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Kmart to pay $32 million to settle drug overbilling allegations

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kmart Corp, a unit of Sears Holdings Corp, has agreed to pay $32.3 million to settle allegations that its pharmacies failed to report discounted prescription drug prices to federal health programs, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. [Source]

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BRIEF-Timberland Bancorp Reports Q1 Earnings Per Share of $0.48

* TIMBERLAND BANCORP EARNINGS PER SHARE INCREASES 12% TO $0.48 FOR FIRST FISCAL QUARTER OF 2018

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Netflix takes $39 million charge after Kevin Spacey scandal

LOS ANGELES, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A sexual misconduct scandal involving Kevin Spacey cost streaming video service Netflix Inc some $39 million late last year as it stopped projects associated with the actor, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

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Brazil's death toll from yellow fever triples: WHO

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The number of confirmed cases of yellow fever outbreak in Brazil has tripled in recent weeks, with 20 deaths since July, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

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CDC director urges flu vaccinations as pediatric deaths mount

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Of the 30 U.S. children who have died from the flu so far this season, some 85 percent had not been vaccinated, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who urged Americans to get flu shots amid one of the most severe flu seasons in years.

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BRIEF-RBB Bancorp Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.29

* Q4 EARNINGS PER SHARE VIEW $0.40 -- THOMSON REUTERS I/B/E/S

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BRIEF-Atlantic Power Corp Announces Cdn$70 Million Offering Of Convertible Unsecured Subordinated Debentures

* ATLANTIC POWER CORPORATION ANNOUNCES CDN$70 MILLION OFFERING OF CONVERTIBLE UNSECURED SUBORDINATED DEBENTURES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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

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

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'Inflammatory' diet linked to higher risk of colon cancer

(Reuters Health) - People who consume lots of foods linked to chronic inflammation, such as red meat and refined grains, may be more likely to develop colorectal cancer than individuals who tend to avoid these foods, a U.S. study suggests.

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BRIEF-Zions Bancorp Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.54

* Q4 EARNINGS PER SHARE VIEW $0.74 -- THOMSON REUTERS I/B/E/S Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Little change in proportion of U.S. kids with autism

(Reuters Health) - After steadily climbing for two decades, the proportion of U.S. children with autism may be leveling off, a recent study suggests.

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Vermont becomes ninth U.S. state to legalize marijuana

(Reuters) - Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month.

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Body broker who sold diseased remains is convicted of fraud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Detroit businessman who sold and leased donated body parts for two decades was convicted Monday of defrauding medical customers by selling them diseased human remains.

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Seven killed in bar shooting in drug-producing Colombian province

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Gunmen killed seven people on Sunday in a bar in Colombia's Antioquia province, where the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group and the Gulf Clan drug gang are locked in a dispute over territory, police said.

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BRIEF-LXRandCO Announces C$13.1 Million Bought Deal Financing

* LXRANDCO, INC. ANNOUNCES C$13.1 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL FINANCING

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‘Misperceptions’ keep some from agreeing to donate organs after death

(Reuters Health) - Although most Americans say they’re willing to be an organ donor after they die, some people never sign up because they’re unsure about what could happen to them in a medical emergency, according to a new study.

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Hospital patients less likely to survive 'off-hours' cardiac arrest

(Reuters Health) - Hospital patients who have a cardiac arrest may be more likely to die if it happens in the middle of the night or on a weekend than if it occurs on a weekday, a U.S. study suggests.

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General Dynamics Corp expected to post earnings of $2.38 a share - summary

* General Dynamics Corp is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results on January 24.

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70 million people suffer in world's neglected crises: CARE

GENEVA (Reuters) - Some 70 million people are trapped in humanitarian crises that are largely playing out beyond the attention of aid workers, donors and the media, an international charity said on Monday.

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Comcast Corp expected to post earnings of 47 cents  a share - summary

* Comcast Corp is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results on January 24.

