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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 15- Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Co Ltd plans to slow production at some of its plants in North America due to a parts shortage caused by a partial shutdown of ports along the West Coast. The company expects shortages at its operations in Ohio, Indiana and Ontario, Canada, starting Monday and for each plant to adjust its production between Feb. 16...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 15- The U.S. aviation regulator proposed rules on Sunday for commercial drone flights that would lift some restrictions but would still bar activities such as the delivery of packages and inspection of pipelines that have been eyed by companies as a potentially breakthrough use of the technology. The FAA acknowledged the limitation but said...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 15- Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Co Ltd plans to slow production at some of its plants in North America due to a parts shortage caused by a partial shutdown of ports along the West Coast. The company expects shortages at its operations in Ohio, Indiana and Ontario, Canada, starting Monday and for each plant to adjust its production between Feb. 16...

  • GDP data to show Japan's economy out of recession Sunday, 15 Feb 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 16- Japan's economy likely rebounded from recession in the final quarter of last year, data on Monday is set to show, giving a much needed boost to premier Shinzo Abe's efforts to steer the country out of decades of stagnation. Japan's economy slid into recession in July-September last year, forcing Abe to delay a second sales tax hike initially...

  • JAKARTA, Feb 16- Government price-fixing has largely shut them out for decades, but foreign oil companies at last see an opportunity to sell gasoline on a mass scale in Indonesia. "Of course we are looking at expansion," Emmanuel Dujeu, head of downstream operations at Frances's Total in Indonesia, told Reuters. Soon after Indonesia liberalized its downstream...

  • Blizzard conditions forced the cancellation of more than 1,800 U.S. airline flights, most of them into and out of airports in Boston and New York, where wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour were predicted. The temperature at 1 p.m. in Boston was around 18 degrees Fahrenheit, but felt like zero thanks to wind chill. "Hopefully, it will stop eventually," Boston Mayor Martin...

  • *Tsipras says in six months Greece will be "different country". ATHENS, Feb 15- Greece said on Sunday it was confident of reaching agreement in negotiations with its euro zone partners but reiterated it would not accept harsh austerity strings in any debt pact. A day before a euro zone finance ministers' meeting in Brussels to shore up Greece's dwindling finances...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 15- Growing numbers of freighters were backed up around the United States' two busiest cargo hubs on Sunday due to a dispute between shipping companies and dock workers that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the West Coast. Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California to help broker an agreement. By Sunday morning, 34 container ships,...

  • Canada's second-largest railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference could not agree on scheduling and rest time before a midnight deadline passed. Commuters in Montreal will also feel the effects, since CP operates some commuter trains in Canada's second largest city. Canada's Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, who intervened in the talks on Friday to try...

  • The film, which stars James Dornan and Dakota Johnson as the libidinous couple, far outpaced the No. 2 release, "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which took in $35.6 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. Presidents' Day holiday weekend went to the family-friendly "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," based on the popular television show...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 15- Growing numbers of freighters were backed up around the United States' two busiest cargo hubs on Sunday due to a dispute between shipping companies and dock workers that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the West Coast. Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California to help broker an agreement. By Sunday morning, 34 container ships,...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 15- The U.S. aviation regulator proposed rules on Sunday for flying drones for commercial purposes that would lift some restrictions but would still limit activities such as inspections of pipelines that have been eyed by companies as a potentially breakthrough use of the technology. The FAA acknowledged the limitation but said those flights...

  • The film, which stars James Dornan and Dakota Johnson as the libidinous couple, far outpaced the No. 2 release, "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which took in $35.6 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. Comcast Corp's Universal Pictures released "Fifty Shades of Grey." "Kingsman: The Secret Service" was released by 20th Century Fox, the unit of...

  • *ECB used funding stick on Cyprus, carrot on Ireland. FRANKFURT, Feb 15- The European Central Bank's control over emergency funding for banks gives it the power to prod countries into the kind of aid-and-reform program that Greece is desperate to escape. The ECB is loath to pull the plug on Greece's banks, a scenario that would almost certainly lead to the country's...

  • *Tsipras says in six months Greece will be "different country". A day before a euro zone finance ministers' meeting in Brussels to shore up with Greece's dwindling finances and help keep it in the euro zone, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Germany's Stern magazine Athens needed time to implement its reform program and shake off the mismanagement of the past.

  • LONDON, Feb 15- HSBC apologised to customers and investors on Sunday for past practices at its Swiss private bank after allegations that it helped hundreds of clients to dodge taxes. HSBC has admitted failings in compliance and controls in its Swiss private bank after the media allegations that it may have enabled clients to conceal millions of dollars of...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 15- When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican presidential candidate, traveled on a trade mission to Britain last week, he brought along top officials from his economic development agency to help drum up jobs. "The idea was that Wisconsin policies are better than the national policies and we were going to move ahead of the...

  • BERLIN, Feb 15- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expects tough talks at a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Monday over how to proceed with its international bailout but remains confident, he told a German magazine in an interview published on Sunday. "I expect difficult negotiations, nevertheless I am full of confidence," Tsipras told Germany's Stern...

  • LONDON, Feb 15- The Bank of England will need to start raising interest rates sooner than investors expect as inflation recovers from current low levels, Martin Weale, a policymaker at the central bank, said. The BoE raised the possibility of a further rate cut if inflation remained very weak for a prolonged period on Thursday, although the Governor Mark Carney...

  • *ECB used funding stick on Cyprus, carrot on Ireland. FRANKFURT, Feb 15- With its power over emergency funding for banks, the European Central Bank wields a big stick that it has past form in waving to badger countries into the kind of aid-and-reform programme that Greece is desperate to escape. The ECB is loath to pull the plug on Greece's banks, a scenario that would...