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FDA's tobacco stance faces test with Philip Morris iQOS device

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a decision expected to test the Trump administration's approach to tobacco regulation, U.S. health advisers will vote this week on whether to allow Philip Morris International Inc to sell its novel iQOS tobacco device and claim it is less harmful than cigarettes.

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'Jumanji' stays strong, topping '12 Strong,' 'Den of Thieves' with $20 million

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) - Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" has won its third weekend box office title with ease, topping newcomers "12 Strong" and "Den of Thieves," with $20 million at 3,704 North American locations.

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CDC's flu tracking program to continue if U.S. government shuts down

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will continue its work tracking one of the worst flu seasons the United States has seen in several years even if the federal government shuts down on Saturday, senior administration officials said on Friday.

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U.S. government shutdown would shutter CDC's flu tracking program

CHICAGO (Reuters) - If the U.S. Senate fails to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be forced to suspend its seasonal flu program as the nation faces one of the worst flu seasons in several years.

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Parent reading workshops can help low-income kids learn

(Reuters Health) - Even in communities where many people lack a high school degree, reading workshops for parents can give their kids a leg up on learning in preschool, a study in Brazil suggests.

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Sound therapy may train the brain to ignore tinnitus

(Reuters Health) - A sound-emitting device worn in the ear during sleep may train the brain to ignore an annoying chronic ringing in the ears, a new study suggests.

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Delta Air to tighten rules for onboard service animals

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in pet-related safety issues in recent years.

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Trump Envisions an A.T.F. Without the A or T

The proposal would move alcohol and tobacco enforcement to Treasury. It would require a new name for an agency that no longer focuses on its historical target, bootleggers.

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BRIEF-South Jersey Industries Issues Medium Term Notes Of $50 Million

* SOUTH JERSEY INDUSTRIES INC - ‍ON JANUARY 16, 2018, CO ISSUED AN AGGREGATE OF $50 MILLION AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MEDIUM TERM NOTES - SEC FILING​

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Trump decries 'permissive' U.S. abortion laws at rally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump criticized U.S. abortion laws as among the most permissive in the world in a speech to anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, and pledged his administration would always defend "the right to life."

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Surfers may be swallowing antibiotic-resistant bacteria

(Reuters Health) - Surfers and body-boarders were three times more likely to have potentially dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts than non-surfers, new research from the UK shows.

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U.S. health agency revokes Obama-era Planned Parenthood protection

(Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday said they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama Administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood.

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Self-guided course helps women manage menopause symptoms at work

(Reuters Health) - A self-help cognitive behavioral therapy program combined with relaxation techniques can ease working women’s menopausal symptoms, according to a British study.

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U.S. health agency to issue religious objection regulations

(Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday said they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama Administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood.

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California Today: California Today: 100 Million Dead Trees Prompt Fears of Giant Wildfires

Friday: A new wildfire threat, the L.A. Times’s chief executive is accused of inappropriate behavior, the millionaire-exodus scenario and surfing as the official state sport.

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1.3 million children displaced by Iraq's war with Islamic State: UNICEF

GENEVA (Reuters) - About half the 2.6 million people displaced in Iraq after a three-year war with Islamic State militants are children and persisting violence hampers efforts to ease their suffering, the United Nations said on Friday.

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$6 million in chips stolen from casino

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BRIEF-TSMC Orders Machinery Equipment Worth T$372 Million From Siemens Ltd

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd :

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Possible Buffett successor Jain reports $109 million Berkshire stake

(Reuters) - Ajit Jain, who was recently appointed a vice chairman of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc , on Thursday reported ownership of roughly $109 million of the conglomerate's stock.

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China births drop 3.5 percent in 2017 - China Daily

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Births in mainland China fell by 3.5 percent to 17.23 million last year, the China Daily reported on Friday, citing figures from the country's statistics bureau.

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U.S. won't pay $45 million pledged for Palestinian food aid for now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will not provide $45 million in food aid for Palestinians that it pledged last month as part of the West Bank/Gaza Emergency Appeal led by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

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FDA plans more restrictive policy for bulk drug compounding

(Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it is preparing a new, more restrictive policy targeting what drugs compounding pharmacies can produce that do not go through the agency's approval process.

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Canada's Ontario to stop putting the mentally ill in solitary confinement

TORONTO (Reuters) - Ontario, Canada's most populous province, will stop putting people with mental illness in indefinite solitary confinement and begin phasing out segregation entirely amid growing pressure for Canadian governments to end treatment the United Nations has deemed "torture."

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One surprising reason for more positive pregnancy tests this month

(Reuters Health) - - Lots of couples in predominantly Christian countries may be looking at positive pregnancy tests this month at least in part because of cultural forces that encourage mating around major holidays like Christmas, suggests a recent study.

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Apple to release software update to resolve iPhone slowdown: CEO

(Reuters) - Apple Inc will release a software update that will allow users to turn off a feature that slows down iPhones when batteries are low on charge, Chief Executive Tim Cook told ABC News.

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HSBC to pay $100 million to settle U.S. probe into currency rigging

(Reuters) - HSBC Holdings Plc on Thursday agreed to pay $101.5 million to settle a U.S. criminal probe into the rigging of currency transactions, which has already led the conviction of one of its former bankers.

