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Merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp, Newmont Mining Corp. stall, but interest remains high

Talks between Barrick Gold Corp and Newmont Mining Corp about a potential merger have snagged, but sources close to the situation say the companies remain keen to reach a deal and discussions are likely to resume. Analysts and some investors have long thought a deal, particularly involving their major operations in Nevada, was logical from a cost-cutting perspective.

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IGT earnings tumble 66 percent

Slot machine manufacturer International Game Technology, which has corporate headquarters in both Las Vegas and Reno, said Tuesday earnings dropped 66 percent during the second quarter.