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Column: New U.S. state retirement plans are welcome, but why so expensive?

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Next month, Oregon will become the first U.S. state to start automatically signing up workers to save for retirement if they do not already have a workplace 401(k).

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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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Vivienne Tam scales fashion peaks with China Chic

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some of us are fortunate to find a calling in life early on, and for Vivienne Tam it was literally by design.

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Odebrecht paid firms linked to Peru's Kuczynski $4.8 million: document

LIMA (Reuters) - Brazilian builder Odebrecht transferred $4.8 million to companies linked to Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski between 2004 and 2012, some of which was paid to a company Kuczynski controlled when he held senior government roles, according to a document the company sent to Congress.

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Odebrecht paid firms linked to Peru's Kuczynski $4.8 mln -document

LIMA, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Brazilian builder Odebrecht transferred $4.8 million to companies linked to Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski between 2004 and 2012, some of which was paid to a company Kuczynski controlled when he held senior government roles, according to a document the company sent to Congress.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico peso firms after Fed maintains U.S. rate outlook

By Bruno Federowski and Sheky Espejo Dec 13 (Reuters) - Mexico's peso currency and stocks firmed on Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised the cost of borrowing, but did not signal that it could pick up the pace of rate hikes next year. Signs of quicker U.S. economic growth had prompted speculation that the Fed could have forecast more rate hikes next year. But the U.S. central bank's forecast of three hikes in 2018 and 2019 was unchanged from its projections in September.

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Canada says defense firms can now sell small arms to Ukraine

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada said on Wednesday that defense contractors would be allowed to sell weapons such as automatic firearms and electric stun guns to Ukraine, a move the government in Kiev has long pressed for.

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Use balance transfers to start 2018 with path to pay off debt

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the U.S. Federal Reserve raises interest rates, as it did on Wednesday by a quarter-percentage point, the first pinch consumers usually feel is higher interest rates on...

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Fed lifts interest rates, keeps 2018 policy outlook unchanged

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, as anticipated, but left its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged even as policymakers projected a short-term acceleration in U.S. economic growth.

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Fed raises interest rates, keeps 2018 policy outlook unchanged

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, as anticipated, but left its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged even as policymakers projected a short-term acceleration in U.S. economic growth.

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Activist investor Primestone urges Tennant to merge with Nilfisk

COPENHAGEN/LONDON (Reuters) - Activist hedge fund Primestone Capital on Wednesday urged U.S. cleaning equipment company Tennant and Danish peer Nilfisk to consider merging after building up minority...

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WRAPUP 3-U.S. core inflation slows, puts spotlight on 2018 interest rate outlook

WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Underlying U.S. consumer inflation slowed in November, held down by weak healthcare costs and the biggest drop in apparel prices in nearly two decades, which could impact the pace at which the Federal Reserve raises interest rates next year.

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DoubleLine's Gundlach says investors should add commodities in portfolios: CNBC

NEW YORK (Reuters) - DoubleLine CEO Jeffrey Gundlach said on Wednesday that his best investment idea for the new year is commodities, against the backdrop of increasing global economic activity and...

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Seadrill confirms receiving rival bids for its debt restructuring

OSLO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Drilling rig firm Seadrill confirmed on Wednesday it had received two rival bids for its debt restructuring from unsecured bondholders.

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U.S. core inflation slows, puts spotlight on 2018 interest rate outlook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Underlying U.S. consumer inflation slowed in November, held down by weak healthcare costs and the biggest drop in apparel prices in nearly two decades, which could impact the pace at which the Federal Reserve raises interest rates next year.

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WRAPUP 2-U.S. core inflation slows, puts spotlight on 2018 interest rate outlook

WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Underlying U.S. consumer inflation slowed in November, held down by weak healthcare costs and the biggest drop in apparel prices in nearly two decades, which could impact the pace at which the Federal Reserve raises interest rates next year.

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Grad students plead for mercy from U.S. tax overhaul

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Graduate student Mollie Marr is worried that the U.S. tax overhaul working its way through Congress will force her and many other fellow students to give up on their educations.

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BRIEF-Limelight Networks Sees 2018 Non-GAAP EPS Between $0.11 And $0.15 Per Share

* SEES 2018 CAPITAL EXPENDITURES BETWEEN $22 MILLION AND $24 MILLION

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Woman blasts ex-NFL Network hiring head

A female television sports reporter and host has shared her story following the news of NFL Network and ESPN suspending five former football players who are accused of sexual harassment while they worked for NFL Network.

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Futures flat ahead of Fed's decision on interest rate hike

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks futures pointed to a flat open for Wall Street on Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's announcement on benchmark interest rate and assessed the Democratic win in the Alabama Senate election.

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Big firms call on EU to set 35 percent renewable power supplies target

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A group of big technology, industry and power companies have called on the European Union to set a target for renewables of at least 35 percent when EU energy ministers meet next week.

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South Korean firms flock to Beijing hoping summit will hasten thaw with China

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hoping a thaw in relations with China will reopen opportunities after a diplomatic spat earlier this year cost many of them business, some 300 South Korean executives joined President Moon Jae-in for the start of his four-day trip to China on Wednesday.

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The Fed and Interest Rates: What to Watch For Today

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point, and to issue a new economic forecast.

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UPDATE 1-Debt-laden Carillion secures deal to sell part of UK healthcare unit

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Troubled British construction firm Carillion said on Wednesday it had reached a deal to sell a large part of its UK healthcare facilities management business to outsourcing group Serco, helping it cut its debt by 41.4 million pounds.

