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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scores $450 mln in global opening weekend

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17 (Reuters) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" debuted with a massive $450 million in global ticket sales over the weekend, distributor Walt Disney Co said on Sunday.

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Senator-elect Jones not joining calls for Trump resignation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Doug Jones, who scored an upset victory last week in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, said on Sunday he did not believe President Donald Trump needed to resign over sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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UPDATE 2-Strike over Teva Pharm job cuts briefly shuts down Israel

JERUSALEM, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Israel's main public-sector labour union staged a half-day strike on Sunday, closing the airport, stock exchange, banks and all government ministries to protest at mass layoffs planned by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

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Mnuchin: No reason to think Trump will fire Mueller

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he doesn't have any reason to believe President Donald Trump will fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

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UPDATE 1-Venezuela gives Russia's Rosneft gas field concessions - Rosneft

MOSCOW, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela has awarded licences to a unit of Russian oil major Rosneft to develop two offshore gas fields, Rosneft said in a statement.

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Iran tells France's Macron not to 'blindly follow' Trump

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran on Sunday criticized French President Emmanuel Macron over his tough stance toward Tehran and said Paris would soon lose its international credibility if it "blindly follows" U.S. President Donald Trump.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Region edges up, building-related shares boost Saudi before budget

* Saudi 2018 budget seen hiking infrastructure spending a bit

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Venezuela gives Russia's Rosneft gas field concessions - Rosneft

MOSCOW, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela has awarded licences to a unit of Russian oil major Rosneft to develop two offshore gas fields, Rosneft said in a statement.

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Thales agrees 4.8 billion euro Gemalto takeover to trump rival French bid

PARIS (Reuters) - Aerospace and defense group Thales has agreed to buy chipmaker Gemalto for 4.8 billion euros ($5.6 billion), trumping an earlier bid by fellow French firm Atos to take aim at a fast-growing digital security market.

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UPDATE 1-Strike briefly shuts down Israel over Teva Pharm job cuts

JERUSALEM, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Israel's main public-sector labour union went on a half-day strike on Sunday, closing the airport, the stock exchange, banks and all government ministries as part of a protest against mass layoffs planned by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

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

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (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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UPDATE 1-Thai Bev's unit seeks to buy a near $5 bln stake in Sabeco

* Ministry set to conduct auction on Monday (Recasts, adds details of Thai Bev's unit seeking to buy all Sabeco shares)

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Alabama, California, Donald Trump: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.

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Aerospace giant Thales agrees Gemalto takeover, trumps Atos offer

PARIS (Reuters) - Aerospace and defense technology group Thales has agreed to buy chipmaker Gemalto in an all-cash offer, promising to create a "world leader in digital security" and trumping an earlier takeover bid by tech firm Atos.

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Strike briefly shuts down Israel over Teva Pharm job cuts

JERUSALEM, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Israel's main public-sector labour union went on a half-day strike on Sunday, closing the airport, the stock exchange, banks and all government ministries as part of a protest against mass layoffs planned by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

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Palestinian billionaire Masri released by Saudis, to leave country soon, sources close to family say

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's most influential businessman, the Palestinian billionaire Sabih al-Masri, returned to his home in Riydah after being detained by Saudi authorities and is expected to be allowed to leave the country soon, sources close to the family said on Sunday.

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Alec Baldwin's Trump trims the tree with 'losers' on 'SNL'

"Saturday Night Live" spoofed a festive White House with Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump decorating the Christmas "tree of shame" with "haters and losers" from 2017.

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

Ho CHI MINH CITY/SINGAPORE, Dec 17 (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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RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-Healthcare draws election-year worry, but 2016 repeat not seen

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (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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Tens of thousands of Indonesians rally over Trump's Jerusalem stance

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Muslims marched from the main mosque in Indonesia's capital to a square in Jakarta on Sunday to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Trump transition accuses Mueller of improperly obtaining emails

Lawyers representing the Trump presidential transition wrote to members of Congress accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of obtaining unauthorized access to tens of thousands of transition emails, including what they claim to be documents protected by attorney-client privilege.

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Trump administration bans selected words at health agencies: paper

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration has told agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services to avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year's budget, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

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Trump and Fox News feed anti-Mueller feedback loop

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Lincoln Plaza Cinema, Renowned Art House Theater, to Close

The theater on the Upper West Side, operated by Daniel and Toby Talbot, has served as a springboard for foreign and independent films for more than 30 years.

