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Elections commissioner halts robocalls probe, says no evidence for charges

OTTAWA - A three-year probe into allegations of fraudulent federal-election robocalls in 2011 has come up empty, with investigators finding no proof of an orchestrated scheme or intent to deceive voters beyond one pocket of southwestern Ontario. Thursday's long-awaited report from commissioner of elections Yves Cote was immediately cited as vindication by the Harper government, which has long been under suspicion amid reports of non-party supporters being directed to the wrong polling stations in the 2011 vote that vaulted the Conservatives to majority power.

Prosecutorial discretion rarely used in immigration cases

Washington, Apr 24 (EFE).- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rarely makes use of prosecutorial discretion to close immigration cases, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse said Thursday). ICE invoked prosecutorial discretion in only 6.7 percent of cases between October 2012 and March 2014, according to TRAC's analysis of official statistics.

Wyoming natgas facility still ablaze after blast, supplies cut

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fire was still raging at Williams Companies Inc's natural gas processing plant in southwestern Wyoming on Thursday, a day after an explosion rocked the site, disrupting supplies in a hub in the Rockies. Gathering pipelines that run to the facility remained shut, interrupting nearly 1 billion cubic feet per day of output, about a quarter of daily supply at the Opal, Wyoming gas hub, according to the company and the state pipeline authority.

Visa says revenue growth to slow further this quarter

(Reuters) - Visa Inc <V.N>, the world's largest credit and debit card company, said its revenue growth would slow this quarter due to a strong U.S. dollar, sending the company's shares down about 3 percent in extended trading. Visa, which also reported a 26 percent rise in quarterly profit, said on a post-earnings conference call that it expected third-quarter revenue growth to be in "mid-single digits" in percentage terms.

Obama administration may unveil new deportation policy in two stages

By Julia Edwards and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is considering small steps in the near term to ease the threat of deportation for some undocumented immigrants, but advocates in communication with the administration expect President Barack Obama to make bigger changes later in the year.

Utah sperm swap 'unacceptable' but still unexplained -university docs

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - A University of Utah committee investigating reports that a Salt Lake City fertility clinic worker artificially inseminated a patient with his own sperm called the action "unacceptable" on Thursday, but said it could not determine whether the switch was intentional.

Senate panel to vote on Fischer, other Fed nominees on Tuesday

By Jonathan Spicer and Emily Stephenson NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Banking Committee will vote next week on three nominees to the Federal Reserve's board, including Stanley Fischer for vice chairman, in a big step toward bulking up the U.S. central bank's depleted ranks. In addition to Fischer, the panel will vote on Tuesday on the nominations of former senior U.S. Treasury official Lael Brainard and current Fed Governor Jerome Powell, who has been nominated for another term.

Exclusive: Apple, Google agree to pay over $300 million to settle conspiracy lawsuit

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, sources familiar with the deal said, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin. The settlement was disclosed in a court filing earlier on Thursday, which did not spell out terms.

Internet co-creator Cerf debunks 'myth' that US runs it

The Google executive considered to be one of the fathers of the Internet on Thursday debunked what he called the "myth" that it is controlled by the United States. While America played an outsized role in how the Internet was run when it was founded decades ago, that has long since ceased to be the case, Vint Cerf told AFP on the sidelines of NetMundial, a conference in Brazil on Internet governance. "The USA doesn't control the Internet -- that's a myth," Cerf said in Sao Paulo.

Eurozone to pay out last tranche of Portugal aid funds in June

Portugal will receive its last tranche of aid funds form the eurozone in June, the bloc's rescue fund EFSF said Thursday, as the debt-hit country gets ready to emerge from a multi-billion euro bailout programme. The final disbursement of bailout money amounting to 1.2 billion euros ($1.7 billion) was approved on Thursday by the eurozone. "As we approve the final EFSF disbursement to Portugal, I am very pleased to see the country's achievements under the financial assistance programme," said Klaus Regling, who heads the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF).
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