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Nikkei falls to more than 1-week low; telecom stocks extend slide

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks fell to more than a week low on Friday morning, with mobile firms extending a sell-off on concerns of increased competition after Rakuten said it aims to become Japan's fourth wireless carrier.

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UPDATE 1-Moves in S.Korea to make cryptocurrency trading more transparent

* Virtual currency users to be identified to boost transparency

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UPDATE 1-Uber investor departs venture firm amid harassment claims

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, known for his early bet on Uber Technologies Inc, said on Thursday that he would sever ties with his venture capital company, Sherpa Capital, after being accused of sexual misconduct.

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UPDATE 1-CSX CEO Hunter Harrison takes medical leave amid rail overhaul

Dec 14 (Reuters) - CSX Corp said on Thursday its Chief Executive Officer Hunter Harrison was taking medical leave, an announcement that comes amid of a controversial turnaround plan at the No. 3 U.S. railroad that has drawn customer criticism and scrutiny from regulators.

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UPDATE 2-Hedge fund Elliott prepares second challenge to Hess Corp

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Elliott Management Corp is readying for a new fight with Hess Corp to remedy what the activist hedge fund called on Thursday "continuing underperformance" by the U.S. oil and gas producer.

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UPDATE 3-U.S. labor board overturns Obama-era 'joint employment' ruling

Dec 14 (Reuters) - A U.S. labor board on Thursday overturned an Obama-era ruling that had made it easier for unions and workers to hold companies accountable for practices of contractors and franchisees, a decision welcomed by business groups that could affect a major case against McDonald's Corp .

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (December 14) - Stock market, federal regulations

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

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METALS-Copper, aluminium top Shanghai gainers on China data

SYDNEY, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Copper and aluminium led gainers in Shanghai base metals futures on Friday, helped by overnight increases in the London market on the back of upbeat China manufacturing data.

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CSX says CEO Hunter Harrison on medical leave

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Rail operator CSX Corp said on Thursday its Chief Executive Officer and President Hunter Harrison, was on medical leave due to unexpected complications from a recent illness.

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UPDATE 1-Pfizer's Xeljanz gets FDA nod as joint disease treatment

Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc said on Thursday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two doses of its drug Xeljanz for treatment of a joint disease.

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BRIEF-‍CSX Announces Medical Leave Of CEO Hunter Harrison​

* ‍CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND PRESIDENT, HUNTER HARRISON, IS ON MEDICAL LEAVE DUE TO UNEXPECTED COMPLICATIONS FROM A RECENT ILLNESS​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares edge up, on track for weekly gain

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Asian shares edged higher on Friday, on track for weekly gains, though sentiment was kept in check by Wall Street's weakness on concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reform.

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Pfizer's Xeljanz gets FDA nod as joint disease treatment

Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc said on Thursday the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two doses of its drug Xeljanz for the treatment of a joint disease.

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BRIEF-‍Innergex Obtains Support From Alterra's Shareholders​

* ‍SPECIAL RESOLUTION WAS APPROVED BY 99.89% OF 32,994,488 VOTES CAST BY ALTERRA SHAREHOLDERS​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Pfizer Announces FDA Approval Of Xeljanz® And Xeljanz® Xr For Treatment Of Active Psoriatic Arthritis

* PFIZER ANNOUNCES FDA APPROVAL OF XELJANZ® (TOFACITINIB) AND XELJANZ® XR FOR THE TREATMENT OF ACTIVE PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS

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Brazil's Petrobras to announce partnership for Campos Basin- CEO

SAO PAULO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA will announce soon a partnership to allow Campos Basin, which first produced oil 40 years ago, to continue producing for a long time, Petrobras Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente said.

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UPDATE 3-Oracle shares tumble as cloud outlook darkens

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Oracle Corp on Thursday forecast current-quarter cloud revenue growth that missed Street expectations after reporting disappointing second-quarter sales in the same business, sending its shares down nearly 7 percent after hours.

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UPDATE 1-Hedge fund Elliott prepares second challenge to Hess Corp

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Elliott Management Corp is readying for a new fight with Hess Corp to help remedy what the activist hedge fund called on Thursday "continuing underperformance" by the U.S. oil and gas producer.

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Missouri issues first fines over misuse of farm chemical in 2016

CHICAGO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Missouri has issued its first fines over the misuse of a farm chemical in 2016 that went on to be linked in different formulations to widespread U.S. crop damage this year, the state said on Thursday.

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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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BRIEF-‍Alterra Power Says Shareholders Approve Of Innergex Arrangement

* ‍ALTERRA POWER CORP. ANNOUNCES SHAREHOLDER APPROVAL OF ARRANGEMENT​

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BRIEF-Humana Prices $800 Million Debt Offering

* ‍SENIOR NOTES ARE COMPRISED OF $400 MILLION OF COMPANY'S 2.900 PERCENT SENIOR NOTES, DUE 2022, AT 99.830 PERCENT OF PRINCIPAL AMOUNT​

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BRIEF-‍Trinidad Drilling Says 2018 Capital Spending Budget Of About $40 Mln

* ‍TRINIDAD DRILLING LTD. ANNOUNCES 2018 CAPITAL SPENDING BUDGET AND INTERNATIONAL CONTRACT AWARD​

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UPDATE 1-Oi board may call shareholder meeting to debate restructuring plan -sources

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The board of Brazilian telecommunications company Oi SA will meet on Friday, and will likely call a shareholders meeting to debate a restructuring deal struck by its executives and key creditors, two sources familiar with the board's thinking said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-Airbus planemaking chief Bregier to leave in February -sources

PARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Airbus planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier plans to leave the aerospace group after the board intervened to resolve tensions over the future succession to Chief Executive Tom Enders, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Republican governors meet with Pence over NAFTA concerns

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Republican governors from four U.S. states on Thursday met with Vice President Mike Pence to voice deep concerns over proposed changes to NAFTA that could affect jobs and manufacturing in their states, officials who attended the meeting said.