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BRIEF-New Jersey Resources Increases 4-Month Revolving Credit Facility To $100 Million

* NEW JERSEY RESOURCES - ON JAN 19, CO, ENTERED AN AMENDMENT TO THE 4-MONTH $75 MILLION REVOLVING LINE OF CREDIT FACILITY, DATED AS OF DEC 14,2017

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Judge rejects Uber $3 million settlement with New York drivers

(Reuters) - A federal judge refused to grant preliminary approval for Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] proposed $3 million class-action settlement with 2,421 New York drivers who accused the ride-sharing company of retaining excessive fees from their fares.

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Kentucky accuses McKesson of helping fuel opioid epidemic

(Reuters) - Kentucky's attorney general on Monday accused the drug distributor McKesson Corp of helping fuel the opioid epidemic by failing to halt shipments of suspiciously large or frequent orders by pharmacies of prescription painkillers.

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Celgene to buy Juno for $9 billion to boost cancer pipeline

(Reuters) - Celgene Corp will pay $9 billion in cash to buy experimental cancer drugmaker Juno Therapeutics Inc, bulking up its developmental pipeline as it works to reduce reliance on its own cancer treatment Revlimid.

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FDA releases initial review of Philip Morris' iQOS device

(Reuters) - An electronic tobacco product made by Philip Morris International Inc that heats rather than burns tobacco contains lower levels of harmful and potentially harmful compounds than cigarettes, a preliminary review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded on Monday.

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Sanofi digs deep to buy U.S. hemophilia group Bioverativ for $11.6 billion

PARIS (Reuters) - French healthcare group Sanofi has agreed to buy U.S. hemophilia specialist Bioverativ for $11.6 billion, its biggest deal for seven years and a major play to strengthen its presence in treatments for rare diseases.

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Celgene to buy Juno for $9 billion to boost CAR-T expertise

(Reuters) - Celgene Corp announced a $9 billion cash buyout of Juno Therapeutics Inc on Monday as it moves to cement its position as a key player in a new range of cancer therapies.

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

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

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BRIEF-Howard Bancorp Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.19

* HOWARD BANCORP, INC. REPORTS 2017 RESULTS WITH STRONG ORGANIC GROWTH, INCREASING REVENUES, HIGHER CAPITAL LEVELS AND THE PENDING ACQUISITION OF FIRST MARINER BANK

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Teva's asthma treatment fails late-stage studies

(Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said on Monday two late-stage studies testing its treatment for asthma did not meet their main goals.

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New drugs recast $10 billion hemophilia market as Sanofi swoops in

LONDON (Reuters) - Sanofi is placing a big bet on the $10 billion-a-year hemophilia market at a testing time, as scientific advances overhaul traditional approaches to treating the rare uncontrolled bleeding disorder.

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BRIEF-Cadus Corp Enters Into Definitive Merger Agreement With Affiliate Of Carl C. Icahn

* CADUS CORPORATION ENTERS INTO DEFINITIVE MERGER AGREEMENT TO BE ACQUIRED BY AFFILIATE OF CARL C. ICAHN FOR $1.61 PER SHARE IN CASH

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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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Op-Ed Columnist: The Democrats Are Right — and Should Settle

A tactical retreat could help put the focus back on economic issues.

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BRIEF-Sanofi nears deal to buy Hemophilia drugmaker Bioverativ for over $11.5 bln - WSJ

* SANOFI NEARS DEAL TO BUY HEMOPHILIA DRUGMAKER BIOVERATIV FOR MORE THAN $11.5 BILLION - WSJ, CITING SOURCES‍​ Source: http://on.wsj.com/2mYJulp Further company coverage:,

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

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

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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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Tom Petty died due to accidental drug overdose: coroner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rocker Tom Petty died in October due to "multisystem organ failure" brought on by an accidental overdose of seven medications, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's office said on Friday.

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Tom Petty Died From Accidental Drug Overdose Involving Opioids, Coroner Says

The musician’s system showed traces of fentanyl and oxycodone, among others. A statement from Mr. Petty’s family said he was prescribed “various pain medications for a multitude of issues.”

