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Vermont becomes first state to legalize marijuana through legislature

Vermont, the "Green Mountain State," has become the first state to legalize marijuana by passing a law in the legislature rather than by use of a ballot measure.

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'Dreamers' disappointed that Congress deferred DACA deal

(Reuters) - Young "Dreamers" brought to the United States illegally as children were angry and disappointed on Monday after the U.S. Congress approved a temporary spending bill to end a three-day government shutdown without a deal to shore up their shaky legal status.

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UPDATE 12-Government shutdown fizzles on spending, immigration deal in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Congress voted on Monday to end a three-day U.S. government shutdown, approving the latest short-term funding bill as Democrats accepted promises from Republicans for a broad debate later on the future of young illegal immigrants.

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After 3 Days of Recriminations, Congress Votes to Reopen the Government

With a promise that lawmakers would soon take up immigration, Congress approved a short-term spending bill to reopen the government after a brief but heated shutdown.

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BRIEF-Enterprise Financial Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.32

* ENTERPRISE FINANCIAL REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL 2017 YEAR RESULTS

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Congressman, ousted from ethics panel, asks it to investigate him

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Less than three days after he was removed from the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee, Republican lawmaker Patrick Meehan asked the panel to investigate allegations he engaged in sexual harassment and misused official resources.

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Government shutdown fizzles on spending, immigration deal in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress voted on Monday to end a three-day U.S. government shutdown, approving another short-term funding bill as Democrats accepted promises from Republicans for a broad debate later on the future of young illegal immigrants.

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How Big a Deal Is a New Congressional Map for Pennsylvania?

Although Democrats will probably pick up a few additional seats in this year’s election, the development is less helpful for them than it might at first appear.

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BRIEF-Enterprise Financial Qtrly Earnings Per Share $0.32‍​

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

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

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

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BRIEF-Fulton Financial Q4 EPS $0.19 EXCLUDING ITEMS

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

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Pennsylvania court orders new congressional map due to gerrymandering

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court on Monday threw out the state's congressional map, ruling that Republican legislators unlawfully sought partisan advantage, and gave them three weeks to rework it in a decision that could boost Democratic chances of retaking the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Pennsylvania Congressional District Map Is Ruled Unconstitutional

The state Supreme Court’s order on Monday joins a string of court decisions striking down political maps for unduly favoring one party. The court ordered that a new map be submitted to it by Feb. 15.

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Court says Pennsylvania's congressional map favors GOP

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the state's congressional map Monday, ruling that Republican-drawn districts "clearly, plainly and palpably" violate the state's constitution and ordering that the map be redrawn in the next three weeks.

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Pennsylvania court: congressional map unconstitutionally gerrymandered

(Reuters) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday threw out the state's congressional map as unconstitutionally gerrymandered and gave lawmakers until Feb. 9 to redraw the boundaries, a decision that will have major ramifications for the 2018 midterm elections.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Turkey, North Korea, U.S. Congress: Your Tuesday Briefing

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

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

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

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Read that moving speech

One of the most moving moments from the Women's Marches that took over the country this weekend came when 23-year-old singer Halsey delivered a free-verse poem to a New York City crowd recounting her experiences with assault and feelings of powerlessness.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Yes, Trump Is Weak. So Is Congress.

The legislative branch needs to assert itself in the face of presidential chaos.

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

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

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Russia says Syria congress set for Jan. 29, as planned

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia plans to host a congress of Syrian national dialogue next week as planned, according to a document circulated by the foreign ministry on Monday.

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

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

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Congress gets 400 pages of texts between FBI officials removed from Mueller's team

A new cache of text messages exchanged between two top FBI officials that have come under fire for criticizing then-presidential candidate Donald Trump were delivered to lawmakers on Capitol Hill Friday evening, according to a letter from Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

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Shutdown Day 2: Congress Seems Far Apart on a Resolution

Lawmakers remained mired in partisan disputes as Senator Mitch McConnell said he would move ahead with a vote on a temporary spending bill by 1 a.m. Monday.

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On Tennis: Momentum Builds Toward Grigor Dimitrov’s Grand Slam Breakthrough

Dimitrov, the No. 3 seed, put away Nick Kyrgios in four tight sets in a fourth-round classic at the Australian Open on Sunday.

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Republican congressman removed from ethics committee

(Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan removed Representative Patrick Meehan from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday following sexual misconduct allegations, Ryan's office said.

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Op-Ed Contributor: The Shutdown Shows the Twisted Rules of a Broken Congress

The budget process is not really about budgeting anymore. It’s about partisan warfare.

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Charitable acts: Members of Congress to donate pay during shutdown

Several Members of Congress have asked the Chief Administrative Officer of the Congress to withhold their pay during the government shutdown. Some announced their intent to donate any congressional pay they receive during the shutdown to charity.

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Smiling through shutdown: WH releases Trump anniversary images

President Donald Trump spends his one-year anniversary in office dealing with a government shutdown.

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Congress' game of chicken: Neither side blinks on DACA

The premise of a game of chicken is that in the end, someone always flinches. Congress found out early Saturday morning what happens when no one does.

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Patrick Meehan, Congressman Combating Harassment, Settled His Own Misconduct Case

Representative Patrick Meehan, a Republican member of the House Ethics Committee, used taxpayer money to pay a former aide who had seen him as a father figure before he made unwanted advances.

