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    The number of Americans trading in marriage for cohabitation continues to rise.  So, assuming that arrangement means commitment and longevity, couples need to make sure you have an estate plan in place to avoid some very unwelcome surprises down the road. 

  • The first e-mail message arrived in Société Générale’s offices on Nov. 7. The surveillance office at Eurex, one of Europe’s biggest exchanges, alerted a compliance officer at the bank that for seven months a trader named Jérôme Kerviel had engaged in not just one but “several transactions” that had raised red flags.

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    The U.S.  is looking into stock sales by a member of French bank Societe Generale's board shortly before the bank announced billions of dollars in losses by a single trader.

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    The U.S. Senate Thursday pushed back until next week a showdown on an economic stimulus package, with Democrats seeking to expand the tax rebates and other benefits approved by the House.

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    The House passed a $146 billion economic recovery package. The package faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where lawmakers in both parties are trying to tack on billions for senior citizens and the unemployed.

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    President Bush urged Congress on Friday to quickly pass an economic stimulus package void of extraneous spending, saying only quick action will kickstart the sputtering economy. "I strongly believe it would be a mistake to delay or derail this bill," Bush said.

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    The European Commission raided some of the world's largest drugmakers on Wednesday, launching a broad investigation into whether they made illegal deals or abused patents to limit competition and harm consumers.

  • The Supreme Court upheld a ruling that investors cannot sue third parties such as banks and accounts in cases of securities fraud.

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    Northern Rock threatens to withhold coffee unless angry shareholders wrap things up on time. Metaphors of dogs on leashes and captains of ships fly, as a beleaguered chairman faces the silky eloquence of activist investors.

  • Corporate general meetings usually have all the excitement of televised curling, but Northern Rock's extraordinary meeting will live up to its name as gun-slinging institutional investors take on the company's board.

  • The office of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said it launched a formal investigation into Intel to determine whether the world's biggest chipmaker violated state and U.S. antitrust laws to squeeze out its rival, Applied Micro Devices.

  • Attorneys for the brothers of hedge fund manager Seth Tobias say his wife killed him because "Seth was worth substantially more to (her) dead than he was alive, and she knew that."

  • California sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday for denying its first-in-the-nation greenhouse gas limits on cars, trucks and SUVs, challenging the Bush administration's conclusion that states have no business setting emission standards.

  • AstraZeneca said on Wednesday it was seeking approval from U.S. regulators to sell an extended-release version of its Seroquel drug to treat both manic and depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder.

  • Prosecutors may not call Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett as a witness in a criminal trial of former officers of its General Re reinsurance unit, according to a court filing.

  • Lawyers who won a class action suit against Tyco International and PricewaterhouseCoopers will be awarded 14.5 percent of the $3.2 billion settlement, plus nearly $29 million in expenses, a judge has ordered.

  • The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to loosen media ownership restrictions in the 20 biggest U.S. cities, despite objections from consumer groups and a threat by some senators to revoke the action.

  • A former assistant to Seth Tobias has agreed to testify in the court battle over the late hedge fund manager's estate.

  • U.S. securities regulators sued two former financial advisers at Morgan Stanley Friday for defrauding at least 50 mutual fund companies and their shareholders.

  • Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, slated to be called as a prosecution witness in the criminal fraud trial against five executives for allegedly helping American International Group inflate its reserves, may also be called as a defense witness by at least one of the defendants, CNBC has learned.