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  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- Oil and precious metals fell on Thursday, with gold falling for the seventh straight session, as upbeat U.S. economic data challenged assumptions of a prolonged Federal Reserve stimulus.

  • SYDNEY, Nov 6- The U.S. dollar maintained a bid tone early in Asia on Wednesday after an upbeat U.S. report kept alive some expectations the Federal Reserve might scale back stimulus as soon as next month, while strong domestic jobs data lifted the New Zealand dollar.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- The former Ecuadorean judge who issued a $19 billion pollution judgment against Chevron Corp testified on Tuesday that he wrote the ruling alone, two weeks after another judge testified that he had been paid to ghostwrite much of the decision.

  • Nov 5- Health insurer Blue Shield of California said on Tuesday it will delay policy cancellations for 113,000 customers who were due to lose coverage at the end of the year as a result of new requirements from President Barack Obama's healthcare law.

  • UPDATE 2-Office Depot, OfficeMax close deal Tuesday, 5 Nov 2013 | 5:59 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 5- No. 2 U.S. office retailer Office Depot Inc on Tuesday closed its deal to buy smaller rival OfficeMax Inc and named the two firms' chief executives as co-CEOs of the combined company. Neil Austrian, chairman and CEO of Office Depot, and Ravi Saligram, president and CEO of OfficeMax, will serve as co-CEOs in the meantime.

  • UK businessman accused of corrupt Bahrain payments Tuesday, 5 Nov 2013 | 5:56 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 5- A British prosecutor alleged on Tuesday that London- based businessman Victor Dahdaleh made "corrupt payments" of over 40 million pounds to the former chairman and chief executive of a Bahraini aluminium smelter to secure contracts worth over $3 billion for companies including U.S. group Alcoa.

  • UPDATE 2-Tesla sales and profit forecasts disappoint Tuesday, 5 Nov 2013 | 5:50 PM ET

    DETROIT, Nov 5- Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc forecast profit and sales below Wall Street estimates, and reported third-quarter deliveries of its Model S that disappointed some analysts.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- The former Ecuadorean judge who issued a $19 billion pollution judgment against Chevron Corp testified on Tuesday that he wrote the ruling alone, two weeks after another judge testified that he had been paid to ghostwrite much of the decision.

  • The decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission to schedule the Dec. 5 public meeting comes nearly a month after Nasdaq OMX's general counsel, Edward Knight, formally petitioned the SEC to consider new rules amid concerns that proxy advisory firms are exerting "outsized influence from the shadows" on corporate elections.

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 5- Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Inc TV and film company reported quarterly earnings that missed Wall Street expectations, dragged down by investments in new cable channels and a weaker performance by its movie slate. Wall Street analysts on average had expected 35 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- A U.S. House of Representatives oversight panel subpoenaed the Obama administration on Tuesday for internal reports showing the number of people who have enrolled in health coverage through new online insurance marketplaces in all 50 states.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- U.S. crude oil futures settled at their lowest point in five months on Tuesday, pressured by forecasts for rising supplies and continued weak demand as Gulf Coast refineries were expected to remain offline at least through the end of this week.

  • Piper Jaffray& Co, the bank that arranged the sale of the $41.8 million of bonds in 2008 and one of the largest underwriters in the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market, was also fined $300,000, the SEC said. The developer, its former president and the top banker on the deal were also fined, and a district staff member was rebuked, the SEC said.

  • DETROIT, Nov 5- Tesla Motors Inc shares tumbled on Tuesday after the electric car maker issued a weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter outlook that overshadowed a third-quarter profit that slightly topped Wall Street estimates.

  • WARSAW, Nov 5- A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Poland's LOT airline was grounded in Bangkok on Tuesday due to a power supply problem, the Polish broadcaster TVN24 reported, citing a LOT spokeswoman. The plane had been due to land in Warsaw on Tuesday morning, the broadcaster said.

  • White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough urged a group of insurance executives to tell consumers in cancellation notices that they could qualify for premium tax credits through the marketplaces that have been set up in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 5- Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Inc TV and film company reported quarterly earnings on Tuesday that missed Wall Street expectations as the company invested in the launch of new U.S. cable channels. Wall Street analysts on average had expected 35 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- The Dow and the S&P 500 ended lower on Tuesday following two sessions of gains as investors weighed the implications of strong economic data for the path of monetary policy over the next several months.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- Prices for U.S. U.S. service sector business activity picked up in October, with the Institute for Supply Management's services index up to 55.4 last month despite expectations by economists for a dip to 54. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.

  • The IRS earlier this year came under scrutiny when lawmakers with ties to the conservative Tea Party movement accused the agency of unfairly subjecting conservative groups who had sought tax-exemptions to extra time-consuming scrutiny.

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