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North Dakota House endorses rewrite of oil taxes; petroleum industry wants flat tax
BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota House endorsed a bill Monday that will cut an exemption for oil companies if crude prices continue to slide, in exchange for a lower and permanent flat tax rate.
N.D. House lawmakers approve new oil tax formula  Grand Forks Herald
North Dakota Oil Tax Bill Passes in the House  KFYR-TV  
Asia Stocks Climb on Hong Kong Rally as Dollar Gains; Oil Swings
Asian stocks rose for the first time in three days as Hong Kong's benchmark index rallied from its biggest drop in four months and Japanese exporters gained.
DEALTALK-Hong Kong stock surge spurs block trade boom; China bank deals ...  Reuters
MarketsFast Asia Open - markets set to follow Wall St higher  Financial Times
More oil industry pain: Halliburton slashes 9000 jobs
Halliburton (HAL) employees are the latest to feel the pain. The company said Monday that it has cut 9,000 jobs over the past two quarters as crashing energy prices have forced it to scale back drilling operations.
Halliburton job toll at 9000; reports loss in 1Q  Longview News-Journal
Job cuts rise as oil slump takes toll  Houston Chronicle
Raytheon raises security portfolio
Raytheon Co. is buying computer security software company Websense from Vista Equity Partners in a $1.9 billion deal to expand the Waltham-based defense contractor's cybersecurity reach.
Raytheon targeting computer weaknesses with $1.9 billion cybersecurity deal  Boston Globe (subscription)
Raytheon to buy cybersecurity firm Websense in US$1.9bil deal  The Star Online
Morgan Stanley's Results Improve on Stronger Trading, Deals Environment
Morgan Stanley MS 0.57 % joined many of its largest peers in posting higher first-quarter profits as the Wall Street firm benefited from busy markets and a flurry of corporate mergers.
Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Find Different Paths to Profits  Nasdaq
Morgan Stanley Reveals Highest Profit Since Financial Crisis  Fox Business
Brussels to charge Russia's Gazprom with market abuse
The decision to send a formal statement of objections is a gamble for the European Commission. AFP. by Christian Oliver and Alex Barker.
5 Things to Know About the EU's Case Against Gazprom  Wall Street Journal (blog)
EU competition regulator set to accuse Gazprom  The Times (subscription)
Water rate scheme struck down
Jim Reardon, plaintiff in the San Juan Capistrano water rate case, stands outside his home, where he installed drought-tolerant landscaping.
Brown calls tiered-water ruling 'a straitjacket' for conservation ...  Sacramento Bee
Water pricing to spur conservation ruled unconstitutional
Shopping Frenzy Over Lilly Pulitzer
Lines around the block and mega sell-out as customers waiting for hours at Target to buy the designer's goods. 1:27 | 04/20/15.
Customers find limited-time deals can be limiting
Will Target's Lilly Pulitzer Heat Translate To Grocery?  Forbes
Oil halts rally as US crude stockpiles seen exacerbating glut
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for June delivery was at $57.81 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, down 7 cents.
Oil eases in Asian trade  Independent Online
NYMEX crude dips slightly in early Asia with API data ahead, Yemen eyed  Nasdaq
America's worst airline for customer satisfaction is...
Spirit Airlines ranked dead last in the latest travel report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). With a score of 54, Spirit dethroned United Airlines as the lowest-ranking carrier on the index.
Which airline has the lowest customer satisfaction?  Las Vegas Review-Journal
Baltimore police investigating suspect death  4029tv