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First Quantum buys option for stake in Northern Dynasty project

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Northern Dynasty Minerals , owner of the Pebble copper-gold project in Alaska, said rival First Quantum Minerals acquired the option to buy half of the project for $1.50 billion.

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EU regulators to investigate Ikea's Dutch tax deals

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU state aid regulators will investigate whether Swedish furniture retailer Ikea's [IKEA.UL] tax arrangement with Dutch tax authorities helped cut its tax bill, the latest crackdown on unfair tax deals between multinationals and EU countries.

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Solid Power, BMW partner to develop next-generation EV batteries

(Reuters) - U.S. EV battery company Solid Power said on Monday it had partnered with Germany's BMW AG to develop the next-generation solid-state battery technology for use in electric vehicles (EVs).

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German Vonovia climbs property ladder with $6.1 billion Buwog deal

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Vonovia , Germany's biggest residential property company, has agreed to buy Austrian counterpart Buwog in a cash deal valuing the latter at 5.2 billion euros ($6.12 billion), the two companies said on Monday.

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Hedge fund manager Hohn won't attend LSE vote - source

LONDON (Reuters) - British hedge fund manager Christopher Hohn will not attend a vote on the motion brought by his firm to oust London Stock Exchange chairman Donald Brydon, a source close to the firm told Reuters.

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U.S. tax cut outlook drives stocks but dents dollar

LONDON (Reuters) - Global stock markets hit record highs on Monday on expectations that a U.S. tax bill could soon pass, though a more cautious reading of the draft law's prospects among currency traders put the dollar under pressure.

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Workers at Israel's Teva Pharm block roads, continue protest over job cuts

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Workers at Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries protested pending job cuts for a second straight day on Monday, blocking roads and shutting down a number of the drugmaker's plants nationwide.

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BRIEF-Bombardier's Says Chinese JV Wins Its First Monorail Contract In China

* CHINESE JOINT VENTURE WINS ITS FIRST MONORAIL CONTRACT IN CHINA

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 10,355 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will recall 10,355 Jeep Grand Cherokee sports utility vehicles sold in Russia to verify if their brake-booster shields were installed properly, Russia's standards agency said on Monday.

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Lockheed hits 2017 F-35 delivery target despite production hiccups

(Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said that it hit its 2017 target to deliver 66 F-35 fighter jets to the U.S. and its allies last week, despite production problems as the defense contractor built 40 percent more jets this year.

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Buwog agrees to be taken over by Vonovia in $6.1 billion deal

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Vonovia has agreed to buy Buwog in a cash deal valuing the Austrian real estate company at 5.2 billion euros ($6.12 billion), the two companies said on Monday.

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Thai Beverage unit wins auction to buy 54 percent stake in Sabeco

HO CHI MINH CITY (Reuters) - A unit of Thai Beverage won the auction to buy a $5 billion or 54 percent stake in top brewer Sabeco in the country's biggest ever privatization process, an official from the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange said on Monday.

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France files complaint against Amazon for abuse of dominant position: paper

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government has filed a complaint with the Paris Commerce Court against e-commerce company Amazon for abusing its dominant position with some suppliers, newspaper Le Parsien said on Monday.

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Toyota to make over 10 battery EV models in early 2020s

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp on Monday said it will market more than 10 all-electric vehicle (EV) models globally in the early 2020s, and that investment to develop their batteries is likely to exceed $13 billion (1.5 trillion yen) through 2030.

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Nestle sells off tea brands in North America

ZURICH (Reuters) - Nestle has sold its sold two of its tea brands in North America as the world's biggest food maker presses ahead with reshaping its business to focus on new consumer trends and healthcare.

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Hitachi aims double-digit margin by 2021, not interested in GE assets: CEO

TOKYO (Reuters) - The head of Japan's Hitachi Ltd said the company was aiming to improve its operating margin to double digits by fiscal 2021 from current levels of around 7 percent.

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Asian shares rise on U.S. tax cut hopes; China in focus

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares edged up on Monday, with sentiment boosted by expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill this week, while Chinese stocks were soggy on concerns about liquidity and tighter regulations in the world's second largest economy.

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To thwart Amazon, Kroger and Walmart lure shoppers with curbside pickup

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As Amazon.com looks to upend the U.S. grocery market with home delivery, some veteran supermarket operators are betting on a different strategy: curbside pickup. Americans have long loved the convenience of drive-through service for burgers and coffee. Kroger Co and Walmart Inc are tweaking that formula for groceries.

