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Canadian police probe 'suspicious' deaths of billionaire couple

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police said they were investigating the mysterious deaths of Barry Sherman, founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, and his wife, Honey, one of the nation's wealthiest couples whose bodies were found in their mansion on Friday.

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Report: Billionaire, wife found dead in home

Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead in their mansion Friday afternoon, CNN affiliate CTV reports.

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North Korean hackers behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges, South Korean newspaper reports

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's spy agency said North Korean hackers were behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges this year in which some 7.6 billion won ($6.99 million) worth of cryptocurrencies were stolen, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

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Canada police probe 'suspicious' deaths of billionaire, wife

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police said they were investigating the mysterious deaths of the billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, Barry Sherman, and his wife, Honey, who were found dead in their Toronto mansion on Friday.

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As a Must-Pass Republican Tax Bill Headed for the Finish Line, Rubio Saw an Opening

On Thursday, Marco Rubio took a stand: He threatened to vote no unless House and Senate negotiators expanded the child tax credit.

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Final Republican tax bill slashes U.S. corporate rate, voting next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans on Friday unveiled the final version of their dramatic U.S. tax overhaul - debt-financed cuts for businesses, the wealthy and some middle-class Americans - and picked up crucial support from two wavering senators ahead of planned votes by lawmakers early next week.

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REFILE-UPDATE 2-Elliott takes stake in Akamai Tech, says shares undervalued

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Hedge fund Elliott Management disclosed a 6.5 percent stake in Akamai Technologies on Friday, and said the company's $9.7 billion market value did not reflect the uses of its platform, which speeds up content delivery over the internet.

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UPDATE 3-Unilever to sell spreads business to KKR for $8 billion

* Co to return cash to shareholders barring other M&A (Adds Breakingviews link)

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Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire, wife found dead in Toronto

(Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, Barry Sherman, and his wife Honey, were found dead in their Toronto home on Friday under circumstances that police described as "suspicious."

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Republican tax bill retains U.S. electric vehicle tax credit

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A compromise Republican tax bill released late Friday does not eliminate a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives had previously proposed.

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Canadian billionaire found dead in Toronto: Ontario health minister

(Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex, Barry Sherman, and his wife Honey, were found dead in Toronto on Thursday, Ontario's health minister said on Twitter.

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N.J. nuclear power subsidy bill could cost $320 million per year

(Reuters) - Three state senators in New Jersey sponsored a bill that could cost electric ratepayers about $320 million a year to subsidize nuclear reactors that could otherwise be closed.

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Republican plan slashes corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and keeps seven tax brackets

Republicans are poised to unveil their final tax bill Friday evening, a step that will place them on track to vote on their plan next week and potentially have President Donald Trump sign it into law by the end of the year.

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Bill gets rid of Obamacare individual mandate

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N.J. nuclear power subsidy bill could cost $320 mln per year

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Three state senators in New Jersey sponsored a bill that could cost electric ratepayers about $320 million a year to subsidize nuclear reactors that could otherwise be closed.

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Final Republican tax bill slashes U.S. corporate rate: summary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans' final tax legislation proposes cutting taxes as expected for businesses, the wealthy and some middle-class Americans, according to a summary seen by Reuters on Friday, with decisive votes expected next week in a critical moment for the party and President Donald Trump.

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BRIEF-Baker Hughes A Ge Co Files For Debt Shelf Of Up To $3 Bln

* BAKER HUGHES A GE CO FILES FOR DEBT SHELF OF UP TO $3.0 BILLION - SEC FILING Source text for Eikon: (http://bit.ly/2kykFeR) Further company coverage:

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Argentine Congress to make fresh attempt at pension debate on Monday

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's lower house of Congress will try on Monday to debate the government's pension bill, lawmakers said on Friday, after the first attempt at discussing it this week ended with violent protests that forced the legislature to suspend session.

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Wall Street closes at records with tax overhaul in sight

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's three major indexes climbed to record closing highs on Friday with broad-based gains as a long-awaited bill to cut corporate tax rates looked like it would win enough support from lawmakers to pass.

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BRIEF-MDC Partners Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up to $1 Bln

* MDC PARTNERS INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $1.0 BILLION - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2zfQ924) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Metlife Says In 2018 Baseline Capital Management Plan Would See Return Close To $5 Bln To Common Shareholders

* METLIFE INC - EXPECT TO HAVE CASH COMMITMENTS OF BETWEEN $2.0 BILLION & $3.0 BILLION OVER 2017 AND 2018 RELATING TO LIABILITY MANAGEMENT TRANSACTIONS

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Can the tax bill pass if McCain and Cochran are absent?

