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Global stocks scale record highs as U.S. government shutdown ends, yen turns down

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks advanced on Tuesday after U.S. senators struck a deal to end a government shutdown in a boost to Wall Street, while the dollar turned higher against the yen after Bank Of Japan's chief reiterated his support for quantitative easing.

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Global Stocks scale record highs as U.S. government shutdown ends, yen inches up after BOJ

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks advanced on Tuesday after U.S. senators struck a deal to end a three-day government shutdown, sending Wall Street's main indexes to record highs, while the dollar inched down against the yen after the Bank of Japan kept policy steady.

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Sooner or later, Trump must take a position on whether to allow some 700,000 people brought illegally to the US as children to stay

By escaping the government shutdown drama without losing face, President Donald Trump can claim a short-term victory.

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Casino mogul Steve Wynn confident on Macau concession extension

HONG KONG (Reuters) - U.S. casino magnate Steve Wynn, head of the eponymous Wynn Resorts , said he was confident his casino business in the world's largest gambling hub of Macau would continue after casino contracts start to expire by 2020.

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Asia stocks rise as U.S. government shutdown ends, dollar/yen inches down

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks advanced on Tuesday after U.S. senators struck a deal to end a three-day government shutdown, sending Wall Street's main indexes to record highs, while the dollar inched down against the yen after the Bank of Japan kept policy steady.

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U.S. business group lobbying surged as tax reform took shape: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lobbying by U.S. business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable surged in the last three months of 2017 as lawmakers negotiated and finalized legislation that deeply cut the taxes companies pay.

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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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South Korea to ban cryptocurrency traders from using anonymous bank accounts

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will ban the use of anonymous bank accounts in cryptocurrency trading from Jan. 30, the nation's financial regulator said on Tuesday.

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Trump slaps steep U.S. tariffs on imported washers, solar panels

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steep tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels on Monday, giving a boost to Whirlpool Corp and dealing a setback to the renewable energy industry in the first of several potential trade restrictions.

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Asia stocks rise as end to U.S. government shutdown buoys Wall St., dollar steady

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks advanced on Tuesday after U.S. senators struck a deal to end a three-day government shutdown, sending Wall Street's main indexes to record highs and keeping the dollar well supported.

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Netflix crosses $100 billion market capitalization as subscribers surge

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc snagged 2 million more subscribers than Wall Street expected in the final three months of 2017, tripling profits at the online video service that is burning money on new programming to dominate internet television around the world.

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Bank of America wants more brokerage clients to be bank clients

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America is offering cash and interest rate incentives to Merrill Lynch clients for opening first-time checking and savings accounts as it tries to seize the large chunk of wealth that brokerage customers hold at other institutions.

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Begala: Trump takes immigration cues from 'Pres. Stephen Miller'

The shutdown has made the President look like an empty suit: one who can sit at a conference table in a TV studio--or the Cabinet room-- but who ultimately lets an advisor run the show, writes Paul Begala.

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ADM approach to Bunge marks potential U-turn on oilseed strategy

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Archer Daniels Midland Co's proposed takeover of Bunge Ltd could signal a change in the company's strategy on oilseeds, giving the top U.S. grain merchant a much bigger capacity to crush soy just months after ADM's chief executive said the firm would cut spending on the sector.

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U.S. slaps steep tariffs on imported washers, solar panels

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steep tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels on Monday, marking his first moves to erect trade restrictions under seldom-used trade laws that allow unilateral actions.

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Tennessee man takes plea deal in murder of student Holly Bobo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Dylan Adams, one of three men charged in the 2011 murder of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo, accepted a plea deal on Monday that will send him to prison without parole for 35 years.

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Netflix crosses $100 billion market cap as subscribers surge

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc snagged 2 million more subscribers than Wall Street expected in the final three months of last year, tripling profits at the online video service that is burning money on new programming to dominate internet television around the world.

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Judge orders U.S. government to seek consent to give data to AT&T, Time Warner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The judge hearing the Justice Department's lawsuit to stop AT&T from buying Time Warner ordered the department on Monday to seek permission to give the two companies access to rivals' pricing data.

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BRIEF-Shaw Communications Inc Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up To C$3 Billion

* SHAW COMMUNICATIONS INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UP TO C$3 BILLION - SEC FILING

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Puerto Rico to sell off crippled power utility PREPA

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico said on Monday it would sell off its troubled power utility to the private sector, saying the process could take roughly 18 months to complete.

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Exclusive: Ackman cuts staff, shuns limelight as he seeks to turn around fund

BOSTON (Reuters) - William Ackman is cutting almost a fifth of staff and looking to lower his public profile as he seeks to turn around Pershing Square Capital Management after three straight years of losses, people familiar with the move told Reuters on Monday.

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Montana governor takes stand for state to honor 'net neutrality'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Montana will sign contracts only with internet service providers that honor "net neutrality" firms, Governor Steve Bullock said on Monday, the latest effort by a state to undermine a Federal Communications Commission order rolling back rules introduced in 2015.

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Bacardi to buy high-end tequila maker Patron in $5.1 billion deal

(Reuters) - Bacardi Ltd said on Monday it would buy high-end tequila maker Patron Spirits International AG in a $5.1 billion deal, hoping to become the second largest spirits company in the United States by market value.

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Netflix crosses $100 billion market cap on subscriber surge

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc snagged 8.33 million new streaming customers in the final quarter of last year - 2 million more than Wall Street expected - as the pioneering online video service kept pouring money into programming in a race to dominate internet television around the world.