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Hershey nears $1.6 billion deal to buy Amplify Snacks: CNBC

(Reuters) - Hershey Co , the maker of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey's Kisses, is nearing a deal to buy SkinnyPop parent Amplify Snack Brands for $1.6 billion, CNBC reported on Monday.

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Tiny stem cell companies close in on major heart disease goals

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The early hope that stem cell therapy would make the paralyzed walk, the blind see and cure diabetes have given way to a long list of failures, highlighted by early stem cell champion Geron Corp abandoning the field in 2011.

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Asian shares rise amid U.S. tax cut hopes; China in focus

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares edged up on Monday, with sentiment boosted by expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill, while Chinese stocks were soggy after the country's central bank raised interest rates.

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Asian shares rise amid U.S. tax cut hopes; pound struggles

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares inched up on Monday, tracking Wall Street, which hit record highs on expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill, while the British pound hovered near 3-week lows amid Brexit talks.

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Oracle Corp to buy Australia's Aconex for $1.19 billion

Sydney (Reuters) - Australia's Aconex Ltd said on Monday it had received a A$1.56 billion ($1.2 billion), or A$7.80 in cash-per-share, buyout offer from U.S. software major Oracle Corp , sending the target's share price up 45 percent.

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South Korea trade ministry says ready to begin renegotiating U.S. trade pact

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's trade ministry said on Monday it had reported to parliament a plan to renegotiate the 2012 free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States after President Donald Trump threatened earlier this year to scrap the accord unless it was revised.

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Bitcoin hits bigger stage as exchange giant CME launches futures

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CME Group Inc, the world's largest derivatives exchange operator, began trading bitcoin futures on Sunday, with the contract opening at what is currently its session high and dropping over 6 percent within the first half hour.

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Air Berlin receiver says optimistic on last-minute rescue for Niki: Sueddeutsche

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A receiver of insolvent German airline Air Berlin told a newspaper he is optimistic about the sales process of the airline's subsidiary Niki after a number of would-be investors stepped forward under a fast-approaching deadline.

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Aconex receives $1.19 billion takeover offer from Oracle Corp

(Reuters) - Aconex Ltd said on Monday it had received a A$1.56 billion ($1.19 billion), or A$7.80 in cash per share, buyout offer from U.S. software major Oracle Corp .

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Humana in talks to buy Kindred Healthcare with equity firms: source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Humana Inc is in advanced talks to acquire acute care provider Kindred Healthcare Inc in partnership with private equity firms Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and TPG, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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Niki Lauda says will be ready to bid for Niki airline on Dec 20: Handelsblatt

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Former motor racing driver Niki Lauda aims to bid for the Austrian Niki airline, which he founded in 2003, next Wednesday, he said in a newspaper report, formally adding himself to the list of interested parties.

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U.S. employers say CVS-Aetna deal would affect health-benefits decisions: survey

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Corp’s proposed purchase of Aetna Inc will affect decision-making by a majority of large and mid-size U.S. corporations on employee health benefits, a survey by benefits consultant Aon Plc found.

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Alpine skiing: Veith wins first race since injury, Vonn pulls out

VAL D'ISERE, France (Reuters) - Olympic champion Anna Veith won her first race since suffering a serious knee injury more than two years ago when she took the Super G at Val d'Isere on Sunday while American Lindsey Vonn withdrew due to a sore knee.

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Thai Bev's unit seeks to buy a near $5 billion stake in Sabeco

Ho CHI MINH CITY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Vietnam's trade ministry said on Sunday that Vietnam Beverage Co Ltd, a unit of Thai Beverage , was the only investor seeking to buy all shares of Vietnamese brewer Sabeco on offer worth nearly $5 billion.

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Vietnam to name buyer of up to $5 billion stake in top brewer Sabeco

Ho CHI MINH CITY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Vietnam is set to auction an up to $5 billion stake in top brewer Sabeco on Monday, with Thai Beverage the only potential bidder to have expressed interest in a majority stake.

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Second bitcoin futures debut could lure volume to wild market

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin investors expect futures volumes to perk up when CME Group Inc, the world's largest derivatives exchange operator, launches its own contract to wager on the cryptocurrency on Sunday.

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NHL-Senators beat Canadiens in frigid first outdoor game of season

(The Sports Xchange) - In an outdoor game with temperatures dipping past the freezing point, being hit by a puck was never less fun.

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NHL: Senators beat Canadiens 3-0 in first outdoor game of season

(The Sports Xchange) - Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 in the NHL100 Classic at TD Place on Saturday night.

