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Blame game begins after shutdown

First came the failed vote. Then the finger-pointing.

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Neither side in shutdown drama wanted to blink first

Even by Washington's standards, the sequence of busted negotiations, partisan dysfunction, and blame games that shut down the federal government at midnight on Friday was baffling.

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Senate Leaders Speak After Government Shuts Down

Shortly after midnight, Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer made statements blaming the opposing party for failing to reach an agreement to fund the government.

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U.S. government shutdown begins as spending bill fails in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a last-minute deal to fund its operations, divided in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security.

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What the shutdown means for you

In the final moments leading up to Friday's midnight deadline, Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a stopgap funding measure to continue government services.

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Government shutdown looms as Senate short of votes for spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate was short of the votes needed to approve a bill to keep the federal government running as a midnight deadline loomed on Friday night, although high-level negotiations continued.

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Then and now: Trump on government shutdowns

President Donald Trump says Democrats are to blame if there is a government shutdown, in 2013 he sounded very different.

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U.S. government shutdown looms as Senate short of votes for spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate was short of the votes needed to approve a bill to keep the federal government running as a midnight deadline loomed on Friday night, but high-level negotiations continued.

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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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UPDATE 1-Twitter to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during U.S. elections

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc, which is reviewing Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. elections, said on Friday it would notify some of its users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service.

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U.S. government shutdown looms, lawmakers in hectic negotiations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers raced against the clock to avert a federal government shutdown on Friday but it was not clear if hectic negotiations would bring a deal before a midnight deadline.

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As the Shutdown Loomed, Trump Reached Out to Schumer

But as happened in September — when a tentative deal fell apart after the president’s hard-line advisers and conservative supporters revolted — the meeting went nowhere.

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UPDATE 5-ADM pursues big ag merger with grain trader Bunge -WSJ

CHICAGO/CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 19 (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 Swiss-based rival Glencore Plc.

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5 ways the shutdown could be bad for your health

A government shutdown could potentially hurt the health of more than the government workers who will be plagued with the uncertainty and stress of not knowing when they'll get back to work and collect a paycheck. The shutdown could impact you, too.

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News Analysis: Shutdown? It Could Be Forgotten in a Trumpian Flash

As Democrats pushed the government toward a shutdown, they could take solace in the rapid-fire news cycles of the Trump era. A crisis now may be long forgotten by November.

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BRIEF-Blackstone / GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund Announces Preliminary Filing For Rights Offering

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Blackstone / GSO Senior Floating Rate Term Fund:

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 4-ADM pursues big ag merger with grain trader Bunge -WSJ

CHICAGO/CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 19 (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 Switzerland-based rival Glencore Plc.

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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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Vista Equity explores options for PowerSchool, PeopleAdmin-sources

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners Management LLC is exploring options for two software companies it owns, PowerSchool and PeopleAdmin, that could involve combining them in a deal worth between $2 billion to $3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

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BRIEF-Core Gold Provides Update

* CORE GOLD PROVIDES UPDATE ON ELIPE S.A RESTORATION TO CORPORATE GOOD STANDING AND INVESTA BANK S.A. $15,000,000 DEBT FACILITY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Alaska oil producers focus on efficiencies, not $70 oil

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The rebound in the price of crude oil in recent months that has helped producers will be temporary, and the industry must prepare for competition from energy sources elsewhere, the head of the Alaska operations of BP Plc said at an industry conference on Friday.

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How Washington Reached the Brink of a Shutdown

Here’s a look back at the events that lead to the brink of a government shutdown over DACA.

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What Happens When the Government Shuts Down?

The clock is ticking. Without a funding deal, the federal government will shut down on Jan. 20 at 12:01 a.m. But what does that mean and how does it happen?

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UPDATE 3-Facebook to prioritize 'trustworthy' news based on surveys

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will prioritize "trustworthy" news in its feed of social media posts, using member surveys to identify high-quality outlets and fight sensationalism and misinformation, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Willis Lease Says It Gave All Non-Executive Employees One-Time Bonus Of $1,000

* WILLIS LEASE FINANCE GIVES EMPLOYEE BONUS DRIVEN BY NEW TAX LAWS

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UPDATE 1-Ohio again asks U.S. regulators to stop drilling on Rover natgas pipe

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Ohio environmental regulators on Friday asked federal energy regulators to order Energy Transfer Partners LP to cease drilling operations on the Rover natural gas pipeline under the Tuscarawas River over concern about the potential for a spill.

