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  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- CSX has notified state officials of its plans to bypass the scene of a crude train derailment and continue delivering oil to a terminal on the Virginia coast, emergency management officials from Virginia and West Virginia said Wednesday. Those shipments will use a combination of CSX and other railroads to reach eastern Virginia destinations, "...

  • Feb 19- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is expected to file a lawsuit as early as Thursday seeking to block a merger of Sysco Corp and U.S. Foods, according to a person briefed on the matter. Representatives for the Federal Trade Commission declined to comment. Sysco and U.S. Foods did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

  • *Priceline rallies after results, Wal-Mart down. NEW YORK, Feb 19- The Dow and S&P 500 indexes edged lower in afternoon trading on Thursday following further declines in energy shares and a disappointing outlook from Wal-Mart, while the Nasdaq gained. A drop in shares of Wal-Mart Stores weighed down the Dow after the company cut its sales outlook, citing the impact...

  • ATHENS Feb 19- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday that he believed Greece could be a significant commercial gateway for China into Europe. China's COSCO manages part of Piraeus docks but the government of Tsipras, a radical left-winger, has halted privatisation of the port which had been agreed with the country's EU/IMF creditors.

  • ATHENS Feb 19- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday that he believed Greece could be a significant commercial gateway for China into Europe. China's COSCO manages part of Piraeus docks but the government of Tsipras, a radical left-winger, has halted privatisation of the port which had been agreed with the country's EU/IMF creditors.

  • The 179 patients who may have been infected by the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae are being offered home testing kits that would be analyzed by the University of California, Los Angeles, hospital system, UCLA officials said. "The two scopes involved with the infection were immediately removed, and UCLA is now utilizing a decontamination process...

  • TORONTO, Feb 19- BlackBerry rolled out a major software update on Thursday, allowing users of its entire suite of BlackBerry 10 devices such as the Z10, Q10 and Z30 to access Android applications, and a host of other features, including Blend. The company said the BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3. 1 gives users the ability to access both the BlackBerry World appstore and the...

  • *Athens questions whether Berlin speaks for euro zone. ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, Feb 19- Germany rejected a Greek proposal for a six-month extension to its euro zone loan agreement on Thursday, saying it was "not a substantial solution" because it did not commit Athens to stick to the conditions of its international bailout. As the biggest creditor and EU paymaster, Germany...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- American Express Co violated U.S. antitrust law by prohibiting merchants from steering consumers to use credit cards that have lower processing costs, resulting in higher prices, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. The decision in the closely-watched case is the second major setback for American Express this month, following its loss on Feb. 12 of...

  • MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec, Feb 19- The Bank of Canada will base its March 4 interest rate decision on a careful examination of how the economy and the risks to it are evolving, deputy governor Agathe Cote said on Thursday. Many market analysts expect another cut on March 4 by the bank, which has stopped giving guidance on rate decisions. "On March 4 we will come to our next...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- CSX has notified West Virginia officials of its plans to bypass the scene of a crude train derailment and continue deliveries to eastern Virginia, according to the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. A train carrying North Dakota crude to an oil depot in Yorktown, Virginia, derailed on Tuesday in a small town 33...

  • PARIS, Feb 19- Europe's stock rally lost steam on Thursday, with a benchmark index retreating from a seven-year high, after Germany rejected a new proposal from Athens for an extension of its bailout programme. With the programme due to expire in a little more than a week, Greece urgently needs to secure a financial lifeline to keep the country afloat beyond late...

  • *Jitters persist after Germany rejects Greek bailout plan. NEW YORK, Feb 19- Stocks markets around the world clung to modest gains on Thursday, with European equities retreating from seven-year highs, after Germany rejected a Greek proposal to extend its bailout and as oil prices dropped. "At this point, investors think that even if a deal is reached, it won't mean...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 19- The Obama administration believes China basically stopped intervening in currency markets after a July agreement with Washington to minimize this activity, a top Treasury official said on Thursday. Tensions over currency policy have been a perennial bugbear between Beijing and Washington and the United States has pressed China for...

  • ATHENS, Feb 19- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a "constructive" phone conversation on Thursday, a Greek government official told Reuters. "The conversation was held in a positive climate, geared towards finding a mutually beneficial solution for Greece and the euro zone," the official said. Greece formally requested...

  • DUBAI/ NEW YORK, Feb 19- An increasingly bitter trade row between U.S. and Gulf airlines deepened on Thursday when Dubai's Emirates rejected a Delta Air Lines apology for remarks perceived as linking Gulf carriers with the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States in 2001.. Asked about those counter-claims on CNN this week, Delta CEO Richard Anderson said: "It's a great...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- As a Citibank customer, I have been receiving my credit score on my statements since January. In the past year, however, more than 60 million Americans suddenly were able to get either their FICO score, provided by the Fair Isaac Corp, or their VantageScore, from a system developed by TransUnion Corp. Among the other financial institutions giving out...

  • *Reports Q4 rev of $1.68 bln vs est $1.7 bln. *Q4 adj EPS of $0.43/ shr vs est $0.41. Feb 19- Discovery Communications Inc, the owner of Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel, said better pricing would help its U.S. advertising revenue improve in 2015, and forecast continuing strong growth in its international networks.

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, Feb 19- Russia started supplying gas to rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Thursday after Kiev had temporarily suspended deliveries because of damage to the networks from heavy fighting, which is continuing despite a ceasefire. Responding to an order from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to supply gas to east Ukraine as humanitarian aid, gas...

  • TORONTO, Feb 19- Goldcorp Inc posted a hefty loss on Thursday as it took a $2.3 billion impairment charge on a new mine in Argentina, the second multi-billion dollar writedown from a top gold miner in as many days. The charge follows an even larger $2.8 billion writedown reported by Barrick Gold Corp, the world's top gold producer by production.