TRIPOLI, March 8- Armed protesters who have seized oil ports in eastern Libya said on Saturday they had started exporting oil, bypassing the Tripoli government, with their first shipment going to a North Korean-flagged tanker.» Read More
SYDNEY, Sept 18- The U.S. dollar held near a four-week trough against a basket of major currencies in early Asian trade on Wednesday as investors bet that any move by the U.S. The Fed's highly anticipated rate review ends later in the day and markets expect the central bank will probably announce a small reduction to its $85 billion monthly bond-buying programme.
*Seen scaling back bond buys to $75 billion per month. Most economists expect the Fed to scale back its monthly purchases by a modest $10 billion, taking them to $75 billion and signaling the beginning of the end to an unprecedented episode of monetary expansion that has been felt worldwide.
DETROIT, Sept 17- The U.S. Department of Energy will auction next month a green technology loan made to Fisker Automotive, a move that may allow the struggling company to mount a comeback under a new owner. The auction is scheduled for Oct. 11 with bids due on Oct. 7, according to a notice posted on Tuesday on govsales.gov, which tracks government asset sales.
Notable sentences in securities fraud cases include former Enron Corp Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling, who in June received a reduced term of 14 years in prison; former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers, who in 2005 was sentenced to 25 years in prison; and disbarred New York lawyer Marc Dreier, who was sentenced to 20 years in 2009. Insider-trading sentences are covered by a different section of the guidelines.
Sept 17- Adobe Systems Inc, known for its Photoshop and Acrobat software, expects subscriber growth to top the 331,000 it added in the third quarter due to strong demand from corporate customers.
WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The White House budget office directed federal agencies on Tuesday to prepare for the possibility of a federal government shutdown should Democrats and Republicans fail to find a budget compromise by the end of September.
WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The surveillance court that oversees the U.S. government's massive collection of telephone data gave its fullest defense to date on Tuesday of why it considers the program lawful, despite the uproar after its existence was made public in June.
*Median household income at $51,017 versus $51,100 in 2011. The figures from the Census Bureau on Tuesday highlighted the lingering scars from the 2007-2009 recession and added fresh fuel to debates over government austerity and widening income inequality.
Sept 17- The detection of a small amount of genetically modified material in a Washington state farmer's non-GMO alfalfa crop constitutes a "commercial issue" only and does not warrant any government action, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, Sept 17- A decline in tax revenue collected by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service's enforcement arm over the past two years correlated closely with staff cuts, according to a report on Tuesday that comes as Congress considers further IRS budget reductions.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. prosecutors are still investigating JPMorgan Chase& Co's "London Whale" trading scandal for potential criminal wrongdoing, according to people familiar with the probe, in a sign that an expected $700 million regulatory settlement may not put the issue to rest for the largest U.S. bank.
TORONTO, Sept 17- Brazilian miner Vale SA's Canadian unit has been fined C $1.05 million for a 2011 accident that killed two workers at its mine in Sudbury, Ontario. On top of the C $1.05 million fine, it will pay a required 25 percent surcharge into a fund that benefits victims of crime.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Sept 17- The Air Force general who runs the Pentagon's $392 billion F-35 fighter program said on Tuesday communications with leading contractors Lockheed Martin Corp and United Technologies Corp had improved greatly in the last year.
*Congressional Budget Office warns path unsustainable. WASHINGTON, Sept 17- U.S. lawmakers are far from finished with the job of deficit-cutting, the Congressional Budget Office warned on Tuesday, saying that $2 trillion in additional savings is needed over the next 10 years just to stabilize long-term U.S. debt.
In relatively more Japan- friendly parts of southern China such as Guangdong, Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co and Honda Motor Co are returning to sales levels near those seen before a diplomatic row last September over a group of rocky, uninhabited islets in the East China Sea.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- Oil prices fell on Tuesday as investors saw little danger of an U.S. attack on Syria that could disrupt Middle East oil supplies, and gold slipped in anticipation the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 17- The Federal Reserve this week is expected to start winding down an epic economic stimulus that is credited with helping the United States claw back from the deepest slump since the Great Depression.
Sept 17- Adobe Systems Inc, known for its Photoshop and Acrobat software, reported an 8 percent drop in quarterly revenue but exceeded its forecast of paid subscriber additions, sending its shares up 4 percent in trading after the bell. Net income fell to $83 million, or 16 cents per share, in the third quarter, from $201.4 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier.
DETROIT, Sept 17- Buick customers in the United States and China could see more European design and engineering in an expanded range of new models by 2020, as General Motors Co more closely integrates global product development between Buick and GM's German brand Opel.
Traders were selling oil contracts and deflating a geopolitical risk premium built into the price as fears of a U.S.-led invasion of Syria and any Middle East oil supply disruption abated, brokers said.