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BRIEF-Realty Income Announces Dividend Increase Of 4 Pct

* ‍BOARD DECLARED AN INCREASE IN COMPANY'S COMMON STOCK MONTHLY CASH DIVIDEND TO $0.219 PER SHARE FROM $0.2125 PER SHARE​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Senate advances bill to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday advanced a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as a final push by privacy advocates to derail the measure came up short.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate advances bill to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday advanced a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as a final push by privacy advocates to derail the measure came up short.

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Automakers, U.S. lawmakers hope for progress on self-driving car bill

DETROIT (Reuters) - Automakers and lawmakers expressed hope on Tuesday that U.S. Congress would soon pass a stalled bill aimed at speeding self-driving cars to market, even as safety advocates argued for more performance requirements.

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21 states sue to keep net neutrality as Senate Democrats reach 50 votes

(Reuters) - A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission's decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling.

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GE reignites break-up talk after $11 billion insurance, tax hit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co indicated it is looking closely at breaking itself up on Tuesday as the conglomerate announced more than $11 billion in charges from its long-term care insurance portfolio and new U.S. tax laws.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Florida Isn’t the Only State That Will Be Hurt by Offshore Drilling

No state faces more potential harm than California. But as a blue state, it apparently isn’t eligible for the free pass Florida got from drilling.

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GE renews break-up talk after $11 billion insurance, tax hit

(Reuters) - General Electric Co again raised the prospect of breaking up the conglomerate on Tuesday as it announced more than $11 billion in charges from its long-term care insurance portfolio and new U.S. tax laws.

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Health-conscious Nestle sells U.S. candy to Ferrero for $2.8 billion

LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - Swiss food group Nestle has agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion, it said on Tuesday, marking CEO Mark Schneider's first big sale and a small step on its path towards healthier products.

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Financed $73.2 Billion In Loan Purchase & Guarantee Volume For 2017​

* FREDDIE MAC - ‍ FINANCED $73.2 BILLION IN LOAN PURCHASE & GUARANTEE VOLUME FOR 2017​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Cal-Maine Issues Statement In Response To Video Involving Co's Employee

* CAL-MAINE FOODS INC - ISSUED STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO A VIDEO INVOLVING A CO'S EMPLOYEE AND TREATMENT OF LAYING HENS AT LAKE WALES LOCATION

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U.S. holiday shoppers spend record $108 billion online - Adobe

Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. shoppers spent a record $108 billion snapping up discounts on Amazon and other websites during the 2017 holiday season, with more people using smartphones and tablets, Adobe Analytics said on Tuesday.

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Nestle sells U.S. candy business to Ferrero for $2.8 billion amid health push

LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - Swiss food group Nestle has agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion, it said on Tuesday, marking CEO Mark Schneider's first big sale and a small step on its path toward healthier products.

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Greenlight's Einhorn bets on Brighthouse, makes money on GM

BOSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hedge fund manager David Einhorn told investors on Tuesday that he made several new bets, including a "large" one on Brighthouse Financial, late last year and that he made money on automaker General Motors but lost money on Amazon and Tesla .

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BRIEF-Visionstate Signs LOI To Invest In Cryptocurrency Company

* VISIONSTATE SIGNS LOI TO INVEST IN CRYPTOCURRENCY COMPANY, ANNOUNCES PRIVATE PLACEMENT

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Citigroup reports $18 billion loss on one-time tax items

(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc posted an $18-billion quarterly loss on Tuesday because of charges related to a new U.S. tax law, but its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations and management signaled that the bank may soon lift financial performance targets.

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GE renews break-up talk as it discloses $11 billion fourth quarter hit

(Reuters) - General Electric Co again raised the prospect of breaking up the conglomerate on Tuesday as it announced more than $11 billion in charges from its long-term care insurance portfolio and new U.S. tax laws.

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Be a money superhero and cosplay on a budget

NEW YORK (Reuters) - If you ever happen to run into Burbank’s Mark Chu-Lin, he might not respond if you call out to him by name.

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GE to take $6.2 billion hit from insurance portfolio

(Reuters) - General Electric Co will take a $6.2 billion charge in its fourth quarter results for a more than decade-old insurance portfolio covering long-term healthcare costs, the company said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Long Blockchain Enters Letter-Of-Intent With Stater Blockchain

* LONG BLOCKCHAIN CORP. ENTERS INTO LETTER-OF-INTENT WITH STATER BLOCKCHAIN, UK-BASED BUSINESS THAT IS BUILDING BLOCKCHAIN SOLUTIONS FOR THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL MARKETS

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Citi profit tops estimates; books $22 billion tax charge

(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc on Tuesday reported quarterly profit that topped Wall Street expectations as consumer businesses made up for lower revenue from bond and currency trading.

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BRIEF-Main Street Says Preliminary Estimate Of Net Investment Income Is $0.63 To $0.64 Per Share For Q4

* MAIN STREET ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE OF FOURTH QUARTER 2017 RESULTS

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New bill targets Russia, others for future election interference

Lawmakers are set to introduce a bill that would punish any nation that tries to influence a US election, adding extra sanctions against Russia if it once again tries to interfere.

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Not just Florida: Tourism big in other states opposing coastal drilling

(Reuters) - The Trump administration's decision last week to exempt Florida from its national offshore drilling plan was based in part on the state's argument that a spill would cripple its crucial tourism industry.