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Denial of abortion leads to economic hardship for low-income women

(Reuters Health) - - Women who want an abortion but are denied one are more likely to spend years living in poverty than women who have abortions, a new study suggests.

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Gardening may help cancer survivors eat better, feel greater ‘worth’

(Reuters Health) - - For cancer survivors, three seasons of home vegetable gardening may increase physical activity, fruits and vegetables in the diet and also enhance feelings of self-worth, researchers say.

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Wells Fargo says resolved payment duplication glitch

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co said on Thursday it resolved an internal processing error that resulted in customers' online bill payments being processed twice.

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BRIEF-H&R Announces $250 Million Senior Unsecured Debenture Financing

* H&R REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST - THE DEBENTURES WILL CARRY A COUPON RATE OF 3.416% AND WILL MATURE ON JANUARY 23, 2023

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Nigeria sues JP Morgan for $875 million over Malabu oilfield deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Nigeria has filed a claim against JP Morgan Chase for more than $875 million, accusing it of negligence in transferring funds from a disputed 2011 oilfield deal to a company controlled by the country's former oil minister.

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BRIEF-Jacksonville Says CNB Or Co To Pay Fee Of $2.25 Million if Deal Terminated

* JACKSONVILLE- IF MERGER AGREEMENT WITH CNB BANK SHARES TERMINATED UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES,CO OR CNB TO PAY FEE OF $2.25 MILLION TO THE OTHER-SEC FILING Source text : [http://bit.ly/2mTSDMO] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-ZK International Group Announces $1.2 Million Contract With The Xingrong Group

* ZK INTERNATIONAL GROUP CO., LTD. ANNOUNCES $1.2 MILLION CONTRACT WITH THE XINGRONG GROUP, ONE OF CHINA'S LARGEST WATER SUPPLY AND TREATMENT COMPANIES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Being around natural greenery may cheer up even adolescents

(Reuters Health) - - Exposure to trees and other greenery has been shown to stave off depression in adults, and a new U.S. study finds the same may be true for teenagers.

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Macedonia told to resolve Greece dispute and implement reforms to join NATO

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Macedonia's must resolve a decades-long dispute over its name, implement judicial reform and build good relations with neighboring countries to join NATO, the Western military alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Kindred Biosciences Inc Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up To $150 Million

* KINDRED BIOSCIENCES INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UP TO $150 MILLION – SEC FILING‍​ Source text - (http://bit.ly/2risHPv) Further company coverage:

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Canada's Aurora to sell medical marijuana to Italy

(Reuters) - Canada's Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Thursday its German unit Pedanios won a contract to supply medical marijuana to the Italian market.

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U.S. government to shield health workers under 'religious freedom'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump.

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U.S. government creates health division for 'religious freedom'

(Reuters) - The U.S. government will create a division within its health agency that focuses on guaranteeing "conscience and religious freedom" for health workers who say their beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures.

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BRIEF-Vermillion Announces Agreement With Bluecross Blueshield Of Illinois

* VERMILLION ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD OF ILLINOIS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Capitala Group Participates In $29.0 Million Credit Facility

* CAPITALA GROUP PARTICIPATES IN $29.0 MILLION CREDIT FACILITY

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BRIEF-Interdigital Says Expect One-Time Charge Of About $40 Million To $55 Million in Q4 2017 Related To Revaluation Of Deferred Tax Assets & Liabilities

* INTERDIGITAL SAYS EXPECT RECORDING IN Q4 2017 ONE-TIME CHARGE OF ABOUT $40 MILLION TO $55 MILLION RELATED TO REVALUATION OF DEFERRED TAX ASSETS & LIABILITIES Source text: (http://bit.ly/2FQgdSw) Further company coverage:

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Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and others invest $38 million in research tech startup

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has led a $38 million investment round by large banks in Visible Alpha, a young New York-based company that helps investment managers better value the equity research services they receive from brokers.

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BRIEF-Hydrogenics Receives $7.8 Million Fuel Cell Order In China

* HYDROGENICS CORP - SHIPMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE MADE OVER NEXT TWELVE MONTHS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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U.S. tech trade groups urge Trump to let spouses of H1b holders to work

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. technology trade groups on Thursday urged the Trump administration to retain an Obama-era rule that allows certain spouses of highly skilled guest workers to also work legally in the United States.

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U.S. court invalidates J&J cancer drug patent, hitting UK's BTG

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. administrative court invalidated a Johnson & Johnson patent on its blockbuster prostate cancer drug Zytiga, bringing rivals closer to selling generic versions and hitting shares in its British partner BTG Plc .

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Toothpaste ingredient could fight malaria, research shows

LONDON (Reuters) - Research carried out in part by an artificially-intelligent (AI)'robot scientist' has found that a common ingredient of toothpaste could be developed to fight drug-resistant strains of malaria.

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India plans to raise health spending by 11 percent in budget; less than requested

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is poised to raise its public health spending by 11 percent in the annual budget next month, after rejecting the health minister's demand for a much bigger increase to ramp up disease control, according to government sources and documents.

