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  • LONDON, Dec 14- Copper hit a near two-week high on Thursday on global growth hopes after upbeat manufacturing data from China, overlooking a stronger dollar and Beijing's surprise interest rates hike. China's industrial output expanded at a faster than expected pace in November as growth in the world's top industrial metals consumer remains resilient,...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— The Texas- based developer of the Dakota Access pipeline and a Florida- based environmental publication are arguing in court over whether something billed as a social movement can be sued. ,Greenpeace and BankTrack in federal court in North Dakota, alleging they disseminated false information about the $3.8 billion pipeline.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 14- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it will seek input from state and local officials as it considers how to rework a 1991 rule meant to protect people from lead and copper contamination in drinking water. While the administration is focused on reducing regulations on mining and drilling and other industries, Pruitt...

  • TORONTO, Dec 14- The Bank of Canada is growing increasingly confident that the economy will need less stimulus over time, Governor Stephen Poloz said on Thursday, adding that the economy is in a sweet spot after making "tremendous" progress over the last year. "We are very encouraged by this, and we are growing increasingly confident that the economy will need less...

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 14- The Brazilian real on Thursday hit a fresh seven-month low after the lower house of Congress delayed to February a vote on a key bill to cut social security benefits. President Michel Temer had said he hoped for a vote by Tuesday, but he has struggled to rally lawmaker support for the unpopular pension cuts, which many investors consider essential...

  • PBS released a response Thursday to a statement by talk show host Tavis Smiley after the network cut ties with him over allegations of misconduct:. "Following receipt of a complaint, PBS hired an independent law firm to conduct an investigation and we stand by its integrity. Smiley, revealed a pattern of multiple relationships with subordinates over many years,...

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 14- The European Central Bank on Thursday stuck to its pledge to keep money pouring into the euro zone economy for as long as needed, despite opposition from some rate setters and increased growth and inflation forecasts for the area. "All in all the revision of the macroeconomic projections is going in the right direction," ECB President Mario...

  • Dec 14- Shares of Siebert Financial Corp, a small 50- year-old New York brokerage, doubled on Thursday on plans to expand into cryptocurrency trading, in the latest instance of investor frenzy over the red-hot market for virtual currencies. The gains pushed Siebert's market value to $250 million from Wednesday's $114 million, with shares changing hands in...

  • Symptoms were reported by 209 guests among the 5,796 people aboard Ovation of the Seas ship, according to Royal Caribbean International cruise line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. The ship returned to Sydney on Dec. 7 at the end of a 14- night cruise that departed Singapore on Nov. 23. Australia's Health Department in Tasmania said five passengers required...

  • NEW YORK— The publisher of the New York Times Company is stepping down after 25 years. The Times announced Thursday that Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. will retire as of December 31, but will remain as chairman of the board of directors. He will be succeeded as publisher by his son and the current deputy publisher, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger.

  • LONDON, Dec 14- European shares lagged their U.S. peers and closed in negative territory on Thursday, as a busy day of central bank meetings failed to provide momentum even though the European Central Bank raised its growth and inflation forecasts. Europe's STOXX 600 ended the day down 0.46 percent, while U.S. stocks climbed higher in morning trading, boosted by...

  • Cyber-security company Dragos said it targeted an organization in the Middle East, while a second firm, CyberX, said it believe the victim was in Saudi Arabia. The attack demonstrates that plant safety systems "could be fooled to indicate that everything is okay" when hackers are potentially damaging a plant in the background, said Galina Antova, co-founder of...

  • NEW YORK— The Latest on the FCC's vote on eliminating net-neutrality protections for the internet:. Michael O'Rielly, a Republican commissioner appointed by President Barack Obama, says he supports the overturning of net-neutrality rules, calling the FCC's approach a "well-reasoned and soundly justified order." Addressing criticism that the FCC's process...

  • *IEA joins OPEC, EIA, raises forecast for U.S. 2018 output growth. NEW YORK, Dec 14- Oil prices were up slightly on Thursday as a pipeline outage in Britain continued to lift Brent crude prices. Brent crude futures were up 47 cents, or 0.8 percent, at $62.91 a barrel at 11:49 a.m..

  • Dec 14- Arthur Sulzberger Jr. will retire as publisher of the New York Times by the end of December and will be replaced by his son A.G. Sulzberger, the New York Times Co said on Thursday. Sulzberger Jr., 66, who joined The Times in 1978 as a correspondent, will continue to be the chairman of the board, the company said. Sulzberger Jr. spearheaded the transformation of the...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 14- The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran- aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions. The arms included charred remnants of what the Pentagon said was an Iranian-made short-range ballistic...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 14- Italian eyewear maker Luxottica and French lens manufacturer Essilor are set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for their 48 billion-euro merger, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Having had some initial concerns about the deal between Luxottica, the world's biggest eyeglass frame maker and Essilor, the biggest...

  • HOUSTON— Federal prosecutors say a Houston businessman has been indicted in a $32 million investment scheme linked to a software development company he founded. Officials say 62- year-old Ray Charles Davis was arrested Thursday. The indictment says Davis made false statements to investors regarding the financial condition of Behavioral Recognition...

  • LONDON— The extradition hearing for Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya, sought by India on money-laundering allegations, has been extended until January when a session on what evidence meets legal guidelines will be held. The Indian government's case was completed Thursday at Westminster Magistrates Court with a focus on the prison conditions the 61- year-old...

  • BEIRUT— Lebanon's information minister says the Cabinet has approved licenses for three international companies to carry out exploratory drilling off the Lebanese coast. The licenses will allow Italy's Eni, France's Total and Russia's Novatek that bid for two of Lebanon's 10 offshore blocks to determine whether oil and gas exist in the area.