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A central reform in the Dodd-Frank financial regulation act faces further delay after top regulators told a Senate committee Thursday that they believed more clarity was needed on what factors determined whether a financial company was "too big to fail," and subject to heightened government regulation. Regulators face a January deadline to put new rules in place, but the financial industry and Congress hoped for sooner to eliminate uncertainty over new rule.

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Critical industries, such as power plants, would get government incentives to ensure their systems are secure from computer-based attacks, the White House said Thursday, detailing its broad proposal to beef up the country's cybersecurity.Under the legislation, the Department of Homeland Security would work with industry to come up with ways to secure their computer systems. If a company fails to do so, or comes up with an inadequate plan, the department would be able develop its own security framework for that firm.

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The Treasury Departmentwill hold off on further sales of the stock it owns in General Motors Co. until August at the earliest, the Associated Press reported Thursday, citing people who had been briefed on the situation. The sources AP cited spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss decisions that have not yet been publicly announced by the government. The government now owns 500 million shares of General Motors, a 26.5 percent stake in the company.

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally brushed aside talk of retirement on Thursday, saying he hasn't given any thought to stepping down now that the company is profitable. "I haven't thought about that at all," Mulally, 65, said during a brief meeting with reporters after Ford Motor Co.'s annual shareholders meeting in Wilmington, Del.

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"If this is the full hit from the rise in gas prices, it is no big deal."

Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. economist for High Frequency Economics.

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$1.2M

The annual pricethe U.S. Postal Service pays in medical expenses resulting from dog attacks.

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, says it's set to eliminate 4,000 to 5,000 of the company's 73,400 jobs to cut costs ...Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors find problems with equipment, training and procedures at some U.S. nuclear plants, but none serious enough to undermine confidence in safe operation, regulators say... Saab Automobile's future is thrown into doubt again when it announces a partnership with a Chinese automaker has collapsed

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