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Debt-laden Carillion secures deal to sell part of UK healthcare unit

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Troubled British construction firm Carillion said on Wednesday it had reached a deal to sell a large part of its UK healthcare facilities management business to outsourcing group Serco for about 47.7 million pounds ($63.55 million).

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Exxon deal aside, tough proxy season looms at U.S. energy firms

BOSTON/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Climate activists said on Tuesday they would take a tough shareholder resolution off the table at Exxon Mobil Corp after the company agreed to provide new details about how climate change could affect its business.

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UPDATE 1-Exxon deal aside, tough proxy season looms at U.S. energy firms

BOSTON/HOUSTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Climate activists said on Tuesday they would take a tough shareholder resolution off the table at Exxon Mobil Corp after the company agreed to provide new details about how climate change could affect its business.

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Britain urged to prosecute social media firms over online abuse

LONDON (Reuters) - Social media companies should face prosecution for failing to remove racist and extremist material from their websites, according to a report by an influential committee.

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BRIEF-PSE&G Says Learned That Its Customers May Be Affected By A Potential Data Breach Involving Systems Of Tio Networks

* PSE&G SAYS LEARNED THAT ITS CUSTOMERS MAY BE AFFECTED BY A POTENTIAL DATA BREACH INVOLVING SYSTEMS OF TIO NETWORKS

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Public pension funded ratio up in third quarter 2017: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The funded status of 100 of the largest U.S. public pension plans grew by $36 billion in third quarter of 2017, boosted by strong equity returns, according to a report released...

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Desjardins, credit union centrals, Cumis to form Aviso Wealth

(Reuters) - Canadian asset manager Desjardins Group is partnering with five credit union centrals and insurer Cumis Group to form a wealth management firm with about C$55 billion ($42.74 billion) in...

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NFL Network and ESPN suspend stars after sexual harassment lawsuit

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BRIEF-Shieldx Networks Secures $25 Mln In Series B Funding

* SHIELDX NETWORKS - CLOSED $25M SERIES B ROUND OF FUNDING WITH NEW INVESTORS INCLUDING ASHAR AZIZ, DIMENSION DATA AND SYMANTEC VENTURES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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NFL Network sued for sexual harassment

A former employee for NFL Network is suing for sexual harassment and wrongful termination. The suit involves current and past on-air talent for the network.

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Vanguard looks to blockchain for index data

BOSTON (Reuters) - Vanguard Group Inc is moving to use blockchain to simplify how it updates index data underlying mutual funds, executives said on Monday, an important sign of confidence for the new...

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New York City, Alabama, NFL Network: Your Tuesday Briefing

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

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The write stuff: Life lessons from author James Patterson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - (The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)

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NFL Network Suspends Marshall Faulk and 2 Others Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor were suspended by the network over allegations in a lawsuit filed by a former wardrobe stylist for the company.

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Fidelity keeps $2 billion mandate in New York after star manager's departure

BOSTON (Reuters) - A large New York state retirement plan said on Monday it would keep a popular Fidelity tech fund, whose portfolio manager recently left the company after being accused of sexual...

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Marcato says Deckers' rejected offer to settle proxy contest

BOSTON (Reuters) - After months of turning up the heat on Deckers Outdoor Corp, hedge fund Marcato Capital Management recently proposed a settlement that the UGG boot maker rejected, a filing...

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Fidelity fund keeps $2 billion mandate in New York after manager's departure

BOSTON (Reuters) - A popular Fidelity Investments tech fund, whose manager left the company after being accused of sexual harassment, has retained a mandate to manage more than $2 billion for a New...

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Marcato sets condition for Deckers interviewing its nominees

(Reuters) - Marcato said on Monday it was open to a proposal by Deckers Outdoor Corp's board to interview the activist investor's nominees only if the footwear maker was willing to reach a settlement...

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U.S. fund firms make new push for bitcoin ETFs as futures debut

(Reuters) - Fund managers are racing to launch exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on bitcoin after futures contracts based on the high-flying digital currency began trading on Sunday.

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Netherlands confirms highly pathogenic bird flu outbreak: OIE

PARIS (Reuters) - The Netherlands confirmed an outbreak of highly contagious bird flu in the Flevoland province that led to the culling of nearly 16,000 ducks, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Announces Holiday Eviction Moratorium And Confirms Natural Disaster Relief Policies

* FREDDIE MAC ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY EVICTION MORATORIUM; CONFIRMS NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF POLICIES

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Apple confirms deal to buy music discovery app Shazam

SAN FRANSICO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Monday confirmed it had reached a deal to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, the U.K.-based app that lets users identify songs by pointing a smart phone at the audio source.

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BRIEF-Apple Confirms Deal To Buy Shazam Entertainment Ltd

* APPLE CONFIRMS IT HAS REACHED A DEAL TO ACQUIRE SHAZAM ENTERTAINMENT LTD Further company coverage:

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Two fund firms make new push for bitcoin ETFs as futures debut

(Reuters) - Two fund managers are going back to U.S. securities regulators for permission to launch exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on bitcoin, filings showed on Monday, after futures contracts...

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UPDATE 1-Two fund firms make new push for bitcoin ETFs as futures debut

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Two fund managers are going back to U.S. securities regulators for permission to launch exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on bitcoin, filings showed on Monday, after futures contracts began trading on Sunday in the high-flying digital currency.

