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Manning served tough prison term, commutation would not send wrong signal: Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning had served a tough prison term and his decision to commute her 35-year sentence to about seven years served would not signal leniency toward leakers of U.S. government secrets.

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United Air shares slip amid 2016 year-end results

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors remained skittish on United Continental Holdings Inc stock on Wednesday, even as company executives sought to reassure the doubtful on its expected performance for the year.

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BRIEF-LiCo Energy signs agreement to buy lithium exploitation concession in Chile

* LiCo Energy Metals signs a definitive option agreement to acquire lithium exploitation concession in Salar de Atacama, Chile

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BRIEF-Evelo Biosciences Inc says raises $30.5 mln in equity financing

* Evelo Biosciences Inc says has raised $30.5 million in equity financing - SEC filing Source text (http://bit.ly/2jouQSa)

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Student opens fire at private school in Mexico; 5 injured

A teenage student in northeastern Mexico shot and wounded a teacher and three classmates at a private school before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

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Robo-advisor Wealthfront diversifies with stock selling service

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wealthfront, one of the earliest and largest online investment management startups known as "robo-advisors," is launching a free automated service that will let employees of listed firms sell stocks in their companies.

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BRIEF-Bank of Nova Scotia says files for mixed shelf of up to $20 bln

* Files for mixed shelf of up to $20 billion - SEC filing Source text (http://bit.ly/2jovwXG) Further company coverage:

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Angry gendarmes temporarily shut down Ivory Coast's main port

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Paramilitary gendarmes firing in the air temporarily sealed off access to Ivory Coast's main port on Wednesday, forcing companies including cocoa exporters to close down, as weeks of unrest in the security forces showed no signs of easing.

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Wife of Florida nightclub gunman pleads not guilty to aiding attack

OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - The wife of the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges she assisted him ahead of the fatal shooting of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida and later misleading authorities.

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Jump in manufacturing, tight labor markets show U.S. economic health: Fed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A pickup in manufacturing, "widespread" reports of labor shortages and improving business investment set the stage for the Federal Reserve's December rate hike amid signs of steady economic growth across the country, the Fed reported Wednesday in its latest Beige Book compendium of economic conditions.

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UPDATE 2-Credit Suisse finalizes $5.3 bln mortgage deal with U.S.

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Credit Suisse has formally agreed to pay $5.3 billion to settle with U.S. authorities over claims it misled investors in residential mortgage-backed securities it sold in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

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Kawasaki dumps 'Apprentice' over Trump's continued involvement

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japanese motoring company Kawasaki said on Wednesday it was ending its association with reality TV show "The New Celebrity Apprentice" because of President-elect Donald Trump's continued involvement as an executive producer.

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Czech bubble artist surrounds 275 students with soap 'screen' to claim record

MLADA BOLESLAV, Czech Republic (Reuters) - A Czech performer of bubble art surrounded 275 high school students and a car with a single soap-bubble screen on Wednesday, breaking the national record.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Donald Trump, Gambia, Edward Snowden: Your Morning Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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UPDATE 1-Peru freezes bank accounts of Camargo Correa in graft inquiry

LIMA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Peru is freezing Camargo Correa SA's bank accounts as it investigates the Brazilian engineering company for possible corruption, the attorney general's office said late on Tuesday.

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Odebrecht again seeks to offload stake in Colombia river project

BOGOTA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht is looking to dispose of its entire stake in Colombia's Magdalena River navigability project, as the company battles corruption allegations across Latin America, an official told Reuters.

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Ethics office fires back at Tom Price

The Office of Government Ethics responded in real time to the confirmation hearing of Rep. Tom Price -- making clear to the public that signing off on his forms filed as the nominee for Health and Human Services does not approve past behavior.

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NBC Will Bring Back ‘Will & Grace’

The original cast of the hit show, its director and its creators will all return for a 10-episode run during the 2017-18 season.

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BRIEF-Sea-Land Chemical Co. expands relationship with Ingevity

* Ingevity Corp says effective January 1, 2017, Ingevity announced expansion of Sea-Land Chemical Co. distribution territory

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Goldman could move up to 1,000 London staff to Frankfurt -Handelsblatt

BERLIN, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs is considering moving up to 1,000 staff from London to Frankfurt because of concerns over Britain's vote to leave the European Union, Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper reported on Thursday, citing financial sources.