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BRIEF-Stonepine Capital Management Reports 5.6 Pct Passive Stake In HTG Molecular Diagnostics

* STONEPINE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC REPORTS A 5.6 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN HTG MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS INC AS OF JANUARY 19 - SEC FILING Source text - http://bit.ly/2G2Dlxg Further company coverage:

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Shell hires solar chief for Latam -source

SAO PAULO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell has hired a former executive of U.S.-based First Solar to lead its solar energy business in Latin America, a source said on Monday, as the industry invests in renewable energy to address global concerns about carbon emissions.

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SEC is scrutinizing overnight blockchain companies: chairman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is scrutinizing public companies that change their name or business model in a bid to capitalize upon the hype surrounding blockchain technology, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said on Monday.

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Stocks hit record as senators reach deal to end shutdown

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Monday as each of Wall Street's main scored records in the wake of a deal by U.S. senators to end the federal government shutdown.

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Adobe lifts earnings forecast on tax reform boost

(Reuters) - Photoshop maker Adobe Systems Inc on Monday lifted its forecast for yearly earnings per share, helped by new U.S. tax laws, saying it expects its effective tax rate to decline "substantially."

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What debt ceiling worries? Markets hum along

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Government shutdown? So yesterday. Debt ceiling? Yawn.

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UPDATE 6-AIG to buy reinsurer Validus for $5.56 billion

* Acquisition is AIG's largest since 2008 financial crisis (Adds comment from AIG CEO, paragraphs 6-8)

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Icahn, Deason join forces to demand Xerox explore options

(Reuters) - Hedge fund managers Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason joined forces on Monday to push Xerox Corp to explore strategic options, oust its "old guard", including its CEO, and negotiate better terms for its decades-long deal with Japan's Fujifilm.

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Facebook should pay 'trusted' news publishers carriage fee: Murdoch

(Reuters) - Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Monday called on Facebook to pay "trusted" news publishers a carriage fee, similar to the model used by cable companies, amid efforts by the social media company to fight misinformation on its platform.

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Wall St. touches records as Senate deals to end shutdown

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Monday as each of Wall Street's main indexes touched a record intraday level after U.S. senators struck a deal to end the federal government shutdown.

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U.S. says audit watchdog staff helped KPMG pass audit inspections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday announced criminal and civil charges against three former staffers of an audit watchdog for allegedly providing confidential information to help accounting firm KPMG pass regulatory inspections.

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Murdoch calls for 'fee' for trusted news publishers on Facebook

(Reuters) - News Corp's Rupert Murdoch on Monday called on Facebook Inc to pay "trusted" news publishers a carriage fee, similar to the model used by cable companies.

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UPDATE 5-AIG to buy reinsurer Validus for $5.56 billion

* Acquisition is AIG's largest since 2008 financial crisis (Adds details about Validus, Lloyd's of London, context about financial crisis and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's role in the deal and comment from Lloyd's CEO)

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Halliburton upbeat on 2018 as oil recovery spreads

(Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit on Monday and gave an upbeat outlook for 2018, as higher oil prices continue to push U.S. production to near-record levels.

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Pakistan's PM says confident GE will fix 'technical' issues with gas turbines

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday that some of General Electric's flagship new gas turbines in Pakistan were still suffering from technical issues such as "vibration" but he was confident the American company will fix the problems.

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Illinois budget impasse cost state $1 billion in late payment penalties

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois incurred $1.03 billion in late bill payment penalties last year largely as a result of the state's unprecedented two-year budget impasse, the state comptroller reported on Monday.

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Wall St. at session highs on deal to end U.S. shutdown

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes were at session highs in afternoon trading on Monday after U.S. senators reached a deal to end the federal government shutdown.

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Rogers ends Canadian joint venture with Vice Media

(Reuters) - Canada's Rogers Communications Inc said on Monday it agreed to end a joint venture in Vice Studio Canada and Viceland just three years after announcing it.

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Host Kristen Bell takes a shot at the first lady

Kristen Bell did not hold back when she took the stage as the first-ever host of the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night.

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Review: Anna Paquin Takes Her Turn as a Detective in ‘Bellevue’

Take “Broadchurch” (scenic small-town setting), add “The Killing” (moody missing-child mystery), top off with a troubled single-mom heroine, and voilà.

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U.S. refiner PES pins bankruptcy plan hopes on biofuel costs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Philadelphia Energy Solutions, owner of the largest U.S. East Coast refinery, said on Monday its plan to get out of bankruptcy hinges on whether it can shed existing biofuel costs under the country's renewable fuel laws.

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BRIEF-Reedy Creek Investments Reports 26.4 Percent Stake In Novan Inc

* REEDY CREEK INVESTMENTS LLC REPORTS 26.4 PERCENT STAKE IN NOVAN INC AS OF JANUARY 9 - SEC FILING Source text : ( http://bit.ly/2DvfPeF ) Further company coverage:

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Megyn Kelly takes on Jane Fonda: "I have no regrets about the question"

Megyn Kelly took her public feud with Jane Fonda to a new level on Monday, after the actress slammed the NBC host for her "inappropriate" question during a segment that aired in September.

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U.S. says KPMG employees misappropriated secrets from oversight board

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have charged six people, including former employees of accounting firm KPMG LLP and of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, with misusing confidential information from the board to help KPMG.

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NAFTA's fate uncertain ahead of talks in Montreal

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The NAFTA trade agreement's future hangs in the balance this week as negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico try to settle major differences over revamping a pact that President Donald Trump has threatened to abandon.