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GE to take $6.2 billion charge in its finance arm

(Reuters) - General Electric Co will record an after-tax charge of $6.2 billion in its fourth quarter results as part of an ongoing review of its finance arm's insurance portfolio, the company said.

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BP Deepwater Horizon costs balloon to $65 billion

LONDON (Reuters) - BP said on Tuesday it would take a new charge over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill after again raising estimates for outstanding claims, lifting total costs to around $65 billion.

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Dems were already open to funding parts of Trump's border wall to save Dreamers, but the GOP wants more

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Billion dollar US embassy opens in London

The new US embassy in London opened its doors to the public for the first time on Tuesday, a billion dollar glass monolith presiding over a former industrial site south of the city.

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BP to take $1.7 billion Deepwater Horizon charge

LONDON (Reuters) - BP said on Tuesday it expected to take a post-tax non-operating charge of around $1.7 billion in its fourth quarter results as part of the settlement of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the United States.

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China's economy set to slow to 6.5 percent in 2018 as government turns off cheap money: Reuters poll

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy is expected to cool this year as a government-led crackdown on debt risks and factory pollution drag on overall activity, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

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Tennis: Prize money row rumbling behind scenes at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Six-times Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is leading calls for players to be given a greater share of the sport's revenues and have their own union independent of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), a report in the Daily Mail said.

Capital Punishment nytimes.com

To Try to Save Client’s Life, a Lawyer Ignored His Wishes. Can He Do That?

The Supreme Court will decide whether Larry English violated his client’s constitutional rights by telling the jury the man killed three people.

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Chinese Carmaker May Use Fiat Chrysler for Foothold in United States

GAC Motor said it planned to bring an S.U.V. to the United States in 2019. It may use Fiat Chrysler dealerships hungry for new models.

Prisons and Prisoners nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Governor Cuomo: The Way to a More Just New York State

A new bill will close the gap between what our criminal justice system says and what it does.

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Global carmakers to invest at least $90 billion in electric vehicles

DETROIT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co's plan to double its electrified vehicle spending is part of an investment tsunami in batteries and electric cars by global automakers that now totals $90 billion and is still growing, a Reuters analysis shows.

Afghanistan nytimes.com

Challenging the Afghan State, a Cornered Strongman Tries to Ascend

Atta Muhammad Noor, who has ruled his resource-rich province like a king, is refusing to leave despite being fired by country’s president last month.

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Insurance billing notices threaten young adults’ confidentiality

(Reuters Health) - Young adults can remain on their parents’ health insurance policies until they turn 26, but when they use it for counseling, pregnancy tests, addiction treatment or anything else, insurers frequently notify their parents.

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Exclusive: China's JD.com targets $2 billion fundraising at logistics unit - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's second-biggest e-commerce firm JD.com has kicked off a fundraising round at its logistics unit with a target of at least $2 billion, and eventually plans to list the business overseas, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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Syrian army to end U.S. presence in the country: state TV citing FM source

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army is determined to end any form of U.S. presence in the country, state television said on Monday, citing an official source in the foreign ministry.

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UPDATE 2-Britain's Carillion collapses as banks refuse to lend it any more money

* PM May's government under pressure over fate of Carillion (Adds details)

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SoftBank considers IPO for Japan wireless unit, said to seek $18 billion

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp said on Monday it was considering listing its Japanese wireless business, seeking to raise a reported $18 billion in a move that would accelerate the conglomerate's transformation into one of the world's biggest tech investors.

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Ford plans $11 billion investment, 40 electrified vehicles by 2022

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup, Chairman Bill Ford said on Sunday at the Detroit auto show.

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UPDATE 3-Ford plans $11 billion investment, 40 electrified vehicles by 2022

DETROIT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup, Chairman Bill Ford said on Sunday at the Detroit auto show.

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SoftBank plans $18 billion IPO of mobile phone unit: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group plans to list its mobile phone business and raise some US$18bn, the Nikkei newspaper has said, a spin-off that would complete the Japanese telecoms conglomerate's transformation into a global technology investor.

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Abbas Calls Oslo Accords Dead and Blasts U.S.: ‘Damn Your Money!’

The Palestinian Authority leader assailed the Trump administration over its handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, vowing to reject American leadership of any peace talks.

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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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Nine bodies found in truck in Mexican state of Veracruz

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Nine dismembered bodies were found piled in a truck on Saturday night in the violent Mexican state of Veracruz, the governor said on Sunday, describing the crime as a clash of rival gangs.

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Softbank plans $18 billion IPO of mobile phone unit this year: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to list its mobile-phone business and raise some $18 billion, the Nikkei newspaper said, a spin-off that would complete the Japanese telecoms conglomerate's transformation into a global technology investor.

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Ford plans $11 billion investment, 40 electric vehicles by 2022

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup, Chairman Bill Ford said on Sunday at the Detroit auto show.

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UPDATE 2-Ford plans $11 billion investment, 40 electric vehicles by 2022

DETROIT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup, Chairman Bill Ford said on Sunday at the Detroit auto show.

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Ford ups electric vehicle plans to $11 billion by 2022: executive

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will increase significantly its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022, Chairman Bill Ford told reporters on Sunday at the Detroit auto show.