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With no deal in sight, Congress faces looming government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress raced the clock to avoid a federal government shutdown before a midnight deadline on Friday after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer failed to produce a deal.

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U.S. charges Honduran congressman with drug trafficking conspiracy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal authorities announced drug trafficking and weapons charges against a congressman from Honduras on Friday, the latest U.S. case accusing current and former officials of the Central American country of involvement in the drug trade.

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Welcome to the Neighborhood: America’s Sports Stadiums Are Moving Downtown

New sports arenas are altering the financial formula for building these behemoths by surrounding themselves with apartments, bars and office towers — not parking lots.

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With no deal in sight, U.S. Congress faces looming government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress raced the clock to avoid a federal government shutdown before a midnight deadline on Friday after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer failed to produce a deal.

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GE shares stumble to worst week since financial crisis

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric shares tumbled for a fifth straight session on Friday, sending the stock to its biggest weekly percentage drop since the financial crisis, after the company flagged a possible breakup and more than $11 billion in charges earlier in the week.

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Synchrony Financial reports results for the quarter ended December 31 - summary

Jan 19 (Reuters) - * Synchrony Financial posted quarterly adjusted earnings of 70 cents per share. The mean expectation of 20 analysts for the quarter ended December 31 was for earnings of 63 cents per share. * Revenue rose 7.94 percent to $3.92 billion from a year ago; analysts expected $3.96 billion. * Synchrony Financial's Reported EPS for the quarter was 49 cents. * The mean earnings estimate of analysts had risen by about 9.4 percent in the last three months. * In the last 30 days twelve

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Regions Financial Corp reports results for the quarter ended December 31 - summary

Jan 19 (Reuters) - * Regions Financial Corp posted quarterly adjusted earnings of 36 cents per share. The mean expectation of 27 analysts for the quarter ended December 31 was for earnings of 26 cents per share. * Revenue rose 11.91 percent to $1.49 billion from a year ago; analysts expected $1.44 billion. * Regions Financial Corp's Reported EPS for the quarter was 27 cents. * The mean earnings estimate of analysts had risen by about 0.1 percent in the last three months. * In the last 30 days s

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Flu widespread throughout the nation, 30 children dead

This year's flu season ranks among the most severe in recent years.

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UPDATE 1-Lincoln Financial to buy Liberty Life Assurance Co for $3.3 bln

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Lincoln Financial Group said on Friday it would buy fellow insurer Liberty Life Assurance Co of Boston for about $3.3 billion from Liberty Mutual to boost its presence in the group benefits market.

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BRIEF-AmTrust Financial Services Announces Retention Of Financial Advisor To Review Proposal By Stone Point Capital, CEO, Karfunkel Family

* AMTRUST FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. ANNOUNCES RETENTION OF FINANCIAL ADVISOR TO REVIEW PROPOSAL BY STONE POINT CAPITAL, THE CEO AND THE KARFUNKEL FAMILY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Citizens Financial Group Sees FY2018 Provision Expense $425 Mln - $475 Mln Vs. Underlying 2017‍​

* CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP SEES FY2018 PROVISION EXPENSE $425 MILLION - $475 MILLION VERSUS. UNDERLYING 2017‍​

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BRIEF-Citizens Financial Group Q4 Earnings Per Share $1.35

* CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER NET INCOME OF $666 MILLION AND DILUTED EPS OF $1.35

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BRIEF-Synchrony Financial Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.49

* REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER NET EARNINGS OF $385 MILLION OR $0.49 PER DILUTED SHARE INCLUDING IMPACT FROM TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT; $545 MILLION OR $0.70 EXCLUDING IMPACT

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Clock running out for Congress to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Racing against a midnight deadline, the U.S. Congress will try on Friday to send President Donald Trump legislation to keep the government operating and avoid federal agency shutdowns that would otherwise begin on Saturday.

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Nikkei edges up, helped by financials; adds 0.7 pct for the week

TOKYO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday with financial stocks leading the gains after U.S. yields rose, while GMO Internet soared after an activist fund called on the company to change its governance structure.

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WSJ: Cohen paid porn star through private LLC created just weeks before election

Just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump's lawyer formed a private LLC to pay a former porn star in exchange for not speaking publicly about an alleged sexual encounter with the then-candidate, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

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Car plows through Copacabana sidewalk, kills baby, injures 15

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A speeding car plowed through evening strollers on a crowded sidewalk of Rio's famed Copacabana beach on Thursday in an apparent accident, killing an 8-month old baby and injuring 15 people, police said.

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Nikkei edges up helped by financials; GMO soars

TOKYO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday morning with financial stocks leading the gains after U.S. yields rose, while GMO Internet soared after an activist fund called on the company to abolish its takeover defences and reduce the power of its founder.

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Supreme Court blocks court order to redraw North Carolina congressional districts

The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to freeze, for now, a lower court opinion that struck down North Carolina congressional districts holding that it amounted to an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. 

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BRIEF-Voya Financial Prices Offering Of $350 Mln Of Junior Subordinated Notes

* VOYA FINANCIAL PRICES OFFERING OF $350 MILLION OF JUNIOR SUBORDINATED NOTES

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Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party's chances of winning.