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UPDATE 4-ADM pursues big ag merger with grain trader Bunge -WSJ

CHICAGO/CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 19 (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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With no deal in sight, Congress faces looming government shutdown

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

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U.S. 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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Rent-A-Center, Vintage Capital sign standstill deal amid buyout talks

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Buyout firm Vintage Capital Management LLC has agreed not to raise its stake in its acquisition target Rent-A-Center Inc or seek to gain control of its board as they talk about a potential deal, the furniture retailer said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-New Jersey governor calls for audit of state's tax incentive program

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - New Jersey's new governor, Phil Murphy, signed an executive order on Friday calling for an evaluation of the state's corporate tax break programs by the comptroller's office before year-end.

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U.S government shutdown would increase Pentagon's weapons costs

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A U.S. government shutdown will stall new defense department contracts and ultimately increase the costs of weapons, creating even more budgetary headaches as lawmakers grapple with a government funding crisis.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil stocks hold near all-time highs; Argentina stocks fall

(Updates prices) By Bruno Federowski BRASILIA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Brazilian stocks hovered near all-time highs on Friday as optimism over the country's economic prospects sustained demand for local assets, while hopes of a tie-up with Boeing Co boosted shares of Embraer SA . The benchmark Bovespa stock index rose 0.32 percent, hitting an intraday record of 81,429. The bourse was supported by blue chips such as lenders Banco Bradesco SA and Itaú Unibanco Holding SA. Emerging mark

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UPDATE 1-Weaker dollar adds to optimism over U.S. earnings

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The dollar's drop to three-year lows this week after prolonged weakness in 2017 is expected to further boost profits at big U.S. companies when investor optimism is already high over corporate tax cuts.

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Twitter to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during U.S. elections

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc, which is reviewing Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. elections, said on Friday it would notify some of its users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service.

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UPDATE 1-Dixons Carphone CEO James quits for job at Boots

LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The chief executive of Dixons Carphone has quit Britain's largest electricals and mobile phone retailer to run the Boots chain in the country, Dixons said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Parent company of 7-Eleven agrees to divest some U.S. stores in Sunoco deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Seven & i Holdings Co Ltd , the Tokyo-based parent company of the 7-Eleven network of stores, agreed to sell and divest some of its stores 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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BRIEF-Value Line ‍Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend Of $0.18/SHR

* VALUE LINE ‍ANNOUNCES QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND OF $0.18 PER COMMON SHARE , A SPECIAL DIVIDEND OF $0.20 PER SHARE AND REAFFIRMS SHARE BUYBACK PROGRAM​ Source text - http://bit.ly/2DUq0Xn Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Wintrust Raises Minium Wage Due To Tax Reform Legislation​

* WINTRUST FINANCIAL - DUE TO TAX REFORM LEGISLATION, CO TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE PAID TO ELIGIBLE NON-COMMISSIONED HOURLY EMPLOYEES TO $15 PER HOUR​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Helios And Matheson Analytics Says Co And Moviepass Entered Into Amendment No. 1 To Voting Agreement

* HELIOS AND MATHESON ANALYTICS - ON JAN 16, CO AND MOVIEPASS INC ENTERED INTO AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO VOTING AGREEMENT-SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Activision Blizzard Expands Size Of Board To Ten Members​

* ACTIVISION BLIZZARD SAYS ON JAN 12 BOARD ELECTED A NEW MEMBER, EXPANDING SIZE OF BOARD TO TEN MEMBERS​ - SEC FILING Source text -http://bit.ly/2FYMXcv Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-U.S. approves possible sale of F-35 jets to Belgium for $6.5 bln

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Friday said it has approved the possible sale of 34 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 jets to Belgium for $6.53 billion, a potential new customer for the No. 1 U.S. defense contractor's most important product.

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BRIEF-South Jersey Industries To Postpone Investor Day Presentation

* SOUTH JERSEY INDUSTRIES: SJI TO POSTPONE INVESTOR DAY PRESENTATION

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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-Viacom CEO Robert Bakish's 2017 Total Compensation Was $20.3 Mln

* VIACOM INC - CEO ROBERT M. BAKISH 'S 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $20.3 MILLION - SEC FILING‍​

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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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BRIEF-Vintage Capital, Rent-A-Center Enter Into Confidentiality And Non-Disclosure Agreement

* VINTAGE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT - ON JAN 17, VINTAGE CAPITAL AND RENT-A-CENTER ENTERED INTO CONFIDENTIALITY AND NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT

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

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

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UPDATE 7-Oil prices fall as rally falters on growing U.S. output concerns

* U.S. crude output expected to break through 10 mln bpd -IEA

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BRIEF-ModusLink Global Solutions Adopts Tax Benefits Preservation Plan

* MODUSLINK GLOBAL SOLUTIONS ADOPTS TAX BENEFITS PRESERVATION PLAN

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BRIEF-Lennar Announces Commencement Of Exchange Offers

* LENNAR ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT OF EXCHANGE OFFERS AND CONSENT SOLICITATIONS FOR CALATLANTIC NOTES

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Trump in 2013: President responsible for shutdown

President Donald Trump told Fox News in 2013 that the blame for a government shutdown ultimately goes to the president.