Senate Republicans are working to shore up enough votes within their caucus to pass tax reform next week, even in the unlikely but possible scenario that two Republican senators are absent for the big vote.

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Republicans finish tax bill, gain support from Rubio, Corker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul on Friday and picked up support from two more wavering senators as they raced toward votes on final approval next week.

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'Tiger Cub' Griffin shuts his Blue Ridge hedge fund after 21 years

BOSTON (Reuters) - John Griffin is shutting his $6 billion Blue Ridge Capital hedge fund after more than two decades, becoming the latest high profile investor to liquidate his business as industry...

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Speculators raise net-short dollar bets to $7.81 bln -CFTC, Reuters

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Speculators raised their net-short bets on the U.S. dollar to $7.81 billion in the latest week, the 22nd straight week of bearish bets against the U.S. currency, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commision calculated by Reuters.

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Wall Street at record highs on rising hopes of tax overhaul

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's three major indexes scaled new heights on Friday, with all major sectors pushing higher as a long-awaited tax bill that would cut corporate tax rates looked like it would win support among lawmakers.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World shares gain; U.S. yield curve flattest in decade

* Dollar index firmer on tax bill optimism (Updates to Europe close, adds commentary)

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CSX shares derail after CEO takes unexpected medical leave

(Reuters) - CSX Corp shares skidded as much as 10 percent on Friday, wiping out $4 billion in market value, as the No. 3 U.S. railroad by revenue sought to assure investors its turnaround would progress despite the unexpected medical leave of its chief executive officer.

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UPDATE 4-CSX shares derail after CEO takes unexpected medical leave

Dec 15 (Reuters) - CSX Corp shares skidded as much as 10 percent on Friday, wiping out $4 billion in market value, as the No. 3 U.S. railroad by revenue sought to assure investors its turnaround would progress despite the unexpected medical leave of its chief executive officer.

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Prices $1.3 Billion Multifamily K-Deal, K-071

* FREDDIE MAC - EXPECTS TO ISSUE APPROXIMATELY $1.3 BILLION IN K CERTIFICATES WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO SETTLE ON OR ABOUT DECEMBER 22, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Brazil's Temer says pension bill 2 to 3 dozen votes short

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government has secured between 270 and 280 of the 308 votes needed to approve a bill to overhaul the country's bloated social security system in February, President Michel Temer said on Friday.

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Wall Street at record on rising hopes of tax overhaul

(Reuters) - Wall Street major indexes scaled new heights on Friday, with all the major sectors pushing higher as the long-awaited bill to lower corporate tax rates enters the final stretch.

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Wall Street rally sets the stage for big IPO year in 2018

(Reuters) - A relentless bull-run in U.S. stock indexes this year has set the stage for a strong IPO market in 2018, with several multi-billion dollar firms including Airbnb and Spotify widely expected to grab headlines with their offerings.

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Republicans finish tax bill, will release details later in day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul and will release the details later on Friday, including plans for an expanded child tax credit aimed at winning the support of two wavering senators.

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GRAPHIC-Wall St rally sets the stage for big IPO year in 2018

Dec 15 (Reuters) - A relentless bull-run in U.S. stock indexes this year has set the stage for a strong IPO market in 2018, with several multi-billion dollar firms including Airbnb and Spotify widely expected to grab headlines with their offerings.

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Unilever to sell spreads business to KKR for $8 billion

(Reuters) - Unilever has agreed to sell its margarine and spreads business to U.S. private equity firm KKR for 6.83 billion euros ($8.04 billion) to concentrate on faster growing products.

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Exclusive: Safran, Zodiac deal expected to win unconditional EU approval - source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French aero engine maker Safran is set to secure an EU green light for its $7.7 billion bid for aircraft seat maker Zodiac Aerospace to create the world's third-largest aerospace supplier, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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UPDATE 2-Unilever to sell spreads business to KKR for $8 billion

* Co to return cash to shareholders barring other M&A (Updates with Unilever confirmation)

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Republicans race to finish tax bill and win over reluctant senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress worked furiously on Friday to put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul and expanded a child tax credit in an effort to win the support of two wavering senators.

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U.S. court dismisses $3 billion suit against Deutsche Bank by Jewish family heirs

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A U.S. district court in Florida has dismissed a lawsuit by the heirs of a prominent Jewish family seeking $3 billion from Deutsche Bank.

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Wall St. rises as bank, healthcare stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes rose in morning trading on Friday, driven by gains in shares of banking and healthcare companies and on hopes that a final Republican tax bill will be unveiled in Congress later in the day.

