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  • WASHINGTON, March 11- Four U.S. oil refiners, trying to counter growing calls to lift the nation's ban on most crude oil exports, have launched the first major lobbying effort to keep abundant U.S. oil supplies from being sold overseas.

  • *Risk appetite curbed by Wall Street's decline, China worries. SYDNEY, March 12- The yen held onto gains early on Wednesday while investors kept their distance from risk currencies such as the Australian dollar amid worries about China's economic health and following a late fall on Wall Street.

  • WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters)- The Obama administration said on Tuesday that 4.2 million people have signed up for private health insurance under Obamacare, and indicated that total enrollment could surpass a 6 million-enrollee forecast by the end of March.

  • -Anti-union Volkswagen workers will get a chance to defend the results of a mid-February union election that the United Auto Workers lost at a Chattanooga, Tennessee VW plant, the U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, March 11- The crisis in Ukraine has not jeopardized the longstanding relationship between the U.S. Air Force and the Russian company that builds engines for the rockets used to launch large U.S. government satellites, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

  • BOSTON, March 11- Billionaire investor William Ackman renewed his attack on Herbalife on Tuesday, saying he has evidence showing the nutrition and weight loss company is breaking direct-selling laws in China, its fastest growing market.

  • Boca Raton, Fla., March 11- The U.S. derivatives regulator is studying whether it should regulate electronic currencies such as bitcoin, its chief said on Tuesday, as regulators across the globe start taking the emerging technology more seriously.

  • March 11- One of the top executives of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has raised questions about Comcast's potential dominance of the U.S. broadband Internet market if regulators allow its $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable to be completed.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, March 11- Federal prosecutors are examining whether General Motors is criminally liable for failing to properly disclose problems with some of its vehicles that were linked to 13 deaths and led to a recall last month, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

  • WASHINGTON, March 11- The U.S. Air Force is "holding tight" to a target of $550 million for each new long-range bomber in a fleet of up to 100 aircraft, excluding research and development costs, an Air Force official said on Tuesday. The Air Force planned to spend nearly $12 billion on the bomber program over the next five years, said spokesman Ed Gulick.

  • *Interpol says doubts "terrorist incident". KUALA LUMPUR, March 12- Malaysia's military believes a jetliner missing for almost four days turned and flew hundreds of kilometres to the west after it last made contact with civilian air traffic control off the country's east coast, a senior officer told Reuters on Tuesday.

  • *PBOC may cut bank reserves if GDP growth below 7.5 pct- sources. BEIJING, March 12- China's central bank is prepared to take its strongest action since 2012 to loosen monetary policy if economic growth slows further, by cutting the amount of cash that banks must keep as reserves, sources involved in internal policy discussions say.

  • Boca Raton, Fla, March 11- The U.S. swaps regulator is studying whether it should regulate electronic currencies such as bitcoin, its acting head said on Tuesday, as regulators across the globe start taking the emerging technology more seriously.

  • TORONTO, March 11- A new free trade agreement with South Korea will throw a wrench into Canada's auto sector recovery, union leaders and an automaker warned on Tuesday, highlighting the pressure on an industry already struggling with competition from Mexico.

  • Ackman accuses Herbalife of breaking laws in China Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 5:03 PM ET

    BOSTON, March 11- Billionaire investor William Ackman renewed his attack on Herbalife on Tuesday, saying he has evidence showing the nutrition and weight loss company is breaking direct-selling laws in China, its fastest growing market.

  • March 11- Elon Musk wants to keep selling electric cars directly to the public in New Jersey, but on Tuesday the state said no, insisting instead that Tesla Motors Inc offer its cars through an auto franchise rather than its own stores. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration approved a rule requiring sales of all new cars to go through franchises.

  • *Toyota, other top firms to offer 3 pct pay raises. TOKYO, March 12- Big Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor Corp will offer the most generous pay raises in years on Wednesday, but workers will still struggle to offset a sales tax increase, highlighting the difficulties the government is facing in overcoming entrenched deflation.

  • MACAU, March 12- Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd and Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd look best placed to benefit from the next phase of Macau's development as the world's gambling capital adds eight more mega-casinos by 2017..

  • BOSTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, March 11- Twitter Inc crashed on Tuesday for the second time in nine days when a software glitch stalled the popular messaging service for about one hour.

  • US STOCKS-Profit-taking drags Wall Street lower Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 4:53 PM ET

    *Men's Wearhouse to acquire Jos. A. Bank Clothiers. Shares of retailers American Eagle and Urban Outfitters fell sharply after disappointing outlooks. They're just taking some money off the table, "said Frank Lesh, futures analyst and broker at FuturePath Trading LLC in Chicago.