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Statkraft sells Sheringham Shoal wind farm stake to UK's Equitix

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Norway's state-owned power firm Statkraft said on Thursday it had agreed to sell its stake in the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm to UK fund manager Equitix.

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UPDATE 1-British Columbia rejects KGHM's proposed Ajax mine

VANCOUVER, Dec 14 (Reuters) - British Columbia on Thursday said it would not issue an environmental certificate for KGHM Polska Miedz's Ajax copper and gold mine in the province's interior, saying the adverse effects of the controversial project would outweigh any benefit.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 10-Oil prices up on pipeline outage support

* IEA joins OPEC, EIA, raises forecast for U.S. 2018 output growth

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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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UPDATE 6-U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. labor board overturns Obama-era 'joint employment' ruling

Dec 14 (Reuters) - A U.S. labor board's newly minted Republican majority on Thursday overturned an Obama-era ruling that had irked business groups by making it easier for unions and workers to hold companies accountable for the practices of staffing agencies, contractors and franchisees with which they partner.

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Family-friendly Disney to bring edgier Fox fare to streaming video

LOS ANGELES, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co is poised to add foul-mouthed superhero Deadpool and gory TV series "American Horror Story" to its portfolio, a novel move for the king of family-friendly entertainment into the adult-oriented programming consumers are devouring on streaming video.

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Alphabet's X sells new wireless internet tech to Indian state

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's X research division said on Thursday that India's Andhra Pradesh state government would buy its newly developed technology that has the potential to provide high-speed wireless internet to millions of people without laying cable.

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UPDATE 3-U.S. OKs more ETP natgas pipe drilling, Ohio wants pause

Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. energy regulators on Thursday approved Energy Transfer Partners LP's request to resume horizontal drilling at eight sites in Ohio and West Virginia as it works to complete part of the Rover natural gas pipeline by the end of the year.

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BRIEF-Corsa Coal Sees 2018 Total Metallurgical Coal Sales Of 2.1 - 2.8 Mln Short Tons

* CORSA COAL SEES 2018 TOTAL METALLURGICAL COAL SALES OF 2.1 - 2.8 MILLION SHORT TONS

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BRIEF-Oncor And Sempra Energy Reach Settlement Agreement With Several Key Texas Stakeholders

* ONCOR AND SEMPRA ENERGY REACH SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH SEVERAL KEY TEXAS STAKEHOLDERS

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UPDATE 2-Court reverses Dell buyout ruling that alarmed dealmakers

WILMINGTON, Del., Dec 14 (Reuters) - Delaware's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a lower court erred in finding that the 2013 buyout of computer maker Dell Inc was vastly underpriced, in an opinion that will likely restrict a hedge fund strategy aimed at wringing cash from mergers.

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BRIEF-Consolidated HCI Holdings Corp Qtrly Loss Per Share $0.07

* CONSOLIDATED HCI HOLDINGS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES ITS 2017 ANNUAL AND FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

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British Columbia rejects KGHM's proposed Ajax mine

VANCOUVER, Dec 14 (Reuters) - British Columbia on Thursday said it would not issue a provincial environmental certificate for the Ajax gold and copper mine in the province's interior, saying the adverse effects of the controversial project would outweigh any benefit.

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BRIEF-Genworth Australia Finalizes Premium Earning Pattern

* GENWORTH AUSTRALIA FINALIZES PREMIUM EARNING PATTERN AND UPDATES FY2017 GUIDANCE

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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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UPDATE 1-Merck's Keytruda fails pivotal gastric cancer trial

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc said on Thursday a key late-stage trial testing its blockbuster drug, Keytruda, failed to meet its main goal of extending lives of patients with a type of gastric cancer.

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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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BRIEF-BioDelivery Sciences Reacquires Onsolis From Collegium Pharmaceutical

* BIODELIVERY SCIENCES REACQUIRES ONSOLIS® FROM COLLEGIUM PHARMACEUTICAL

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BRIEF-Alamo Group Announces The Appointment Of A New Board Member

* ALAMO GROUP INC. ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF A NEW BOARD MEMBER Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Wright Medical Group buys IMASCAP SAS for $88.8 mln

* WRIGHT MEDICAL GROUP N.V. ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF IMASCAP SAS

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BRIEF-DDR Corp Says Board Unanimously Approved Plan To Spin Off Portfolio Of 50 Assets

* DDR CORP - BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A PLAN TO SPIN OFF A PORTFOLIO OF 50 ASSETS

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BRIEF-Ellington Residential Mortgage Reit announces CFO retirement

* ELLINGTON RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE REIT ANNOUNCES EXPECTED RETIREMENT OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER LISA MUMFORD

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BRIEF-SunCoke Energy Partners Announces Pricing Of Private $70 Mln Debt Offering

* SUNCOKE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF PRIVATE $70 MILLION DEBT OFFERING

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BRIEF-Ellington Financial announces CFO retirement

* ELLINGTON FINANCIAL LLC ANNOUNCES EXPECTED RETIREMENT OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER LISA MUMFORD

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Southwest Airlines would use tax savings on planes, share buybacks

NEW YORK, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co would use savings from a potential cut to the U.S. corporate tax rate to buy new planes and fund share buybacks, Chief Executive Gary Kelly said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Elliott seeks to remove John Hess as CEO Of Hess Corp - CNBC, citing Dow Jones ‍​