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Russian spy ship moving toward US

US military officials are tracking a sophisticated Russian spy ship that appears to be moving toward the US. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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BRIEF-Fulton Financial To Raise Minimum Wage To $12 Per Hour

* FULTON FINANCIAL CORP - CO ALSO WILL RAISE ITS MINIMUM WAGE TO $12 PER HOUR Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Congress, California, Amazon: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Wheels: When Detroit Muscle Powered a Breakthrough in Heart Surgery

In 1952, a team of doctors from Harper Hospital and employees from General Motors engineered a mechanical pump that helped pave the way for modern open-heart surgery.

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BRIEF-Entegra Financial Qtrly Loss Per Share $0.48‍​

* ENTEGRA FINANCIAL CORP. ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER 2017 RESULTS

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Amid confusion, Congress scrambles for deal to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans struggled to line up support on Thursday for a short-term extension of government funding that would avert a politically embarrassing shutdown, after President Donald Trump offered mixed signals on the stopgap plan.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX flat as financials gain, energy stocks fall

TORONTO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was barely lower in morning trade on Thursday, as banks and other financial stocks pushed higher while the index was weighed by energy stocks including Husky Energy Inc, which has had its SeaRose operations suspended.

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BRIEF-Webster Financial Records 1-Time Revaluation Adjustment To Net Deferred Tax Assets Of About $20.9 Mln

* WEBSTER FINANCIAL SAYS RECORDED 1-TIME REVALUATION ADJUSTMENT TO NET DEFERRED TAX ASSETS DURING QUARTER ENDED DEC 31, 2017 OF ABOUT $20.9 MILLION - SEC FILING

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YouTube is removing dangerous Tide Pod challenge videos

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Congress to vote Thursday for funding bill to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts to pass a temporary extension in funding government operations and avert a shutdown, scheduling a vote on the measure for later Thursday.

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Republicans in Congress push for vote to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts to pass a temporary extension in funding and prevent the federal government from shutting down, scheduling a vote on the measure for later on Thursday.

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Philippines' Duterte urges Congress to pass bill for self-rule in Muslim region

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday urged Congress to pass a bill granting self-rule to the country's Muslim minority, warning that its collapse would see separatist rebels abandon a peace process and declare war again.

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Republicans in Congress rush to gain support to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts on Thursday to round up the votes needed to pass a temporary extension in government funding and prevent a shutdown looming at week's end.

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Tennis: Injured Del Potro battles through to third round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro battled an apparent thigh injury and sapping heat to down Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6(4) 6-7(0) 6-4 and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

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Eric Wynalda Discusses His Financial Problems — and Everything Else

The former member of the United States national team is taking an aggressive outsider approach in his campaign to be president of U.S. Soccer.

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South Korea's financial regulator says considering shutting down all virtual currency exchanges

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's financial regulator chief says the government is considering shutting down all local virtual currency exchanges in a national policy committee meeting on Thursday.

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Republicans scramble for votes in Congress to keep government open

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday threw its support behind a Republican proposal to avert a government shutdown at week's end with a one-month extension in funding, but it was unclear whether there were enough votes to pass it in Congress.

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Trump chief of staff thinks Congress will keep government funded: Fox News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said on Wednesday he believed Congress would pass a stopgap bill to keep the U.S. government funded ahead of a Friday deadline.

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Chelsea through on penalties, Bournemouth lose to Wigan

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea won a penalty shootout to beat second tier Norwich City on Wednesday and sneak into the FA Cup fourth round following a tempestuous replay that ended 1-1 after extra time with the Premier League champions reduced to nine men.

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BRIEF-Boston Private Financial Q4 Loss Per Share $0.24

* BOSTON PRIVATE FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC. REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2017 RESULTS; RAISES DIVIDEND TO $0.12 PER SHARE

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Police comb through filthy California home where starving siblings found

(Reuters) - Investigators on Wednesday conducted an exhaustive search of the foul-smelling, filthy tract home east of Los Angeles where a California couple are accused of keeping captive and nearly starving 13 minor and adult children, police said.

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Pennsylvania court could order new congressional map before 2018 midterms

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices on Wednesday grilled a lawyer who defended the way state congressional districts are apportioned, a design opponents have challenged as illegally skewed to benefit Republicans who hold 13 of its 18 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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MOVES-Stifel hires two financial advisers from Ameriprise Financial

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Stifel Financial Corp said on Wednesday financial advisers Tom Hankins and Jay Lauzon have joined its broker-dealer unit, Stifel, Nicolaus & Co Inc's private client group in Flint, Michigan.

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UN Palestinian aid agency says US cuts spark worst-ever financial crisis

The UN agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees says the Trump administration's decision to cut funds to the organization has sparked its largest-ever financial crisis.

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Congress should consult on confidential inquiries in Russia probes: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress should consult with the White House whenever it seeks confidential information that may be covered by executive privilege, a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

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Tech, industrials lift Wall St.; financials recover

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes were higher on Wednesday, led by technology and industrial stocks as well as a recovery in the financial sector.

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Flake says President charts a 'dangerous path' with attacks on truth, asks Congress to be a check on him

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, took to the Senate floor Wednesday morning to rebuke the President for his repeated remarks on "fake news."

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX flat as gold miners weigh, financials and pot stocks rise

TORONTO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened flat on Wednesday, with falls among gold miners offset by gains for financial stocks and marijuana producers.