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U.S. renewable energy industry relieved as Republicans keep tax credits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. renewable energy industry expressed relief after a compromise Republican tax bill released late on Friday preserved key tax credits that had been at risk of being removed, but it raised concerns about a provision that may threaten investment in the sector.

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CSX CEO Harrison dies months into railroad's turnaround effort

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX Corp Chief Executive Hunter Harrison has died, the freight railway operator said on Saturday, just a few days after announcing that the veteran rail executive hired earlier this year to boost its profits had taken a medical leave of absence.

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CSX CEO Harrison dies months into railway's turnaround effort

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX Corp Chief Executive Hunter Harrison has died, the freight railway operator said on Saturday, just a few days after announcing that the veteran rail executive hired earlier this year to boost its profits had taken a medical leave of absence.

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CSX CEO Harrison dies days after medical leave announced

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX Corp Chief Executive Hunter Harrison has died, the freight railway operator said on Saturday, just a few days after announcing that he was taking a medical leave of absence.

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U.S. labor board adopts business-friendly 'micro union' test

(Reuters) - A U.S. labor agency on Friday made it tougher for workers to form so-called micro unions made up of small groups of a company's employees, reversing an Obama-era decision that had been sharply criticized by companies.

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U.S. renewable fuel industry relieved as Republicans keep tax credits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. renewable energy industry expressed relief after a compromise Republican tax bill released late on Friday preserved key tax credits that had been at risk of being removed, but it raised concerns about a provision that may threaten investment in the sector.

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Brazilian prosecutors ask state bank Caixa to remove vice presidents

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors have asked that all the vice presidents of Caixa Economica Federal be replaced for what officials suspect are "irregularities" at the state bank, according to a document made public late on Friday.

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Metlife says it failed to pay some pensions, flags hit to reserves

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Metlife Inc failed to pay pensions to potentially tens of thousands of people and will have to strengthen its reserves because of the costs of finding and repaying them, the New York insurer said. Metlife said in a filing on Friday that it believed the group missing out on the payments represented less than 5 percent of about 600,000 people who receive benefits from the company via its retirement business. Those affected generally have average benefits of le

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Bulletin Board: ‘A World of Misery Few of Us Really See’: Readers and a Bureau Chief Discuss Haiti’s Abandoned Dead

Catherine Porter, who has visited Haiti 20 times, explains how she discovered the men who collect and bury the bodies of impoverished Haitians.

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Alpine skiing: Vonn enjoys first World Cup win of season

VAL D'ISERE, France (Reuters) - American Lindsey Vonn won the Super G at Val d'Isere to claim her first victory in a World Cup race for nearly a year on Saturday.

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Uber should have given court an ex-employee's letter about 'fraud and theft' in Waymo case

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ride hailing company Uber was obligated to turn over to a U.S. federal judge a letter from a former employee that told of the company's "fraud and theft" and mentioned evidence of stolen trade secrets nailed "like a scalp" to the wall, a court official said Friday.

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Healthcare draws election-year worry, but 2016 repeat not seen

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With another election year looming, investors in the healthcare sector are wary the coming months could reopen wounds suffered during the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

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Hamburger chain Wendy's to reduce antibiotic use in beef supply

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hamburger chain Wendy's Co laid out plans on Friday to trim the use of antibiotics that are important to human medicine from its beef supply, the latest step by a food company to fight concerns about resistance to the drugs in people.

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P&G appoints Peltz to board despite losing proxy battle

(Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co said it appointed Nelson Peltz to its board despite the activist investor narrowly losing a months-long proxy fight, the biggest ever involving a U.S. company.

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Dec 15 (Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co said it appointed Nelson Peltz to its board despite the activist investor narrowly losing a months-long proxy fight, the biggest ever involving a U.S. company.

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BRIEF-Mountain Boy Minerals Board Has Appointed Mark Brown As CEO

* MOUNTAIN BOY MINERALS - BOARD HAS APPOINTED MARK BROWN AS PRESIDENT & CEO, AND WINNIE WONG, AS CFO AND CORPORATE SECRETARY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Leading U.S. antitrust senator urges hearing on Disney, Fox deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate antitrust panel, urged the subcommittee on Friday to hold a hearing on Walt Disney Co's plan to buy a number of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc businesses.

