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  • April 15- Post-it notes maker 3 M Co said its board opposed a proposal by shareholder James McRitchie to allow investors holding enough shares to take a particular action through written consent without putting it to a vote.

  • *Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war. NEW YORK, April 15- Global equity markets declined and government debt rose on Tuesday as tensions spiked in Ukraine as Russia declared the country on the brink of civil war and as disappointing corporate results dogged U.S. and European stock markets.

  • *Silver falls more than 3 pct to lowest since Feb. 4. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 15- Gold prices tumbled about 2 percent on Tuesday, hit by technical selling below its key 200- day moving average and as investors cashed in after its sharp rally on hopes that the U.S.

  • Shooting reported in Ukraine's east. By Richard Balmforth and Gabriela Baczynska. KIEV/ KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 15- Ukrainian armed forces on Tuesday launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro- Moscow separatists.

  • Farmer wages bitter fight over sweet Vidalia onions Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 11:53 AM ET
    Vidalia onions

    A Georgia grower of sweet Vidalia onions has asked a judge to shield him from possible sanctions for shipping his crop.

  • April 15- Johnson& Johnson reported quarterly earnings well above expectations, as strong sales of new drugs offset weak demand for consumer products and medical devices, and the company slightly raised its full-year profit view. J&J on Tuesday said it earned $4.73 billion, or $1.64 per share, in the first quarter.

  • The EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standard applies to 1,400 of the country's largest power plants and would come into force in 2015, or in some cases, 2016. The EPA has said that MATS could annually prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, and generate $90 billion in health benefits.

  • April 15- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Tanzeum injection for treating adults with type 2 diabetes, in combination with diet and exercise. However, it is unknown whether Tanzeum causes thyroid C-cell tumors, the FDA said on its website.

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- U.S. consumer prices firmed a bit in March in a possible sign that a disinflationary trend has run its course. There are some indications that it might do so, but only modestly, "said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pennsylvania.

  • NEW YORK, April 15- The dollar erased gains against the euro on Tuesday as traders discounted recent comments from European Central Bank policymakers and an uptick in U.S. inflation wasn't enough to suggest a potential change in the Federal Reserve's dovish stance.

  • April 15- Hedge fund Elliott Management reaffirmed its $3.36 billion offer for network gear maker Riverbed Technology Inc after being rebuffed twice, saying it remained "extremely interested" in acquiring the company. The stock had touched a high of $22.76 in February after Elliot raised its initial bid by $2 to $21 per share.

  • NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. stocks dipped on Tuesday, as gains in Coca Cola and Johnson& Johnson after their quarterly earnings were offset by mixed economic data and a resumed slide in momentum shares.

  • Twitter buys social data provider Gnip Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    April 15- Twitter Inc said it bought social data provider Gnip to provide enhanced data analytics capabilities to its business customers. Twitter did not disclose the price it paid for Gnip. Twitter's shares were little changed at $41.02 in late morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Zebra Tech buys Motorola scan technology for $3.45B Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 10:57 AM ET
    Greg Brown, president and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions Inc., second from right, rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Jan. 4, 2011.

    Barcode printer maker Zebra Technologies said it would buy Motorola Solutions enterprise business for $3.45 billion in cash.

  • LONDON, April 15- Electro-Motive Diesel, the world's largest diesel locomotive manufacturer, has taken delivery of the first of four specially designed liquefied natural gas tenders ultimately destined for use on the Canadian National railroad.

  • *Germany's DAX sinks as tension mounts in Ukraine. PARIS/ LONDON, April 15- Worries over escalating tension in Ukraine and weak updates by bellwethers including Nestle held back European stocks on Tuesday.

  • FDA approves GSK's Tanzeum to treat type 2 diabetes Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    April 15- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Tanzeum injection for treating adults with type 2 diabetes, in combination with diet and exercise. However, it is unknown whether Tanzeum causes thyroid C-cell tumors, the FDA said on its website.

  • LONDON, April 15- Three former brokers at ICAP, the world's largest interdealer broker, appeared in a London court on Tuesday charged with running a four-year scheme to manipulate Libor benchmark interest rates.

  • US TREASURIES PRICES GAIN ON UKRAINE TENSIONS, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS FALL TO 2.62 PCT.

  • PARIS, April 15- Privately owned luxury group Labelux has hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch to advise it on a possible London market flotation of Jimmy Choo this autumn that could value the upmarket shoemaker at over 900 million pounds, industry and financial sources said.