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Arson attack rips through office of Russian human rights group

MOSCOW (Reuters) - One of Russia's biggest human rights groups said on Wednesday that one of its offices in southern Russia had been badly damaged in an overnight arson attack, an incident it said was part of a campaign to drive it from the region.

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Amid tension, China carrier group sails through Taiwan Strait

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A Chinese carrier group has sailed through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the self-ruled island from its giant neighbor but no unusual activity was detected, Taiwan said on Wednesday, amid heightened tension with Beijing.

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BRIEF-Ant Financial To Take 20 Pct Stake In OpenRice

* SAY THEY FORM FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO SUPPORT FURTHER GROWTH OF HONG KONG'S DINING INDUSTRY

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Guatemalan president reshuffles cabinet halfway through term

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday, changing his ministers for the environment, the economy and social development as he reached the halfway point of his four-year term.

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BRIEF-Transatlantic Petroleum Engages Financial Advisor To Market Co

* TRANSATLANTIC PETROLEUM ANNOUNCES ENGAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL ADVISOR TO MARKET THE COMPANY AND PROVIDES UPDATES ON DRILLING PROGRAM & PROSPECTS IN THE THRACE BASIN

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BRIEF-ONE Gas Issues 2018 Financial Guidance Increases 2017 Financial Guidance

* ONE GAS ISSUES 2018 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE; INCREASES 2017 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE

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BRIEF-NSK Will Probably Generate Roughly 108 Bln Yen In Group Operating Profit In The Year Through March 2019 - Nikkei

* NSK LTD WILL PROBABLY GENERATE ROUGHLY 108 BILLION YEN IN GROUP OPERATING PROFIT IN THE YEAR THROUGH MARCH 2019 - NIKKEI Source text : [http://s.nikkei.com/2DjXq3M] Further company coverage:

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Sublime Federer breezes through Melbourne opener

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Defending champion Roger Federer was quickly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets victory over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

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Federer breezes through opener in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Defending champion Roger Federer got quickly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

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Fire rips through 17th century heritage building in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A huge fire destroyed most of a Dutch colonial heritage site dating back to the 17th century, including a maritime museum, in the north of the capital Jakarta on Tuesday.

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Clock ticking as Congress returns to one big spending mess

With just four days until a spending deadline, the government could be heading for a shutdown on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's presidency.

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BRIEF-KBR Says No Disruption To UK Defense Project Being Executed Through JV With Carillion

* EXPECTS NO DISRUPTION TO PROJECT BEING EXECUTED THROUGH JV WITH CARILLION AS RESULT OF CARILLION'S ANNOUNCED LIQUIDATION ​

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Congress' to-do list: Avoid a shutdown, search for DACA fix

Back after a long holiday weekend, lawmakers must reach an agreement on a budget plan before the Friday deadline when government funding runs out, but demands from each side of the aisle are impeding progress on negotiations.

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Ant Financial says has received approval for new consumer-credit backed securities

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Ant Financial Services Group has received approval to issue consumer credit-backed securities to institutional investors and the securities are currently in the pricing process, the company told Reuters on Monday.

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VW to spend more than $3.3 billion through 2020 on U.S. model expansion

DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen plans to spend more than $3.3 billion on development and production of new models in North America from 2018 to 2020 as the German group reboots operations in the world's second-largest auto market.

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VW to spend more than $3.3 bln through 2020 on U.S. model expansion

DETROIT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Volkswagen plans to spend more than $3.3 billion on development and production of new models in North America from 2018 to 2020 as the German group reboots operations in the world's second-largest auto market.

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He Studied Accounting. Now He Hunts the Taliban.

Lt. William Conway, who leads a team that identifies Taliban and Islamic State threats in Afghanistan, is not your typical military intelligence analyst.

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Rep. Mia Love, the first Haitian-American elected to Congress, told CNN: 'I can't defend the indefensible'

Republican Rep. Mia Love deplored President Donald Trump for reportedly criticizing immigrants coming to the United States from what he called "shithole countries."

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China to step up banking oversight in 'arduous' fight on financial risks

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will step up oversight in the banking sector this year to reduce financial risks, the country's banking regulator said, stressing that long-term efforts would be needed to control banking sector chaos.

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Guatemala congressman arrested, accused in murders of two journalists

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Guatemala attorney general's office confirmed on Saturday the arrest of congressman Julio Juarez Ramirez, who is accused of plotting the murders of two journalists in 2015.

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Hawaii congresswoman: You'd be angry like me

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) says Hawaiians got a "taste of stark reality" when they received a false missile alert.

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BRIEF-Carolina Financial Files For Potential Mixed Shelf Offering

* CAROLINA FINANCIAL CORP FILES FOR A POTENTIAL MIXED SHELF OFFERING; SIZE UNDISCLOSED - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2CU0KPp) Further company coverage:

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Factbox: Mascots at Winter Olympics through the years

(Reuters) - A list of the mascots for the Winter Olympics from 1968-2018:

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PNC Financial fourth quarter profit more than doubles

(Reuters) - PNC Financial Services Group Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, helped by higher interest income and consumer loan growth and the U.S. regional lender also...

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PNC Financial profit more than doubles in fourth quarter

(Reuters) - U.S. regional lender PNC Financial Services reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, helped by higher interest income and consumer loan growth.

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UPDATE 1-PNC Financial profit more than doubles in Q4

Jan 12 (Reuters) - U.S. regional lender PNC Financial Services reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, helped by higher interest income and consumer loan growth.