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UPDATE 1-Ford ups electric vehicle plans to $11 billion by 2022 - executive

Jan 14 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will increase significantly its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022, Chairman Bill Ford told reporters on Sunday at the Detroit auto show.

New England Patriots nytimes.com

On Pro Football: Without a Word, Bill Belichick Can Say a Lot

The Patriots coach is capable of finding shrewd ways to motivate his team.

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Ford to increase electric vehicle investment to $11 billion - executive

Jan 14 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will increase to $11 billion its investments in electric vehicles, Jim Farley, the company's head of global markets, said on Sunday at the Detroit auto show.

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Softbank plans $18 billion IPO of mobile phone unit as soon as spring: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to list its core mobile-phone unit in Tokyo and overseas as early as this spring, raising some 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) in one of Japan's biggest initial public offerings, the Nikkei newspaper said on Monday.

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French telcos to spend $3.7 billion to plug network gaps

PARIS (Reuters) - France's mobile telephone operators will spend more than 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) rolling out a 4G network to ensure there are no coverage gaps by 2020, a government minister said.

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Trump owes us money

Donald Trump owes each and every American money. And I don't mean the trickle-down economics kind that supposedly accompanies tax cuts to the one percent. I'm talking a check to every man, women and child for $3,239 per week until his presidency ends.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker sinks after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday, adding that large amounts of oil are burning in the surrounding waters.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker has sunk after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday, adding that large amounts of oil are burning in the surrounding waters.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker finally sinks after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - A burning Iranian oil tanker that had drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone has sunk after a collision on Jan. 6, Chinese state television said on Sunday.

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Watch Bill Murray spoof Bannon on 'SNL'

Bill Murray surprised the audience on NBC's "Saturday Night Live", debuting in the show's opening sketch as former Trump White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

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Bill Murray debuts his Steve Bannon on 'SNL'

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Bill Clinton: Accusation that foundation paid for daughter's wedding is an insult

Former President Bill Clinton on Saturday denied accusations that his charity used donations for Haiti to pay for his daughter Chelsea's wedding to investment banker Mark Mezvinsky in 2010.

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French telcos commit three billion euros to cover network black spots: report

PARIS (Reuters) - France's mobile telephone operators will spend more than 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) rolling out a 4G network in black spots across the country to ensure there are no coverage gaps by 2020, according to a government minister.

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State Rep. on alert: Sat in bathtub praying

Hawaii State Representative Matt Lopresti discusses what he did after receiving a false missile alert warning.

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Islamic State affiliate claims deadly attack on U.S. troops in Niger

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - The leader of Islamic State's affiliate in West Africa has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed four U.S. special forces and four soldiers from Niger in October, Mauritania's independent Nouakchott News Agency (ANI) reported on Saturday.

Personal Finances nytimes.com

Your Money Adviser: Pay Down Those Credit Cards, Before Rates Rise Further

With the holidays behind us, now is the moment to wipe out balances — before interest rates continue their climb.

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Illinois nursing homes sue state over low Medicaid rates

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A handful of Illinois-based nursing homes sued the state's Department of Healthcare and Family Services on Friday, saying low Medicaid rates are jeopardizing their ability to provide adequate quality of care.

Home Equity Loans nytimes.com

Your Money: With a Tax Deduction Gone, Is Home Equity a Smart Way to Pay for College?

The new tax law removes the ability to deduct interest paid on home equity loans. Will schools ask less of families, and should parents even use the loans to pay for school?

Clifford, Stephanie nytimes.com

Porn Star Who Claimed Sexual Encounter With Trump Received Hush Money, Wall Street Journal Reports

The $130,000 payment was reportedly made a month before the election. Mr. Trump “vehemently denies” the encounter happened, his lawyer told The Journal.

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Chris Matthews apologizes for making comment about 'Bill Cosby pill' before interviewing Hillary Clinton

Social Media nytimes.com

State of the Art: The Difficulties With Facebook’s News Feed Overhaul

Facebook faces complex questions over its prioritization of “meaningful” content in the News Feed, including whether people want that kind of content in the first place.

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Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to impose Medicaid work provisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor.

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RPT-MoneyGram opens office in Brussels

Jan 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. money-transfer company MoneyGram International Inc confirmed on Friday that it had opened an office in Brussels and National Bank of Belgium had granted it license as a payment provider.

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MoneyGram opens office in Brussels

(Reuters) - The U.S. money-transfer company MoneyGram International Inc confirmed on Friday that it had opened an office in Brussels and National Bank of Belgium had granted it license as a payment provider.

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BRIEF-Williams-Sonoma Says Entered Amended And Restated Credit Agreement To Credit Agreement Dated Nov 19, 2014

* WILLIAMS-SONOMA SAYS ON JAN 8, ENTERED SEVENTH AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT AMENDING AND REPLACING CO'S CREDIT AGREEMENT DATED NOV 19, 2014

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Kentucky is first state ever to require Medicaid recipients to work

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Fields of Gold? Jana seeks new money, allies with impact hedge fund

BOSTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Wall Street investor Barry Rosenstein's new impact investing fund aimed at serving environmental and social causes could, if he plays his cards right, enhance his traditional business of pushing companies to boost earnings.

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Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to impose Medicaid work provisos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor.