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Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained thousands of emails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An organization established for U.S. President Donald Trump's transition to the White House a year ago said on Saturday that the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election had obtained tens of thousands of emails unlawfully.

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Trump to say in security speech that China is competitor: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will lay out a new U.S. national security strategy on Monday based on his "America First" policy and will, among other items, make clear that China is a competitor, two senior U.S. officials said on Saturday.

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GM offers a sneak peek at new Chevy truck, loaded with profits

DETROIT, Dec 16 (Reuters) - General Motors Co offered a sneak peek on Saturday of the next generation Chevrolet Silverado pickup, designed to haul big payloads of profits for the automaker when it launches next year.

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Odebrecht says dealings with Peru president were legitimate

LIMA, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Brazilian builder Odebrecht said Saturday that its recently-disclosed business ties to embattled Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski were not part of the corrupt deals it struck with politicians that it has acknowledged to prosecutors.

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Trump defends tax plan as 'great Christmas gifts' to middle class

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday defended a Republican tax-cut plan against Democratic charges that it favors the rich, saying it will be "one of the great Christmas gifts" for the middle class with just days to go before Congress votes.

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Op-Ed Columnist: A War Trump Won

The defeat of the Islamic State is part of a surprisingly effective Middle East approach.

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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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Trump: Tax bill is a great Christmas gift

President Donald Trump praises the GOP tax bill before departing for Camp David, saying it will mostly benefit middle-class Americans.

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UPDATE 3-Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia - sources

AMMAN, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.

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Turner wins broadcast rights to Chilean soccer

SANTIAGO, Dec 16 (Reuters) - U.S. media company Turner Broadcasting has won exclusive rights to broadcast Chilean soccer matches, edging out competitor Fox Sports for the 15-year contract, the local soccer association said late on Friday.

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UPDATE 3-Luxottica CEO exits eyewear giant ahead of Essilor merger

* Milleri would replace Del Vecchio at merged group if he died (Adds comment from Luxottica's spokesman)

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Austria's conservative-far right government says will be reliable EU partner

VIENNA, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Austria's newly formed conservative far-right coalition government said on Saturday it would be a reliable partner in a European Union it seeks to reform to return more power to national governments.

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REFILE-UPDATE 2-Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia - sources

AMMAN, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.

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He could tell Trump 'what the hell is going on in Chicago'

President Donald Trump wants to know, "What the hell is going on in Chicago?" For R&B artist BJ the Chicago Kid, who grew up on the South Side, it's not so simple.

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UPDATE 2-Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia - sources

AMMAN, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.

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UPDATE 2-Luxottica CEO exits eyewear giant ahead of Essilor merger

* Milleri would replace Del Vecchio at merged group if he died (Adds Del Vecchio's comments)

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NEWSMAKER-South Africa's nearly man Ramaphosa may lead country at last

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 16 (Reuters) - The nearly man of South African politics, Cyril Ramaphosa, is at last in with a chance of becoming president after being overlooked for years.

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California wildfire close to becoming third largest ever in state

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California wildfire was close on Saturday to becoming the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire's growth.

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‘Trump, Trump, Trump!’ How a President’s Name Became a Racial Jeer

President Trump’s surname has become a racially charged taunt, or a braying assertion that the country is being taken back from forces that threaten it.

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Roche, Shire court fight escalates over haemophilia drug

ZURICH, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Roche's patent dispute with London-listed Shire over the Swiss drugmaker's new haemophilia drug Hemlibra has escalated, with Shire filing a new motion in a U.S. court that Roche says aims to stop some patients from getting its medicine.

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Britian eyes bespoke trade arrangement with EU - UK fin min

BEIJING, Dec 16 (Reuters) - British finance minister Philip Hammond said it is likely Britain will want to negotiate a bespoke arrangement for future trade deals with the European Union.

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Trump Administration Adds Restrictions for Visa-Waiver Countries

Countries whose citizens can visit the United States without a visa must step up their information sharing and put in effect other security measurements, American officials said.

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E.P.A. Contractor Has Spent Past Year Scouring the Agency for Anti-Trump Officials

A top executive has submitted at least 40 Freedom of Information Act requests targeting employees known to be questioning management at the E.P.A.

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Alaska oil companies settle dispute over Trans-Alaska Pipeline tariff charges

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The state of Alaska will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in a settlement with oil companies over the value of North Slope crude oil shipped through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAP), officials announced.

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Editorial: Donald Trump Seems Confused About Jerusalem

The president is showing how to take a vexing problem and make it harder.