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Ford tests Focus prototype in U.S. ahead of China production launch

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co is testing prototypes of the redesigned 2020 Focus compact car on U.S. roads 18 months ahead of the car's production launch in China.

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S&P, Nasdaq drift higher ahead of Senate vote on funding

(Reuters) - The S&P and the Nasdaq hit fresh records on Monday as investors bet U.S. lawmakers would strike a deal to end a federal government shutdown and as a flurry of deals buoyed sentiment.

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UPDATE 4-AIG to buy reinsurer Validus for $5.56 billion

* Deal to immediately add to AIG's EPS and ROE (Recasts, adds details about Duperreualt's experience with Bermuda insurance industry, context about financial crisis)

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NAFTA's fate uncertain ahead of final round of talks in Montreal

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The NAFTA trade agreement's future hangs in the balance this week as negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico try to settle major differences over revamping a pact that President Donald Trump has threatened to abandon.

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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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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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Biotech M&A takes off as Sanofi and Celgene spend $20 billion

LONDON (Reuters) - Biotech deal activity exploded on Monday with French drugmaker Sanofi and U.S.-based Celgene spending a combined total of more than $20 billion to add new products for hemophilia and cancer to their medicine cabinets.

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Icahn, Deason demand Xerox explore strategic options

(Reuters) - Hedge fund managers Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason demanded on Monday that Xerox Corp explore strategic alternatives and said they would join forces to elect four new members to the board, prodding the company's shares higher.

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Tesco UK to cut net 800 jobs in cost-cutting drive

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest retailer Tesco said on Monday it will cut a net 800 jobs from its UK business in its latest move to simplify operations and achieve targeted cost savings.

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Higher oil prices give Halliburton better-than-expected fourth quarter

(Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit after charges and gave an upbeat outlook for 2018, as higher oil prices continue to push U.S. production near record levels.

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Dow under pressure as industrial stocks weigh

(Reuters) - The S&P and the Nasdaq were marginally higher on Monday, while losses in industrial stocks such as General Electric and Boeing as well as Apple weighed on the Dow.

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Jaguar Land Rover to cut output due to Brexit, diesel uncertainty to hit sales

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will temporarily reduce production at its northern English car plant in Halewood later this year in response to weakening demand due to Brexit and tax hikes on diesel cars.

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S&P opens lower as U.S. shutdown extends

(Reuters) - The benchmark S&P 500 index opened lower on Monday, weighed down by losses in Boeing, Apple and General Electric, and as a U.S. government shutdown entered its third day.

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AIG to buy reinsurer Validus for $5.56 billion

(Reuters) - American International Group on Monday said it would buy Validus Holdings for $5.56 billion in cash to strengthen its reinsurance business, the company's first deal under Chief Executive Brian Duperreault.

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Halliburton fourth-quarter profit beats, firm takes charge for Venezuela

(Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit, as higher oil prices pushed U.S. production to record levels.

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U.S. top court takes up property rights case involving endangered frog

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed hear a bid by Louisiana landowners seeking to limit the federal government's power to designate private land as critical habitat for endangered species in a case involving a warty amphibian called the dusky gopher frog.

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UPDATE 3-AIG to buy reinsurer Validus for $5.56 billion

* Deal to immediately add to AIG's EPS and ROE (Adds details from conference call, shares)

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REFILE-UPDATE 2-Halliburton 4th-qtr profit beats, firm takes charge for Venezuela

Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit, as higher oil prices pushed U.S. production to record levels.

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Icahn, Deason push Xerox to explore strategic options

(Reuters) - Investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason said on Monday that photocopier pioneer Xerox Corp should immediately start a process to explore strategic alternatives.

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Nestle investor Third Point urges company to speed up disposals

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. activist investor Third Point called on the board of Swiss company Nestle to clarify its corporate strategy and speed up the disposal of "ill-fitting businesses", in a letter to investors seen by Reuters.

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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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Stocks shrug off U.S. government shutdown, dollar dips

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks and U.S. bond markets on Monday shrugged off a government shutdown in Washington, although the dollar pulled back and wallowed near three-year lows as the euro resumed its strong start to the year.

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AIG to buy reinsurer Validus Holdings for $5.56 billion

(Reuters) - American International Group on Monday said it would buy Validus Holdings for $5.56 billion in cash to strengthen its reinsurance business, the company's first deal under Chief Executive Brian Duperreault.

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More than 10 percent of $3.7 billion raised in ICOs has been stolen: Ernst & Young

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 10 percent of funds raised through "initial coin offerings" are lost or stolen in hacker attacks, according to new research by Ernst & Young that delves into the risks of investing in cryptocurrency projects online.

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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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Stock futures slightly lower as U.S. shutdown enters third day

(Reuters) - Wall Street was set to start the week slightly lower as a U.S. government shutdown entered its third day, while investors mulled over a flurry of multi-billion corporate mergers.

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Halliburton beats on fourth quarter profit, makes tax provision

(Reuters) - Halliburton Co posted a much bigger than expected quarterly profit in the fourth quarter, benefiting from a shale-driven surge in U.S. oil production towards 10 million barrels per day.

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Euro schism reopens in central Europe as EU pushes reform

ESZTERGOM, Hungary/STUROVO, Slovakia (Reuters) - On the euro zone's eastern flank, some Slovaks in the border town of Sturovo wish their country had never opted for the common currency and now head over the Danube to Hungary for the cheaper shopping.

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AIG to buy reinsurer Validus Holdings for $5.56 billion in cash

(Reuters) - American International Group on Monday said it would buy property and casualty reinsurer Validus Holdings for $5.56 billion in cash to strengthen its general insurance business.

