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  • WASHINGTON, Aug 19- U.S. housing starts rebounded strongly in July, pointing to momentum in the economy, but a moderate increase in consumer prices suggested the Federal Reserve has room to keep interest rates low for a while.

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 19- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday ordered the military to attack in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired from the enclave into Israel, a government source said, hours before a truce between the sides was set to expire.

  • Duke Energy reports oil spill into Ohio river Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    Aug 19- U.S. power company Duke Energy said on Tuesday about 5,000 gallons of fuel was spilled into the Ohio River during a routine transfer of fuel oil at its station near Cincinnati. The spill that took place around 11.15 p.m. ET on Monday was stopped within 15 minutes, the company said.

  • *Home Depot climbs after earnings, outlook. NEW YORK, Aug 19- U.S. stocks were poised for a higher open on Tuesday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second straight day of gains, after solid earnings from Home Depot and supportive economic data on inflation and the housing market.

  • LONDON/ MELBOURNE- The world's biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, announces plans to spin off businesses worth an estimated $16 billion, most of them acquired in a 2001 merger, to focus on its most profitable activities.

  • CORRECTED- UKRAINE TO LOSE 15 PERCENT OF 2014 GRAIN CROP IN VIOLENCE-HIT REGIONS DUE TO FIGHTING, ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA- SPOKESPERSON FOR UKRAINE'S PM.

  • Lower oil price adds to economic pressure on Russia Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    *Short-term impact on Russia limited by conservative budget. MOSCOW, Aug 19- A fall in the price of Urals crude oil, the benchmark on which Russia bases its budget calculations, is adding to the government's problems at a time when western sanctions are already hurting the economy.

  • LONDON, Aug 19- Goldman Sachs and Libya's sovereign wealth fund are set to meet in a London court over claims the Wall Street bank exploited a position of trust by encouraging the fund to invest more than $1 billion in trades that ended up worthless.

  • U.S. housing starts, permits surge in July Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 19- U.S. housing starts and building permits rebounded strongly in July, suggesting the housing market recovery was back on track after stalling in the second half of last year.

  • Aug 19- Elizabeth Arden Inc reported the biggest quarterly loss in its history due to a steeper-than-anticipated fall in sales of celebrity perfumes, particularly Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift brands.

  • U.S. consumer prices rise modestly in July Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 19- U.S. consumer prices barely rose in July as declining energy costs partially offset increases in food and rents, which could give the Federal Reserve ammunition to keep interest rates low for a while. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1 percent last month after increasing 0.3 percent in June.

  • Aug 19- Medtronic Inc reported the strongest quarterly U.S. sales growth for its medical devices in five years and said it was committed to completing the acquisition of Irish-domiciled Covidien Plc by the end of the year or early 2015.. Minneapolis- based Medtronic also confirmed its full-year profit and revenue outlook on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Aug 19- Copper prices steadied on Tuesday as encouraging signs from the U.S. economy offset concerns about top consumer China's struggling property sector and the outlook for industrial metals demand. Analysts said upcoming economic data from the United States and China could give a better picture of the copper demand outlook.

  • DUHOK, Iraq/ ANKARA, Aug 19- The capacity of Iraqi Kurdistan's independent oil pipeline will almost double to at least 200,000 barrels per day by the end of this month, increasing the semi-autonomous region's exports and revenue, industry sources and officials said.

  • Aug 19- The U.S. government has extended a contract with Cytori Therapeutics to develop a cell-derived treatment for burns, the company said on Tuesday. The government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority will provide up to $20.4 million to fund early development and costs associated with a clinical trial.

  • COPENHAGEN, Aug 19- Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk announced the first share buy-back in its 110- year history on Tuesday as an overhaul of the sprawling shipping and oil empire leaves it with more cash than it can usefully invest.

  • NEW DELHI, Aug 19- India's prime minister on Monday sought suggestions from the public to help re-fashion the Soviet-inspired central Planning Commission that supporters say is in line with a new, open style of governance.

  • *Home Depot climbs after earnings, outlook. NEW YORK, Aug 19- U.S. stock index futures advanced modestly on Tuesday, putting the S&P 500 on track for a second straight day of gains, after solid earnings from Home Depot and ahead of data on inflation and the housing market.

  • LONDON, Aug 19- Goldman Sachs and Libya's sovereign wealth fund are set to meet in a London court over claims the Wall Street bank exploited a position of trust by encouraging the fund to invest more than $1 billion in trades that ended up worthless.

  • The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy. Between Aug. 14-16, Liberia recorded the most new deaths, 53, followed by Sierra Leone with 17, and Guinea with 14..