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BRIEF-P&G Says About 972.8 Mln Shares Were Cast In Favor Of Nelson Peltz's Election To Board

* P&G SAYS ABOUT 972.8 MILLION SHARES WERE CAST IN FAVOR OF NELSON PELTZ'S ELECTION TO BOARD, WHILE ABOUT 16.4 MILLION SHARES WERE WITHHELD - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2zfyTtB) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-P&G Says Board Increased Size To Thirteen From Eleven

* P&G SAYS ON DEC 15, BOARD OF PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY INCREASED SIZE OF BOARD FROM ELEVEN TO THIRTEEN DIRECTORS - SEC FILING Source:(http://bit.ly/2AByDUc) Further company coverage:

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Procter & Gamble appoints Nelson Peltz to board

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co said it appointed activist investor Nelson Peltz to its board following a certified recount of shareholder votes cast at its annual meeting in October.

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Wall Street closes at records with tax overhaul in sight

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

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Oil hovers below two-year highs with focus on U.S. output

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices were mixed on Friday, lingering below two-year highs as the continuing outage of a North Sea pipeline gave support, while climbing U.S. output and weak gasoline demand kept a lid on gains.

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U.S. Justice Department, AT&T settlement talks failed: court filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice and AT&T Inc have held unsuccessful settlement talks over the wireless and pay-TV company's bid to buy movie and TV show maker Time Warner Inc , the two sides said in a court filing on Friday.

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Rubio now on board for the tax bill

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will vote "yes" on the final tax bill after changes to the child tax credit, a source close to the Senator says.

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Wall Street at record highs on rising hopes of tax overhaul

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

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CSX shares derail after CEO takes unexpected medical leave

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

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Exclusive: Aston Martin owners rev up for 2018 exit with Lazard hire

LONDON (Reuters) - Aston Martin's owners have hired Lazard to prepare for a stock market listing or sale of the British sportscar maker made famous by fictional spy James Bond, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Wall Street at record on rising hopes of tax overhaul

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

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Lockheed to partner with Aerion to develop supersonic business jet

(Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp , the maker of F-35 and F-22 fighter jets, is partnering with plane maker Aerion Corp to develop the world's first supersonic business jet.

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

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

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U.S. oil drillers cut rigs for first week in six -Baker Hughes

By Scott DiSavino Dec 15 (Reuters) - U.S. energy companies this week cut oil rigs for the first time in six weeks in spite of prices rising close to their highest in over two years and drillers starting to boost spending plans for next year. The oil rig count fell by four to 747 in the week to Dec. 15, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday. The U.S. rig count, an early indicator of future

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Unilever to sell spreads business to KKR for $8 billion

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

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

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

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Exclusive: FCC plans to fine Sinclair $13.3 million over undisclosed commercials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine Sinclair Broadcasting Corp $13.3 million after it failed to properly disclose that paid programming that aired on local TV stations was sponsored by a cancer institute, three people briefed on the matter told Reuters.

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Ryanair offers to recognize unions in historic shift to try to avert strikes

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair offered on Friday to recognize pilot unions for the first time in its 32-year history in a last-minute attempt to avert its first-ever pilot strike.

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First night for 'The Last Jedi' trails just 1 film

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Brazil's Embraer eyes 2024 commercial launch for Uber partnership: CEO

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A partnership that Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA has struck with U.S. ride-hailing application Uber Technologies Inc will launch its first test flight in 2020, and aims to start commercial service in 2024, an executive said on Friday.

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Tesla largely responsible for slide in U.S. home solar sales

(Reuters) - After years of double-digit growth, home solar installations in the United States are poised to fall for the first time this year, according to a report released on Thursday by GTM Research.

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Wall St. rises as bank, healthcare stocks gain

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

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Exclusive: EU regulators set to clear Safran, Zodiac deal - source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are expected to approve without conditions French aero engine maker Safran's bid for aircraft seats, toilets and galleys maker Zodiac Aerospace , a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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SpaceX launches used rocket and spacecraft for first time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wall Street up as gains in consumer staples power recovery

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes rose on Friday with gains in consumer stocks such as Costco Wholesale helping a broad recovery.

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Votorantim Energia, Canada pension board form JV to invest in power

(Reuters) - Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Brazil's Votorantim Group's energy unit Votorantim Energia have formed a joint venture that will buy two operational wind parks in...

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Wall Street opens higher on tax bill optimism

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

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Chairman of Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht to step down: paper

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Emílio Odebrecht will resign as chairman of the board of the scandal-plagued Brazilian engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA in the first half of next year, newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo reported on Friday, citing an unnamed source.

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Icahn steps up fight against SandRidge's plan to buy Bonanza Creek

(Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn on Friday urged SandRidge Energy Inc's stockholders to vote against the oil and gas company's plan to issue shares for its proposed acquisition of Bonanza Creek Energy .

