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  • *HSBC says not caused by cyber-attack or malicious activity. *UK lawmaker says to ask HSBC CEO for explanation. LONDON, Jan 5- HSBC said on Tuesday online banking was returning steadily to service after a blackout affected its customers in Britain.

  • SAN JUAN, Jan 5- Puerto Rico's latest default meant a $10.3 million hit for Ambac Financial, which insures some of the debt the island's infrastructure authority PRIFA failed to pay on Monday. The move was expected after Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced last week that PRIFA would miss the payment. In December, Garcia Padilla said he...

  • LAS VEGAS, Jan 5- Ford Motor Co said Tuesday it plans to triple to 30 the size of its fleet of self-driving test cars as part of an effort to accelerate autonomous vehicle development. In an announcement coinciding with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford said it will begin using a new, lower cost LiDAR sensor made by California- based Velodyne.

  • *Gold remains below Monday's 4- week high. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Jan 5- Gold rose for the second straight session on Tuesday after a wave of risk aversion due to growth worries in China and rising tensions in the Middle East triggered demand for the metal, despite the stronger U.S. dollar. "More weakness in China... would be more positive for gold but investors would need to see...

  • Jan 5- Twitter Inc is building a new feature that will allow users to post tweets as long as 10,000 characters, technology news website Re/code reported on Tuesday. Twitter has been experimenting under Jack Dorsey- the company's co-founder who returned as chief executive in October- to make the service more engaging. It faced its slowest user growth in 2015- it now...

  • WILMINGTON, Del., Jan 5- Swift Energy Co received U.S. bankruptcy court approval on Tuesday to borrow up to $15 million, giving the oil-and-gas exploration company time to negotiate a refinancing deal that is key to its turnaround. "We need to try to minimize Chapter 11 time and expense as much as possible," said Gregory Gordon, a Jones Day attorney who represents Swift,...

  • Shares of Apple suppliers Skyworks Solutions, Qorvo Inc and Cirrus Logic, among others, also fell following the report. Other companies affected include Sony Corp, which makes image sensors used in iPhones, and electronic parts makers TDK Corp, Alps Electric Co Ltd and Kyocera Corp, the paper reported. LCD panel manufacturers Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and LG...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 5- JPMorgan Chase has been fined $48 million for failing to meet terms of a settlement to resolve mortgage servicing violations, U.S. bank regulators said on Tuesday. The fine will be on top of $2 billion that JPMorgan had been ordered to pay to cover remediation costs and foreclosure assistance to borrowers, the Office of the Comptroller of the...

  • BRASILIA, Jan 5- Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is analyzing changes to pension, tax and labor laws that would stimulate the country's ailing economy without relaxing her government's austerity drive, an official with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. Facing the worst recession in at least 25 years, Rousseff is under pressure from her...

  • UNITED, DELTA, JETBLUE EACH SEPARATELY RAISED ONE-WAY AIRFARES.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 5- AT&T Inc will expand its smart city services to help municipal authorities remotely monitor conditions of roads and bridges in real time and give citizens mobile apps to stay informed about things like traffic and safety problems, the company said on Tuesday. In recent years, authorities of some cities from Barcelona, Spain to San Jose, California,...

  • Jan 6- Apple Inc is expected to cut production of its latest iPhone models by about 30 percent in the January-March quarter, compared with its original plans, the Nikkei reported. Production is expected to return to normal in the April-June quarter, but Apple's parts makers likely to be affected will include liquid crystal display panel manufacturers Japan...

  • *First Solar up after Goldman upgrades stock to buy. In a bid to stabilize its markets, the People's Bank of China on Tuesday injected $20 billion into the financial system. "Fears of a global recession are valid and fears about China are valid, and they will put some downward pressure on stocks in general, so I do expect 2016 to be negative, but not by much," said Mohannad...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 5- JPMorgan Chase has been fined $48 million for failing to meet terms of a settlement to resolve mortgage servicing violations, U.S. bank regulators said on Tuesday. The fine will be on top of another $2 billion that JPMorgan had been ordered to pay to cover remediation costs and foreclosure assistance to borrowers, the Office of the Comptroller...

  • LAS VEGAS, Jan 5- Automakers, not technology companies, are in the driver's seat in developing self-driving, "autonomous" cars, and Japan's Toyota Motor Corp is best positioned to lead the way, according to a new report on patents for the fast-evolving technology. As automakers enter agreements with Silicon Valley companies to develop self-driving cars, Tesla...

  • The marketing strategy could reverse decades of progress in preventing tobacco use among youth, warned the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which suggested tighter controls on e-cigarette sales to reduce minors' access. The CDC's National Youth Tobacco Survey found that 68.9 percent of middle- and high-school students saw e-cigarette ads...

  • *Iran to moderate oil output and exports to ease price pressure. *Middle East tensions dashes chance of OPEC deal to curb glut. The American Petroleum Institute will release its inventory data at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 5- Viacom Inc was sued by a former vice president who said the media company wrongfully fired her in retaliation for opposing its alleged plan to illegally avoid paying U.S. taxes on the international licensing rights for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, Nataki Williams said she was fired in...

  • Jan 5- Twitter Inc is building a new feature that will allow users post messages as long as 10,000 characters, Re/code reported on Tuesday. The micro-blogging website, which currently has a 140- character limit, is considering launching the service toward the end of the first quarter but has not set an official date, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with...

  • Delta Air Lines Inc increased prices Monday on flights by up to $4 one-way, travel search website FareCompare said Tuesday, adding that Southwest Airlines Co has followed suit. Delta, Southwest, United Continental Holdings Inc and JetBlue Airways Corp did not immediately return requests for comment. "Just as Southwest often plays the spoiler role, competitors...