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U.S. top court to decide if online retailers must collect state sales tax

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether to expand the ability of states to require online retailers to collect sales tax, taking up South Dakota's dispute with three e-commerce companies.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Supreme Court takes up state online sales tax dispute

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether to expand the ability of states to require online retailers to collect sales tax, taking up South Dakota's dispute with three e-commerce companies.

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BRIEF-Aflac Issues Statement Regarding Recent Allegations

* AFLAC SAYS INVESTIGATED CLAIMS MADE IN RECENT MEDIA STORIES AND "FOUND THEM TO BE WITHOUT MERIT"

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Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to implement Medicaid work requirements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to receive approval from the federal government to implement work requirements in Medicaid, a fundamental change to the 50-year-old government health insurance program for the poor.

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Mark Zuckerberg is fighting to save Facebook

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: No One Is Coming to Save Us From Trump’s Racism

Yes, people in the room say they heard him make the remarks about “shithole” countries. No, he won’t face any consequences.

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Syrian state media says Turkey helped rebel attack

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state media on Friday cited field commanders as saying Turkey helped anti-government rebels launch a counter attack against the Syrian army and its allies in the northwest this week, underlining recent regional tensions over the fighting.

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Tillerson tells State Dept. staff 'values matter'

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave an impassioned speech to State Department staff about the value of diversity and the importance of treating people with respect on Friday, just a day after his boss, President Donald Trump, drew ire for allegedly describing certain nations as "shithole countries."

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U.S. agency probing 2018 VW Tiguan for seat belt issue: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has opened a preliminary investigation into whether seat belts on new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan sport utility vehicles could fail during a crash.

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U.S. agency probing 2018 VW Tiguan for seat belt issue -- statement

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has opened a preliminary investigation into whether seat belts on new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan sport utility vehicles could fail during a crash.

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Treasury chief still won't commit to Tubman on $20 bill

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BRIEF-General Dynamics Awarded $1 Billion Contract To Deliver Armored Vehicles To Romanian Army

* GENERAL DYNAMICS AWARDED $1 BILLION CONTRACT TO DELIVER PIRANHA 5 WHEELED ARMORED VEHICLES TO ROMANIAN ARMY

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Wells Fargo adds $3.25 billion to consumer legal bill in fourth quarter

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co set aside $3.25 billion in the fourth quarter to cover legal expenses related to probes into its mortgage and sales practices, but its 2018 cost outlook met analyst expectations as the bank tries to rebound from the scandal in its consumer banking business.

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BRIEF-BD Statement On FDA Warning Letter For Preanalytical Systems Business Unit

* BD STATEMENT ON FDA WARNING LETTER FOR PREANALYTICAL SYSTEMS BUSINESS UNIT

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Billie Jean King Says Margaret Court Arena’s Name Should Change

Court has made derogatory comments about gay and transgender people.

Banking and Financial Institutions nytimes.com

JPMorgan’s 4th-Quarter Profit Weathers $2.4 Billion Charge Tied to Tax Bill

The banking giant earned $4.2 billion after taking a $2.4 billion charge linked to the tax overhaul. Wells Fargo reported $6.2 billion in quarterly earnings after a $173 million charge.

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BRIEF-Wells Fargo Reports Q4 Net Income Of $6.2 Bln

* WELLS FARGO REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER 2017 NET INCOME OF $6.2 BILLION; DILUTED EPS OF $1.16

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Zambian army enters slum after riots over cholera controls: state radio

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian troops entered a slum in Lusaka on Friday to restore order after residents rioted over a curfew and ban on street vending imposed to control a cholera outbreak, state radio said.

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Turkey reinstates 1,823 civil servants linked to app used by coup plotters: Anadolu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Friday reinstated more than 1,800 civil servants purged after a 2016 failed coup, determining they had no links to the network of a cleric accused of masterminding the putsch, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Muslims and Islam nytimes.com

Opinion: The Lingering Dream of an Islamic State

Baghdadi’s caliphate is crumbling. But it has given new life to a very old idea.

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Turkey says citizens traveling to United States face risk of arbitrary arrest

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has warned its citizens against travel to the United States, saying Turks face the risk of arbitrary arrest and should take precautions if they do decide to travel.

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SS&C boosts banking software heft with $5.4 billion DST deal

(Reuters) - SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc said on Thursday it would buy DST Systems Inc in a $5.4 billion deal, expanding its financial technology software prowess through its largest deal to date.

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U.S. envoy erred in comments about Muslims in Netherlands: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands made mistakes and feels great remorse for falsely saying two years ago that Muslim migrants had "burned" politicians and created "no-go zones" in Holland, a State Department official said on Thursday.

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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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Fiat Chrysler to invest $1 billion in Michigan plant, add 2,500 jobs

DETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Thursday it will shift production of Ram heavy-duty pickup trucks from Mexico to Michigan in 2020, a move the automaker said was enabled "by the passage of U.S. tax reform legislation" in December.

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BRIEF-Bluerock Residential Growth REIT Deploys $189 Million Of Equity Into $509 Million Of Real Estate Transactions During Fourth Quarter 2017

* BLUEROCK RESIDENTIAL GROWTH REIT DEPLOYS $189 MILLION OF EQUITY INTO $509 MILLION OF REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS DURING FOURTH QUARTER 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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U.S.-based equity funds attract $12 billion of new cash in latest week: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors' appetite for risk was on display this week as U.S.-based equity mutual funds attracted $1.45 billion of net inflows, their third straight week of inflows, and...

