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  • NEW YORK, July 23- The U.S. dollar rose to eight-month highs against the euro on Wednesday as worries over tougher sanctions on Russia and their potential impact on fragile euro zone growth weighed on the single currency. Further escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine could weigh further on the euro if more trade sanctions are enforced on Russia.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed new safety rules for hauling crude oil by rail after a string of explosive accidents, in a move that could impact railroads, drillers, refiners and railcar makers amid an energy boom.

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has sought to establish himself as a strong defender of consumer interests who would punish ISPs whose business practices may hurt consumers or competition.

  • July 23- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a new brokerage industry rule to ban dispute settlements between securities firms and investors that require investors to agree to erase complaints from brokers' public records.

  • CALGARY/ VANCOUVER, July 23- Talisman Energy Inc shares rose more than 12 percent on Wednesday as it confirmed it has been approached by Spain's Repsol SA about potential deals, raising the prospect that one of Canada's largest independent oil companies will sell off major assets or be taken over.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- U.S. regulators and 15 states announced a wave of lawsuits on Wednesday against law firms and mortgage assistance companies they said have scammed borrowers since at least 2011 by falsely promising home loan modifications and other foreclosure relief.

  • Bundesbank chief urges Britain not to quit European Union Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    *Weidmann says Britain gets economic lift from EU membership. LONDON, July 23- The head of the Bundesbank appealed to Britain on Wednesday to stay in the European Union, saying membership of the bloc had given the country an economic lift and posed little threat to London.

  • NEW HAVEN, Conn., July 23- A former Jefferies Group Inc managing director convicted of defrauding investors who traded mortgage bonds through a government program established after the 2008 financial crisis was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison.

  • No quick decision seen on tougher EU sanctions on Russia Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    But the downing last week of a Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people, jolted the EU into action. Foreign ministers for the first time this week singled out sectors of the Russian economy that the EU might target with sanctions in protest at Moscow's actions in eastern Ukraine.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- A top official will leave the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to become the head of a banking group 10 days later in a spin through the revolving regulator-to-lobby-group door that is striking even by Washington standards.

  • Seifi Ghasemi, who successfully executed a number of deals as CEO of Rockwood Holdings Inc, was appointed to the top position at Air Products last month and analysts expect him to divest some of the company's businesses.

  • U.S. sales of $585 million far exceeded Wall Street forecasts in the $485 million range. The drug is taking flight as patients with the progressive neurological disease move from injectable treatments to more convenient pills, including Novartis AG's Gilenya and Sanofi SA's Aubagio.

  • NEW HAVEN, Conn., July 23- A former Jefferies Group Inc managing director convicted of defrauding investors who traded mortgage bonds through a government program established in response to the 2008 financial crisis was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison.

  • LONDON, July 22- Like so much in the investment world of late, it's what financial markets are not doing right now that is most intriguing. Over the course of the past month, conflicts, superpower standoffs and economic sanctions have flared in Iraq and Syria, Israel and Gaza, Ukraine and Russia.

  • FORMER JEFFERIES TRADER JESSE LITVAK SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON, $1.75 MLN FINE IN TARP FRAUD CASE- COURT HEARING.

  • HAVANA, July 23- Chinese President Xi Jinping ended an eight-day trip through Latin America on Wednesday with a visit to eastern Cuba, where both the island's independence struggle against Spain and Fidel Castro's revolution began.

  • July 23- Tupperware Brands Corp, known for its colorful food containers, cut its full-year sales and profit forecast, citing lower sales in Europe. The company, whose shares fell as much as 11 percent, also reported lower-than-expected sales for the second quarter ended June 28 due to poor demand in Germany.

  • DETROIT, July 23- General Motors Co on Wednesday announced six recalls covering 717,950 vehicles in the United States for varying reasons, although none were related to ignition switch issues. GM has recalled nearly 15 million vehicles worldwide this year for potentially lethal issues with ignition switches.

  • The U.S. appliance maker said its sales in China plummeted 80 percent last quarter as retailers in that country, anticipating its pending merger with Hefei Rongshida Sanyo Electric Co and the new line the merged entity will produce, stopped buying Whirlpool-branded products.

  • *Israel rejects comparisons with Ukrainian disaster. *Israel offers desert airport as alternative. JERUSALEM, July 23- Israel tried on Wednesday to get U.S. and European commercial flights to Tel Aviv restored after some carriers suspended services, insisting its main airport there was safe despite being targeted by Palestinian rockets.