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  • Sept 8- North Dakota's governor activated 100 National Guard troops on Thursday ahead of an expected ruling by a federal judge on a Native American tribe's request to halt construction of a crude oil pipeline that has drawn fierce opposition and protests. The $3.7 billion, 1,100- mile Dakota Access pipeline would carry oil from just north of land owned by the...

  • Sept 8- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday asked a U.S. judge to allow the South Korean company to pay cargo handlers to remove its goods from Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd's vessels stationed near U.S. ports after the world's seventh-largest container carrier filed for bankruptcy. "There's no earthly reason why these parties should not be permitted to cut their...

  • *Spot gold faces resistance at $1,352 an ounce- technicals. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Sept 8- Gold fell on Thursday after the European Central Bank held interest rates at record lows but refrained from adding new stimulus as some investors had expected. Spot gold fell 0.6 percent to $1,337.4 an ounce by 2:39 p.m. EDT, with U.S. gold futures settling down 0.6 percent at...

  • Sept 7- Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on Wednesday said it planned to start flights to Barcelona from four U.S. cities next summer, heightening competition with U.S. rivals to the popular tourist destination. The Barcelona flights underscore the ambitions of Europe's third-biggest budget carrier, which started New York- Paris flights in July, to rapidly expand its...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 6- Korean shipping line Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd won an order on Tuesday from a U.S. judge extending bankruptcy protections so its vessels can dock at U.S. ports without fear creditors will try take actions against the ships as they have in other countries. Bankruptcy Judge John Sherwood approved a motion by the world's seventh largest...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 2- SpaceX said on Friday it would shift Florida flights to a nearly completed second site after damage to its launch pad on Thursday from the explosion of a rocket belonging to the space services company run by Elon Musk. The Federal Aviation Administration has sent seven people to Florida to supervise investigation of the disaster, said...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 2- Damage to a launch pad from the explosion of a SpaceX rocket on Thursday may send the private space services company run by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk scrambling to finish a second Florida launch site, officials said on Friday. The Federal Aviation Administration has sent seven people to Florida to supervise investigation...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 1- An explosion destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket belonging to Elon Musk's SpaceX and its cargo during preparations for a routine test firing at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, two days before it had been due to blast off and place a satellite in orbit. SpaceX said there were no injuries and that an "anomaly" during the static fire test...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 1- An explosion destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket belonging to Elon Musk's SpaceX and its cargo during preparations for a routine test firing at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, two days before it had been due to blast off and place a satellite in orbit. SpaceX said there were no injuries and that an "anomaly" during the static fire test...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 31- Gold slid to a two-month low on Wednesday after forecast-beating U.S. jobs data stoked speculation that the Federal Reserve would move ahead with plans to raise interest rates, briefly propelling the dollar index to its highest in three weeks. Spot gold fell to $1,304.91 an ounce, its lowest since June 24, the day after Britain voted to leave...

  • Aug 31- Turnover in the U.S. residential property market is set to rise over the coming year, according to a strong majority of analysts polled by Reuters who also forecast the pace of house price gains to remain relatively steady this year and next. The results, from a poll taken Aug. 15 to 30, are based on optimism about a continued strong job market and spell good news...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 30- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has closed six offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats, a USDA spokesman said on Tuesday, and police were investigating similar threats to faculty members from at least two universities in eastern states. "Yesterday, USDA received several anonymous messages that are concerning for the safety...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 30- U.S. consumer confidence rose to an 11- month high in August, with households more upbeat about the labor market, in a further sign that the economy was regaining steam after faltering in the first half of the year. "This will likely be interpreted as more evidence that the U.S. economic recovery is back on track following the missteps earlier this...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 30- U.S. consumer confidence rose to an 11- month high in August, with households more upbeat about the labor market, in a further sign that the economy was regaining steam after faltering in the first half of the year. "This will likely be interpreted as more evidence that the U.S. economic recovery is back on track following the missteps earlier this...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 30- U.S. single-family home prices rose slightly less than expected on an annual basis in June, and were down from the prior month, a survey showed on Tuesday. "Overall, residential real estate and housing is in good shape," said David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. Home prices in three U.S. cities-...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- When hackers penetrated a secure authentication system at a bitcoin exchange called Bitfinex earlier this month, they stole about $70 million worth of the virtual currency. The cyber theft-- the second largest by an exchange since hackers took roughly $350 million in bitcoins at Tokyo's MtGox exchange in early 2014-- is hardly a rare occurrence in...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- When hackers penetrated a secure authentication system at a bitcoin exchange called Bitfinex earlier this month, they stole about $70 million worth of the virtual currency. The cyber theft-- the second largest by an exchange since hackers took roughly $350 million in bitcoins at Tokyo's MtGox exchange in early 2014-- is hardly a rare occurrence in...

  • Aug 25- The son of a Russian lawmaker was convicted on Thursday on U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to hack into U.S. businesses in order to steal and sell credit card numbers, costing financial institutions more than $169 million. Roman Seleznev, also known as "Track2," was found guilty by a federal jury in Seattle on 38 of 40 counts including wire fraud and...

  • Aug 25- Days after losing all his major sponsors, American swimmer Ryan Lochte signed an endorsement deal with a company that made light of the scandal involving the U.S. Lochte lost all four of his major sponsors on Monday, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren Corp, following his apology for an "exaggerated" story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 25- Volkswagen AG has agreed to spend more than $1.2 billion to compensate its 650 U.S. dealers for their losses from the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal, two sources briefed on the matter said on Thursday. "We believe this agreement in principle with Volkswagen dealers is a very important step in our commitment to making things right...