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  • Feb 11- Dish Network Corp and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc on Thursday said they have ended nearly four years of litigation over the Hopper, a Dish device that lets viewers skip over commercials when playing back shows. CBS Corp and Walt Disney Co's ABC settled similar litigation in 2014, as part of broader agreements that allowed Dish to broadcast their...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Thursday he has settled a $500 million lawsuit against Spanish-language television network Univision Communications Inc over its decision not to broadcast the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul...

  • WASHINGTON— Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters. Cruz's sophisticated analytics operation was heralded as key to his victory in Iowa earlier this month— the first proof, his campaign...

  • NEW YORK— Donald Trump and Univision said Thursday they have resolved the lawsuit that the Republican presidential contender filed after the company decided last summer not to broadcast the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. The New York developer, making a promise to build a wall on the nation's Southern border, had said that Mexicans had sent some...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- BlackRock Inc's chief strategist for fixed income said on Thursday his unit is shifting its approach to bond markets on new expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve may need to loosen monetary policy. The strategist, Jeffrey Rosenberg, said upward pressures on the U.S. dollar are being relieved by reduced expectations the Fed will normalize...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Global stock markets are on their shakiest footing in years. In addition to the selling in the United States, major stock indexes worldwide have also been hit hard, despite efforts by the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank to spur growth through lower interest rates. "One of the new themes in markets is that has damaged the banks and that...

  • "The Force Awakens" is still playing in more than 2,000 theaters in North America and remains ranked in the top-five at the box office as it enters its ninth week of release. It has already made the Walt Disney Co. heaps of cash and it has set the franchise up to reap oodles more in merchandising, theme park attractions and sequels. Though some forecast "The Force...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- KKR& Co LP posted weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday after losses in its credit and hedge fund investments offset solid returns from private equity holdings. That came to 8 cents a share, while analysts on average were expecting 27 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The firm sank a record amount of cash into...

  • *Traders rush to buy $25 puts for U.S. crude. *Goldman sees U.S. crude at $20- $40 until second half of 2016. *Iran offers crude to Asia at discount to Saudi Arabia.

  • NEW YORK— Shares of the Boeing Co. plummeted Thursday morning after a report said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the aircraft manufacturer's accounting. Shares of the Chicago- based company fell more than 10 percent after Bloomberg News published a report shortly after 10:30 a.m. The report said the SEC was looking into the...

  • The virus often produces either no symptoms or mild ones like fever in adults, but an outbreak in Brazil has been linked to a rare birth defect that causes a newborn's heads to be smaller and brain development issues. Outbreaks also have been reported in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. Pest control companies in Texas are...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Stock indexes worldwide tumbled on Thursday on fears over the health of the global economy, with banking shares slumping on both sides of the Atlantic, while safe-haven 10- year Treasury yields hit their lowest since 2012.. The U.S. dollar slid to its lowest against the safe-haven yen since October 2014 of 110.985 yen, and was on track for its worst...

  • *4th- qtr adj profit $0.58/ shr vs est $0.66/ shr. "This acquisition is game changing for us," Time Chief Executive Joe Ripp said in a statement. Time, whose stable includes Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune and Time magazine, said Viant is expected to add about $100 million to its digital advertising revenue this year.

  • It does, and the company that owns the once-ubiquitous social network is being bought by Time Inc. to help the magazine publisher target ads. News Corp. sold the company to Justin Timberlake and other investors in 2011 for $35 million. Time Inc. will not say what it paid.

  • NEW YORK— If we are indeed in the midst of a recession— and we won't know we're in one until well after it's begun— stocks likely still have a long way to go down. Worries are high that the sharp slowdown in China's growth, falling U.S. corporate profits and other downward pressures will pull the economy back into a recession. Stocks have lost an average of 33 percent from...

  • Industry figures show the number of traders employed in Europe at the top 10 foreign exchange banks is down 30 percent over the last three years. Figures from the Bank of England and New York Federal Reserve last month showed that trading volume has fallen to its lowest level in three years. According to financial industry analytics data firm Coalition, the top...

  • *Iran offers crude to Asia at discount to Saudi Arabia. *Goldman sees U.S. crude at $20- $40 until second half of 2016. On Wednesday, U.S. government data showed Cushing inventories hit all-time highs just shy of 65 million barrels during the week ended Feb. 5.

  • Speakers include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New York hedge fund billionaire John Paulson, who recently bought several upscale resorts in Puerto Rico as the island struggles to emerge from a nine-year economic slump. Puerto Rico has already convinced a couple hundred hedge funds and traders to move to the island with measures approved in...

  • *Boeing slumps on report of SEC probe. Feb 11- Wall Street was off more than 1 percent on Thursday, pushing the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average down 10 percent for the year, as investors jettisoned stocks and scurried toward safer shores. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stuck to her guns on her return to Capitol Hill on Thursday, saying a weakened...

  • NEW YORK— A building owner and four others were arrested Thursday on manslaughter, negligent homicide and other charges in connection with a gas explosion last year that killed two people and leveled three Manhattan buildings. The buildings' owner, Maria Hrynenko; her son, Michael Hrynenko; master plumber Andrew Trombettas; general contractor Dilber Kukic; and...