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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 14- Vice President Joe Biden on Friday acknowledged concerns by fellow Democrats, including the top two in Congress, about President Barack Obama's free-trade agenda but defended the U.S. pursuit of a proposed pan-Pacific trade pact.

  • CAMBRIDGE, Md./ CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Feb 14- P resident Barack Obama on Friday waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG's plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 14- E-commerce auction house eBay Inc became a darling among top U.S. hedge funds in the fourth quarter just before billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn urged the company to spin off its PayPal payments business, regulatory filings showed on Friday.

  • Feb 14- Buyout firm Silver Lake is in exclusive talks to sell information technology management company Serena Software Inc to private equity firm HGGC LLC, four people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 14- Soros Fund Management, one of the hedge fund industry's most closely watched investors, exited J.C. Penney and trimmed its stake in Herbalife late last year, marking a notable shift in course only months after buying into the companies.

  • The flaw in Microsoft Corp's IE 10 Web browser was reported on Thursday, days after it was used inside the Web page of nonprofit U.S. group Veterans of Foreign Wars. Security firm Websense Inc said it found similar attack code on a page set up on Jan. 20 with a Web address nearly identical to one used by a French aerospace association.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Feb 28 Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    BRUSSELS- OECD organizes a public debate on "The Euro Area at a crossroads: Policies for growth, jobs and competitiveness". **LUXEMBOURG- ECB Executive Board member Yves Mersch will hold a keynote speech at The Luxembourg Renminbi Forum- 1300 GMT. **LONDON- ECB governing council member Ewald Nowotny gives Golden Series lecture at OMFIF in London- 0700 GMT.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 14- Hedge fund Paulson& Co maintained its stake in the world's biggest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, in the fourth quarter, even as others exited when bullion prices posted their biggest annual loss in 32 years.

  • Feb 14- Greece- based chemical transportation company Stalwart Tankers Inc filed with U.S. regulators to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of common stock. The company, which operates a fleet of over 1,000 mid-size stainless steel tankers, listed Jefferies LLC, Wells Fargo Securities and Global Hunter Securities as lead underwriters.

  • MILAN, Feb 14- Ratings agency Moody's lifted on Friday its outlook on Italy's credit rating to' stable' from' negative', the first signal of a possible change in sentiment towards the country's sovereign debt since the start of the euro zone crisis.

  • Feb 14- A vote by workers in Tennessee that could yield the first labor union victory at a foreign-owned auto plant in the U.S.

  • The bellwether Thomson Reuters/ Core Commodity CRB index touched its highest level since September 2013 as 12 of its 19 components rose. Silver hit its highest since November and ended the day up 4.3 percent at $21.32 an ounce.

  • Feb 14- A vote by workers in Tennessee that could yield the first labor union victory at a foreign-owned auto plant in the U.S.

  • CALGARY/ TORONTO, Feb 14- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd is slapping a surcharge on customers who transport crude in older tank cars, following its larger rival in seeking to deter shippers from using the model involved in a series of fiery crashes.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 14- Hedge fund Paulson& Co maintained its stake in the world's biggest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, in the fourth quarter, even as others exited when bullion prices posted their biggest annual loss in 32 years.

  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, Feb 14- Rhode Island officials on Friday said they reached a proposed settlement to end six challenges to the state's sweeping pension fund reform, a development that would remove road blocks to saving taxpayers several billion dollars over the next couple of decades.

  • Prices will rise even further in 2015 and 2016 as demand for electric generation rises with the shutdown of coal power plants and as exports to Mexico, Europe and Asia increase.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 14- Economic policymakers from the world's biggest economies will focus on recent financial market turbulence when they meet next week in Sydney, a senior official at the U.S.

  • CAMBRIDGE, Md., Feb 14- President Barack Obama sought on Friday to ease strains with his Democratic allies in the U.S. Congress, who are fearful they could face election consequences from the botched rollout of the president's signature healthcare law known as "Obamacare." All 435 House seats along with 36 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs in the elections.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 14- Brent oil futures rose in late session trading on Friday, boosted by demand for heating oil ahead of more winter cold and snow in the U.S. Northeast as well as supply disruptions in producers Libya and Angola.