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Ireland reports 'mad cow' case, says no risk to health

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland said on Wednesday that a dead cow had been confirmed as having bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as mad cow disease, but said it had not entered the food chain and there was no risk to human health or beef's trade status.

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France's Roquette bets on pea protein with Canadian factory

PARIS (Reuters) - French plant-based ingredient maker Roquette will build the world's largest pea protein facility in Canada to meet fast-growing demand for vegetable protein in food and pharmaceutical products in North America, the group said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Neovasc provides update in litigation with Cardiaq

* Neovasc Inc - trial court granted Cardiaq's motion for pre- and post-judgment interest

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U.S. begins patent probe of graphics processors, DDR memory controllers

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission began a patent infringement probe on Wednesday after ZiiLabs Inc charged that several firms were importing products to the United States in violation of its patents on graphics processors and DDR memory controllers.

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BRIEF-InsideSales.com Inc says raises $50 mln in equity financing

* InsideSales.com Inc says has raised $50 million in equity financing - SEC filing Source text (http://bit.ly/2jomGJJ)

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UPDATE 1-U.S. affirms finding of China steel plate dumping, subsidies

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday it had made a final finding of dumping of certain imports of carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length (CTL) plate from China.

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UPDATE 4-Goldman Sachs profit soars on bond-trading surge

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc reported a nearly fourfold rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday thanks to a surge in bond trading revenue, with its finance chief offering a sunny outlook...

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BRIEF-Fannie Mae prices $1.351 billion Connecticut Avenue Securities risk sharing deal

* Fannie Mae prices $1.351 billion Connecticut Avenue Securities risk sharing deal

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Ex-New York state senator sentenced to five years in prison

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former New York state senator was sentenced on Wednesday to five years in prison for seeking to obstruct a federal investigation into whether he had embezzled proceeds from sales of foreclosed properties.

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Trump health pick defends stocks, says Americans won't lose insurance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for health secretary defended his vast healthcare stock holdings as being ethical and legal on Wednesday and said Americans who have gained coverage under Obamacare will not suddenly go without healthcare.

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BRIEF-BEAR STATE FINANCIAL INCREASES QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND BY 20 PCT TO $0.03/SHR

* BEAR STATE FINANCIAL INC TO INCREASE QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND BY 20 PERCENT

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Dominican Republic launches US$1.2bn 10-year bond: sources

By John Balassi NEW YORK, Jan 18 (IFR) - Here is the pricing progression on the new bond offering from the Dominican Republic, expected to price later on Wednesday, according to two people with...

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BRIEF-S&P rates Mozambique foreign currency ratings lowered to 'SD/D' on missed payment

* S&P - Mozambique foreign currency ratings lowered to 'SD/D' on missed payment

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BRIEF-S&P says Republic Of Colombia sovereign credit ratings affirmed

* S&P - Republic Of Colombia sovereign credit ratings affirmed; outlook remains negative

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One habit Trump says he will keep as president: tweeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump scrapped a proposal to move news briefings out of the White House, but said he wants his team to choose who gets into the press room.

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UPDATE 2-Trump health pick defends stocks, says Americans won't lose insurance

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for health secretary defended his vast healthcare stock holdings as being ethical and legal on Wednesday and said Americans who have gained coverage under Obamacare will not suddenly go without healthcare.

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U.S. finalizes finding of dumping, subsidies of steel plate from China

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday it had made a final finding of dumping of certain imports of carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length (CTL) plate from China.

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U.S. sues Oracle, alleges salary and hiring discrimination

(Reuters) - The U.S. Labor Department has sued Oracle America Inc, alleging that the technology company systematically paid its white, male employees more than other workers and unlawfully favored Asian applicants in its recruiting and hiring efforts.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. sues Oracle, alleges salary and hiring discrimination

Jan 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Labor Department has sued Oracle America Inc, alleging that the technology company systematically paid its white, male employees more than other workers and unlawfully favored Asian applicants in its recruiting and hiring efforts.

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Colombia peace talks with ELN rebels to begin Feb. 8: president

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's government will begin much-delayed formal peace talks with the country's second-biggest rebel group the ELN on Feb. 8, after the guerrillas release a politician being held hostage, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday.

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From Al Gore to water politics, climate change heats up Sundance

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As former U.S. vice president Al Gore filmed the sequel to his environmental documentary last year, he did not expect to be dealing with a new president who has dismissed climate change as a hoax.