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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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BRIEF-Scotts Miracle-Gro Adopts Resolution to Reduce Board Size From 11 To 10 Members​

* SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO- ON JAN. 19, BOARD ADOPTED RESOLUTION PURSUANT TO CODE OF REGULATIONS OF CO TO REDUCE SIZE OF BOARD FROM 11 TO 10 MEMBERS​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2rolu0s) Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-‍Dixons Carphone says Alex Baldock To Succeed Sebastian James As CEO

* ‍DIXONS CARPHONE PLC ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF ALEX BALDOCK AS GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE FROM APRIL 2018​

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BRIEF-Core Molding And Subsidiary Entered Into Amended And Restated Credit Agreement - SEC Filing​

* CORE MOLDING TECHNOLOGIES INC - ‍ON JANUARY 16, 2018, COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARY ENTERED INTO AN AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT - SEC FILING​

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UPDATE 1-Facebook to prioritize 'trustworthy' news sources

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will begin to prioritize "trustworthy" news outlets on its stream of social media posts as it works to combat "sensationalism" and "misinformation," Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Hugoton Royalty Trust Declares No January Cash Distribution

* HUGOTON ROYALTY TRUST DECLARES NO JANUARY CASH DISTRIBUTION AND GIVES NOTICE OF TENTATIVE XTO SETTLEMENT AMOUNT

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CNN poll: DACA not worth a shutdown, except to Democrats

With hours to go before a midnight deadline for Congress to fund the government or shut it down, most Americans say avoiding a shutdown is more important than passing a bill to maintain the program allowing people brought to the US illegally as children to stay, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

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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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UPDATE 5-Schlumberger profit beats, sees stronger year for oil sector

HOUSTON Jan 19 (Reuters) - Schlumberger on Friday posted a fourth quarter loss on charges but beat Wall Street forecasts and gave an upbeat outlook, predicting its international operations would grow in 2018 for the first time in four years.

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BRIEF-J Crew Group says ‍On Jan. 16, Board Appointed Seth Farbman To Board Of Co

* J CREW GROUP INC - ‍ON JAN, 16, , BOARD OF CO APPOINTED SETH FARBMAN TO BOARD OF COMPANY, WHICH INCREASED SIZE OF BOARD TO TEN MEMBERS - SEC FILING​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Canadian cannabis firm Aurora in talks to buy both CanniMed and Newstrike -sources

TORONTO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis Inc is in talks with rivals CanniMed Therapeutics Inc and Newstrike Resources Ltd to acquire both companies in a friendly deal, people familiar with the situation told Reuters on Friday.

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Ohio again asks U.S. regulators to stop drilling on Rover natgas pipe

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Ohio environmental regulators on Friday asked federal energy regulators to order Energy Transfer Partners LP to cease drilling operations on the Rover natural gas pipeline under the Tuscarawas River over concern about the potential for a spill.

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UPDATE 1-Delta Air to tighten rules for onboard service animals

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (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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No deal reached as Schumer, Trump meet to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday to search for ways to avert a U.S. government shutdown, but Schumer said afterward that disagreements remained as the clock ticked toward a midnight deadline to pass a funding bill.

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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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US STOCKS-S&P, Nasdaq hit records, Dow muted as govt shutdown looms

* Dow up 0.03 pct, S&P up 0.3 pct, Nasdaq up 0.5 pct (Updates to late afternoon, changes byline, adds dateline NEW YORK)

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Weaker dollar adds to optimism over U.S. earnings

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The dollar's drop to three-year lows this week after prolonged weakness in 2017 is expected to further boost profits at big U.S. companies when investor optimism is already high over corporate tax cuts.

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BRIEF-Verint Systems Says Reaffirming Non-GAAP Outlook For Year Ending Jan 31

* VERINT SYSTEMS - INTEND TO REAFFIRM, AND HEREBY REAFFIRMING, NON-GAAP OUTLOOK FOR YEAR ENDING JAN 31, 2018 ON CALL WITH EXISTING, POTENTIAL LENDERS Source text: (http://bit.ly/2DRS6Ct) Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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BRIEF-Exxonmobil To Change Presentation Of Some Line Items‍​ In Upcoming Earnings

* EXXONMOBIL - WISHES TO NOTIFY INVESTORS THAT UPCOMING EARNINGS REPORT WILL REFLECT A CHANGE IN THE FORM OF PRESENTATION OF CERTAIN LINE ITEMS‍​

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BRIEF-Southern Company Sets Regular Quarterly Dividend Of $0.58/Shr

* SOUTHERN CO ANNOUNCES ‍REGULAR QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF 58 CENTS PER SHARE ON COMPANY'S COMMON STOCK​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Mattis: Shutdown will have a 'terrible impact' on military

Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned Friday that a government shutdown will have "a terrible" impact on the US military, just hours before a deadline for the Senate to pass a bill to keep the government open. However, he made clear that the military would continue to function and perform critical missions despite a shutdown.

