News roundup: S&P reaches $1.5B deal with US states over crisis-era ratings … Slump in oil prices brings pressure, investment opportunity … US companies can now can stake claims to territory on the moon

    Coming to terms: Ratings firm Standard & Poor's will pay $1.5 billion to resolve a series of lawsuits over its ratings on mortgage securities that soured in the runup to the 2008 financial crisis,…

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