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  • AUSTRALIAN TRADE MINISTER SAYS PACIFIC TRADE DEAL 98 PCT COMPLETE, HARD TO SEE IF CAN BE CLOSED IN MAUI.

  • BRASILIA, July 31- Brazil's antitrust regulator CADE and federal prosecutors signed a leniency deal on Friday with engineering company Camargo Correa aimed at obtaining evidence of alleged price-fixing of contracts to build a nuclear power plant. Camargo Correa was the first of Brazil's construction firms to have its top executives convicted of...

  • July 31- Goldman Sachs Group Inc has tentatively agreed to pay about $270 million to settle a lawsuit by investors, according to a source familiar with the matter. Also on Friday, Goldman Sachs was among a group of banks that received court approval for a $235 million settlement related to mortgage securities reached in February, according to a court filing.

  • PUERTO RICO GOVERNMENT CASHFLOW PROJECTIONS WILL ALLOW GOVERNMENT TO OPERATE UNTIL NOVEMBER- CHIEF OF STAFF.

  • Mike Huckabee in 2014 earned nearly $1 million from giving speeches and nearly $3 million from a publishing company that he runs, according to financial records the Republican presidential filed Friday with federal regulators. The records show that Huckabee gave 44 paid speeches between January 2014 and last April, earning between $10,000 and $32,000 for...

  • PUERTO RICO'S PAYMENT ON PFC DEBT, DUE AUG 1, WILL NOT BE MADE- GOVERNOR'S CHIEF OF STAFF VICTOR SUAREZ.

  • NEW YORK— Sempra Energy said Friday it will take full control of a Mexican natural gas pipeline business in a deal valued at $1.33 billion. Sempra Energy's Mexican unit, IEnova, owned 50 percent of the Gasoductos de Chihuahua joint venture, and Mexico's state oil company Pemex owned the other half. Sempra Energy said the purchase will add about 5 cents per share to...

  • "We are going to be swimming in even more oil with the way OPEC is pumping," he added. OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, groups Saudi Arabia and some of the biggest oil producers within and outside the Middle East. U.S. government data early this month showed OPEC production at a surplus of 1.77 million bpd, and forecast it to grow to 2.1...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Two subsidiaries of ExxonMobil said in a court filing Friday that they won't move the Pegasus Pipeline from beneath the watershed where Central Arkansas gets most of its drinking water. Earlier this month, Central Arkansas Water utility officials asked a federal judge to reject a proposed settlement among the companies— ExxonMobil Pipeline...

  • QUITO, July 31- Ecuador's state oil company Petroecuador has signed a crude oil supply agreement with a division of Thailand's state-run PTT under which the Andean country will receive a $2.5 billion up-front payment, according to a statement from the company. Petroecuador International Trade Manager Nilsen Arias confirmed the deal to Ecuador's El...

  • July 31- Yahoo Inc said on Friday it agreed to buy fashion start-up Polyvore to help drive traffic and strengthen its mobile and social offerings. Yahoo, which did not disclose terms of the deal, said Polyvore will accelerate its' Mavens' growth strategy. Polyvore's co-founder and CEO Jess Lee was earlier part of Google Inc's associate manager program, which...

  • NEW YORK— The federal government says health care facilities should stop using Hospira's Symbiq medication infusion pump because of its vulnerability to hacking. The FDA says the computerized pumps could be accessed remotely through a hospital's network, but it doesn't know of any cases where that has happened. Earlier this year the FDA and the Homeland...

  • MEXICO CITY, July 31- Mexican energy infrastructure firm IEnova, a unit of U.S.-based Sempra Energy, said on Friday it will buy out the 50 percent stake in the pipeline company Gasoductos de Chihuahua owned by Mexican state-run oil company Pemex. Gasoductos de Chihuahua's assets include three natural gas pipelines, including part of the cross border Los...

  • 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...