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Hackers hit major ATM network after U.S., Russian bank breaches: report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A previously undetected group of Russian-language hackers silently stole nearly $10 million from at least 18 mostly U.S. and Russian banks in recent years by targeting interbank transfer systems, a Moscow-based security firm said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Healthcare Realty Trust Expects To Complete Sale Of $300 Mln Of Senior Notes

* HEALTHCARE REALTY TRUST- ON DEC 11, 2017, CO EXPECTS TO COMPLETE SALE OF $300 MILLION AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF CO'S 3.625% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028 Source text: (http://bit.ly/2jvF1sM) Further company coverage:

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Futures inch up, bitcoin grabs investor interest

(Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Monday, with the launch of bitcoin futures raising investor interest in cryptocurrency related companies.

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US STOCKS-Futures inch up, bitcoin grabs investor interest

Dec 11 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Monday, with the launch of bitcoin futures raising investor interest in cryptocurrency related companies.

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BRIEF-Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp ‍Reaffirms 2017 Financial Guidance As Provided On Oct 26, 2017​

* - ‍REAFFIRMING 2017 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE AS PROVIDED ON OCTOBER 26, 2017​

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BRIEF-Cleantech Solutions International To Acquire A 60 PCT Interest In 3D Discovery Limited

* CLEANTECH SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL ENTERS INTO SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE A 60 PCT INTEREST IN 3D DISCOVERY CO. LIMITED

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Pence and Abbas won't meet, vice president's office confirms

Vice President Mike Pence's office confirmed Sunday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet with Pence during his upcoming trip to the Middle East following the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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UN chief: 'America first' is 'detrimental to American interests'

President Trump said in his inauguration speech that the slogan "America First" would govern his administration and approach to foreign policy. But UN Secretary-General António Guterres believes that the President's pledge is "detrimental to American interests."

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SEC to delay mutual fund disclosures in cybersecurity push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Friday it would delay new submissions of portfolio data by mutual funds, as the regulator beefs up its cybersecurity.

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UBS investment bank head wary on 2018 outlook

ZURICH (Reuters) - The head of Swiss bank UBS's investment banking business gave a cautious outlook for market conditions next year, with fees set to fall again and volatility staying low.

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City of London sticks to Brexit plans despite progress

LONDON (Reuters) - London's financial industry welcomed progress on a divorce deal with the European Union on Friday but said it saw little reason to alter preparations for when Britain leaves the EU.

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Nikkei rises, real estate and chip-related firms lead; JDI soars

TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Friday morning on gains for most sectors after Wall Street climbed overnight, while Japan Display jumped on hopes that Apple may use liquid crystal technology on one of its new smartphones.

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U.S.-based stock ETFs attract $14.6 billion of inflows, largest since June: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S.-based stock ETFs attracted $14.6 billion of inflows in the week ended Wednesday, their 10th consecutive week of inflows and the largest since June, illustrating investors'...

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Investment funds buy $9.481 billion two-year note in November: U.S. Treasury

(Reuters) - Large investment managers bought $9.481 billion at a 2-year note auction held in November,

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Senate confirms top EPA enforcement official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Thursday confirmed the Environmental Protection Agency's third high-level official after Administrator Scott Pruitt, approving Susan Bodine to become the agency's top enforcement official.

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Blockchain network IOTA teams up with Microsoft, others on data marketplace

NEW YORK (Reuters) - (In this version of the Nov. 28 story IOTA corrects partners in the project to remove reference to Cisco in headline and first paragraph and Huawei in fifth paragraph, include Microsoft in headline and text. IOTA clarified that the error was due to the fact that it co-founded the Trusted IoT Alliance with Cisco.)

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CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-Blockchain network IOTA teams up with Microsoft, others on data marketplace

NEW YORK, Nov 28 (Reuters) - IOTA, an open-source blockchain network, has teamed up with some of the biggest global corporate names led by Microsoft, Volkswagen and Samsung Group to launch what is aimed to be a secure marketplace for data, IOTA co-founder David Sønstebø said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Molina Healthcare - On Dec 4 Co Entered Commitment Letter With Suntrust Bank And SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

* MOLINA HEALTHCARE - ON DEC 4 CO ENTERED COMMITMENT LETTER WITH SUNTRUST BANK AND SUNTRUST ROBINSON HUMPHREY - SEC FILING

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Gross warns Fed should be 'more cautious' amid investor bond binge

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Influential bond investor Bill Gross of Janus Henderson Investors warned Thursday the Federal Reserve should be "more cautious and easier" in its interest-rate hiking campaign,...

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Retail disruption is nothing compared to gnarly first jobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - If any industry is in the throes of total disruption right now, it is retail.

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Column: U.S. Republicans sharpen knives for retirement program cuts

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Traditionally, U.S. politicians avoid talking about cutting Social Security and Medicare close to election time.

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UPDATE 1-Telecoms group Orange aims to boost profit margins through to 2020 via networks investments

* Strategy contrasts with that of rival Altice (Recasts story, adds detail, background)

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Yes, she's judging you: Luvvie Ajayi on writing a bestselling life

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sometimes in life, the best teachers are not elder statesmen who have been around for decades. Sometimes we can learn the most from young entrepreneurs who are creating something...

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Proxy firm ISS advises shareholders to back Marcato at Deckers

BOSTON (Reuters) - Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services on Wednesday suggested shareholders back hedge fund Marcato's choice of directors at Deckers Outdoor Corp, switching its...

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Surging online orders slow Wal-Mart delivery network

SEATTLE/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Wednesday that soaring online purchases have caused delays in its distribution network, reflecting the challenge retailers and delivery services face in handling strong peak-season ecommerce demand.

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Proxy advisory firm ISS switches Deckers recommendation to Marcato nominees

BOSTON (Reuters) - Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services on Wednesday switched its recommendation in one of the season's most hotly contested proxy contests to suggest shareholders...

