PRESS DIGEST - Wall Street Journal - March 5

Wed Mar 5, 2014 1:19am EST
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March 5(Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

* The United States kept up a war of words with Russian President Vladimir Putin while hoping he will back down over Ukraine, but there was little evidence Tuesday he would. ()

* Threats by the U.S. and European powers to impose tough sanctions on Russia over its incursion into Ukraine have run into a difficult economic reality: the West has as much at stake as Moscow. ()

* China's leaders kept the growth target for their giant economy unchanged, but signaled that they are more concerned than ever about reaching it, giving themselves the option of letting credit flow freely to keep from falling short. ()

* A federal judge ruled that a record $9.5 billion environmental-damage award against Chevron Corp was tainted by the misdeeds of a lawyer leading the lawsuit, giving the oil giant a boost in its battle against a global effort to seize its assets. ()   Continued...