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UPDATE 3-CSX shares derail after CEO takes unexpected medical leave

Dec 15 (Reuters) - CSX Corp shares slid as much as 10 percent on Friday, wiping out $4 billion in market value, as the No. 3 U.S. railroad sought to assure investors its turnaround would progress despite the unexpected medical leave of its chief executive officer.

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Unilever to sell margarine and spreads unit to KKR for $8 billion

LONDON (Reuters) - Unilever has agreed to sell its margarine and spreads business to KKR for 6.8 billion euros ($8 billion), it said on Friday, confirming an earlier report by Reuters saying the U.S. private equity fund had made it into exclusive talks to buy the shrinking business.

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Unilever to sell margarine and spreads unit to KKR for $8 bln

LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Unilever has agreed to sell its margarine and spreads business to KKR for 6.8 billion euros ($8 billion), it said on Friday, confirming an earlier report by Reuters saying the U.S. private equity fund had made it into exclusive talks to buy the shrinking business. ($1 = 0.8498 euros) (Reporting by Martinne Geller; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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EU court rejects U.S. intervention in Apple's Irish $15 billion tax case

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's second-highest court has rejected a request from the U.S. government to intervene in Apple's challenge against an EU order to pay back taxes of up to 13 billion euros ($15.3 billion) because it failed to prove a direct interest in the outcome of the case.

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Republicans alter tax bill in bid to win over reluctant senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress on Friday expanded a child tax credit that is part of sweeping tax legislation in order to shore up support for passage, but it was still unclear whether the move was enough to satisfy two balking senators.

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Cuomo, GOP lawmaker clash: Stick to the facts

CNN's Chris Cuomo pushes back against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) while discussing the GOP tax bill.

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BRIEF-Kingold Jewelry Inc's Unit Enters Trust Loan Agreement

* SAYS ON DEC 1, CO'S UNIT ENTERED INTO A TRUST LOAN AGREEMENT OF RMB 1 BILLION WITH ZHESHANG JINHUI TRUST

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Rubio repeats concerns on U.S. tax bill ahead of expected vote next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Friday repeated his concerns that an expansion of child tax credit in a tax bill his party's leaders hope to pass next week is too little to win his support, keeping a cloud over prospects for the legislation's passage.

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Steinhoff's ex-chairman Wiese calls off $2.6 billion Shoprite deal

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African tycoon Christo Wiese on Friday called off plans to sell his stake in grocer Shoprite to Steinhoff's African arm , a day after he resigned from Steinhoff's board in the midst of an accounting scandal.

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BRIEF-Hanesbrands Amends Senior Secured Credit Facility

* SENIOR SECURED CREDIT FACILITY INCREASED TO $2.25 BILLION FROM $1.925 BILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Will Rubio get what he wants from tax bill?

The Republican tax bill is done, according to two sources involved in the process.

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Wall Street opens higher on tax bill optimism

(Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Friday as investors were optimistic about the passage of the Republican's much-awaited tax overhaul bill by the year-end.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises, boosted by Linamar on acquisition news

TORONTO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index gained in early trading on Friday, as auto parts maker Linamar Corp jumped on news of a C$1.2 billion deal to buy an agricultural equipment maker, and heavyweight energy and financial stocks also rose.

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Exclusive: KKR wins auction for Unilever's spreads business - sources

(Reuters) - Private equity firm KKR is in exclusive talks to buy Unilever's margarine and spreads business, people familiar with the matter said on Friday, in a deal expected to top $7 billion.

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Stock futures recover from tax bill concerns

(Reuters) - U.S. stock markets were set to open higher on Friday, recovering from a bout of uncertainty surrounding the passage of the Republicans' much-awaited tax overhaul bill.

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US STOCKS-Futures recover from tax bill concerns

Dec 15 (Reuters) - U.S. stock markets were set to open higher on Friday, recovering from a bout of uncertainty surrounding the passage of the Republicans' much-awaited tax overhaul bill.

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SAP says one-off item to reduce 2017 tax bill

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German business software group SAP SE said on Friday lowered the forecast for its expected effective tax rate in 2017 to reflect the impact of an intra-group transfer of intellectual property rights.

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Marco Rubio says he's a 'no' vote for now. A handful of other Republicans say they're still evaluating the bill

Republicans have an aggressive schedule for getting their tax plan through Congress, but with a vote on final passage coming as early as Monday, congressional observers are keeping a close eye on a handful of GOP senators who can prevent or pass the legislation.

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With Billions at Stake in Tax Debate, Lobbyists Played Hardball

The rapid pace of the tax bill moving through Congress left lobbyists with little time and few lawmakers to press for changes in the $1.5 trillion overhaul.