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Study confirms higher breast cancer risk with hormone-based contraception

(Reuters Health) - Women who currently use or recently used hormone-based contraception face a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer, although the overall risk for most women is relatively low, a new study of 1.8 million women in Denmark has concluded.

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U.S. healthcare spending growth slowed in 2016

(Reuters) - Growth in healthcare spending in the United States slowed in 2016 following two years of expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a government health agency reported on Wednesday.

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My taxes probably are going up. Are yours?

NEW YORK (Reuters) - No matter what version of the U.S. tax overhaul being considered by Congress becomes law, it looks like I am going to be paying more in taxes next year.

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BRIEF-Home Depot On Proposed Tax Reform - Believe Concern Over Mortage Interest Deductibility Overblown

* HOME DEPOT CFO ON PROPOSED TAX REFORM - BELIEVE CONCERN OVER MORTAGE INTEREST DEDUCTIBILITY IS OVERBLOWN

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Study abroad appeals to more U.S. college students, but costs can mount

CHICAGO (Reuters) - While most college seniors are still hoping to land a good job after graduation, Kelsey Berg is set.

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Short-seller Muddy Waters bets against OSI Systems

BOSTON (Reuters) - Carson Block, founder of short-seller Muddy Waters LLC, which gained prominence with a bet against a Chinese timber company, said he is shorting OSI Systems Inc, sending the...

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Vladimir Putin of Russia Confirms He’ll Run for President Again

In a choreographed announcement in a factory setting, he said he would stand for a fourth term as president in March and was expected to win handily.

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BRIEF-Hyster-Yale Materials Announces Agreement To Acquire A Controlling Interest In Zhejiang Maximal Forklift

* HYSTER-YALE MATERIALS HANDLING, INC. ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE A CONTROLLING INTEREST IN ZHEJIANG MAXIMAL FORKLIFT COMPANY LIMITED

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Official: Blackwater founder proposed private spy network to Trump administration

The founder of the controversial military contracting firm Blackwater, Erik Prince, and his allies lobbied contacts inside the administration to provide the CIA with a private network of intelligence contractors, according to a US official with knowledge of the proposal.

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BRIEF-Tabula Rasa Healthcare Prices Share Offering At $27.5 Per Share

* TABULA RASA HEALTHCARE PRICES OFFERING WHICH INCLUDES 1.35 MILLION AND 1.65 MILLION SHARES AT PRICE TO PUBLIC OF $27.50 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Gundlach says 'strange environment' to be cutting U.S. corporate taxes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - DoubleLine Capital Chief Executive Jeffrey Gundlach, who voted for President Donald Trump, warned on Tuesday that it is a "strange environment" to be cutting U.S. corporate taxes...

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Senate confirms Trump's pick for Homeland Security secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a post that opened after John Kelly became Trump's chief of staff earlier this year.

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UPDATE 1-Belarus arrests suspected ringleader of global cyber crime network

AMSTERDAM/LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - One of Eastern Europe's most prolific cyber criminals has been arrested in a joint operation involving Belarus, Germany and the United States that aimed to dismantle a vast computer network used to carry out financial scams, officials said on Tuesday.

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Disrupt This! Innovation ETFs are storming the market

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com is disrupting retail. Airbnb is disrupting hotels. Uber is disrupting transportation. Who is going to be disrupted next?

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BRIEF-Breitbart News Network To Expand Radio Programming On SiriusXM

* SIRIUSXM HOLDINGS SAYS BREITBART NEWS NETWORK TO EXPAND ITS RADIO PROGRAMMING ON SIRIUSXM

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METALS-Copper price sinks to two-month low as dollar firms, inventories rise

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz (Updates prices, dollar, trader comment) By Zandi Shabalala LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The price of copper fell to its lowest level in two months on Tuesday as inventories rose and the dollar largely held onto gains made in the previous session on hopes of U.S. tax cuts. Benchmark copper had slipped 3.6 percent to $6,580 per tonne by 1527 GMT, after touching its lowest level since Oct. 5 at $6,655.10. It was on track for its biggest

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Dish Network founder steps down from CEO role to focus on wireless

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday Chief Executive Charlie Ergen has stepped down to devote more time to the company's emerging wireless business.

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BRIEF-Check-Cap Announces Advancement In GE Healthcare Manufacturing Collaboration

* CHECK-CAP ANNOUNCES ADVANCEMENT IN GE HEALTHCARE MANUFACTURING COLLABORATION

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Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen steps down to focus on wireless

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday Chief Executive Charlie Ergen has stepped down to devote more time to the company's emerging wireless business.

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Q&A: Designer Rachel Roy learned to bend so she will not break

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Going from a California teen working in a clothing store to making dresses for Michelle Obama has been quite the trajectory for fashion designer Rachel Roy.

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UPDATE 2-Indonesia plans to acquire Rio Tinto interest in Freeport Indonesia mine

* Indonesia to also buy Indocopper Investama stake in Grasberg (Adds context on Rio's copper investments)

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BRIEF-‍Juniper Networks Partners With Telefonica On Road To A Self-Driving Network​

* ‍JUNIPER NETWORKS PARTNERS WITH TELEFONICA ON ROAD TO A SELF-DRIVING NETWORK​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: ( Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com ;)

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UPDATE 1-Indonesia plans to acquire Rio Tinto interest in Freeport Indonesia mine

* Indonesia to also buy Indocopper Investama stake in Grasberg (Adds quotes from mining minister, context)

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Indonesia plans to acquire Rio Tinto interest in Freeport Indonesia mine

JAKARTA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Indonesia plans to acquire Rio Tinto's 40 percent participating interest in the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by the local unit of Freeport-McMoRan Inc, mining minister Ignasius Jonan said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-San Leon Energy Informs Ministry Of Environment Of Intention To Relinquish Interest In Remaining Baltic Basin Shale Gas

* INFORMED MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT IN POLAND OF ITS INTENTION TO RELINQUISH ITS INTEREST IN ITS REMAINING BALTIC BASIN SHALE GAS

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U.S. tax bill adds to debt need as interest costs weigh

(Reuters) - A U.S. tax overhaul will increase the government's need to issue more Treasuries as interest costs on the country's debt become a larger drain on the budget.