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Snus tobacco on the rise as Norway smoking halved in a decade

OSLO (Reuters) - The share of Norwegians who smoke on a daily basis has halved in the last decade and was last year exceeded for the first time by the use of snus, a wet snuff tobacco product, Statistics Norway said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Toshiba reaches deal to help resolve Westinghouse bankruptcy, rebuild finances

* Toshiba to sell claims in Westinghouse to group led by Baupost

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Macau police hunt VIP dealer after $6 million theft from Wynn

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Police in the world's largest gambling hub of Macau are hunting for a dealer suspected of stealing HK$48 million ($6 million) worth of casino chips from Wynn Macau, authorities in the Chinese-controlled territory said on Thursday.

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Exclusive: Exercise? I get more than people think, Trump says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Do not expect U.S. President Donald Trump to hit the gym, despite his doctor's orders.

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Psychic paid $3.5 million for exorcisms gets prison for evading U.S. taxes

BOSTON (Reuters) - A self-proclaimed psychic was sentenced on Wednesday to 26 months in prison after admitting that she tried to avoid paying taxes on over $3.5 million that she received from an elderly Massachusetts woman seeking to cleanse herself of demons.

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Fed fines Taiwan's Mega Bank $29 million for anti-money laundering failures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve Board said on Wednesday it had fined Taiwan's Mega International Commercial Bank Co. $29 million for anti-money laundering violations and required the company to improve its anti-money laundering oversight and controls.

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How neighborhoods shape life with diabetes

(Reuters Health) - - People with diabetes who live in poor communities with limited access to exercise facilities or grocery stores may have a harder time managing their symptoms than diabetics living in more affluent areas, a U.S. study suggests.

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BRIEF-Canopy Growth Corp Announces $175 Million Bought Deal Financing

* CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATION ANNOUNCES $175 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL FINANCING

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Heated abdominal chemo bath improves ovarian cancer survival

(Reuters Health) - - A heated chemotherapy organ bath circulated throughout the abdomen after surgery can significantly prolong a woman's survival with advanced ovarian cancer, according to doctors testing the new treatment.

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UPDATE 1-Home Capital faces C$4 million lawsuit from short seller Cohodes

TORONTO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Home Capital Group Inc, Canada's biggest alternative lender, said on Wednesday it had received a statement of claim from short seller Marc Cohodes, who is seeking C$4 million ($3.2 million) in damages.

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Senate committee advances Azar nomination as health secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday voted to move forward the nomination of Alex Azar, a former drug industry executive and lobbyist whom President Donald Trump has tapped to be the next secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Brazilians rush to get yellow fever vaccinations amid fatal cases

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilians lined up for hours to get yellow fever vaccinations in Brazil's largest states, alarmed by the increase in the number of fatal cases of infection and a warning from the World Health Organization to tourists visiting parts of the country.

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Tom Siebel's billion-dollar software firm raises $100 million

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - C3 IoT, a software company founded and run by longtime Silicon Valley executive Thomas Siebel that helps companies collect and analyze data, has raised another $100 million in a new funding backed by TPG Growth, the company said on Wednesday.

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Most states don’t require that kids be checked for health issues

(Reuters Health) - - Most U.S. states don’t require that children be screened for health conditions that can affect learning, according to new research supported by the Children’s Health Fund (CHF).

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More evidence common morning sickness drug may not work

(Reuters Health) - - A pill millions of women have used for morning sickness may not actually help relieve nausea, according to a new study that some doctors say reinforces their decision to stop prescribing the drug.

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Chart-topping fitness app 'Sweatcoin' secures funding

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Sweatcoin, a free smartphone app that pays people to be physically active, said on Wednesday it has secured its first round of institutional funding after topping download charts in Britain and the United States.

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Goldman co-COO's ex-assistant charged with stealing $1.2 million of wine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former personal assistant to Goldman Sachs Group Inc Co-Chief Operating Officer David Solomon has been charged with stealing hundreds of bottles of wine worth more than $1.2 million from his former boss.

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Aetna customers get $17 million in HIV privacy settlement

After thousands of customers' HIV statuses were revealed in mailings last year, a federal class-action lawsuit against health care company Aetna has reached a $17 million settlement.

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BRIEF-Sherritt Announces Pricing Of $115 Million Unit Offering

* SHERRITT INTERNATIONAL CORP - ‍PRICING AND INCREASE IN SIZE OF ITS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED UNIT OFFERING OF $100 MILLION TO $115 MILLION​

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Congo armed groups uniting against President Kabila: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are uniting in opposition to President Joseph Kabila, a senior U.N. official there told a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday.

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Physician burnout takes a toll on U.S. patients

(Reuters Health) - Nearly two-thirds of U.S. doctors feel burned out, depressed, or both – and those feelings affect how they relate to patients, according to a survey conducted by Medscape.

