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  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 13- Two junior potash producers working in unusual locations look set to shake off the most bearish industry conditions in five years and open new mines, helped by their proximity to Brazil and Africa, two of the world's most promising but under-served fertilizer markets.

  • NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks tumbled on Thursday, with the S&P 500 suffering its worst day since early February, on rising tension between Ukraine and Russia and concerns about a slowdown in China.

  • COLUMN-Candy Crush and the moat fallacy: James Saft Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    March 13- A game involving "moving candies to make a line of three in the same color" seems like an excellent basis for a $7.6 billion IPO to me. That game is' Candy Crush,' which is the principal ornament and money maker of King Digital Entertainment, a Dublin- based company planning a share offering this month.

  • NEW YORK, March 13- The yen rose against the euro and the dollar on Thursday after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signaled a possible response from the West if a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region goes ahead on Sunday.

  • KUALA LUMPUR/ WASHINGTON, March 14- Satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no information about where the stray jet was heading and little else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said on Thursday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ SEATTLE, March 13- It may be one of Microsoft Corp's biggest squandered opportunities. The speed with which apps like Quip have been adopted is forcing Microsoft to intensify its efforts to bring the powerful but ageing Office software suite to tablets and smartphones, according to people close to the company.

  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Thursday promised an "aggressive investigation" into whether General Motors was slow to report to the federal government problems with ignition switches in its autos, which have led to 12 deaths.

  • *Ukraine tensions increase; China data adds to more worries about slowdown. NEW YORK, March 13- World stock indexes dropped and the yen climbed against the dollar and euro on Thursday as concerns increased over the trajectory of the crisis in Ukraine.

  • March 13- Retailer Dollar General Corp reported lower-than-expected sales for the holiday quarter on Thursday, blaming weak consumer confidence among its low-income shoppers, cold weather and aggressive competition.

  • WASHINGTON, March 13- Two U.S. senators urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve disaster assistance for small pork producers affected by a deadly virus that has killed more than four million pigs across the United States in the past year.

  • *Tensions over Ukraine, China slowdown fears lend support. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 13- Gold rose to a six-month high on Thursday as fears of economic slowdown in China and lingering worries about Russia's standoff with Ukraine over Crimea dampened demand for riskier assets and boosted bullion's appeal.

  • TORONTO, March 13- Toronto-Dominion Bank hopes to expand its U.S. wealth management business, targeting a million people with at least $100,000 in liquid assets who already are customers of its growing U.S. retail bank, said a senior executive of Canada's second-largest lender.

  • By 2017, global carmakers will be set up to build 6 million vehicles a year in Brazil even as local sales may struggle to pass 4 million, analysts say. "Everyone jumped on the bandwagon," said IHS Automotive analyst Guido Vildozo, citing oversized ambitions in Brazil after sales averaged 10 percent growth in the past decade.

  • *Arabica crawls toward 2- yr high on Brazil weather worries. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 13- ICE arabica coffee futures rose and traded near a two-year high on weather-related crop concerns in top grower Brazil, while cocoa rallied the most since January and recovered the previous day's sharp losses on bargain-hunting.

  • The e-retailer had commissioned a forensic audit by Trustwave after Discover Card, owned by Discover Financial Services, first alerted the company last August that it was a likely point of compromise.

  • WASHINGTON/ PARIS, March 13- Communications satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no information about where the stray jet was heading and little else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said on Thursday.

  • March 13- Three anti-union Volkswagen workers have sued the German automaker and the United Auto Workers in a U.S. court, alleging that VW and the union improperly colluded in the run-up to a union election in Tennessee that the UAW lost.

  • WASHINGTON, March 13- Two U.S. senators on Thursday urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve disaster assistance for small pork producers affected by a deadly virus that has killed more than four million pigs across the United States in the past year.

  • *Credit Suisse also says sees slowdown in parts of fixed income. PARIS, March 13- Deutsche Bank said on Thursday it has had a "slow" start to the year in its investment bank, due to market uncertainty related to the crisis in Ukraine and concerns about economic growth in China and Germany.

  • LONDON, March 13- Britain's Wm Morrison Supermarkets sparked fears of an industry price war on Thursday after it posted its lowest profit for five years and said it would invest 1 billion pounds in price cuts over three years to win back customers.