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BRIEF-LIBERTY MEDIA RECEIVES FIA APPROVAL FOR PENDING ACQUISITION OF FORMULA 1

* LIBERTY MEDIA CORPORATION ANNOUNCES RECEIPT OF REQUIRED FIA APPROVAL IN CONNECTION WITH PENDING ACQUISITION OF FORMULA 1

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U.S. to probe whether Fujifilm violating Sony magnetic tape patents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Wednesday it had launched on investigation into whether Fujifilm Holdings Corp was violating patents which Sony Corp holds for certain magnetic tape cartridges.

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BRIEF-KELT EXPLORATION PLANS TO SPEND $144.6 MLN ON CAPITAL PROJECTS IN 2017

* IS FORECASTING FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS FOR 2017 TO BE APPROXIMATELY $128.0 MILLION

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U.S. Jewish centers report second wave of bomb threats in one month

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several Jewish community centers in different U.S. states reported receiving false telephone bomb threats on Wednesday in the second wave of promised attacks to target American Jewish facilities this month.

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Chelsea Clinton on life after the election

Chelsea Clinton has kept a low profile since her mother's election defeat in November.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. consumer agency sues Navient for 'failing' student loan borrowers

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators sued Navient Corp on Wednesday, accusing the largest U.S. student loan servicer of "systematically and illegally failing borrowers at every stage of repayment."

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Facebook dismissive of censorship, abuse concerns, rights groups allege

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 80 rights groups on Wednesday accused Facebook of "racially biased censorship" and failing to be more transparent about its removal policies and cooperation with law enforcement, adding to criticism the company has faced in recent months over its management of content on its network of 1.8 billion users.

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UPDATE 1-Motor racing-F1 body approves Liberty Media takeover

* Formula one's governing body also a shareholder (Adds detail)

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CANADA FX DEBT-C$ tumbles to 1-week low; Poloz says rate cut 'on the table'

(New throughout, updates prices and market activity, adds comments from analysts and details on Bank of Canada rate decision) * Canadian dollar at C$1.3216, or 75.67 U.S. cents * Loonie...

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UPDATE 2-Minneapolis Fed unveils institute to aid fiscal policymakers

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve is launching a research institute to generate ideas elected officials might use to help more Americans benefit from a growing economy, Minneapolis...

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UPDATE 1-Monte dei Paschi won't take chances with first state-backed bond -sources

MILAN, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Monte dei Paschi di Siena is unlikely to tap markets with an upcoming 2 billion euro ($2.1 billion) bond as it fears a state guarantee on the issue would not be sufficient to draw enough investor demand, three sources familiar with the matter said.

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JPMorgan Chase accused of paying women less than men

The U.S. sued JPMorgan Chase Wednesday, accusing the nation's largest bank of paying some women tech workers less than their male counterparts.

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Orlando nightclub shooter's widow pleads not guilty

Noor Salman, widow of the man who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub last year, has pleaded not guilty in a federal court in California Wednesday to all charges filed against her. A grand jury this month charged Salman with obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting her husband's material support to ISIS, the Islamist terror group to which Mateen pledged allegiance before dying in a shootout with police. A bail hearing is set for February 1.

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Fishermen hurled from boat traveling 55 mph

A pair of college students competing in a fishing tournament were thrown from their boat while it was traveling approximately 55 miles per hour.

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Trump EPA pick says backs biofuels program, but open to tweaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Wednesday he would honor the intent of the U.S. biofuels program, but remained open to tweaking it.

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China's Xi says to build new relations with United States

GENEVA (Reuters) - China will build a "new model" of relations with the United States as part of its creation of a "circle of friends" around the world, President Xi Jinping said in a speech at the United Nations in Geneva on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Twitter's Fabric acquired by Google- blog

* Fabric says signed agreement to be acquired by Google and team to join Google's developer products group- blog Source http://bit.ly/2k4L5Hm

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UPDATE 1-Trump EPA pick says backs biofuels program, but open to tweaks

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Wednesday he would honor the intent of the U.S. biofuels program, but remained open to tweaking it.

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Ex-president George H.W. Bush moved to intensive care; wife hospitalized

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been moved to an intensive-care unit at a Houston hospital with pneumonia and was resting comfortably after doctors performed a procedure to clear his airway, his office said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Second case of bird flu found in Chile, turkeys culled

SANTIAGO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Bird flu has been found at a turkey farm in central Chile, the second case of the disease detected in the country this month, agriculture officials said on Wednesday.