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BRIEF-OSI Systems Receives $21 Million Order For Rtt Hold Baggage Screening Systems

* OSI SYSTEMS RECEIVES $21 MILLION ORDER FOR RTT® HOLD BAGGAGE SCREENING SYSTEMS

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BRIEF-Fortuna Reports 2017 Production Of 11.9 Million Silver Equivalent Ounces And Issues Guidance For 2018

* FORTUNA REPORTS 2017 PRODUCTION OF 11.9 MILLION SILVER EQUIVALENT OUNCES AND ISSUES GUIDANCE FOR 2018

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BRIEF-Orbotech Says Sees Q4 Revenue About $256 Million

* ORBOTECH ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2017 RESULTS; UPDATES 2018 GUIDANCE WITH SPECIFIC REVENUE OUTLOOK FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2018

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French police search Lactalis sites after baby milk scare

PARIS (Reuters) - French police were searching several sites belonging to dairy producer Lactalis on Wednesday following a salmonella contamination scare that prompted a global recall of several baby food products, a source at the Paris prosecutor's office said.

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From $7,500 loan to $375 million business

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Novartis's Kymriah wins speedy reviews in U.S., Europe

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis has been granted fast-track reviews of its cell therapy Kymriah for blood cancers in the United States and Europe, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday, as it seeks to expand the pool of patients eligible for the costly treatment.

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Indonesia sends military to help fight health crisis in Papua

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is deploying military paramedics to carry food and vaccines to a remote part of its easternmost province of Papua, where reports say at least 61 infants died from malnutrition and diseases such as measles.

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Novartis gets U.S. priority review for Kymriah for adults with lymphoma

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis has been ‍granted priority review for its cell therapy Kymriah for adults with a form of lymphoma by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday, as it seeks to expand use of the treatment in multiple blood cancers.

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U.S. faces oversupply of antibiotic-free chicken: Sanderson Farms

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Supplies of chicken raised without antibiotics are outstripping demand, a major U.S. poultry producer said on Tuesday, a sign of overproduction that could eat into processors' profits.

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Trump is fit for duty, but should hit the gym: White House doctor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump passed a test for signs of dementia and is in overall excellent health, but needs to shed weight by cutting calories, fats and carbohydrates and starting a daily exercise routine, the White House physician said on Tuesday.

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Trump is sharp, but needs to lose weight: White House doctor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump passed a cognitive test and is in overall excellent health, but needs to lose 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kg) by eating better and starting to exercise, the White House physician said on Tuesday.

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Childhood bullying linked to suicide risk for teens

(Reuters Health) - Adolescents who experienced severe bullying by their peers earlier in childhood may be more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts than teens who weren’t routinely victimized by other kids, a Canadian study suggests.

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WHO recommends yellow fever shot to Sao Paulo visitors

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the whole of Sao Paulo state, which includes Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, should be considered at risk for yellow fever and recommended foreign travelers get vaccinated before visiting.

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White House doctor says Trump in 'excellent' overall health

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump had a normal score on a cognitive exam and is in excellent health, although he could benefit from a lower-fat diet and more exercise, the White House physician said on Tuesday.

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Early puberty puts women at higher risk for heart disease and stroke

(Reuters Health) - Girls who start menstruating before they’re 12 years old may have a greater risk of heart disease and stroke later in life than their peers who go through puberty later, a U.K. study suggests.

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U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will give a U.N. agency $60 million in aid for Palestinians refugees but withhold a further $65 million for now, the State Department said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration carried out a threat it made two weeks ago to cut funding.

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BRIEF-One Stop Systems Inc Sees IPO Of 2.9 Million Shares Priced Between $6-$8/Shr

* ONE STOP SYSTEMS INC SEES IPO OF ABOUT 2.9 MILLION SHARES OF ITS COMMON STOCK PRICED BETWEEN $6.00 AND $8.00 PER SHARE - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2mKLbDx)

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U.S. to provide $60 million in Palestinian aid, withhold $65 million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will give a U.N. agency $60 million in aid for Palestinians but will withhold a further $65 million "for future consideration," a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

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Longer breastfeeding tied to lower diabetes risk for mothers

(Reuters Health) - Mothers who nurse their babies now have another reason to continue as long as they can: longer periods of breastfeeding are associated with a lower risk of diabetes even decades later, a U.S. study suggests.

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FDA expects IV fluid shortage to improve in coming weeks, months

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it expects a shortage of intravenous saline fluids for hospitals due to damage to key manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico to improve over the coming weeks and months.

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FDA to speed review of medical products for use by military

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Defense launched a program on Tuesday to speed the development and review of medical products needed by the military, such as freeze-dried plasma that could prevent wounded troops from bleeding to death.

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Positive Keytruda lung cancer data sends Merck shares up 6 percent

(Reuters) - Positive lung cancer results for Merck & Co Inc's blockbuster drug Keytruda assuaged investor concerns about delays in testing and the withdrawal of an application for European use of the drug, sending the drugmaker's shares up more than 6 percent.

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U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade: Gallup

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans without healthcare insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, or 1.3 percentage points to 12.2 percent, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, the biggest jump in the uninsured rate in nearly a decade.

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Newer weight-reduction surgery effective, but may worsen acid reflux

(Reuters Health) - The two most popular types of weight-reduction surgery are almost equally effective at shedding pounds, reversing diabetes and possibly improving survival.

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FDA to speed review of medical products used by military

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Defense launched a program on Tuesday to speed up the development of drugs that could be used by military personnel.

