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AIG may join bailout lawsuit against U.S. government

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - American International Group Inc, the insurer rescued by the U.S. government in 2008 with a bailout that ultimately totaled $182 billion, draws angry condemnation after it says it may join a lawsuit against the government alleging the terms of the deal were unfair (AIG-LAWSUIT/GOVERNMENT (UPDATE 4), moving shortly, by Ben Berkowitz, Karen Freifeld and Emily Stephenson, 990 words)

Alcoa set to post profit on higher aluminum prices

NEW YORK/TORONTO - Alcoa, the largest U.S. aluminum producer, is set to return to profit as an uptick in the commodity price boosts earnings, though momentum heading in 2013 could be dampened by weakness in the global industrial markets. (ALCOA-RESULTS/, expect by 2130 GMT/4:30 pm ET, 400 words)


'Davos man' fears more storms, both real and economic

LONDON - Fragile economies and extreme weather have combined to crank up the global risk dial in the past year, creating an increasingly dangerous mix, according to the World Economic Forum (DAVOS-RISKS/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by Ben Hirschler, 575 words)

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- ITALY-JOBLESS/ ((UPDATE 2, TV), moved,


Shares tick lower ahead of earnings, euro steady

NEW YORK - Global shares fall, with U.S. investors cautious ahead of an earnings season expected to show sluggish corporate growth (MARKETS-GLOBAL/ (WRAPUP 6, GRAPHICS), moved, by Ryan Vlastelica, 780 words)

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- MARKETS-OIL/ (UPDATE 6), moved




Brazil energy crisis could wreck Rousseff's economic agenda

BRASILIA - President Dilma Rousseff cut short her vacation to deal with a budding energy crisis that could wreck her efforts to restore vitality to Brazil's economy this year (BRAZIL-ENERGY/, moving shortly, by Anthony Boadle, 775 words)

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Qatar says boosting aid to Egypt by extra $2.5 bln

CAIRO - Qatar throws Egypt an economic lifeline, announcing it has lent Egypt another $2 billion and given it an extra $500 million outright to help control a currency crisis (EGYPT-ECONOMY/(UPDATE 1), moved, by Yasmine Saleh and Patrick Werr, 980 words)

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- EGYPT-OIL/ moved

German trade, industry data point to economy shrinking

BERLIN - More evidence of sliding German exports and industry orders compound concerns that the euro zone crisis may have battered the region's largest economy into contraction at the end of last year (GERMANY-TRADE/(UPDATE 2), moved, by Sarah Marsh and Madeline Chambers, 610 words)


Monsanto beats expectations with bigger 1st qtr profit

Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, raises its earnings outlook for fiscal 2013 and delivers surprisingly strong first-quarter results, citing growth in Latin America and early U.S. spring seed sales (MONSANTO/RESULTS (UPDATE 4) moved, by Carey Gillam, 870 words)

Sears shares slump after news that CEO is leaving

Shares of Sears Holdings fall more than 7 percent after the company says Chairman Edward Lampert will take over as CEO from Louis D'Ambrosio, who is stepping down (SEARS-SHARES/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 360 words)

Signet US holiday same-store sales rise, stock jumps

Signet Jewelers reports brisk holiday season sales at both of its major U.S. chains, the mid-priced Kay Jewelers and the higher end Jared stores, and says business has remained good as the jeweler heads toward Valentine's Day (SIGNET-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Phil Wahba, 500 words)

Target to match some rivals' online prices year-round

Target says it will match on a year-round basis the prices found on the websites of key rivals, Best Buy, Wal-Mart Stores and Toys R Us, its latest tactic to hold onto shoppers focused on price (TARGET/ (UPDATE 2), moved, 500 words)

GameStop says same-store sales fell; shares drop

GameStop, the world's largest retailer of videogame products, says it would report a decline in same-store sales for the fourth quarter after a drop in store traffic during the holiday season (GAMESTOP-SALES/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Malathi Nayak, 600 words)


Calif. budget seen as first test for triumphant Democrats

SAN FRANCISCO - California Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat fresh off a triumphant election in which voters approved higher taxes, will face a new challenge as he presents his proposed budget this week: fending off demands for more spending from his own emboldened party (CALIFORNIA-BUDGET, moved, by Jim Christie and Peter Henderson, 840 words)

Chinese man sold pirated U.S. biz software In 61 countries

WILMINGTON, Del - From his home in central China, Xiang Li prowled the Internet for sophisticated stolen American industrial software to resell to black market buyers in 61 countries from 2008 to 2011. But in 2010 when employees of a Pennsylvania company discovered counterfeit copies of their six-figure Satellite Tool Kit software offered on Li's website for a fraction of the price, they alerted U.S. Homeland Security agents, who launched an undercover investigation (USA-CHINA/COUNTERFEIT, moved, by John Shiffman, 965 words)