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  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Sept 22- The United States and Cuba plan to hold talks in Havana next week on normalizing airline service, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a step that could benefit U.S. carriers if the island becomes open to American tourism. The talks will take place Sept. 28-29, the official said, as Washington and Havana inch toward normal relations after more...

  • Nissan says to redesign Altima Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 | 12:03 PM ET

    Sept 22- Nissan Motor Co Ltd said its mid-sized sedan, Altima, would undergo an extensive redesign in an effort to boost demand for the best-selling vehicle in the automaker's stable. The new safety features include a predictive forward collision warning system and a radar-based blind spot warning system, Nissan said. Nissan is also looking to close the gap with...

  • IMF'S LAGARDE SAYS DOWNSIDE RISKS TO GLOBAL GROWTH INCREASED, INCLUDING FROM SLOWER CHINESE GROWTH.

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 22- Starbucks Corp on Tuesday said its sales-boosting Mobile Order& Pay service is now available in all of its nearly 7,500 U.S. company-operated shops, a nationwide roll-out completed about three months ahead of schedule. Mobile Order& Pay is a feature on the Starbucks app, which the company says has 16 million active users on Apple and Android...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 22- Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate, hoping to avert an Oct. 1 government shutdown when federal funding runs out at the end of the current fiscal year, are likely to advance a stop-gap spending bill that abandons attempts to halt funding for Planned Parenthood, Senator John Cornyn said on Tuesday. Cornyn indicated that Senate Majority Leader...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St slumps amid fall in commodity prices Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 | 11:41 AM ET

    *Copper prices hit 3- week low, oil down over 2 pct. Copper prices hit a three-week low, while oil was down more than 2 percent on persistent worries about demand, especially in China. The Fed last week kept rates at near-zero levels, citing the turbulence in a tightly linked global economy, including slowing growth in China.

  • LONDON, Sept 22- British engineering firm Meggitt said it agreed to buy a division of U.S.-based aerospace components company EDAC for $340 million, building on another acquisition it made last month to create a scale player in the sector. Meggitt, which will suspend an ongoing buyback programme for the rest of this year to maintain financial flexibility, is to...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 22- The United States will press China during a state visit by President Xi Jinping to avoid "quick fixes" for its economy, such as devaluing its currency to boost exports, White House chief economist Jason Furman said on Tuesday. Furman said China's recent loosening of controls on the yuan currency caused turmoil in global financial markets and...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 22- Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled energy legislation focused on cleaner energy production, manufacturing and vehicles that they say would slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 34 percent by 2025, surpassing the goal pledged by the Obama administration for U.N. climate talks. The latest round of United Nations- sponsored...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 22- Building solid public finances, investing in education, cutting energy subsidies and deepening financial markets are among policies countries should follow to support sustainable development, an International Monetary Fund paper said on Tuesday. World leaders are due to adopt a United Nations agenda for sustainable development over...

  • Sept 22- Groupon Inc, the operator of daily deals website groupon.com, said it would cut about 1,100 jobs globally as it restructures outside North America. Groupon is shutting operations in Morocco, Panama, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Thailand and Uruguay after exiting Greece and Turkey, the company said in a separate blog post on Tuesday.

  • VW scandal threatens 'Made in Germany' image Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 | 11:27 AM ET

    * "Made in Germany" long seen as sign of quality. A scandal over cheating on U.S. diesel emission tests has engulfed the company and many Germans worry it will have a domino effect on their businesses, eroding the cherished' Made in Germany' label. Following a series of other blows to Germany's reputation-- from repeated delays in Berlin's new airport to a string of...

  • Coca-Cola says spent nearly $120 mln on health research Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 | 11:26 AM ET

    Sept 22- Coca-Cola Co said it has spent almost $120 million on funding scientific research, a disclosure that comes at a time when the company is facing criticism for trying to downplay the role of sugary drinks in the spread of obesity. The move follows a New York Times report in August that the cola maker was funding scientists who claim Americans are overly...

  • LONDON, Sept 22- Bets on the euro weakening against the dollar, which had looked forlorn for much of this year, are finally showing signs of coming good as investors price in growing chances of further monetary easing by the European Central Bank. Despite this, the euro has "defied gravity", rising off levels just below $1.05 in March to within a whisker of $1.15 last...

  • U.S. Senate to sidestep abortion fight in funding bill Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 22- Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate, hoping to avert an Oct. 1 government shutdown when federal funding runs out, are likely to advance a stop-gap spending bill that abandons attempts to halt funding for Planned Parenthood, Senator John Cornyn said on Tuesday. "Given the president's opposition and Democrats' opposition, at some point I...

  • Apple plans steps to prevent future App Store attacks Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    BEIJING/ BOSTON, Sept 22- Apple Inc's chief marketing executive Phil Schiller said on Tuesday that the company plans steps to prevent further attacks on its App Store. He said that Apple will offer domestic downloads of its developer toolkit from China, according to an interview with Chinese news site Sina.com. Schiller also said that the company knows of no...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 22- Falling commodities prices and worries about China's economy pulled stocks sharply lower on Tuesday, while bond yields declined and the dollar rose to a near two-week high on bets U.S. officials will soon hike interest rates. Wall Street losses neared 2 percent on selling driven by falls in oil and copper, which also helped knock down shares in...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 22- Not so long ago, employers competed for younger workers with unlimited snacks and foosball tables. But with total student debt now at more than a trillion dollars in the United States, a new trend may be starting to emerge: debt relief as a perk. Gabriela Gutierrez, who started as an associate at PwC in August, has about $30,000 in student debt.

  • APPLE KNOWS OF NO CASES WHERE MALICIOUS APP HAS TRANSMITTED USER DATA-SCHILLER TELLS SINA.COMX.

  • Sept 22- German carmaker Volkswagen said a scandal over falsified vehicle emission tests in the United States could affect 11 million of its cars worldwide. France has launched a probe into whether Volkswagen had also used software that deceived U.S. regulators measuring toxic emissions in some of its diesel cars in France, its environment minister said.