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UnitedHealth raises 2018 profit outlook, to take benefit from tax law

(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc on Tuesday raised its outlook for 2018 earnings per share by more than 16 percent due to the U.S. corporate tax cut and said it will speed up technology investments that aim to cut customer costs.

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UK drugs regulator plays down Brexit disruption threat

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's drugs regulator said on Tuesday it would work to minimize disruption caused by the country leaving the European Union and spelt out plans to allay some of the worst fears of pharmaceutical companies.

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Eiger to abandon blood pressure drug after trial failure

(Reuters) - Eiger BioPharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday it would stop development of its drug to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, a type of high blood pressure, after it failed in a mid-stage study.

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BRIEF-Cray Sees Fy 2017 Revenue About $390 Million

* CRAY- ESTIMATES IMPACT OF TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL RESULT IN REDUCTION TO CO'S GAAP EARNINGS FOR Q4, YEAR ENDED DEC 31, 2017 IN RANGE OF $30-35 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UnitedHealth raises 2018 profit outlook citing tax benefits

(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc on Tuesday raised its outlook for 2018 earnings per share by more than 16 percent due to the U.S. corporate tax cuts and said it would speed up investments in data analytics and technology to better serve consumers.

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Eiger BioPharma abandons blood pressure drug after failed study

(Reuters) - Eiger BioPharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday it would stop testing its drug ubenimex for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, a type of high blood pressure, after the drug failed to meet the main goal in a mid-stage study.

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Merck's Keytruda extends lung cancer survival in combination trial

(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc's blockbuster drug Keytruda in combination with two chemotherapy drugs was successful as a first line treatment for lung cancer, results from a key late-stage study showed on Tuesday.

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Merck's Keytruda succeeds in key lung cancer trial

(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc said on Tuesday that a key late-stage study testing its blockbuster drug Keytruda as a treatment for a type of lung cancer was successful.

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U.N. hopes imports will help 'stave off famine' in Yemen as diphtheria spreads

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has authorized four U.S.-funded cranes to operate at Hodeidah port until Friday, United Nations aid agencies said on Tuesday, calling for the date to be extended to permit continued offloading of life-saving goods.

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Millions more Americans were uninsured in 2017

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Foreign governments, candidates, trade groups spent at Trump properties: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sixty-four trade groups, foreign governments, Republican candidates and others stayed at or held events at properties linked to U.S. President Donald Trump during Trump's first year in office, a political watchdog group said in a report released on Tuesday.

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Scientists identify what may have killed millions in mystery epidemic

In the 16th century, an epidemic known as "cocoliztli" that caused bleeding and vomiting swept through large areas of Guatemala, Mexico and even reached Peru. It wiped out 80% of the population, killing millions of people.

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Greater screen time linked to worsening sleep quality in early childhood

(Reuters Health) - Higher use of electronic media is tied to poorer sleep quality in children as young as three, a new study from Germany suggests.

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Hip fractures on the rise in older U.S. women

(Reuters Health) - The incidence of hip fractures in older women in the U.S. is rising after more than a decade of decline, according to a large new study of Medicare recipients.

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Drugmaker Dermapharm gears up for likely first German IPO of 2018

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugmaker Dermapharm is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO), probably stealing a march on much larger Siemens' healthcare unit Healthineers as the first stock market flotation in Germany this year.

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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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Partner's scent eases women’s response to stress

(Reuters Health) - During a stressful time, smelling a partner’s scent might help ease anxiety, a study suggests.

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French families plan to sue retailers over baby milk recall: group

PARIS (Reuters) - Some French families affected by a recall of baby milk by dairy firm Lactalis due to salmonella contamination plan to take legal action against supermarket chains, the head of a victims group said on Monday.

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VW brand car sales hit 6.23 million record in 2017

DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen's core autos division increased vehicle sales to a new record last year, as rising demand for VW brand models in the Americas and the key Chinese market offset a decline in western Europe.

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Softbank invests 460 million euros in Germany's Auto1: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - Japan's Softbank will invest 460 million euros ($561 million) in used-car dealing platform Auto1, marking the first investment in Germany by its Vision Fund, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Zambia relaxes restrictions as cholera outbreak slows

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia on Sunday relaxed rules imposed to curb the spread of cholera as the number of new cases being reported has halved, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said.

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Lactalis offers salmonella compensation, French government says probe continues

PARIS (Reuters) - France welcomed dairy group Lactalis' pledge to compensate victims of a Salmonella contamination in its baby milk on Sunday, but said a judicial investigation to determine who was responsible would continue.

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Airbus in talks on 70-80 million euro deal to end German probe: paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Airbus is in talks with German prosecutors to end an investigation into the sale of Eurofighter jets to Austria in exchange for a settlement of between 70 million and 80 million euros ($85 million to $98 million), a German newspaper reported.

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Airbus offers 70-80 million euro settlement to end German probe: paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Airbus is in talks with German prosecutors to end an investigation into the sale of Eurofighter jets to Austria in exchange for a settlement of between 70 million and 80 million euros ($85 million to $98 million), a German newspaper reported.

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For now, Australia's plans for cannabis market dominance are more smoke than fire

SYDNEY (Reuters) - When Australia said this month it would allow exports of medicinal cannabis in a bid to dominate a global market set to be worth $55 billion by 2025, investors scrambled to buy shares in marijuana companies - pushing several of them, and the sector as a whole, to record highs.

