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  • The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration completed the review of the Department for Children and Families on Friday. A letter with the findings has been given to the commissioners of the child welfare agency and the Department of Buildings and General Services and was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Social worker Lara Sobel...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9- Monsanto Co will pay $80 million to settle civil accounting violations after it allegedly misstated its earnings in connection with its top-selling Roundup product, U.S. securities regulators said on Tuesday. The SEC's case against the agricultural giant revolves around a corporate rebate program designed to boost sales of Roundup, a...

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's investigation is focusing on what roles former Salix Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Logan and former Chief Financial Officer Adam Derbyshire may have played in the disclosures, the source said. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, which acquired Salix for about $11 billion last April, said in an...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— The country's largest electric company is being fined $6.6 million for environmental pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina environmental regulators said Tuesday. The fine covers violations that Duke Energy admitted when it pleaded guilty to federal pollution crimes nine months ago and agreed to pay...

  • We have an advantage in potential mergers: BPM CEO Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 2:57 AM ET
    We have an advantage in potential mergers: BPM CEO

    Giuseppe Castagna, CEO of Banca Popolare di Milano, discusses the bank's results and the potential for a merger with other banks.

  • Feb 8- Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai received restricted stock worth about $199 million, according to a regulatory filing by Google parent company Alphabet Inc. Pichai, who took over in August, received a grant for 273,328 Class C Google stock units on Feb. 3. On the same day, Pichai sold 375 Class A common shares at a price of $786.28 each, and 3,625 Class C...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Feb 21 Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 7:01 PM ET

    Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry speaks at luncheon before the 2016 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference, "Pathways to Economic Opportunity," sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Community Development Financial Institutions...

  • Alaska, Oregon lift suspension of insurance carrier Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 3:45 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— Insurance regulators in Alaska and Oregon announced Monday that a company that had been suspended from offering health insurance policies in the states over concerns with its financial condition will be allowed to resume that business. The Alaska Division of Insurance and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services said they...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 8- The French data protection authority on Monday gave Facebook three months to stop tracking non-users' web activity without their consent and ordered the social network to stop transferring personal data to the United States. The French order is the first significant action to be taken against a company transferring personal data to the...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A utility serving 26,000 eastern Montana customers scaled back its proposal for a steep rate hike on Monday, just a day before the matter was scheduled to go before state regulators for a public hearing. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. planned to file a new application with the Montana Public Service Commission reducing the proposed rate hike...

  • Ban $100 bills to tackle crime: Ex-bank chief Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 11:32 AM ET
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    Eliminating high-denomination currency notes would help deter tax evasion, financial crime, terrorism and corruption, the ex-head of Standard Chartered Bank has argued.

  • PARIS, Feb 8- France called on the European Commission on Monday to do more to help its struggling livestock industry, seeking to defuse protests that have seen farmers block highways and supermarkets. France had in particular called for "market regulation measures" in proposals submitted ahead of a meeting of European Union agriculture ministers later this...

  • LONDON, Feb 7- The chairman of an influential committee of British lawmakers has asked finance minister George Osborne to make clear that banks should not be able to offset regulatory fines against their corporation tax bills. Tyrie, who chairs Britain's Treasury Select Committee, also requested clarification from Osborne that settlements reached with...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 6- The vast troves of consumer data held by big Internet companies should be scrutinised in merger probes because they have a big impact on competition, the president of the German antitrust watchdog told a newspaper. But that obviously goes against the logic of many Internet markets, " Andreas Mundt told Sueddeutsche Zeitung's Saturday edition.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Feb 18 Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 7:01 PM ET

    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8 LOS ANGELES- Federal Deposit Insurance Corp Chair Martin Gruenberg speaks before the 2016 National Inter-agency Community Reinvestment Conference, "Pathways to Economic Opportunity," sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- A U.S. aluminum fabricator said its New Jersey warehouse had not been raided by police, dispelling rumors that swept the market this week as U.S. regulators mull whether to probe allegations of dumping by a Chinese company it has been linked to. "We have received inquiries from our customers and others, about rumored police activity," Delair, New Jersey-...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 5- Cash-strapped Brazilian states, struggling with falling revenues during the worst recession in decades, may look to privatize power assets if state-controlled utility Eletrobras succeeds in selling distribution company Celg-D in March. "The whole question is if this move by the federal government could be echoed by the states; I think so," said...

  • New Jersey sues VW over excess diesel emissions Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 4:14 PM ET

    Feb 5- New Jersey on Friday filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the third U.S. state to take legal action. It faces a U.S. ban on selling 2016 diesel models and is holding talks with California, which issued a separate ban, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to win approval...

  • Acquisition targets would have benefited from being part of Lions Gate, a Canadian corporation with a lower tax rate, but certain regulations would prevent Lions Gate from buying larger companies, he said. Lions Gate said Thursday it was in talks to merge with Starz, a company it has had a 15 percent voting stake in since last year. Malone, who has stakes in both...

  • Feb 5- BlueCrest Capital Management, the hedge fund firm founded by billionaire Michael Platt, is being investigated by a U.S. financial regulator over possible conflicts posed by an internal fund that manages the money of its partners, Bloomberg reported. The Securities and Exchange Commission started the investigation last year, Bloomberg said on Friday,...