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  • SOURCE CLOSE TO PACIFIC TRADE NEGOTIATIONS SAYS UNLIKELY TO REACH A DEAL IN MAUI, DUE TO DAIRY, AUTOS, BIOLOGICS.

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's government said Friday it would not make a $58 million bond payment due on the weekend and warned that the general fund will run out of liquidity by November if no action is taken. Alejandro Garcia Padilla warned several weeks ago that the government and state agencies cannot repay the $72 billion in public debt that hangs over...

  • AUSTRALIAN TRADE MINISTER SAYS PACIFIC TRADE DEAL 98 PCT COMPLETE, HARD TO SEE IF CAN BE CLOSED IN MAUI.

  • July 31- Goldman Sachs Group Inc has tentatively agreed to pay about $270 million to settle a lawsuit by investors, according to a source familiar with the matter. Also on Friday, Goldman Sachs was among a group of banks that received court approval for a $235 million settlement related to mortgage securities reached in February, according to a court filing.

  • Mike Huckabee in 2014 earned nearly $1 million from giving speeches and nearly $3 million from a publishing company that he runs, according to financial records the Republican presidential filed Friday with federal regulators. The records show that Huckabee gave 44 paid speeches between January 2014 and last April, earning between $10,000 and $32,000 for...

  • Sempra Energy buying joint venture stake from Pemex Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 6:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Sempra Energy said Friday it will take full control of a Mexican natural gas pipeline business in a deal valued at $1.33 billion. Sempra Energy's Mexican unit, IEnova, owned 50 percent of the Gasoductos de Chihuahua joint venture, and Mexico's state oil company Pemex owned the other half. Sempra Energy said the purchase will add about 5 cents per share to...

  • "We are going to be swimming in even more oil with the way OPEC is pumping," he added. OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, groups Saudi Arabia and some of the biggest oil producers within and outside the Middle East. U.S. government data early this month showed OPEC production at a surplus of 1.77 million bpd, and forecast it to grow to 2.1...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Two subsidiaries of ExxonMobil said in a court filing Friday that they won't move the Pegasus Pipeline from beneath the watershed where Central Arkansas gets most of its drinking water. Earlier this month, Central Arkansas Water utility officials asked a federal judge to reject a proposed settlement among the companies— ExxonMobil Pipeline...

  • QUITO, July 31- Ecuador's state oil company Petroecuador has signed a crude oil supply agreement with a division of Thailand's state-run PTT under which the Andean country will receive a $2.5 billion up-front payment, according to a statement from the company. Petroecuador International Trade Manager Nilsen Arias confirmed the deal to Ecuador's El...

  • Yahoo buys fashion website Polyvore Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    July 31- Yahoo Inc said on Friday it agreed to buy fashion start-up Polyvore to help drive traffic and strengthen its mobile and social offerings. Yahoo, which did not disclose terms of the deal, said Polyvore will accelerate its' Mavens' growth strategy. Polyvore's co-founder and CEO Jess Lee was earlier part of Google Inc's associate manager program, which...

  • NEW YORK— The federal government says health care facilities should stop using Hospira's Symbiq medication infusion pump because of its vulnerability to hacking. The FDA says the computerized pumps could be accessed remotely through a hospital's network, but it doesn't know of any cases where that has happened. Earlier this year the FDA and the Homeland...

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Unless next week's payrolls report is an outlier, investors should expect a continuation of the directionless market that has kept the S&P 500 trading in place for most of the year. But concern about the strength of the economies in China and Europe, along with a slide in energy prices, have made stocks stall. "We're likely to be in first gear, crawling...

  • Salisbury Bancorp posts 2Q profit Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    LAKEVILLE, Conn. _ Salisbury Bancorp Inc. on Friday reported net income of $2 million in its second quarter. Salisbury Bancorp shares have increased almost 10 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Salisbury Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 5:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. Last week the Communication Workers of America announced that 86 percent of Verizon workers covered by the contract voted to strike in a recent poll, if a new agreement isn't reached.

  • BOSTON, July 31- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday advised hospitals not to use Hospira Inc's Symbiq infusion system, saying a security vulnerability could allow cyber attackers to take remote control of the system. Both the FDA and DHS said they know of no cases where such an attack has been launched, but the FDA said in its advisory that it strongly...

  • July 31- Verizon Communications Inc, the largest U.S. wireless service provider, said on Friday there was little progress in negotiations with its wireline unit workers on the U.S. East Coast, ahead of the expiry of the current contracts on Aug. 1. Verizon said on Friday it is ready in the event of a work stoppage. "We're very far apart in negotiations because Verizon a...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii— Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations made significant progress this week toward a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy, U.S. It would also clarify and standardize trade rules, making it easier for companies to sell goods and services in the Pacific Rim. The talks have also covered establishing...

  • Good Housekeeping magazine once dubbed the service a "fashionista's playground." The results have been lackluster so far, barely budging Yahoo's revenue. The acquisition, which hasn't closed yet, will mark a homecoming for three of Polyvore's co-founders, Jianing Hu, Guangwei Yuan and Pasha Sadri.

  • Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, delayed until 4 p.m. local time a news conference originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Dairy exports are a top sticking point, with New Zealand- which has said it will not...

  • Astronomers gather in Hawaii amid telescope tensions Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 5:30 PM ET

    Some demonstrators on Maui and the Big Island were arrested Friday as scientists from more than 75 countries headed to Hawaii for the meetings. The protests gained momentum in April when workers tried to start construction on the Big Island's Mauna Kea of what would be one of the world's largest telescopes. On the Big Island, seven others were arrested for...