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BRIEF-Primero Extends Revolving Credit Facility To Dec. 22, 2017

* PRIMERO EXTENDS REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY TO DECEMBER 22, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Sen. Kennedy: I feel bad for Trump judicial nominee

Republican Sen. John Kennedy, who questioned President Trump's judicial nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen, said he feels bad for Petersen but it is his job to vet federal judge nominees.

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Attorney General Sessions has lukewarm praise for FBI after Trump attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who oversees the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on Friday offered a tepid endorsement of the nation's leading law enforcement agency, which has been under attack by President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

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

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

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

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

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BRIEF-Centene's Washington Subsidiary Reaches Agreement With State Of Washington

* CENTENE'S WASHINGTON SUBSIDIARY REACHES AGREEMENT WITH STATE OF WASHINGTON

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate Democrats to force vote on FCC net neutrality repeal

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The top U.S. Senate Democrat said on Friday he would force a vote on the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal landmark net neutrality rules, but the move was unlikely to block a ruling that could reshape the digital landscape.

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

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

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BRIEF-Alaska Communications Comments On Schedule 13D Filing By Karen Singer Group

* ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS COMMENTS ON SCHEDULE 13D FILING BY KAREN SINGER GROUP

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Bergen: It was this general's elite soldiers, not Trump, who defeated ISIS

Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi is virtually unknown outside Iraq, but he is a hero in his own country. When the three-star general walks into the lobby of a guesthouse in Baghdad he is quickly surrounded by well-wishers who want to take selfies with him. Iraqis know that the taciturn general was key to the long, grinding campaign that defeated ISIS.

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BRIEF-WOW Unlimited Media Closes Private Placement Of Convertible Debentures

* WOW UNLIMITED MEDIA INC. CLOSES PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-P&G appoints Peltz to board despite losing proxy battle

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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Fashion house Camuto Group taps turnaround advisor -source

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Camuto Group, the U.S. footwear, clothing and accessories wholesaler known for its Vince Camuto shoes, has hired a turnaround consultant after a deal to sell itself to Aldo Group Inc fell through, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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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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BRIEF-Steel Dynamics Q3 Adjusted Earnings Per Share $0.66 Excluding Items

* Q3 EARNINGS PER SHARE VIEW $0.65 -- THOMSON REUTERS I/B/E/S

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

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

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TD Ameritrade to start bitcoin futures trading on Monday

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Retail brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp said on Friday it will allow clients to trade bitcoin futures on the newly minted CBOE Futures Exchange from Dec. 18.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (December 15) - Quantico

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

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UPDATE 1-Embraer sees 2024 commercial launch for Uber flying cabs

SAO PAULO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A network of electric aircraft Uber Technologies Inc is developing with Embraer SA is likely to launch commercially in 2024, the Brazilian planemaker's chief executive said on Friday, adding a year to the latest forecast from the ride-hailing company.

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BRIEF-Quartz Mountain Says Robert Dickinson Named CEO And Executive Chairman

* QUARTZ MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT CHANGES, PRIVATE PLACEMENT AND SHARE CONSOLIDATION

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Judge blocks Trump administration rules on contraceptive coverage

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

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BRIEF-Merit Medical Entered Into Third Amendment To Second Amended & Restated Credit Agreement & Incremental Increase Agreement

* MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS - ON DEC 13, MERIT ENTERED INTO THIRD AMENDMENT TO SECOND AMENDED & RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT & INCREMENTAL INCREASE AGREEMENT

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BRIEF-Applied DNA Q4 Loss Per Share $0.10

* APPLIED DNA ANNOUNCES SELECTED PRELIMINARY UNAUDITED FISCAL FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR END RESULTS

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

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

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UPDATE 1-Leading U.S. antitrust senator urges hearing on Disney, Fox deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (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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UPDATE 1-Turkish banker on trial denies helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - An executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank took the witness stand in a New York courtroom on Friday and denied charges that he participated in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

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Trump is reshaping the judiciary at a frenetic pace, despite the ABA calling some nominees unqualified

Under normal circumstances, confirmation hearings for district court judges aren't headline grabbers.  

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BRIEF-Discovery Air Announces Extension Of Operating Credit Facility With CIBC

* DISCOVERY AIR INC. ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF OPERATING CREDIT FACILITY WITH CIBC

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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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UPDATE 1-Facebook defends itself against critics of social media

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world's biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion.