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Schumer, Trump meet at White House as government shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday to search for ways to avert a U.S. government shutdown, but Schumer said afterward that disagreements remained as the clock ticks toward a midnight deadline to pass a funding bill.

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Schumer, Trump meet at White House as government shutdown nears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday to search for ways to avert a U.S. government shutdown but Schumer said afterward that disagreements remained as the clock ticked toward a midnight deadline to pass a spending bill.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. oil drillers cut rigs for 2nd week in three -Baker Hughes

(Adds Permian rigs and production) By Scott DiSavino Jan 19 (Reuters) - U.S. energy companies this week cut oil rigs for the second time in three weeks even though crude prices traded near their highest level since 2014. Drillers cut five oil rigs in the week to Jan. 19, bringing the total count down to 747, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday. The U.S. rig count, an early indicat

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Here's what the last government shutdown looked like

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BRIEF-Kroger Declares Quarterly Dividend of 12.5¢ Per Share

* KROGER CO - ‍DECLARED A QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF 12.5¢ PER SHARE TO BE PAID ON MARCH 1, 2018​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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

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

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BRIEF-The City of Vancouver Partners With Shaw Communications To Expand Public’S Access To Free Wi-Fi

* CITY PARTNERS WITH SHAW TO EXPAND PUBLIC’S ACCESS TO FREE WI-FI Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Kansas City Southern reports results for the quarter ended December 31 - summary

Jan 19 (Reuters) - * Kansas City Southern posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $1.38 per share. The mean expectation of 18 analysts for the quarter ended December 31 was for earnings of $1.37 per share. * Revenue rose 10.34 percent to $660.40 million from a year ago; analysts expected $656.28 million. * Kansas City Southern's Reported EPS for the quarter was $5.33. * The mean earnings estimate of analysts had risen by about 0.6 percent in the last three months. * In the last 30 days six analys

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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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BRIEF-Visionstate Announces Increase To Private Placement

* VISIONSTATE CORP - ‍PRIVATE PLACEMENT WILL NOW CONSIST OF UP TO 20 MILLION UNITS AT A PRICE OF $0.05 PER UNIT​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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As clock ticks, Senate scrambles to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate raced to avert a government shutdown on Friday ahead of a midnight deadline with no agreement on funding in sight and both parties squabbling over who is to blame for the impasse.

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MOVES-Stifel hires Greg Greenberg from Wells Fargo Advisors

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Stifel Financial Corp said Greg Greenberg has joined its broker-dealer unit, Stifel, Nicolaus & Co Inc's private client group in Overland Park, Kansas.

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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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BRIEF-Kawasaki Heavy Industries Appears Likely To Receive Orders To Build Cars For New York City's Subways - Nikkei

* KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES APPEARS LIKELY TO RECEIVE ORDERS TO BUILD ABOUT 1,600 CARS FOR NEW YORK CITY'S SUBWAYS - NIKKEI

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Arkansas restricts controversial Monsanto, BASF farm chemical

CHICAGO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - In a blow to manufacturers Monsanto Co and BASF SE, Arkansas state lawmakers voted on Friday to bar sprayings of a controversial weed killer after mid-April to protect farmers from potential crop damage.

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Vegetarian's lawsuit over beef tallow at Buffalo Wild Wings is dismissed

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit by a New York vegetarian who accused Buffalo Wild Wings Inc of failing to disclose that it cooked french fries and other "non-meat" items in beef fat.

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Brazil refined oil products output dipped in 2017 -ANP

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Brazilian production of refined oil products slid 4.5 percent last year to 665.721 million barrels compared with 2016, oil regulator ANP said on Friday, as output of both diesel and gasoline dipped.

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BRIEF-Tahoe Clarifies On Reports Regarding Shahuindo Mine

* TAHOE RESOURCES - ‍AGENCY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND CONTROL IS CONDUCTING A NORMAL COURSE INVESTIGATION TO VERIFY THERE IS NO CONTAMINATION​

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

* Dow off 0.21 pct, S&P up 0.16 pct, Nasdaq up 0.34 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

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BRIEF-National Access Cannabis Announces Private Placement Financing

* NATIONAL ACCESS CANNABIS ANNOUNCES PRIVATE PLACEMENT FINANCING

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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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Clock running out as Senate tries to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate raced to avert a government shutdown on Friday ahead of a midnight deadline with no agreement on funding in sight and both parties squabbling over who is to blame for the impasse.

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As South Korea counts down to Olympics, a ghost ski resort festers

GANSEOUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The chairs of an abandoned ski lift sit on a barren, ghostly mountainside in South Korea; like gravestones for what was one a vibrant holiday resort.