* ELLIOTT SEEKS TO REMOVE JOHN HESS AS CEO OF HESS CORP. OR GET HIM TO CONSIDER SALE; ALSO SEEKS DIVIDEND CUT, MORE BUYBACKS - CNBC, CITING DOW JONES ‍​

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BRIEF-Spectra7 Announces $15 Million Bought Deal Financing

* SPECTRA7 MICROSYSTEMS - ENTERED INTO AGREEMENT WITH CANACCORD GENUITY CORP PURSUANT TO WHICH CANACCORD WILL PURCHASE 15,000 UNITS OF CO Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 3-Delta Air Lines to place order for Airbus jets

NEW YORK, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines said on Thursday it will place a firm order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets and an optional order for 100 of the aircraft.

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UPDATE 2-Leadership of New York Times passes to next-generation Sulzberger

NEW YORK, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The New York Times on Thursday named a new publisher in 37-year-old A.G. Sulzberger, a fifth-generation descendant of Times leaders whose internal report on innovation has guided a newspaper known as "The Gray Lady" into the digital era.

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Brazil's Neoenergia seen delaying IPO, shareholders won't reduce price -sources

SAO PAULO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Brazilian utility Neoenergia SA is expected to decide for the postponement of its initial public offering, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Four killed in Canada helicopter crash

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Four people were killed on Thursday when a helicopter belonging to utility Hydro One crashed in central Ontario, the company said in a statement.

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Facebook to use its News Feed to push more videos to users

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it would begin to promote videos more prominently inside its News Feed, leveraging the social network's centerpiece product to build interest in episodic shows and compete more directly with YouTube.

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Argentina's YPF to sell 25 pct of electricity unit to GE -source

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Argentina's state-owned oil company YPF SA will sell a 25 percent stake in its electricity generation unit to U.S. industrial conglomerate General Electric Co, a source close to the deal told Reuters on Thursday.

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Fund managers seek stocks benefiting from Democratic gains in 2018 U.S. elections

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The surprise victory by Democrats in Tuesday's Alabama election for a U.S. senator is prompting fund managers to prepare for more losses by the Republican party in the 2018 mid-term Congressional elections.

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BRIEF-Scotts Miracle-Gro Co Says CEO James Hagedorn's FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $22.1 mln

* SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO CO SAYS CEO JAMES HAGEDORN'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $22.1 MILLION VERSUS $8.5 MILLION IN FY 2016 - SEC FILING

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UPDATE 1-New York state AG to sue over net neutrality reversal

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and at least two other state law enforcement chiefs said on Thursday he would lead a multi-state legal challenge to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission vote to reverse landmark 2015 net neutrality rules.

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UPDATE 5-U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.

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BRIEF-CBOE Data Shop Plans To Add FX Offerings, Spot & Futures Bitcoin Data

* CBOE DATA SHOP PLANS TO ADD FX OFFERINGS, SPOT AND FUTURES BITCOIN DATA

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Airbus planemaking chief Bregier to step down -sources

PARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Airbus Chief Operating Officer and planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier is expected to step down following a board meeting on Thursday to tackle management tensions at the aerospace group, two sources familiar with the matter said.

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Trump supports deal for Disney to acquire Fox film, TV units -White House

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump backs the deal that Walt Disney Co has struck to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.

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BRIEF-Hydro One Confirms Incident Involving Its Helicopter Aircraft In Tweed Area

* CONFIRMS AN INCIDENT INVOLVING ONE OF ITS HELICOPTER AIRCRAFT OCCURRED IN TWEED AREA AND HAS RESULTED IN FOUR FATALITIES

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BRIEF-Snyder's-Lance Hires Bank To Weigh Sale After Campbell Approach- CNBC

* SNYDER'S-LANCE HIRES BANK TO WEIGH SALE AFTER CAMPBELL APPROACH- CNBC, CITING SOURCES‍​ Source text : http://cnb.cx/2zdb8T5 Further company coverage:

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ETP seeks U.S. OK to drill more on Rover natgas pipe, Ohio wants pause

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Energy Transfer Partners LP urged U.S. regulators to allow the company to start more horizontal drilling as it works to complete part of the Rover natural gas pipeline by the end of the year, after delays caused by spills.

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UPDATE 1-Perrigo lines up bid for Merck's consumer health unit -sources

* Perrigo to submit non-binding offer for Merck KGaA's OTC unit

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BRIEF-The Anschutz Foundation Reports 8.67 Pct Passive Stake In Regal Entertainment Group

* THE ANSCHUTZ FOUNDATION REPORTS 8.67 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN REGAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP AS OF DECEMBER 4 - SEC FILING Source text : http://bit.ly/2ksCETW Further company coverage:

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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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GLOBAL MARKETS-Global shares little changed after central bank meetings

* U.S. stocks down (Updates to Europe close, adds commentary)

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Exclusive: Guggenheim Partners working to quell investor concern about management

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top executives at asset manager and investment bank Guggenheim Partners LLC are working to quell clients' concerns about the fate of their chief executive officer and about an...