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Trump lawyers set for key meeting with special counsel

President Donald Trump's private lawyers are slated to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller and members of his team as soon as next week for what the President's team considers an opportunity to gain a clearer understanding of the next steps in Mueller's probe, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Judge blocks Trump administration rule on contraceptive coverage

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

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Wall Street closes at records with tax overhaul in sight

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

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BRIEF-Sino-Global Shipping America Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up to $50 Mln

* SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA LTD FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $50 MILLION - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2Ck0nx8) Further company coverage:

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

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

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BRIEF-American Lorain Says Has Regained Compliance With Requirements For Continued Listing On NYSE American

* AMERICAN LORAIN CORPORATION HAS REGAINED COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTINUED LISTING ON THE NYSE AMERICAN Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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US STOCKS-Wall St closes at records with tax overhaul in sight

* Indexes up: Dow 0.58 pct, S&P 0.9 pct, Nasdaq 1.17 pct (Updates to close, adds commentary, volume numbers)

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Pence trip to Middle East overshadowed by Trump's Jerusalem decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will underscore the U.S. partnership with Israel during a trip to the Middle East next week while seeking to shore up U.S. relations with the Arab world after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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BRIEF-Perma-Pipe International Qtrly Loss Per Share $0.43

* PERMA-PIPE INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS

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BRIEF-Visteon To Transfer Stock Listing To Nasdaq

* VISTEON CORP - WILL TRANSFER ITS STOCK LISTING FROM NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE TO NASDAQ GLOBAL SELECT MARKET (NASDAQ), COMMENCING DEC. 27, 2017

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BRIEF-Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Files For Mixed Shelf Of Upto $150 Mln

* MERRIMACK PHARMACEUTICALS INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $150 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text :[http://bit.ly/2yGsbJv] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Calpine Corp Announces Closings Of Senior Secured Notes Offering And Term Loan Facility

* CALPINE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES CLOSINGS OF SENIOR SECURED NOTES OFFERING AND TERM LOAN FACILITY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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

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

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BRIEF-Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Files For Mixed Shelf Of Upto $100 Mln

* NAVIDEA BIOPHARMACEUTICALS INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $100 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text :[http://bit.ly/2BdXkXV] Further company coverage:

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Trump lets off steam on a cloudy Friday in DC

Even presidents aren't immune to some holiday stress. With a bruising week nearly over, President Donald Trump sought to let off steam Friday.

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Turkish banker on trial denies helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank took the witness stand in a New York courtroom on Friday and denied charges that he participated in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

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U.S. judge to lift house arrest for former Trump campaign manager Manafort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge on Friday said she would release former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from house arrest once he meets certain conditions, expressing satisfaction that the $10 million he agreed to forfeit would be available if he ever failed to appear for court proceedings.

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U.S. judge blocks Trump administration birth control rules

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

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Trump officials brief Hill staff on Saudi reactors, enrichment a worry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trump administration officials briefed congressional staff this week on how the White House was considering non-proliferation standards in a potential agreement to sell nuclear reactor technology to Saudi Arabia, but did not indicate whether allowing uranium enrichment would be part of any deal, aides said.

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Court Temporarily Blocks Trump Order Against Contraceptive Coverage

A federal judge in Philadelphia allowed an Obama-era rule, generally requiring employers and insurers to pay for contraceptive costs, to continue.

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

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

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Chile stocks mark highest weekly gain in 8 years

SANTIAGO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Chile's IPSA stock index ended up 7 percent on the week on Friday, its highest weekly gain in eight years and coming ahead of Sunday's presidential election, as the price of copper, the country's main export, rose.

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BRIEF-Eric Watson Reports 15.1 Pct Stake In Long Island Iced Tea

* ERIC J. WATSON REPORTS A 15.1 PERCENT STAKE IN LONG ISLAND ICED TEA CORP AS OF DECEMBER 6, 2017 - SEC FILING

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Pennsylvania man admits to trading on tips about drug company

Dec 15 (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Friday to charges that he traded on confidential, inside information that a former Celator Pharmaceuticals Inc employee supplied him, including that the company now owned by Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc was planning to be acquired.

