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  • Aug 4- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co reported a much higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday, helped by strong phosphates sales and improved potash prices. The move completes the changing of the guard at North America's biggest fertilizer companies, following Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, Agrium Inc and CF Industries. Opportunities to buy...

  • LONDON, Aug 4- Colombia could pre-finance next year's borrowing needs, possibly with a euro-denominated bond before the U.S. But with $3 billion in overseas borrowing projected for next year, Colombia may issue Eurobonds ahead of the U.S. interest rate hike that Cardenas expects will come in December. Colombia would have to go for a 10- year maturity in euros, but...

  • *Stocks little changed globally; China up, Europe off. NEW YORK, Aug 4- Apple weighed heavily on all major U.S. stock indexes on Tuesday as it fell for the fifth straight day, while oil steadied a day after a broad measure of commodity prices hit a 12- year low. U.S. crude rose and copper edged up but the outlook for commodities continued to be clouded by concerns over a...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 4- Aetna Inc Chief Executive Mark Bertolini said on Tuesday the company is talking to federal and state officials on its $37 billion acquisition of Humana Inc and that there is enough insurance competition for it to receive approval. If Aetna or Humana need to divest in a market because of the competitive dynamics, "there will be plenty of competitors...

  • U.N.' S BAN SAYS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S POWER PLANT RULE SHOWS U.S.

  • Aug 4- Harman International Industries Inc, which supplies radios to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, said the hacking risk that led the carmaker to recall 1.4 million vehicles last month seemed like an isolated case. "We do not believe this problem exists in any other car outside of Fiat Chrysler," Harman Chief Executive Dinesh Paliwal told Reuters.

  • KIRKWOOD, N.Y.— A Binghamton- area company that provides sales and marketing support for businesses plans to add about 600 jobs over five years under a $17 million economic project. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced that Modern Marketing Concepts, Inc. will expand at an idled building in Kirkwood, near the Pennsylvania line. State support for the project at the...

  • MOSCOW, Aug 4- Russia said on Tuesday it has resubmitted a claim to the United Nations for some 1.2 million square km of the Arctic shelf, a drive to secure more of the mineral-rich region where other countries have rival territorial interests. This prospect has attracted other nations, including Norway, the United States, Canada and Denmark while international...

  • FRANKFURT/ PARIS, Aug 4- Apple Inc, the world's most profitable mobile phone maker, has denied a report that it is working on a plan to market communications services directly to consumers that would bypass telecom operators on which it now relies to deliver services. Since it first launched the iPhone in 2007, carriers ranging from AT&T Inc and Deutsche Telekom...

  • OBAMA SAYS PRESSED U.N.' S BAN TO URGE OTHER COUNTRIES TO TAKE ON FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 4- A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected a proposed class action settlement between American Express Co and merchants who sued the company over swipe fees, ruling that a lawyer for the merchants compromised the fairness of the agreement. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn, New York, ruled that lawyer Gary Friedman acted improperly by talking...

  • MOSCOW— Russia's prime minister has ordered to draft retaliatory measures against several non-EU European nations that have joined the European Union's sanctions against Russia. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Montenegro, Albania, Moldova and Ukraine joined the EU sanctions last week. The U.S. and the EU responded to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and...

  • OTTAWA, Aug 4- Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper, running for reelection in October, said on Tuesday he would refrain from applying fresh taxes on the embattled energy sector and promised to bring back a popular home renovation tax credit. About one in three households took advantage of the temporary credit, introduced in 2009 to combat an economic downturn,...

  • OTTAWA, Aug 4- Canada's left-leaning New Democratic Party, which has pledged to hike corporate taxes to fund its spending plans if it wins the federal election, told reporters on Tuesday its planned tax increases would only be slight and they would be graduated.

  • Aug 4- Kellogg Co's Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies are set to turn all-natural soon. The company said 75 percent of its cereals in North America were being made without artificial colors and more than half without artificial flavors. General Mills Inc, the maker of Cheerios cereals, said in June it plans to have 90 percent of its cereals free of artificial flavors...

  • WASHINGTON— Federal health officials are laying out extra safety measures that hospitals can take to clean specialized medical scopes that have been linked to sometimes deadly bacterial outbreaks across the U.S. However, Food and Drug Administration officials acknowledge that not all hospitals have the staff, expertise and resources to take the steps,...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 4- Global crude prices advanced from multimonth lows on Tuesday after stock market gains in No. 2 oil consumer China, but the rebound is unlikely to have traction due to weakening demand and growing oversupply, traders and analysts said. The U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Paris- based International Energy Agency and the Organization of...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 4- U.S. agribusiness group Archer Daniels Midland Co reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday following declines in ethanol margins and exports from North America. The Chicago- based grain trader and processor became the second major crop handler to disappoint investors with second- quarter results after rival Bunge Ltd last...

  • WASHINGTON— A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing MasterCard, Visa and three major banks of illegally fixing ATM prices at the expense of consumers. The federal appeals court in Washington ruled Tuesday that a group of consumers and independent ATM operators could pursue antitrust claims against the companies. But the appeals court said...

  • NEW YORK— A federal appeals court in New York has reinstated a lawsuit by truckers claiming the New York State Thruway Authority charges excessive tolls. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Tuesday. Three commercial trucking companies and their national trade association claimed the Thruway Authority violates the U.S.