MOSCOW/ KIEV, Dec 7- Moscow and Kiev have yet to reach agreements on reducing Russian gas prices or Ukraine joining a Moscow- led customs union, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters on Saturday.» Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, June 27- California ended a decade of budget deficits on Thursday as Governor Jerry Brown signed a $96.3 billion general fund budget that includes a surplus and modestly increases spending.
*Affects tiny share of imports from Bangladesh. WASHINGTON, June 27- President Barack Obama on Thursday cut off longtime U.S. trade benefits for Bangladesh in a mostly symbolic response to dangerous conditions in that country's garment industry that have cost more than 1,200 lives in the past year.
WASHINGTON, June 27- Lawmakers scrambled on Thursday to introduce last-minute bills to keep student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1, but even supporters doubted any measure would pass in time.
WASHINGTON, June 27- Patients with a form of the chronic blood disorder hemophilia will soon have a new therapy that not only treats episodes of excessive bleeding, but helps to prevent them.
WASHINGTON, June 27- A top U.S. regulator charged former MF Global chief Jon Corzine over the collapse of the futures brokerage, placing the former New Jersey governor firmly at the heart of one of the country's 10 biggest bankruptcies.
NEW YORK, June 27- Citigroup Inc may name as many as three more directors to its 11- member board to add skills and share the work load, Chairman Michael O'Neill said on Thursday. O'Neill did not say exactly which additional talents he seeks for Citigroup, but he noted that banks today need to have a board member who understands digital trends.
WASHINGTON, June 27- The U.S. Senate approved a landmark immigration bill on Thursday that would provide millions of undocumented immigrants a chance to become citizens but the leader of the House of Representatives said the measure was dead on arrival in the House.
BRUSSELS, June 27- A deal to finalise the European Union's long-term budget hit a late snag at a summit of EU leaders on Thursday, after Britain objected to accounting changes that threaten to eat into its cherished budget rebate.
In Los Angeles, a 35- year-old female DirecTV subscriber with a cat might get a spot promoting cat food, while the satellite provider would beam a car advertisement to her next door neighbor, a bachelor watching the same channel.
QUEVEDO, Ecuador, June 27- Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said on Thursday he had no plans to cut off commercial ties with any country as a result of pressures over potential asylum for former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden.
The 180- unit development in the city of Pune, which enjoys better weather and less bustle than nearby Mumbai, overlooks open fields and hills and is set in lush gardens- an appealing escape from the crowds and grime of India's mega-cities.
BEIJING, June 28- China is expanding a pilot system that tracks the movement of meat and vegetables to the supermarket shelf as part of efforts to tighten supervision of its scandal-plagued food industry. The system has been set up in 20 cities and is currently being rolled out in another 15 including Beijing.
A spokeswoman for the department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said on Thursday the agency has sent Mexico information requested in connection with the outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, a swine virus deadly to young pigs never before seen in North America.
*Gold slides even as other commodities rise. NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 27- Gold sank 2 percent on Thursday, as month-end book squaring and relentless liquidation ounce for the first time in nearly three years. Gold reversed early gains in New York trade, and the slide accelerated with stop-loss orders triggered after the price fell below $1,225 an ounce.
MEXICO CITY, June 27- Mexico could see up to seven share offerings by the end of August, as firms take advantage of investor appetite for Mexican equity, an official at the stock exchange said on Thursday.
As the Internal Revenue Service Tea Party controversy turned inward on itself, with investigators themselves under scrutiny, J. Russell George said in a letter to Democrats that his office found the IRS did not scrutinize conservative and progressive groups equally.
Benchmark Brent crude oil out of Europe's North Sea closed up $1.16, or 1.4 percent, at $102.82 a barrel. New York- traded U.S. crude settled up $1.55, or 1.6 percent, at $97.05.
*Supply concerns in Russia, North Sea support Brent. NEW YORK, June 27- Crude oil futures rose for a fourth straight session on Thursday, gaining over $1 a barrel, as conviction strengthened that monetary stimulus measures from major central banks would stay in place for the time being.
LONDON/ NEW YORK/ MUMBAI, June 27- In April, after gold dived more than $200 an ounce in two days, an unprecedented scramble to buy everything from coins to jewellery at "bargain" prices helped arrest the plunge, tempering fears of a prolonged rout.
*$29 bln of 7- year notes sold at highest yield since July 2011. The sale of $29 billion of seven-year notes drew a high yield of 1.932 percent, the highest since July 2011, but still less than the market had expected.