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UPDATE 8-U.S. House passes NSA spying bill after Trump tweets cause confusion

Jan 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, overcoming objections from privacy advocates and confusion prompted by morning tweets from President Donald Trump that initially questioned the spying tool.

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U.S. judge pushing for opioid settlement reaches out to states: Ohio

(Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a quick settlement of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors by U.S. cities and counties is seeking to meet with states that are separately suing and probing the companies, Ohio's attorney general said on Thursday.

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Judge seeking settlement of opioid lawsuits reaches out to states: Ohio

(Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a quick settlement of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors by U.S. cities and counties is seeking to meet with states that are separately suing and probing the companies, Ohio's attorney general said on Thursday.

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Senators from 12 states seek offshore drilling exemptions like Florida's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty-two Democratic U.S. senators from 12 states on Thursday joined the chorus of local representatives seeking exemptions from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's newly proposed offshore drilling plan, after his surprise move on Tuesday to shield Florida.

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U.S. judge seeking settlement of opioid lawsuits reaches out to states -Ohio

Jan 11 (Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a quick settlement of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors by U.S. cities and counties is seeking to meet with states that are separately suing and probing the companies, Ohio's attorney general said on Thursday.

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Portuguese doctors back marijuana medicine as bill enters parliament

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's influential Doctors' Association called for the legalization of marijuana-based medicines on Thursday, the same day parliament started to debate a draft bill that goes even further in seeking to allow patients to grow pot at home.

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U.S. welcomes Libya's destruction of chemical weapons stockpile: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday congratulated Libya for destroying its remaining chemical weapons stockpile, and also called on Syria to fully eliminate its chemical weapons program.

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MoneyGram shares jump on partnership with bitcoin rival Ripple

(Reuters) - Shares of MoneyGram International Inc jumped 10.5 percent on Thursday, after the money-transfer company said it partnered with blockchain firm and bitcoin-rival Ripple.

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House passes NSA spying bill after Trump tweets cause confusion

(Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, overcoming objections from privacy advocates and confusion prompted by morning tweets from President Donald Trump that initially questioned the spying tool.

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UPDATE 6-U.S. House passes NSA spying bill after Trump tweets cause confusion

Jan 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, overcoming objections from privacy advocates and confusion prompted by morning tweets from President Donald Trump that initially questioned the spying tool.

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Trump administration to let states adopt Medicaid work requirements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration told U.S. states on Thursday they can for the first time move toward imposing work or job training requirements on people as a condition for obtaining health insurance under the Medicaid government program for the poor.

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Lower taxes and tight labor market prompt Walmart to hike U.S. wages

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart Stores Inc will raise entry-level wages for U.S. hourly employees to $11 an hour in February as it benefits from last month's major overhaul of the U.S. tax code and competes for low wage workers in a tight labor market.

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MoneyGram shares jump on partnership with bitcoin-rival Ripple

(Reuters) - Shares of MoneyGram International Inc jumped 10.5 percent on Thursday, after the money-transfer company said it partnered with blockchain firm and bitcoin-rival Ripple.

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U.S. says Vietnam should have notified eight state firms to WTO

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has notified the World Trade Organization of eight Vietnamese firms it says should have been registered as state trading enterprises under the global trading rules, a U.S. filing published by the WTO showed on Thursday.

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Trump's abrupt reversal on surveillance bill

President Donald Trump complicated a closely coordinated effort between his administration and congressional Republican leadership on a six-year extension of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, otherwise known as FISA.

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With a lower tax bill in sight, Walmart to raise its U.S. minimum wage

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart Stores Inc will raise entry-level wages for U.S. hourly employees to $11 an hour in February as it benefits from last month's major overhaul of the U.S. tax code, the company said on Thursday.

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Exclusive: Saudi state taking control of Binladin construction giant - sources

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is taking managerial control of Saudi Binladin Group and discussing a possible transfer of some of the giant construction group's assets to the state while its chairman and other family members are in detention, sources told Reuters.

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Walmart uses lower U.S. tax bill to raise minimum wage to $11 an hour

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart Stores Inc said on Thursday it would raise entry-level wages for hourly employees to $11 an hour as it benefits from the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years.

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Olympics: United States embraces technology to bridge funding gap

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States may have claimed at least nine gold medals in each of the last four Winter Olympics, yet remarkably, all of this success has been achieved without government funding.

Medicaid nytimes.com

Trump Administration Says States May Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid

Federal officials said they would support state efforts to require able-bodied adults to work as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid.

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Bill Gross of Janus: 'Bonds, like men, are in a bear market'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire bond veteran Bill Gross of Janus Henderson said on Thursday that the U.S. Treasury market has begun a bear market, though "not a dangerous one" for investors.

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Trump administration will allow states to test Medicaid work requirements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Thursday it would allow states to test requiring some Medicaid recipients to work or participate in community activities such as volunteering or jobs training as a condition of eligibility for the government health insurance program for the poor.

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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.