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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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U.S. charges Honduran congressman with drug trafficking conspiracy

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

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McDonald's 'joint employment' trial delayed amid settlement talks

(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp and a U.S. labor board are in talks to settle a case claiming the fast food company is liable for purported labor law violations by its franchisees, leading a judge on Friday to pause a trial that began in 2015.

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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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UPDATE 1-McDonald's 'joint employment' trial delayed amid settlement talks

Jan 19 (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp and a U.S. labor board are in talks to settle a case claiming the fast food company is liable for purported labor law violations by its franchisees, leading a judge on Friday to pause a trial that began in 2015.

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BRIEF-Horizon Bancorp Files For Potential Mixed ‍​Shelf Offering Of Up To $60 Mln

* HORIZON BANCORP - FILES FOR POTENTIAL MIXED ‍​SHELF OFFERING OF UP TO $60 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2DlbKpa) Further company coverage:

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

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

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BRIEF-Citizens First Corp Reports Q4 EPS $0.37

* ORATION ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR END 2017 RESULTS, DECLARES QUARTERLY COMMON DIVIDEND

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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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Ex-Honduran minister gets nearly two-and-a-half years prison in U.S. drug case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former member of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez's cabinet was sentenced by a New York federal judge to nearly 2-1/2 years in prison on Friday, after pleading guilty to attempting to launder drug money from the Central American country.

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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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BRIEF-Swedish Patent And Market Court Dismisses Allegations Towards Nasdaq

* JUDGEMENT FROM THE SWEDISH PATENT AND MARKET COURT - NASDAQ DISMISSED OF ALL ALLEGATIONS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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Mexican hotel keeping Hotel California name after Eagles settlement

(Reuters) - A hotel in Mexico named Hotel California plans to continue using the name in that country after settling a lawsuit brought by the Eagles over rights related to the country-rock band's classic 1976 song.

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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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BRIEF-Nordson Corp Says CEO Michael Hilton's FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $6.75 Mln Vs $6.43 Mln In FY 2016

* NORDSON CORP SAYS CEO MICHAEL HILTON'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $6.75 MILLION VERSUS $6.43 MILLION IN FY 2016 - SEC FILING Source text (http://bit.ly/2rkvHuJ) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-First Horizon National Corp Qtrly ‍Loss Per Share $0.20​

* QTRLY TOTAL REVENUE $‍375.3 MILLION VERSUS $319.6 MILLION LAST YEAR

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BRIEF-Activision Blizzard Recommends Shareholders Reject Mini-Tender Offer By TRC Capital Corp

* ACTIVISION BLIZZARD RECOMMENDS SHAREHOLDERS REJECT MINI-TENDER OFFER BY TRC CAPITAL CORPORATION

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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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BRIEF-Oak Valley Bancorp reports Q4 earnings $0.20 per share

* ‍NET INTEREST INCOME WAS $9 MILLION FOR THREE MONTHS ​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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At AstraZeneca, fewer drug projects bring big productivity jump

LONDON (Reuters) - A focus on fewer diseases, together with cuts in laboratories and staff, has delivered a more than fourfold increase in research productivity at drugmaker AstraZeneca , based on one key measure of success. The analysis published on Friday comes at a time of soul-searching among large pharmaceutical companies as they compete with smaller biotech firms, which are getting new drugs to market more efficiently. The turnaround evident this decade at AstraZeneca fo

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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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Public face of the agency that runs AmeriCorps is out of the job after racist comments

WARNING: This story contains graphic language.

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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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BRIEF-Speedcast International To Provide Equipment And Services To Noble Corp's Drilling Fleet​

* SELECTED BY NOBLE CORPORATION TO PROVIDE NEW COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES TO GLOBAL DRILLING FLEET​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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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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Young Women Are Using A.D.H.D. Drugs in Greater Numbers, C.D.C. Reports

Since 2003, the percentage of women filling prescriptions for drugs like Ritalin has increased nearly fivefold in some age groups.

