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  • TOKYO, Aug 25- Japanese stocks edged down on Thursday as appetite for risk was checked by weakness on Wall Street and caution ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday, an event global markets hope will provide clues on the outlook for U.S. rates. Fed officials including Vice Chair Stanley Fischer and New York Fed President William Dudley...

  • CHICAGO/ MIAMI, Aug 24- Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Wednesday the federal government had so far not delivered all the Zika antibody tests and laboratory support he had requested as the state battles the spread of the virus. On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported a second non-travel related case of Zika in Palm Beach County, bringing the...

  • TAIPEI, Aug 25- Taiwan stocks rose on Thursday on bargain hunting after recent lows, with shares in Mega Financial, the focus of a local probe by prosecutors, rising for the first time in five sessions. As of 0153 GMT, the main TAIEX index rose 0.5 percent, to 9,060.28, after closing 0.2 percent lower in the previous session. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.017 to T $31.755...

  • *Honda starts orders for NSX in Japan after U.S. launch. Starting at 23.7 million yen, the bespoke hybrid model becomes available to order in Japan on Thursday, having launched in the United States earlier this year. Marketed under the Acura badge, Honda's stalled premium brand in the United States, China and other regions, the NSX marks the latest effort by the...

  • LOS ANGELES— A federal judge has thrown cold water on a lawsuit that claimed Starbucks defrauded customers by adding ice to its cold beverages. Alexander Forouzesh sued Starbucks Corp. in May for fraud, breach of warranty and false advertising, among other claims. "Any child can figure out that they're being deceived by Starbucks, as well," he said. "

  • SYDNEY, Aug 25- Australia's north is forecast to receive above average rainfall over the next three months, the country's weather bureau said on Thursday, boosting cattle herds. The continent's tropical northwest has at least a 60 percent chance of above average rainfall from September to October, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said, with rains forecast...

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 25- Crude prices edged lower on Thursday as brimming U.S. and Asian fuel inventories returned investors' attention to a large global supply overhang, cutting short a price rally and restricting Brent crude futures to below the $50 a barrel mark. "Brent also came under pressure after Iraq said it still isn't producing as much oil as it should be,...

  • Aug 25- Russian aluminum giant Rusal on Thursday reported a nearly 40- percent drop in second-quarter core earnings due to weak aluminum prices, slightly better than analysts feared, and warned the second half of the year would remain tough. "Looking forward to the second half of the year, we believe that the aluminum industry will remain under pressure," Chief...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 24- Actors Susan Sarandon, Riley Keough and Shailene Woodley joined members of North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Tribe outside a courthouse in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to protest against construction of a pipeline they say would pollute water and desecrate sacred land. The 1,100 mile pipeline, being built by a group of firms led by Energy...

  • Aug 25- Gold rose slightly on Thursday after hitting a four-week low in the previous session, with the dollar losing strength ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that will be closely watched for clues on U.S. interest rate policy. *Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,326.22 an ounce at 0102 GMT. *Yellen is scheduled to address a meeting of central...

  • MELBOURNE, Aug 25- London copper hung near a two-month low on Thursday on evidence of mounting supply, while nickel also weakened after lower shipments to China. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was trading flat at $4,631 a tonne at 0040 GMT, following 1.7- percent losses in the previous session when it fell to its weakest since July 24 at $4,622.50.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 25- Chicago soybean futures lost more ground on Thursday, falling for a third consecutive session with pressure from a widely watched crop tour reporting bumper crop prospects across the U.S. *Corn won additional support from a USDA report that said private exporters sold 101,600 tonnes of U.S. corn to unknown destinations for 2016/ 17 delivery.

  • SINGAPORE— The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday. It will beat ride-hailing service Uber, which plans to offer rides in autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, by a few weeks. The ultimate goal, say nuTonomy officials, is to have a fully self-driving taxi fleet in Singapore by 2018, which will help sharply cut...

  • LONDON, Aug 24- Global aluminum production fell by 1.2 percent to 33.12 million tonnes in the first seven months of this year, according to the International Aluminium Institute. Equally noteworthy are the divergent trends between dominant producer China and the rest of the world. China, meanwhile, has long been the driver of production growth to the point that...

  • LONDON, Aug 24- Global aluminium production fell by 1.2 percent to 33.12 million tonnes in the first seven months of this year, according to the International Aluminium Institute. Equally noteworthy are the divergent trends between dominant producer China and the rest of the world. China, meanwhile, has long been the driver of production growth to the point that...

  • Aug 25- Russian aluminum giant Rusal on Thursday reported a 39- percent drop in second-quarter core earnings due to weak aluminum prices, slightly ahead of analyst forecasts. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization fell to $344 million for the three months to June from $568 million a year earlier. Six analysts on average had...

  • TOKYO, Aug 25- The dollar bobbed higher in Asian on Thursday but major currencies continued to tread water ahead of the global central bankers' gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at which Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen may offer new clues on U.S. monetary policy. Futures markets on Wednesday were indicating an 18 percent chance the U.S. central bank would hike...

  • CHICAGO/ MIAMI, Aug 24- Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Wednesday the federal government had so far not delivered all the Zika antibody tests and laboratory support he had requested as the state battles the spread of the virus. On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported a second non-travel related case of Zika in Palm Beach County, bringing the...

  • TOKYO, Aug 25- Asian stocks slipped on Thursday, taking their cue from an overnight drop on Wall Street, while the dollar marked time ahead of Friday's speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at the global central bankers' meeting. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 0.3 percent. Australian stocks fell 0.1 percent, South Korea's...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Latest on the California Legislature's approval of legislation expanding the state's climate change law, the most aggressive in the nation:. Jerry Brown says more climate-change laws will follow after the Legislature approved an extension of the state's landmark law restricting greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation approved...