Initial requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor's coal dust rule become effective Friday. Ohio- based Murray Energy and the National Mining Association sued separately over the rule. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says black lung has killed more than 76,000 miners since 1968..» Read More
HOUSTON, July 31- U.S. oil and gas company Apache Corp, under pressure from activist investor Jana Partners, said on Thursday it plans to sell interests in two liquefied natural gas projects as it sharpens the focus on developing North American shale fields.
Shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals plunged 7 percent Thursday after the company slashed its earnings and revenue forecasts. The Canadian drugmaker now expects 2014 earnings to range between $7.90 and $8.10 per share, down from a forecast it made in April for $8.55 to $8.80 per share.
JUDGE IN ARGENTINA DEBT DISPUTE SAYS HEARING SET FOR FRIDAY MORNING IS IN REGARD TO "THE RECENT DEFAULT BY THE REPUBLIC OF ARGENTINA"- COURT FILING.
NEW YORK, July 31- Microsoft Corp must turn over a customer's emails and other account information stored in a data center in Ireland to the U.S. government, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday, in a case that has drawn concern from privacy groups and major technology companies.
CRUDE OIL FUTURES EXTEND LOSSES BY MORE THAN $2; HIT FOUR-MONTH INTRADAY LOW OF $98.24.
PARIS, July 31- U.S. private equity firm Catterton Partners has acquired Bali- inspired jeweller John Hardy for an undisclosed sum, closing a transaction that took months to negotiate.
*Shares in Adidas and Banco Espirito Santo slump. LONDON, July 31- European shares fell sharply on Thursday, with the euro zone's blue-chip index slipping to a three-month low, on concerns of an earlier than expected interest rate hike in the Uniteed States and a debt default by Argentina.
Average U.S. rates on long-term fixed mortgages declined slightly this week.
*Yum says China meat scare impact "significant, negative". *China, HK diners say likely to visit chains less frequently... July 31- A food safety scare in China is testing local consumers' loyalty to foreign fast-food brands, including McDonald's Corp and Yum Brands Inc, which owns the KFC and Pizza Hut chains.
WASHINGTON, July 31- U.S. small businesses narrowly expanded their payrolls in July, according to survey results that may point to a slowdown in hiring across the economy. Small business owners added only 0.01 worker per firm during the month, down from 0.05 worker per firm in June, the National Federation of Independent Business said on Thursday.
NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. crude oil futures plunged by nearly $2 and Brent crude oil futures fell by more than $1 per barrel on news that the 115,000- barrel-per-day Coffeyville, Kansas, refinery could be down for four weeks following a July 29 fire.
PARIS, July 31- French low-cost telecommunications company Iliad SA confirmed on Thursday it had made a buyout offer for T-Mobile US Inc, rivaling an existing takeover offer from Sprint Corp. Confirming reports from earlier in the day it said in a statement it had offered $15 billion in cash for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile US at $33 per share.
July 31- Viacom Inc's unit, Paramount Pictures, said director and producer Michael Bay extended his first-look agreement with the studio by three years. The agreement with Bay's production company Platinum Dunes starts immediately and was expanded to include Bay Films, Paramount said.
WASHINGTON, July 31- U.S. consumers who purchase private health coverage through the federal Obamacare website HealthCare.gov are likely to find only modestly higher premiums but may still have technical problems signing up, a top health official said on Thursday.
HOUSTON, July 31- LyondellBasell, which has reportedly bought Kurdish crude oil being claimed by Iraq, confirmed on Thursday it has recently purchased "modest quantities of Iraqi crudes" for its Houston Refining unit.
NEW YORK— U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad.
July 31- Canada's Bombardier Inc plans to cut more jobs and halt new hiring to help save costs, it said on Thursday, and added that commercial talks for a Russian assembly plant are ongoing despite sanctions. The European Union, U.S. and Canada have ratchet up sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.
SAN FRANCISCO— San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for anyone who wants to live here and thinks $1 million will buy them their dream house: think again.
DISTRICT JUDGE LORETTA PRESKA IN NEW YORK STAYS ORDER PENDING NOTICE OF APPEAL FROM MICROSOFT CORP.
TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES HAD CHALLENGED SEARCH WARRANT AS VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW.