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MOVES-Cravath M&A lawyer Schiele to join Kirkland & Ellis-sources

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Eric Schiele, one of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP's top M&A lawyers, has agreed to join rival U.S. law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

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S.Korea says to complain to WTO about U.S. tariffs on washers

SEOUL, Jan 23 (Reuters) - South Korea said on Tuesday the government will complain to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about a U.S. decision to slap tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels, saying the decision is "excessive" and "regrettable".

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UPDATE 4-Five missing after Oklahoma oil and gas drilling site explosion

HOUSTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Five workers were missing after a fiery explosion on Monday at an oil and gas drilling site in eastern Oklahoma, officials said.

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UPDATE 2-Trump slaps steep U.S. tariffs on imported washers, solar panels

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steep tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels on Monday, giving a boost to Whirlpool Corp and dealing a setback to the renewable energy industry in the first of several potential trade restrictions.

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UPDATE 1-Brazil's J&F may reopen leniency deal, confess to insider trading -source

BRASÍLIA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Brazil's J&F Investimentos, controlling shareholder of the world's largest meatpacker JBS SA , is renegotiating the leniency agreement reached last year over its role in corruption scandals and is considering agreeing to a confession of insider trading by jailed former owners Joesley and Wesley Batista, a source from the prosecutor's office said on Monday.

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Patterson-UTI says three workers missing in Oklahoma oil fire are employees

HOUSTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Patterson-UTI Energy said three of five workers who went missing in a fiery Oklahoma oil and gas well blast on Monday are its employees.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil markets steady ahead of ex-president Lula's trial

(Updates with final prices, Mexican details) By Bruno Federowski BRASILIA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Brazilian markets were range-bound on Monday as traders avoided big bets ahead of the trial of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is leading opinion polls for this year's elections. Lula has vowed to reverse part of President Michel Temer's reform agenda if elected, but he could be barred from running if a higher court upholds his conviction for corruption at trial on Wednesda

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RPT-COLUMN-London Metal Exchange stops the volume rot, but CME challenge grows: Andy Home

LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Trading volumes on the London Metal Exchange (LME) increased by a marginal 0.5 percent last year.

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-U.S. FERC delays responding to Magellan's request for rehearing

NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A U.S. energy regulator on Monday said it extended the timeframe to respond to Magellan Midstream Partners' request for a rehearing on its proposal to establish a marketing arm to buy, sell and ship crude oil.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks rise as end to US government shutdown buoys Wall St, dollar steady

* Wall St rises to new record highs after US govt shutdown ends

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UPDATE 4-Netflix crosses $100 bln market capitalization as subscribers surge

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Netflix Inc snagged 2 million more subscribers than Wall Street expected in the final three months of 2017, tripling profits at the online video service that is burning money on new programming to dominate internet television around the world.

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BRIEF-Journey Energy Announces Repurchase Of 24.8% Of Outstanding Common Shares

* ANNOUNCES REPURCHASE OF 24.8% OF ITS OUTSTANDING COMMON SHARES, PURCHASE OF DUVERNAY LANDS AND UPDATES 2018 GUIDANCE

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BRIEF-ARHT Media Announces Upsizing Of Private Placement Financing

* ARHT MEDIA ANNOUNCES UPSIZING OF PRIVATE PLACEMENT FINANCING

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BRIEF-Histogenics Announces Pricing Of Underwritten Registered Direct Offering

* ANNOUNCES PRICING OF UNDERWRITTEN REGISTERED DIRECT OFFERING OF 2,340,430 SHARES OF COMMON STOCK

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BRIEF-‍Global Brass And Copper Holdings Reports Mineral Oil Spill

* ‍GLOBAL BRASS AND COPPER HOLDINGS, INC. REPORTS MINERAL OIL SPILL AT ITS SOMERS THIN STRIP PLANT​

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UPDATE 1-Intel asks customers to halt patching for chip bug, citing flaw

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Intel Corp said on Monday that patches it released to address two high-profile security vulnerabilities in its chips are faulty, advising customers, computer makers and cloud providers to stop installing them.

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UPDATE 4-Top USA Gymnastics board members bow to resignation demands

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Three USA Gymnastics board members resigned on Monday, bowing to demands for a shake-up at the sport's governing body after revelations that the long-time national team doctor sexually abused dozens of female athletes, some as young as 10 years old.

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BRIEF-ACCC Updates On Western Union-related Money Laundering Case

Jan 23 (Reuters) - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission:

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BRIEF-Enterprise Financial Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.32

* ENTERPRISE FINANCIAL REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL 2017 YEAR RESULTS

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Samsung Elec says U.S. tariffs on washers a great loss for American consumers

SEOUL, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday a U.S. government decision to impose tariffs on washing machines was a great loss for American consumers and workers.

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LG Display fourth-quarter profit slumps on falling panel prices

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd, the world's biggest maker of LCD panels for TVs, said its fourth-quarter operating profit plunged 95 percent from a year earlier, hurt by falling panel prices and investment in its OLED business.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. slaps steep tariffs on imported washers, solar panels

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steep tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels on Monday, marking his first moves to erect trade restrictions under seldom-used trade laws that allow unilateral actions.

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UPDATE 3-Netflix crosses $100 bln market cap as subscribers surge

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Netflix Inc snagged 2 million more subscribers than Wall Street expected in the final three months of last year, tripling profits at the online video service that is burning money on new programming to dominate internet television around the world.

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Former Fiat Chrysler VP pleads guilty in U.S. union corruption probe

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV vice president Alphons Iacobelli pleaded guilty on Monday in connection with a U.S. investigation into allegations he made at least $1.5 million in improper payments to senior union officials, the U.S. attorney's office in Detroit said.

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BRIEF-Samson Oil & Gas Enters Letter Of Intent With Respect To Foreman Butte Project

* SAMSON OIL & GAS ENTERS INTO LETTER OF INTENT WITH RESPECT TO FOREMAN BUTTE PROJECT

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UPDATE 1-Brazil says Monsanto's Intacta patent should be voided

SAO PAULO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Brazil's patent office has concluded that Monsanto Co's Intacta RR2 Pro patent for genetically modified soy seed technology should be declared void after reexamining the issue, according to court filings seen by Reuters regarding a lawsuit against the company by grain growers association Aprosoja.

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BRIEF-Steel Dynamics Reports Q4 EPS $1.28

* STEEL DYNAMICS REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND ANNUAL 2017 RESULTS

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BRIEF-Shaw Communications Inc Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up To C$3 Billion

* SHAW COMMUNICATIONS INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UP TO C$3 BILLION - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Intermolecular, Sitri Expand Strategic Alliance

* INTERMOLECULAR AND SITRI EXPAND STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO ACCELERATE DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED MEMORY TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE CHINA MARKET

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UPDATE 4-Soccer-United sign Sanchez from Arsenal in swap deal for Mkhitaryan

* Mkhitaryan pens long-term deal at Arsenal (Adds more details, background)

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LG Display fourth-quarter profit misses expectations on falling panel prices

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd, the world's biggest maker of LCD panels for TVs, said fourth-quarter operating profit fell 95 percent on-year to its lowest level in nearly two years.

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BRIEF-Almost Family, LHC Group Updates On Hart-Scott-Rodino Filing

* ALMOST FAMILY - LHC GROUP, IN CONSULTATION WITH ALMOST FAMILY, VOLUNTARILY WITHDREW ITS HART-SCOTT-RODINO FILING, EFFECTIVE JAN 18 - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Enterprise Financial Qtrly Earnings Per Share $0.32‍​

* ENTERPRISE FINANCIAL SERVICES CORP - QTRLY EARNINGS PER SHARE $0.32‍​

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BRIEF-American Homes 4 Rent Coreceives Letter From U.S.SEC

* AMERICAN HOMES 4 RENT - ON JANUARY 16, CORECEIVED A LETTER FROM STAFF OF THE U.S.SEC STATING THAT IT IS CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION

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BRIEF-World Acceptance Says CFPB Investigation Is Completed

* WORLD ACCEPTANCE CORP - CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU INVESTIGATION OF WORLD ACCEPTANCE CORP COMPLETED

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BRIEF-World Acceptance Names Jim Wanserski Interim President And CEO

* WORLD ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION NAMES JIM WANSERSKI INTERIM PRESIDENT AND CEO

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BRIEF-RBB Bancorp Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.29

* Q4 EARNINGS PER SHARE VIEW $0.40 -- THOMSON REUTERS I/B/E/S

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BRIEF-Southern California Gas Files For Mixed Shelf

* SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS CO FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UP TO $1.85 BILLION - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2Bk9DQH) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Atlantic Power Corp Announces Cdn$70 Million Offering Of Convertible Unsecured Subordinated Debentures

* ATLANTIC POWER CORPORATION ANNOUNCES CDN$70 MILLION OFFERING OF CONVERTIBLE UNSECURED SUBORDINATED DEBENTURES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Wintrust Financial Corp Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share $1.17

* ORATION REPORTS RECORD FOURTH QUARTER 2017 NET INCOME, AN INCREASE OF 26% OVER PRIOR YEAR, AND RECORD FULL-YEAR 2017 NET INCOME OF $257.7 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 25% OVER PRIOR YEAR

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Adobe lifts profit forecast on tax reform boost

(Reuters) - Photoshop maker Adobe Systems Inc on Monday lifted its adjusted profit forecast for the current quarter and the full year, saying it expects its effective tax rate to decline "substantially" due to the recently enacted U.S. tax reforms.

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Waymo to start testing self-driving cars in Atlanta

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Waymo, Alphabet Inc's self-driving car unit, would start testing its self-driving vehicles in Atlanta, it said on Twitter on Monday.

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UPDATE 2-Netflix crosses $100 bln market cap on subscriber surge

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Netflix Inc snagged 8.33 million new streaming customers in the final quarter of last year - 2 million more than Wall Street expected - as the pioneering online video service kept pouring money into programming in a race to dominate internet television around the world.

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BRIEF-Stonepine Capital Management Reports 5.6 Pct Passive Stake In HTG Molecular Diagnostics

* STONEPINE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC REPORTS A 5.6 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN HTG MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS INC AS OF JANUARY 19 - SEC FILING Source text - http://bit.ly/2G2Dlxg Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-H & R Block Expects To Report Income Tax Expense During Q3 Due To Tax Legislation

* H & R BLOCK INC - AS A RESULT OF TAX LEGISLATION, CO EXPECTS TO REPORT AN INCOME TAX EXPENSE DURING THIRD QUARTER OF FY18 ‍​- SEC FILING

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Stronger shield from HNA would benefit Avolon, rating experts say

DUBLIN, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Irish aircraft leasing firm Avolon is sheltered from problems facing its Chinese parent HNA Group, but its credit profile would benefit from a guarantee that it would not be forced to bail out the group, ratings analysts said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Darden Restaurants Names Dave George Chief Operating Officer​

* DARDEN RESTAURANTS INC - ‍ANNOUNCED APPOINTMENT OF DAVE GEORGE AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER​

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Shell hires solar chief for Latam -source

SAO PAULO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell has hired a former executive of U.S.-based First Solar to lead its solar energy business in Latin America, a source said on Monday, as the industry invests in renewable energy to address global concerns about carbon emissions.

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BRIEF-Foot Locker Announces Strategic Investment In Carbon38

* FOOT LOCKER, INC. ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN CARBON38

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BRIEF-Zions Bancorp Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.54

* Q4 EARNINGS PER SHARE VIEW $0.74 -- THOMSON REUTERS I/B/E/S Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Fulton Financial Q4 EPS $0.19 EXCLUDING ITEMS

* Q4 EARNINGS PER SHARE VIEW $0.28 -- THOMSON REUTERS I/B/E/S

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CORRECTED-T. Rowe Price Group Inc expected to post earnings of $1.50 a share - summary

* T. Rowe Price Group Inc is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results, expected on January 30.

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BRIEF-Sienna Senior Living ‍Enters Agreement To Acquire Portfolio Of Ten Seniors Housing Assets

* SIENNA SENIOR LIVING ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION IN ITS CORE MARKET AND $160 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON SHARES

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BRIEF-Bacardi To Acquire Patrón Tequila

* BACARDI LTD - ‍TRANSACTION REFLECTS AN ENTERPRISE VALUE FOR PATRÓN OF US$5.1 BILLION​

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UPDATE 3-U.S. refiner PES pins bankruptcy plan hopes on biofuel costs

NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Philadelphia Energy Solutions, owner of the largest U.S. East Coast refinery, said on Monday its plan to get out of bankruptcy hinges on whether it can shed existing biofuel costs under the country's renewable fuel laws.

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BRIEF-LXRandCO Announces C$13.1 Million Bought Deal Financing

* LXRANDCO, INC. ANNOUNCES C$13.1 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL FINANCING

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UPDATE 1-Five workers missing in explosion at Oklahoma drilling site - sheriff's office

HOUSTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Five workers remained missing after a gas explosion occurred on Monday at a drilling site in eastern Oklahoma, according to Pittsburg County Emergency Management Department.

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UPDATE 6-AIG to buy reinsurer Validus for $5.56 billion

* Acquisition is AIG's largest since 2008 financial crisis (Adds comment from AIG CEO, paragraphs 6-8)

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Patterson-UTI says employees missing after Oklahoma rig fire

HOUSTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Drilling contractor Patterson-UTI said some of its employees were missing on Monday after a fire at one of its drilling rigs in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma.

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After Amazon miss, Detroit shows largest new auto plant in two decades

DETROIT, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Days after Detroit lost out in the race to host Amazon.com Inc's second headquarters, the city's mayor and the billionaire owner of auto supplier Flex-N-Gate Corp offered a sneak preview of what will be the largest new auto factory built in the city since the 1990s.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook should pay 'trusted' news publishers carriage fee -Murdoch

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Monday called on Facebook to pay "trusted" news publishers a carriage fee, similar to the model used by cable companies, amid efforts by the social media company to fight misinformation on its platform.

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UPDATE 3-Soccer-United sign Sanchez from Arsenal in swap deal for Mkhitaryan

* Mkhitaryan pens long-term deal at Arsenal (Adds background)

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US STOCKS-Wall St touches records as Senate deals to end shutdown

* Dow up 0.25 pct, S&P 500 up 0.48 pct, Nasdaq up 0.67 pct (Updates to mid-afternoon, changes byline)

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T. Rowe Price Group Inc expected to post earnings of $1.50 a share - summary

* T. Rowe Price Group Inc is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results on January 24.

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General Dynamics Corp expected to post earnings of $2.38 a share - summary

* General Dynamics Corp is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results on January 24.

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UPDATE 8-U.S. senators strike deal to end government shutdown

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. senators struck a deal on Monday to lift a three-day government shutdown and try to end a fight between Democrats and President Donald Trump's Republicans over immigration and border security.

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Comcast Corp expected to post earnings of 47 cents  a share - summary

* Comcast Corp is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results on January 24.

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UPDATE 5-AIG to buy reinsurer Validus for $5.56 billion

* Acquisition is AIG's largest since 2008 financial crisis (Adds details about Validus, Lloyd's of London, context about financial crisis and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's role in the deal and comment from Lloyd's CEO)

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TE Connectivity Ltd expected to post earnings of $1.25 a share - summary

* TE Connectivity Ltd is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results on January 24.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. requires tougher cargo screening from Middle East airports

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday it will require six Middle Eastern carriers to undergo enhanced cargo screening as part of an effort to raise global aviation security.

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Intel asks customers to stop using faulty patches

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Intel Corp has asked computer makers to stop rolling out a set of faulty patches it issued to fix security flaws in its chips and instead start testing an updated version.

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Abbott Laboratories expected to post earnings of 73 cents  a share - summary

* Abbott Laboratories is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results on January 24.

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Wynn Resorts Ltd reports results for the quarter ended December 31 - summary

Jan 22 (Reuters) - * Wynn Resorts Ltd posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $1.40 per share. The mean expectation of 15 analysts for the quarter ended December 31 was for earnings of $1.37 per share. * Revenue rose 29.89 percent to $1.69 billion from a year ago; analysts expected $1.57 billion. * Wynn Resorts Ltd's Reported EPS for the quarter was $4.77. * The mean earnings estimate of analysts had risen by about 5.51 percent in the last three months. * In the last 30 days two analysts have nega

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-Soccer-United sign Sanchez from Arsenal in swap deal for Mkhitaryan

MANCHESTER, England, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Manchester United have signed Chile forward Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a deal that sees midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the London club, the Premier League clubs said on Monday.

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UPDATE 1-With Versailles business summit, Macron seeks to bank on global appeal

* Macron holds Versailles summit two days before Davos gathering

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U.S. grocer Tops taps Evercore for debt restructuring advice -sources

Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. grocer Tops Markets LLC has tapped investment bank Evercore Inc for advice on how to tackle its debt load, people familiar with the matter said on Monday, in the latest sign of financial distress facing some food retailers.

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BRIEF-New Jersey Resources Increases 4-Month Revolving Credit Facility To $100 Million

* NEW JERSEY RESOURCES - ON JAN 19, CO, ENTERED AN AMENDMENT TO THE 4-MONTH $75 MILLION REVOLVING LINE OF CREDIT FACILITY, DATED AS OF DEC 14,2017

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UPDATE 7-U.S. Senate moves to end government shutdown

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. senators voted to move forward on legislation that would reopen the federal government until Feb. 8, ending a three-day standoff between Democrats and President Donald Trump's Republicans over immigration and border security.

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BRIEF-People's United Financial Inc Director Jerry Franklin Sells 4,300 Shares Of Co's Common Stock

* PEOPLE'S UNITED FINANCIAL INC DIRECTOR JERRY FRANKLIN REPORTS SALE OF 4,300 SHARES OF CO'S COMMON STOCK ON JAN 22 AT $19.91 PER SHARE - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2rsSsNp) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-U.S. refiner PES pins bankruptcy plan hopes on biofuel costs

NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Philadelphia Energy Solutions, owner of the largest U.S. East Coast refinery, said on Monday its plan to get out of bankruptcy hinges on whether it can shed existing biofuel costs under the country's renewable fuel laws.

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UPDATE 6-U.S. Senators reach deal to reopen government

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers struck a deal to reopen the federal government three days into a shutdown prompted by an impasse over immigration and border security, the Senate Democratic leader said on Monday.

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Forty years after Mickey, Minnie Mouse gets her star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forty years after Mickey, Minnie Mouse is finally joining her beau on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, where the cartoon darling is poised to receive a star on Monday.

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UPDATE 1-Airbus plots response as Boeing warms to new jet -Air Lease CEO

DUBLIN, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Plans for a potential new Boeing mid-sized jet are gaining momentum, prompting Airbus to respond by beefing up its strong-selling A321neo model, Air Lease Corp Chief Executive John Plueger said on Monday.

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MOVES-Instinet says Jeff Doherty to head U.S. equity research and sales

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Brokerage Instinet LLC, a unit of Nomura Holdings Inc, said on Monday Jeff Doherty will head its U.S. equity research business in addition to leading its sales.

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BRIEF-Reedy Creek Investments Reports 26.4 Percent Stake In Novan Inc

* REEDY CREEK INVESTMENTS LLC REPORTS 26.4 PERCENT STAKE IN NOVAN INC AS OF JANUARY 9 - SEC FILING Source text : ( http://bit.ly/2DvfPeF ) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-AerCap CEO does not expect wave of aircraft finance M&A

DUBLIN, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The head of the world's largest aircraft leasing company, AerCap, does not expect a significant number of mergers or acquisitions in the sector despite pressure on the owners of two of his largest rivals: GECAS and Avolon.

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BRIEF-Nine Ten Partners Reports Sale Of 60,000 Shares Of TechTarget's Common Stock On Jan 19

* NINE TEN PARTNERS LP REPORTS OPEN MARKET SALE OF 60,000 SHARES OF TECHTARGET INC'S COMMON STOCK ON JAN 19 AT $15.08 PER SHARE - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2DrPeei) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-BNY Mellon To Launch FX Prime Brokerage Service

* BNY MELLON TO LAUNCH FX PRIME BROKERAGE SERVICE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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Egypt's former supply minister cleared in wheat buying scandal

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's public prosecutor has closed a case against former supply minister Khaled Hanafi for corruption in wheat buying, judicial sources said, clearing him of charges related to a high profile scandal that rocked the world's biggest grain buyer.

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US STOCKS-S&P, Nasdaq drift higher ahead of Senate vote on funding

* Indexes: Dow down 0.05 pct, S&P up 0.26 pct, Nasdaq up 0.49 pct (Changes comment, updates prices, adds details)

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UPDATE 4-AIG to buy reinsurer Validus for $5.56 billion

* Deal to immediately add to AIG's EPS and ROE (Recasts, adds details about Duperreualt's experience with Bermuda insurance industry, context about financial crisis)

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UPDATE 2-Uber CEO focused on "responsible growth", seeks fresh start in Germany

* Uber Eats to become world's largest food-delivery firm in 2018 (Adds comments on UK, Uber Eats, business results, context)

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BRIEF-Northwest Bancshares Q4 Shr $0.22

* NORTHWEST BANCSHARES, INC. ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER 2017 EARNINGS AND QUARTERLY DIVIDEND INCREASE

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BRIEF-FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products Announce Investment in Pilot Project in Ontario ​

* FPINNOVATIONS AND RESOLUTE FOREST PRODUCTS ANNOUNCE INVESTMENT IN PILOT PROJECT IN ONTARIO TO PRODUCE BIO-CHEMICALS DERIVED FROM WOOD

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UPDATE 1-U.S. requiring enhanced cargo screening from Middle Eastern airports

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said Monday it was requiring six Middle Eastern carriers to participate in an enhanced cargo screening program as part of an effort to raise global aviation security.

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BRIEF-S&P Affirms Validus' Rating, Revises Holding Co Outlook To Negative On AIG Deal

* S&P SAYS VALIDUS HOLDINGS RATINGS AFFIRMED; HOLDING CO OUTLOOK REVISED TO NEGATIVE ON ANNOUNCED ACQUISITION BY AIG

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Major carriers say no plans to hedge fuel despite rising prices

DUBLIN, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Four of the world's largest airlines - U.S. heavyweights Delta, American and United as well as Dubai-based Emirates - said on Monday they had no plans to start hedging their fuel bills despite recent rises in oil prices.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX retreats as railroad and materials shares weigh

TORONTO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on Monday as losses for the industrial and materials groups offset gains for financial shares.

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BRIEF-Major airlines say no plans to hedge fuel

* UNITED AIRLINES EXEC SAYS LOOKING AT ACQUIRING MID-LIFE, SECOND-HAND AIRCRAFT

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BRIEF-Martello Finance Files Early Warning Report In Respect Of Acasta Enterprises

* MARTELLO FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED FILES EARLY WARNING REPORT IN RESPECT OF ACASTA ENTERPRISES INC.

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BRIEF-Agenus Announces Combination Clinical Trials Of Anti-CTLA4 & Anti-PD1

* AGENUS ANNOUNCES COMBINATION CLINICAL TRIALS OF ITS ANTI-CTLA4 (AGEN1884) & ANTI-PD1 (AGEN2034)

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UPDATE 1-Uber CEO eyes "responsible growth", seeks fresh start in Germany

MUNICH, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Uber's chief executive said on Monday that he was focused on "responsible growth" as he seeks to put an end to the take-no-prisoners culture he inherited on joining the pioneer of ride-hailing services last year.

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UPDATE 3-Higher oil prices give Halliburton better-than-expected 4th quarter

Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit after charges and gave an upbeat outlook for 2018, as higher oil prices continue to push U.S. production near record levels.

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UPDATE 1-Hedge fund Third Point pushes Nestle to do more faster -letter

BOSTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Daniel Loeb praised food group Nestle's chief, but is keeping up the pressure with demands that the company move faster to overhaul its strategy.

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CEE MARKETS-Hungarian bonds erase months of gains, stocks hit record high

* Hungarian bonds extend losses on disappointing IRS tender * Hungary's 10-year yield back at Nov levels, off record lows * Hungarian stocks lead regional rise, hit record high * Czech central bank chief sees Feb. 1 rate hike (Adds Budapest stocks, Romania's failed auction) By Sandor Peto BUDAPEST, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Hungarian stocks surged to record highs on Monday and government bonds extended losses as investors continued to close positions after Thursday's disappoin

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UPDATE 2-Abercrombie lifts holiday-quarter forecasts; shares surge

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Abercrombie & Fitch raised its fourth-quarter sales forecast on Monday following a strong holiday season, driving its shares to a more than one-and-a-half-year high.

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U.S. FDA releases initial review of Philip Morris' iQOS device

Jan 22 (Reuters) - An electronic tobacco product made by Philip Morris International Inc that heats rather than burns tobacco contains lower levels of harmful and potentially harmful compounds than cigarettes, a preliminary review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Monday.

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US STOCKS-Dow under pressure as industrial stocks weigh

* Indexes: Dow flat, S&P up 0.2 pct, Nasdaq up 0.26 pct (Updates to open)

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RPT-Business booms for privacy experts as landmark data law looms

* Companies globally race to comply with GDPR by May deadline

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Uber CEO eyes "responsible growth", seeks fresh start in Germany

MUNICH, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The recently hired chief executive of scandal-plagued ride hailing giant Uber said on Monday that he was focused on what he called "responsbile growth" as he seeks to put an end to the take-no-prisoners' culture he inherited in joining the company.

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BRIEF-Connecticut Water Service Declares Dividends And Announces New Direct Stock Purchase Program

* CONNECTICUT WATER SERVICE INC. DECLARES DIVIDENDS, ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECT STOCK PURCHASE PROGRAM AND SETS DATE FOR ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

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Halliburton fourth-quarter profit beats, firm takes charge for Venezuela

(Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit, as higher oil prices pushed U.S. production to record levels.

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U.S. top court takes up property rights case involving endangered frog

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed hear a bid by Louisiana landowners seeking to limit the federal government's power to designate private land as critical habitat for endangered species in a case involving a warty amphibian called the dusky gopher frog.

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Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG plant suffers outage -market sources

LONDON/SINGAPORE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Production at Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in Louisiana is running well below capacity, resulting in disruption to cargo loadings, trade sources said.

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BRIEF-Halliburton "encouraged by international markets for the first time in three years" : conf call

* HALLIBURTON SAYS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STARTED TO SHOW SIGNS OF RECOVERY IN THE LATTER HALF OF THE YEAR- CONF CALL

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P opens lower as U.S. shutdown extends

Jan 22 (Reuters) - The benchmark S&P 500 index opened lower on Monday, weighed down by losses in Boeing, Apple and General Electric, and as a U.S. government shutdown entered its third day.

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UPDATE 3-AIG to buy reinsurer Validus for $5.56 billion

* Deal to immediately add to AIG's EPS and ROE (Adds details from conference call, shares)

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REFILE-UPDATE 2-Halliburton 4th-qtr profit beats, firm takes charge for Venezuela

Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit, as higher oil prices pushed U.S. production to record levels.

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UPDATE 3-Richemont bids for control of Yoox Net-A-Porter as luxury expands online

* Swiss firm sees opportunity to expand YNAP (Adds shares, context)

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Hedge fund Third Point pushes Nestle to do more faster -letter

BOSTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Daniel Loeb praised consumer company Nestle's chief but is keeping up the pressure with demands that the company move faster in overhauling its strategy.

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BRIEF-Anthera Announces Positive Outcome Of Second Interim Futility Analysis In The Phase 3 Sollpura Study

* ANTHERA ANNOUNCES POSITIVE OUTCOME OF SECOND INTERIM FUTILITY ANALYSIS IN THE PHASE 3 RESULT CLINICAL STUDY OF SOLLPURA: STUDY ON SCHEDULE FOR TOPLINE DATA THIS QUARTER

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BRIEF-Longfin Says Ziddu Smart Contracts Commercially Available On Ethereum Blockchain

* LONGFIN - CO'S ZIDDU SMART CONTRACTS COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE ON ETHEREUM BLOCKCHAIN

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BRIEF-Juno Therapeutics Says If Deal Terminated By Co Or Celgene, Fee Of $300 Mln May Be Payable By Co To Celgene

* JUNO THERAPEUTICS SAYS IF DEAL TERMINATED BY CO OR CELGENE UPON SPECIFIED CONDITIONS, FEE OF $300 MILLION MAY BE PAYABLE BY CO TO CELGENE - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Longfin Corp Gets $52.7 Million Investment Through Convertible Notes

* LONGFIN - ENTERED SECURITIES PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH A FUND THAT WILL INVEST $52.7 MILLION IN CO THROUGH CONVERTIBLE NOTE INSTRUMENTS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Baxter Announces U.S. FDA Approval Of Ready-To-Use Bivalirudin

* BAXTER ANNOUNCES U.S. FDA APPROVAL OF READY-TO-USE CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICATION BIVALIRUDIN

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BRIEF-Spark Energy Expects Residential Customer Equivalents (RCEs) In Excess Of 1 Mln As Of December 31, 2017​

* SPARK ENERGY, INC. ANNOUNCES UPDATED GUIDANCE ON SELECT 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS

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BRIEF-Howard Bancorp Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.19

* HOWARD BANCORP, INC. REPORTS 2017 RESULTS WITH STRONG ORGANIC GROWTH, INCREASING REVENUES, HIGHER CAPITAL LEVELS AND THE PENDING ACQUISITION OF FIRST MARINER BANK

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BRIEF-Bioverativ Says Regarding Termination Of Merger Deal With Sanofi Under Certain Circumstances Co Will Be Required To Pay Fee Of $326 Mln

* BIOVERATIV SAYS REGARDING TERMINATION OF MERGER DEAL WITH SANOFI UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES CO WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY FEE OF $326 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2DC3sg7) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Dick's Sporting Goods Says Raised Board Size to 10 - SEC Filing ​

* DICK'S SPORTING GOODS SAYS ‍INCREASED SIZE OF BOARD FROM NINE TO TEN MEMBERS - SEC FILING ​ Source text (http://bit.ly/2G1SKhr) Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +1 646 223 8780)

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Abercrombie & Fitch raises Q4 outlook; exec chairman to step down

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Abercrombie & Fitch raised its fourth-quarter forecast following a strong holiday season, sending its shares up 4.6 percent before the bell on Monday.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. federal workers worry about government shutdown

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Thousands of federal workers faced uncertainty about the status of their jobs and paychecks after U.S. Senate leaders failed to reach an agreement to end a government shutdown before the work week begins on Monday.

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-Qatar Airways says delivery of first Airbus A350-1000 delayed until next month

DOHA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The delivery of Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350-1000 has been delayed until February due to the "complex seat configuration" of the airline's business class, its chief executive said on Monday.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures lower as oil prices slip

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Futures for Canada's main stock index edged lower on Monday as a drop in oil prices weighed on energy stocks, while investors awaited a speedy resolution to the U.S. government shutdown.

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BRIEF-Liberty Media Announces Launch Of Process To Refinance Formula 1 First Lien Term Loan

* LIBERTY MEDIA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF PROCESS TO REFINANCE FORMULA 1 FIRST LIEN TERM LOAN

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BRIEF-Lightbridge Receives U.S. Approval For Key Patent For Its Innovative Fuel Design

* LIGHTBRIDGE RECEIVES U.S. APPROVAL FOR KEY PATENT FOR ITS INNOVATIVE FUEL DESIGN

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Halliburton beats on fourth quarter profit, makes tax provision

(Reuters) - Halliburton Co posted a much bigger than expected quarterly profit in the fourth quarter, benefiting from a shale-driven surge in U.S. oil production towards 10 million barrels per day.

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BRIEF-J Alexanders Holdings Says Recommends Shareholders Vote "For" Transaction With Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub

* J ALEXANDERS HOLDINGS RESPONDS TO REPORTS BY ISS, GLASS LEWIS ON NINETY NINE RESTAURANT & PUB DEAL

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US STOCKS-Futures slightly lower as U.S. shutdown enters third day

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Wall Street was set to start the week slightly lower as a U.S. government shutdown entered its third day, while investors mulled over a flurry of multi-billion corporate mergers.

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Planemakers expect export funding impasse to be resolved soon

DUBLIN, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The world's leading planemakers said on Monday they expected uncertainty over Western government financing for Airbus and Boeing exports to be resolved in coming months, while Airbus said it was working on an alternative system with insurers.

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UPDATE 1-Halliburton beats on Q4 profit, makes tax provision

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Halliburton Co posted a much bigger than expected quarterly profit in the fourth quarter, benefiting from a shale-driven surge in U.S. oil production towards 10 million barrels per day.

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BRIEF-AIG Says Validus To Pay Termination Fee Of $162 Mln‍​ If Merger Terminated Under Some Conditions

* AIG SAYS IF VALIDUS MERGER TERMINATED, IN SOME CONDITIONS, VALIDUS TO BE REQUIRED TO PAY AIG A TERMINATION FEE OF $162 MLN‍​ - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Chromadex - Patent Trial And Appeal Board Of U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Denied Elysium Health's Request To Invalidate U.S. Patent

* CHROMADEX - PATENT TRIAL AND APPEAL BOARD OF U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE DENIED ELYSIUM HEALTH INC.'S REQUEST TO INVALIDATE U.S. PATENT

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BRIEF-Carrizo Oil & Gas Announces Closing Of DJ Basin Divestiture And Partial Redemption Of Its 7.50% Senior Notes Due 2020 And 8.875% Redeemable Preferred Stock

* CARRIZO OIL & GAS ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF DJ BASIN DIVESTITURE AND PARTIAL REDEMPTION OF ITS 7.50% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2020 AND 8.875% REDEEMABLE PREFERRED STOCK

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BRIEF-Nasdaq - Agency For Cooperation Of Energy Regulators Continues To Use Co's Smarts For Pan-European Market Monitoring Of EU Wholesale Energy Markets

* NASDAQ - AGENCY FOR COOPERATION OF ENERGY REGULATORS CONTINUES TO USE CO'S SMARTS FOR PAN-EUROPEAN MARKET MONITORING OF EU WHOLESALE ENERGY MARKETS

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Celgene to buy remaining stake in Juno for $9 billion

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Celgene Corp said on Monday it agreed to buy rest of Juno Therapeutics Inc for about $9 billion in cash to gain access to Juno's pipeline of CAR-T cancer drugs.

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BRIEF-Celgene To Acquire Remaining Shares Of Juno Therapeutics For $87 Per Share

* CELGENE CORPORATION TO ACQUIRE JUNO THERAPEUTICS, INC., ADVANCING GLOBAL LEADERSHIP IN CELLULAR IMMUNOTHERAPY

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BRIEF-Franco-Nevada Acquires An Additional Precious Metals Stream On Cobre Panama From KORES For $178 Mln

* FRANCO-NEVADA ACQUIRES AN ADDITIONAL PRECIOUS METALS STREAM ON COBRE PANAMA FROM KORES FOR US$178 MILLION

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BRIEF-Excellon Announces 2017 Production Results

* EXCELLON RESOURCES INC QTRLY ‍SILVER EQUIVALENT PRODUCTION OF 475,007 OZ, SILVER PRODUCTION OF 223,349 OZ​

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BRIEF-Ingersoll Rand Announces Acquisition Of ICS Group Holdings Ltd

* INGERSOLL RAND ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF ICS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED, A LEADING EUROPEAN TEMPERATURE CONTROL AND HVAC SOLUTIONS PROVIDER

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BRIEF-Broadcom Files Preliminary Proxy Materials for Redomiciliation To The U.S.

* BROADCOM FILES PRELIMINARY PROXY MATERIALS IN CONNECTION WITH REDOMICILIATION TO THE UNITED STATES

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BRIEF-Atkore International Group Says Atkore International Entered Into A Debt Commitment Letter

* ATKORE INTERNATIONAL GROUP - ‍ON JAN. 19, ATKORE INTERNATIONAL, INC., UNIT OF CO ( 'BORROWER'), ENTERED INTO A DEBT COMMITMENT LETTER - SEC FILING​

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BRIEF-Cadus Corp Enters Into Definitive Merger Agreement With Affiliate Of Carl C. Icahn

* CADUS CORPORATION ENTERS INTO DEFINITIVE MERGER AGREEMENT TO BE ACQUIRED BY AFFILIATE OF CARL C. ICAHN FOR $1.61 PER SHARE IN CASH

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UPDATE 1-Iraq, Orion sign deal to process gas from giant oilfield

BAGHDAD, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Iraq agreed a deal with U.S. energy company Orion on Monday to process natural gas extracted at its giant Nahr Bin Omar oilfield.

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BRIEF-Jazz Aviation Pathways Program Expands To 16 Organizations With Addition Of Collège Air Richelieu

* JAZZ AVIATION PATHWAYS PROGRAM EXPANDS TO 16 ORGANIZATIONS WITH ADDITION OF COLLÈGE AIR RICHELIEU Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks shrug off U.S. shutdown, dollar dips

LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - World stocks and U.S. bond markets on Monday shrugged off a government shutdown in Washington, although the dollar pulled back as the euro continued its strong start to the year.

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UPDATE 2-Swiss firm Richemont offers 2.8 bln euros to buy Yoox Net-A-Porter

* Swiss firm sees opportunity to expand YNAP (Adds comment from YNAP CEO, details about Italian company's guidance)

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EMERGING MARKETS-Rand at 2 1/2-yr highs, emerging stocks extend gains

LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - South Africa's rand rose to its highest in more than two years on Monday amid growing expectations that scandal-tarnished President Jacob Zuma would soon be ousted, while emerging-market equities pushed to another near-decade high.

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Facebook says it can't guarantee social media is good for democracy

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc warned on Monday that it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but the company said it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else.

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UPDATE 1-Israel's Leumi to sell stake in U.S. unit to strategic investors

TEL AVIV, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Bank Leumi has agreed to sell a 15 percent stake in its subsidiary Bank Leumi USA for $141 million to two strategic investors, who will bring the bank expertise in U.S. financial services, Israel's second-largest lender said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Rolls-Royce Wins $450 Mln Trent 1000 Order From Aercap

* ORDER FROM AERCAP FOR TRENT 1000 ENGINES TO POWER 10 BOEING 787 DREAMLINER AIRCRAFT; AERCAP HAS OPTIONS FOR ANOTHER 5 TRENT 1000-POWERED 787S Source text - (http://bit.ly/2rshqMB) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Delivery Hero, Takeaway shares jump on merger comments

* Delivery Hero CEO sees consolidation, but not soon in Germany

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UPDATE 2-Ocado to tap into Canada's online grocery market with Sobeys tie-up

* Ocado shares jump more than 10 pct (Adds details, CFO quote, analyst quote, shares)

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Turboprop maker ATR reports surge in orders for 2017

PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) - ATR, the world's largest turboprop maker, reported on Monday that its number of orders had more than tripled from a year ago, buoyed by a general pick-up in the aviation sector.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Richemont offers 2.8 bln euros to buy Yoox Net-A-Porter

ZURICH, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Luxury goods maker Richemont on Monday offered up to 2.8 billion euros ($3.42 billion) to buy the shares in Yoox Net-A-Porter that it does not already own in a deal aimed at boosting the Swiss company's online presence.

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RPT-Taiwan Dec export orders rise 17.5 pct y/y, more than forecast

(Repeats to attach to snaps) TAIPEI, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Taiwan's export orders for December, released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs on Monday. The data is an indication of the strength of Asian exports and of global demand for technology. DECEMBER REUTERS POLL NOVEMBER Export orders (y/y pct) +17.5 +13.0 +11.6 Export orders from China +7.9 +12.8 Export orders from U.S. +10.2

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UPDATE 1-European shares trade sideways, focus on M&A

* UK betting groups fall on new regulation report (Adds shares, comments)

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BRIEF-Cellcom Israel Announces Filing Of Supplemental Shelf Offering Report In Israel

* CELLCOM ISRAEL ANNOUNCES FILING OF SUPPLEMENTAL SHELF OFFERING REPORT IN ISRAEL

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RPT-UPDATE 1-Taiwan, with strong Dec, won record export orders in 2017

* Official: Jan orders to drop m/m, but up more than 25.1 pct y/y

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UPDATE 2-Rio Tinto digs deeper into Mongolia

* Rio Tinto says has invested more than $7 billion since 2010

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BRIEF-Cellcom Israel says Koor to transfer 5 pct of company's shares

* CELLCOM ISRAEL ANNOUNCES KOOR TO TRANSFER 5% OF THE COMPANY'S SHARE CAPITAL TO ISRAELI SHAREHOLDERS Further company coverage: (Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch)

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BRIEF-Astellas Says Cytomegalovirus Vaccine (ASP0113) Did Not Meet Its Primary Or Secondary Endpoints In Phase 3 Helios Clinical Trial​

* ASTELLAS AND VICAL ANNOUNCE TOP-LINE RESULTS FOR PHASE 3 TRIAL OF CYTOMEGALOVIRUS VACCINE ASP0113 IN HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS

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BRIEF-Air Lease Announces Placement Of Two New Airbus A321-200S With Frontier Airlines

* ANNOUNCES PLACEMENT OF TWO NEW AIRBUS A321-200S WITH FRONTIER AIRLINES; ORDER WILL DELIVER IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2018​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: ( Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com )

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UPDATE 1-Ocado to tap into Canada's online grocery market with Sobeys tie-up

Jan 22 (Reuters) - British online grocer Ocado on Monday said it had signed an agreement with Sobeys Inc to develop the online grocery business at Canada's second largest food retailer.

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National Grid files rate proposal for U.S. electric, gas distribution utility

Jan 22 (Reuters) - National Grid Plc said on Monday it filed a proposal to update rates for one of its U.S. electric and gas distribution utilities in a bid to boost its performance in the country.

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Israel's Bank Leumi to sell 15 pct of U.S. unit for $141 mln

TEL AVIV, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Bank Leumi has agreed to sell a 15 percent stake in its subsidiary Bank Leumi USA to two strategic investors for $141 million, Israel's second largest bank said on Monday.

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UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 22

(Adds news items) Jan 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 13 points lower at 7,717.6 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.14 percent ahead of the cash market open. * LONMIN: Platinum miner Lonmin reported a 65 percent drop in 2017 profit on Monday citing higher costs and subdued commodity prices but reiterated its 2018 targets. * DIXONS CARPHONE: Dixons Carphone tightened its

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UPDATE 3-Sanofi to buy U.S. haemophilia group Bioverativ for $11.6 bln

* To fund deal via cash and debt issue (Adds further CEO comments and detail)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Wall Street futures, dollar dip after US government shutdown, Asia resilient

* South African rand shines, Turkish lira drops on Syria conflict

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UPDATE 1-Richemont offers 2.8 bln euros to buy Yoox Net-A-Porter

ZURICH, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Luxury goods maker Richemont on Monday offered up to 2.8 billion euros ($3.42 billion) to buy the shares in Yoox Net-A-Porter that it does not already own in a deal aimed at boosting the Swiss company's online presence.

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Ocado to tap into Canada's online grocery market with Sobeys tie-up

Jan 22 (Reuters) - British online grocer Ocado said it had signed an agreement with Sobeys Inc to help Canada's second largest food retailer to develop its online grocery business.

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UPDATE 1-Rio Tinto sets up new exploration office in Mongolia

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Rio Tinto will set up a new office in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar, separate from its Oyu Tolgoi mine division, to focus on exploration and building local ties.

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Japan stocks eke out small gains as strong financials offset resources-related stocks

TOKYO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks eked out small gains on Monday, with strength in securities and insurers offsetting falls in resources-related sectors including trading houses, steelmakers and shippers.

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Sanofi confirms deal to buy Bioverativ for $11.6 bln

PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) - French healthcare group Sanofi has agreed to buy U.S. peer Bioverativ for $11.6 billion, in a deal which Sanofi said would boost its earnings and strengthen its presence in the field of treatment for rare diseases.

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U.S. soy cargo to China traded using blockchain

LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A cargo of U.S. soybeans shipped to China has become the first fully-fledged agricultural trade conducted using blockchain, participants said on Monday.

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U.S. government workers awake to shutdown, Senate vote looms

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will wake up on Monday with the U.S. government still shut down and the Senate expected to try again to restore federal funding, if only temporarily, and work on resolving a dispute over immigration.

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UPDATE 2-Icahn, Deason to jointly push Xerox to explore selling itself, other options-WSJ

* Icahn, Deason earlier separately called for change at Xerox

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Anxiety for U.S. federal workers facing government shutdown furloughs

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Thousands of federal workers faced anxiety about the status of their jobs and paychecks after U.S. Senate leaders failed to reach agreement to end a federal government shutdown before the work week begins on Monday.

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UPDATE 10-Government still shut down on Monday as U.S. Senate fails to clinch deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach agreement late on Sunday to restore federal spending authority and deal with demands from Democrats that young "Dreamers" be protected from deportation.

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UPDATE 2-Wal-Mart shops Brazil unit stake to Advent, other funds -sources

SAO PAULO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is in talks with buyout firm Advent International Corp and other funds to sell a major stake in its Brazilian operations, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Sunday.

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Billionaire Gupta looks to make electric cars in Australia

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - British industrialist Sanjeev Gupta is set to bid for industrial assets at General Motors Co's former Holden manufacturing site in South Australia, according to the state's treasurer, aiming to use the equipment to build electric vehicles.

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UPDATE 4-'Three Billboards' biggest winner at female-flavored SAG awards

* Color returns to red carpet (Adds quotes, other awards, background, paragraphs 11-22)

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BRIEF-Enerkem And Sinobioway Group Sign A C$125 Mln Agreement

* ENERKEM AND SINOBIOWAY GROUP SIGN A C$125M AGREEMENT TO ACCELERATE ENERKEM'S GLOBAL EXPANSION AND CREATE A JOINT VENTURE TO BUILD OVER 100 BIOFUEL FACILITIES IN CHINA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: ( Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com )

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UPDATE 3-'Three Billboards' wins top prize at Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony marked by speeches about female empowerment in the face of a sexual misconduct scandal that has swept Hollywood.

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UPDATE 1-Toshiba considering IPO for memory chip unit - FT

* Toshiba no longer faces as much pressure to complete chip deal

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Japanese retail investors pull out of bear fund as Nikkei hits 26-year peak

* In the past, inflows to inverse ETF rose when Nikkei gained

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Nikkei dips on U.S. govt shutdown, resource-related stocks worst hit

TOKYO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average inched lower on Monday, with resource-related sectors including trading houses, steelmakers and shippers leading the losses as the U.S. government shutdown hurt risk appetite globally.

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UPDATE 9-U.S. government to remain closed on Monday as Senate still short of deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach a deal late on Sunday on Democrats' demand for legislation protecting "Dreamers," young people brought to the country illegally as children.

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U.S. Senate sets noon Monday vote after it is unable to reach deal to open government

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate scheduled a vote for Monday at noon (1700 GMT) on a stopgap spending measure, canceling a planned vote for Monday at 1 a.m. (0600 GMT), ensuring that the federal government will remain closed when the work week begins.

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UPDATE 2-Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell among early winners at SAG awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell won early honors at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony that showcased women and their stories amid a sexual misconduct scandal sweeping the United States.

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UPDATE 1-Sanofi set to buy Bioverativ for more than $11.5 bln - WSJ

Jan 21 (Reuters) - Sanofi SA is close to a deal to take over U.S. drug maker Bioverativ Inc for more than $11.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.