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  • In the wake of a half-dozen fiery crashes this year, The Associated Press surveyed nearly a dozen cities with populations of more than 250,000 to gauge how prepared they are to respond to an oil-train derailment. —Variety of tabletop exercises and training exercises have taken place in and around Chicago involving railroads, first responders and government...

  • LONDON, Sept 3- British low-cost airline easyJet raised its full-year profit forecast by around 7 percent on Thursday after record passenger numbers in August helped to offset the higher costs the group has faced this year. EasyJet said it now expected full-year profit before tax to be in a range of 675 million pounds to 700 million pounds for the year to the end...

  • *Japan Display's biggest client says "give us more"- CEO. TOKYO, Sept 3- Japan Display Inc Chief Executive Mitsuru Homma on Thursday said the screen maker's "biggest client", widely understood to refer to Apple Inc, is increasing orders ahead of the expected launch of a new iPhone this month. iPhone activations in China had accelerated over the past few weeks and the App...

  • *Respite may be brief as China on a holiday break. TOKYO, Sept 3- Asian shares struggled to recover on Thursday with volatility remaining high, while emerging economy and commodity-linked currencies softened as investors worried about the global repercussions of slower growth in China. Many Asian bourses also advanced but weakness in Australia and falls in...

  • *California senate to vote on revised bill. SYDNEY, Sept 3- The Australian government is under fire for lobbying the California legislature to stop a ban on the sale of kangaroo products in the U.S. state, a restriction the industry argues would cripple exports of the marsupials' meat and leather. The California senate will vote on Thursday on a bill to extend a...

  • TOKYO— An international body that monitors fisheries in most of the Pacific Ocean ended a meeting in Japan on Thursday without agreement on fresh measures to protect the dwindling bluefin tuna. The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission was unable to get a consensus on either short-term or long-term measures to help restore the bluefin...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 2- A U.S. judge on Wednesday granted final approval to a $415 million settlement that ends a high profile lawsuit in which workers accused Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to hold down salaries. The plaintiffs alleged that Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Corp and Adobe Systems Inc agreed to avoid poaching each...

  • *Renault takes aim at Peugeot in Iran. PARIS, Sept 3- France's PSA Peugeot Citroen, the biggest-selling European carmaker in pre-sanctions Iran, has hit a setback in its bid to reclaim that throne: domestic rival Renault. Now Renault plans to use $560 million of its cash that had been trapped in Iran to seize the advantage, after July's international deal to lift...

  • After a series of fiery crashes, The Associated Press conducted a survey of nearly a dozen big cities that, collectively, see thousands of tank cars each week, revealing a patchwork of preparedness. The AP surveyed emergency management departments in Chicago; Philadelphia; Seattle; Cleveland; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; Pittsburgh; New Orleans; Sacramento,...

  • TOKYO, Sept 3- Japan Display Inc Chief Executive Mitsuru Homma on Thursday said the screen maker's "biggest client", widely understood to refer to Apple Inc, is increasing orders ahead of the expected launch of a new iPhone this month. "I continue to believe China represents an unprecedented opportunity over the long term," Cook wrote in remarks that sparked a...

  • *Aug index at 72.3, lowest since May 2014, vs July's 73.4. BANGKOK, Sept 3- Thai consumer confidence fell for the eighth successive month in August to a 15- month low, as weak exports and a deadly bomb blast in the capital Bangkok hold back economic recovery, a university survey showed on Thursday. The consumer confidence index of the University of the Thai Chamber of...

  • Asian stocks rose Thursday after Wall Street rebounded from a sharp sell-off and as a holiday in China gave investors a break from its torrid markets. Markets were closed in China, which has suffered a dramatic slide since June, and Hong Kong. "Without China to provide guidance, improved sentiments from the Street would provide trading clues for Asian investors."

  • Sept 3- As U.S. oil prices hover near six year lows, hedging positions by shale producers will be increasingly important to understand which companies will be most affected by the price slump. According to a Reuters analysis of regulatory disclosures by the largest 30 shale producers, more than half of them did not expand their hedges during the three months...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 3- With the benefit of hindsight, last quarter may have been the best chance for cash-strapped U.S. shale oil producers to ensure they would get at least $60 a barrel for the next year or two. According to a Reuters analysis of hedging disclosures by the 30 largest such firms, more than half of them did not expand their hedges during the three months ended...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 3- Oil fell on Thursday on an unexpected build in U.S. crude stocks and a stronger dollar, but a recovery in Asian shares after Wall Street posted a near 2 percent gain overnight helped support prices. Asian investors were focused on the increase in U.S. crude inventories last week, but sentiment had been supported by the rally on Wall Street, said...

  • TOKYO, Sept 3- Japanese government bond yields hit a three-week high on Thursday as Tokyo stocks rallied and reduced the appeal of safe-haven debt, while overnight losses by U.S. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield touched 0.405 percent, highest since Aug. 11. Japan's Nikkei rose for the first time in four days as gains on Wall Street boosted sentiment and bargain...

  • PARIS— Hundreds of tractors were descending on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers blocking highways to express their anger over falling French food prices and high taxes. They planned to gather at the Place de la Nation in eastern Paris, and some farmers want to head to Parliament. "It's not popular to annoy all the people on their way to work," said...

  • *China markets closed, ECB policy meeting awaited for cues. TOKYO, Sept 3- The dollar climbed against the euro and yen on Thursday as global investors tentatively stepped back into equities, tempering demand for the single currency and the Japanese unit. Global stock indexes extended gains Thursday after receiving a midweek lift from reports of brokerage...

  • *Weak exports, consumption to weigh on Japan recovery. AOMORI, Japan, Sept 3- Japan is unlikely to see inflation hit the central bank's 2 percent target over the next 2-1/ 2 years as consumer spending remains weak and China's slowdown hurts exports, Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi said on Thursday. "Consumer inflation... is unlikely to reach 2 percent even in...

  • *Chicago Dec wheat hits fresh contract low on weak demand Corn falls for 3rd day as U.S. harvest pressure mounts. SINGAPORE, Sept 3- Chicago wheat hit a contract low on Thursday, falling for a sixth session out of eight, as ample global supplies dented demand for uncompetitively priced U.S. grain. Corn fell for a third session with a near-record U.S. harvest likely to...