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

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

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BRIEF-Wabash National Corporation Announces New Board Member

* WABASH NATIONAL CORP- APPOINTMENT OF JOHN BOSS BRINGS CO'S BOARD TO EIGHT MEMBERS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Arrow Electronics Names Steven H. Gunby As A New Director To Its Board

* ARROW ELECTRONICS NAMES STEVEN H. GUNBY AS A NEW DIRECTOR TO ITS BOARD

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South African regulator probes conduct of Steinhoff auditors

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) is investigating Steinhoff's auditor following the retail group's disclosure of accounting irregularities, it said on Friday.

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CSX shares tumble after CEO's medical leave

(Reuters) - CSX Corp's shares tumbled on Friday in premarket trading after the No. 3 U.S. railroad said Chief Executive Hunter Harrison was taking medical leave for unexpected complications from a recent unspecified illness.

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Let board do its job finding successor, Airbus CEO urges staff

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders, who is stepping down in 2019, urged employees on Friday to allow the board to pick his successor without being distracted by speculation about who would replace him.

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UPDATE 1-Let board do its job finding successor, Airbus CEO urges staff

PARIS, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders, who is stepping down in 2019, urged employees on Friday to allow the board to pick his successor without being distracted by speculation about who would replace him.

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Stock futures recover from tax bill concerns

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

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Some Canada firms could move to U.S. amid NAFTA worries: survey

OTTAWA (Reuters) - More a quarter of Canadian firms could move part of their operations to the United States amid uncertainty over the future of the NAFTA trade pact, the nation's export credit agency said on Friday.

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Tesla largely responsible for slide in U.S. home solar sales: report

(Reuters) - After years of double-digit growth, home solar installations in the United States are poised to fall for the first time this year, according to a report released on Thursday by GTM Research.

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India raises import tax on cellphones, move to hurt Apple

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has increased the import tax on dozens of electronic products such as mobile phones and television sets, a government statement said, to help curb supplies from overseas and build up the domestic industry.

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Germany's Merck in fresh bid to enter U.S. MS pill market

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Merck KGaA is reviving plans to bring an oral multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment to the U.S. market, hoping for blockbuster sales despite regulatory concerns about side effects having frustrated its ambitions almost seven years ago.

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Airbus board triggers shake-up to end succession row

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus confirmed the departure of planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier as part of a series of board moves on Friday to clear the air over succession plans following weeks of speculation surrounding Europe's largest aerospace firm.

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Global shares limp toward third week of gains, dollar hobbles

LONDON (Reuters) - World shares fell on Friday and the dollar slipped against major and heavyweight emerging market currencies, as nagging uncertainty about a U.S. tax cuts package dovetailed with broad-based end-of-year caution.

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Australia cobalt rush accelerates on electric vehicle demand, DRC troubles

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia, home to the world's second-biggest cobalt reserves, is seeing a rush of interest in projects still years from production as makers of batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) seek supplies of the metal from a more costly but less risky source than top miner, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Japan's Yamato plans to open labor-saving facility next year

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's largest package delivery company, Yamato Transport Co, is considering plans to open a new distribution facility with labor-saving technology near Tokyo early next year, its chief executive said on Friday.

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Second phase of Brexit talks will be harder than first: EU's Juncker

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The second phase Brexit negotiations will be significantly harder than an already difficult first phase of talks, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday.

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Ryanair to recognize unions in historic shift to stop strike

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair on Friday announced that it would recognize pilot unions for the first time in its 32-year history in a bid to stop the first pilot strike in its history from taking place later in the day.

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UPDATE 1-Votorantim Energia, Canada pension board form JV to invest in power

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Brazil's Votorantim Group's energy unit Votorantim Energia have formed a joint venture that will buy two operational wind parks in northeastern Brazil, they said.

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Oil prices rise on North Sea pipeline outage, but growing US output looms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices moved up on Friday, lifted by the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and ongoing OPEC-led production cuts, although rising output from the United States kept a lid on markets.

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Exclusive: China's CNPC weighs taking over Iran project if Total leaves - sources

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - China's top oil and gas company CNPC is considering taking over Total's stake in a giant Iranian gas project if the French company leaves Iran to comply with any new U.S. sanctions, industry sources said.

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Oil prices rise on North Sea pipeline outage, but rising U.S. output looms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices moved up on Friday, lifted by the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and ongoing OPEC-led production cuts, although rising output from the United States kept a lid on markets.

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Airbus confirms management shake-up

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus confirmed a top management shake-up on Friday, following weeks of turmoil at the European planemaker.

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Paralysis at PDVSA: Venezuela's oil purge cripples company

CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Decisions at some joint ventures with foreign firms are delayed. A growing number of oil tankers sit idle because no one authorizes payments. Employees struggle to get approval for routine expenses, from taxis to training.

