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  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation seized computers and other material on Friday from Manuel Alfaro, who left his job as executive director of assessment design and development at the College Board in February 2015. The FBI is investigating alleged computer intrusion and theft against an unidentified "victim corporation" involving "confidential or...

  • PAUL, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari participates in conversation on "The Role of the Fed and its Board of Directors," hosted by the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation- 1200 GMT. BEIJING- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren participates in panel before the "Business Cycles, Financial Markets and Monetary...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Facebook is taking new steps to reduce the role of human judgment in its "Trending Topics" feature, which drew controversy earlier this year over claims the service was suppressing conservative views. Although it denied bias, Facebook has sought to reassure users that it's not showing favoritism when it highlights stories that are drawing...

  • LOS ANGELES— In a Feb. 20, 2015 story about an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" outbreak at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, The Associated Press mischaracterized a statement an expert made about proving the cause of an infection. Lawrence Muscarella, a health care and sterilization expert, said he was suggesting an argument hospitals might use when he said, "...

  • LAS VEGAS— A subsidiary of defense giant Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $5 billion contract to manage a vast federal Department of Energy reservation where the nation used to conduct nuclear testing north of Las Vegas. The announcement Friday by the National Nuclear Security Administration said a five-year contract with a five-year option went to...

  • CARACAS, Aug 26- Venezuela has signed over $5.5 billion in mining deals with companies including Canada's Barrick Gold Corp and China's Shandong Gold, President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday. Earlier this month, Maduro said Venezuela had struck $4.5 billion in mining deals with foreign and domestic companies. It was unclear if the $5.5 billion were part of the...

  • Jude's $24 billion planned deal for Abbott Labs to buy it. Jude's stock at one point fell around 3 percent on Friday, though it ended the day slightly up, following a drop of around 5 percent on Thursday after Muddy Waters Capital leveled the accusation against St. The stock continues to trade well below its price on Wednesday of around $82 per share.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 26- Caesars Entertainment Corp must face lawsuits from bondholders seeking some $11 billion in claims, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday in a decision the casino company had warned could plunge it into bankruptcy alongside its operating unit. A current injunction expires on Aug. 29, a day before Caesars faces a potential ruling in New York on lawsuits from...

  • Oregon voted to legalize recreational marijuana in late 2014. Here are a few things to know about recreational marijuana in Oregon and about the display at the Oregon State Fair. Donald Morse, director of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council, said his group hopes to get permission to display flowering pot plants next year, but the details aren't finalized.

  • OLATHE, Kan.— Garmin International says it is planning a $200 million expansion at its headquarters in Olathe. Garmin and the city of Olathe announced Friday that the company will build a new manufacturing and distribution center and new road through its campus. Company spokesman Ted Gartner says officials have not decided whether about 600 Garmin workers who...

  • CHICAGO/ TAMPA, Fla., Aug 26- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its decision to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about more cases...

  • TORONTO, Aug 26- Canada's main stock index edged higher in a seesaw session on Friday, led by financial and industrial stocks as investors raised bets for U.S. interest rate hikes this year after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. For the week, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index fell 0.3 percent. Much of the fluctuation in the index on...

  • Aug 26- Carl Icahn said he did not attempt to sell his Herbalife Ltd stake, and had instead bought more shares in the health supplements maker, rejecting hedge fund manager Bill Ackman's claim that he had been offered some of Icahn's shares. "Completely contrary to what Bill Ackman stated on television today, I have never given Jefferies an order to sell any of our...

  • MEREDITH, N.H.— Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night could stop a U.S. mail boat— and then it ran aground in New Hampshire. WMUR-TV reports three passengers were safely removed from the combination tour boat and U.S. Postal Service mail boat. The Bureau of Marine Patrol has warned boaters of potentially low water levels in parts of the state as drought...

  • LOS ANGELES— A sulfur storage tank exploded Friday at the largest oil refinery in California, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing a fire, authorities said. There was no immediate word on the cause of the blast at the Tesoro refinery in Wilmington near Long Beach. The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent in a hazardous materials team.

  • The bill represents a victory for environmentalists as they campaign aggressively to block shipments of coal from the West Coast to energy-hungry markets in Asia. The legislation was introduced in response to a developer's failed proposal to build a coal terminal in Oakland. "Coal is an antiquated industry and we need to accept that as a reality and not think...

  • NEW YORK— A federal appeals court ruled Friday that New York City can track taxi drivers by using their cabs' GPS systems. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling came in the case of cabbie Hassan El-Nahal, who filed a lawsuit in 2013 charging that the tracking system violated his Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 26- Caesars Entertainment Corp must face lawsuits from bondholders seeking some $11 billion in claims, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday in a decision the casino company had warned could push it into bankruptcy alongside its operating unit. A current injunction expires on Aug. 29, a day before Caesars faces a potential ruling in New York on lawsuits from...

  • Jude Medical Inc said on Friday a report by short-selling firm Muddy Waters and a cyber-security researcher alleging its heart devices were riddled with bugs was "false and misleading." Jude chief technology officer Phil Ebeling on Thursday said "the allegations are absolutely untrue" but provided no specific examples of errors. Muddy Waters late on Friday...

  • NEW YORK— Stocks ended on a weak note Friday after Federal Reserve officials said the case has strengthened for raising interest rates above the super-low levels that have helped fuel a seven-year bull market. Phone companies and utilities, which would suffer if interest rates rose and investors looked elsewhere for income, fell more than the rest of the...