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UPDATE 4-Schlumberger profit beats, predicts strong 2018 for shale

HOUSTON Jan 19 (Reuters) - Schlumberger on Friday posted a fourth quarter loss on charges but beat Wall Street forecasts and offered an upbeat outlook that included the first growth in its struggling international operations in four years.

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BRIEF-American National Bankshares Announces Stock Repurchase Plan Of Up To 300,000 Shares

* AMERICAN NATIONAL BANKSHARES INC. ANNOUNCES A STOCK REPURCHASE PLAN

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BRIEF-Allied Motion Acquires Equipment Steering Business From Maval Industries

* ALLIED MOTION ACQUIRES ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT STEERING BUSINESS FROM MAVAL INDUSTRIES

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BRIEF-Peat Resources Signs Agreement To Acquire Belair African Metals Sarl

* PEAT RESOURCES LIMITED SIGNS DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE BELAIR AFRICAN METALS SARL

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White House: We're preparing for 'Schumer shutdown'

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says the White House is preparing for a government shutdown and is waiting for Congress to pass a funding bill.

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

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (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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UPDATE 3-NAFTA future clouds Kansas City Southern earnings beat

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Kansas City Southern, a U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, sought to ease investor fears on Friday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, touting forecasts of solid freight volumes and a stronger economy in 2018.

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BRIEF-Airbus in talks with British Airways on new A380s sale - Bloomberg

* AIRBUS IS IN TALKS WITH BRITISH AIRWAYS ON NEW A380S SALE - BLOOMBERG CITING SOURCES Source: https://bloom.bg/2DrF9SX Further company coverage:

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US STOCKS-Gains in consumer stocks prop up S&P, Nasdaq

* Dow off 0.15 pct, S&P 0.09 pct, Nasdaq 0.12 pct (Changes comment, updates prices, adds details)

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UPDATE 3-Schlumberger profit beats, predicts strong 2018 for shale

HOUSTON Jan 19 (Reuters) - Schlumberger on Friday posted a large fourth quarter loss on charges but beat Wall Street forecasts and offered an upbeat outlook that included the first growth in its struggling international operations in four years.

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UPDATE 3-Lowe's nominates directors after 'constructive' talks with D.E. Shaw

Jan 19 (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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BRIEF-Bank Of Commerce Holdings Reports Quarterly EPS $0.00

* BANK OF COMMERCE HOLDINGS - QTRLY NET INTEREST INCOME $10.9 MILLION VERSUS $9.4 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Equities climb amid shutdown threat, Treasury yields hit 3-year high

* Worries over possible U.S. government shutdown weigh on dollar

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BRIEF-Betteru Education Announces Private Placement

* BETTERU EDUCATION - ANNOUNCE A NON-BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT TO RAISE UP TO MAXIMUM OF $1 MILLION OR 2.2 MILLION UNITS AT DEEMED PRICE OF $0.46 PER UNIT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 3-Sterling falls after weak retail sales numbers dent optimism

* Sterling has in January hit several post-Brexit vote highs (Adds details, updates prices)

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'Upside down' artist Baselitz celebrated in retrospective

RIEHEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Georg Baselitz, a provocative German artist who inspired a generation with challenging depictions of the Nazi era and the post-war division of Germany, is being honored by a retrospective to mark his 80th birthday.

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BRIEF-Cinedigm Announces Strategic Alliance With Starrise Media

* CINEDIGM ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH LEADING CHINESE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY STARRISE MEDIA TO RELEASE FILMS IN CHINA AND NORTH AMERICA

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UPDATE 2-NAFTA future clouds Kansas City Southern earnings beat

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Kansas City Southern, a U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, sought to ease investor fears on Friday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, touting forecasts of solid freight volumes and a stronger economy in 2018.

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Clock running out to avert U.S. government shutdown as Trump blames Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump postponed plans to leave Washington on Friday while the U.S. Congress faced a midnight deadline to come up with funding legislation to avoid federal agency shutdowns.

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Brazil´s Caixa approves new rules to improve governance- statement

SAO PAULO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The board of directors of Brazilian state-owned bank Caixa Econômica Federal approved on Friday rules to improve the bank’s governance, the company said in a statement.

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UPDATE 1-Former Catalan leader says he can rule from abroad, Madrid says no

MADRID, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The sacked former leader of Catalonia said on Friday he could be re-elected as the region's president and rule remotely from his self-imposed exile in Brussels, but the Spanish government said it would not let that happen.

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Baltic index falls, capesizes post biggest weekly drop in 2 years

Jan 19 (Reuters) - The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index fell on Friday and continued to linger around five month lows as the capesize segment recorded its biggest weekly percentage decline in two years.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises, led by bank and railroad shares

TORONTO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Friday, led by gains for the heavyweight financials group and industrial shares, while energy stocks were weighed by lower oil prices.

