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  • *Corn, wheat contracts affected, soybean spared. CHICAGO, April 8- The world's largest futures markets operator had to shut electronic trade for leading agricultural contracts on Tuesday, just a day before key U.S. crop data, as rare technical problems hit and sent traders scrambling to get back on the floor.

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- The eight biggest U.S. banks must boost capital levels by a total of about $68 billion under new rules, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday, prompting industry complaints that less-stringent global standards will give overseas competitors an advantage.

  • NEW YORK, April 8- A U.S. judge on Tuesday raised a series of questions about a proposed $1.2 billion insider trading accord with billionaire Steven Cohen's investment firm, formerly known as SAC Capital Advisors, in advance of its sentencing on Thursday.

  • April 8- A six-year-old online news startup has agreed to buy the Anchorage Daily News, the largest daily newspaper in Alaska, from the McClatchy Co for $34 million, the two companies announced on Tuesday. Alice Rogoff, publisher of the online-only Alaska Dispatch, said the deal was meant to serve Alaskans, many of whom still read a print newspaper.

  • CHICAGO, April 8- A bill aimed at boosting funding for two of Chicago's retirement systems breezed through the Democrat-controlled Illinois House and Senate on Tuesday and now heads to Governor Pat Quinn, who has not yet taken a position on the measure.

  • April 8- The last six weeks have been rough for investors who jumped into 2013' s big stock market winners like Netflix and Facebook, only to see their share prices crater. For now, they have shifted money to other parts of the equities market, instead of retreating to safe-havens like cash, and concerns that there will be a full-scale retreat are muted.

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Tuesday it was fining General Motors $7,000 a day for missing an April 3 deadline to respond to the U.S. agency's request for information about the automaker's recall of 2.6 million cars for defective ignition switches.

  • NEW YORK, April 8- A debt settlement company and its operator on Tuesday pleaded guilty in New York to conspiracy charges of mail and wire fraud, capping the first criminal case referred to U.S. prosecutors by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- The U.S. Air Force general who runs the F-35 fighter jet program for the Pentagon said he expected to reach agreements with both Lockheed Martin Corp and engine-maker Pratt& Whitney by the end of May for the next order of fighter planes.

  • DETROIT, April 8- General Motors Co said on Tuesday it has "fully cooperated" with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which says the company has not fully responded to 107 questions the agency asked about the automaker's recall of 2.6 million cars for defective ignition switches.

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday they would include a ban on military contact with Russia and other measures to punish Moscow's aggression against Ukraine in the annual defense authorization bill, bringing their push for a more assertive U.S. reaction to a new front.

  • *IRS does not say how long delays will last. Lawyers specializing in the oil and gas sector have said the IRS wants to review the scope of assets that can qualify as tax-free for master limited partnerships, which have lured hundreds of billions of dollars from investors seeking high yields.

  • NHTSA HAD SET APRIL 3 DEADLINE FOR GM RESPONSES TO 107 QUESTIONS ABOUT IGNITION SWITCH-RELATED RECALLS.

  • GM SAID IT WILL PROVIDE MORE RECALL-RELATED DOCUMENTS "AS SOON AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE".

  • GM SAID IT SENT NHTSA NEARLY 21,000 DOCUMENTS AND MORE THAN 271,000 PAGES RELATED TO RECALLS.

  • GENERAL MOTORS CO SAYS IT HAS "FULLY COOPERATED" WITH U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- Executives from Veria Living, a U.S. cable television channel, met in March with Justice Department officials who are digging into the Comcast deal to buy Time Warner Cable, even before the government was formally notified of the proposed transaction, Veria's CEO told Reuters.

  • PROVIDENCE, April 8- The U.S. Justice Department and Rhode Island on Tuesday agreed that federal officials will ensure that developmentally disabled residents of the New England state have the opportunity to work at real jobs where they earn at least minimum wage.

  • NEW YORK, April 8- Zayo Group LLC is exploring an initial public offering that could value the fiber network company at close to $7 billion, people familiar with the matter said, amid strong investor appetite for telecommunication firms offering more bandwidth.

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- The U.S. Air Force general who runs the F-35 fighter jet program for the Pentagon said he expected to reach agreement with both Lockheed Martin Corp and engine-maker Pratt& Whitney by the end of May for the next order of fighter planes.