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    Federal prosecutors in New York have formed a task force together with other government agencies to examine the collapse of the market for risky home loans, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn said Monday.

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    The Federal Reserve on Friday joined other U.S. banking regulators in backing new limits on certain billing practices by credit card companies.

  • Merck says it has received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration over concerns at one of its major vaccine manufacturing plants.

  • Genentech and Biogen Idec said a key study of Rituxan did not meet its main goal of a response in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly called lupus.

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    U.S. health regulators have rejected a new drug from Merck that was designed to raise the level of HDL, or "good" cholesterol, the company said, sending its shares plunging more than 10 percent.

  • U.S. securities regulators said on Thursday they filed a settled complaint against a Wall Street trader accused of intentionally spreading false rumors about the planned acquisition of Alliance Data Systems while selling the stock short.

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    Many companies are guilty of "greenwashing" -- claims that mislead consumers, by words or image, about the environmenal impact of their products, experts say.

  • New York's attorney general and securities regulators in several U.S. states are probing auction-rate securities and the role Wall Street firms had in enticing investors into the troubled $330 billion market.

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    U.S. federal regulators will announce a settlement on Friday with former Fannie Mae  executives over their alleged roles in a 2004 multibillion-dollar accounting scandal, a person familiar with the settlement said on Thursday.

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    Thirty years have passed since the airline industry was deregulated. Has it really worked out as originally envisioned?

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    ... Burlesque in one Act by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

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    The Senate has passed a bipartisan measure aimed at boosting the housing market and easing the threat of foreclosures.

  • Goldman Sachs Group Wednesday disclosed that it has received requests for information from "various governmental agencies and self-regulatory organizations" relating to auction products and the recent failure of such auctions.

  • The European Union on Monday opened the way for air travelers to use mobile phones to talk, text or send e-mails on planes throughout Europe's airspace.

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  • Southwest Airlines.

    The Federal Aviation Administration may know considerably less about the state of airline safety than it claims, the New York Times reported, citing a parade of witnesses and lawmakers said at a Congressional hearing.

  • Failed Wall Street giant Bear Stearns had enough capital reserves to meet a key international soundness test but the company's liquidity crisis was not foreseen, the head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told lawmakers Thursday.

  • A federal judge has granted the U.S. Department of Justice wide authority to probe whether Countrywide Financial Corp abuses the bankruptcy process, rejecting the largest U.S. mortgage lender's claim that the ruling could cause havoc for the lending industry.

  • Spain's Sacyr Vallehermoso will not have to make a $12.5 billion cash takeover bid for French public works firm Eiffage, a Paris court ruled on Wednesday.

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    French regulators recommended on Tuesday that executives at Airbus and parent EADS face insider trading penalties or charges linked to costly delays of the A380 superjumbo and said the company had misled markets.