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Analysis: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Why no one knows anything as shutdown nears

The federal government will run out of money and shut down at midnight. And, right now, no one in Washington has the slightest clue how to stop that from happening.

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BRIEF-National Fuel Gas Co Says CEO Ronald Tanski's FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $7.6 Mln

* NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO SAYS CEO RONALD TANSKI'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $7.6 MILLION VERSUS $7.1 MILLION IN FY 2016 - SEC FILING Source text : http://bit.ly/2rq1TwQ Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Alibaba Pictures Group Says Shanghai TPP Enters Advertising Services Framework Agreements

* SHANGHAI TPP ENTERS ADVERTISING SERVICES FRAMEWORK AGREEMENTS WITH UNITS OF ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Regions, SunTrust top profit estimates on higher interest rates

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Regions Financial Corp and SunTrust Banks Inc reported quarterly earnings on Friday that topped Wall Street expectations, benefiting from higher interest rates amid sluggish lending.

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BRIEF-Elliott Believes Qualcomm Can Deliver Value To Shareholders At Prices For NXP Higher Than $135/Share

* ELLIOTT BELIEVES QUALCOMM CAN DELIVER VALUE TO ITS SHAREHOLDERS AT PRICES FOR NXP HIGHER THAN $135 PER SHARE

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A midnight shutdown seems likely, unless there's a big change

The government will shut down at 12:00:01 a.m. ET, Saturday morning. Nobody on either side -- Senate or House; Republican or Democrat -- sees a different path at this point.

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UPDATE 2-Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech -EU

* Improvement means legislation less likely -EU commissioner (Adds Google comment)

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US STOCKS-Amazon, Nike drive Wall Street higher

* Indexes up: Dow 0.05 pct, S&P 0.28 pct, Nasdaq 0.37 pct (Updates to open)

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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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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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En route to Davos, Macron makes Versailles the place to be

PARIS, Jan 19 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will host dozens of the world's most powerful business executives at the gilded Palace of Versailles to pitch France Inc before the global elite's annual gathering at Davos.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as broad-based gains offset losses for energy

TORONTO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged higher on Friday as broad-based gains offset losses for the energy group after oil prices fell.

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Live Briefing: Senate Democrats Appear Set to Block Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

The government will shut down at midnight Eastern Time if lawmakers fail to get an agreement on a spending bill.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil stocks hold near all-time highs; Embraer jumps

By Bruno Federowski BRASILIA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Brazilian stocks hovered near all-time highs on Friday as optimism over the nation's economic prospects sustained demand for local assets, while hopes of a tie-up with Boeing Co boosted shares of Embraer SA . The benchmark Bovespa stock index rose 0.2 percent, supported by blue chips such as Vale SA and lenders Banco Bradesco SA and Itaú Unibanco Holding SA . Emerging markets kicked off the year with a rally as several reports show

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens higher as investors shrug off shutdown fears

Jan 19 (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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BRIEF-Orexigen Therapeutics Says ‍Expect Annualized Savings Associated With Feb 2018 Reduction In Sales Force Of About $30 Mln​

* OREXIGEN THERAPEUTICS SAYS ‍EXPECT ANNUALIZED SAVINGS ASSOCIATED WITH FEB 2018 REDUCTION IN SALES FORCE OF ABOUT $30 MILLION​ - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2Bg6XUc) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Penn Virginia Announces Retirement Of Executive Chairman And Appointment Of New Members Of The Board Of Directors

* PENN VIRGINIA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN AND APPOINTMENT OF NEW MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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BRIEF-Suntrust Says Scott Case Will Succeed Anil Cheriyan As CIO And Begin Role Effective February 5, 2018​

* SUNTRUST ANNOUNCES CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER RETIREMENT, APPOINTMENT

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Amazon hikes price for its Prime service by 18 percent

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Friday raised the monthly fee for Amazon Prime, its fast-shipping and video-streaming service, to $12.99 from $10.99.

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BRIEF-Schlumberger says to fund 2018 activity growth without raising capex from 2017 levels

* SCHLUMBERGER SAYS RETURN TO GROWTH IN INTERNATIONAL MARKET WILL REPRESENT "SIGNIFICANT BOOST TO OUR EARNINGS POWER" - CONF CALL

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UPDATE 1-Foreigners maintain large-scale purchases of Canada securities

OTTAWA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Foreign investment in Canadian securities, particularly bonds, remained strong in November and was on track to hit an annual record, Statistics Canada data indicated on Friday.

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Elliott says chipmaker NXP worth more than $135 per share

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Elliott Management Corp said on Friday NXP Semiconductors NV is worth much more than its previous assessment of $135 per share and Qualcomm Inc's $110 offer to buy the chipmaker.

