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  • *Corn follows wheat; strong export data lends support. Corn and soybeans followed wheat higher, with corn buoyed by strong weekly export inspections data. At the Chicago Board of Trade, May wheat settled up 18-1/ 2 cents at $6.78-3/ 4 per bushel, while the KC May hard red winter wheat contract ended up 22-1/ 2 cents at $7.42.

  • BOSTON/ OTTAWA, April 14- Canada's tax-collection agency said on Monday that the private information of about 900 people had been compromised as hackers exploited the "Heartbleed" bug, and security experts warned that more attacks will likely follow.

  • *Yangtze region powered China's growth during boom years. SUZHOU, China, April 15- Suzhou, an ancient city in Jiangsu province 100 km west of Shanghai, lives in legend as one of China's most beautiful, famous for its elegant gardens and charming canals.

  • Helped by strong government support, plentiful labour and an abundant supply of raw materials like steel, China could become a major offshore oil equipment manufacturing hub in less than 10 years, industry executives say, just like Singapore and South Korea overtook the United States and Europe in the 1990 s.

  • *Citigroup is one of S&P's biggest gainers after results. NEW YORK, April 14- U.S. stocks closed higher on Monday as Citigroup's earnings and strong retail sales gave investors reasons to buy equities despite a resurgence of geopolitical uncertainties.

  • NEW YORK, April 14- Brent crude oil rose more than $1.50 on Monday as tensions escalated in Ukraine, while U.S. crude rose modestly after positive retail sales data signaled a rebound in the U.S. economy.

  • With the deadline for filing hours away, tax professionals across the country said some clients have been surprised to learn the Internal Revenue Service was taking a larger bite.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 14- Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies canceled its planned cargo run to the International Space Station on Monday after a helium leak was found in its rocket's first stage, NASA said. The next opportunity for the Falcon 9 to fly is 3:25 p.m. on Friday if the problem can be resolved, NASA said in a statement.

  • *Fiscal year 2014 deficit estimated to fall to $492 billion. WASHINGTON, April 14- Health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will cost slightly less than previously thought, helping to slow down the forecast growth of U.S. deficits over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said on Monday.

  • NEW YORK, April 14- U.S. stocks closed higher on Monday after volatility late in the session, though geopolitical concerns prompted investors to again take profits in high-flying names. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 146.49 points or 0.91 percent, to end unofficially at 16,173.24.

  • LUXEMBOURG, April 14- The European Union agreed on Monday to step up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine by expanding a list of people targeted with asset freezes and visa bans, and said the bloc could hold an emergency summit next week to adopt further measures.

  • BOSTON, April 14- U.S. retailers are planning to form an industry group for collecting and sharing intelligence about cyber security threats in a bid to prevent future attacks in the wake of last year's big attack on Target Corp..

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- The average premium for an Obamacare benchmark plan will rise slightly in 2015 and increase about 6 percent a year during the rest of this decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Monday in a report the White House trumpeted as proof its healthcare reform was working.

  • MILAN, April 14- Claudio Descalzi faces a delicate balancing act as he takes the helm of Italian oil major Eni- guaranteeing Italy's gas supply by nurturing relations with Russia, while exploring new drilling frontiers in Africa and Asia to boost profit.

  • SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 14- Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine on Monday, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on threatened military crackdown leaving Moscow's partisans essentially unopposed.

  • NEW YORK, April 14- U.S. stocks cut their gains on Monday, with the Nasdaq falling and the S&P 500 turning nearly flat as biotech shares reversed an early rally to drop sharply. The Nasdaq biotech index fell 1.7 percent after earlier rising as high as 2.7 percent. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 10.32 points, or 0.26 percent, at 3,989.42.

  • UPDATE 1-Google to buy drone-maker Titan Aerospace Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    April 14- Google Inc has acquired solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace as the Web search giant ramps up plans to deliver wireless Internet access to remote parts of the world. The 20- person company will remain in New Mexico for the foreseeable future, Raburn said, with all employees joining Google.

  • April 14- Goodrich Petroleum Corp drilled its second successful well in the Tuscaloosa Marine shale prospect in Louisiana, bolstering confidence in the fast-growing field and sending the company's shares up as much as 39 percent.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 14- The global private equity industry will focus more on emerging markets in coming years as Brazil and China become the leading global recipients of capital from the sector, a senior industry executive said on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down parts of a regulation that forces public companies to disclose if their products contain "conflict minerals" from a war-torn part of Africa, saying it violates free speech rights.