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Quango boss forced to quit amid bankruptcy revelations

"SERIOUS questions" need answering after the boss of a £60 billion quango - appointed by David Cameron - had to quit amid revelations he was bankrupt, Labour MPs have said.

dailyexpress.co.uk (1 hour ago)

Pfizer mulls $100 billion bid for AstraZeneca: report

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has approached British rival AstraZeneca to propose a 60 billion pound ($101 billion) takeover, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday.

reuters.com (2 hours ago)

Motley Fool: Put Johnson & Johnson in long-term portfolio - Sun, 20 Apr 2014 PST

Big blue-chip companies might not grow rapidly, but they can offer more stability than smaller counterparts, and they often pay dividends, too. Consider Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), founded in 1886, which is much more than Band-Aids and Tylenol. The company has three main divisions: consumer products,...

spokesman.com (5 hours ago)

Gasping for air: Wind energy industry seen under siege

Wind energy advocates fear cheap natural gas and the end of federal subsidies will choke an expanding $14 billion industry and halt efforts to further reduce US fossil fuel dependence

abqjournal.com (6 hours ago)

Company turns second market products into natural foods

A former fruit farmer from Cortez is working to cash in on the $32 billion organic food industry by launching a snack food manufacturing plant in Grand Junction.

gjsentinel.com (7 hours ago)

NJ museum ties George Washington Bridge to its steely past

NJ museum ties George Washington Bridge to its steely past

Now, eight decades and billions of crossings since the bridge was completed in 1931, the original suspender ropes are being replaced for the first time, under a $1 billion overhaul of the bridge by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

nj.com (8 hours ago)


SIMON WATKINS: Expect fireworks as bankers' bonuses rocket

SIMON WATKINS: Expect fireworks as bankers' bonuses rocket

The public will not be able to stomach the multi-billion pound bonus pools of the City at least until they feel their own finances are improving.

dailymail.co.uk (15 hours ago)

The Benefits Of Legalizing Weed, By The Numbers

The Benefits Of Legalizing Weed, By The Numbers

Regardless of your feelings about legalizing marijuana, it's hard to deny that legal weed would be a bonanza for cash-strapped states, just as tobacco and alcohol already are. With Colorado and Washington starting to tax and regulate recreational weed sales, and medical marijuana legal in 18 other states, we can...

huffingtonpost.com (17 hours ago)

Myers: Do old-guard NFL owners hold enough ill will to block The Donald?

Myers: Do old-guard NFL owners hold enough ill will to block The Donald?

The Donald has the money but may not have the votes. Donald Trump, whose fortune has been listed at $3.9 billion by Forbes, can probably pay cash for the Bills, listed as the No. 30 most valuable NFL franchise by Forbes last summer with a value of $870 million.

nydailynews.com (17 hours ago)

The Benefits Of Legalizing Weed, By The Numbers

The Benefits Of Legalizing Weed, By The Numbers

Regardless of your feelings about legalizing marijuana, it's hard to deny that legal weed would be a bonanza for cash-strapped states, just as tobacco and alcohol already are. With Colorado and Washington starting to tax and regulate recreational weed sales, and medical marijuana legal in 18 other states, we can...

yahoo.com (17 hours ago)

This Dancing Poop Will Teach India’s Poor How To Use The Toilet

This Dancing Poop Will Teach India’s Poor How To Use The Toilet

Latest campaign raises awareness about a health crisis in a country of over 1.2 billion people

time.com (19 hours ago)

Beijing Film Market Touts $1.7 Billion In Deals Signed

Beijing Film Market Touts $1.7 Billion In Deals Signed

Transactions for a total of 32 projects were signed, up 20 percent on last year.

hollywoodreporter.com (19 hours ago)

Donchez marks 100 days as Bethlehem mayor

Bethlehem mayor has dealt with new tax district, Cabinet battles and snow.With a casino driving $2 billion of reinvestment in the old Bethlehem Steel land and a new tax incentive poised to bring many hundreds of millions more, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez had more than enough good news to brag about at his first...

mcall.com (20 hours ago)

Gas plant may be looking for new Berks location

EmberClear said to be rethinking plans to put natural gas conversion plant in Heidelberg TownshipThe energy developer looking to bring a nearly $1 billion natural gas facility to Berks County is taking another look at whether a farm field in South Heidelberg Township is the best location for the project.

mcall.com (20 hours ago)

Comcast in talks with Charter over divestitures: source

(Reuters) - Comcast Corp is in talks with Charter Communications over selling or spinning off roughly 3 million subscribers worth approximately $18 billion to $20 billion as part of the divestitures related to its $45.3 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable , according to a source familiar with the matter.

reuters.com (20 hours ago)

Best of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Streaming: Easter Egg Hunt Edition

Best of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Streaming: Easter Egg Hunt Edition