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Oil prices stable on tighter market, but rising US output looms for 2018

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil markets were stable on Friday as the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and ongoing OPEC-led production cuts supported prices, while rising output from the United States kept crude from rising further.

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Asian shares slip, U.S. tax reform woes dent sentiment

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares erased earlier modest gains on Friday but were still on track for a weekly rise, as sentiment was hurt by Wall Street's weakness on concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reform.

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017) nytimes.com

White Nationalist Now Faces First-Degree Murder in Charlottesville Killing

Prosecutors increased the top charge against James Fields Jr., who is accused of driving his car into counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer

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

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

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Driver who rammed crowd in Charlottesville now faces first-degree murder charge

An Ohio driver accused of plowing into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this summer, killing one woman, now faces a first-degree murder charge.

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Oil stable on tighter market, but rising US output looms for 2018

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil markets were stable on Friday as the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and the ongoing OPEC-led production cuts supported prices, while rising output from the United States kept crude from rising further.

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Asian shares edge up, on track for weekly gain

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

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Labor Board Reverses Ruling That Helped Unions Fight Chains

Newly under Republican control, the National Labor Relations Board changed the standard for holding a company responsible for a franchisee’s practices.

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Missouri issues first fines over misuse of farm chemical in 2016

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

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Theresa May, Once a ‘Dead Woman Walking,’ Reaches a First Finish Line

Mocked for months as weak and robotic, the British prime minister has earned sympathy in Brussels — and some respite at home — by doggedly carrying on.

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More efficient SUVs a factor in product strategy: Ford CEO

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Chief Executive Jim Hackett said on Thursday the automaker is reviewing its product portfolio as consumers show a preference for sport utility vehicles that have fuel efficiencies closer to sedans.

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White nationalist charged with first-degree murder in Virginia car killing: media

(Reuters) - A white nationalist accused of killing a 32-year old woman when he plowed his car into a crowd of counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday, local media reported.

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Airbus planemaking chief Bregier to leave in February: sources

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

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

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

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

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

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Uber investor departs venture firm amid harassment claims

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

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Ford to move autonomous vehicle business to Detroit

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it would relocate its autonomous and electric vehicle units to Detroit from Dearborn, Michigan.

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Murdoch bets live sports and news will boost new, smaller Fox

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch is banking on Americans' love of live sports and breaking news for a new, slimmed down version of his Fox TV business after selling the company's film studios and international operations to Walt Disney Co .

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Wall St falls as investors fret about tax bill passage

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

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

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

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

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

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Nephews of Venezuela's first lady sentenced to 18 years in U.S. drug case

(Reuters) - Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady were sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday following their convictions in New York on drug trafficking charges.

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Bulletin Board: NYT Needle Returns to the Spotlight. The Internet Notices.

New York Times editors explain how our election needle came to be and why we’re all fixated on it.

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Exclusive: Chevron nears Schlumberger deal to drill wells in Brazil: sources

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Chevron Corp has reached preliminary agreement with oil services firm Schlumberger NV to drill six wells in a Brazilian offshore field, two sources said this week, in a bid to lift its output in the South American country after a 2011 oil spill there cut production.

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Wiese resigns as Steinhoff chairman in wake of accounting scandal

BERLIN/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African tycoon Christo Wiese resigned on Thursday as chairman of Steinhoff , the latest setback for the retail group in the throes of an accounting scandal.

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Wall Street falls as investors fret about tax bill passage

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

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Airbus planemaking chief Bregier to step down: sources

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

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In first, U.S. presents its evidence of Iran weaponry from Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran-aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions.

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Court reverses Dell buyout ruling that alarmed dealmakers

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Delaware's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a lower court erred in finding that the 2013 buyout of computer maker Dell Inc was vastly underpriced, a ruling that had allowed hedge funds to wring extra cash from the deal.

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Steinhoff says Christo Wiese steps down as chairman

BERLIN (Reuters) - Retail group Steinhoff , which is fighting for survival following its disclosure of accounting irregularities, said on Thursday that South African tycoon Christo Wiese has stepped down as chairman.

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Pier 1 Imports slumps 30 percent; holiday optimism disappears

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Pier 1 Imports Inc's stock lost nearly a third of its value on Thursday and its main competitors' shares also fell after the furniture and home decorations retailer warned the holiday shopping season was not going well.

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

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow were trading flat in early afternoon on Thursday as losses in healthcare stocks such as Johnson & Johnson were offset by gains in shares of technology and consumer discretionary companies.