Net Neutrality nytimes.com

States Push Back After Net Neutrality Repeal

At least six, including California, New York and Washington, are considering bills to restore protections that the F.C.C. ended, but political and legal obstacles may stand in the way.

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Vietnam seeks lengthy jail terms for former officials of state oil firm: media

HANOI (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Vietnam were seeking long jail terms on Thursday for a former member of the country's ruling politburo and a high-profile former official over losses of hundreds of millions of dollars at a state oil firm, domestic media said.

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U.S. travel warning puts five Mexican states on par with war-torn nations

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rampant crime and gang activity in Mexico prompted the U.S. State Department on Wednesday to issue a stringent travel advisory, warning tourists to completely avoid five Mexican states, an advisory level often reserved for nations at war.

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South Korea's justice minister says preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's justice minister said on Thursday the ministry is preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading through its exchanges.

Movies nytimes.com

Purge of Kevin Spacey Gives ‘All the Money in the World’ a Pay Problem

Mark Wahlberg received $1.5 million for reshoots of the kidnapping drama after it cut out the disgraced Spacey. Michelle Williams got just a small per diem.

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SEC seeks trustee for firm behind alleged $1 billion Ponzi fraud

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission urged a federal judge on Wednesday to appoint a trustee to manage the Woodbridge Group of Companies, a bankrupt property developer the regulator accused of being a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

Global Warming nytimes.com

Florida Is Exempted From Coastal Drilling. Other States Ask, ‘Why Not Us?’

A surprise decision to exclude Florida, but not other states, from a plan to open up most of the nation’s coastline to offshore drilling raised questions about the plan’s legality.

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U.S. immigration operation targets 7-Eleven stores in 17 states

(Reuters) - U.S. immigration agents fanned out to nearly 100 7-Eleven convenience stores nationwide on Wednesday, arresting 21 people suspected of being in the country illegally and giving owners a tight deadline to prove other employees are authorized to work.

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Toyota, Mazda announce $1.6 billion plant for Huntsville, Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp and Mazda Motor Corp announced Wednesday they will build a $1.6 billion joint assembly plant in Alabama that will employ up to 4,000 workers, a boost for President Donald Trump who wants automakers to expand U.S. production.

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Toyota, Mazda confirm $1.6 billion plant for Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Alabama Jan 10 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp and Mazda Motor Corp confirmed Wednesday they will build a $1.6 billion joint venture assembly plant in Alabama that will employ up to 4,000 workers, a boost for President Donald Trump who wants automakers to expand U.S. production.

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LPC: Boardriders backs Billabong acquisition with US$600m of loans

NEW YORK, Jan 10 (Reuters) - US surfwear retailer Boardriders Inc will use US$600m of loans to back its purchase of Australian peer Billabong International Ltd, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

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Vermont senate passes bill to legalize marijuana use

(Reuters) - Vermont's senate on Wednesday passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use, which would make the state the first in the nation to do so through the legislative process rather than a ballot initiative.

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California proposes a $131.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2018-19

(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown proposes a $131.7 billion general fund budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2018-19, a 5.0 percent increase from the current fiscal year.

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Trump hands GOP Florida governor a win on drilling but leaves other states hanging

It helps to be a Republican governor on Donald Trump's side.

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After Florida, more states press U.S. for offshore drilling exemptions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Governors and other officials from several U.S. coastal states ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan, hours after the Interior Department granted Florida's request to opt out.

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Canada takes United States to WTO in complaint over trade remedies

GENEVA (Reuters) - Canada has launched a wide-ranging trade dispute against the United States, challenging Washington's use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties, Canada said in WTO filing dated Dec. 20 and published on Wednesday.

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Republican U.S. Representative Issa of California to retire: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, who as head of the House of Representatives' Oversight Committee pursued the investigation of American deaths in Benghazi, Libya, said on Wednesday he would not seek re-election in November.

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Trump says open to talks with North Korea: Seoul statement

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on Wednesday he is open to talking with North Korea, the South's presidential office said after the two leaders spoke by telephone.

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Real estate investing startup Cadre partners with Goldman Sachs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York-based real estate investment company Cadre has partnered with Goldman Sachs Group Inc to allow the bank's private wealth management clients to invest through the startup's platform.

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Reuters Reporters Are Charged in Myanmar With Obtaining State Secrets

The two journalists, who had been investigating the existence of a mass grave, could face up to 14 years in prison.

Corruption (Institutional) nytimes.com

Feature: The Mystery of the Exiled Billionaire Whistleblower

From a penthouse on Central Park, Guo Wengui has exposed a phenomenal web of corruption in China’s ruling elite — if, that is, he’s telling the truth.

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BRIEF-Anheuser-Busch Inbev Announces Pricing Of EUR 4.25 Billion Notes

* ‍HAS COMPLETED PRICING OF EUR 4.25 BILLION AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF NOTES​

Mazda Motor Corp nytimes.com

Toyota and Mazda Are Said to Pick Alabama for $1.6 Billion Plant

The Japanese automakers are planning to build an assembly plant that is expected to employ about 4,000 people and open by 2021.

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Lawmakers invited to wear black to State of the Union to support #MeToo movement

Some members of Congress plan to make a statement during President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address later this month by wearing the color black.