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Exclusive: Major U.S. trucking firm Daseke buys three firms

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Daseke Inc , the largest owner of flatbed equipment in North America, has acquired three trucking firms in deals aimed at gaining access to higher margin freight, the company said on Monday.

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Discovery raises stake in Oprah Winfrey Network

(Reuters) - Discovery Communications Inc said on Monday it had raised its stake in its joint venture with TV mogul Oprah Winfrey to more than 70 percent.

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UPDATE 1-Discovery raises stake in Oprah Winfrey Network

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Discovery Communications Inc said on Monday it had raised its stake in its joint venture with TV mogul Oprah Winfrey to more than 70 percent.

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Discovery increases stake in Oprah Winfrey Network

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Discovery Communications Inc said on Monday it has taken an additional stake in its joint venture with TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, increasing its stake to more than 70 percent.

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Healthcare prices hard to find online

Reuters Health - Consumers who search online for prices of common medical procedures may be disappointed by what they find, a U.S. study suggests.

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Fidelity clients suffer second website glitch in week

BOSTON (Reuters) - For the second time in a week, some clients at Fidelity Investments could not access their online accounts at the powerhouse retail trading brokerage on Monday morning in a glitch...

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Fidelity says some customers cannot access accounts

BOSTON (Reuters) - Fidelity Investments said on Monday some of its clients could not access their accounts on the company's website, the second time in a week that the large online brokerage operator...

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BRIEF-Qualcomm Confirms Receipt Of Broadcom's Nomination Of Candidate Slate

* QUALCOMM CONFIRMS RECEIPT OF BROADCOM'S NOMINATION OF A SLATE OF CANDIDATES TO REPLACE CO'S EXISTING BOARD

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BRIEF-Aurora Cannabis Increases Ownership Interest In Radient Technologies

* AURORA CANNABIS INCREASES OWNERSHIP INTEREST IN RADIENT TECHNOLOGIES

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UPDATE 1-U.S. firms invited to bid for Saudi nuclear plants

* Competition likely from Russia, France, China, South Korea (Adds quotes, details, context)

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TIM's board to discuss network options this week: source

MILAN (Reuters) - The board of Telecom Italia (TIM) will this week discuss options for its fixed-line network, including possibly splitting it off, although no decision is expected to be made, a source close to the company said on Sunday.

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Tech firms tell patent court to ignore Allergan deal with tribe

(Reuters) - Over 30 technology companies including Alphabet Inc , Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc. on Friday urged a U.S. patent court to disregard drugmaker Allergan Plc's contention that its transfer of some of its patents to a Native American tribe shields them from the court's review.

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Advisory firms split on Deckers' proxy contest vote

(Reuters) - Two proxy advisory firms on Friday weighed in on one of the year's most bitter proxy battles with one backing UGG boot maker Deckers' management and the other giving partial support to...

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Hedge fund Tudor shuts one portfolio; Jones to play bigger role

BOSTON (Reuters) - Paul Tudor Jones, one of Wall Street's most prominent investors, is restructuring his Tudor Investment Corp. by liquidating one portfolio and planning to play a bigger role in...

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Mednax fielding takeover interest from buyout firms: sources

(Reuters) - Mednax Inc, a U.S. healthcare network operator targeted by activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp, is fielding acquisition interest from several private equity firms, according to...

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UPDATE 1-Mednax fielding takeover interest from buyout firms -sources

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Mednax Inc, a U.S. healthcare network operator targeted by activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp, is fielding acquisition interest from several private equity firms, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Exclusive: Mednax fielding takeover interest from buyout firms - sources

(Reuters) - Mednax Inc, a U.S. healthcare network operator targeted by activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp, is fielding acquisition interest from several private equity firms, according to...

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U.S. firms push Washington to restart nuclear pact talks with Riyadh: sources

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. firms attracted by Saudi Arabia's plans to build nuclear reactors are pushing Washington to restart talks with Riyadh on an agreement to help the kingdom develop atomic energy, three industry sources said.

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U.S.-listed Chinese financial firms drop as China sets new rules

(Reuters) - U.S.-listed shares of Chinese financial firms slipped in premarket trade on Friday after Reuters reported that China's regulators had circulated new rules to local governments to clamp down on cash loan firms.

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BRIEF-Banro Exercises Contractual Right To Defer Interest Payment On Secured Notes

* BANRO ANNOUNCES EXERCISE OF CONTRACTUAL RIGHT TO DEFER INTEREST PAYMENT ON SECURED NOTES

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UPDATE 1-China's debt crackdown hits cash loan firms

BEIJING, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Executives from Chinese companies specialising in offering consumers small, easy-to-get loans became something of a fixture on Wall Street this year.

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Japan panel firms up April 30, 2019 as date for emperor's abdication: NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) - A special panel chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has agreed that the date of Emperor Akihito's planned abdication - the first by a Japanese monarch in about two centuries - should be on April 30, 2019, national broadcaster NHK reported.

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China's debt crackdown hits cash loan firms

BEIJING, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Executives from Chinese companies specialising in offering consumers small, easy-to-get loans became something of a fixture on Wall Street this year.