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Chef Batali fired from 'The Chew' after sex harassment accusations

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - ABC Television Network said on Friday that it fired celebrity chef Mario Batali from its daytime cooking show, "The Chew," after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

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Italy's CDP, Intesa set for role in ArcelorMittal bid for Ilva -source

ROME, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Italy's state holding company CDP and Intesa Sanpaolo have signed a non-binding agreement to join ArcelorMittal's bid to buy Italian steelmaker Ilva, a source close to the matter said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Lockheed to partner with Aerion to develop supersonic business jet

WASHINGTON Dec 15 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp, the maker of the 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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Blockchain consortium Hyperledger loses members, funding -documents

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - More than 15 members of blockchain consortium Hyperledger have either cut their financial support for the project or quit the group over the past few months, according to documents seen by Reuters.

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

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

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UPDATE 1-Luxottica CEO exits eyewear giant ahead of Essilor merger

* Move comes as proposed merger approaches (Adds details, comment)

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Onex-backed Canadian renewables firm Pinnacle set to list -sources

TORONTO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Wood pellets producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc, owned by Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp, wants to raise about C$175 million ($136 million) through a Toronto initial public offering (IPO), people familiar with the matter told Reuters this week.

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BRIEF-Trillium Therapeutics Inc Files For Mixed Shelf Of Upto $150 Mln

* TRILLIUM THERAPEUTICS INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $150 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text : http://bit.ly/2jZxGi0 Further company coverage:

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Conn. Millstone nuclear plant seen profitable for years -report

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Dominion Energy Inc's Millstone nuclear power plant is expected to remain profitable through 2035, according to a study released by Connecticut energy regulators on Thursday, making it less likely the company will shut the reactors early.

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BRIEF-Sonic Director Frank Richardson Reports Sale Of 50,000 Shares At $28-$28.39/Share

* SONIC CORP DIRECTOR FRANK RICHARDSON REPORTS OPEN MARKET SALE OF 50,000 SHARES PRICED BETWEEN $28.00 TO $28.39/SHARE- SEC FILING Source text : ( http://bit.ly/2CixX6F ) Further company coverage:

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

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

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

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

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Trump officials brief senators on Saudi reactors, enrichment a worry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trump administration officials briefed senators this week on how the White House was considering non-proliferation standards in a potential agreement to sell nuclear reactor technology to Saudi Arabia, but did not indicate whether allowing uranium enrichment would be part of any deal, congressional aides said.

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UPDATE 1-Fed's Quarles to recuse himself from Wells Fargo matters

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Randal Quarles, the top Federal Reserve official tasked with policing Wall Street, said on Friday that he would recuse himself from any matters concerning Wells Fargo & Co, the nation's third largest bank.

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BRIEF-Azimut Announces $1.55 Million Flow-Through Private Placement Financing

* AZIMUT ANNOUNCES $1.55 MILLION FLOW-THROUGH PRIVATE PLACEMENT FINANCING

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BRIEF-Citigroup Inc credit card delinquency and charge-offs for November

* CITIGROUP INC - CREDIT CARD CHARGE-OFFS 2.49 PERCENT IN NOVEMBER VERSUS 2.38 PERCENT IN OCTOBER - SEC FILING

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UPDATE 8-Oil holds below 2-year highs with focus on U.S. output

* U.S. drillers cut rigs for first week in six - Baker Hughes (Updates prices, adds Baker Hughes data)

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BRIEF-D.R. Horton says Chairman Donald Horton's 2017 Total Compensation Was $19.3 Mln

* D.R. HORTON INC - CHAIRMAN DONALD R. HORTON'S 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $19.3 MILLION VERSUS $17.8 MILLION - SEC FILING‍​

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Fed's Quarles to recuse himself from Wells Fargo matters

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Governor Randal Quarles on Friday said he would recuse himself from any Fed matters concerning Wells Fargo & Co.

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BRIEF-Verifone Systems Unit Enters Asset Purchase Agreement With Curb Technologies

* VERIFONE SYSTEMS SAYS ON DEC 11, UNIT ENTERED INTO ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH CURB TECHNOLOGIES - SEC FILING

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US STOCKS-Wall St at record on rising hopes of tax overhaul

* Indexes up: Dow 0.6 pct, S&P 0.84 pct, Nasdaq 0.99 pct (Updates to early afternoon trading)

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Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labeling rules

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian court on Friday quashed federal rules that mandated stringent graphic health warnings on tobacco products, lawyers involved in the case said, in a decision seen as a major victory for the tobacco industry and a setback for health advocates.

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Amazon becomes Mexico's top online retailer in 2017 -report

MEXICO CITY, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc likely doubled its sales to become the biggest internet retailer in Mexico this year, helping to grow the country's nascent e-commerce market by a third, according to a report by market research firm Euromonitor International.