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Aston Martin hit by Daimler steering-column recall

PARIS (Reuters) - Aston Martin has become the latest carmaker to be caught up in a major recall of faulty Daimler steering-column components that can cause unintended airbag deployments.

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Celgene to buy remaining stake in Juno for $9 billion

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Celgene Corp said on Monday it agreed to buy rest of Juno Therapeutics Inc for about $9 billion in cash to gain access to Juno's pipeline of CAR-T cancer drugs.

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Germany confirms Audi recall due to illicit emission-control device

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's transport ministry confirmed a media report on Monday that the KBA automotive watchdog detected illicit emission-control software in Audi's latest Euro-6 diesel models and ordered a recall of the vehicles.

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Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania to go on trial on corruption charges

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - The mayor of Pennsylvania's third largest city, Allentown, is scheduled to appear at the start of his federal corruption trial on Monday, accused of soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for public contracts.

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China takes aim at hip-hop, saying 'low-taste content' must stop

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's censors have a new target in a widespread clamp-down on popular culture: the country's nascent hip-hop scene, which resonated with Chinese youth last year on hugely popular television show "Rap of China."

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Stocks shrug off U.S. shutdown, dollar dips

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks and U.S. bond markets on Monday shrugged off a government shutdown in Washington, although the dollar pulled back as the euro continued its strong start to the year.

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UPDATE 1-Israel's Leumi to sell stake in U.S. unit to strategic investors

TEL AVIV, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Bank Leumi has agreed to sell a 15 percent stake in its subsidiary Bank Leumi USA for $141 million to two strategic investors, who will bring the bank expertise in U.S. financial services, Israel's second-largest lender said on Monday.

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UPDATE 1-Delivery Hero, Takeaway shares jump on merger comments

* Delivery Hero CEO sees consolidation, but not soon in Germany

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

PARIS (Reuters) - French healthcare group Sanofi has agreed to buy U.S. haemophilia specialist Bioverativ for $11.6 billion, its biggest deal for seven years, which it said would strengthen its presence in treatments for rare diseases.

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Snooker: China Open raises stakes after pocketing lucrative deal

(Reuters) - This year's China Open will become only the second snooker tournament after the world championship to offer one million pounds ($1.39 million) in prize money following a new four-year deal with its promoters, the organizers have announced.

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Sanofi to buy U.S. haemophilia group Bioverativ for $11.6 billion

PARIS (Reuters) - French healthcare group Sanofi has agreed to buy U.S. haemophilia specialist Bioverativ for $11.6 billion, in a deal which it said would boost earnings and strengthen its presence in treatments for rare diseases.

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Wall Street futures, dollar dip after U.S. government shutdown, Asia resilient

TOKYO (Reuters) - Wall Street stock futures and the dollar pulled back slightly on Monday after the U.S. government was forced to shut down amid a dispute between President Donald Trump and Democrats over immigration.

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Exclusive: U.S. sanctions curb Microsoft sales to hundreds of Russian firms

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two of Microsoft's official distributors in Russia have imposed restrictions on sales of Microsoft software to more than 200 Russian companies following new U.S. sanctions, according to notifications circulated by the distributors.

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Sanofi confirms deal to buy Bioverativ for $11.6 billion

PARIS (Reuters) - French healthcare group Sanofi has agreed to buy U.S. peer Bioverativ for $11.6 billion, in a deal which Sanofi said would boost its earnings and strengthen its presence in the field of treatment for rare diseases.

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Icahn, Deason to jointly push Xerox to explore selling itself, other options: WSJ

(Reuters) - Investor Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, the biggest- and third-largest shareholders of Xerox Corp, jointly plan to push the printer and photocopier maker to explore options, including a sale of the firm, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

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'Fake news' crutch used by SE Asian leaders to control media, critics charge

MANILA/BANGKOK (Reuters) - Governments across Southeast Asia have a history of using laws and the judiciary to curb press freedoms - now, they have found a handy crutch to lean on as they intensify clampdowns: U.S. President Donald Trump's "fake news" mantra.

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UPDATE 2-Wal-Mart shops Brazil unit stake to Advent, other funds -sources

SAO PAULO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is in talks with buyout firm Advent International Corp and other funds to sell a major stake in its Brazilian operations, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Sunday.

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Billionaire Gupta looks to make electric cars in Australia

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - British industrialist Sanjeev Gupta is set to bid for industrial assets at General Motors Co's former Holden manufacturing site in South Australia, according to the state's treasurer, aiming to use the equipment to build electric vehicles.

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Oil rises as Saudi Arabia says producers will cooperate beyond 2018

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices climbed on Monday, pushed higher by comments from Saudi Arabia that cooperation between oil producers who are currently withholding supplies in an effort to prop up the market would continue beyond 2018.

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Sanofi set to buy Bioverativ for more than $11.5 billion: WSJ

(Reuters) - Sanofi SA is close to a deal to take over U.S. drug maker Bioverativ Inc for more than $11.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Toshiba considering IPO for memory chip unit: FT

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp is considering an IPO of its prized memory chip business if an agreed $18 billion sale of the unit to Bain Capital fails to gain antitrust approval by the end of March, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

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Oil prices rise on decline in U.S. drilling, Syria conflict

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices climbed on Monday, pushed up by a drop in U.S. drilling activity and by fighting in Syria between Turkish forces and Kurdish fighters.

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Global stocks, dollar sag after U.S. government shutdown

TOKYO (Reuters) - Financial markets in the United States and Asian stocks took a knock early on Monday after the U.S. government was forced to shut down amid a dispute between President Donald Trump and Democrats over immigration.

