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  • Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes, 56, was beaten to death on Thursday after being taken hostage by miners who had blocked a major highway near Panduro, around 160 km from capital city La Paz. His body was found early on Friday morning by the side of the highway that connects La Paz with the city of Oruro, wrapped in a blanket, said Edwin Blanco, the prosecutor...

  • GameStop Corp., down $3.42 to $28.74. Autodesk Inc., up $5.17 to $68.87. Herbalife Ltd., down $1.43 to $60.50.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 26- U.S. stocks ended modestly lower after a volatile session on Friday, having bounced between gains and losses as investors wrestled with the likely timing of a U.S. interest rate hike following comments from top Federal Reserve officials. The S&P 500 rose after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the case for raising rates had strengthened but did not...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 26- Wall Street will fixate on a wave of U.S. economic data next week, crested by payrolls data on Friday that could sway expectations about the timing of future interest rate hikes and spark volatility in record-high stock prices. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the case for a rate hike is strengthening, but she left open the timing of what would be the...

  • CANTON, Mass., Aug 26- The granddaughter of Viacom Inc's controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone has agreed to let a Massachusetts court dismiss claims brought by former company leaders, a step that will help end a battle over the fate of the media empire. Lawyers for Keryn Redstone said at a Massachusetts court hearing on Friday they have also agreed to mediate...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 26- A U.S. judge refused to extend a shield for Caesars Entertainment Corp from bondholder lawsuits seeking some $11 billion in claims, according to a ruling in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Chicago on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt in millions of dollars.

  • Aug 26- Travelers have booked fewer hotel rooms in downtown Miami, and leisure airfares to the greater Miami area have inched down in the weeks since the Zika virus was detected there, data reviewed by Reuters shows. The drop in the number of hotel room sales for the downtown and north Miami areas is a departure from largely uninterrupted growth in bookings there...

  • WASHINGTON— The government is fining four airlines for failing to have accurate notices explaining compensation for passengers who are bumped from flights or whose baggage is damaged or lost. The Department of Transportation said Friday that it fined American Airlines $45,000, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines $40,000 each, and United Airlines...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 26- U.S. stocks ended mostly lower in a volatile session on Friday, bouncing between gains and losses as investors wrestled with the possible timing of a U.S. interest rate hike following comments from Federal Reserve officials, including Chair Janet Yellen. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 53.01 points, or 0.29 percent, to 18,395.4, the S&P 500...

  • JUDGE DENIES CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT AN EXTENSION OF SHIELD FROM LAWSUITS- COURT RULING.

  • CARACAS, Aug 26- President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that Venezuela had signed over $5.5 billion in mining deals with companies including Canada's Barrick Gold Corp and China's Shandong Gold. 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...

  • Jude Medical Inc said on Friday that a report by short-selling firm Muddy Waters and a cyber-security researcher alleging its heart devices were riddled with bugs was "false and misleading." Muddy Waters founder Carson Block and MedSec executives could not be reached for comment, but Block told CNBC cable television network: "If the deal were to break, I think...

  • 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.

  • EXCLUSIVE-PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM SYCAMORE PARTNERS, LIQUIDATORS BID ON BANKRUPT U.S.

  • The settlement ends a civil trial in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court in Florida in which the trustee had sought more than $5.5 billion in damages from PwC. The case stemmed from PwC's auditing work for Montgomery, Ala.- based Colonial BancGroup Inc, where Taylor Bean, among the nation's largest privately held mortgage lenders, was a major customer.

  • CHICAGO, 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 move to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about increasing cases of local...

  • ROCHESTER, Minn., Aug 26- Bumper corn and soybean crops are expected in the United States this fall but the harvests will likely fall short of records projected by the U.S. government, according to estimates released on Friday from farm advisory service Pro Farmer at the end of its annual Midwest crop tour. The tour sampled fields in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa,...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 26- Trucks and buses in the United States may have to be equipped with devices to limit their speed under a proposed rule issued on Friday by the U.S. Transportation Department which said the move could save both lives and fuel. Speed limits on interstate highways vary across the United States, with some states allowing vehicles to drive as fast as...

  • The report, which caused St Jude shares to decline after its release on Thursday, alleged there were significant security bugs in the company's Merlinzhome device for monitoring implanted heart devices. St. Jude initially responded on Thursday with a terse statement from its chief technology officer, Phil Ebeling, who said "the allegations are absolutely...