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Perfect World joins consortium offering to buy out Shanda Games

April 21 - China's online game developer Perfect World Co Ltd said it joined the consortium offering to buy rival Shanda Games Ltd.

Thu, Apr 17 2014

UPDATE 1-Retailer Michaels Stores confirms payment card data breach

April 17 - Michaels Stores Inc, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, on Thursday confirmed that there was a security breach at certain systems that process payment cards at its U.S. stores and that of its unit, Aaron Brothers.

CORRECTED-Retailer Michaels Stores confirms payment card data breach

April 17 - Michaels Stores Inc, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, on Thursday confirmed that there was a breach of certain systems that process payment cards at its U.S. stores and that of its unit, Aaron Brothers.

U.S./Canada daily earnings hits & misses April 17 - 1800 ET

April 17 - The following U.S.- and Canada-listed companies reported earnings on Thursday. This list shows whether they beat, met or missed Wall Street analysts' forecasts. It also shows the difference between analysts' expectations and reported results. The figures are provided by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Revenue figures are in millions. Company Name Ticker Qtr Industry Curr EPS Est EPS Act Diff EPS Rev Est Rev Act Diff Rev ACACIA RESEARCH

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Athasbasca, America Movil, Barnes & Noble; Updates Etihad Airways, Post Holdings)

CORRECTED-Shares of Travelocity owner Sabre rise 7 percent in debut

(Corrects paragraph 3 to change number of outstanding shares and valuation)

UPDATE 1-Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala's profit jumps

DUBAI, April 17 - Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi state-owned investment fund with a mandate to develop the emirate's economy, said on Thursday its 2013 net profit tripled as soaring stock markets boosted the value of its financial investments.

INDIA PRESS-KKR, Blackstone eye stake in Idea-Business Standard

Note: Reuters has not verified this story and does not vouch for its accuracy. (Compiled by Abhiram Nandakumar in Bangalore)

Wed, Apr 16 2014

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Michael Foods, Electronic Funds Source, Osisko Mining, Veolia Environnement, Ahli United Bank, Sodastream)

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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.