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BRIEF-JPMorgan Sees New Revenue Recognition Accounting Rule To Increase FY2018 Revenue, Expense By About $1.2 Bln

* JPMORGAN CHASE & CO - EXPECT FIRMWIDE Q1 2018 NET INTEREST INCOME TO BE MODESTLY LOWER QOQ DUE TO THE IMPACT OF TCJA AND DAY COUNT‍​

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Twenty-one hours and counting: German coalition talks drag on

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) worked through the night on Thursday to resolve differences on taxes, migration and other issues blocking formation of a new "grand coalition" government.

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Haitian-American GOP congresswoman demands an apology

Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah called on President Donald Trump to apologize Thursday for his reported comments criticizing immigrants coming to the United States from what he called "shithole countries."

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Ram pickup plant moving to Michigan from from Mexico

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To Lift Paychecks, Treasury Urges Companies to Act Quickly on New Tax Law

The Treasury Department took the first steps toward carrying out the $1.5 trillion Republican tax overhaul with the release of new tax withholding tables.

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Congress reacts to Trump's 'shithole' remark

Several members of Congress strongly rebuked President Donald Trump's reported comments Thursday criticizing immigrants coming to the United States from what he called "shithole countries."

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Corporations may dodge billions in U.S. taxes through new loophole: experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A loophole in the new U.S. tax law could allow multinational corporations like Apple Inc to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes on profits stashed overseas, according to experts.

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Corporations may dodge billions in U.S. taxes through new loophole -experts

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - A loophole in the new U.S. tax law could allow multinational corporations like Apple Inc to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes on profits stashed overseas, according to experts.

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Bannon to appear before Congress committee for Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will be interviewed next week by a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Coca-Cola Co Revises Release Date For Q4 And FY 2017 Financial Results To Feb. 16

* COCA-COLA CO - ‍REVISED RELEASE DATE FOR Q4 AND FULL YEAR 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS TO FEB. 16, BEFORE OPENING OF NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE​

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BRIEF-AAR Corp Provides FY 2019 Financial Guidance

* AAR SEES FY 2019 SALES $2.1 BILLION TO $2.2 BILLION; 2019 ADJUSTED EBITDA OF $180 MILLION TO $190 MILLION ; 2019 DILUTED EPS OF $2.50 TO $2.80

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China opposes U.S. pro-Taiwan bills welcomed by Taipei

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday expressed firm opposition to a decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass two pieces of pro-Taiwan legislation, but Taipei welcomed them as helping to strengthen ties with Washington.

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BRIEF-CIMB, Principal Financial to realign ownership stakes in joint ventures

* Says Principal Financial Group to increase stake in two asset management joint ventures to 60 percent

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UPDATE 1-China's cyber watchdog scolds Ant Financial over user privacy breach

SHANGHAI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China's cyber watchdog has scolded Ant Financial, Alibaba's payment affiliate, for compromising user privacy after many users of its Alipay service were automatically enrolled in its credit scoring system.

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Head of Mexico's financial crimes unit resigns: sources

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The head of the Mexico's Financial Intelligence Unit, a part of the finance ministry tasked with combating and preventing money laundering, resigned on Wednesday, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

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China's cyber watchdog scolds Ant Financial over user privacy breach

SHANGHAI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China's cyber watchdog has scolded Ant Financial, Alibaba's payment affiliate, for compromising user privacy after many users of its Alipay service were automatically enrolled in its credit scoring system.

Earmarks (Finance) nytimes.com

To Grease Wheels of Congress, Trump Suggests Bringing Back Pork

President Trump’s suggestion that Congress revive the old practice of salting spending bills with lawmaker pet projects has revived a simmering debate.

European Commission nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Battle Line for Western Values Runs Through Poland

If the European Union confronts the populist, nationalist government in Warsaw, it can prove that it stands for something.

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BRIEF-People’s Utah Bancorp Announces Financial Impact Of Amendment To Federal Tax Code

* PEOPLE'S UTAH BANCORP - ‍IMPACT OF TAX ACT​ TO EARNINGS PER SHARE ESTIMATE IS A REDUCTION OF $0.25 TO $0.27 PER SHARE FOR QUARTER ENDED DEC 31, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-First Commonwealth To Enter The Cincinnati Market Through The Acquisition Of Foundation Bank

* FIRST COMMONWEALTH FINANCIAL CORP - DEAL FOR ‍CASH AND STOCK TRANSACTION VALUED AT APPROXIMATELY $58 MILLION​

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BRIEF-Dean Foods Names Jody Macedonio Chief Financial Officer

* DEAN FOODS CO - MACEDONIO WILL JOIN COMPANY AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CFO EFFECTIVE FEB. 26, 2018

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BRIEF-Sinclair Broadcast, ABC Announce Extension, Renewals Of Affiliation Agreements Through 2022

* SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. AND ABC ANNOUNCE EXTENSION AND RENEWALS OF AFFILIATION AGREEMENTS THROUGH 2022

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Wall Street pares losses as financial stocks climb

(Reuters) - Wall Street's major indexes pared earlier losses on Wednesday as higher U.S. government bond yields drove gains for banks and other financial stocks.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street pares losses as financial stocks climb

* United Continental up on strong traffic, boost Dow Transports

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Cyprus company sues ex-Trump campaign manager Manafort for financial fraud

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort faced a new legal headache on Wednesday after a Cyprus-based company sued him and his business partner Richard Gates over allegations they committed financial fraud by misappropriating millions of dollars.

