Energy giant PetroChina agrees to buy $41 billion worth of Australian liquefied natural gas

Australia, China ink $41 billion natural gas deal

SYDNEY — A 50 billion Australian dollar ($41 billion) deal for China to buy Australian natural gas shows current diplomatic tensions between the two countries will not trump their commercial interests, officials said Wednesday.

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Microsoft asks court to stave off ban on US Word sales while it appeals patent ruling

Microsoft asks court to hold off on Word ban

SEATTLE — Microsoft Corp. is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to allow it to keep selling Word software as it fights an unfavorable patent ruling.

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Australia says China canceled minister’s visit over Uighur activist row

Australia says China canceled minister’s visit

CANBERRA, Australia — China canceled a senior minister’s trip in anger at Australia’s granting of a visa to an exiled Uighur activist in the latest sign that ties between the two countries are strained.

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Jury in NYC convicts former Wall Street broker in nearly $1B subprime mortgage fraud

Ex-Wall St. broker convicted in $1B subprime fraud

NEW YORK — A former Wall Street broker has been convicted of conspiracy and securities fraud after investors lost nearly $1 billion in a subprime mortgage fraud.

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InterDigital 3rd-quarter guidance will narrowly misses Street; shares down after ITC ruling

InterDigital 3Q guidance to narrowly miss Street

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — Wireless technology developer InterDigital Inc. said Monday it expects third-quarter sales of $73.5 million to $75.5 million, just below Wall Street forecasts of $76.8 million.

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InterDigital shares plunge after ITC rules for Nokia in patent dispute

Ahead of the Bell: InterDigital shares plunge

NEW YORK — InterDigital Inc. shares dove in premarket trading Monday after a U.S. International Trade Commission judge offered an initial ruling in favor of handset maker Nokia Corp. in a patent dispute.

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ITC judge rules in favor of Nokia in patent infringement case brought by InterDigital

ITC judge rules in favor of Nokia

HOUSTON — A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has issued an initial determination in favor of cell-phone maker Nokia Corp. in a patent infringement case brought by wireless technology developer InterDigital Inc.

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Drug wholesalers and insurers sue Merck, saying Singulair patent is invalid and inflates price

Merck sued over patent on allergy drug Singulair

NEW YORK — The battle over the patent on Merck and Co.’s allergy and asthma drug Singulair, the best-selling drug of one of the world’s largest drug makers, continued Friday as a group of drug distributors and health insurers sued Merck.

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Bank of America drops required arbitration for credit and banking customers

Bank of America drops arbitration requirement

Bank of America Corp. said that as of Thursday it will stop requiring that disputes with its credit card holders and banking and lending customers be settled by binding arbitration, opening the door for class-action and other lawsuits to push up the bank’s legal costs.

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Okla. attorney general risks political career in taking on poultry industry to save watershed

Okla. attorney general takes on poultry industry

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — It’s hard to picture the crystal-clear Illinois River that Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson remembers from his youth, how he could look to the bottom and spot a dime, no matter how deep the water.

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