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  • Sept 19- Presidents of the Federal Reserve's 12 regional banks are more likely to dissent in favor of tighter monetary policy, than the political appointees who make up the central bank's Board of Governors, according to a Fed study published on Friday.

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 19- An ambitious $1.3 billion program to provide an iPad or other device to every Los Angeles public school student has been slowed by technical challenges, with curriculum that was supposed to be built into the technology often incomplete, an independent report has found.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Apple Inc's latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adopters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 19- General Electric Co and Germany's Siemens are considering bids for compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand that could derail a merger between Dresser-Rand and Swiss pump maker Sulzer, according to media reports.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 19- One of Mexico's richest men has resigned from broadcaster Televisa's board over a potential conflict of interest because he wants to acquire his own television network, the company said on Friday.

  • The IPO, which vaulted Alibaba founder Jack Ma into the ranks of tech billionaires like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, sets the stage for the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut to expand in the United States, Europe and Asia. Alibaba's closed price of $93.98 gave the company a market cap of $231 billion.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares soared 38 percent in their first day of trading on Friday as investors jumped at the chance for a piece of what is likely to rank as the largest IPO in history, in a massive bet on China's burgeoning middle class.

  • TORONTO, Sept 19- Online video streaming service Netflix Inc told Canada's broadcast regulator on Friday that it opposes paying to support "old media" and its own commercial interests and market dynamics were enough to ensure it distributed Canadian content.

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 19- When Kathryn Slater-Carter learned her family would lose $1.5 million after McDonald's Corp did not renew the franchise agreement on one of their restaurants in the San Francisco suburbs, she tried for a second time to change state law to protect franchisee investments.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 19- Exxon Mobil said on Friday it will wind down drilling in Russia's Arctic in the face of U.S. sanctions targeting Western cooperation with Moscow's oil sector, after the Obama administration granted a brief extension to safely mothball its operations. Washington extended sanctions on Russia last week over its aggression in Ukraine.

  • TORONTO, Sept 19- Canada's main stock index took its sharpest one-day hit in seven months on Friday as a broad array of stocks from banks to telecommunications and resource companies pushed it to a 1.7 percent decline for the week.

  • Al Jazeera countersues Al Gore over $65 million Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 4:50 PM ET

    Sept 19- Broadcaster Al Jazeera has gone to court to fight former U.S. vice president Al Gore over $65 million in an escrow account that each claims as part of the sale last year of Current TV to the Qatar- based media company.

  • *Nationalist leader Alex Salmond concedes defeat, resigns. EDINBURGH, Sept 19- Scotland spurned independence and saved a union dating back 300 years in a historic referendum but its defeated leader said it would hold London to last minute offers of more power that could radically reshape the United Kingdom.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's record public offering of shares on Friday further spurred already elevated activity in Yahoo Inc's options, pushing volume on the U.S. Shares of Alibaba, in which Yahoo holds a big stake, surged 38 percent in their first day of trading on Friday, valuing the company at $231 billion by the close of trading.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 19- Canada's oil sands industry is shrugging off declining world oil prices as some of the world's highest-cost producers find a cushion in strong demand and a weakened domestic currency.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Merrill Lynch summarily fired two veteran brokers from its elite Private Banking and Investment Group two weeks ago for guiding clients to invest in a hedge fund outside of the brokerage firm.

  • *Alibaba soars in debut, Yahoo falls. NEW YORK, Sept 19- U.S. stocks closed little changed on Friday after Alibaba's strong debut was offset by falling technology shares as Oracle and Yahoo stumbled, but the Dow managed to edge higher to set a record for a second straight session.

  • Frank Tamayo, 41, was the middleman in what prosecutors called a three-man scheme that generated $5.6 million in illegal profits over five years, based on tips about a dozen transactions being negotiated by a prestigious New York law firm. The defendant also agreed to forfeit more than $1 million, the contents of two brokerage accounts, and a 2008 Audi Q7.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- A U.S. appeals court on Friday dismissed an appeal by Citigroup Inc and Argentina of a judge's order blocking the bank from processing payments on $8.4 billion in bonds issued under the country's local laws following its 2002 default.

  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, Sept 19- Brazil's financial markets have rallied on the prospect of environmentalist Marina Silva unseating President Dilma Rousseff in next month's election, but political donations show plenty of companies may be wary of a new administration.