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  • DETROIT/ NEW YORK, June 26- An accident that left a Georgia woman blind in one eye and a subsequent lawsuit led to General Motors Co's recall of about 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in North America for potentially defective air bags made by Takata Corp..

  • *Household spending slumps after April 1 tax hike. TOKYO, June 27- Japan's core consumer inflation eased slightly in May when excluding the effect of a sales tax hike, and is seen slowing in coming months as the boost from a weak yen fade, keeping the central bank under pressure to maintain its massive stimulus.

  • Japan May jobs-applicants ratio hits two-decade high Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 7:39 PM ET

    TOKYO, June 27- The availability of jobs in Japan rose to the highest in more than two decades and the jobless rate fell to 3.5 percent in May, in an encouraging sign that a tighter labour market will boost wages and support consumer spending.

  • Japan May core CPI up 3.4 pct yr/yr, fastest since 1982 Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 7:35 PM ET

    TOKYO, June 27- Japan's core consumer prices rose 3.4 percent in May from a year earlier, the fastest since April 1982, as an increase in the national sales tax continued to boost prices, data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed on Friday.

  • *Prices IPO at lower-end of the $17- $19 range. June 26- The Michaels Cos Inc's raised about $472.6 million in its initial public offering after pricing shares at $17, the lower end of an expected range, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing two people briefed on the matter.

  • June 26- Hewlett-Packard Co has won the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing the computer maker of securities fraud for misleading shareholders about its commitment to ethics while its chief executive was allegedly engaging in sexual harassment. Hurd, who is now president of Oracle Corp, had won wide credit at HP for improving the company's fortunes.

  • Crafts retailer Michaels prices IPO at $17/shr -NYT Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 7:08 PM ET

    June 26- The Michaels Cos Inc's initial public offering was priced at $17 per share, the lower end of an expected range, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing two people briefed on the matter.

  • Banks withdraw from Barclays' dark pool -FT Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 6:50 PM ET

    June 26- Big banks have started pulling their business out of Barclays' dark pool, after the British bank was sued by New York's top securities regulator for allegedly misleading institutional investors over its anonymous trading venue, The Financial times reported.

  • WASHINGTON, June 26- The Obama administration said on Thursday it would tap Treasury funds to bolster the construction of affordable rental housing and extend the life of a program aimed at helping homeowners avoid foreclosure.

  • After 125 years, Alcoa looks beyond aluminum Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 6:39 PM ET

    June 26- Alcoa Inc, the company that helped create the aluminum industry more than a century ago, is reinventing itself as a manufacturer of specialized components for aerospace and automotive customers, including some that contain no aluminum at all.

  • U.S. gas prices to rise if biofuel mandate not cut -CBO Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 6:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 26- U.S. gasoline prices could rise by up to 26 cents a gallon by 2017 if the Environmental Protection Agency does not lower the ambitious targets in a federal biofuel use mandate, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.

  • PARIS/ WASHINGTON, June 26- The European Union and the United States are not poised to slap fresh sanctions on Russia on Friday despite a U.S. warning that Moscow had only' hours "to act on disarming Ukraine separatists, Western diplomats said.

  • June 26- Chemicals maker DuPont cut its operating profit forecast for the second quarter and the full year, saying sales in its agriculture and performance chemicals units increased at a slower pace than it had expected. DuPont has been focusing on its agriculture business, its biggest, for the past few quarters.

  • NEW YORK, June 26- A top official in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan who oversaw a number of high-profile insider trading cases is joining law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton& Garrison, the New York firm said on Thursday.

  • *Soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade surged on Thursday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported higher-than-expected old-crop export sales. *A processor in Decatur, Illinois, increased its soybean basis bid by 10 cents a bushel while a river elevator in Davenport, Iowa, dropped its bid by 2 cents.

  • World Bank says trade protectionism starts to level off Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 6:05 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 26- Barriers to imports in major economies are starting to recede after a rash of protectionism during the global financial crisis, World Bank figures showed on Thursday.

  • The contract covers development and delivery of four new Combat Rescue Helicopters and caps over a decade of repeated unsuccessful efforts by the Air Force to replace its aging fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters.

  • WASHINGTON, June 26- More than a year after asking for and receiving emails from News Corp's U.S. operation related to allegations of phone hacking and bribery, the FBI is still investigating whether British-based representatives of the media company may have broken U.S. law, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in February that the IRS did not have the authority on its own to impose rules on up to 700,000 preparers who are not already licensed as attorneys, accountants or "enrolled agents." The IRS had to mothball its mandatory program and ask Congress for authority to reinstate it.

  • June 26- More investors plan to ramp up on commodities over the next 12 months after years of pessimism toward the sector, betting that the Iraq conflict will push oil prices higher while other commodities prices advance in volatile trade, a Credit Suisse poll showed on Thursday.