Lenders Ease Mortgage Rules in Hunt for Business

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Mortgage lenders are beginning to ease the restrictive lending standards enacted after the housing boom turned to bust, a sign of their rising confidence in the housing market.

Batista Unfazed by Reported Brazil Probe

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Brazilian entrepreneur Eike Batista on Friday said he isn't concerned about a reported criminal investigation into the collapse of his once-highflying oil company.

Newmont, Barrick Merger Talks Collapse

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Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining were in advanced talks this week over a deal that would have combined the world's two largest gold producers, but the talks broke down.

Volkswagen, Audi Consider Expansion Of China Plant

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Volkswagen and its luxury car arm Audi are considering a large expansion of the new manufacturing plant in Foshan in southern China that could include the launch of a new small SUV.

Judge: AMR Can't Cut Retiree Benefits

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A bankruptcy judge ruled that former American Airlines parent AMR Corp. doesn't have the unilateral right to terminate benefits to about 46,930 retirees.

Fish Farming Explores Deeper, Cleaner Waters

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Fish-farming companies are trying to guard against disease and expand production by trying new techniques, including the use of offshore structures akin to oil platforms.

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What happened to your money in the past week.

What's Ahead for AT&T's Stock Price?

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AT&T, the second-largest wireless carrier in the U.S., will report first-quarter 2014 earnings on Tuesday after the market closes.

Obama Extends Review of Pipeline Project

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The Obama administration is indefinitely extending its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, likely delaying a decision on the project until after November's U.S. midterm elections.

Auto Makers Hunt for Gains in China

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Beijing auto-show exhibits will be heavy with new, low-priced cars aimed at young, professional Chinese with an eye on the high life.

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