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  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation seized computers and other material on Friday from Manuel Alfaro, who left his job as executive director of assessment design and development at the College Board in February 2015. The FBI is investigating alleged computer intrusion and theft against an unidentified "victim corporation" involving "confidential or...

  • Aug 27- For other diaries, please see: Top Economic Events Polling unit diary Today in Washington Political and general news. DATE TIME COUNTRY AMOUNT AUCTION DETAILS. 29 August Italy Bills auction 29 August France Auction of BTF treasury notes 30 August Italy Medium long-term auction 30 August Belgium Auction of Treasury bills 30 August Japan Auction of 2-...

  • PAUL, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari participates in conversation on "The Role of the Fed and its Board of Directors," hosted by the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation- 1200 GMT. BEIJING- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren participates in panel before the "Business Cycles, Financial Markets and Monetary...

  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 SEOUL- South Korea Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho meets his Japanese counterpart Taro Aso- 0730 GMT. MONDAY, AUGUST 29 JOHANNESBURG- South African Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Daniel Mminele and Bundesbank executive board member Andreas Dombret will brief the media on the bilateral cooperation between the central banks of South Africa and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Facebook is taking new steps to reduce the role of human judgment in its "Trending Topics" feature, which drew controversy earlier this year over claims the service was suppressing conservative views. Although it denied bias, Facebook has sought to reassure users that it's not showing favoritism when it highlights stories that are drawing...

  • LOS ANGELES— In a Feb. 20, 2015 story about an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" outbreak at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, The Associated Press mischaracterized a statement an expert made about proving the cause of an infection. Lawrence Muscarella, a health care and sterilization expert, said he was suggesting an argument hospitals might use when he said, "...

  • BOSTON, Aug 26- Billionaire investor William Ackman said on Friday that Jordan Rubin, who had worked closely on Pershing Square Capital Management's controversial investment in battered drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals, is leaving the hedge fund. News of Rubin's departure comes roughly three months after William Doyle, another key figure in the bet, left...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 26- Bankrupt U.S. teen retailer Aeropostale Inc received bids this week for its business from private equity firm Sycamore Partners, as well as liquidators, firms that wind down businesses, according to people familiar with the matter. Investment firm Versa Capital Management LLC did not submit a bid for the business, the people said.

  • LAS VEGAS— A subsidiary of defense giant Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $5 billion contract to manage a vast federal Department of Energy reservation where the nation used to conduct nuclear testing north of Las Vegas. The announcement Friday by the National Nuclear Security Administration said a five-year contract with a five-year option went to...

  • CARACAS, Aug 26- Venezuela has signed over $5.5 billion in mining deals with companies including Canada's Barrick Gold Corp and China's Shandong Gold, President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday. Earlier this month, Maduro said Venezuela had struck $4.5 billion in mining deals with foreign and domestic companies. It was unclear if the $5.5 billion were part of the...

  • Jude's $24 billion planned deal for Abbott Labs to buy it. Jude's stock at one point fell around 3 percent on Friday, though it ended the day slightly up, following a drop of around 5 percent on Thursday after Muddy Waters Capital leveled the accusation against St. The stock continues to trade well below its price on Wednesday of around $82 per share.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 26- Caesars Entertainment Corp must face lawsuits from bondholders seeking some $11 billion in claims, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday in a decision the casino company had warned could plunge it into bankruptcy alongside its operating unit. A current injunction expires on Aug. 29, a day before Caesars faces a potential ruling in New York on lawsuits from...

  • Oregon voted to legalize recreational marijuana in late 2014. Here are a few things to know about recreational marijuana in Oregon and about the display at the Oregon State Fair. Donald Morse, director of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council, said his group hopes to get permission to display flowering pot plants next year, but the details aren't finalized.

  • OLATHE, Kan.— Garmin International says it is planning a $200 million expansion at its headquarters in Olathe. Garmin and the city of Olathe announced Friday that the company will build a new manufacturing and distribution center and new road through its campus. Company spokesman Ted Gartner says officials have not decided whether about 600 Garmin workers who...

  • CHICAGO/ TAMPA, Fla., Aug 26- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its decision to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about more cases...

  • TORONTO, Aug 26- Canada's main stock index edged higher in a seesaw session on Friday, led by financial and industrial stocks as investors raised bets for U.S. interest rate hikes this year after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. For the week, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index fell 0.3 percent. Much of the fluctuation in the index on...

  • Aug 26- Carl Icahn said he did not attempt to sell his Herbalife Ltd stake, and had instead bought more shares in the health supplements maker, rejecting hedge fund manager Bill Ackman's claim that he had been offered some of Icahn's shares. "Completely contrary to what Bill Ackman stated on television today, I have never given Jefferies an order to sell any of our...

  • MEREDITH, N.H.— Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night could stop a U.S. mail boat— and then it ran aground in New Hampshire. WMUR-TV reports three passengers were safely removed from the combination tour boat and U.S. Postal Service mail boat. The Bureau of Marine Patrol has warned boaters of potentially low water levels in parts of the state as drought...

  • LOS ANGELES— A sulfur storage tank exploded Friday at the largest oil refinery in California, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing a fire, authorities said. There was no immediate word on the cause of the blast at the Tesoro refinery in Wilmington near Long Beach. The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent in a hazardous materials team.

  • The bill represents a victory for environmentalists as they campaign aggressively to block shipments of coal from the West Coast to energy-hungry markets in Asia. The legislation was introduced in response to a developer's failed proposal to build a coal terminal in Oakland. "Coal is an antiquated industry and we need to accept that as a reality and not think...