*Ukraine rulers accuse Kremlin agents of fomenting trouble. KIEV/ SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, March 15- Pro-Russian leaders in Crimea made final preparations on Saturday for a referendum widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea region from Ukraine to Moscow, despite an outcry and threat of sanctions from the West.» Read More
RIO DE JANEIRO/ SAO PAULO, Oct 16- The ouster of OGX's chief executive opens the door for embattled Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista to give up control of the oil company and for OGX to file for bankruptcy protection, sources told Reuters.
NEW YORK, Oct 16- The U.S. Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association has set up a number of protocols to keep its members updated in the event of a U.S. government default, SIFMA officials said in a media call on Wednesday.
OTTAWA, Oct 16- The European Union and Canada on Wednesday said they would soon complete protracted talks on a free trade deal, but the powerful Canadian dairy lobby immediately denounced the terms of the agreement as unacceptable. Canada initially said a deal would be struck by December 2011.
MEXICO CITY, Oct 16- America Movil, Latin America's biggest phone company, said on Wednesday it would not proceed with a plan to boost its stake in KPN after the Dutch telecom's foundation blocked the Mexican company's bid.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Oct 16- A possible strike at Canada's biggest railway is compounding a vexing problem in the second-biggest wheat exporting country- how to move the western crop belt's abundant harvest to port with a strained transportation system.
WASHINGTON, Oct 16- Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have set a meeting for 3 p.m. on Wednesday to brief their members about the Senate's newly minted bipartisan deal to raise the debt limit and end the government shutdown.
Oct 16- Mortgage insurer MGIC Investment Corp posted its second straight quarterly profit as a recovery in the U.S. housing market lowered the number of defaulters, sending its shares up as much as 16 percent. The company's losses from claims and defaults during the third quarter fell sharply to $180.2 million from $490.1 million.
WASHINGTON, Oct 16- President Barack Obama quickly endorsed a Senate deal aimed at averting a U.S. debt default and ending a government shutdown on Wednesday and wants Congress to approve it swiftly, the White House said.
*Senate leaders announces agreement reached. NEW YORK, Oct 16- U.S. stocks surged on Wednesday, nearing an all-time high, after Senate leaders said they had reached a deal to raise the government debt ceiling, one day before the U.S. defaults on its debt.
Oct 16- Abbott Laboratories reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday, helped by strong demand for its diagnostics, and surprised investors with a dividend increase of more than 50 percent.
*Wheat down for second day on good planting weather. *Soybeans extend earlier gains on technical buying. The USDA said it would decide by the end of this week whether it would cancel its delayed Oct. 11 report.
*Senate leaders announce deal to end government shutdown. *Bi-partisan bill must be passed by Senate and House. The bi-partisan bill must still be passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives and signed by the president.
ROME, Oct 16- Italy's 2014 budget plays by the European Union rules, but seems designed more to offend nobody than to give the euro zone's most chronically sluggish economy a decisive boost.
WASHINGTON, Oct 16- U.S. Senate leaders struck a bipartisan 11th- hour deal to break the fiscal impasse on Wednesday, and the Republican-led House of Representatives agreed to take it up as Congress moved to avert a historic debt default. The timing of the House and Senate votes is unclear.
*Bargain hunting rises as prices drop below $1,300. NEW YORK, Oct 16- Demand for U.S. gold coins has surged in October, reversing recent weak sales, boosted by bargain hunting as prices plunged below $1,300 an ounce and some safe-haven buying due to the U.S. budget impasse. "We are under $1,300 for a few days, so people are thinking this is a good time to step in," Kramer said.
OTTAWA, Oct 15- Canada's Conservative government on Wednesday highlighted a populist, pro-consumer approach ahead of a 2015 election, but says it will continue to push for more jobs and economic growth.
*Grangemouth "Hugely important complex"- Scotland's first minister. LONDON, Oct 16- Britain may shut its second major oil refinery in just two years in the fallout from a bitter labour dispute at the Grangemouth refinery that provides most of Scotland's fuel and is crucial to the pumping of crude oil from the North Sea.
WASHINGTON, Oct 16- The U.S. Senate announced a last-minute deal on Wednesday to avert a historic lapse in the government's borrowing ability and a potentially damaging debt default, and to reopen the government after a two-week shutdown.
*Decision by USDA expected by end of this week. The reports, scheduled for Oct. 11, were delayed by the partial federal government shutdown, which has sidelined thousands of USDA employees. USDA ordinarily spends nearly three weeks gathering and analyzing crop data for the widely monitored and often market-moving reports.
MEXICO CITY, Oct 16- Mexico dairy producer Lala's stock soared in its market debut on Wednesday, jumping more than 10 percent before easing in the latest in a record number of public offerings on the local market.