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  • NEW YORK— Moody's Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle federal and state claims it gave inflated ratings to risky mortgage investments in the years leading up to the financial crisis. Moody's— along with the other two major rating agencies, Standard& Poor's and Fitch— were widely criticized for giving low-risk ratings to the risky mortgage...

  • HAVANA, Jan 12- Dozens of U.S. farm and agri-business groups on Thursday urged President-elect Donald Trump to build upon progress made by the Obama administration in relations with Cuba, calling trade with the former Cold War foe particularly important at a time of a severe downturn in farm incomes. "As a broad cross-section of rural America, we urge you not to...

  • PHOENIX— The Associated Press has named Anna Johnson as regional news director for the U.S. The appointment was announced Monday by Brian Carovillano, AP's vice president for U.S. News. She has extensive experience as an AP reporter, editor and newsroom leader in the United States and in the Middle East.

  • Winter storm warnings were in effect in parts of California, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah following days of snowfall and cold. California, where a five-year drought has triggered dozens of wildfires, was bracing for floods after heavy rainfall earlier in the week. Snow in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, which provides a critical source of water for California...

  • Macy's said Wednesday that it is moving forward with 68 store closures, which are part of the 100 closings it announced in August. Laurel Plaza, North Hollywood, California. Ala Moana Jewel Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • BOISE, Idaho— Six Mexican veterinarians who say they were recruited to work at an Idaho dairy farm as animal scientists have filed a federal human trafficking lawsuit against the dairy's owners and the lawyer who arranged work visas, claiming they were instead forced to work as laborers, milking cows and shoveling manure for about a year. The veterinarians had...

  • BOISE, Idaho— A new wildfire-fighting plan to protect a wide swath of sagebrush country in the Western U.S. that supports cattle ranching and is home to an imperiled bird will likely continue after the Obama administration ends, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday. Her 2015 secretarial order to protect sagebrush steppe spanning an area stretching...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 3- In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction. A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined to...

  • "We believe this near-term sweet spot in memory supply/demand dynamics will continue to be favorable, driving memory prices higher," Loop Capital analyst Betsy Van Hees said. "We expect favorable supply-demand dynamics to persist in 2017," Chief Executive Mark Durcan said on a conference call. The company forecast adjusted profit of 58- 68 cents per share for the...

  • The civil lawsuit, led by antitrust investigators in Connecticut, comes one day after the U.S. Department of Justice filed criminal charges against two generic drug industry executives, alleging that they colluded to fix prices and split up market share. "We believe that this is the tip of the iceberg," Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen told Reuters in...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- Twenty states filed a lawsuit Thursday against Mylan NV, Teva Pharmaceuticals and four other generic drug makers, saying they conspired on pricing of two common generic drugs, according to a copy of the complaint. The civil lawsuit is one piece of a broader generic drug pricing probe that remains under way at the state and federal level, as well...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- Connecticut and 19 other states filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Mylan NV, Teva Pharmaceuticals and four other generic drug makers saying they entered into illegal conspiracies that raised prices on two common generic drugs, the New York state attorney general's office said in a statement. The civil lawsuit is one piece of broader...

  • Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White on Monday defied requests by Senate Republicans to delay adopting new rules on everything from derivatives to mutual funds until after President-elect Donald Trump takes office. In a letter to the Senate Banking Committee's top two Republicans, Chairman Richard Shelby and Mike Crapo of Idaho, White...

  • In the letter to the Senate Banking Committee's top two Republicans, Chairman Richard Shelby and Mike Crapo of Idaho, White stressed it was "incumbent" on the independent regulator's canons of ethics to proceed finalizing rules. Those canons direct the SEC to "exhibit a spirit of firm independence" in performing its regulatory duties "without fear or favor."

  • Toll Brothers said the average price of homes sold increased to $834,300 in the quarter from $789,700 a year earlier, while the number of homes sold rose to 2,224 from 1,820.. The company, which has been building luxury homes for nearly half a century, said it expects to deliver between 1,000 and 1,250 home at an average price of between $750,000 and $780,000 in the...

  • Dec 2- Aixtron SE's takeover by China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund may soon be on the list of deals called off due to increased U.S. regulatory scrutiny. --China's Unisplendour Corp Ltd scrapped a $3.8 billion investment in Western Digital Corp after CFIUS said it would investigate the transaction. --China's Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd abandoned its offer to buy...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 7- Facebook said on Monday it would partner with 50 broadcast stations, print and online publications for an Election Day live video blitz, as the social media company aims to build on the momentum of its popular Facebook Live video streaming service. While Facebook is not selling ads on the Election Day livestreams, it could generate more visits to...

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, Sept 29- Eleven years ago, media mogul Sumner Redstone declared "the age of the conglomerate is over" as he prepared to split old-school broadcaster CBS from the fast-growing Viacom Inc cable networks and the Paramount film studio. Now, the Redstone family's National Amusements, the controlling shareholder of Viacom and CBS Corp, wants the...

  • Sept 21- ExxonMobil Corp. has agreed to pay $12 million to Montana and the U.S. government to restore natural resources damaged or destroyed by a pipeline rupture in 2011 that spilled oil into the Yellowstone River, according to a settlement proposed on Wednesday. ExxonMobil Pipeline Company's Silvertip pipeline burst July 1, 2011 at a crossing beneath the...

  • Yellow taxi cabs line up outside the Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York.

    Driverless car technology will also be a disaster for the millions of Americans who work as long-haul truckers, bus drivers or cab drivers.