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Icahn, Deason call on Xerox to explore options, including sale: WSJ

(Reuters) - Hedge fund investor Carl Icahn and another major owner of Xerox Corp stock, Darwin Deason, are pushing the digital print technology provider to explore strategic alternatives, including a sale, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

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Exclusive: Philadelphia Energy Solutions to file for bankruptcy - memo

(Reuters) - Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, the owner of the largest U.S. East Coast oil refining complex, announced to its employees on Sunday that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters.

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U.S. stock index futures dip after government shutdown continues

(Reuters) - Stock investors gave a muted reaction to the second day of a U.S. government shutdown on Sunday, with U.S. stock index futures dipping only slightly on expectations that the political impasse will not hurt the U.S. economy.

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Saudi-led coalition to give $1.5 billion in Yemen aid, expand port capacity

RIYADH (Reuters) - A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would commit $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid for Yemen where it is supporting the internationally recognized government against Iran-aligned Houthis in a three-year-old civil war.

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Wal-Mart shops Brazil unit stake to Advent, other funds: sources

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is in talks with buyout firm Advent International Corp and other funds to sell a major stake in its Brazilian operations, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Sunday.

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UPDATE 1-Wal-Mart shops Brazil unit stake to Advent, other funds -sources

SAO PAULO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is in talks with buyout firm Advent International Corp and other funds to sell a major stake in its Brazilian operations, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Sunday.

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U.S. stock index futures slip after government shutdown continues

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures slipped on Sunday after a government shutdown continued into a second day.

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Facebook to open digital training hubs in Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook said on Monday it will open three new centers in Europe to train people in digital skills and committed to training one million people over the next two years, part of the social media giant's drive to show its contribution to the bloc.

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Stock-focused hedge funds post biggest gains among top performers

BOSTON (Reuters) - Hedge funds managers who bet on stocks scored some of the industry's biggest gains in 2017, when equity markets galloped past a series of critical milestones, according to a new list of the top 20 all-time performers.

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U.S. hedge fund Tiger Global has invested more than $1 billion in Barclays: FT

(Reuters) - U.S. hedge fund Tiger Global Management has invested more than $1 billion in Britain's Barclays Plc, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

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Advent in talks to buy 50 percent of Wal-Mart's Brazilian unit: report

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Private equity firm Advent is in talks to buy 50 percent of Wal-Mart Stores Inc's operations in Brazil, according to a report in Brazil's O Globo newspaper on Sunday.

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Wall Street Week Ahead: Where Netflix goes, Big Tech may follow

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Netflix Inc's quarterly results on Monday may offer an advanced preview of whether Facebook Inc , Amazon.com Inc and other heavyweights behind much of the U.S. stock market's record-breaking rally can keep delivering.

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Guatemala businessman, wanted on graft charges, seeks U.S. asylum

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Former Guatemalan presidential candidate Manuel Baldizon, who is wanted on graft charges, has sought asylum in the United States after he was detained while trying to enter without a visa, authorities in the Central American nation said.

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Guatemala businessman to face graft charges after U.S. deportation

(Reuters) - Former Guatemalan presidential candidate Manuel Baldizon was detained while trying to enter the United States without a visa and is awaiting deportation, the Central American nation's prosecutor's office said on Sunday, adding he would face graft charges upon his return.

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Contrite Facebook executives seek to ward off more European rules

MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook executives are fanning out across Europe this week to address the social media giant’s slow response to abuses on its platform, seeking to avoid further legislation along the lines of a new hate speech law in Germany it says goes too far.

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Amazon's automated grocery store of the future opens Monday

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will open its checkout-free grocery store to the public on Monday after more than a year of testing, the company said, moving forward on an experiment that could dramatically alter brick-and-mortar retail.

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Oil producers will cooperate beyond 2018, says Saudi Arabia

MUSCAT (Reuters) - Global oil producers are in agreement that they should continue cooperating on production after their deal on supply cuts expires at the end of this year, Saudi Arabia's energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday.

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Audi ordered to recall 127,000 vehicles over emissions -paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's KBA automotive watchdog has detected illicit emission-control software in Audi's latest Euro-6 diesel models and has ordered a recall of 127,000 vehicles, Bild am Sonntag reported.

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Afghan Forces Retake Control of Kabul Hotel; 4 Gunmen Killed

Officials declared an overnight attack on the Intercontinental Hotel over, saying 160 people, including 41 foreigners, had been rescued.

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Saudi energy minister urges oil producers to extend cooperation beyond 2018

MUSCAT (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's energy minister urged global oil producing nations on Sunday to extend their cooperation beyond 2018, but said this might mean a new form of deal rather than continuing the same supply cuts that have boosted prices in recent months.

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SoFi in talks with top Twitter exec about CEO position: WSJ

(Reuters) - Social Finance Inc (SoFi) is in discussions with Anthony Noto, a top Twitter Inc executive, to become the online lender's chief executive, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing sources.

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WH budget director: 'Kind of cool' to be in charge of a shutdown

As the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney has been tasked with negotiating a deal with congressional leaders to fund the government and end the shutdown that began on Friday midnight.

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Several dead as gunmen attack top Kabul hotel, take hostages

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as the building in the Afghan capital caught fire and residents and staff fled.

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Gunmen attack Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel, take hostages, deaths reported

KABUL (Reuters) - A group of as many as four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday night, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as the building caught fire and residents and staff fled.