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METALS-Nickel pushes through technical levels to 2-1/2 year high

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Nickel broke through key technical levels to reach its highest since 2015 on Wednesday as a sharply weaker dollar helped push dollar-denominated industrial metals broadly higher by making them cheaper for users of other currencies.

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BRIEF-Caesarstone Says Averbuch Will Remain With Co Through The End Of First Quarter Of 2018

* CAESARSTONE LTD SAYS AVERBUCH WILL REMAIN WITH CO THROUGH THE END OF THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2018 - SEC FILING Source text: [http://bit.ly/2DhDVWO] Further company coverage:

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Nikkei pauses after sharp gains; financial stocks rise

TOKYO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average took a breather on Wednesday after sharp gains, with some index-heavy stocks losing ground after the index hit a 26-year high in the previous session.

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BRIEF-Timbercreek Financial secures upsized $400 mln revolving credit facility

* ‍UNDER NEW CREDIT AGREEMENT, TIMBERCREEK FINANCIAL IS PERMITTED TO BORROW UP TO $400 MILLION ON A REVOLVING BASIS​

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Corals die, farmers suffer through Australia's third-hottest year

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia had its third-hottest year on record in 2017, the country's weather bureau said on Wednesday, as global warming changed the continent's climate and farmers warned unpredictable seasons are hurting the $47 billion agricultural sector.

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U.S. judges order overhaul of North Carolina's partisan congressional districts

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A three-judge federal panel ordered congressional districts in North Carolina to be redrawn ahead of the 2018 elections, ruling on Tuesday that the Republican-drawn map was illegal and unconstitutionally partisan.

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N. Carolina congressional districts are partisan and unconstitutional, judges rule

Federal judges said Tuesday that North Carolina will have to quickly redraw its 13 congressional districts because the map is unconstitutionally partisan.

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Judges order overhaul of North Carolina's partisan congressional districts

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A three-judge federal panel ordered congressional districts in North Carolina to be redrawn ahead of the 2018 elections, ruling on Tuesday that the current Republican-drawn map was illegal and unconstitutionally partisan.

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'Drain the Swamp' Trump suggests reviving 'earmarks' in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump unexpectedly suggested on Tuesday that bringing back congressional "earmarks," spending habits that were banished six years ago from the federal budget process, might help an often deadlocked U.S. Congress get things done.

North Carolina nytimes.com

North Carolina Congressional Map Ruled Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered

The ruling was the first time that a federal court had blocked a congressional map because the judges believed it to be a partisan gerrymander.

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BRIEF-Meta Financial Group Says Crestmark May Be Required To Pay Termination Fee Of $10 Mln​, If Merger Terminated

* META FINANCIAL GROUP SAYS AGREEMENT PROVIDES THAT IF MERGER TERMINATED, CRESTMARK MAY BE REQUIRED TO PAY CO TERMINATION FEE OF $10 MILLION​ - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2Ep0qJ2) Further company coverage:

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Venezuela's Congress declares 'petro' cryptocurrency illegal

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition-run parliament on Tuesday outlawed a "petro" cryptocurrency promoted by socialist President Nicolas Maduro, calling it an effort to illegally mortgage the cash-strapped country's oil reserves.

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Congress has about 2 months to preserve DACA

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BRIEF-Therapix Biosciences Announces Expansion Into Precision Medicine Through New Fully-Owned Subsidiary

* THERAPIX BIOSCIENCES ANNOUNCES EXPANSION INTO PRECISION MEDICINE THROUGH NEW FULLY-OWNED SUBSIDIARY AND PROVIDES CORPORATE UPDATE TODAY AT THE BIOTECH SHOWCASEâ„¢ 2018

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North, South Korea agree to resolve issues through dialogue

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea on Tuesday agreed on negotiations to resolve problems and military talks aimed at averting accidental conflict, after their first official dialogue in more than two years, as Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program fuels tension.

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BRIEF-Azure Power - Won 200 Megawatt Solar Power Project Through Auction Conducted By Solar Energy Corp Of India

* AZURE POWER - WON 200 MEGAWATT SOLAR POWER PROJECT THROUGH AUCTION CONDUCTED BY SOLAR ENERGY CORPORATION OF INDIA

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Editorial: Republicans in Congress Are Failing America’s Children

Health coverage for nine million kids is still at risk as congressional leaders refuse to reauthorize CHIP.

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BRIEF-Ellington Financial Reports Estimated Book Value As Of Dec 31, 2017 of $18.84/Share On A Diluted Basis​

* REPORTS ESTIMATED BOOK VALUE PER SHARE AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2017

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House Foreign Affairs Chair Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce said on Monday he will not run for a 14th term representing his southern California district, a seat that could be a key to Democratic efforts to win back control of the House of Representatives.

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2 Congressmen unveil bipartisan DACA plan

A bipartisan pair of House members have reached a compromise on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and border security -- a plan the two unlikely allies hope could provide a "foundation" for a deal President Donald Trump could sign into law.

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Britain sends frigate to escort Russian ships through English Channel

LONDON (Reuters) - A British frigate escorted Russian ships through the English Channel on Monday, Britain's defense ministry said, adding that it was the latest sign of an upsurge in Russian naval activity near UK waters over the festive period.

