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  • LOS ANGELES— About a dozen lions, tigers, cougars and other big cats came home to a sanctuary north of Los Angeles days after they were evacuated in the teeth of an advancing wildfire. Ten to 15 big cats, along with some hyenas and raccoons, returned Wednesday to the Wildlife Waystation in the Sylmar area from another animal facility, spokesman Jerry Brown said.

  • SCHENECTADY, N.Y.— State conservation officers have seized more than 1,100 pounds of undersized lobsters from two Price Chopper supermarkets and the company's distribution center. The Department of Environmental Conservation says Thursday an investigation was launched in March when officers found short lobsters at two Price Chopper stores in...

  • July 28- India's Tata Sons Ltd said it expected to deposit $1.2 billion with the Delhi High Court on Friday, the money it was ordered to pay Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc by an international arbitration court last month. India's central bank, however, rejected Tata's offer, saying a rule change in the previous year prevented foreign investors from selling stakes in...

  • BRATISLAVA/ WARSAW, July 28- Britain wants a bespoke model for its future ties with the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday, during a tour of Eastern European allies aimed at securing support in negotiations on leaving the bloc. In the five weeks since Britons voted to quit the EU, politicians have tried to solve the riddle of how to restrict...

  • PHILADELPHIA _ Republic First Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported net income of $1 million in its second quarter. The bank, based in Philadelphia, said it had earnings of 3 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • MOSCOW, July 28- The Russian Finance Ministry said on Thursday that it had asked the London court handling a lawsuit over Ukraine's $3 billion debt to Russia to issue an expedited judgment ordering Kiev to repay the debt. The ministry said that Ukraine had included in its defence a "series of political" arguments that do not relate to the case.

  • July 28- Wall Street was mixed on Thursday as investors fretted about disappointing earnings from Ford and awaited quarterly scorecards from technology heavyweights Alphabet and Amazon.com. Momentum players are focusing to buy on pullbacks, "said Michael Matousek, head trader at U.S. Global Investors in San Antonio.

  • If utility stocks had a motto, it might be "Boring is better." Traditionally, investors have seen utility stocks as reliable, even conservative investments because they deliver high dividends and have a relatively stable business model. We talk about utility stocks with John Kohli, who manages the Franklin Utilities Fund at Franklin Templeton Investments.

  • July 28- A Massachusetts judge on Thursday rejected Sumner Redstone's bid to quickly end a case that will likely determine the future of the media mogul's holdings and set an October trial date, marking a victory for Viacom Inc Chief Executive Philippe Dauman. Dauman and Abrams filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts, where the trust was established, contesting their...

  • RUSSIAN FINANCE MINISTRY SAYS ASKS LAWYERS TO ASK LONDON COURT TO ISSUE AN EXPEDITED RULING ORDERING UKRAINE TO REPAY $3 BLN EUROBOND.

  • WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for July, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for June, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for June, 8:30 a.m.. TOKYO— Honda reports fiscal first quarter results.

  • *BOJ decision expected Friday around 0330 to 0530 GMT. TOKYO, July 29- The Bank of Japan, under pressure from the government, is considering specific steps for expanding monetary stimulus on Friday to address signs of weakness in inflation, people familiar with the central bank's thinking said. The Ministry of Finance is lobbying hard for the BOJ to ease policy...

  • Potash will cut its quarterly dividend to 10 cents per share from 25 cents. Its shares were down 7 percent in New York and Toronto, and the U.S.-listed stock touched a low of $15.84. Potash Corp "could sit at the bottom here for another year," said Bryden Teich, portfolio manager at Avenue Investment Management, which sold its Potash position in June.

  • July 28- Eli Lilly and Co said it received a civil investigative demand from the U.S. attorney's office for the southern district of New York, requesting documents and information relating to contracts with pharmacy benefit managers. Pharmacy benefit managers, which administer drug benefits for employers and health plans and also run large mail-order...

  • YORK, Pa.— Authorities say a 3,200- pound commercial air conditioner has fallen off a truck, crushing a worker at a Pennsylvania plant. Jennifer Wright was helping load the unit onto a trailer at a Johnson Controls plant in Spring Garden Township when it fell off a pallet and landed on her Wednesday night. The vice president of global communications for Johnson...

  • But the company also warned of weakening margins in Brazil and Argentina due to smaller crops and lower prices. "However, in the near term, slow farmer selling in Brazil and Argentina, due to smaller than expected crops and lower prices, are negatively impacting margins. Excessive rain in Argentina and severe drought in Brazil reduced yields, prompting farmers...

  • PARIS, July 28- French utility EDF said in a statement that its board of directors had given the company's president the go-ahead to sign all contracts and agreements necessary to build the two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in south-west England. It added in the statement on Thursday that this decision clears the way for EDF to sign contracts with the...

  • Whole Foods' shares fell nearly 10 percent to $30.32 on Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange- their biggest intraday percentage drop in a year. "The most worrisome development about Whole Foods' latest results is the continued sales deceleration heading into FY17," Pivotal Research Group analyst Ajay Jain wrote in a note. Whole Foods opened the first 365 store...

  • LONDON/ MILAN, July 28- Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena,, which is scrambling to put together a privately backed bailout, suffered a setback on Thursday when three banks turned down a request to back a planned 5 billion euro cash call. The troubled lender is trying to pull together a banking consortium to guarantee its proposed capital increase in the next 24 hours...

  • UMLAZI, Durban, July 28- Young, poor, supporters of South Africa's African National Congress are weary of reminders of its liberation struggle, concentrating instead on the ruling party's failure to deliver jobs which could cost it votes in local elections next week. Polls say the main opposition party, the Democractic Alliance will win 36 percent of the vote in...