fund the transaction through cash on hand and debt financing.

  • TOKYO, Sept 17- The Bank of Japan has begun paying banks for the privilege of lending them cash in a sign the central bank is reaching the limits of its power to reflate the economy, although it may soon be forced to pump yet more money into the financial system.

  • Mining giants may hoard cash as iron ore prices sag Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    Stung by slower growth in China, global miners have reined in expansion plans and brought in new management to sell assets and drive their mines harder, raising hopes that BHP Billiton alone could hand back up to $8 billion to investors.

  • FACTBOX-Solutions to China's soil contamination crisis Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    BEIJING, Sept 17- China's campaign to clean up land contaminated by industrial and agricultural waste will not only require billions of dollars of investment, but also a range of different technologies. China also needs to improve detection and monitoring. The use of lime is the most frequently deployed chemical solution in China.

  • BEIJING, Sept 17- Nearly four years after a massive state-run steel mill on the outskirts of Beijing was closed to help cut smog in the Chinese capital, little has been done to clean up the contaminated site.

  • *Japan production capacity at 28- year low. TOKYO, Sept 17- Mazda Motor Corp has returned to profit as the falling yen has rewarded the carmaker's export-heavy strategy. "Companies are not that interested in expanding capacity in Japan," said Kaori Yamato, senior economist at Mizuho Research Institute.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- A U.S. court on Tuesday largely rejected an attempt by banking groups to limit the U.S. swaps regulator's ability to apply its rules overseas, a hotly debated issue as the agency reins in the $710 trillion global market.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- Investors looking to hedge their bets or speculate on the direction of Alibaba Group's stock after its expected public sale of shares on Friday, will be able to trade its options in two weeks, as U.S. options exchanges are expected to list contracts on the company.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Federal auto safety regulators came under scrutiny in a Senate hearing on Tuesday for their role in General Motors' failure to promptly report and recall cars with defective parts that led to at least 19 deaths.

  • DRUMMONDVILLE, Quebec, Sept 16- Recent Canadian economic data has been encouraging, particularly on exports, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said on Tuesday, but he pointed to a substantial amount of slack in the job market.

  • *Washington Prime to buy Glimcher realty. NEW YORK, Sept 16- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday and the S&P notched its best performance in a month after a report shifted investor expectations for the Federal Reserve's policy statement due on Wednesday.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 16- Royal Dutch Shell Plc's U.S. subsidiary Shell Oil Co and the company's Motiva Enterprises joint-venture with Saudi Aramco have agreed to pay $4.5 million in back overtime wages to 2,677 current and former employees, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Tuesday.

  • *Gold still about $10 away from 8- month low. *Silver gains lift market out of oversold conditions. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Sept 16- Gold rose on Tuesday as a weaker dollar and rallying crude oil prices prompted bullion investors to cover bearish bets ahead of a closely watched policy statement by the Federal Reserve.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. Export-Import Bank is likely to have its charter renewed through mid-2015 this week, even though lawmakers in both parties said on Tuesday they see the extension as a second-best solution.