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France's Lactalis will pay damages in salmonella scare: report

PARIS (Reuters) - French dairy group Lactalis will pay damages to families affected by a Salmonella contamination at one of its plants producing baby milk, the company's Chief Executive Emmanuel Besnier told the weekly Journal du Dimanche.

#MeToo Movement nytimes.com

Mark Wahlberg and Agency Will Donate $2 Million to Time’s Up After Outcry Over Pay

The donation will be made in the name of Michelle Williams, Mr. Wahlberg’s co-star in the movie “All the Money in the World,” after an outcry about pay discrepancy in reshoots for the film.

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Mark Wahlberg says he'll donate $1.5 million in Michelle Williams' name

Mark Wahlberg is donating $1.5 million to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in costar Michelle Williams' name.

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Airbus ordered to pay 104 million euros to settle Taiwan missile dispute

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus said on Saturday it had been ordered to pay 104 million euros in fines over a missile sale to Taiwan in 1992, the latest French arms company to reach a settlement over disputes arising from one of France's biggest ever arms sales.

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Kroger considers buying online wholesaler Boxed for up to $500 million - source

Jan 12 (Reuters) - Grocery chain Kroger Co has considered buying online wholesaler Boxed, according to a person familiar with the matter, as more shoppers place food orders online and as competition with Amazon.com Inc heats up.

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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.

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Trump in 'excellent health,' White House doctor says after exam

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House physician pronounced Donald Trump to be in "excellent health" after Trump had his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday, capping off a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.

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Bird flu found in wild birds in UK's Dorset but risk to humans, poultry low

(Reuters) - Britain's Agriculture Ministry said on Friday it had found the H5N6 strain of bird flu in 17 wild birds in South Dorset for the first time in the country this winter.

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Florida man, 20, claims $450 million lottery jackpot

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Volkswagen agrees to $232 million 3.0-liter Canadian emissions settlement

(Reuters) - Volkswagen AG has agreed to a settlement worth up to $232 million (C$290.5) with owners of vehicles in Canada affected by its diesel emissions-cheating scandal, the automaker said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Biofrontera AG Files For U.S. IPO Of Up To $21.6 Million

* BIOFRONTERA AG FILES FOR U.S. IPO OF UP TO $21.6 MILLION – SEC FILING

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BRIEF-IPSCO Tubulars Inc Files For IPO Of Up To $100 Million

* IPSCO TUBULARS INC FILES FOR IPO OF UP TO $100 MILLION – SEC FILING

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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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Medicaid payment increases tied to greater pediatrician participation

(Reuters Health) - - When state Medicaid programs increased physician payment rates, more pediatricians agreed to treat low-income kids covered by the health insurance program for the poor, a U.S. study suggests

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BRIEF-Cactus Inc Files For IPO Of Up To $100 Million

* CACTUS INC FILES FOR IPO OF UP TO $100 MILLION – SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Vista Proppants And Logistics Inc Files For IPO Of Up To $100 Million

* VISTA PROPPANTS AND LOGISTICS INC FILES FOR IPO OF UP TO $100 MILLION – SEC FILING

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Florida 20-year-old claims $451 million Mega Millions jackpot

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A 20-year-old man from Florida's Gulf Coast claimed a $451 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot and opted to receive a one-time payment of nearly $282 million, Florida lottery officials said on Friday.

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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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Drug users find safety, community in underground injection facility

(Reuters Health) - - Intravenous drug users who inject in a secret U.S. facility where staff provide clean needles and guard against overdoses say they appreciate the site for letting them in off the streets and for its history-shaping role.

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After a clot, shorter treatment with compression stockings may be OK

(Reuters Health) - - Even though many patients with blood clots in their veins are told to wear compression stockings for two years to prevent complications like pain and swelling, a new study suggests they may get the same results in half the time.

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Yoga face-toning might compete with fillers and facelifts

(Reuters Health) - - To his toolbox of Botox, fillers and plastic surgery, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, noninvasive anti-aging treatment: facial yoga.

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Spark's price for Luxturna blindness gene therapy too high: ICER

(Reuters) - The proposed price for Spark Therapeutics Inc's groundbreaking one-time gene therapy for a rare form of blindness is far too high, an independent U.S. nonprofit organization that evaluates clinical and cost effectiveness of new medicines said on Friday.

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Flu in U.S. now widespread but season may be peaking: CDC

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Seasonal influenza is now widespread across the continental United States, causing severe illness and rising numbers of hospitalizations, but this year's outbreak may be peaking, government health officials said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Huami Corp Files For U.S. IPO Of Up To $150 Million

* HUAMI CORPORATION FILES FOR U.S. IPO OF UP TO $150 MILLION – SEC FILING

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Spark's planned price for Luxturna gene therapy for rare blindness too high: ICER

(Reuters) - The proposed price for Spark Therapeutics Inc's groundbreaking one-time gene therapy for a rare form of blindness is far too high, an independent U.S. nonprofit organization that evaluates clinical and cost effectiveness of new medicines said on Friday.

