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  • China's blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.2 percent, to 3,202.33 points by the lunch break, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.3 percent, to 2,983.06 points. China's robust market rebound since early March appears to be losing momentum as trading volumes have shrunk and the SSEC fails to stand decisively above the 3,000 mark- seen by many as a key...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Foreigners who had been banking on their investments in a biomedical research facility and a hotel and rental cottage project in northern Vermont to get green cards are scrambling to find a backup now that the project's developers are accused of misusing hundreds of millions of dollars of investors' money in what investigators called a "...

  • ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Last year, "Super Mario Bros." and "Pong" were among the first inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The Strong museum in Rochester opened the hall in 2015 to pay homage to all electronic games— arcade, console, computer, handheld or mobile.

  • SHANGHAI, May 5- The yuan started Thursday with a slide, after the central bank set a softer midpoint, but recouped much of the loss as companies began snapping up the currency as it neared a one-month trough, traders said. Prior to market open, the People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.5128 per dollar, 0.28 percent weaker than the previous fix of 6.4943, as...

  • NEW YORK— If government regulators get their way, it's going to become a lot easier to sue your bank. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is announcing a proposal Thursday to ban arbitration clauses, which would affect the entire financial industry and the hundreds of millions of bank accounts, credit cards and mortgages that Americans use.

  • WASHINGTON, May 5- A U.S. consumer watchdog on Thursday proposed new rules to block credit card companies, banks and other companies from forcing customers to waive their rights to join class action lawsuits and only settle disputes through arbitration. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed barring financial firms from including fine print in...

  • SHANGHAI, May 5- A Chinese solar equipment firm, Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Resources Co Ltd, said it may be miss payment on a 1.4 billion yuan five-year note maturing on May 12. The unlisted firm, a subsidiary of New York- listed Yingli Green Energy Holdings Co Ltd, cited consecutive losses as the reason for the potential default. It issued the warning in a...

  • *Asia shares ex- Japan down 5 pct in past two weeks. The patchy outcomes left Shanghai stocks down 0.2 percent while trade across the region was stifled by a holiday in Japan. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.3 percent, and has now shed 5 percent in just two weeks.

  • SINGAPORE, May 5- Chicago wheat futures lost ground on Thursday with the market hitting its lowest in almost three weeks as a closely watched crop tour forecast above average yields in the U.S. Chicago Board Of Trade most-active wheat contract fell to a low of $4.67-1/ 2 a bushel- the weakest since April 15. Soybeans rose 0.1 percent to $10.34-1/ 2 a bushel while corn...

  • TAIPEI, May 5- Taiwan stocks fell on Thursday, hurt by declines in overseas markets, as uncertainty weighed over likely weak economic data and ahead of the inauguration of the island's new president later this month. Meanwhile, ahead of the May 20 inauguration of Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing- wen, Beijing's top paper has warned its president-elect to recognise...

  • SYDNEY, May 5- Australia's major lenders this week signalled they are ready to forego some of the highest dividends in the banking world after seven years of rising payouts, putting investors like the $1.5 trillion pension industry on notice of lower returns in future. In a dire week of bank results, Westpac Banking Corp left its dividend unchanged after growing...

  • *Crop scouts on the second day of the annual three-day tour of Kansas hard red winter wheat fields projected an average yield of 49.3 bushels per acre in the southwestern portion of the state, up from tour findings of 34.5 bushels a year ago. *Winter wheat prospects in southwest Kansas are above average as recent rains benefited crops after much drier...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 4- California will raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 from 18 under a bill signed on Wednesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, part of a package of anti-smoking measures that also regulates electronic cigarettes. Under five bills signed into law on Wednesday, California will ban the sale of vaping products or...

  • SINGAPORE, May 5- Gold firmed after three days of losses on Thursday on weaker global equities, but held below a 15- month peak as the dollar rebounded against the yen after a recent slump. *Spot gold ticked up 0.2 percent to $1,281.06 an ounce by 0059 GMT, after losing 1.1 percent in the past three sessions. U.S. gold futures rose 0.7 percent to $1,283.10.

  • *Fighting in Libya escalates, disrupts supplies. SINGAPORE, May 5- Oil prices jumped by more than one percent in early trading on Thursday as a huge wildfire in Canada disrupted its oil sands production, while escalating fighting in Libya threatened the North African nation's output. Brent was pushed higher by escalating fighting in Libya.

  • SYDNEY, May 5- The yen showed signs of fatigue early on Thursday having taken a step back from recent peaks, while the greenback firmed broadly on some optimism the U.S. economy would bounce back after nearly stalling in the first quarter. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday warned Japan will act if necessary to weaken the yen, though many believe the bar is high...

  • MELBOURNE, May 5- London copper was stuck near two-week lows on Thursday, as a stronger dollar prompted commodity markets to take a breather after April's broad-based rally, while a deteriorating technical picture suggested further consolidation to come. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange slipped 0.3 percent to $4,853 a tonne by 0018 GMT,...

  • *Asia shares ex- Japan down 5 pct in past two weeks. Activity was sparse with Japan still on holiday and many investors taking cover ahead of the U.S. jobs report on Friday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.1 percent, to be down 5 percent over the past two weeks.

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  • THURSDAY, MAY 5 LONDON- Monetary Authority of Singapore Managing Director Ravi Menon discusses the ongoing restructuring of China's economy towards a new growth model and its implications for Asia. PRAGUE- Czech National Bank monetary policy meeting, with a statement and presentation- 1100 GMT. WARSAW- National Bank of Poland holds Monetary Policy Council...