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U.S.-based money market funds post $33 billion inflows, largest of 2017: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors poured $33 billion into U.S.-based money market funds during the week ended Nov. 29, the largest inflows of 2017, Lipper data showed on Thursday, in a sign that...

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Hedge fund Hutchin Hill shuts down after three bad years

BOSTON (Reuters) - Hedge fund manager Neil Chriss said on Thursday he is closing his $2.2 billion firm Hutchin Hill Capital LP after three years of poor performance.

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Hedge fund Hutchin Hill shutting down: letter

BOSTON (Reuters) - Hedge fund manager Neil Chriss said on Thursday he is closing his $2.2 billion firm Hutchin Hill Capital LP after a period of poor performance.

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BRIEF-Penn National Gaming Confirms Discussions With Pinnacle Entertainment

* PENN NATIONAL GAMING CONFIRMS DISCUSSIONS WITH PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT

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BRIEF-Pinnacle Entertainment Confirms Discussions With Penn National Gaming

* PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT CONFIRMS DISCUSSIONS WITH PENN NATIONAL GAMING

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Bodenholm and Westray reveal media stock shorts on changing viewers

LONDON (Reuters) - European hedge funds Bodenholm Capital and Westray Capital Management revealed they had taken short selling positions on some media companies, bets that their stock prices will...

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New U.S. tax law could curb charitable donations

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New tax laws could strip away one of the key motivators of year-end giving in the United States - the right to take a tax deduction for the amount you give to qualified charities...

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ratifies administrative law judges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday it had ratified the prior appointment of its administrative law judges.

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U.S. regional banks delve deeper into advisory services to boost growth

(Reuters) - Squeezed by lower loan growth as interest rates finally begin to rise, regional U.S. banks have been giving more financial advice to mid-sized companies and affluent Americans to drive...

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Venezuela confirms ex-oil bosses Del Pino, Martinez detained

CARACAS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Venezuela's state prosecutor confirmed on Thursday that former oil bosses Eulogio Del Pino and Nelson Martinez were detained in the early hours of Thursday as part of a sweeping graft probe that is ridding the OPEC member of many of its top executives.

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China pushing billions into Iranian economy as Western firms stall

ROME/ANKARA, Nov 30 (Reuters) - China is financing billions of dollars worth of Chinese-led projects in Iran, making deep inroads into the economy while European competitors struggle to find banks willing to fund their ambitions, Iranian government and industry officials said.

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'Bomb on board' wi-fi network causes Turkish Airlines flight to be diverted

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish Airlines flight from Nairobi to Istanbul was diverted after the detection of a wi-fi network called "bomb on board" that alarmed the passengers, the airline said on Thursday.

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Column: To the year-end checklist, add mandatory retirement withdrawals

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Nothing good lasts forever, and so it is with tax-deferred retirement saving - that is, the deferred part.

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BRIEF-Trisura Group To Acquire 40% Interest In Canadian Unit

* TRISURA GROUP ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE 40% MANAGEMENT INTEREST IN CANADIAN SUBSIDIARY

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BRIEF-Glaxosmithkline says ViiV Healthcare starts Phase 3 HIV prevention study in women

* ‍VIIV HEALTHCARE, CO OWNED BY GSK, WITH PFIZER INC. AND SHIONOGI LTD AS SHAREHOLDERS, TO START PHASE III STUDY FOR PREVENTION OF HIV INFECTION IN SEXUALLY ACTIVE WOMEN​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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EU says needs concrete evidence from Turkey to deem Gulen network as terrorist

ANKARA (Reuters) - The European Union does not share Turkey's view that the network of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen is a terrorist organization and would need to see "substantive" evidence to change its stance, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator said.

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Mediator: A Failure of the Network News Star System

What did Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and Bill O’Reilly have in common? They were encouraged to be larger-than-life characters before their sudden falls.

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BRIEF-Nokia comments on rumors related to Juniper Networks

* Nokia Oyj - ‍nokia is not currently in talks with, nor is it preparing an offer for, Juniper Networks related to an acquisition of that company Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Genesis Healthcare Receives Continued Listing Standard Notice From The NYSE

* GENESIS HEALTHCARE, INC. RECEIVES CONTINUED LISTING STANDARD NOTICE FROM THE NYSE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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U.S. bond funds attract $6.16 billion in week ended Nov. 21: ICI

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors pumped billions into bond funds for a 51st straight week, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) said on Wednesday, underscoring the seemingly insatiable...

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Illinois' $750 million bonds won by BofA with still hefty yields

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bank of America Merrill Lynch won $750 million of Illinois bonds in competitive bidding on Wednesday as the state faced a lingering market penalty for its fiscal and political...

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Froome confirms he will race 2018 Giro d'Italia

(Reuters) - Britain's Chris Froome will ride next year's Giro d'Italia as he aims to complete his collection of Grand Tour victories.

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BRIEF-Ikang Healthcare Group Extends Shareholder Rights Plan

* IKANG HEALTHCARE GROUP, INC. EXTENDS SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS PLAN

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Chinese firms show interest in lithium producer SQM: Potash Corp CEO

Nov 29 (Reuters) - Chinese groups have shown "broad interest" in buying Potash Corp of Saskatchewan's minority stake in Chilean lithium producer SQM, Potash Corp Chief Executive Jochen Tilk said on Wednesday.

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Trump calls for boycott of television network CNN: tweet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump urged a boycott of CNN on Wednesday, ramping up his fight against the television network as his administration fights AT&T Inc's deal to buy CNN's owner Time Warner Inc.