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South Korea's Kakao to issue GDRs of up to $1 billion for M&A

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean messaging app service provider Kakao Corp said on Friday it is targeting raising up to $1 billion overseas for use in global mergers and acquisitions.

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'Dark money' provision dropped from tax bill

A controversial provision that would have permitted nonprofit groups to enter politics and could have led so-called "dark money" contributions to become tax deductible has been dropped from the GOP tax bill, according to a leading Senate Democrat.

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WH economist predicts Rubio will come around on tax bill

President Donald Trump's top economic adviser said Thursday night he's confident Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will ultimately be a "yes" on the GOP tax bill despite the senator's threat to vote against the legislation unless there is a more generous child tax credit -- a threat that could leave Senate Republicans with no room for error with their slim 52-48 majority.

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Opinion: Mom, Pop -- you're the losers in this tax plan

As the Republican tax plan continues to advance -- and morph -- with dizzying speed, those of us in the accounting business continue to be astonished by the thickening maze of loopholes emerging from the bill.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil real sinks to 6-month low as pension vote delayed

(Updates prices) By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Brazil's real on Thursday sank to a nearly six-month low after lawmakers delayed a vote on a bill to cut social security benefits that is seen as a key measure to rein in the deficit. Mexico's peso sank nearly 0.8 percent, only briefly paring losses after the country's central bank raised interest rates, while Chile's peso gained more than 1 percent to a two-week high, helped by rising prices for copper, the country'

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Man with ALS to senator: You can save my life

Ady Barkan, a man with ALS, confronted Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) about Barkan's need for medicare disability benefits ahead of the upcoming vote on the latest version of the GOP tax bill.

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New York, New Jersey commit $3.65 billion to fund tunnel project

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey on Thursday committed $1.75 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively, to fund a new rail tunnel underneath New York's Hudson River, part of an urgent program to expand and renovate Amtrak's aging and heavily traveled Northeast Corridor line.

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Republicans join push to lift secrecy around misconduct in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prominent Republican senators on Thursday embraced a push to overhaul rules for addressing sexual harassment in the U.S. Congress, signing on to a bill that would protect victims and require lawmakers to pay for their own settlements.

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Bill prohibits abortion in Down syndrome cases

A bill that could keep women from having abortions after tests reveal that a fetus might have Down syndrome is heading to Ohio Gov. John Kasich's desk.

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Brazil's Petrobras receives $3 billion in China Development Bank loan

SAO PAULO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA on Thursday received $3 billion under a $5 billion loan from China Development Bank, the company said in a securities filing.

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Investors pull most money in 2017 from U.S. stock funds: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors pulled $16.2 billion from U.S.-based equity funds during the latest week, according to Lipper, marking the largest withdrawals since December 2016.

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Wall St falls as investors fret about tax bill passage

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major U.S. stock indexes fell on Thursday, with the S&P 500 down the most in a month, as investor worries over potential roadblocks to the Republicans' tax overhaul more than offset optimism over strong retail sales data.

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Common Sense: The Disney-Fox Deal Has Friends in High Places

The Justice Department moved to block AT&T’s attempted acquisition of Time Warner. So why would it approve this $52.4 billion megadeal?

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As Republican tax vote nears, more senators waver

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to win passage of a sweeping Republican tax bill in the U.S. Congress hit potential obstacles on Thursday as two more Republican senators insisted on changes, joining a list of lawmakers whose support is uncertain.

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Wall Street falls as investors fret about tax bill passage

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow were lower on Thursday as investors worried about potential roadblocks to Republicans' tax overhaul, offseting their optimism over strong retail sales data.

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Rubio says he's a 'no' on tax bill unless he gets child tax credit

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, told congressional leadership that he will not support the latest version of the GOP tax bill if the legislation doesn't make the child tax credit more generous.

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As Republican tax bill vote nears, two senators demand changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to win passage of a sweeping tax bill hit a potential obstacle on Thursday as two Republican senators, who previously backed the measure, insisted on a change to its child tax credit.

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Perrigo lines up bid for Merck's consumer health unit: sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Generic drugmaker Perrigo has decided to enter the fray for Merck KGaA's consumer health unit, sources told Reuters, and is preparing an indicative offer for the $4.7 billion business ahead of a deadline on Friday.

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DaVita unit to pay $63.7 million to resolve U.S. billing probe

Dec 14 (Reuters) - A pharmacy services unit of DaVita Inc has agreed to pay $63.7 million to resolve allegations that it improperly billed federal healthcare programs for medications and paid illegal financial inducements to patients, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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Republican Senator Lee undecided on tax bill, seeks child credit changes: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Mike Lee has not decided whether to support a Republican tax bill and wants changes to the child tax credit, an aide to the lawmaker said on Thursday.