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BRIEF-HSBC Holdings Says It Settles Foreign Exchange Investigation With U.S. DoJ

* SAYS IT SETTLES FOREIGN EXCHANGE INVESTIGATION WITH THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE‍​

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Judge tosses GM settlement on ignition switch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday said a settlement agreement that would require General Motors Co to pay $1 billion in stock to car owners suing the company over faulty ignition switches was not enforceable.

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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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Triathlon: ITU launches investigation into Schoeman allegations

(Reuters) - The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has launched an investigation into allegations that Olympic bronze medalist Henri Schoeman of South Africa failed a doping test at the Rio Games in 2016, the ruling body said in a statement on Thursday.

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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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The Eagles settle lawsuit against Hotel California

(Reuters) - There can evidently be only one Hotel California.

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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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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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UPDATE 1-U.S. hospital systems team up to launch generic drugmaker

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A group of four hospital systems plans to launch a not-for-profit generic drugmaker aimed at combating shortages and high costs of some generic drugs, which they blame on unscrupulous drug companies that hike prices.

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BRIEF-Westamerica Bancorporation Reports Q4 EPS of $0.16

* WESTAMERICA BANCORPORATION REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS

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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-Royole Corp Signs Strategic Partnership Agreement With JD.Com

* ROYOLE CORPORATION​ - HAS SIGNED A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH JD.COM Source text for Eikon:

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BRIEF-CNB Bank Shares And Jacksonville Bancorp Announce Agreement To Merge

* CNB BANK SHARES, INC. AND JACKSONVILLE BANCORP, INC. ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO MERGE

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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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BRIEF-M&T Bank Corp Q4 Operating Earnings Per Share $2.04

* ORATION ANNOUNCES 2017 FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR RESULTS

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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. 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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Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own

A group of large hospital systems plans to create a nonprofit generic drug company to battle shortages and high prices.

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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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BRIEF-Eagle Bancorp Q4 EPS $0.45

* EAGLE BANCORP, INC. ANNOUNCES $15.6 MILLION IN EARNINGS WITH A CONTINUING TREND OF RECORD OPERATING EARNINGS OF $30.2 MILLION FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER 2017

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Nikkei soars helped by exporters; drugmakers fall

TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average soared to a level not seen since November 1991 on Thursday morning after exporters such as electronics components manufacturers surged, tracking the strength on Wall Street overnight.

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BRIEF-One Madison Corp Prices IPO Of 30 Mln Units At $10.00 Per Unit​

* ONE MADISON CORP. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $300,000,000 INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

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BRIEF-Cantel Medical Corp Chairman Charles Diker Reports Sale Of 10,000 Shares

* CANTEL MEDICAL CORP CHAIRMAN CHARLES DIKER REPORTS OPEN MARKET SALE OF 10,000 SHARES OF CO'S COMMON STOCK ON JAN 16 AT $110.96 PER SHARE - SEC FILING Source text : ( http://bit.ly/2Bbo21u ) Further company coverage:

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U.S. court invalidates patent on J&J cancer drug Zytiga

NEW YORK, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A U.S. administrative court on Wednesday invalidated a Johnson & Johnson patent on its blockbuster prostate cancer drug Zytiga, bringing rivals closer to selling generic versions.

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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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BRIEF-The First Bancorp Qtrly Earnings Per Share $0.47

* FIRST BANCORP INC - QTRLY NET INTEREST INCOME $12.2 MILLION VERSUS $10.7 MILLION

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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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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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Hong Kong star Eric Tsang denies sexual assault allegations

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong celebrity Eric Tsang denied allegations of sexual misconduct on Wednesday and said he was taking legal action against one of his two accusers.

