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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- A Nebraska judge's ruling on the Keystone XL pipeline could let President Barack Obama delay his final decision on the project until after mid-term elections and avoid political damage, analysts say.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- The Obama administration said on Thursday it will seek new limits on overseas tax avoidance by corporations in its forthcoming budget proposal, reprising an approach it has made before to try to raise government revenue via a tighter corporate tax code.

  • LONDON, Feb 20- Argentina and Repsol SA will sign a definitive $5 billion settlement over the seizure of YPF SA within days, a source involved in the talks said on Thursday, ending a bitter two-year bilateral dispute.

  • *Adjusted profit of $8.85 compares with analyst estimate of $8.29. Feb 20- Priceline.com, the online travel agency known for its name-your-own-price auctions, posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, boosting shares in extended trading.

  • PANAMA CITY/ MADRID, Feb 20- A Spanish-led consortium resumed expansion work on the Panama Canal on Thursday, raising hopes the two sides will finally draw a line under an acrimonious stand-off over massive cost overruns.

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 20- Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, who already controls America Movil, tightened his grip slightly on Latin America's biggest phone company, according to a U.S. regulatory filing on Thursday that shows two companies controlled by Slim bought more shares.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Comcast Corp said on Thursday it plans to submit documents on its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc to U.S. regulators by the end of March, when antitrust and public interest reviews will be launched. Comcast is targeting the end of March to submit its application to the FCC, spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice said.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- Investors in U.S.-based funds poured $11.2 billion into stock funds in the week ended Wednesday while pulling cash out of safe money market funds, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday.

  • Feb 20- A deal with shareholder activists outlined by JPMorgan Chase& Co on Thursday will allow the bank to avoid another battle at its spring shareholder meeting over whether the firm should have an independent chairman.

  • Feb 20- Groupon Inc forecast a surprise quarterly loss as it spends more to advertise its online marketplace, which is expected to make up for its lagging daily deals business, and its shares fell more than 13 percent in extended trading.

  • UPDATE 2-Brookdale Senior Living to buy Emeritus Corp Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 6:30 PM ET

    Feb 20- Brookdale Senior Living Inc said it would buy Emeritus Corp for about $1.4 billion in an all-stock deal, creating the largest owner-operator of senior housing in the United States. Brookdale will also assume $1.4 billion of Emeritus Corp's debt.

  • Shell sells Australian business to Vitol for A$2.9blln Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 6:21 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Feb 21- Royal Dutch Shell PLC said on Friday it had agreed to sell its Australian downstream businesses to Vitol SA for about A $2.9 billion. The sale covers Shell's Geelong Refinery and 870 service stations plus its bulk fuels, bitumen and chemicals businesses and part of its lubricants businesses in Australia.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 20- DirecTV Chief Executive Officer Mike White on Thursday called for U.S. regulatory scrutiny of Comcast Corp's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc and the "effective broadband monopoly" he said it might create in as much as two-thirds of the United States.

  • Marvell forecast first-quarter revenue between $870 and $910 million, above analysts' average estimate of $848.94 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Marvell said results were softer than it expected in the mobile business in the fourth quarter as some customers delayed product launches.

  • HOUSTON/ NEW YORK, Feb 20- BNSF Railway Co plans to move into tank car ownership and buy its own fleet of up to 5,000 new crude oil tank cars with safety features that exceed the latest industry standards, the unit of investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc said on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- Business Wire will no longer let high-frequency trading companies buy potentially market-moving press releases directly from the Berkshire Hathaway unit.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Comcast Corp said it plans to submit documents on its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc to U.S. federal regulators by the end of March, when antitrust and public interest reviews will be launched. Comcast is targeting the end of March to submit its application to the FCC, said spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice.

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 20- Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, who already controls America Movil, tightened his grip on Latin America's biggest phone company, according to a U.S. regulatory filing on Thursday that shows two companies controlled by Slim bought more shares.

  • CARACAS, Feb 20- Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators faced off in streets blocked by burning barricades in several provincial cities on Thursday as protests escalated against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.

  • VANCOUVER, Feb 20- A new tax regime proposed for British Columbia's budding liquefied natural gas industry has nudged plans for export terminals on Canada's Pacific Coast closer to reality, but it likely won't spur a sudden rush of building. The British Columbia provincial government wants to build a world-scale LNG export industry.