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  • Dec 9- More than 120 people sickened after eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Boston were affected by norovirus, health authorities said, confirming that the source of the outbreak was different from one causing a spate of illnesses in several states. "Since late Sunday evening, more than 120 Boston College students have reported to Boston College Health...

  • DUBAI, Dec 9- U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's anti-Muslim comments cost him business in the Middle East on Wednesday, with a major chain of department stores halting sales of his glitzy " Trump Home" line of lamps, mirrors and jewellery boxes. Trump Home products, like a "table lamp in antique brass with crystal drops" and a decorative box with a "brilliant...

  • LONDON, Dec 9- European shares fell on Wednesday to their lowest level in more than a month, weighed down by a drop at pharmaceuticals group Bayer and pressure on miner Anglo American. Oil prices climbed back up on Wednesday as U.S. crude inventories dipped, while Japan posted rising machinery orders and copper prices also held their ground. Miners Glencore and BHP...

  • Dec 9- United Airlines on Wednesday said it will cancel flight service between Washington and Dubai starting in late January, meaning no U.S. passenger carrier will fly direct to the Gulf states. The move comes after the U.S. government awarded a government contract for travel on the route in 2016 to rival JetBlue Airways Corp and its codeshare partner Emirates,...

  • Crude inventories across the United States fell 3.6 million barrels last week, the government's Energy Information Administration said. "The large rise in distillate fuels will likely work to make the report bearish by day's end," said John Kilduff, partner at New York energy hedge fund Again Capital. Brent was down 43 cents, or 1 percent, at $39.83 a barrel by...

  • Dec 9- Merger talks between Dow Chemical Co and DuPont to create a chemicals titan with a $130 billion market value lifted Dow shares to a record on Wednesday and put DuPont on track for its biggest daily gain in more than six years. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Tuesday that the companies were in advanced merger talks that would create a chemicals...

  • "Since late Sunday evening, more than 120 Boston College students have reported to Boston College Health Services with symptoms consistent with the norovirus," Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn said in an e-mailed response to Reuters.

  • *USDA raises corn ending stocks estimate. *Soybeans ease with South America harvest approaching. Chicago Board Of Trade March wheat dropped 1.2 percent or 5-3/ 4 cents at $4.87-1/ 4 a bushel by 11:47 a.m. CST, even though USDA raised its outlook for world wheat ending stocks above market forecasts due to increased production in Canada and the European Union.

  • BOGOTA, Dec 9- A peace accord with Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels could triple foreign direct investment in the Andean nation and bolster its potential economic growth to 5.9 percent, according to a study by the planning department released on Wednesday. The government has been in talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia for the past three years...

  • BOSTON COLLEGE SAYS BOSTON PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES HAVE CONFIRMED PRESENCE OF NOROVIRUS AMONG BOSTON COLLEGE STUDENTS.

  • *Dow Chemical, DuPont jump on reported merger talks. Dec 9- Wall Street reversed course and fell in early afternoon trading on Wednesday as a brief rally in oil prices fizzled and shares of Apple slipped, offsetting gains in raw materials stocks. Dow Chemical was up 10.4 percent at $56.19 while DuPont jumped 11.2 percent to $74.04, after reports that the companies...

  • Dec 8 (Reuters)- Costco Wholesale Corp reported a fall in comparable-store sales for the third straight quarter as a stronger dollar reduced the value of sales from overseas markets. Costco gets almost 30 percent of revenue from outside the United States. Net income attributable to the company fell to $480 million, or $1.09 per share, from $496 million, or $1.12 per...

  • Dec 8- Costco Wholesale Corp reported a fall in comparable-store sales for the third straight quarter as a stronger dollar reduced the value of sales from overseas markets. Comparable sales, including fuel and foreign currency impacts, fell 1 percent in the first quarter ended Nov. 22, 2015. Net income attributable to the company fell to $480 million, or $1.09 per...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 9- The European Union is looking into whether services such as Google News and Yahoo News should pay to display snippets of news articles, wading into a bitter debate between the online industry and publishers. Google News pulled out of Spain when a law was passed that would have forced it to pay for re-publishing headlines or snippets, and in Germany,...

  • PARIS, Dec 9- AccorHotels, Europe's largest hotel company, said on Wednesday it was buying the owner of luxury hotels including London's Savoy and New York's Plaza in a cash-and-share deal worth $2.9 billion. The Paris- based company said in a statement it would pay for FRHI Holdings Ltd- parent of the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel chains- with $840 million in cash...

  • WATERLOO, Iowa, Dec 9- U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will continue her push to crack down on companies that shift profits overseas, at a campaign stop on Wednesday in Iowa, where she will unveil her plan to rein in the practice, known as earnings stripping. Clinton and her campaign have made clear they are viewing the real-life...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday upwardly revised its outlook for domestic corn supplies by 25 million bushels, more than analysts were expecting, due to weakening export demand. "I think most people were looking for the loss in exports to offset a gain in ethanol demand, and it looks like USDA went a little more aggressive with...

  • *Will trim 150 billion euros in assets by 2020. AMSTERDAM, Dec 9- Dutch cooperative bank Rabobank plans to lay off nearly a fifth of its workforce to boost profit and prepare for tougher European banking guidelines, it said on Wednesday. The bank said it would shed 9,000 of its 47,000 staff by 2018 and would cut 150 billion euros worth of assets from its balance sheet...

  • RUBIO SAYS HE'S THE ONLY REPUBLICAN RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT TO SCORE VICTORY AGAINST OBAMACARE.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, seeking to win over conservative voters, told Reuters he was the only one running with a victory against President Barack Obama's signature health law. Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, has touted his effort to restrict funding for a little-known section of the 2010 health law, claiming on the...