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

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

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BRIEF-Hive Blockchain Announces Upsize Of Financing To $115 Mln

* HIVE BLOCKCHAIN ANNOUNCES UPSIZE OF FINANCING TO $115 MILLION INCLUDING MINIMUM INVESTMENT OF $3 MILLION BY GENESIS MINING

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

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

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UPDATE 7-Oil holds below 2-year highs as focus turns to U.S. output

* Coming Up: Baker Hughes U.S. oil rig count at 1 p.m./1800 GMT (Adds quote, updates prices)

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LPC: Petsmart's loan under pressure after weak 3Q earnings

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Pet supplies retailer Petsmart’s US$4.2bn leveraged loan has fallen in the US secondary market after the company reported sluggish third quarter results on Monday and investors anticipate a weak fourth quarter, two sources close to the matter said.

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Trump called Putin yesterday to thank him after the Russian president praised him

President Donald Trump said Friday that he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to thank him for comments he made about the President's efforts to grow the American economy.

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Brazil telecoms regulator Anatel still against Oi restructuring plan

BRASILIA, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel still plans to vote against a plan put forth by carrier Oi SA to exit bankruptcy protection, the body's president, Juarez Quadros, 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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BRIEF-NGEx Announces Increase In Private Placement To C$12.5 Mln

* NGEX ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN PRIVATE PLACEMENT TO CDN $12.5 MILLION

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UPDATE 1-Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labelling rules

* Court said federal rule on bigger tobacco warnings arbitrary

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BRIEF-American Express reports card member loans stats for November

* AMERICAN EXPRESS-USCS CARD MEMBER LOANS NET WRITE-OFF RATE – PRINCIPAL ONLY 1.9 PERCENT AT NOV END VERSUS 1.8 PERCENT AT OCT END

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UPDATE 4-Russia hit by $3.4 bln Promsvyazbank bailout in latest bank blow

* Trio of failures biggest upset in 20 years (Adds details, quotes, background)

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BRIEF-Maxar Technologies Says Unit Signed 4 Contracts With Canadian Space Agency

* MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES LTD - UNIT SIGNED 4 CONTRACTS WITH CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY WITH A TOTAL VALUE AT ABOUT C$53.75 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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

Dec 15 (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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Big U.S. banks engage universities to fill unglamorous banking jobs

(Reuters) - Banks are grappling with how to recruit young people into businesses like trade finance and cash management, which are increasingly important drivers of revenue but perceived to be un-sexy compared with investment banking and trading.

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

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

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Pics that say it all about how Trump and Sessions get along

President Donald Trump was in Quantico, Virginia, Friday morning to give a graduation speech to the FBI National Academy. Before he spoke, he was seated next to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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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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BRIEF-Teamsters, Expressjet ERJ Reach Tentative Agreement

* REACHED TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH EXPRESSJET ERJ, COVERING ABOUT 500 EMPLOYEES

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Trump administration issues new rules on U.S. visa waivers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration put new requirements in place on Friday for the 38 countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, including that they use U.S. counterterrorism data to screen travelers, officials said.

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

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

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Wall St Week Ahead-Healthcare draws election-year worry, but 2016 repeat not seen

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (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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Unilever to sell margarine and spreads unit to KKR for $8 bln

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

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BRIEF-Alliant Energy Corp Files For Potential Mixed Shelf Offering; Size Not Disclosed

* ALLIANT ENERGY CORP FILES FOR POTENTIAL MIXED SHELF OFFERING; SIZE NOT DISCLOSED - SEC FILING Source text for Eikon: [ID: http://bit.ly/2jYvF5S Further company coverage:

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US STOCKS-Wall St rises as bank, healthcare stocks gain

* Indexes up: Dow 0.51 pct, S&P 500 0.65 pct, Nasdaq 0.57 pct (Changes comment, adds details, updates prices)

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France moves to rein in corporate borrowing binge

PARIS, Dec 15 (Reuters) - France's financial stability council said on Friday that it planned to set a cap on large banks' exposure to highly indebted companies after big French firms binged on cheap debt in recent years amid record low interest rates.