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Trump calls for boycott of television network CNN -tweet

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump urged a boycott of CNN on Wednesday, ramping up his fight against the television network as his administration fights AT&T Inc's deal to buy CNN's owner Time Warner Inc.

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Network says employee filed complaint about longtime 'Today' host over 'inappropriate sexual behavior'

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Exotix Capital appoints Basni Jashapara to senior role

(Reuters) - Emerging markets-focused investment bank Exotix Capital named Basni Jashapara as its new head of EMEA sales for research, analytics and data.

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Citi Private Bank appoints Andrew Keating as UK Private Banker

(Reuters) - Citi Private Bank (CPB), a unit of Citigroup Inc that caters to wealthy individuals and families, appointed Andrew Keating as UK Private Banker.

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VAM Funds names Robert Gordon director of two funds

(Reuters) - Luxembourg-based fund management company VAM Funds appointed Robert Gordon as a director of VAM Funds and VAM Managed Funds.

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Weatherbys Private Bank names associate director

(Reuters) - Weatherbys Private Bank appointed Henry Taylor as an associate director.

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EMERGING MARKETS-N.Korea test caps emerging stocks gains, lira firms

LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Another missile test in nuclear-armed North Korea capped gains in emerging equities on Wednesday despite a strong run on Wall Street fuelled by U.S. tax reform progress, while the Turkish lira firmed after a period of weakness.

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Turkey seeks arrest of 360 people in probe targeting Gulen network in army: media

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish prosecutors have issued detention warrants for 360 people in an operation targeting supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen within the army, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-‍Fitch Affirms 3 Chinese policy banks at 'A+'; outlook stable​

* ‍Fitch affirms 3 Chinese policy banks at 'A+'; outlook stable​ Source text for Eikon:

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BRIEF-Novra To Acquire Controlling Interest In Wegener Corp

* NOVRA TO ACQUIRE CONTROLLING INTEREST IN WEGENER CORPORATION

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Vanguard to offer its first active ETF lineup in U.S.

BOSTON (Reuters) - Vanguard Group Inc on Tuesday said it will offer six actively managed exchange traded funds aimed at giving investors exposure to specific factors like low volatility or liquidity,...

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Blockchain network IOTA teams up with Cisco, Volkswagen, others on data marketplace

NEW YORK (Reuters) - IOTA, an open-source blockchain network, has teamed up with some of the biggest global corporate names led by Cisco Systems Inc, Volkswagen AG, and Samsung Group to launch what is aimed to be a secure marketplace for data, IOTA co-founder David Sønstebø said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-‍West Face Confirms Draft Statement of Claim was Provided to Home Capital​

* ‍WEST FACE CAPITAL SAYS REVIEWED PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY HOME CAPITAL AND CONFIRMS A DRAFT STATEMENT OF CLAIM WAS PROVIDED TO HOME CAPITAL​

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RBC Investor & Treasury Services expands product management team

(Reuters) - RBC Investor & Treasury Services, a unit of Royal Bank of Canada, appointed Annette Niebuhr as managing director, network management within its product management team.

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BRIEF-Centripetal Networks says Court Rules In Favor Of Co In Patent Infrigement Lawsuit

* ‍CENTRIPETAL NETWORKS SAYS U.S. COURT ISSUED A "KEY" RULING IN THE PATENT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT FILED BY CENTRIPETAL IN JULY 2017​

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SEC looking at fixed-income markets with 'greater focus': Clayton

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton said on Tuesday that the SEC has formed a group to examine fixed-income markets with the goal of protecting retail...

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Quarter of German firms see digital threat to survival

BERLIN (Reuters) - A quarter of German companies are worried that their survival is endangered by digitalization, while a large majority want the next German government to make the topic a priority, a survey showed on Tuesday.

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New ETF joins fight against sexual harassment in workplace

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new exchange-traded fund is being introduced for investors who want their money kept far away from sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Russian rouble firms on last tax payment day, stocks down

MOSCOW, Nov 28 (Reuters) - The Russian rouble firmed slightly on Tuesday, the last day of a monthly tax payment period that usually prompts export-focused companies to sell dollars in order to meet local duties.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's Origin Energy targets APLNG cost cuts; reaffirms forecast

Nov 28 (Reuters) - Australia's Origin Energy Ltd said on Tuesday it is targeting cost reductions at its Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) liquefied natural gas project as it looks to lower its debt.

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BRIEF-Seabury Capital Sells Controlling Interest In SGI Aviation To Fintech Global

* SEABURY CAPITAL SELLS CONTROLLING INTEREST IN SGI AVIATION TO FINTECH GLOBAL INCORPORATED

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BRIEF-Healthcare Realty Trust ‍Expects To Record A Charge In Q4 Of Nearly $32.7 Mln For Early Extinguishment Of Notes​

* HEALTHCARE REALTY TRUST ANNOUNCES REDEMPTION OF REMAINING $300 MILLION OF SENIOR NOTES DUE 2021

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BRIEF-Healthcare Realty Trust Announces Pricing Of $300 Mln Senior Unsecured Notes

* HEALTHCARE REALTY TRUST ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $300 MILLION SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES

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U.S. Labor Department delays final part of fiduciary rule

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Labor issued an 18-month-delay on Monday for key parts of its retirement rule, including one that would require brokers to ask clients if they feel that...

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Nov 27) - Networks

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

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Futures rise, retailers draw interest on Cyber Monday

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Monday, with a bounce in retail stocks on Cyber Monday and the almost $2 billion-dollar buyout of publisher Time helping early sentiment among investors.

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US STOCKS-Futures rise, retailers draw interest on Cyber Monday

Nov 27 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Monday, with a bounce in retail stocks on Cyber Monday and the almost $2 billion-dollar buyout of publisher Time helping early sentiment among investors.