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UPDATE 1-Commodity volumes lift Kansas City Southern quarterly profit, beats on revenue

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Kansas City Southern, a regional U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, reported a higher quarterly net profit on Friday, driven by revenue growth in 2017 in all six of the commodities it hauls and changes in U.S. tax law. The Kansas City, Missouri-based company posted fourth-quarter net income of $552 million, or $5.33 per diluted share, up from $130 million, or $1.21 per diluted share a year earlier.

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BRIEF-Leading Edge Materials To Commence Trading On Nasdaq First North Stockholm

* LEADING EDGE MATERIALS TO COMMENCE TRADING ON NASDAQ FIRST NORTH STOCKHOLM

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BRIEF-Tekmodo Enters Into Non-Binding Letter Agreement To Sell Subsidiaries

* TEKMODO ENTERS INTO NON-BINDING LETTER AGREEMENT TO SELL SUBSIDIARIES

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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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BRIEF-Moviepasstm Unveils Strategy To Invest In Film At The Sundance Film Festival With The Launch Of Moviepass Ventures

* MOVIEPASSTM UNVEILS STRATEGY TO INVEST IN FILM AT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WITH THE LAUNCH OF MOVIEPASS VENTURES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Pavmed Announces Pricing Of Firm Commitment Common Stock Offering

* PAVMED ANNOUNCES PRICING OF FIRM COMMITMENT COMMON STOCK OFFERING

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

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

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Trump not expected to go to Mar-a-Lago if shutdown happens

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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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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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Clock running out to avert government shutdown as Trump blames Democrats

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

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UPDATE 1-Schlumberger Q4 profit beats, makes Venezuela write-down

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Schlumberger reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday as the oilfield services provider benefited from higher oil prices, while also taking $2.7 billion in charges for restructuring and investment in Venezuela.

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BRIEF-Protective Enters Agreement To Reinsure Liberty Life, Annuity Business

* PROTECTIVE ENTERS AGREEMENT TO REINSURE LIBERTY LIFE AND ANNUITY BUSINESS

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

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

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US STOCKS-Futures climb as investors shrug off govt shutdown fears

Jan 19 (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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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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GLOBAL MARKETS-US shutdown fears hurt dollar, Treasury yields at highest since 2014

* Worries over possible U.S. government shutdown weigh on dollar

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

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

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BRIEF-Merck says First-Time Data For Keytruda In Patients With Previously Treated Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma To Be Presented At 2018 ASCO GI Symposium

* FIRST-TIME DATA FOR MERCK'S KEYTRUDA® (PEMBROLIZUMAB) IN PATIENTS WITH PREVIOUSLY TREATED ADVANCED HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA (HCC) TO BE PRESENTED AT 2018 ASCO GI SYMPOSIUM

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BRIEF-Napec says U.S. Subsidiary Riggs Distler & Co Awarded Contracts Representing Potential Value Of $174.8 Mln

* NAPEC INC. ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT CONTRACT RENEWALS AND AWARD OF NEW CONTRACTS

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BRIEF-Citizens Financial Group Q4 Earnings Per Share $1.35

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

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Who's affected by a shutdown: By the numbers

If Congress can't agree on a plan to fund the federal government before time runs out, a shutdown is expected to affect millions of Americans.

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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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No reason why I can't rule Catalonia remotely, former leader says

MADRID, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The sacked former leader of Catalonia said on Friday he was perfectly eligible to be re-elected as regional president and there was no reason why he couldn't rule the Spanish region remotely from self-imposed exile in Brussels.

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BRIEF-Seacor Marine Announces Confirmation Of "Stalking Horse" Bid To Form JV With Montco Offshore

* SEACOR MARINE ANNOUNCES CONFIRMATION OF “STALKING HORSE” BID TO FORM JOINT VENTURE WITH MONTCO OFFSHORE, INC.

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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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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-Prosperity Bancshares Announces Stock Repurchase Program

* PROSPERITY BANCSHARES, INC.® ANNOUNCES STOCK REPURCHASE PROGRAM

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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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BRIEF-Genesee & Wyoming's Traffic in Dec. 2017 Was 255,199 Carloads, Decrease Of 15,344 Carloads, Compared With Dec. 2016

* GENESEE & WYOMING INC - G&W'S TRAFFIC IN DECEMBER 2017 WAS 255,199 CARLOADS, A DECREASE OF 15,344 CARLOADS, OR 5.7%, COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 2016

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Government Shutdown, Amazon, ‘12 Strong’: Your Friday Briefing

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

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BRIEF-Synchrony Financial Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.49

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

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Goggia delights home crowd in Cortina downhill

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) - Italian Sofia Goggia won a second successive women's downhill in front of an elated home crowd, with the American duo of Lindsey Vonn and overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin also enjoying a podium finish in a thrilling race on Friday.