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U.S. internet rule change leaves major streaming companies unscathed for now

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Behind your video stream of a hit like "Stranger Things" is a complicated array of technology and business relationships that will not change very much, at least in the short term, as a result of this week's repeal of U.S. regulations on internet traffic, industry insiders say.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' opens with $45 mln at domestic theaters

LOS ANGELES, Dec 15 (Reuters) - New movie "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" brought in $45 million on its opening night on Thursday at U.S. and Canadian theaters as fans rushed to see the latest installment in the blockbuster franchise, distributor Walt Disney Co said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Blackhawk Network Announces Sale Of Grass Roots Meetings & Events

* BLACKHAWK NETWORK ANNOUNCES SALE OF GRASS ROOTS MEETINGS & EVENTS

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Trump urges Moore to concede Alabama Senate race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump called on fellow Republican Roy Moore on Friday to concede to Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama U.S. Senate race, following the party's stinging loss in the southern U.S. state earlier this week.

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Trump: Must support the men and women in blue

President Trump speaks at the FBI Academy's graduation in Quantico, Virginia, after saying the agency is "in tatters."

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

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

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UK watchdog to take closer look at initial coin offerings

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's markets watchdog will step up its scrutiny of the initial coin offering (ICO) market to see if new rules are needed to protect investors after issuing an alert in September.

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Analysis: This story on Trump's Russia paranoia is terrifying

The Washington Post published a breathtaking piece this week detailing the depth and breadth of President Donald Trump's blind spot on Russia. The story is, in a word, terrifying.

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Trump urges Moore to concede Alabama U.S. Senate race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump called on fellow Republican Roy Moore on Friday to concede to Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama U.S. Senate race, following the party's stinging loss in the southern U.S. state earlier this week.

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Bannon, Trump urge Moore to concede

Both President Donald Trump and his former chief political strategist Steve Bannon are urging Roy Moore to concede, as the defiant Republican Senate candidate refuses to admit defeat to Democrat Doug Jones.

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CORRECTED-BRIEF-METLIFE EXPECTS CORPORATE, OTHER OPERATING LOSS OF $450-650 MLN AFTER-TAX IN 2018

* EXPECTS GROUP BENEFIT UNIT PREMIUMS, FEES, OTHER REVENUE TO GROW 3 TO 5 PERCENT - OUTLOOK CALL

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Trump: It's a shame what happened to the FBI

President Donald Trump, ahead of his participation at a graduation at the FBI National Academy on Friday in Quantico, Virginia, said it is "sad" what has happened to the FBI.

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Engie, Elecnor win licenses to build power lines in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - French energy group Engie SA and Celeo Redes, a firm controlled by Spain's Elecnor , won licenses on Friday to build and operate power transmission lines in Brazil for 30 years during a government-sponsored auction in Sao Paulo.

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Trump says 'Let's see' on pardoning Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump did not dismiss Friday the idea of pardoning former national security adviser Michael Flynn after he pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US.

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Suspected N. Korean cyber group seeks to woo bitcoin job seekers

FRANKFURT, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The surging price of cryptocurrencies in global markets is catching the eye not just of ordinary retail investors but a cybercrime gang with links to the North Korean government, according to cyber researchers tracing the group's activities.

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President Trump Escalates Criticism of F.B.I. Role in Russia Inquiry

President Trump stepped up his criticism of some F.B.I. agents helping to investigate possible Russian involvement in his campaign, calling it a “very sad thing to watch.”

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BRIEF-Hanesbrands Amends Senior Secured Credit Facility

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

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BRIEF-BofA Credit Card Charge-Off, Delinquency Rates for November

* BANK OF AMERICA CORP - CREDIT CARD CHARGE-OFF RATE WAS 2.74 PERCENT IN NOVEMBER VERSUS 2.39 PERCENT IN OCTOBER

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX broadly rallies, Linamar jumps on acquisition

TORONTO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Friday, helped by a sharp jump in auto parts maker Linamar Corp after it announced plans to buy an agricultural equipment maker, while natural resources stocks also boosted the move higher.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street up as gains in consumer staples power recovery

* Indexes up: Dow 0.53 pct, S&P 500 0.51 pct, Nasdaq 0.35 pct (Updates to open)

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UPDATE 2-CSX shares derail after CEO takes medical leave

Dec 15 (Reuters) - CSX Corp shares slid on Friday as the No. 3 U.S. railroad sought to assure investors its turnaround would progress full steam ahead despite the unexpected medical leave of chief executive officer Hunter Harrison.

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Trump says U.S. wants Russia's help on North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Washington hoped to receive more help from Russian President Vladimir Putin in efforts to convince North Korea to abandon its missile and nuclear weapons program.

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Trump pick struggles with GOP senator's basic law questions

A Trump judicial nominee is being openly mocked on Twitter following a hearing Wednesday where he struggled to answer basic legal questions posed to him by a Republican senator.

