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  • July 31- Boeing Co said on Friday it will dispatch a team to assist in analyzing plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Malaysia is "almost certain" that the debris found on the island is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Paulson, in his first public comments since the recent price crash, said his firm, Paulson& Co. Inc., has retained a 10 million share stake, now worth about $1 billion, in SPDR Gold Trust, which tracks the price of gold. While Paulson's hedge fund was the single largest investor in the SPDR Gold Trust at the end of the first quarter, the position, now worth about $1.05...

  • 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— Ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations meeting at a Hawaii resort are wrapping up four days of talks on the establishment of a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy. The wide-ranging Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are addressing tariffs on autos, rice and dairy products, as well as...

  • 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.

  • BOEING SAYS AT REQUEST OF CIVIL AVIATION INVESTIGATING AUTHORITIES, CO WILL DISPATCH A TECHNICAL TEAM TO ASSIST IN ANALYZING PART FOUND ON REUNION ISLAND.

  • 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...

  • HONOLULU— More than 2,500 astronomers from around the world are descending on Hawaii for a conference at a time when telescope construction is a sensitive issue in the state. Some demonstrators were arrested Friday as scientists from more than 75 countries head to Hawaii for the meetings. On the Big Island, seven people were arrested for allegedly defying a...

  • NEW YORK— Cosmopolitan magazine is apparently too racy to appear without a wrap on Rite Aid drugstore shelves. That lead to a campaign by advocacy group the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and Victoria Hearst, granddaughter of Hearst Corp. founder William Randolph Hearst, urging retailers to keep Cosmo under wraps and out of view of minors.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The owner of a Maine farm where a teenager was killed on a Halloween- themed hayride says he never would've allowed a vehicle with mechanical problems to operate. Harvest Hill Farms Inc. owner Peter Bolduc denies knowing about any mechanical problems with the Jeep that was hauling the hay wagon. He said Friday he used it to drive around the farm in...

  • TRADE REPRESENTATIVE SAYS TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP NEWS CONFERENCE DELAYED UNTIL 1600 LOCAL FROM 1330.

  • July 31- Verizon Communications Inc 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. The wireline employees with two trade unions last week voted to go on strike, if needed. Verizon said on Friday it is ready in the event of a work stoppage.

  • CHICAGO, July 31- Budget deficits are projected to persist for Chicago as pension and debt costs gobble up more revenue, according to an annual financial analysis released by the city on Friday. If Illinois fails to enact legislation easing Chicago's payments to its public safety retirement systems, the deficit could be even higher. Chronic structural budget...

  • NEW YORK, July 31- American Eagle gold coin sales surged to the highest in more than two years, U.S. Mint data showed on Friday, after prices tumbled as much as 8 percent to a 5-1/ 2- year low and spurred a buying spree in the United States. Silver prices extended their descent to a six-year low at $14.33 an ounce.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Bank of America is likely to hold a shareholder vote this year to determine whether Chief Executive Brian Moynihan should be allowed to retain his title of chairman of the bank's board, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. Bank of America announced just before its annual meeting in May that it would allow shareholders to hold a vote on...

  • PHILADELPHIA _ Prudential Bancorp Inc. on Friday reported earnings of $47,000 in its fiscal third quarter. Prudential Bancorp shares have risen 18 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Prudential Bancorp, Earnings Report.