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Colombia amasses US$9bn in orders for new bond

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (IFR) - Colombia, rated Baa2/BBB/BBB, has amassed a US$9bn order book on a two-part bond US dollar bond ahead of pricing later on Wednesday, according to a lead on the deal.

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Migraines tied to increased stroke risk after surgery

(Reuters Health) - People with a history of migraines may be more likely to have a stroke after surgery than patients who don’t get these severe headaches, a recent study suggests.

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Colombia sets guidance on new bond offering

By Mike Gambale NEW YORK, Jan 18 (IFR) - Here is the pricing progression on the new bond offering from the Republic of Colombia (Baa2/BBB/BBB), expected to price later on Wednesday, according to market sources. SIZE MATURITY IPTs GUIDANCE TBD 10-yr* T+185bp area T+170bp area *** TBD 30-yr** T+235bp area T+220bp area *** * new issue ** tap of 5% 2045 bond *** area +/- 5bp Bookrunners: Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Itau BBA (Re

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Deutsche Bank plans small disposals over next year -CEO on CNBC

FRANKFURT, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank plans some small disposals over the next 12 months and still hopes to avoid issuing new capital to strengthen a balance sheet hit by large fines for legacy criminal behaviour, its chief executive told CNBC on Wednesday.

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Mars-born teenager discovers Earth in sci-fi film "The Space Between Us"

LOS ANGELES, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Actor Asa Butterfield portrays a human teenager born on Mars who visits Earth in "The Space Between Us", a romantic sci-fi movie also starring Oscar nominee Gary Oldman that premiered in Los Angeles this week.

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UPDATE 3-Canada central bank says interest rate cuts still on the table

OTTAWA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - An interest rate cut remains on the table if the risks facing the country are realized, the Bank of Canada said on Wednesday, warning there would be "material consequences"...

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Better to review Iran deal than withdraw from it: Trump U.N. pick Haley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It would be better for the United States to carefully review the 2015 Iran nuclear deal rather than unilaterally withdraw from it, Nikki Haley, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, said on Wednesday.

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'Will & Grace' returning to NBC

Honey, it's happening.

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Russia cbank to coordinate managing forex reserves with govt - Interfax

MOSCOW, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The Russian central bank will coordinate its action on how to manage forex reserves with the Finance Ministry, Interfax news agency quoted the bank as saying on Wednesday.

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Monte dei Paschi won't take chances with first state-backed bond-sources

MILAN, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Monte dei Paschi di Siena is unlikely to tap markets with an upcoming 2 billion euro ($2.1 bln) bond as it fears a state guarantee on the issue won't be enough to draw sufficient investor demand, three sources familiar with the matter said.

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BRIEF-Credit Suisse says reaches settlement with U.S. DOJ over mortgage-backed securities matter

* Credit Suisse says reaches settlement with U.S. Department of Justice regarding legacy residential mortgage-backed securities matter

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Italy placed 60-65 pct of new 15-yr bond abroad

MILAN, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Italy has placed 60-65 percent of a new 15-year bond it issued on Wednesday with foreign investors, in a sign of confidence in its debt despite a sovereign downgrade by DBRS rating agency last week, an official managing the sale said.

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UPDATE 1-World temperatures hit new high in 2016 for third year in a row

* Temperatures creeping close to ceiling set in Paris deal (Updates with UN data, comments, link to graphic)

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BRIEF-Renesas Electronics' purchase of Intersil unlikely to boost earnings of co until 2018 - Nikkei

* Renesas Electronics' purchase of U.S. company Intersil, is unlikely to boost earnings of Renesas Electronics until 2018 - Nikkei Source text - (http://s.nikkei.com/2jxKZHp) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Credit Suisse finalizes $5.3 bln mortgage deal with U.S.

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Credit Suisse formally agreed to pay $5.3 billion to settle with U.S. authorities over claims it misled investors in residential mortgage-backed securities it sold in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

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EPA 'water transfers' rule revived by U.S. appeals court

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday revived an Environmental Protection Agency rule permitting government agencies to transfer water between different bodies, such as rivers and lakes, without needing to safeguard for pollution.

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Argentina likely to find strong demand for bond sale -investors

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Argentina's planned bond sale on Thursday could be several times oversubscribed due to confidence in the government's ability to control inflation and spur economic growth, said...

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Peru tries to rescue seven miners trapped by landslide

LIMA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Rescuers worked frantically on Wednesday to free seven miners trapped for two days in a tunnel covered by a landslide in southern Peru, authorities said on Wednesday.