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BRIEF-Webster Financial Corp Files For Potential Mixed Shelf

* WEBSTER FINANCIAL CORP FILES FOR POTENTIAL MIXED SHELF; SIZE NOT DISCLOSED - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2B07RWE) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-El Paso Electric Says Commission of Texas Approves Final Order in Rate Case

* EL PASO ELECTRIC - PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS APPROVED A FINAL ORDER APPROVING UNCONTESTED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED WITH COMMISSION ON NOV 2

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BRIEF-Lonestar Resources US Announces Offering Of Senior Unsecured Notes

* LONESTAR RESOURCES US INC. ANNOUNCES OFFERING OF SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES

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BRIEF-Merck Says Prevymis To Be Available In Canada By End Of December

* MERCK & CO SAYS RECENTLY APPROVED PREVYMIS (LETERMOVIR) IS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE IN CANADA BY END OF DECEMBER 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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New York state AG to sue over net neutrality reversal

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Thursday he would lead a multi-state legal challenge to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission vote to reverse landmark the 2015 net neutrality rules.

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UPDATE 1-Germany's Merck to make new bid to enter U.S. MS pill market

* Unit head Garijo says targeting most severely affected patients

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BRIEF-Cornerstone Securityholders Approve Spinoff Of Cornerstone Exploration

* CORNERSTONE SECURITYHOLDERS APPROVE SPINOFF OF CORNERSTONE EXPLORATION INC. Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-Cenovus Energy to axe more jobs during cost-cutting push

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Canadian oil sands company Cenovus Energy Inc said on Thursday it would cut an additional 15 percent of its workforce and lower operating expenses as new chief executive, Alex Pourbaix, seeks to aggressively reduce costs and lower debt.

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US STOCKS-S&P, Dow flat as healthcare losses offset by tech, media gains

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

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UPDATE 3-U.S. Federal Communications Commission repeals net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.

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Sulzberger Jr to retire as NYT publisher by end of December

(Reuters) - Arthur Sulzberger Jr. will retire as publisher of the New York Times by the end of December and will be replaced by his son A.G. Sulzberger, the New York Times Co said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Micropac Industries Approves Special Dividend

* MICROPAC INDUSTRIES - BOARD APPROVED PAYMENT OF SPECIAL COMMON STOCK DIVIDEND OF $0.10 PER SHARE PAYABLE TO SHAREHOLDERS OF RECORD ON JAN 10, 2018 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Great Quest Fertilizer Says Reissuance Of Sanoukou Gold Permit

* GREAT QUEST FERTILIZER LTD - REISSUANCE OF SANOUKOU GOLD PERMIT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-Gtt Signs New Global Services Agreement With Chevron Transport Corporation Ltd

* SIGNS NEW GLOBAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH CHEVRON TRANSPORT CORPORATION LTD.

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BRIEF-NGEx Announces CDN $10 Million Private Placement

* NGEX RESOURCES - INTENDS TO SELL ON A NON-BROKERED, PRIVATE PLACEMENT BASIS, AN AGGREGATE OF UP TO 10 MILLION COMMON SHARES AT $1.00/COMMON SHARE

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BRIEF-Unilever To Acquire Schmidt’s Naturals

* SAYS TERMS OF TRANSACTION WERE NOT DISCLOSED​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-‍Northern Trust Company Increased Prime Rate To 4.50 Pct​

* NORTHERN TRUST CORP - ‍NORTHERN TRUST COMPANY HAS INCREASED ITS PRIME RATE FROM 4.25% TO 4.50%, EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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Deckers wins proxy contest against hedge fund Marcato

BOSTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Deckers Outdoor Corp. beat back a challenge from activist hedge fund Marcato Capital Management when shareholders reelected all nine of the company's directors, the maker of UGG boots confirmed in a statement.

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UPDATE 2-European shares lag Wall Street, ECB provides no momentum

* Wind turbine makers boosted by U.S. tax development (Adds closing prices, quotes)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World shares little changed amid slate of central bank meetings

* Dollar index up (Updates to U.S. trading open; changes byline, dateline, previously LONDON)

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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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UPDATE 3-French tech firm Atos to pursue Gemalto despite rebuff

* Shares in both companies fall, Atos by more (Adds Quandt family rejection, union leaders reaction, details, background)

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BRIEF-New York Times says Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. Will Retire On Dec 31

* NEW YORK TIMES CO - ARTHUR O. SULZBERGER, JR. WILL RETIRE AS PUBLISHER ON DECEMBER 31, 2017​

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BRIEF-Vasco Data Security International Says Board Expanded Its Size To 6 Directors

* VASCO DATA SECURITY INTERNATIONAL SAYS IN CONNECTION WITH ART GILLILAND'S ELECTION TO BOARD, BOARD EXPANDED ITS SIZE TO SIX DIRECTORS - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2jSWybe) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-Protesters gather as U.S. regulators meet to end net neutrality

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to rescind rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, as protesters gathered to oppose the change.

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UPDATE 3-Bombardier's 2018 revenue forecast disappoints, shares fall

* Shares down 1.9 pct ahead of investor day at 3:00 p.m. ET (Adds analysts' estimate and comment, background and shares)

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BRIEF-Plaza Retail Reit Sells 50% Interest In Eight Properties

* PLAZA RETAIL REIT SELLS 50% INTEREST IN EIGHT PROPERTIES TO RECYCLE CAPITAL FOR NEW VALUE ADD DEVELOPMENTS

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UPDATE 2-Lebanon gives go-ahead to first offshore energy exploration

* Sovereign wealth fund, NOC laws not yet passed (Adds PIX, TV, adds energy minister and NGO comments)

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UPDATE 4-South Africa's Sibanye-Stillwater to be No. 2 platinum miner with Lonmin buy

* Lonmin underperforms peers: http://bit.ly/2zbL36M (Adds deal detail, updates shares)

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Saudi hopes purge will help push to join anti-illicit funding body

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has high hopes that a campaign of arrests to crack down on corruption will improve its chances of joining the Financial Action Task Force, a global body dedicated to combating illicit money flows.

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BRIEF-Sabby Management​ Reports 9.99 Pct Passive Stake In InspireMD

* SABBY MANAGEMENT​ REPORTS 9.99 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN INSPIREMD AS OF DEC 12 - SEC FILING‍ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2zcFtkG) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 3-Teva Pharm to lay off a quarter of workforce, suspends dividend

* Teva to take restructuring charge of at least $700 mln in 2018

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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-Sberbank CFO says previous talks with Alibaba finished, now talking with everyone

* LONDON: RUSSIA'S SBERBANK CFO SAYS TALKS WITH ALIBABA HAVE FINISHED IN THE PREVIOUS FORMAT, YANDEX DEAL SIGNED

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BRIEF-Pfizer Announces Pricing Terms Of Private Exchange Offer For 6.500 PCT Notes Due 2038

* PFIZER INC ANNOUNCES PRICING TERMS OF PRIVATE EXCHANGE OFFER FOR ITS 6.500 PER CENT. NOTES DUE 2038 OPEN TO CERTAIN INVESTORS AND RELATED TENDER OFFER OPEN TO ALL INVESTORS

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Forgoes Issuing A Reference Notes Security On Its Dec 14 Announcement Date

* FREDDIE MAC FORGOES ISSUING A REFERENCE NOTES SECURITY ON ITS DECEMBER 14, 2017 ANNOUNCEMENT DATE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Nilfisk Responds To Merger Recommendation from Primestone Capital

* NILFISK - IS AWARE OF A PUBLIC FILING MADE BY MAJOR SHAREHOLDER PRIMESTONE CAPITAL WITH SEC

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BRIEF-Jaguar Health ‍Enters Collaboration Agreement With SEED For Equilevia​

* JAGUAR HEALTH INC - ‍ENTERED COLLABORATION AGREEMENT WITH SEED MENA BUSINESSMEN SERVICES FOR EQUILEVIA​

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BRIEF-Becton Dickinson And Co Says CEO Vincent Forlenza's FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $13.1 Mln

* BECTON DICKINSON AND CO SAYS CHAIRMAN AND CEO VINCENT FORLENZA'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $13.1 MILLION VERSUS $13.9 MILLION IN FY 2016 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2ktIxQL) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Medicure Acquires License To Sell Cardiovascular Drug In The U.S.

* MEDICURE ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE LICENSE TO SELL AND MARKET BRANDED CARDIOVASCULAR DRUG IN THE U.S.

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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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BRIEF-Dicerna Announces Pricing Of Follow-On Public Offering Of Common Stock

* DICERNA ANNOUNCES PRICING OF FOLLOW-ON PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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BRIEF-SunCoke Energy Partners Announces Commencement Of Private $70 Million Debt Offering

* SUNCOKE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT OF PRIVATE $70 MILLION DEBT OFFERING

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BRIEF-Casa Systems Sees IPO Of 6 Million Shares Of Its Common Stock Priced At $13 Per Share

* CASA SYSTEMS INC SEES IPO OF 6 MILLION SHARES OF ITS COMMON STOCK PRICED AT $13.00 PER SHARE - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Vuzix Announces $12,500,000 Registered Direct Offering

* VUZIX CORP- ENTRY INTO AGREEMENTS RELATING TO SALE OF 2.1 MILLION SHARES OF COMMON STOCK AT AN OFFERING PRICE OF $6.05 PER SHARE

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BRIEF-Overstock, tZERO And Siebert Financial Corp Execute Letter Of Intent To Offer Discount Trading

* OVERSTOCK, TZERO AND SIEBERT FINANCIAL CORP. EXECUTE LETTER OF INTENT TO OFFER DISCOUNT TRADING

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BRIEF-FirstEnergy to Build Advanced Energy Center in Akron

* FIRSTENERGY SAYS IS SEEKING PERMITS TO BUILD THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED ENERGY TECHNOLOGY, AN 88,000 SQUARE-FOOT FACILITY IN AKRON, OHIO

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BRIEF-Rockwell Medical Signs Exclusive License Agreement With Comercializadora BioRenal SpA

* ROCKWELL MEDICAL SIGNS EXCLUSIVE LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH COMERCIALIZADORA BIORENAL SPA TO COMMERCIALIZE TRIFERIC® IN CHILE

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WRAPUP 1-U.S. retail sales surge; weekly jobless claims fall

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales increased more than expected in November as the holiday shopping season got off to a brisk start, pointing to sustained strength in the economy that could pave the way for further Federal Reserve interest rate hikes next year.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX barely higher as miners gain

TORONTO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was little changed in early trade on Thursday as miners rose with higher metal prices and telecom and healthcare names pulled back.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Region mixed, stimulus plan doesn't buoy Saudi

* Saudi Electricity continues slide on news of payment to state

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BRIEF-OneMain Holdings Announces Pricing Of Secondary Offering Of Common Stock

* ONEMAIN HOLDINGS, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK BY AN AFFILIATE OF FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC

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BRIEF-Mineral Hill Industries Terminates Share Purchase Agreement With 12 Shareholders Of CPS Energy Resources

* MINERAL HILL INDUSTRIES - TERMINATED SHARE PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH 12 SHAREHOLDERS OF CPS ENERGY RESOURCES DUE TO NON-COMPLIANCE WITH TERMS OF SPA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Teresa Elder Joins WideOpenWest As CEO

* WIDEOPENWEST INC- AUTHORIZED A STOCK REPURCHASE PROGRAM, COMMENCING IMMEDIATELY, TO REPURCHASE AN AGGREGATE OF $50 MILLION OF COMMON STOCK

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BRIEF-Apple Inc Releases iMac Pro

* APPLE INC - IMAC PRO IS AVAILABLE ON DECEMBER 14, STARTING AT AN APPLE RETAIL PRICE OF $4,999 (US) Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Alaska Airlines Says Begins Nonstop Service Between San Francisco Airport And Kailua-Kona Airport

* ALASKA AIRLINES SAYS BEGINS NONSTOP SERVICE BETWEEN SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND KAILUA-KONA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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BRIEF-Trovagene Submits Protocol To FDA For Phase 2 Clinical Trial Of Pcm-075 In Combination With Zytiga®

* TROVAGENE SUBMITS PROTOCOL TO FDA FOR PHASE 2 CLINICAL TRIAL OF PCM-075 IN COMBINATION WITH ZYTIGA® FOR METASTATIC CASTRATION-RESISTANT PROSTATE CANCER

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BRIEF-Oncosec Announces Dosing Of First Patient In Registration-Directed Phase 2B Clinical Trial

* ONCOSEC ANNOUNCES DOSING OF FIRST PATIENT IN REGISTRATION-DIRECTED PHASE 2B CLINICAL TRIAL, PISCES/KEYNOTE-695, OF IMMUNOPULSE® IL-12 IN COMBINATION WITH PEMBROLIZUMAB Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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BRIEF-Addvantage Technologies Announces Q4 Loss Per Share $0.03

* ADDVANTAGE TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE FISCAL FOURTH QUARTER OF 2017

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BRIEF-Criteo SA - Provides An Update On Expected Impact Of Apple's ITP On Criteo's Projected 2018 Revenue

* CRITEO PROVIDES AN UPDATE ON ITS Q4 2017 OUTLOOK AND ON THE IMPACT ON ITS BUSINESS FROM APPLE'S ITP

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BRIEF-Transat A.T. Inc Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share C$3.97

* TRANSAT A.T. INC. - RESULTS FOR FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL 2017

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BRIEF-Teva Announces Restructuring Plan And Measures To Improve Its Business And Financial Performance

* TEVA ANNOUNCES RESTRUCTURING PLAN AND ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO IMPROVE ITS BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

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BRIEF-Axalta Coating Systems Sees Preliminary 2018 Net Sales Growth About 6% to 7%

* AXALTA COATING SYSTEMS LTD SEES PRELIMINARY 2018 CAPEX OF ABOUT $160 MILLION

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BRIEF-Amicus Therapeutics Submits New Drug Application To U.S. FDA For Migalastat

* AMICUS THERAPEUTICS SUBMITS NEW DRUG APPLICATION TO U.S. FDA FOR MIGALASTAT FOR TREATMENT OF FABRY DISEASE

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METALS-Copper near two-week high, China data supports

* GRAPHIC-2017 asset returns: http://tmsnrt.rs/2jvdmXl (Recasts, updates prices, changes dateline, adds details/quote)

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BRIEF-Aehr Test Systems Receives Follow-On Order For Fox-Xpâ„¢ Test And Burn-In System For Silicon Photonics Devices

* AEHR TEST SYSTEMS RECEIVES FOLLOW-ON ORDER FOR FOX-XPâ„¢ TEST AND BURN-IN SYSTEM FOR SILICON PHOTONICS DEVICES

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BRIEF-Tidewater Midstream And Infrastructure Ltd Announces 6.75 Pct Senior Unsecured Note Offering

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Tidewater Midstream And Infrastructure Ltd:

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BRIEF-Guyana Goldfields Plans To Release Optimized Mine Plan For Aurora Gold Mine In Q1

* GUYANA GOLDFIELDS INC. CONTINUES TO OPTIMIZE THE AURORA GOLD MINE

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BRIEF-Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Reports Q2 Loss Per Share $0.50

* KALVISTA PHARMACEUTICALS REPORTS FISCAL SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

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BRIEF-Allena Pharma Reports Q3 Loss Per Share $3.49

* ALLENA PHARMACEUTICALS REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS AND PROVIDES BUSINESS UPDATE

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Tech firm raises $118 million in virtual coin offer to fund blockchain phone

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Swiss-Israeli technology firm Sirin Labs said on Thursday it had raised $118 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) to support the development of an open source blockchain smartphone.

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Lebanon approves offshore oil, gas exploration bid - source

BEIRUT, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Lebanon's cabinet approved a bid on Thursday for offshore energy exploration by a consortium made up of France's Total, Italy's ENI and Russia's Novatek, in the country's first oil and gas offshore licensing round, a government source said.

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BRIEF-Cenovus' 2018 Budget Continues Focus On Deleveraging

* CENOVUS ENERGY INC - PLANS TO INVEST BETWEEN $1.5 BILLION AND $1.7 BILLION IN 2018

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BRIEF-Protagonist Therapeutics Appoints Sarah Noonberg To Board

* PROTAGONIST THERAPEUTICS APPOINTS SARAH NOONBERG TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Cleantech Solutions International Says Shareholders Approve Of Corporate Name Change

* CLEANTECH SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES SHAREHOLDER APPROVAL OF CORPORATE NAME CHANGE TO SHARING ECONOMY INTERNATIONAL INC.

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Bombardier forecasts 2018 revenue below Street estimates

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier Inc on Thursday forecast 2018 revenue to be $17.0 billion to $17.5 billion, well below Wall Street expectations.

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Netanyahu asks Teva Pharm to minimize job loss in Israel

JERUSALEM, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he spoke with the chief executive of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and asked that the company keeps layoffs in Israel to a minimum.

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BRIEF-Protagonist Therapeutics Announces Final Phase 1 Study Results With Novel Hepcidin Mimetic, PTG-300

* PROTAGONIST THERAPEUTICS ANNOUNCES FINAL PHASE 1 STUDY RESULTS WITH NOVEL HEPCIDIN MIMETIC, PTG-300

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BRIEF-Bombardier Sees 2018 Revenue Growth Of About $1 bln Over 2017 Guidance​

* BOMBARDIER ANNOUNCES 2018 GUIDANCE, TARGETING REVENUE GROWTH, CONTINUED EARNINGS IMPROVEMENT AND FCF BREAKEVEN

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BRIEF-Ribbon Communications Names Fritz Hobbs CEO

* RIBBON COMMUNICATIONS NAMES FRITZ HOBBS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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UPDATE 1-UK nuclear regulator approves Hitachi-GE reactor design

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Britain's nuclear regulator has approved Hitachi-GE's reactor design, paving the way for it to be used in Horizon's planned new nuclear project in Britain.

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These states are running out of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program

Sixteen states will run out of federal funding for CHIP -- the Children's Health Insurance Program -- by the end of January, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Three-quarters of all states expect to exhaust funds by the end of March unless Congress can agree to fund it.

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BRIEF-Tata Group, GE Partner To Manufacture Leap Engine Components In India

* GE AND TATA GROUP ENTER INTO STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO MANUFACTURE LEAP ENGINE COMPONENTS IN INDIA

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UPDATE 2-South Korea's Moon tries K-Pop and TV stars in China charm offensive

* Charm offensive includes K-Pop and TV stars (Adds memorandum on trade agreement)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-European stocks, euro dip as central banks dominate

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - European shares and the euro dipped on Thursday as cautious comments on inflation from the U.S. Federal Reserve gave investors pause before a series of central bank decisions in Europe.

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UPDATE 1-UK retailers enjoy bumper Black Friday sales

* Retail sales +1.6 pct yy, beats all forecasts in Reuters poll * Black Friday promotion boosted household goods sales * Economists split on signals for broader economy * Bank of England announcement due at 1200 GMT (Updates with reaction from economists and markets) By David Milliken and William Schomberg LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - British shoppers pounced on electrical goods and other Black Friday bargains last month, giving an unexpectedly big boost to retail sales,

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BRIEF-Glaxosmithkline Submits Regulatory Application For Single-Dose Tafenoquine For Treatment Of Plasmodium Vivax Malaria

* SUBMITS REGULATORY APPLICATION FOR SINGLE-DOSE TAFENOQUINE FOR TREATMENT OF PLASMODIUM VIVAX MALARIA TO AUSTRALIA'S THERAPEUTIC GOODS ADMINISTRATION​

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BRIEF-Accenture To Buy Irish Creative Agency Rothco

* TO BUY ROTHCO , A FULL-SERVICE CREATIVE AGENCY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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EMERGING MARKETS-With Fed out of way, emerging markets await Turkish cbank

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Emerging equities rose to a near two-week high on Thursday after the U.S. Fed delivered a widely-expected rate rise but remained cautious on the inflation outlook, while Turkey's lira slipped before a central bank meeting.

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UPDATE 1-Banks drag European shares down as investors await Draghi

* Wind turbine makers boosted by U.S. tax development (ADVISORY- Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon, see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets)

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UPDATE 1-Atos shares fall 2.8 pct after Gemalto rejects takeover bid

PARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Shares in Atos fell as much as 2.8 percent early on Thursday after Franco-Dutch chip maker Gemalto rejected its 4.3 billion euro ($5 billion) takeover bid.

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Russian court rejects Siemens claim that Crimea turbines sale was invalid

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Moscow's Arbitration Court on Thursday rejected a claim by Germany's Siemens that the sale of its turbines which were delivered to Crimea was invalid.

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Atos shares fall 2.8 pct at open after Gemalto rejects takeover bid

PARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Shares in Atos fell 2.8 percent early on Thursday after Franco-Dutch chip maker Gemalto rejected its takeover bid.

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Banks drag European shares down as investors eye BoE, ECB meetings

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Weakness in bank stocks dragged European shares to a downbeat open on Thursday as financial sectors caught the cold from U.S. and Asian trading which suffered from a less hawkish than expected tone from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

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UPDATE 1-UK's Domino's Pizza to expand stake in Iceland operation

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Domino's Pizza, a master franchisee of U.S. group Domino's Pizza Inc, said on Thursday it would buy a further 44.3 percent stake in Domino's Iceland for 30.2 million euros ($35.71 million).

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BAWAG says agrees to buy north German bank Deutscher Ring Bausparkasse

VIENNA, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Austrian bank BAWAG has agreed to buy north German building society bank Deutscher Ring Bausparkasse, it said on Thursday, continuing its policy of making bolt-on acquisitions and expanding in Germany.

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BRIEF-Severfield Says Awarded Landmark Contract For Google's Uk HQ

* HAS BEEN AWARDED A LANDMARK CONTRACT ON RECENTLY ANNOUNCED NEW GOOGLE HEADQUARTERS IN KING'S CROSS, LONDON

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UPDATE 1-Australia's Crown Resorts signs several deals to cut debt

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday it had signed several deals to divest assets to cut debt, including selling interest in a site on the Las Vegas Boulevard for $300 million.

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UK's Domino's to buy further 44.3 pct stake in Iceland subsidiary

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Domino's Pizza, a master franchisee of U.S. group Domino's Pizza Inc, said on Thursday it would buy a further 44.3 percent stake in Domino's Iceland for 30.2 million euros ($35.71 million).

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BRIEF-BP says Consulting With Lawyers After Australian Watchdog Blocks Woolworths Deal

* ACKNOWLEDGES ANNOUNCEMENT BY AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION THAT IT INTENDS TO OPPOSE PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF WOOLWORTHS’ RETAIL FUEL BUSINESS

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RPT-Austria gas blast exposes Italy weak link

MILAN, Dec 13 (Reuters) - A deadly gas explosion in Austria has exposed a weak link in European energy security -- in neighbouring Italy.

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RPT-UPDATE 2-Lexinfintech slashes U.S. IPO size as China reins in micro-lenders

HONG KONG, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Chinese consumer lending firm Lexinfintech has slashed the size of its U.S. initial public offering by two-thirds to a maximum possible $151.8 million, following a recent crackdown by Beijing on fast-growing online micro-lenders.

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Britain's Bunzl sees 15 pct revenue growth on North America boost

Dec 14 (Reuters) - British business supplies distributor Bunzl Plc forecast an about 15 percent rise in full-year group revenue, helped by new business wins in North America.

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UPDATE 2-Lexinfintech slashes U.S. IPO size as China reins in micro-lenders

* Beijing has targeted online micro-lenders with new rules (Adds graphics, crackdown's impact on shares of rivals)

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BRIEF-Berendson hit by fine for breaking competition law - UK's CMA

* UK'S ‍CMA HAS FINED TWO SUPPLIERS OF 'CLEANROOM' LAUNDRY SERVICES​

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks slightly up after Fed move; dollar, US yields sag

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Asian stocks generally rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike, while its caution on inflation tempered expectations for 2018 tightening, weighing on the dollar and Treasury yields.

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BRIEF-Blocktrade: Alphamin ‍Confirms Close Of South African Private Placement

* ‍CONFIRMS THAT SOUTH AFRICAN PRIVATE PLACEMENT CLOSED AT 12:00 ON 11 DECEMBER 2017​

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BRIEF-Statoil awards subsea contracts worth up to NOK 40 bln

* ‍STATOIL HAS AWARDED NEW SUBSEA MAINTENANCE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENTS TO AKER SOLUTIONS , TECHNIPFMC AND ONESUBSEA.

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Nikkei slips, telecom shares slump on Rakuten market entry plan

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Thursday, as banks and insurer shares weakened in line with lower interest rates while telecommunications shares withered on news that online retailer Rakuten plans to enter the mobile carrier market.

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Australia's Crown Resorts signs several divestment deals to reduce debt

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday it has signed several divestment deals as part of its ongoing debt reduction strategy, including the sale of its interest in a Las Vegas site for $300 million to a unit of Wynn Resorts Ltd.

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BRIEF-UBS Announces Changes To Group Executive Board

* UBS GROUP AG-MARTIN BLESSING, CURRENTLY PRESIDENT PERSONAL & CORPORATE BANKING AND PRESIDENT UBS SWITZERLAND, WILL BECOME PRESIDENT WEALTH MANAGEMENT

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BRIEF-TSMC orders machinery equipment, facility worth T$8.66 bln

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd :

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BRIEF-Wynn Resorts Says Reached Agreement To Purchase Land From Wynn Las Vegas For $336 Mln

* WYNN RESORTS REACHES AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE LAND ACROSS FROM WYNN LAS VEGAS FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

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UPDATE 1-Lexinfintech slashes U.S. IPO size as China reins in micro-lenders

* Beijing targeted online micro-lenders with new rules this month (Adds company response, background on firm and industry)

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BRIEF-Canadian Mining cancels Ghana gold property acquisition

* CANADIAN MINING CORP. CANCELS GHANA GOLD PROPERTY ACQUISITION

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U.S. solar installations to fall more than expected in 2017

Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. solar installations will fall more than expected this year, according to an industry report released on Thursday, due to weakened demand for residential systems and delays on large projects over concerns that President Donald Trump will impose tariffs on imported panels, increasing costs.

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BRIEF-Becle To Acquire Pendleton Whisky Brands For $205 Mln

* BECLE SA DE CV SAYS HAS ENTERED INTO A DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE PENDLETON WHISKY BRAND ASSETS FROM HOOD RIVER DISTILLERS, INC

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BRIEF-EP Energy announces amendments to offers to exchange new senior secured notes

* EP ENERGY ANNOUNCES AMENDMENTS TO OFFERS TO EXCHANGE NEW SENIOR SECURED NOTES DUE 2024 FOR OUTSTANDING SENIOR NOTES DUE 2020, 2022 AND 2023

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BRIEF-Bristow Group Announces Pricing Of Convertible Senior Notes Offering

* BRISTOW GROUP ANNOUNCES PRICING OF CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES OFFERING

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BRIEF-Yirendai Announces Strategic Investment In Lion Rock

* YIRENDAI LTD SAYS HAS MADE STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN LION ROCK, THROUGH LION ROCK'S SERIES A FINANCING OF HK$50 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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GM says former UAW Vice President Joe Ashton to resign from board

Dec 13 (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Wednesday Joseph Ashton, a former United Auto Workers vice president who led the union's GM department, has resigned from the company's board.

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Pemex says worker found dead in Salamanca refinery

MEXICO CITY, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Mexican state oil company Pemex said on Wednesday that a worker was found dead at its Salamanca refinery in the central state of Guanajuato.

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U.S. appeals court vacates conviction of drug distributor over Botox

Dec 13 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday vacated the conviction of the owner of a wholesale drug distributor accused of selling authentic Botox and other drugs with foreign labels, dealing another setback to the government, which has struggled at times to successfully prosecute similar such cases.