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Sulzberger Jr to retire as NYT publisher by end of December

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

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At Least 6,700 Rohingya Died in First Month of Myanmar Crackdown, Aid Group Says

The aid group, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, said the figure was almost certainly an underestimate.

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In first, U.S. presents its evidence of Iranian weaponry from Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran-aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions.

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

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

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Delaware court reverses controversial Dell buyout ruling

WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) - Delaware's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a lower court erred in its controversial finding last year that the 2013 buyout of computer maker Dell Inc was vastly underpriced.

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

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

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World shares little changed amid slate of central bank meetings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock markets were little changed on Thursday after policy meetings from major central banks in Europe, while some U.S. shares were buoyed by news that the Republicans' tax legislation could face final votes in Congress before year-end.

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

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

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Renault revives Alpine production with 6,000-car capacity

DIEPPE, France (Reuters) - Renault has invested in plant capacity to build up to 6,000 sports cars annually under the revived Alpine brand, the company said on Thursday, as it formally opened the new production line in Dieppe, northern France.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Drone operator caused U.S. Army helicopter collision: safety board

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A September collision between a small civilian drone and a U.S. Army helicopter was caused by the drone operator's failure to see the helicopter because he was intentionally flying the drone out of visual range, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.

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

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

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Wall Street climbs as tax reform enters last lap

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks climbed higher on Thursday, boosted by gains in technology and banking shares and aided by news that the Republicans' tax code overhaul should face final votes in Congress before the year-end.

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BRIEF-FirstEnergy to Build Advanced Energy Center in Akron

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

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Volkswagen says some employees cooperated with Brazil's military regime

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen said on Thursday that a historian commissioned by the carmaker found that some of the security staff at Volkswagen do Brasil had cooperated with the country's former military regime.

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Wall Street opens higher as bank stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Thursday, aided by gains in bank stocks and on news that the Republicans' tax overhaul plan was headed for final votes in Congress before the year-end.

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Record number of Americans to travel during Christmas holiday: AAA

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. travelers will hit the roads, rails and skies this Christmas holiday in their largest numbers on record, lured by cheap plane tickets and a growing economy, the nation's largest motor advocacy group said on Thursday.

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Delta Air Lines to place order for Airbus jets

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines said on Thursday it will place a firm order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets and an optional order for 100 of the aircraft. Delta, the No. 2 U.S. airline by passenger traffic, said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it expects deliveries to begin in the first quarter of 2020, with new aircraft arriving through 2023.

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Global stocks edge up amid central bank bonanza

LONDON (Reuters) - World shares eked out modest gains on Thursday as cautious comments on inflation from the U.S. Federal Reserve gave investors pause on a day packed with central bank decisions in Europe.

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Putin says Trump can claim 'fairly serious achievements' in first year

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that his US counterpart Donald Trump had made some "fairly serious achievements" since he took office and derided what he called the "espionage mania" surrounding meetings held by Trump associates with Russian officials.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will cut its workforce by more than a quarter, give up many of its manufacturing plants and suspend its dividend on ordinary shares in a much-anticipated overhaul to help pay back its massive debt.

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

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

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

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co on Thursday agreed to buy film, TV and international assets from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion as Disney seeks greater scale to tackle growing competition from Netflix and Amazon.com.

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BRIEF-Protagonist Therapeutics Appoints Sarah Noonberg To Board

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

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Siemens CEO sees group as 'fleet of ships': Manager Magazin

MUNICH (Reuters) - Siemens' chief executive sees the German group as a "fleet of ships", each thriving under its own steam, but rejects the idea of separate listings for its core factory-automation and energy businesses, he told Manager Magazin.

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Norwegian Air ramps up transatlantic fare war with four new routes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA will start flying four new routes between the United States and Europe, the budget carrier said on Thursday, rapidly expanding its low-cost transatlantic flights and increasing pressure on established carriers.

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Investors call on Sanderson, Denny's, McDonald's to cut antibiotics

(Reuters) - An investor coalition that presses for corporate responsibility is calling on U.S. food companies McDonald's Corp, Denny's Corp and Sanderson Farms Inc to stop buying or producing meat raised with medically important antibiotics.

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European stocks, euro dip as central banks dominate

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

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UK retailers enjoy bumper Black Friday sales

LONDON (Reuters) - British shoppers pounced on electrical goods and other Black Friday bargains last month, giving an unexpectedly big boost to retail sales, which contrasted with earlier signs of a subdued start to Christmas spending.