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France cuts cost of sacking traders to lure banks post-Brexit

PARIS (Reuters) - The French parliament has approved measures to cut the cost of sacking traders by excluding their bonuses from compulsory redundancy payouts, in a move aimed at luring banks'...

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Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial bans high-interest loan products

HONG KONG, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd affiliate Ant Financial has banned consumer loans with annual interest rates above 24 percent from its Alipay platform, a move which comes as China's government increases scrutiny of lightly regulated online lending.

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UPDATE 1-CVC gauges interest from Chinese suitors for components maker Linxens -sources

HONG KONG, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Buyout group CVC is gauging the interest from prospective Chinese suitors for Linxens, the French smart-card components maker that it bought two years ago for 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion), people close to the matter said.

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Sovereign funds pull $3.7 billion from global stock, bond markets in third quarter

LONDON (Reuters) - Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) withdrew more money from global stock and bond markets in the third quarter of 2017, albeit at a slower pace with net outflows of $3.7 billion, data...

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May to meet EU's Juncker, Barnier December 4, EU confirms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his chief Brexit negotiator in Brussels on Monday, Dec. 4, the EU executive confirmed on Thursday.

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EMERGING MARKETS-China tumble pushes emerging stocks lower, lira firms

LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) - A tumble in Chinese and Hong Kong shares after recent surges pushed emerging equities lower on Thursday, though Turkey's lira firmed for a second day against the weak dollar, helped partly by comments from an adviser to the Turkish president.

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CORRECTED-Exxon joins European oil firms in initiative to limit emissions

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil joined European peers including Royal Dutch Shell and Total in a new initiative to find ways to reduce potent emissions in their rapidly growing natural gas operations.

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UPDATE 1-Chinese firms scrap plans for micro loan business amid crackdown on 'blind borrowing'

* Busen Garments, Nexgo scrap plans to set up micro loan units

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Miner SouthGobi says in talks with CIC on interest repayment

HONG KONG, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Vancouver-based coal miner SouthGobi Resources Ltd said on Thursday it had not paid any interest on a convertible debenture to China Investment Corporation (CIC) and was in talks with CIC regarding a repayment plan.

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BRIEF-SouthGobi Resources supdate on interest payment obligations to CIC

* SouthGobi Resources Ltd.: update on interest payment obligations to CIC

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Saudi Arabia agrees to buy $7 billion in precision munitions from U.S. firms: sources

(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy about $7 billion worth of precision guided munitions from U.S. defense contractors, sources familiar with the matter said, a deal that some lawmakers may object to over American weapons having contributed to civilian deaths in the Saudi campaign in Yemen.

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BRIEF-Avista Healthcare enters into amendment to agreement​

Nov 22 (Reuters) - Avista Healthcare Public Acquisition Corp :

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Vanguard's Davis makes case for index funds even in tough times

BOSTON (Reuters) - The rush of money into big index funds has raised concerns about whether they would still prove attractive in a downturn, an issue taking on more importance especially for industry...

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ITC to probe Caterpillar patent allegations against German firms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Wednesday it had launched an investigation into allegations that German manufacturers Wirtgen GmbH and Joseph Voegele AG infringe on patents held by Caterpillar Inc .

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Illinois returns to muni market with $750 million bond sale

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois, which sold $6 billion of bonds last month to raise money to pay overdue bills, will be back in the U.S. municipal market next week with another $750 million of debt.

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BRIEF-Dentsu Aegis Network announces acquisition of Oxyma Group

* ‍Dentsu Aegis Network says has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Oxyma Group​

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EMERGING MARKETS-Argentina's Merval leads gains on high interest rates, oil prices

SAO PAULO, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Argentina's peso currency and Merval stock index registered solid gains on Wednesday after the nation's central bank held its benchmark interest rate and crude prices buoyed the nation's commodities-heavy equities market. On Tuesday evening, Argentina's central bank held its benchmark rate at 28.75 percent in order to fend of inflation that remains stubbornly high. That sent Argentina's peso up 0.22 percent and helped lift its main stock index more than

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Gold mining firms set aside $360 million for South Africa silicosis law suit

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Six gold mining firms, including Anglo American, have made a 5 billion rand ($361 million) provision to settle a class action law suit with thousands of miners who contracted fatal lung diseases while working in South African mines, an industry document said on Wednesday.

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Exxon joins European oil firms in initiative to limit emissions

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil joined European peers including Royal Dutch Shell and Total in a new initiative to find ways to reduce potent emissions in their rapidly growing natural gas operations.

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Your Money: Uncertain future for those counting on medical deductions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - At a retirement community near Chicago, Jay Schachner and his friends are nervously awaiting the fate of their medical expenses amid U.S. tax overhaul.

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BRIEF-Autoliv confirms conclusion of specific part of ongoing investigation with the European Commission

* Confirms conclusion of specific part of ongoing investigation with the European Commission

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BRIEF-Nippon Paint confirms it has made proposal to U.S. company about acquisition as reported

* Confirms it has made proposal to U.S. company about acquisition as reported

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BRIEF-Comet Holding confirms FY outlook​

* ‍FOR FY CONFIRMS GUIDANCE OF SALES OF CHF 430-450 MILLION AND EBITDA MARGIN OF 14-16%​

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UPDATE 7-U.S. TV networks fire Charlie Rose after sex harassment allegations

Nov 21 (Reuters) - CBS News and other networks said on Tuesday they had fired Charlie Rose, one of the most prominent American interviewers, the day after the Washington Post reported the television host had sexually harassed eight women.