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  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- The accused mastermind behind a group called BlackShades pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to distributing software that U.S. authorities say was used to hack into half a million computers worldwide. Alex Yucel, a 24- year-old Swede, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to engaging in the distribution of malicious software as...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 18- March-delivery CARBOB gasoline in the Los Angeles wholesale market jumped on news of a refinery explosion and fire at Exxon Mobil Corp.' s Torrance, California, plant on Wednesday morning, traders said. March CARBOB gasoline last traded at 21 cents a gallon over March RBOB futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange, up 13 cents from...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 18- Americans who have started enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act can still sign up, and the U.S. government is weighing whether to open a special enrollment period for those who missed Sunday's deadline, the health secretary said on Wednesday. So far, 11.4 million Americans have enrolled in private health insurance...

  • *Hyatt Hotels 4th- qtr revenue also hurt by strong dollar. Feb 18- Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc, owner of the Waldorf Astoria hotel brand, forecast lower-than-expected earnings for the first quarter and full year as a strong dollar makes it more expensive for foreigners to travel to the United States. Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc, owner of the Sheraton...

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St trims losses after Fed minutes Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 2:12 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 18- The Dow and S&P 500 trimmed losses and the Nasdaq was barely higher on Wednesday as minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting showed concern from policymakers about raising interest rates too soon.

  • Leading drone makers PrecisionHawk and Trimble Navigation Limited, farm data services firms, including ones run by Monsanto and FarmLogs, and even some federal lawmakers are saying the proposed rules could delay the development of drone-assisted agriculture in the United States if they are finalized as currently written. The FAA said farmers can address...

  • ATHENS, Feb 18- Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Wednesday he believed euro zone finance ministers would approve an Athens government proposal on extending the country's loan agreement later this week. Varoufakis told reporters that he believed the proposal would gain acceptance including from Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem in a...

  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb 18- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a fiscal 2016 budget on Wednesday that he said will eliminate a $6.2 billion structural deficit without relying on higher taxes or borrowing. "It will take time to restore Illinois to fiscal health," he said in his budget address to the legislature. Rauner, a political neophyte who took office in...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 18- Federal Reserve policymakers expressed concern last month that raising interest rates too soon could pour cold water on the U.S. economic recovery, and fretted over the impact of dropping "patient" from the central bank's interest rate guidance. At the central bank's last policy-setting meeting in January, Fed officials debated the impact...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 18- An explosion and fire at Exxon Mobil Corp's Torrance, California, refinery sprayed ash on nearby cars, burst windows of surrounding buildings and hurt three workers on Wednesday. Exxon Mobil's shares were down almost 3 percent at $90.67 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Exxon Mobil said the incident occurred about...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- March-delivery CARBOB gasoline in the Los Angeles wholesale market jumped on news of a refinery fire at Exxon Mobil Corp.' s Torrance, California, plant on Wednesday morning, traders said. March CARBOB gasoline last traded at 16 cents a gallon over March RBOB futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange, up 8 cents from Tuesday's close.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- A comeback rally in oil paused on Wednesday as traders took stock of the blistering 35 percent gain in crude prices since late January despite mounting U.S. supplies. U.K.- traded Brent and crude futures in New York were both down about 3 percent on Wednesday afternoon as traders awaited supply estimates due at 4:30 p.m. ET from industry group...

  • Ball Corp, Rexam deal likely this week - WSJ Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 1:44 PM ET

    Feb 18- Beverage can maker Ball Corp is close to a deal to buy UK- based Rexam Plc this week, according to people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported. Rexam said on Feb. 5 it was in talks with Ball Corp for a cash-and-stock deal that valued Rexam at 610 pence per share. Rexam and Ball Corp executives were not immediately available for comment.

  • THREE WORKERS AT EXXON MOBIL REFINERY SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES IN EXPLOSION AND FIRE BUT WERE TREATED ON SCENE- FIRE CAPTAIN.

  • Exxon's Torrance suffered structural damage - local media Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 1:36 PM ET

    Feb 18- Exxon Mobil Corp's 149,500 barrels per day Torrance, California refinery suffered structural damage following a blast on Wednesday morning, local news network ABC7.com reported on its website. The explosion occurred near a fluid catalytic cracking unit of the refinery, according to David Campbell, the treasurer and secretary of the local chapter of...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 18- An explosion and fire at Exxon Mobil Corp's Torrance, California, refinery sent ash spraying on nearby cars and burst windows of surrounding buildings Wednesday. The explosion occurred near a fluid catalytic cracking unit of the refinery, according to David Campbell, the treasurer and secretary of the local chapter of the United...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 18- Talisman Energy Inc common shareholders on Wednesday voted to approve an $8.3 billion offer for the Canadian oil and gas producer from Repsol SA, clearing the way for the Spanish company to acquire Talisman's worldwide operations. Talisman shareholders voted 99.9 percent in favor of Repsol's Dec. 16 offer to pay $8 per share for the...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- New York City and New York state sued United Parcel Service Inc. on Wednesday, seeking over $180 million in damages and penalties against the shipping company for allegedly delivering nearly 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes across the state. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, accuses UPS of cheating the state and city of...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 18- Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas posted a net loss of 117 million reais in the fourth quarter due to low steel demand from a stalling local economy and falling iron ore prices, the company said on Wednesday after delaying its results for several days. Shares of Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA, as the company is formally known, were up 4.4...

  • In a Tuesday filing with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly of Connecticut said jurors could have reasonably concluded that defendant Jesse Litvak intentionally lied to customers from 2009 to 2011 about trades he handled for them. Daly said the government also presented "overwhelming" evidence that Litvak's lies were material to...