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UK retailers enjoy bumper Black Friday sales: ONS

LONDON (Reuters) - British retail sales grew much faster than expected last month as shoppers took advantage of Black Friday bargains, official figures showed on Thursday, contrasting with more downbeat industry surveys.

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PSA, Toyota lead European car sales gain, helped by extra selling day

BERLIN (Reuters) - European car sales rose 5.8 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day as PSA Group and Toyota posted the strongest gains among the region's major automakers, industry data published on Thursday showed.

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Asia stocks slightly up after Fed move; dollar, U.S. yields sag

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

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South Korea prosecutors seek four-year jail term for Lotte group chief

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's prosecutors are seeking a four-year jail term for Lotte Group chief Shin Dong-bin, the corporate group's spokesman said by telephone on Thursday.

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BRIEF-UBS Announces Changes To Group Executive Board

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

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Airbus executive says considering cuts to A380 production, still undecided

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Airbus SE is considering cutting production of its A380 superjumbo to six or seven planes a year, but has made no final decision on the matter, a top executive said on Thursday amid growing question marks over the future of the double-decker jet.

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

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

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Fox's Star to bring Disney cash and cricket in India

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's expected deal with Twenty-First Century Fox Inc would give the world's best-known entertainment company new advantages in India, such as cricket rights and local-language TV shows for the fast-growing media market.

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Asia stocks edge higher after Fed meeting; dollar, U.S. yields sag

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike but flagged caution about inflation, tempering expectations for future tightening, which weighed on the dollar and Treasury yields.

Women and Girls nytimes.com

Alabama Women ‘Make a Stand’ in First Election of the #MeToo Era

Black women were critical to Doug Jones’s Senate victory. Most white women supported his conservative opponent, Roy Moore, although the Republican had been banking on even more.

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Republicans forge tax deal, final votes seen next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans reached a deal on final tax legislation on Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that would slash the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans.

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Bumper crop of new drugs fails to lift big pharma R&D returns

LONDON (Reuters) - It is shaping up to be a bumper year for drug approvals, with U.S. officials clearing twice as many novel medicines as in 2016, yet returns on research investment at leading pharmaceutical companies are down.

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Of course, Selma made the difference for Doug Jones

On Tuesday night, civil rights leader Bernice King, daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., took to Twitter with what amounted to the digital version of a prayerlike sigh of relief. Democrat Doug Jones had just pulled off an unlikely victory in the election to fill the Alabama Senate seat left vacant by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. King wrote:

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BRIEF-Winnebago Industries Board Approve Qtrly Cash Dividend Of $0.10 Per Share

* WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVE QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND OF $0.10 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Disney deal set to value Fox at more than $75 billion: source

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc will value the latter at over $40 per share, or $75 billion, a person familiar with the matter said.

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Dutch-Belgian supermarket to battle Amazon on two fronts

ZAANDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) - Unlike investors who sold off rival food retail stocks in response to Amazon's plan to buy Whole Foods, Ahold Delhaize boss Dick Boer took the news in stride.

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Delta may place order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets: sources

PARIS/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines looked close on Wednesday to placing an order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets in a boost for the European planemaker as it tries to narrow a 2017 order gap against Boeing , two people familiar with the matter said.

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U.S. Republicans craft tax deal, final votes seen next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans reached a deal on final tax legislation on Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that would slash the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans.

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BRIEF-General American Investors Announces Actions Taken By Board

* GENERAL AMERICAN INVESTORS COMPANY ANNOUNCES ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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BRIEF-First Industrial Realty Trust To Issue $300 Mln Notes In Private Offering

* FIRST INDUSTRIAL REALTY TRUST TO ISSUE $300 MILLION OF UNSECURED NOTES IN A PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERING Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Ford to shift midsize sedan production out of Mexico: sources

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co has told suppliers it plans to shift production of midsize Fusion and Mondeo sedans out of Mexico and Spain in 2020 and move it to China, three sources said on Wednesday.

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Wall Street mixed as financials drag after Fed rate hike

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 ended slightly lower on Wednesday pressured by the financial sector after the Federal Reserve announced a widely expected interest rate hike but kept its rate outlook for coming years even as it projected faster U.S. economic growth.

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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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Lockheed Martin may top Boeing in race to supply Canada jets: experts

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's decision to make it harder for Boeing Co to win a major jet order hands rival plane maker Lockheed Martin Corp an advantage in capturing the contract, defense experts said on Wednesday.

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Study: Climate change made Harvey's rainfall worse

Climate change is partly to blame for the record rainfall that fell over Texas and Louisiana in the days after Hurricane Harvey's landfall on August 25, according to new scientific analysis.