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AP Top Business News At 8:04 a.m. EST

Detained Portugal ex-premier awaits fraud ruling
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates remains in police detention while an investigating magistrate decides whether he should answer charges of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud....

Obama immigration plan good, not great for economy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's expansive executive action on immigration is good for the U.S. economy - just not as good as partnering with Congress on broader reforms....

UK police: up to 5 terror plots foiled this year
LONDON (AP) -- The head of London's police force says as many as five terror plots were foiled this year, as he warned of increasing pressure on resources amid the rising threat....

CEOs in 10 big mergers to get $430M: Equilar study
NEW YORK (AP) -- This year's flurry of corporate mergers may not pay off for shareholders in the long run, but one thing is for sure: The bosses who are selling their companies will do just fine....

UK firms Aviva, Friends Life in $8.8B merger talks
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Aviva says it is in talks to buy another insurer, Friends Life for over 5.6 billion pounds ($8.8 billion) in a deal that would create the country's leading insurance, savings and asset management company by number of customers....

Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad....

Dow, S&P 500 push further into record territory
The stock market closed out its fifth straight week of gains with another record high on Friday....

Ford's new F-150 to get 26 mpg, tops among pickups
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford said Friday that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup....

Egypt to host major economic conference in March
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's prime minister says his government will host a three-day international economic conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh starting March 13 to support the country's economy....

Anti-government protest in Albania's capital
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Albanians protested on Saturday against their government's economic policies, including tax and energy price increases....

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