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Treasury secretary asks Congress to lift debt ceiling by Feb. 28: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has asked Republican leaders in Congress to lift the federal government's debt ceiling by Feb. 28, Bloomberg News reported on Monday, citing two sources familiar with the talks.

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MOVES-Goldman names global head of financial, strategic investor M&A

NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has named Dave Friedland as its new global head of financial and strategic investor mergers and acquisitions, a spokesman said on Monday.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips as financials and industrials weigh

TORONTO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index dipped on Monday as financial and industrial shares lost ground, offsetting gains for the healthcare group, which climbed to its highest since March 2016.

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BRIEF-Capstone Turbine Reports Select Preliminary Q3 Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

* CAPSTONE TURBINE REPORTS SELECT PRELIMINARY Q3 FISCAL 2018 FINANCIAL RESULTS

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UPDATE 2-UK financial watchdog fines, bans ex-RBS Libor trader

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Britain's financial watchdog said on Monday it had fined former Royal Bank of Scotland interest rate derivatives trader Neil Danziger 250,000 pounds ($338,000) and banned him from working in any regulated financial activity.

New York City nytimes.com

New York Today: New York Today: Teaching Teens the Financial Ropes

Monday: A nonprofit offers financial literacy lessons to young people, an end to the cold spell, and The Times and PBS start a book club.

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Britain should choose hard Brexit if no financial services deal: Farage

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain should opt for a hard Brexit if the European Union does not offer an agreement on financial services, British member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage said on Monday before a meeting with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator.

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'Three Billboards' wins big as Golden Globes power through sex scandal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dark drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner with four Golden Globes awards on Sunday on a night marked by scathing jokes about sexual harassment and passionate odes to those breaking their silence.

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UPDATE 5-'Three Billboards' wins big as Golden Globes power through sex scandal

* Women unite by wearing black gowns (Recasts at end of show, adds quotes)

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Grand slam breakthrough beckons for Next Gen leader Zverev

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - With Masters Series trophies, 'Big Four' scalps and an appearance at the ATP Tour Finals before his 21st birthday, grand slam success is seen as a matter of when, not if, for German wunderkind Alex Zverev.

Roads and Traffic nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: How to Get New York Moving Again

Traffic is so bad that people can often outpace cars.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Kushner’s Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even With Mideast Diplomatic Role

An Israeli insurance company’s previously undisclosed $30 million investment in Jared Kushner’s family company could fuel the perception of conflicts of interest.

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South Africa's parliament to review rules on removing president

JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) - South Africa’s parliament said on Sunday it would review its rules relating to removing the country's president, after the constitutional court ruled on Dec. 29 that lawmakers had previously failed to hold President Jacob Zuma to account.

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Dem megadonor buys a copy of 'Fire and Fury' for every member of Congress

Democratic mega-donor and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer bought every member of Congress a copy of Michael Wolff's controversial book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," he told San Francisco news outlet KQED on Friday.

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Eleven Saudi princes detained following protest over utility bills

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi authorities have detained 11 princes after they gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh in a rare protest against austerity measures that included suspending payment of their utility bills, Saudi media reported on Saturday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Medical Research? Congress Cheers. Medical Care? Congress Brawls.

Lawmakers are pushing for billions in new funding for biomedical research, but sparring over health insurance and almost everything else related to the Affordable Care Act.

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BRIEF-Tenet Healthcare Issues Information On Financial Implications Of Changes To Federal Tax Law​

* ‍ISSUES INFORMATION ON FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF CHANGES TO FEDERAL TAX LAW​‍

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Tillerson says will stay as top U.S. diplomat through 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday he planned to stay in his post through 2018 despite speculation he might leave soon due to a fractious relationship with President Donald Trump, whom he reportedly called a "moron."

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Turkey's Erdogan says some journalists nurture terrorism through writing

PARIS (Reuters) - Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday some journalists helped nurture terrorists through their writing, after his French counterpart told a joint news conference that countries must respect the law in their fight against terrorism.

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BRIEF-Olympia Financial Group Sets January Cash Dividend Of C$0.17 Per Share

* SETS JANUARY CASH DIVIDEND OF C$0.17PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Psychiatrist says she spoke with members of Congress on Trump's mental fitness

A dozen lawmakers from the House and Senate received a briefing from Yale psychiatrist Dr. Bandy X. Lee on Capitol Hill in early December about President Donald Trump's fitness to be president -- and has been asked to provide an additional briefing to some lawmakers, worried about the President's mental state, later this month.

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Warren Buffett proclaims optimism for America's financial future

Jan 4 (Reuters) - Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor renowned for his preternatural optimism for America and its citizens' well-being, on Thursday encouraged those worried about the economic prospects for themselves and their children to shed their fears.

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Iran accuses US of 'grotesque' meddling through social media

Iran has written a letter to the United Nations accusing the US of using Facebook and Twitter to meddle in its affairs.

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BRIEF-Revance Provides Update On Anticipated Clinical Milestones And Financial Outlook For 2018

* REVANCE PROVIDES UPDATE ON ANTICIPATED CLINICAL MILESTONES AND FINANCIAL OUTLOOK FOR 2018

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Trump, Congress face a long to-do list in 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress have set their sights on an infrastructure initiative and welfare reform as two of their top legislative priorities for 2018. Lawmakers also have must-pass budget bills and other unfinished business they need to tackle after the holiday break.