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U.S. tax bill to preserve key renewable energy credits, sources say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The final version of comprehensive tax legislation being negotiated by House and Senate lawmakers will preserve key renewable energy tax credits that were once at risk of being removed, congressional and business sources said on Thursday.

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Republican Senator Lee now undecided on tax bill: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Mike Lee, unhappy with his party's tax legislation provision on child tax credits, is "undecided" on whether he will vote for the measure if changes are not included, spokesman Conn Carroll said on Thursday.

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Republicans Prepare for Final Rollout of Tax Bill

As Republicans prepared to roll out their final $1.5 trillion tax plan questions continued to loom about how the last-minute changes would be paid for.

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Perrigo preparing non-binding bid for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit -sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Perrigo has decided to enter the fray for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit, sources told Reuters on Thursday, and is preparing an indicative offer for the $4.7 billion business ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil currency touches 7-month low as pension vote delayed

By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The Brazilian real on Thursday hit a fresh seven-month low after the lower house of Congress delayed to February a vote on a key bill to cut social security benefits. President Michel Temer had said he hoped for a vote by Tuesday, but he has struggled to rally lawmaker support for the unpopular pension cuts, which many investors consider essential to reining in Brazil's surging public debt. Lower House Speaker Rodrigo Maia said th

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Disney buying Fox film, TV units for $52 billion in digital push

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co has struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion in stock, giving the world's largest entertainment company an arsenal of shows and movies to combat growing digital rivals Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

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U.S. bill to allow property and income or sales tax deductions: key lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee indicated on Thursday that a Republican tax bill will allow property and income or sales taxes to be deducted under the state and local income tax deduction.

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Senator McCain will vote on tax bill -No. 2 Republican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain, who is receiving treatment for brain cancer and has missed votes this week, will be available next week to vote on the tax compromise bill, John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate, said on Thursday.

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Exclusive: Luxottica, Essilor tie-up on track for unconditional EU okay - sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Italian eyewear maker Luxottica and French lens manufacturer Essilor are set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for their 48 billion-euro ($57 billion) merger, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Wall Street higher on optimism over tax bill, Fed's economic outlook

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes hovered around record levels on Thursday, perked up by the Federal Reserve's upbeat view on the economy and news that the Republicans' tax code overhaul is set to face final votes in Congress before the year-end.

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US STOCKS-Wall St higher on optimism over tax bill, Fed's economic outlook

* Weekly jobless claims fall; Nov. retail sales beat estimates

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Spotify price tag rises ahead of filing for NYSE listing: sources

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The value of music streaming service Spotify, which is planning a stock market listing, has grown around 20 percent to at least $19 billion in the past few months, outperforming U.S. and European tech indexes, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Spotify price tag rises ahead of filing for NYSE listing - sources

STOCKHOLM, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The value of music streaming service Spotify, which is planning a stock market listing, has grown around 20 percent to at least $19 billion in the past few months, outperforming U.S. and European tech indexes, sources familiar with the matter said.

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BRIEF-Toshiba Fulfills $3.68 Bln Parent Guarantee Obligation For Vogtle Nuclear Expansion

* TOSHIBA FULFILLS $3.68 BILLION PARENT GUARANTEE OBLIGATION FOR VOGTLE NUCLEAR EXPANSION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Italy adopts living wills allowing patients to refuse treatment

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Senate passed into law on Thursday a bill allowing severely ill people to refuse treatment that would prolong their lives.

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Online shopping won't grow forever, says Unibail boss creating malls giant

SYDNEY/PARIS (Reuters) - Online shopping has its limits and physical stores will never go out of fashion, says the CEO of Unibail-Rodamco which is betting $16 billion on buying Westfield to create a global mall giant.

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Mulvaney says U.S. tax bill votes could be Tuesday, Wednesday: CNBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Thursday he believed votes on tax overhaul legislation could occur in the Senate and House of Representatives as early as Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

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Disney to buy Fox film, some TV businesses for $52 billion

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co has struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion in stock as the world's largest entertainment company seeks even greater scale to combat growing digital rivals Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

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Stock futures up, eyes on Disney-Fox deal, bank stocks

(Reuters) - Wall Street was set for a slightly higher open on Thursday as traders focused on a $52.4 billion stock deal between Walt Disney and Twenty-First Century Fox and gains in shares of big banks.

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Exclusive: EU regulators to clear Luxottica, Essilor deal without conditions - sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Italy's Luxottica and French glasses group Essilor are set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for their 48-billion-euro ($56.8 billion), two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.