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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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Zambia arrests 55 in riots over cholera control rules

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Police in Zambia arrested 55 people in Lusaka after residents rioted over a curfew and ban on street vending imposed to control a cholera outbreak, the government said on Friday.

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France's Lactalis forced into new recall in baby milk scare

PARIS (Reuters) - French dairy group Lactalis is widening a product recall to cover all baby milk manufactured by a factory at the center of a salmonella contamination, Finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday.

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Jeff Bezos contributes $33 million to Dreamers scholarship program

(Reuters) - Scholarship program TheDream.US said on Friday it had received a $33 million donation from Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos to fund 1,000 college scholarships.

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FDA approves expanded use of AstraZeneca cancer drug

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it has approved expanded use of AstraZeneca Plc's cancer drug Lynparza to include patients with metastatic breast cancer whose disease is associated with a mutation of the BRCA gene.

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U.S. FDA approves expanded use of AstraZeneca breast cancer drug

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it has approved expanded use of AstraZeneca Plc's cancer drug Lynparza to include patients with metastatic breast cancer whose disease is associated with a mutation of the BRCA gene.

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Lactalis to widen baby milk recall to all products from plant: minister

PARIS (Reuters) - Dairy group Lactalis is to widen a product recall to cover all baby milk manufactured at its Craon factory in northwest France, after a salmonella contamination, Finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday.

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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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Drugmakers see a pricing blueprint in an $850,000 gene therapy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Global drugmakers are looking to a tiny biotech's $850,000 therapy for a rare type of blindness as a model for getting paid for highly expensive – and effective – new medicines.

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U.N. Indonesia earthquake plan foresees 47 million affected, 10,000 dead

GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. contingency plan for an earthquake in Indonesia foresees a scenario where 10,000 people would die within 24 hours with 47 million more affected, according to emergency response planning documents.

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Trump to get first presidential medical exam amid questions about fitness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump has his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday after a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.

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Zambia slum residents riot over rules to curb cholera outbreak

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Residents in a slum in Zambia's capital are rioting over a ban on street vending that was imposed to control a cholera outbreak, the government said on Friday.

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Roche's star MS medicine Ocrevus wins EU approval

ZURICH (Reuters) - The European Union approved Roche's multiple sclerosis medicine Ocrevus, one the Swiss company's key new drugs that likely neared $1 billion in revenue in its first nine months on the U.S. market.

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Japan starts culling chicken after confirming bird flu outbreak

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's western Kagawa prefecture has begun a cull of 91,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on a farm, the local government said.

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German minister backs culling of wild boars to fight swine fever: paper

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt is backing an "intelligent reduction" of Germany's growing wild boar population to prevent a further spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), the Rheinische Post newspaper reported on Friday.

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Japan starts chicken cull after confirming bird flu outbreak

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's western Kagawa prefecture has begun a cull of 91,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on a farm, the local government said.

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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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New Zealand to test dairy farms nationally for cattle disease

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand will roll out a nationwide program to test dairy farms for the cattle disease mycoplasma bovis as the number of affected properties steadily grows, the Ministry for Primary Industries said on Friday.

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Drug-overdose suicides may be going undetected

(Reuters Health) - - Deaths by drug overdose are more likely to be classified as accidental or of undetermined cause, compared to deaths by gunshot or hanging, say U.S. researchers who conclude that drug suicides may be underestimated.

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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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Ex-Insys employee seeks ban on mentioning 'opioid crisis' at trial

(Reuters) - A former Insys Therapeutics Inc employee accused of engaging in a scheme to pay medical practitioners kickbacks to prescribe a fentanyl-based treatment is seeking to bar U.S. prosecutors from referring to the "opioid crisis" at his trial.

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Increased stress at work linked to higher risk of diabetes

(Reuters Health) - - Workers who experience an increase in stress on the job over time may be more likely to develop diabetes than their coworkers who don’t, a recent study suggests.

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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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Trump expects medical exam to go well Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he expects a medical examination he is to undergo on Friday will go well and that he would be surprised if it did not.

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Time with grandparents may impact how kids view the elderly

(Reuters Health) - - Children and teens who spend a lot of time with their grandparents may be less likely than peers who don’t to have negative and stereotypical ideas about the elderly, a recent study suggests.

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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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Axing 'Cadillac' health plan tax may be part of spending deal: House chairman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said on Thursday getting rid of the so-called “Cadillac” tax on high-cost employer-provided health insurance could be part of the spending deal now under negotiation in Congress.

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BRIEF-Plaza Retail REIT Acquires Redevelopment Site In Brockville, ON For $14 Million

* PLAZA RETAIL REIT ACQUIRES REDEVELOPMENT SITE IN BROCKVILLE, ON

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Baltimore hospital probes release of thinly clad patient in cold

(Reuters) - A Baltimore hospital has opened an investigation into why a patient was discharged on a freezing night this week and left outside wearing only a thin medical gown, after a video of the incident posted on Facebook attracted wide attention.

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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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Is antacid use during pregnancy tied to childhood asthma?

(Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who take antacids may be more likely to have children who go on to develop asthma than their counterparts who don’t take these medications, a research review suggests.

