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CAMPOS, Brazil (Reuters) - A Brazilian prosecutor plans to file criminal charges against Chevron Corp and some of its local managers within weeks, adding the threat of prison sentences to an $11 billion civil lawsuit as punishment for a November offshore oil spill.


Here is the text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address as prepared for delivery at 9 p.m. ET.

"Jobs" 33 vs. "Fat Cats" 0

Rich 3 vs Poor 1

Hope 2 vs Unicorns

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Japan should contribute more to the IMF to fight the European debt crisis, even if the U.S. doesn't chip in, said a former IMF deputy managing director who also was once Tokyo's top financial diplomat.

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Canon's chairman and chief executive will also become president of the Japanese camera and printer maker in March. The company also posted a 14% increase in fourth-quarter net profit.

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The FOMC commentary on the economy and inflation is pretty much unchanged from the statement they gave in Dec. They continue to believe the economy has been expanding moderately, notwithstanding some slowing in global growth. The only real change of substance was they replaced the time frame of keeping rates ‘exceptionally low’ from mid 2013 to late 2014. This squares with an extremely dovish Fed where 2 of the 3 new members are so and now 8 of the 10 voting members are. Lacker,

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Congress has the constitutional right to legislate permits for cross-border oil pipelines like TransCanada's Keystone XL, according to a new legal analysis released late on Friday.


With Wikipedia going through with its decision to shut down the site for 24 hours as part of their protest against SOPA, it’s received quite a bit of criticism in the process for the decision. The Next Web’s own Brad
""Institutional racism and the way businesses have taken advantage of it to make money are absolutely at the root of this crisis,""

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Royce International Smaller-Companies Fund (RIS) seeks longterm growth of capital. Royce uses a disciplined value approach to invest primarily in the equity securities of non-U.S. companies— i.e., companies
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Instead of opting for a publicly transparent BWIC in the disposition of its Maiden Lane II assets, the Fed has once again gone opaque - long a critique of the Fed's practices which have required

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Rumors that a deal will be reached "soon" have gone on for weeks. Indeed announcements of an expected agreement today have already hit new snags.

For the sake of argument, let's assume a deal does go through, then crunch the latest numbers to see what the situation looks like from the point of view of Greece (and the lenders as well) before and after the deal.

The place to start is the current projection for the size of the next needed bailout.

Please

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``Prominent Canadian fund manager Eric Sprott said on Wednesday he was bearish on cyclical commodities such as industrial metals because of the economic slowdown, though he remained positive on gold and crude oil.''

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Davos Shocked To Hear That Poor People

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The Obama administration, in advanced negotiations on nuclear-cooperation agreements with Jordan and Vietnam, has withdrawn a demand that these countries forgo their rights to produce nuclear fuel, senior U.S. officials said.

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Why such mixed economic signals in the last 6-7 months? We discuss the effects of lower gas prices, "strategic defaults" (or otherwise not paying the mortgage), "frugality capitulation", and other factors.

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I love these giant long term charts. This one covers more than two centuries. It looks at long term US interest rates — the 30 year bond where available:

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Because the last time the administration got involved in the car space the results were so positive (for the unions if not so much for creditors), it appears we may be approaching another episode

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Here’s a portion of Bill Gates interview with ABC News where he talks about his biggest competitor yet friend Steve Jobs. He remembers and talks about his final conversations with Jobs, sharing that they talked
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Slowly but surely global growth estimates have been ratcheted down. Courtesy of Google Translate from an Italian news site, please consider IMF estimates two years of recession for Italy
Deep red for

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