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Clock running out for Congress to avert government shutdown

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

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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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UPDATE 1-Sterling seesaws after UK retail sales data; briefly nears $1.40

LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Sterling seesawed on Friday after data showed British shop sales slid by much more than expected in December, though the currency was still on track for its longest winning streak against the dollar since 2014.

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China targets cryptocurrencies in online pyramid scheme crackdown

(Reuters) - China will crack down on online pyramid schemes, including speculation masked as cryptocurrencies and online games, the public security ministry said on Friday.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks set for 6th week of gains, yuan at 2-yr high

LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks pushed to a fresh near-decade high and were set for a sixth straight week of gains on Friday after Chinese growth data lifted Asian markets to a record peak and the yuan to a two-year high.

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Don’t Mind the Day Care Downstairs

More than half of the day care centers in New York City are home-based, which means toddlers often get dropped off in residential buildings.

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

* Worries over possible U.S. government shutdown weigh on dollar

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SoftBank telecoms IPO faces headwinds from govt-backed upstarts

* SoftBank telecoms IPO could be largest Japan listing in 20 yrs

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REFILE-UPDATE 4-Xerox-Fujifilm deal should have been changed long ago -Icahn

* Icahn says current Xerox management incapable of renegotiation

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Nokia signs its first official 5G equipment deal with NTT DoCoMo

FRANKFURT, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Finland's Nokia said on Friday it signed its first major deal to supply new 5G wireless radio base stations to Japanese telecom operator NTT DoCoMo, which boasts nearly half of the country's mobile subscribers.

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Mexico's energy opening faces test in deepwater oil auction

MEXICO CITY, Jan 19 (Reuters) - An auction of deepwater oil and gas fields in Mexico this month may prove the last major opportunity for President Enrique Pena Nieto's government to capitalize on its opening of the energy sector, the central plank of its economic agenda.

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Tennis-Players get a 'sweet' Nike deal at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - As Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Andrey Rublev of Russia battled on the blue courts at Rod Laver Arena on Friday, it was Nike's court Melbourne collection that most stood out.

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METALS-Shanghai aluminium, lead climb on smog alerts

(Adds change to Jiyuan alert, inventory data; updates prices) BEIJING, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Shanghai aluminium prices rose on Friday, buoyed by the first acceleration in China's GDP growth in seven years and by a pollution alert in a major industrial province. The climb came even as the country's output of the metal on Thursday posted a surprise jump for December. "GDP, industrial production and fixed asset investment all recorded strong growth," ANZ wrote in a note on Friday about th

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BRIEF-Nokia Wins Network Order From Nepal's Worldlink

* NOKIA OYJ - NOKIA AND WORLDLINK TO BUILD NEPAL'S LARGEST FIBER-TO-THE-HOME NETWORK FOR DELIVERY OF SUPER-FAST CONSUMER AND BUSINESS BROADBAND SERVICES Source text for Eikon: [https://www.nokia.com/en_int/news/releases/2018/01/19/nokia-and-worldlink-to-build-nepals-largest-fiber-to-the-home-network-for-delivery-of-super-fast-consumer-and-business-broadband-services ] Further company coverage: (Helsinki Newsroom)

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UPDATE 1-Airbus says supplier bottlenecks easing as deliveries rise

* Airbus says cabin supplier Zodiac has addressed quality issues

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Norwegian Air flies New York-London at new record time

** Low-cost airline Norwegian Air has set a new record time for its fastest ever transatlantic flight by a subsonic passenger aircraft this week using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, it says in a press release

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BRIEF-Golden Ocean: John Fredriksen's ‍Hemen Holding owns 34.2 pct after delivery of vessel

* GOLDEN OCEAN GROUP LTD: ‍HEMEN HOLDING LIMITED, WHICH IS INDIRECTLY CONTROLLED BY JOHN FREDRIKSEN FOR BENEFIT OF HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY, HAS RECEIVED 2,000,000 COMMON SHARES IN COMPANY AS PART OF SETTLEMENT OF PURCHASE PRICE FOR VESSEL​

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U.S. home appliance shipments up 2.0 pct yr/yr in Dec - AHAM

STOCKHOLM, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Deliveries of the six biggest categories of white goods (AHAM 6) in the United States rose 2.0 percent year-on-year in December, data from industry body Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) showed late on Thursday.

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Airbus says supplier bottlenecks easing as deliveries rise

NANTES, France, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Key aerospace suppliers are getting on top of problems blamed for delays in deliveries of passenger jets, allowing Airbus to resume increases in planned production for its newest models, a senior Airbus executive said.

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RPT-Nigeria sues JP Morgan for $875 mln over Malabu oilfield deal

LONDON, Jan 18 (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.