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  • *Argentina gets $5 bln loan from int'l banks to bolster reserves. BUENOS AIRES, Jan 29- Argentina's central bank said on Friday it had sealed a deal for a $5 billion, one-year loan from international private banks, bolstering its low foreign reserves as the country heads into talks with creditors suing over unpaid debt. President Mauricio Macri, who took office...

  • The billionaire refused to participate in the debate out of anger that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was a moderator. Last-minute phone calls with Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes failed to resolve their dispute, which broke out just days before next week's Iowa caucuses, the first nominating contest for the Nov. 8 presidential election. On Friday, Trump defended his...

  • Gulf of Mexico output fell 57,000 bpd, while onshore production inched up 3,000 bpd in Texas and rose 5,000 bpd in North Dakota, broadly in line with previously reported state data. Some analysts believed the data is not necessarily a reflection of the current supply landscape, saying the Gulf of Mexico output was lower in November but still higher year over year.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Jan 29- Argentina's central bank said on Friday a $5 billion, one-year loan from private banks would bolster its hard currency reserves, improving the regulator's ability to confront external shocks and avoid disruption in local money markets. The loan will be backed by Bonar 2022, Bonar 2025 and Bonar 2027 notes in the central bank's portfolio, it...

  • Jan 29- Companies and scientists are racing to create a Zika vaccine as concern grows over the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects and is spreading quickly through the Americas. Brazil, the hardest-hit country, has reported around 3,700 cases of the devastating birth defect called microcephaly that are strongly suspected to be...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- New York and New Jersey's cargo terminals shut down on Friday after more than a thousand longshoremen walked off the job, shuttering one of the country's busiest port networks. "To run a picket you need a permit and there wasn't one issued by the Port Authority," said one Port Authority official who requested anonymity. Port Authority police were...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- Amazon.com Inc shares' unusual roller-coaster move before and after the world's No. 1 online retailer reported quarterly results on Thursday helped some traders make money shorting the stock. In between, the stock was all over the place, hitting a Thursday high of $638.06 and falling to a low of $540 in the action after Thursday's close.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 29- U.S. soybean futures advanced on Friday, rallying on bargain buying one day after cancellations of U.S. soybean sales to China sent the market to a three-week low, traders said. At the Chicago Board of Trade as of 12:53 p.m. CST, March soybeans were up 11-3/ 4 cents at $8.79-1/ 2 a bushel after trading as low as $8.67, its lowest since Jan. 12.

  • Jan 29- A Washington state school administrator has lost a high-profile bid to suppress evidence against him secured by the FBI during an operation in which it secretly ran one of the Internet's largest child pornography websites in order to catch its users. District Judge Robert Bryan in Tacoma, Washington, on Thursday rejected arguments by Jay Michaud, one of...

  • *Caesars wants a decision before a March trial in New York. CHICAGO, Jan 29- The bankrupt operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp will soon ask a U.S. judge to shield its parent from $12 billion of lawsuits to facilitate a debt-cutting rescue deal, but approval could set a bad precedent for creditors. Hedge fund bondholders have sued Caesars in New York and...

  • Jan 29- Drugmakers globally are racing to produce a vaccine for Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects. The World Health Organization has warned the disease is spreading explosively through the Americas. But, companies and scientists have made clear that a vaccine for public use is, at the very least, some months away.

  • Drillers removed 12 oil rigs in the week ended Jan. 29, bringing the rig count down to 498, the least since March 2010, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said. Three major U.S. shale oil companies this week slashed their 2016 capital spending plans more than expected in a bid to survive $30 a barrel oil prices, with Continental Resources saying prices would need...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- The Federal Reserve needs more time to assess how global economic weakness and financial market turmoil will hurt the U.S. economy, and it will be patient about policy decisions, a Fed policymaker said on Friday. Equities and oil prices plunged through most of January as investors worried about a global slowdown and weakness in China in...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- New York and New Jersey's cargo terminals shut down on Friday after thousands of longshoremen walked off the job, shuttering one of the country's busiest port networks. In a statement, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the terminals, urged members of the International Longshoremen's Association to "return to work...

  • District Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn is a defeat for HSBC and the U.S. Department of Justice, which complained the release could make it easier to launder money, including for terrorism, and discourage cooperation with law enforcement. Attorney Robert Capers in Brooklyn declined to comment. Cherkasky's January 2015 report was to be kept under wraps but...

  • Jan 29- Boeing Co's 737 MAX aircraft took off on its first flight on Friday from wet tarmac at an airport south of Seattle, marking another step toward scheduled delivery to airlines in 2017.. The 737 MAX features new engines from CFM International a joint venture of General Electric and Safran SA of France, and other refinements that improve fuel efficiency by 14...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 29- In reporting better-than-expected fiscal second-quarter earnings on Thursday, Microsoft Corp CEO Satya Nadella touted his company's success in the cloud. That's what happened at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. "It's just a really natural thing," said Matt McIllwain, an investor at Madrona Venture Group, about companies starting...

  • APPLE BUILDING SECRET TEAM TO WORK ON VIRTUAL REALITY- FT@. Jan 29- Apple Inc has assembled a large team of experts in virtual and augmented reality and built prototypes of headsets that could one day rival Facebook's Oculus Rift or Microsoft's Hololens, the Financial Times reported. The newspaper had previously reported the hiring of leading virtual reality...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 29- Faced with unappealing prices for most major crops, farmers in the southern U.S. The region, stretching from Texas to Nebraska, is traditionally one of the world's leading producers of wheat and cattle. The U.S. Agriculture Department said farmers in Oklahoma planted fewer than 5 million acres of wheat for the first time since 1964..

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- BlackRock Inc said on Friday it will change the benchmarks on four iShares Treasury exchange-traded funds from Barclays' Treasury bond indexes to ICE's Treasury bond indexes, effective on or after March 31. The funds are among the most popular U.S. taxable bond ETFs with combined assets of nearly $36 billion, according to data from Morningstar.