*Compromise needed next week to avoid months of delay. BRUSSELS, March 9- European Union governments and parliamentarians will try to reach a compromise this week on how to wind down failing banks, in marathon talks intended to settle who decides to close banks and who picks up the bill.» Read More
Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace will begin on October 1, "a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a statement.
SAO PAULO, Sept 18- Brazil kicked off its latest campaign to lure billions in private investment to upgrade the country's creaky infrastructure by awarding the first of nine highway concessions, a process it hopes to complete by year-end.
U.S. crude oil inventories fell to their lowest level since March 2012, the Energy Information Administration reported. Supplies at the Cushing, Oklahoma, storage hub fell to their lowest level in 19 months as U.S. oil's discount to global benchmark Brent narrowed to its smallest point in a month.
WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said on Wednesday that it is devoting significant resources to help smaller, community lenders fend off cyber attacks, after hackers attacked many major U.S. banks last year.
WASHINGTON, Sept 18- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday set in motion a plan that is expected to avert a federal government shutdown on Oct. 1, but bring another battle over President Barack Obama's healthcare program.
**APPLE INC, $462.35, up 1.5 pct. The fingerprint reader on Apple's top-end iPhone 5 S received an early thumbs up for ease of use from two influential reviewers, helping dispel concerns about the scanning technology which has been notoriously unreliable in other cellphones. **WI-LAN INC, $4.08, up 13 pct.
WASHINGTON, Sept 18- U.S. mortgage lending increased by 38 percent last year, boosted by significant refinancing activity, with white and Asian borrowers continuing to enjoy greater access to credit for purchases than blacks or Hispanics, regulators said on Wednesday.
Federal Reserve may be confident enough about the economy to begin scaling back its bond-buying stimulus, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, but one economic indicator is stubbornly weak: bank lending.
WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The White House said on Wednesday that the House of Representatives had moved away from trying to reach a deal to avoid a debt default with a plan to link an increase of the U.S. debt ceiling to cuts to President Barack Obama's healthcare program.
*Plans for free version in challenge to Microsoft. SEOUL, Sept 19- South Korean upstart Infraware Inc is in a David and Goliath battle with software giant Microsoft over a lucrative niche of the mobile office business- and just like the diminutive biblical hero, it believes it can win.
WASHINGTON, Sept 18- A U.S. House Republican spending bill would include a provision designed to prevent a devastating debt default if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling on time, lawmakers said on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, Sept 18- President Barack Obama appealed to business leaders on Wednesday to urge Congress to approve an increase in the U.S. debt limit without any conditions attached and avoid a default that is possible as early as mid-October.
*FOMC statement due at 2 p.m. ( 1800 GMT. NEW YORK, Sept 18 (Reuters)- U.S. stocks dipped on Wednesday ahead of an announcement by the Federal Reserve on the future of an economic stimulus program that has been a main reason for Wall Street to hit record highs.
LONDON, Sept 18- European shares hovered near five-year highs on Wednesday, staying within their weekly range as investors held fire expecting the U.S.
CARACAS, Sept 18- China's CNPC will work with Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA to develop the Junin 10 block in the South American country's Orinoco extra heavy crude belt, the Venezuelan petroleum minister said on Wednesday.
VANCOUVER, Sept 18- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz took a notably upbeat tone on Wednesday, predicting the Canadian economy would start to strengthen and its potential for growth increase as the U.S. recovery takes hold.
Sept 18- Shares of FedEx Corp jumped as much as 4 percent on Wednesday after the shipping company said cost cuts helped it to post a better-than-expected quarterly profit, and it announced rates would increase next year for express shipping amid improving global economic conditions.
*Rusal expects more capacity cuts in Russia smelters. GENEVA, Sept 18- Leading global aluminium producers are feeling the pinch of low metal prices in an oversupplied market and see little choice but to cut capacity, further eroding already thin margins.
TORONTO, Sept 18- A former executive of SNC Lavalin Group Inc has been charged with bribery, Canadian law enforcement officials said on Wednesday, the latest person charged in a far-reaching corruption scandal involving one of the world's largest engineering and construction firms.
BRUSSELS, Sept 18- Dutch telecoms group KPN has acted to catch up with European rivals after years of underperformance and may be nearing a turning point as it faces a takeover offer by Mexico's America Movil. It lagged behind peers in jumping on new trends in television and bundled services to limit the damage from free services such as Skype.