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Gunmen attack Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel, take hostages

KABUL (Reuters) - A group of as many as four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday night, seizing hostages and exchanging fire with security forces as the building caught fire and residents and staff fled.

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ADM pursues big ag merger with grain trader Bunge: source

CHICAGO/CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Top U.S. grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co has proposed a takeover of Bunge Ltd , according to a person familiar with the approach, which could set up a bidding war with Swiss-based rival Glencore Plc .

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Norway's Tande hangs on to take ski flying world title

OBERSTDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Norway's Daniel Andre Tande held on to his overnight lead to take gold in the flying hill individual competition at the biannual Ski Flying World Championships on Friday, with the tournament shortened due to excessive wind.

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Figure skating: Record-breaking Papadakis, Cizeron take fourth European gold

MOSCOW (Reuters) - France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron set world records as they won their fourth consecutive European ice dance title on Saturday with an inspired performance that laid down a marker for a podium place at next month's Olympics.

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Record-breaking Papadakis, Cizeron take fourth European gold

MOSCOW (Reuters) - France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron set world records as they won their fourth consecutive European ice dance title on Saturday with an inspired performance that laid down a marker for a podium place at next month's Olympics.

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Deutsche Telekom expects steady dividend hikes: paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom will keep to its promise of hiking dividends in 2018 and the years thereafter, its Chief Financial Officer Thomas Dannenfeldt told German daily Boersen-Zeitung.

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India's ONGC to buy majority stake in refiner HPCL for $5.78 bln

NEW DELHI, Jan 20 (Reuters) - India's biggest explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has agreed to buy the government's majority stake in state-refiner Hindustan Petroleum Corp for 369 billion rupees ($5.78 billion), ONGC said on Saturday.

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China's Dalian Wanda Group says 2017 revenue down 10.8 percent

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group said on Saturday its revenue dropped for a second consecutive year, by 10.8 percent in 2017, as the group sold off property assets and faced increasing scrutiny from regulators and lenders.

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Neighbor to Plead Guilty to Federal Charge in Attack on Rand Paul, Lawyer Says

Rene A. Boucher of Bowling Green, Ky., is expected to plead guilty in federal court, where prosecutors will seek a sentence of up to 21 months, his lawyer said.

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Possible Buffett heir Abel has small Berkshire stake, likely to grow

(Reuters) - Greg Abel, considered by many investors the top contender to succeed Warren Buffett as Berkshire Hathaway Inc's chief executive officer, on Friday reported owning about $2.1 million of the conglomerate's stock.

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CORRECTED-Archer Daniels has made takeover approach to Bunge - WSJ

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Agricultural trader Archer Daniels Midland Co made a takeover approach to rival Bunge Ltd , the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. http://on.wsj.com/2mSY8L0

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Manchester United's Carrick to retire at end of season, take coaching role

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Manchester United's Michael Carrick will retire from playing at the end of the season and take up a first-team coaching role at the Old Trafford club, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

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ADM pursues big ag merger with grain trader Bunge: WSJ

CHICAGO/CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Top U.S. grains merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co has proposed a takeover of Bunge Ltd , the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, a move that could set up a battle for Bunge with London-based rival Glencore Plc .

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Motorists of the world take heart: even popes get flat tires

LIMA (Reuters) - Pope Francis may have divine inspiration but not divine inflation: on Friday he suffered what millions of ordinary people have to deal with -- a flat tire.

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Trump administration says U.S. mistakenly backed China WTO accession in 2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States mistakenly supported China's membership of the World Trade Organization in 2001 on terms that have failed to force Beijing to open its economy, the Trump administration said on Friday as it prepares to clamp down on Chinese trade.

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Rand Paul's neighbor charged with assault

A 58-year old Kentucky man is being charged with assaulting a member of Congress connected with the November attack on GOP Sen. Rand Paul while he was mowing his yard wearing headphones.

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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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Venezuela's woes poised to hit U.S. oilfield service firms' earnings

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. oilfield service companies exposed to Venezuela face new hits to earnings from the South American nation's ongoing economic turmoil and U.S. sanctions on the country and state-run oil company PDVSA.

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Kentucky man charged with attacking Senator Rand Paul last year

(Reuters) - A Kentucky man accused of a physical attack on U.S. Senator Rand Paul last November has been charged with assaulting a member of Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday.

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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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BRIEF-Whirlpool ‍Estimates One-Time, Non-Cash Charge Of About $425 Mln In Q4

* WHIRLPOOL - ‍ESTIMATES WILL RECORD U.S. GAAP ONE-TIME, NON-CASH CHARGE OF ABOUT $425 MILLION TO TAX EXPENSE IN Q4 DUE TO TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2rli3aR) Further company coverage:

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ADM has made takeover approach to Bunge: WSJ

(Reuters) - Agricultural processing and trading company Archer Daniels Midland Co has proposed a takeover of Bunge Ltd , the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, a move that could set up a battle for Bunge with London-based rival Glencore Plc in an industry moving toward consolidation.

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FTC makes second request on Broadcom's bid for Qualcomm

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has made a second request for information on chipmaker Broadcom Ltd's $103 billion hostile bid for Qualcomm Inc , Broadcom said in a statement on Friday, a move that could indicate heightened antitrust scrutiny.

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Parent company of 7-Eleven agrees to divest some U.S. stores in Sunoco deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seven & i Holdings Co Ltd , the Tokyo-based parent company of the 7-Eleven network of stores, agreed to sell and divest some fuel outlets in its proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of 1,100 Sunoco LP outlets, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Friday.