This weekend, as you search for a movie to watch, you can celebrate Easter and watch a perennial like The Ten Commandments or pick one of approximately 14 billion options available on streaming over a variety of services, be it Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, On Demand, or other sites. Every Friday, ...

vulture.com (20 hours ago)

As Unexpected Medical Expenses Mount, Crowdfunding Site Lifts Boston Marathon Victims

Out-of-pocket (OOP) medical expenses in the United States cost Americans nearly $328 billion in 2012 , with many attributing significant numbers of yearly bankruptcies to medical expenses. No one knows these kinds of unexpected costs like Pat and Jess, a couple who, both sustained severe leg injuries after one of...

forbes.com (21 hours ago)

Putin Sets A One-Month Deadline For Ukraine To Pay Its Debts Even As US Threatens To Impose...

Russian president Vladimir Putin said Saturday that Russia’s demand for Ukraine to settle gas debts is unconnected to the political situation in Ukraine, adding that he expects relations to improve with the West following the Geneva meeting. Ukraine owes Russia a $2.2 billion gas bill, for which Putin has given a...

ibtimes.com (22 hours ago)

Student Loan 'Profits' Show Government Should Get Out Of Student Loan Business

CBO projects the government will earn over $10 billion per year from its student loan programs. If student loans are so profitable, the private sector should be making them.

forbes.com (22 hours ago)

Russia writes off 90 per cent of North Korean debt

Russia writes off 90 per cent of North Korean debt

Russia's parliament has agreed to write off about $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Korea across the reclusive state.

abc.net.au (23 hours ago)

King settles trademark legal spat with CandySwipe and Banner Saga

Candy Crush Saga is one of the most popular mobile games ever; On the last count, the game had been played more than 150 billion times and had 500 million … Continue reading

slashgear.com (23 hours ago)

If You Have a Heart, This Puppy Ad Will Completely Melt It

If You Have a Heart, This Puppy Ad Will Completely Melt It

American spending on pets reached a record $55.7 billion last year, according to the American Pet Products Association. “If the pet industry were tracked by the U.S. government as a single entity, we’d be the seventh largest retail segment in the country,” Bob Vetere, CEO of the industry group told TIME recently....

time.com (23 hours ago)

Judge dismisses $2B 'yoga pants' lawsuit against Lululemon

Judge dismisses $2B 'yoga pants' lawsuit against Lululemon

The federal court judge dismissed claims against Lululemon by shareholders who said they lost $2 billion because the company misled them about quality problems with its products, including see-through yoga pants

nj.com (1 day ago)

Obama administration delays Keystone XL pipeline decision

Obama administration delays Keystone XL pipeline decision

Deliberations on the $5.3-billion project are almost certainly now postponed until after the November midterm election. A Nebraska state court decision invalidated part of the pipeline route. WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday delayed a decision on the construction of the controversial Keystone XL...

chicagotribune.com (1 day ago)

Gov. Patrick signs transportation funding bill

BOSTON - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a $12.8 billion transportation bond bill that could help trigger construction on several high-profile transportation projects. The bill lets the state borrow money for a range of ideas, many of which have been on the drawing board for years, including a $2.3...

bostonherald.com (1 day ago)

US further delays Keystone decision

Final decision on $5.8 billion pipeline delayed past November mid-term elections.

businessspectator.com.au (1 day ago)

Department of Revenue program holds unclaimed assets - Sat, 19 Apr 2014 PST

OLYMPIA – Odds are that you or someone you know has money waiting at the state Department of Revenue, just a few computer key strokes away. The department’s main job is taking in money from Washington residents and businesses. But every so often, it reminds people of its efforts to send money out. Its unclaimed...

spokesman.com (1 day ago)

Obama administration delays Keystone XL pipeline decision

Obama administration delays Keystone XL pipeline decision

Deliberations on the $5.3-billion project are almost certainly now postponed until after the November midterm election. A Nebraska state court decision invalidated part of the pipeline route. WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday delayed a decision on the construction of the controversial Keystone XL...

latimes.com (1 day ago)

Venture capital funding soars to levels last seen in dot-com bubble

Venture capital funding soars to levels last seen in dot-com bubble

Investors pour $9.5 billion into U.S. start-ups during the first quarter of 2014, the biggest amount since the second three months of 2001, when the so-called dot-com boom was gasping.SAN FRANCISCO - With venture capital funding reaching levels not seen since the days of the dot-com bubble, analysts say the question...

latimes.com (1 day ago)

California's economic stability leaves Gov. Brown a new challenge

California's economic stability leaves Gov. Brown a new challenge

The governor wants to keep spending in check while creating a rainy day fund, paying down debt and covering pension shortfalls. But he needs some GOP support.SACRAMENTO - Soon after Jerry Brown was elected governor in 2010, he invited the state's top budget official, Ana Matosantos, to lunch at his office. He had...

latimes.com (1 day ago)

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