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  • HOUSTON/ CARACAS, Aug 21- Venezuela's shipments of crude oil and fuel to its allies have fallen to a five-year low as a weak economy hits its ability to uphold accords that former President Hugo Chavez struck to lower energy costs for friends and expand his diplomatic clout.

  • Cadillac considers moving some functions to Manhattan Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    DETROIT, Aug 21- General Motors Co's premium Cadillac group is considering expanding its offices from Detroit to Manhattan, GM said Thursday, as part of an effort to remake the brand's image and broaden its appeal outside North America under new boss Johan de Nysschen.

  • Cuba struggles to attract investors despite reforms Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    HAVANA, Aug 21- Cuba has yet to attract new foreign investors despite launching two major initiatives in the past year, a sign of the lingering caution over doing business with the communist government and its own hesitancy to follow through on free-market-style reforms.

  • UPDATE 1-EBay considering PayPal spinoff - report Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    Aug 21- EBay Inc is considering a spinoff of PayPal, its fast-growing payments unit, as soon as next year, tech news website The Information reported, citing sources. EBay told potential candidates for the position of PayPal chief executive officer, a post that David Marcus vacated in June, about a possible spinoff of the payments unit, the website reported.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- Bank of America's decision to pay $16.7 billion to settle charges stemming from the sale of mortgage-backed securities may finally allow the company to put last decade's housing bubble behind it, fund managers and analysts say.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. and Brent crude futures rose on Thursday, lifted by supportive economic data from the United States after a plentiful supply picture and Chinese economic data had earlier pressured prices.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 21- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association will include two yen- denominated bonds in the list of securities used to settle Argentina's credit default swaps, a move that will likely reduce the payout for protection holders.

  • Aug 21- Deutsche Bank has sold its North American natural gas trading book to Morgan Stanley, a source familiar with the deal said on Thursday. Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley declined to comment. Last month, Morgan Stanley bought Deutsche Bank's bulk commodities trading book in coal, iron ore and freight forward contracts.

  • ATLANTA, Aug 21- Two American aid workers who just weeks ago were gravely ill with Ebola they contracted in Liberia now pose no health risk to the public after being cleared of the virus and released from an Atlanta hospital, one of their doctors said on Thursday.

  • SEATTLE, Aug 21- U.S. airlines more than doubled their net profit margin in the first half of the year as revenue rose nearly three times faster than costs, trade group Airlines for America said on Thursday. Net profit at the airlines rose to $3.8 billion, up from $1.6 billion in the prior-year period.

  • LONDON, Aug 21- Copper steadied on Thursday after U.S. data signaled a strengthening economy, but sluggish growth elsewhere in the world kept the metal under pressure.

  • Aug 21- Family Dollar Stores Inc rejected a $9 billion buyout offer from Dollar General Corp and issued a sharp rebuke to accusations its CEO favors a smaller bid from Dollar Tree Inc because it would allow him to keep his job.

  • YOUR MONEY-Top travel tips for a hassle-free journey Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    Aug 21- When is the best time to book a trip to Walt Disney World? During a Twitter discussion on Aug. 19 hosted by Reuters, a panel of experts fielded questions about travel. The panel comprised Brian Kelly, who runs ThePointsGuy.com; Tim Winship, editor and publisher of FrequentFlier.com, and Jason Cochran, editor of Frommers.com.

  • *U.S. CRUDE OIL FUTURES RISE MORE THAN $1 PER BBL Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:10 PM ET
  • ATLANTA, Aug 21- Two American aid workers discharged from an Atlanta hospital after being treated for Ebola pose no health risk to the public, an Emory University Hospital doctor said on Thursday.

  • DEUTSCHE BANK SELLS NORTH AMERICAN NATGAS BOOK TO MORGAN. Aug 21- Duetsche Bank has sold its North American natural gas trading book to Morgan Stanley, a source familiar with the deal said on Thursday. Deutsche Bank declined comment in an email to Reuters, while spokespeople for Morgan Stanley were not immediately available to comment.

  • ISDA DETERMINATIONS COMMITTEE VOTES TO INCLUDE TWO JAPANESE-LAW BONDS INTO ARGENTINA CDS AUCTION.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. crude rose and Brent futures pared losses on Thursday, lifted by supportive economic data from the United States after a plentiful supply picture and Chinese economic data had earlier pressured prices.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 21- Women venture capitalists underperform their male counterparts by some 15 percent, according to a new Harvard University study, but the performance differences have narrowed over time and in firms that employ more than a single female venture partner.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- Global equity markets edged higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 hitting an all-time high, as U.S. and German data drove confidence on economic growth and helped extend a stock rally.