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Sudan extends ceasefire with rebels through end-March - SUNA agency

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has extended a unilateral ceasefire with rebels until the end of March, state news agency SUNA reported on Thursday, citing a presidential decree.

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Novartis' Promacta receives FDA breakthrough designation for new indication

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis drug Promacta has received breakthrough therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for first-line treatment of severe aplastic anemia (SAA).

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BRIEF-IGM Financial says its total assets under management were $156.5 bln at Dec 31

* IGM FINANCIAL ANNOUNCES DECEMBER 2017 INVESTMENT FUND SALES AND TOTAL ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions nytimes.com

Editorial: Can States Fix the G.O.P. Tax Law?

With the Republican law seeming to target Democratic states for pain, governors are trying to avoid the damage.

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BRIEF-Southwest Georgia Financial Announces CFO Retirement

* SAYS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF GEORGE R. KIRKLAND, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF CO - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2CCp0JO) Further company coverage:

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Factbox: Trump, Congress face a long to-do list in 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress have set their sights on an infrastructure initiative and welfare reform as two of their top legislative priorities for 2018. Lawmakers also have must-pass budget bills and other unfinished business they need to tackle after the holiday break.

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Bills running back McCoy day-to-day for playoffs

(Reuters) - The Buffalo Bills could be without their best offensive weapon when they play their first playoff game in 18 years on Sunday as injured running back LeSean McCoy sat out practice on Wednesday.

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Roy Moore's campaign chief to run for Congress

Rich Hobson, who managed Roy Moore's failed Alabama Senate campaign, is set to announce he'll run in this year's Republican primary against Rep. Martha Roby.

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BRIEF-Jordan Capital Partners Reports 9.71 Pct Passive Stake In Security National Financial Corporation

* JORDAN CAPITAL PARTNERS REPORTS A 9.71 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN SECURITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL CORPORATION AS OF DEC 31- SEC FILING Source text : ( http://bit.ly/2CkpRKU ) Further company coverage:

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U.S. blocks MoneyGram sale to China's Ant Financial on national security concerns

(Reuters) - Ant Financial's plan to acquire U.S. money transfer company MoneyGram International Inc collapsed on Tuesday after a U.S. government panel rejected it over national security concerns, the most high-profile Chinese deal to be torpedoed under the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Novartis breast cancer therapy gets FDA breakthrough designation

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis's Kisqali (ribociclib) has won U.S. Food and Drug Administration breakthrough therapy designation for treating some breast cancer patients, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday.

China nytimes.com

China, Moving to Cut Emissions, Halts Production of 500 Car Models

The suspensions pointed to Beijing’s growing willingness to test forceful antipollution measures and assume a leading role in the fight against climate change.

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BRIEF-Euronet Worldwide Issues Statement Regarding Termination Of MoneyGram And Ant Financial Merger Agreement

* EURONET WORLDWIDE STATEMENT REGARDING THE TERMINATION OF THE MONEYGRAM AND ANT FINANCIAL MERGER AGREEMENT

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U.S. blocks MoneyGram sale to China's Ant Financial

(Reuters) - A U.S. government panel rejected Ant Financial's acquisition of MoneyGram International Inc over national security concerns, the companies said on Tuesday, the most high-profile Chinese deal to be torpedoed under the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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U.S. shoots down MoneyGram's sale to China's Ant Financial

(Reuters) - A U.S. government panel rejected Ant Financial's acquisition of MoneyGram International Inc over national security concerns, the companies said on Tuesday, the latest Chinese deal torpedoed under the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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NFL: Grateful Bills fans donate to Bengals QB's foundation

(Reuters) - Grateful supporters of the long-suffering Buffalo Bills have overwhelmed Andy Dalton's foundation as a way of thanking the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback for his role in snapping the team's 17-year NFL postseason drought.

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Ant Financial scraps deal to buy MoneyGram

(Reuters) - MoneyGram International Inc and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's Ant Financial Services Group said on Tuesday they have agreed to terminate their amended merger agreement, due to regulatory hurdles.

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Uganda's Museveni signs law removing age cap for president

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has signed a law that scraps a 75-year age cap for presidential candidates, a spokesman for parliament said on Tuesday, a move critics say will allow him to remain in power indefinitely.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX dips on financials, gold miners, pot stocks gain

TORONTO, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was slightly lower in morning trade on Tuesday, weighed by losses among financial stocks while gold miners and marijuana producers pushed higher.

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Dalit protests cause disruptions in India's financial capital

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Thousands of Dalits, who rank at the lower end of India's ancient caste hierarchy, disrupted traffic and threw stones at buses in Mumbai on Tuesday as they protested against violence in a nearby city in which a man was killed.

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Man found dead in London's Canary Wharf financial district

(Reuters) - A man was found dead in a trench beneath a skyscraper in London's Canary Wharf financial district on Tuesday morning, London Ambulance Service said.

cnn.com

Congress is back, and this is the agenda

Congressional Republicans return to work this week thrilled they passed a major tax reform bill before Christmas but uncertain and divided about what they will do in 2018, a critical election year.

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Emerging markets sailed through storms in 2017. What next?

LONDON (Reuters) - After a year of double-digit returns, one of the key questions for emerging markets in 2018 is whether they will continue to be insulated from one another's crises.