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Marijuana taxes and a surplus expected to boost California budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown will propose his final state budget on Wednesday, setting out a spending blueprint that last year topped $125 billion and marking the first time the state's coffers will be bolstered from sales taxes on marijuana.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Power Companies Got a Tax Cut. Will Your Bill Reflect It?

Some utilities say they will pass savings from the tax law to ratepayers. Attorneys general in several states are calling for federal action as well.

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Toyota, Mazda to build $1.6 billion plant in Alabama: sources

(Reuters) - Alabama will be the site of a new $1.6 billion Toyota Motor Corp and Mazda Motor Corp auto plant, a victory for President Donald Trump who had prodded manufacturers to build new U.S. facilities and threatened tariffs on foreign production, sources said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Midland States Bancorp Announces Receipt Of Regulatory Approval For Alpine Bancorp Acquisition

* MIDLAND STATES BANCORP INC ANNOUNCES RECEIPT OF FEDERAL REGULATORY APPROVAL FOR ACQUISITION OF ALPINE BANCORPORATION

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Exclusive: Toyota, Mazda to build $1.6 billion plant in Alabama - sources

(Reuters) - Alabama will be the site of a new $1.6 billion Toyota Motor Corp and Mazda Motor Corp auto plant, a victory for President Donald Trump who had prodded manufacturers to build new U.S. facilities and threatened tariffs on foreign production, sources said on Tuesday.

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Trump causes confusion about 'clean' bill

President Trump caused confusion about what a future bill for DACA would look like while hosting an immigration meeting with lawmakers at the White House.

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Lawmakers admit they need another stopgap budget bill to avoid a shutdown

Ten days before the government would run out of funding, bipartisan negotiators are still struggling to reach a budget deal, and many lawmakers on Capitol Hill are already admitting Congress will need another stopgap bill to avoid a shutdown.

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U.S. to decide on Iran sanctions waivers on Friday: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is expected to decide on Friday whether to continue to waive U.S. penalties on Iran, as agreed under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the State Department said on Tuesday.

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White House: Lawmakers agreed immigration bill to focus on four areas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday agreed to work toward an immigration bill that focuses on four areas: border security, so-called chain migration, the visa lottery system and the plight of 'Dreamer' immigrants.

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New York state lawmaker charged with fraud, obstructing justice

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state lawmaker was charged with 11 counts of fraud and obstruction of justice, accused of defrauding government agencies out of tens of thousands of dollars, including hurricane relief money, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

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Exclusive: Senior State Dept. refugee official sidelined - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. official who has been a defender of refugees has been sidelined within the State Department in what some advocates and former officials fear is part of the Trump administration's goal of limiting refugee resettlement in the United States.

Puerto Rico nytimes.com

On Washington: Advocates of Puerto Rico Statehood Plan to Demand Representation

The island’s political leaders say the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and poor treatment in the new tax law make clear that residents need added political clout.

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Senator Warren says U.S. needs to 'rethink' money laundering laws

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Tuesday the United States needed to review outdated laws for combating money laundering which are creating an undue compliance burden for small and community banks.

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McConnell reaches out to 'Hillbilly Elegy' author about Senate run

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has spoken to "Hillbilly Elegy" author JD Vance about a potential run for Senate in Ohio following GOP candidate Josh Mandel's unexpected departure from the race last week, a source familiar with the call confirmed to CNN.

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Billionaire Rennert files malpractice lawsuit over $213 million judgment

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire Ira Rennert has filed a $214 million malpractice lawsuit against his former law firm, after a jury found him liable for looting his magnesium company to build a huge mansion in New York's Hamptons.

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Chinese court jails two for life over $2.4 billion pyramid scheme

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Chinese court has sentenced two people to life imprisonment for fraud in a 15.6 billion-yuan ($2.39 billion) pyramid scheme that sucked in more than 200,000 people.

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Bill Clinton joins calls for release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) - Calls grew on Tuesday for the release of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar facing accusations of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton urging that they be freed immediately.

Immigration and Emigration nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Save the Salvadorans

And create a better immigration system.

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BRIEF-Raytheon Co Says Awarded Contract Worth More Than $1.5 Billion

* RAYTHEON AWARDED CONTRACT WORTH MORE THAN $1.5 BILLION FOR ADDITIONAL PATRIOTâ„¢ INTEGRATED AIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE CAPABILITY

Exercise nytimes.com

State of the Art: What a $4,000 Treadmill Means for the Future of Gadgets

Peloton, which sells an internet-connected spin bicycle, unveiled a $4,000 internet-connected treadmill. The company’s insight: The gadget is not as important as the service.

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BRIEF-Cigna Says Reaffirms Projected FY2017 Consolidated Adjusted Income From Operations, Which Remains In Range Of $2.60 Bln To $2.65 Bln

* CIGNA SAYS REAFFIRMS PROJECTED FY 2017 CONSOLIDATED ADJUSTED INCOME FROM OPERATIONS, WHICH REMAINS IN RANGE OF $2.60 BILLION TO $2.65 BILLION

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BRIEF-TSMC Orders Equipment For T$1.2 Billion From Super Micro Computer

Jan 9 (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd :

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump Overstates Size of Tax Cuts in Speech to Farmers

At a speech to farmers in Nashville on Monday, Mr. Trump claimed he had cut taxes by $5.5 trillion instead of the actual $1.5 trillion amount.