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BRIEF-U.S. Bancorp Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share Of $0.97

* Q4 EARNINGS PER SHARE VIEW $0.87 -- THOMSON REUTERS I/B/E/S

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BRIEF-Corcept Therapeutics, Dohmen Entered Into Settlement Agreement And Mutual Release Of Any And All Claims That May Have Existed Between Parties

* CORCEPT THERAPEUTICS - CO, DOHMEN ENTERED INTO SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND MUTUAL RELEASE OF ANY AND ALL CLAIMS THAT MAY HAVE EXISTED BETWEEN PARTIES

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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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BRIEF-Eros Reports Corporate Update And Management Change

* ‍WISHES TO ADVISE THAT RON STEWART HAS RESIGNED AS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF COMPANY TO PURSUE OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES.​

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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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BRIEF-Interdigital Says Certain Units Of Co Entered Settlement Agreement With Pegatron Corp​

* INTERDIGITAL INC - ‍ON JAN. 16, 2018, CERTAIN UNITS OF CO ENTERED INTO AN AMENDED PATENT LICENSE AGREEMENT AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH PEGATRON CORP​

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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-U.S. Bancorp Names Andy Cecere Board Chairman

* U.S. BANCORP NAMES ANDY CECERE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, EFFECTIVE APRIL 2018

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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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BRIEF-Goldcorp CEO says "done" with M&A

* IS "DONE" WITH MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, CEO DAVID GAROFALO SAYS

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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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BRIEF-Allergan, Ironwood Announce Settlement With Sun Pharma

* IRONWOOD AND ALLERGAN ANNOUNCE SETTLEMENT WITH SUN PHARMA RESOLVING LINZESS® (LINACLOTIDE) PATENT LITIGATION

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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-Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Announces Settlement Of Patent Litigation For Generic Linzess In U.S.

* SAYS CO'S UNITS HAVE REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH IRONWOOD PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND ALLERGAN PLC

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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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BRIEF-SP Plus Corp Announces Sale Of JV Interest In Parkmobile

* SP PLUS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES SALE OF JOINT VENTURE INTEREST IN PARKMOBILE

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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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UPDATE 1-European stocks rise as corporate updates lift sentiment

* UK inflation edged down (Adds quotes, more share price moves)

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European stocks rise as corporate updates improve sentiment

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Tuesday after corporate trading updates lifted sentiment, with shares in German fashion house Hugo Boss gaining on better-than-expected sales in the last quarter of 2017.

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Czech PM ready to face allegations as he fights for minority government

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Tuesday requested that lawmakers lift his parliamentary immunity so he can face allegations of fraud as he fights to win support for a minority government.

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Millions more Americans were uninsured in 2017

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JD.com, VNG Corp lead investment in Vietnamese e-commerce firm Tiki.vn

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese online retail firm JD.com Inc said on Tuesday it has led an investment in Vietnamese e-commerce firm Tiki.vn, expanding its Southeast Asia business amid competition from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Amazon.com Inc.

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BRIEF-Razor Energy Corp Announces Increased Term Loan Facility

* RAZOR ENERGY CORP. ANNOUNCES CONSOLIDATION ACQUISITION IN THE KAYBOB AREA OF WEST CENTRAL ALBERTA AND INCREASED TERM LOAN FACILITY

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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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BRIEF-Subaru Corp Expects U.S. Sales To Increase 5% In 2018 To 680,000- Nikkei

* SUBARU CORP EXPECTS U.S. SALES TO INCREASE 5% IN 2018 TO 680,000 COMPARED WITH 648,000 IN 2017; PREDICTS BUMP IN SALES FROM ITS NEW SUV ASCENT- NIKKEI Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-Alacer Gold Corp Provides 2018 Outlook

* ALACER GOLD ACHIEVES 2017 PRODUCTION GUIDANCE, BEATS COST GUIDANCE AND PROVIDES 2018 OUTLOOK AS THE SULFIDE PROJECT APPROACHES FIRST GOLD POUR

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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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BRIEF-Vitol US Holding Co completed acquisition Of Noble Americas Corporation ‍​

* VITOL US HOLDING CO. (“VITOL”) HAS COMPLETED ITS ACQUISITION OF NOBLE AMERICAS CORPORATION ‍​ Further company coverage:

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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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UPDATE 1-Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with government -sources

DUBAI/JEDDAH, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said.

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with government: sources

DUBAI/JEDDAH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said.

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with government -sources

DUBAI/JEDDAH, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said.