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BRIEF-Moody's Says Stable U.S. Retail Outlook In 2018, Reflective Of Higher Operating Income, Sales

* MOODY'S SAYS STABLE U.S. RETAIL OUTLOOK IN 2018, REFLECTIVE OF HIGHER OPERATING INCOME AND SALES

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UPDATE 1-Icahn steps up fight against SandRidge's plan to buy Bonanza Creek

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn on Friday stepped up its fight against SandRidge Energy Inc's plan to buy a rival, urging fellow stockholders to vote against the oil and gas company's plan to issue shares for the $746 million deal.

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BRIEF-Renren Reports Qtrly ‍Net Loss Per Ads $0.33​

* RENREN ANNOUNCES UNAUDITED THIRD QUARTER 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS AND UPDATES ON PROPOSED TRANSACTION

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BRIEF-Ardshinbank Signs $25 Mln Trade Finance Facility With Citi And ADB

* ARDSHINBANK SIGNS $25 MILLION TRADE FINANCE FACILITY WITH CITI AND ADB

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BRIEF-Eros International Says Eros Now Forms Strategic Partnership With Foxxum

* EROS INTERNATIONAL SAYS EROS NOW FORMS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH FOXXUM TO PROVIDE ITS LIBRARY OF PREMIUM CONTENT ON FOXXUM TV APP STORE WORLDWIDE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Nomad Foods Announces Successful Repricing And Increase Of Term Loan Facility

* NOMAD FOODS ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL REPRICING AND INCREASE OF TERM LOAN FACILITY

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares limp toward third week of gains, Bitcoin roars to new high

* Wall Street set to rebound after concerns about U.S. tax reforms

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

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

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BRIEF-FDA Lifts Clinical Hold On Fitusiran

* ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS INC - CLINICAL TRIAL DOSING TO RESUME AROUND YEAR-END 2017

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MOVES-Insurance broker Marsh names Paul Moody CEO of UK specialties division

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Marsh, the insurance broker arm of Marsh & McLennan Cos Inc, appointed Paul Moody chief executive officer of its UK specialties division, effective Jan. 1.

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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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UPDATE 1-Brazil's Petrobras to announce revised capex plan next week -CEO

SAO PAULO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Brazil's state-run oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA will announce a revision to its investment plan next week, Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Dick Giromini, Wabash National CEO, To Step Down In June

* - RICHARD GIROMINI WILL REMAIN WITH COMPANY, SERVING IN ROLE OF EXECUTIVE ADVISOR THROUGH JUNE 1, 2019 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Power Corporation Announces The Retirement Of Henri-Paul Rousseau

* POWER CORPORATION ANNOUNCES THE RETIREMENT OF HENRI-PAUL ROUSSEAU

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BRIEF-Ultragenyx And Kyowa Kirin Announce Burosumab Receives Positive CHMP Opinion For Treatment Of X-Linked Hypophosphatemia In Children

* ULTRAGENYX AND KYOWA KIRIN ANNOUNCE BUROSUMAB RECEIVES POSITIVE CHMP OPINION FOR THE TREATMENT OF X-LINKED HYPOPHOSPHATEMIA IN CHILDREN

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BRIEF-Valley National Bancorp Announces Receipt Of Regulatory And Shareholder Approvals

* VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP ANNOUNCES THE RECEIPT OF REGULATORY AND SHAREHOLDER APPROVALS FOR THE ACQUISITION OF USAMERIBANCORP, INC. Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-China Biologic Receives Operating Permit For New Collection Facility In Ju County In Shandong Province

* CHINA BIOLOGIC RECEIVES OPERATING PERMIT FOR NEW COLLECTION FACILITY IN JU COUNTY IN SHANDONG PROVINCE 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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Barclays upgrades trading platform to comply with EU rules

LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Barclays will upgrade its trading platform for all financial products traded on exchanges on Jan. 3, taking on more trade reporting duties on behalf of its clients ahead of new European market reforms, a spokesman for the bank said.

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Erdogan says Turkey seeking to annul Trump decision on Jerusalem at U.N.

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is launching an initiative at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

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Danish central bank says 'no' to e-crown

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Introducing a digital version of the Danish crown currency would pose risks to financial stability without improving payment solutions for Danes, the central bank said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-FDA allows Alnylam to restart hemophilia treatment trials

Dec 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc to restart clinical trials on a drug to treat patients with a rare bleeding disorder, the company said on Friday.