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BRIEF-Cannabis Wheaton Income Announces Increase Of Private Placement Financing Of Convertible Debenture Units To Up To $100 Mln

* CANNABIS WHEATON INCOME CORP. ANNOUNCES INCREASE OF PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED PRIVATE PLACEMENT FINANCING OF CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURE UNITS TO UP TO $100 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Blackstone's new insurance unit targets $100 billion in assets

(Reuters) - Blackstone Group wants to quadruple to $100 billion the assets it manages at its new unit for insurers as it seeks to boost returns for firms struggling under low interest rates, the unit's newly appointed chief said on Monday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Right and Left React to Questions About Trump’s Mental State

Writers from across the political spectrum discuss questions about the president’s mental capacity.

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BRIEF-Celanese Statement On Proposed Joint Venture With Blackstone

* CELANESE STATEMENT ON PROPOSED JOINT VENTURE WITH BLACKSTONE

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BRIEF-Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp Closes Record Level Of New Loan Commitments In 2017

* ARES COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CORPORATION CLOSES RECORD LEVEL OF NEW LOAN COMMITMENTS IN 2017 AND SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES ALL-IN PRICING OF SECURED TERM LOAN

Chronic Wasting Disease nytimes.com

States Confront the Spread of a Deadly Disease in Deer

Montana is the latest Western state to discover animals infected with chronic wasting disease. It may decimate herds and, biologists say, invade Yellowstone.

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Billionaire behind Trump impeachment ads to bankroll Democrats for House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, who has spent millions on national ads calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, will spend $30 million this year trying to help Democrats win control of the U.S. House of Representatives, he announced on Monday.

Weather nytimes.com

These Billion-Dollar Natural Disasters Set a U.S. Record in 2017

A blow by blow of the cost of the major weather-related disasters this year.

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Mitt Romney successfully treated for prostate cancer: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney, strongly considering a run for a U.S. Senate seat from Utah, underwent successful treatment for prostate cancer last year, a source close to Romney said on Monday.

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Severe obesity declining among low-income U.S. kids

(Reuters Health) - The proportion of poor kids receiving government food assistance who are severely obese has declined following benefits changes designed to encourage healthier purchases, a U.S. study suggests.

Tax Shelters nytimes.com

G.O.P. Says Tax Bill Will Add Jobs in U.S. It May Yield More Hiring Abroad.

Supporters say the recently approved tax law will help American multinationals compete more aggressively overseas. Others see incentives to put factories overseas.

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Romney had prostate cancer treatment last year and the prognosis is good

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was treated for prostate cancer over the summer, a source close to Romney told CNN Monday.

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'The Greatest Showman' swings to top of Billboard 200 chart

LOS ANGELES, Jan 8 (Reuters) - The soundtrack for circus musical "The Greatest Showman" climbed its way to the top of the U.S. weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, leaving offerings from Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift as the runner-ups.

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Author: Bannon's statement about Trump Jr. 'not true'

The author of a book that has driven a wedge between President Donald Trump and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said Monday that Bannon's recent statement backing away from his criticism of the President's eldest son is "not true."

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Berkshire may get $37 billion book value boost from U.S. tax cuts: Barclays

(Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc, the conglomerate run by Warren Buffett, may see its book value grow by $37 billion because of U.S. tax law changes enacted by President Donald Trump, Barclays Capital analysts estimated on Monday.

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Ablynx soars after rejects Novo Nordisk's $3.1 billion biotech bid

COPENHAGEN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Denmark's Novo Nordisk, the world's biggest insulin maker, went public with a 2.6 billion euro ($3.1 billion) bid for Belgian biotech group Ablynx on Monday, seeking a new source of growth by bolstering its treatments for rare blood disorders.

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Weather disasters cost U.S. record $306 billion in 2017: NOAA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Weather and climate-related disasters cost the United States a record $306 billion in 2017, the third-warmest year on record, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Monday.

Amway Corp nytimes.com

Amway Made China a Billion-Dollar Market. Now It Faces a Crackdown.

Chinese regulators are questioning the tactics of companies that rely on sales representatives who recruit others below them. Sales by so-called multilevel marketing firms have surged.

cnn.com

Opinion: Thank goodness for Oprah. She saved the show.

Thank goodness for Oprah Winfrey. She saved the show.

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Ablynx shares soar after rejects Novo Nordisk's $3.1 billion bid

COPENHAGEN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Denmark's Novo Nordisk, the world's biggest insulin maker, went public with a 2.6 billion euro ($3.1 billion) bid for Belgian biotech group Ablynx on Monday as it seeks a new source of growth by bolstering its treatments for rare blood disorders.

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Bombs were for money, not to kill, Borussia Dortmund suspect says

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German-Russian man admitted on Monday that he had staged bomb attacks on the team bus of Borussia Dortmund football team last April but said he had done so only as part of a money-making scheme and not to harm or kill anyone, his lawyer said.

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$11 billion biotech binge fuels forecasts of 2018 M&A surge

LONDON (Reuters) - An $11 billion burst of biotech bids in just four days has fueled expectations of a 2018 surge in life science deals as large drugmakers shop for promising assets from smaller rivals.

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Turkey to extend state of emergency for another three months, Deputy PM says

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will extend a state of emergency imposed after the July 2016 coup attempt for another three months, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.