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  • June 23- Anthem Inc, the largest U.S. health insurance company, has agreed to settle litigation over hacking in 2015 that compromised about 79 million people's personal information for $115 million, which lawyers said would be the largest settlement ever for a data breach. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, who is presiding over the case.

  • BERLIN, June 24- A lawyer for one of the former Volkswagen managers sought in the United States in connection with the carmaker's diesel emissions-cheating scandal has advised him not to leave Germany, she told a German daily. A sixth person, former VW manager Oliver Schmidt, was arrested in February in Miami as he was about to fly to Germany. But leaving Germany...

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Federal regulators say a proposed pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas for 300 miles across West Virginia and Virginia would have "significant" impacts on forests. But they say other adverse effects would be limited. The final environmental impact statement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is largely favorable for...

  • Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma added five rigs, North Dakota increased by three rigs, Louisiana gained two and California and Colorado were up one each. Alaska declined by two while New Mexico and Utah declined by one apiece. Arkansas, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • WORCESTER, Mass.— A man accused of killing a Google employee who went out for a run near her mother's Massachusetts home last summer has been indicted. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. says a grand jury handed down the indictment Friday against Angelo Colon-Ortiz. The Worcester resident was arrested in connection with the death of 27-...

  • Bed Bath& Beyond Inc., down $4.09 to $29.65. Forestar Group Inc., up $1.15 to $17.65. The developer said a revised offer from D.R. Horton was superior to a deal it agreed to with Starwood Capital, which it now intends to terminate.

  • DETROIT, June 23- Honda Motor Co on Friday released a 2013 email in which one of its engineers suggested that he knew some hidden truth about "the root cause" of Takata Corp air bag failures, but the engineer later said he was mistaken. The engineer's email was disclosed in a statement from Honda as part of its defense in a class action suit in Florida, where plaintiffs...

  • TORONTO, June 23- Canada's main stock index rallied on Friday as index heavyweights like energy and mining shone, while BlackBerry Ltd shares suffered its biggest one-day drop in 2-1/ 2 years after disappointing first quarter sales. Enbridge Inc rose 1.2 percent to C $52.22, while Suncor Energy advanced 1.1 percent to C $38.52 as oil prices bounced from 10- month...

  • *Nasdaq rises with help from tech. June 23- U.S. stocks ended higher on Friday after a last-minute trading spike and a technology sector gain offset weakness in financial stocks and sent the Nasdaq higher, giving it a weekly gain for the first time in three weeks. The sector closed down 0.1 percent, clawing back some losses after it dropped sharply late in the session...

  • SEATTLE— After an online outcry, a Seattle Police Department video in which an officer playing a video game discussed the recent fatal police shooting of a pregnant mother has been removed from social media. Sean Whitcomb discussed Sunday's fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles struck many as inappropriate, although Whitcomb's video-game character just...

  • *Energy, housing stocks help lift Wall Street. NEW YORK, June 23- World stocks advanced on Friday to end the week with a slight gain as a drop in the dollar helped boost slumping oil prices. "Overall, the market is saying it would be nice to have a little more strength in the energy sector but the economy is doing OK without it," said David Joy, chief market strategist at...

  • Rick Snyder said Friday that some companies based in Europe are considering expanding into Michigan or adding to existing operations in there, and he wants to ensure that the state has enough qualified engineers and technicians to fill the potential jobs in the long term. Snyder, who will return Saturday after a weeklong trade trip to France, Germany and Italy,...

  • WASHINGTON— In a story June 20, The Associated Press reported that airplanes take off and stay aloft because of lift, the force from the movement of air underneath the plane's wings that push it upward. The story quoted a scientist who explained that heat makes air expand and become less dense, reducing the amount of force the air can exert on the wings.

  • June 23- The United States government has approved the sale of a naval variant of the Predator drone made by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc to India, the U.S.-based company said on Friday. India has been looking to buy 22 of the unarmed surveillance aircraft, MQ-9B Guardian, worth more than $2 billion to keep watch over the Indian Ocean.

  • WASHINGTON, June 23- Congressional leaders are quietly working on a bipartisan deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling within weeks, hoping to prevent the difficult debt issue from snarling a budget fight to come in September, a senior Democratic budget writer said on Friday. John Yarmuth, top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee, told...

  • Rick Snyder's administration agreed that he would publicly oppose many future labor-relations bills in a bid to secure Democratic votes in the Michigan House for economic development tax incentives. Republican House Speaker Tom Leonard canceled a vote on the tax incentives this week, citing concerns that Snyder had cut a deal with Democrats to "undermine"...

  • PHILADELPHIA— A member of a local politically connected family was convicted Friday of defrauding a nonprofit mental health clinic out of about $1 million for her personal benefit through a pattern of self-dealing when she was its landlord. Renee Tartaglione was indicted last year and charged with taking $1 million from the Juniata Community Mental Health...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's governor said Friday that he will go to court to fight a federal control board's call to cut a public pension system by 10 percent, furlough tens of thousands of government workers and eliminate Christmas bonuses. Ricardo Rossello come amid rising tensions between his administration and the board created by Congress last...

  • *Nasdaq on track to post first weekly gain in three weeks. June 23- U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with the Nasdaq set to post its first weekly gain in three weeks, helped by strength in technology stocks, while energy shares rebounded as oil prices rose. "The effect is going to be focused on small-caps but there's an echo of that in large caps," said Don Townswick, Director of...

  • WASHINGTON, June 23- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new oral blood-thinner made by Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc to prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms in acutely ill patients who are not undergoing surgery. Analysts on average expect the drug to generate sales of $313 million by 2020, rising to more than $1 billion...