Top News & Analysis North America

  • NEW YORK, Sept 27- Lawyers for Facebook Inc on Tuesday sought to assure a U.S. judge overseeing lawsuits by victims of militant attacks in the Middle East that it took a "zero tolerance" approach to any communications that may promote terrorist threats or activity. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn on Thursday accused Facebook's law firm of insulting...

  • Sept 27- Investors in U.S. privately owned prisons may be rewarded if they keep their stocks given sector watchers have said presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would have difficulty realizing her goal of doing away with for-profit detention. This came on the heels of a U.S. Justice Department announcement on Aug. 18 that it would phase out its use of...

  • JERSEY CITY, N.J.— Donald Trump says "you don't learn that much from tax returns," a dubious assertion that has renewed attention on his refusal to release documents that could shed light on his tax rate, charitable giving and foreign business ties. Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, was happy to seize on the issue, questioning in the first presidential...

  • MONTREAL, Sept 27- The value of ticket sales owed to foreign airlines in Nigeria has been reduced by over 50 percent since June, the International Air Transport Association said on Tuesday, adding it is making progress to recoup billions of dollars in revenues blocked by some countries. IATA last week requested anti-trust immunity from the United States to...

  • NEW YORK— China's Dalian Wanda Group is in talks to buy Dick Clark Productions, the TV company that produces the Golden Globes and the "Miss America" pageant. Eldridge Group, which owns Dick Clark Productions, said in a statement that the TV company agreed to enter into exclusive talks with Wanda. Last year Guggenheim sold Dick Clark Productions to Eldridge...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— On a personal quest to settle Mars, SpaceX founder Elon Musk envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to the red planet well within the next century, "Battlestar Galactica" style. Musk, who also runs electric car maker Tesla Motors, received a wildly warm reception at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

  • GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Sept 27- SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet, company chief and tech billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday. Musk outlined his plans for the Mars rocket, capable of carrying 100 passengers plus cargo per voyage, even as SpaceX is...

  • Sept 27- Stewart Information Services Corp, one of the largest U.S. title insurers, is close to reaching a deal with activist investor Starboard Value LP over the composition of its board of directors, two people familiar with the matter said. The settlement with Starboard would involve replacing four sitting directors of its nine-member board, including...

  • At Monday's debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump declared the need to renegotiate trade deals because U.S. trading partners are "taking our jobs." The backlash against trade threatens a pillar of U.S. policy since World War II: Through trade pacts and institutions like the World Trade Organization, the United States has sought to rip down barriers to global...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 27- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request by Lynn Tilton, the New York financier accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of defrauding investors, to put on hold an SEC enforcement action as she challenges the agency's in-house judicial proceeding against her. The court's action means that Tilton will face an Oct. 24...

  • *Iran, Libya, Nigeria should maximize output- Saudi Arabia. NEW YORK, Sept 27- Oil fell about 3 percent on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia and Iran dashed market hopes that the two major OPEC producers would find a compromise this week at meeting in Algiers to help ease a global glut of crude. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters in the Algerian capital,...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 27- A stop-gap funding bill to avoid a federal government shutdown later this week failed to garner enough votes to move forward in the Senate on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans both opposing the measure. The must-pass continuing resolution, or CR, which would keep federal agencies operating from Saturday through Dec. 9, received only 45...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks closed higher after a survey showed consumer confidence is at a nine-year high, a sign Americans will keep spending in the months to come. Technology and consumer stocks made the largest gains. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 133.47 points, or 0.7 percent, to 18,228.30.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 27- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request by Lynn Tilton, the New York financier accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of defrauding investors, to put on hold an SEC enforcement action as she challenges the agency's in-house judicial proceeding against her.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 27- U.S. long-dated Treasury debt yields fell to three-week lows on Tuesday on concerns about ongoing problems at Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest lender, which could again delay the next interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. Deutsche Bank, whose stock has shed over 10 percent in the last two days and more than 50 percent so far this year, is...

  • Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is headed to Vancouver to make the long-awaited announcement on the multibillion dollar plant in British Columbia, the source said.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 27- Caesars Entertainment Corp said on Tuesday it has struck a crucial $5 billion deal with most of its casino operating unit's creditors, resolving billions of dollars in legal claims and paving the subsidiary's way out of a costly bankruptcy. The Las Vegas- based company's main operating unit, Caesars Entertainment Operating Co Inc, filed in...

  • WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt in millions of dollars.

  • Sept 27- Consumer and technology stocks, including Amazon, led gains on Wall Street on Tuesday, while a perceived win by Democrat Hillary Clinton in Monday's first presidential debate gave broader support to equities. Following the first of three presidential debates on Monday, Republican candidate Donald Trump vowed to hit Clinton harder after she put him on...

  • CANADA GOVT TO ANNOUNCE DECISION ON PETRONAS PROJECT TO BUILD LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS PLANT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA- SOURCE.