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December 17, 2002

* Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who resigned this year as production chief of Warner Bros. Pictures, will move to Paramount Pictures as a film producer after Jan. 1. Di Bonaventura, who was briefly a producer at Warner after resigning, said he signed a three-year, first-look motion picture deal with Paramount.

* Household International Inc.'s $484-million settlement of charges it misled borrowers about home-loan terms was approved by 50 U.S. states, Iowa's attorney general said. Household, being acquired by HSBC Holdings has denied the allegations and declined to comment.

* A U.S. court granted America Online almost $7 million in damages from CN Productions, a company the Internet giant said sent its users nearly 1 billion unwanted e-mails touting adult Web sites.

* Fluor Corp.'s construction joint venture with Empresas ICA Sociedad Controladora won a $250-million contract to build a power plant in Mexico.

* Cooper Cos. reported net income of $16.2 million, or 52 cents a share, for its fiscal fourth quarter, a 37% increase from a year earlier.

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