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U.S. subpoenas Endo for information on opioid painkillers

(Reuters) - Pharmaceutical company Endo International Plc said on Thursday it had received a grand jury subpoena from federal prosecutors in Miami seeking documents related to drugs it produces that contain the opioid painkiller oxymorphone.

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Jewels worth millions taken in heist

A shop inside Paris' Ritz Hotel was robbed of millions of euros worth of jewels by thieves reportedly armed with axes.

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BRIEF-Penns Woods' Q4 Net Deferred Tax Assets To Be Reduced By About $3.7 Million

* AS PER PRELIMINARILY ESTIMATE, CO'S NET DEFERRED TAX ASSETS WOULD BE REDUCED BY ABOUT $3.7 MILLION IN Q4 DUE TO TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT

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France blames Lactalis, retailers in deepening baby food scare

PARIS (Reuters) - France, seeking to limit reputational damage to its agri-business industry, threatened on Thursday to impose sanctions after the country's biggest supermarkets said recalled baby foods made by Lactalis had still found their way onto shop shelves.

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Endo subpoenaed for information on opioid painkillers

(Reuters) - Endo International Plc said on Thursday it was subpoenaed for documents related to its drugs that contain the opioid painkiller, oxymorphone, but added that no proceedings had been started.

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Polish parliament starts work on further restricting abortion

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's parliament has started work on a new abortion law, in the conservative government second bid to tighten rules that are already among Europe's toughest.

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Philippines exhumes bodies of two children in dengue vaccine probe

MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine government agency on Thursday exhumed the bodies of two children whose parents suspect they died of dengue after receiving a new vaccine against the disease, although its maker said it was not known to have caused any deaths in the country.

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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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French retailers sold Lactalis baby milk after salmonella recall

PARIS (Reuters) - France's biggest supermarket chains said they sold some Lactalis baby food products after a recall by the dairy giant over concerns they could be contaminated with salmonella.

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BRIEF-‍Cogeco Inc Q1 Revenue Rises 0.5 Pct To C$586.1 Million

* SETS QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF C$0.39PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Nevsun Reports 55.1 Million Pounds Of Zinc Production In Q4 2017​

* ‍EXPECTS TO RELEASE ITS 2018 OUTLOOK AND PRODUCTION GUIDANCE LATER IN JANUARY​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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$5.4 million in jewels stolen from Ritz Hotel shop in Paris

Thieves reportedly armed with axes made off with an estimated €4.5 million ($5.4 million) in jewels from a shop inside the Ritz Hotel in central Paris, CNN affiliate BFMTV said.

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Toyota sees U.S. auto industry 2018 sales at 16.8 million units - executive

(Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp sees U.S. auto industry new vehicle sales at 16.8 million units in 2018, Jim Lentz, the Japanese automaker's top executive in North American told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Businesswoman’s Fate a Test of China’s Resolve on North Korea

The fate of Ma Xiaohong, and the business empire she built on trade with North Korea, has become a measure of China’s willingness to confront its neighbor.

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Thawed, fresh embryos work equally well in many women

(Reuters Health) - - Women with infertility unrelated to a common hormonal disorder may have more options when they try in-vitro fertilization, two large new studies show.

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Smaller social network tied to bigger diabetes risk

(Reuters Health) - - Socially isolated people may be more likely to develop diabetes than adults with closer ties to family and friends, a recent study suggests.

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Armed robbers steal millions from Ritz Paris hotel

PARIS (Reuters) - Axe-wielding robbers stole jewelry on Wednesday possibly worth more than $5 million from a store in the famed Ritz Paris hotel, police said.

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BRIEF-Softbank Group Reports Purchase Of 5.3 Million Shares Of Sprint Corp's Common Stock Between Jan 8-9

* SOFTBANK GROUP CORP REPORTS OPEN MARKET PURCHASE OF 5,348,176 SHARES OF SPRINT CORP'S COMMON STOCK BETWEEN JAN 8 AND JAN 9 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2FoJNyc)

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Many women uninformed about breast cancer surgery options

(Reuters Health) - - Women with breast cancer often feel rushed to make a decision about surgery, and some of them might benefit from more time and better educational materials to inform their treatment choices, two recent studies suggest.

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Judge deals setback to Cherokee Nation lawsuit over opioids

TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) - A federal judge in Oklahoma has dealt a blow to a Cherokee Nation lawsuit seeking to stop the flow of addictive opioid painkillers in its territory by issuing a preliminary injunction to prevent the case from being heard in tribal court.

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Canada says no conclusion on cause of unusual health issues in Cuba

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada has not been able to identify what is behind unusual health symptoms, such as nausea and nosebleeds, reported by some diplomatic personnel and their family members in Cuba, a senior Canadian government official said on Wednesday.

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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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Mom’s age at birth linked to daughter’s later childlessness

(Reuters Health) - - Moms who have children later in life are more likely to have daughters who don’t have kids, according to a new study.

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Namibia resumes poultry imports from Belgium

WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia has lifted a ban on poultry from Belgium after outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu in the Western European country caused trade to be suspended in June, the government said on Wednesday.

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I.R.S. Paid $20 Million to Collect $6.7 Million in Tax Debts

An agency watchdog says a congressionally mandated program using private debt collectors has been poorly administered and failed to respect taxpayers’ rights.