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Judge overseeing AT&T, Time Warner merger trial hears document dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T , owner of DirecTV, is asking for documents from a long list of companies as part of preparation for a trial to determine if they will be allowed to buy movie and TV show maker Time Warner , their lawyer Daniel Petrocelli said in a pre-trial hearing on Friday.

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Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend won't face charges: sheriff

(Reuters) - The girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who fatally shot 58 people in October, is unlikely to face charges but the FBI was investigating another person in the case, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Friday.

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Archer Daniels has made takeover approach to Bunge: WSJ

(Reuters) - Agricultural trader Archer Daniels Midland Co made a takeover approach to rival Bunge Ltd , the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. http://on.wsj.com/2mSY8L0

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UPDATE 1-Archer Daniels has made takeover approach to Bunge - WSJ

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Agricultural trader Archer Daniels Midland Co made a takeover approach to rival Bunge Ltd , the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. http://on.wsj.com/2mSY8L0

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GE shares stumble to worst week since financial crisis

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

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Wall Street ends higher despite government shutdown threat

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street rose on Friday, led by gains in consumer stocks, even as a possible government shutdown loomed.

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U.S. to retry Senator Menendez on bribery, corruption charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it plans to retry Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez on bribery and corruption charges after a jury was deadlocked during a trial in November.

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Fed's Quarles details steps to ease rules from Volcker to stress tests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top bank regulator at the U.S. Federal Reserve is planning several imminent changes that Wall Street has wanted involving capital rules, proprietary trading and a process known as "living wills" that aims to prevent taxpayer bailouts.

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Delaware sues opioid manufacturers, distributors over epidemic

(Reuters) - Delaware on Friday became the latest state to file a lawsuit accusing corporations of helping fuel the national opioid epidemic, suing a wide range of companies involved in making, distributing and selling prescription painkillers.

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S&P, Nasdaq hit records, Dow muted as government shutdown looms

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq rose on Friday, led by gains in consumer stocks and hitting intraday highs, even as a possible government shutdown loomed.

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No charges anticipated against Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend: sheriff

(Reuters) - The sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Friday he does not foresee charges being filed against the girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who fatally shot 58 people last October.

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FTC set to make second request on Broadcom's bid for Qualcomm: sources

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is set to make a second request for information on chipmaker Broadcom Ltd's $103 billion hostile bid for Qualcomm Inc , people familiar with the matter said on Friday, indicating heightened antitrust scrutiny.

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U.S. to retry Senator Menendez on bribery, corruption charges: filing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it plans to retry Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez on bribery and corruption charges after a jury was deadlocked during a trial in November.

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No charges anticipated against girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter: sheriff

(Reuters) - The sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Friday he does not foresee charges being filed against the girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who fatally shot 58 people last October.

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Fed's Quarles says regulators have begun work to 'streamline' Volcker Rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. financial regulators have begun work on a proposal to "streamline" the Volcker Rule banning banks from making risky bets with their own money, the country's top banking regulator said on Friday, in a development that will be cheered by banks that have long complained the rule is too onerous.

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Biotest sheds U.S. business to allay U.S. concerns of Chinese takeover

FRANKFURT, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Biotest said on Friday that it has sold its U.S. operations, allaying national security concerns by U.S. authorities and paving the way for the German company's sale to a Chinese investor.

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Nike at two-year high as analysts tout margin benefits of direct sales

(Reuters) - Nike Inc's shares surged to a two-year high on Friday after two Wall Street brokerages said the footwear maker's profitability would soon reap the benefits of its recent move to sell directly to consumers.

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UK Takeover Panel extends deadline for IWG bidding

Jan 19 (Reuters) - The UK's Takeover Panel has extended the deadline for a consortium of companies to make an offer for British office firm IWG Plc until 1700 GMT on Feb. 2.

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U.S. regulators have begun work to 'streamline' Volcker Rule: Fed official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. financial regulators have begun work to "streamline" the Volcker Rule banning banks from making risky bets with their own money, the country's top banking regulator said on Friday.

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General Electric shares drop for fifth straight session

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

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S&P lifted by consumer stocks, IBM weighs on Dow

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq edged higher on Friday following positive brokerage recommendations on a bunch of consumer names, but the Dow was reined in by losses in IBM.

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BRIEF-Stadium Capital Management LLC Reports 5.9 Percent Passive Stake In Civitas Solutions

* STADIUM CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC REPORTS 5.9 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN CIVITAS SOLUTIONS INC AS OF JAN 9 - SEC FILING Source text : http://bit.ly/2rq0Z3D Further company coverage:

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Possible U.S. shutdown won't affect U.S.'s AAA-rating: Fitch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fitch Ratings said on Friday its top AAA debt rating for the United States would not be directly impacted by a possible federal shutdown, which will begin on Saturday if lawmakers fail to clinch a deal to fund the government.

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City Kitchen: In Winter, Take the Bitter With the Sweet

Sweet citruses and bitter chicories together make bright, juicy, seasonal winter salads.

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Gains in consumer stocks prop up S&P, Nasdaq

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were prodded higher by gains in consumer stocks, while investors played down fears of a looming U.S. government shutdown.

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Lowe's nominates directors after 'constructive' talks with D.E. Shaw

(Reuters) - Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc said it has nominated two independent board members and plans to add a third following "constructive" talks with hedge fund D.E. Shaw Group, which has taken an activist stake, sending shares up 3 percent on Friday.

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Pieters takes Abu Dhabi lead on day two

(Reuters) - Belgian Thomas Pieters carded a seven-under-par 65 in the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Friday to take the lead heading into the weekend, while defending champion Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson remain in contention.

