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  • WILLISTON, N.D., March 6- Whiting Petroleum Corp, North Dakota's largest oil producer, is seeking a possible buyer, according to the Wall Street Journal, but a person familiar with the board's thinking told Reuters he was not aware of any such plan. Three months ago, Whiting closed on its $1.55 billion buyout of Kodiak Oil& Gas to become the largest oil company in North...

  • MEXICO CITY, March 6- Four workers at a Mexico mine owned by Goldcorp Inc. have gone missing and were possibly kidnapped, the state attorney general's office said in a statement on Friday. Goldcorp, the world's biggest gold producer by market value, owns the Los Filos mine in the violent southern Mexican state of Guerrero. Guerrero state has the highest homicide...

  • The company at the forefront of the race, Google Inc, is creating intricate maps that detail every tree and curb along the road- an expensive endeavor that other companies could find difficult to match. Raj Rajkumar, one of the leading experts on self-driving cars at Carnegie Mellon University, said the map-based approach makes sense for a company with Google's...

  • TORONTO, March 6- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said recent evidence suggests damage from the oil shock is hitting the economy earlier and spreading faster than anticipated, but that this could also point to an earlier rebound, the Globe and Mail reported on Friday. In an interview with the newspaper, Poloz said the bank believes first-quarter economic...

  • CHICAGO, March 6- Moody's Investors Service on Friday dropped the credit rating for the Chicago Board of Education to Baa3, just one notch above the junk level, due to pension pressures affecting the school system and the city of Chicago. The two-notch downgrade, affecting $6.3 billion of the school district's general obligation bonds, came a week after Moody's...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 6- Microsoft Corp sued Kyocera Corp for patent infringement on Friday, alleging the Japanese company's Duraforce, Hydro and Brigadier cell phone lines violate seven Microsoft patents. Microsoft asked a Seattle federal judge to impose a U.S. sales injunction against Kyocera's infringing products, according to the lawsuit.

  • HAVANA, March 6- The chief of the Paris Club of wealthy creditor nations met Cuban finance officials on Friday in what he believed was an unprecedented official visit to Havana to discuss the Communist-led country's debt. After previous negotiations had stalled in 2000, Cuba and the Paris Club have moved swiftly in the past year toward negotiations over a...

  • QUITO, March 6- Ecuador will impose a new set of variable tariffs on one-third of all its imports in an attempt to protect its oil-reliant economy, which has been hit by the plunge in global crude prices, the government said on Friday. Ecuador adopted the dollar as its currency in 2000, making domestic industry vulnerable to a flood of cheaper imports now that the...

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- Senator Robert Menendez denied any wrongdoing on Friday and said he was "not going anywhere" after CNN reported the U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against the New Jersey Democrat. Citing unidentified sources briefed on the case, CNN said the charges center on allegations Menendez used his office to...

  • LA JOLLA, Calif., March 6- One of the earliest tasks in President Barack Obama's $215 million "precision medicine" program will be finding a way to piece together data from a hodgepodge of existing studies, said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. Volunteers include Kaiser Permanente, the Mayo Clinic, the Marshfield Clinic in...

  • SENATOR MENENDEZ SAYS' I AM NOT GOING ANYWHERE' AFTER REPORTS OF POSSIBLE FEDERAL CORRUPTIONS CHARGES AGAINST HIM.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 20 Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester speaks before the National Association for Business Economics annual Economic Policy Conference- 1825 GMT. TEXAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed" before the Founding Director's Lecture Series at Rice University's...

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- The U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, CNN reported on Friday. Citing unnamed sources briefed on the case, CNN said the charges center on allegations Menendez used his office to promote the business interests of a Democratic Party donor and friend in...

  • MIAMI, March 6- A Canadian company that owns the largest mall in the United States is proposing a more massive Florida shopping complex that could feature a ski slope, sea lion shows, and a manmade lake where patrons can take submarine rides. Edmonton- based Triple Five Worldwide, started by Iranian rug retailer Jacob Ghermezian, would still need to buy and rezone...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- Federal safety investigators have started poring over flight data and cockpit voice recordings from the Delta Air Lines jetliner that skidded off a runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport during a snowstorm, officials said on Friday. A second team from the National Transportation Safety Board would begin interviewing the crew of Delta...

  • OTTAWA, March 6- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz has made life more challenging for financial market forecasters, with an approach some say lacks enough guideposts to allow them to properly model the path of future interest rate moves. In addition to ditching the forward guidance pioneered in Canada by predecessor Mark Carney, now governor of the Bank of...

  • March 6- BP Plc on Friday ended its bid to oust the administrator overseeing payouts to businesses and individuals claiming damages arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, citing steps the administrator has taken to reduce the threat of fraud. "This marks the beginning of a new and more productive relationship between BP and the claims program," BP America...

  • BENGHAZI, Libya, March 6- Militant gunmen attacked Libya's al-Ghani oilfield on Friday, killing 11 guards, beheading some of them, before local forces fought back to retake control, an oil security official said. Libya's internationally-recognized government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has operated out of the east since a rival armed faction called...

  • WASHINGTON/ BOSTON, March 6- Two Vietnamese citizens and a Canadian have been charged with running a massive cyberfraud ring that stole 1 billion email addresses, then sent spam offering knockoff software products, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. That high-profile 2011 attack was followed by a wave of customer notifications from Epsilon clients,...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stock investors may be bracing for further signs next week that the Federal Reserve could increase interest rates sooner rather than later, with retail sales expected to rebound after two straight months of declines. The S&P 500 ended the week more than 2 percent off its March 2 closing record high, while the Nasdaq was more than 70 points off...