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  • NEW YORK, April 18- High-speed trading firm Virtu Financial Inc, which has been pursuing an initial public offering, has received a letter of inquiry from the New York attorney general amid a wider probe of the industry, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • Calpine selling six power plants for $1.57B Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Independent power producer Calpine said Friday will sell six power plants in the Southeast to LS Power for $1.57 billion.

  • Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    The Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups had argued that the standard weakened an earlier EPA rule for cement plants that the industry had successfully challenged. The appeals court found the earlier rule from 2010 to be arbitrary and capricious and returned it to the EPA for redrafting, resulting in the latest decision.

  • Nevada jobless rate remains 8.5 percent in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.— Nevada's jobless rate held steady in March at 8.5 percent, the same as the month before, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Friday.

  • Bank of Cyprus sells business in Ukraine, Romania Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus— Cyprus' largest bank says it has sold off its business in Ukraine and a stake in a Romanian bank to help reduce risk and improve cash flow for the troubled lender. Bank of Cyprus says it has completed the sale of its loss-making operations in Ukraine to Alfa Group for 202.5 million euros— 10 percent less than the original price.

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge by environmental groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, which said the emissions standards were not stringent enough.

  • USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since showing up in the U.S. last May, with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina being hit hardest. Previously, the USDA and the nation's pork industry tracked PED with voluntary reports from the labs.

  • Utah jobless rate increased slightly in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah's unemployment rate increased slightly last month, the first time since last July the rate has climbed instead of falling. The Department of Workforce Services announced Friday that the state's jobless rate for March was 4.1 percent, up from 3.9 percent the month before.

  • NEW YORK, April 10- A U.S. judge has issued final dismissals of lawsuits accusing Lululemon Athletica Inc and various company officials of defrauding shareholders by concealing defects in yoga pants.

  • Va.'s jobless rate rises to 5 pct in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's jobless rate rose slightly to 5 percent in March. Virginia had seen its jobless rate decline for seven consecutive months, reaching its lowest rate in February since November 2008.

  • Colorado adds 3,300 jobs from February to March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado added jobs for the 29th straight month in March, and as the good economic news mounts, more people are seeking work, the state's chief economist said Friday. Employers also are optimistic, according to a business confidence index released Thursday by the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business.

  • Miss. jobless rate rises in March as payrolls fall Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi's unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in March as more people entered the labor force than could find jobs. A separate survey shows state employer payrolls fell for the fourth straight month, suggesting that Mississippi's stronger economic growth in late 2013 may be softening.

  • Philadelphia chocolate store: Tax issue resolved Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— A Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter. Blasius Chocolate Factory says on its Facebook page that the problem had been solved and the store "is open now forever.

  • BEIJING, April 18- A French utility blamed by China for failing to maintain water quality standards said on Friday it is not responsible for polluting tap water with a cancer-causing chemical.

  • AP Top Financial News At 9:45 p.m. EDT Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    5 features an Amazon phone might offer Venture investments highest since 2001 Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem Advice to Democrats: Don't say' recovery' Calpine selling six power plants for $1.57 B Chobani to expand offerings amid competition Earnings season starts rough for health insurers Providence, RI, sues firms over stock trades Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:45 p.m. EDT Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    Here are 5 features the device might offer. Venture investments soar 57 percent in 1st quarter to highest level since 2001 More than 2/ 3 of US states had job gains in March, while unemployment rate fell in 21 states Mazda recalling 109,000 older Tribute SUVs to fix frame rust problem Democrats urged not to mention the word' recovery' in upcoming campaign Calpine says it will sell six Southeast power plants to LS Power for $1.57 B Chobani to expand product offerings with desserts, dips as it faces intensifying competition UnitedHealth starts earnings season rough for fellow health insurers Providence, RI, sues financial firms, says they defrauded investors with high-speed trading Asian stock markets rise in abbreviated trading

  • Earnings season starts rough for health insurers Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    Health insurers that easily outpaced the broader market in trading last year nosedived this week after UnitedHealth released shaky first-quarter earnings. Earnings at UnitedHealth slumped 8 percent in the most recent quarter as it juggled funding cuts to Medicare Advantage plans and new costs from the health care overhaul.

  • *Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 18- Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.

  • Iowa's unemployment rate climbs to 4.5 percent Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Iowa's unemployment rate climbed to 4.5 percent in March as more people entered the labor force. Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday the rate was up from 4.4 percent in February. Iowa's rate compares to a national unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

  • New Americans turn to goats to address food demand Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    COLCHESTER, Vt.— A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock.

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