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Amazon, Nike drive Wall Street higher

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes rose on Friday, powered by gains in Amazon and Nike, while investors shrugged off fears of a looming U.S. government shutdown.

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It’s Time to Take a Serious Look at Michael Stuhlbarg

The supporting actor had a breakout year with turns in “Call Me by Your Name,” “The Shape of Water” and “The Post.” Will the academy remember?

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Exclusive: Trump's coal job push stumbles in most states - data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's effort to put coal miners back to work stumbled in most coal producing states last year, even as overall employment in the downtrodden sector grew modestly, according to preliminary government data obtained by Reuters.

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Wall Street opens higher as investors shrug off shutdown fears

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened higher on Friday, putting the major indexes on track for three straight weeks of gains as hopes of a strong earnings season overshadowed fears of a potential U.S. government shutdown.

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Road to ruin? Carillion collapse puts spotlight on UK outsourcing model

LONDON/BALMEDIE, Scotland (Reuters) - In Balmedie, a village on the northeast coast of Scotland, an unfinished 12 km stretch of dual carriageway is a stark illustration of why British construction company Carillion went bust this week.

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NAFTA talks seen ending happily, despite growls from Trump

BENGALURU/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The North American Free Trade Agreement will probably be renegotiated successfully with only marginal changes, said a large majority of economists in a Reuters poll, despite the Trump administration's saber-rattling.

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BRIEF-Nuuvera And Aphria Finalize Offtake Agreement For Extra 60,000 Kgs Of Cannabis Production

* NUUVERA AND APHRIA FINALIZE OFFTAKE AGREEMENT FOR EXTRA 60,000 KGS OF CANNABIS PRODUCTION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Turkey shells Syria's Afrin region, minister says operation has begun

SUGEDIGI, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish artillery fired into Syria's Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area.

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Delta Air to tighten onboard emotional support animal requirements

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 animal-related safety issues over the last several years.

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Futures climb as investors shrug off government shutdown fears

(Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a record open for the benchmark S&P 500 index on Friday as investors bet on strong corporate earnings, while playing down fears of a potential U.S. government shutdown.

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Lowe's names two directors after talks with activist investor

(Reuters) - Lowe's Cos Inc said on Friday it added two board members, a week after reports that hedge fund D.E. Shaw & Co had built an active stake in the home improvement chain, sending its shares up 2 percent.

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U.S. shutdown fears hurt dollar, Treasury yields at highest since 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar wallowed near three-year lows on Friday as heightened fears of a U.S. government shutdown unnerved investors, while U.S. Treasury yields continued an upward march to hit their highest levels since September 2014.

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Exclusive: Most U.S. states lost coal mining jobs in 2017 – data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly two-thirds of U.S. coal producing states lost coal mining jobs in 2017, even as overall employment in the downtrodden sector grew modestly, according to preliminary government data obtained by Reuters.

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India sends tax notices to cryptocurrency investors as trading hits $3.5 billion

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has sent tax notices to tens of thousands of people dealing in cryptocurrency after a nationwide survey showed more than $3.5 billion worth of transactions have been conducted over a 17-month period, the income tax department said.

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BRIEF-Selz Capital Reports 7.1 Pct Passive Stake In WPX Energy As Of Dec 31, 2017

* SELZ CAPITAL REPORTS 7.1 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN WPX ENERGY AS OF DEC 31, 2017 - SEC FILING Source text (http://bit.ly/2FXnpfS) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-National Oilwell Varco Expects Q4 Results To Be In-Line With Guidance, Excluding Charges

* NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO ANNOUNCES CHANGES IN REPORTING SEGMENTS; EXPECTS FOURTH QUARTER 2017 RESULTS TO BE IN-LINE WITH GUIDANCE, EXCLUDING CHARGES

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Putin takes an icy dip

Russian President Vladimir Putin stripped down to his bathing trunks in freezing temperatures Friday before immersing himself in icy waters to mark the feast of the Epiphany.

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Showdown Vote in Senate on Friday With Government Shutdown at Stake

Senate Democrats appear ready to block legislation to keep the government funded past midnight, gambling that President Trump will offer concessions in the face of a crisis.

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Japan, U.S. to discuss trade 'framework', U.S. envoy says: NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States next week will start to discuss a framework of negotiations with the aim of concluding a trade pact and fixing bilateral trade imbalances, Japanese public broadcaster NHK quoted the U.S. ambassador to Japan as saying.

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Turkish shelling marks start of Afrin operation, minister says

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's operation in Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin region has "de facto" begun with cross-border shelling, Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Friday.

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Phelps: 'I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life'

Far from the familiar waters of an Olympic pool, swimmer Michael Phelps shared the story of his personal encounter with depression at a mental health conference in Chicago this week.

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Dollar hurt by U.S. shutdown fears, Treasury yields at highest since 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar wallowed near three-year lows on Friday as heightened fears of a U.S. government shutdown unnerved investors, while U.S. Treasury yields continued an upward march to hit their highest levels since September 2014.

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Emirates A380 orders allow Airbus to maintain minimum production - COO

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Bregier said on Friday that Emirates' latest order for up to 36 A380 aircraft worth $16 billion at list price would allow the European planemaker to maintain a minimum production level of the superjumbo.

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Russia's Putin takes dip in icy lake to mark Orthodox Epiphany

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin stripped off to his bathing trunks and immersed himself in the freezing waters of a lake late on Thursday, observing an Orthodox Christian ritual to mark the feast of Epiphany.