PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news - Jan 14

Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:34am EST

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Jan 14 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

* Ford Motor, the second-largest American automaker after General Motors, took the wraps off a radically redesigned pickup truck at the annual Detroit auto show. Ford will replace its F-150 truck's traditional steel body panels with aluminum parts, which saves weight and improves fuel economy. ()

* Charter Communications offered $37.8 billion to acquire Time Warner Cable, the country's second-largest cable operator. Including debt, the offer is valued at $61.3 billion. ()

* Japan's Suntory announced it would buy Beam Inc , the maker of Jim Beam and Maker's Mark, for $13.6 billion, in one of the biggest takeovers in the liquor business in years which will transform it into the third-largest distiller globally. ()

* Apple Inc is campaigning aggressively against a court-appointed inspector, appointed to make sure that the company complied with antitrust laws after it was found last summer to have conspired with five publishers to fix prices for e-books, saying he is intruding on operations. ()

* People signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's federal and state marketplaces tend to be older and potentially less healthy, officials said on Monday, a demographic trend that could threaten the law's economic foundations and cause premiums to rise in the future. ()

* House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement on a trillion-dollar spending plan that will finance the government through September, reversing some cuts to military veterans' pensions that were included in a broader budget agreement last month and defeating efforts to rein in President Obama's health care law. ()

* FBI investigators do not believe Internal Revenue Service officials committed crimes in the unusually heavy scrutiny of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, a law enforcement official said on Monday. ()

* Google Inc agreed to pay $3.2 billion in cash for Nest Labs, which makes Internet-connected devices like thermostats and smoke alarms. ()

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