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Ivory Coast's main port reopens as unrest eases

ABIDJAN, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's main port in the commercial capital Abidjan reopened on Wednesday after it was temporarily shut down by protesting gendarmes officers earlier in the day, the port's management said.

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Q&A-Yuan fall on cards, more capital outflows a risk: ex-PBOC adviser

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The yuan could fall by five percent in 2017, and anything more than that will result in greater capital outflows, former People's Bank of China (PBOC) adviser...

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Ireland reports "mad cow" case, says no risk to health

DUBLIN, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Ireland said on Wednesday that a dead cow had been confirmed as having bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as mad cow disease, but said it had not entered the food chain and there was no risk to human health or beef's trade status.

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Investors race back to U.S. bond funds at fastest clip in five months: ICI

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors are unwinding the big bond selloff since the U.S. election, showering U.S.-based fixed income funds with the most new cash in five months during the latest week,...

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Chile sets guidance on new peso bond

By Paul Kilby NEW YORK, Jan 18 (IFR) - Here is the pricing progression on Chile's new local currency bond expected to price later on Wednesday, a tap of an existing bond that priced last year. ...

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Investors race back to U.S. bond funds at fastest clip in 5 months -ICI

By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Investors are unwinding the big bond selloff since the U.S. election, showering U.S.-based fixed income funds with the most new cash in five...

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See avalanche throw snowboarder down mountain

Tom Oye credits his inflatable backpack for saving his life after after being swept up in an avalanche in Whistler, British Columbia.

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BRIEF-AEP Industries stockholders vote to adopt Berry Plastics deal

* Stockholders voted to adopt agreement, plan of merger by and among Berry Plastics Group Inc

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U.S. consumer agency sues Navient for 'failing' student loan borrowers

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has sued student loan servicer Navient Corp for what it alleged was "systematically and illegally failing borrowers at every...

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UPDATE 3-Nigerian lawmakers urge measures to close gap to black market naira

* Projects annual inflation of 12.92 pct vs 18.55 pct in Dec (Adds details from senate document)

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Petrobras accepts pay raise demand, in exchange for fewer hours

SAO PAULO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petrobras said on Wednesday it accepted a demand from workers for an 8.5 percent pay raise retroactive to September, a move that could eliminate the threat of a strike.

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How Much Warmer Was Your City in 2016?

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Trump spokesman to brief press on Thursday

(Reuters) - Donald Trump's spokesman said his team will brief the media on Thursday in Washington, one day before the Republican U.S. president-elect is sworn into office on Friday.

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Driving In for the Swearing-In: A Trump Voter Heads to Washington

The New York Times is driving to the inauguration with supporters of President-elect Donald J. Trump, talking about life and the future of America.

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U.S. Senate panel grills Trump's EPA pick over energy ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senators quizzed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, over his energy industry ties during a contentious confirmation hearing on Wednesday that was briefly interrupted by protesters.

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Shell bolsters offshore wind interests with bid in U.S. tender

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell has been shortlisted by the U.S. government to make a bid for an offshore wind project licence in the waters off North Carolina, as it comes under pressure from shareholders to diversify into green energy.

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UPDATE 3-Goldman Sachs profit soars on bond-trading surge

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc reported a nearly fourfold rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday thanks to a surge in bond trading revenue, with its finance chief offering a sunny outlook for business in 2017.

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General Motors to pay $1 million to resolve SEC accounting case tied to ignition switch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Motors Co has agreed to pay $1 million to resolve a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accounting case related to a faulty ignition switch linked to 124 deaths and 275 injuries, the regulator said on Wednesday.

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Thief walks away after Cannes jewelry heist worth 15 million euros

PARIS (Reuters) - A robber brandishing a pistol and a grenade stole diamonds worth 15 million euros ($16 million) on Wednesday in the French Riviera town of Cannes and calmly escaped on foot, a regional prosecutor said.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. Senate panel grills Trump's EPA pick over energy ties

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Democratic Senators quizzed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, over his energy industry ties during a contentious confirmation hearing on Wednesday that was briefly interrupted by protesters.

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UPDATE 1-Clydesdale Bank to close a third of its branches, cut 400 jobs - union

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Clydesdale Bank Plc is planning to close about a third of its bank branches and fire more than 400 employees to reduce costs, the Unite union said on Wednesday.