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  • March 30- President Donald Trump's Air Force secretary nominee, Heather Wilson, told U.S. senators on Thursday that other jets lacked the stealth capability of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet, in remarks suggesting the Pentagon's most expensive weapons system would have an important advocate. Wilson, a former U.S. representative from New Mexico, would...

  • March 30- U.S. stocks gained on Thursday, led by financial shares, after data showed U.S. economic growth was stronger than previously reported last quarter, helped by robust consumer spending. U.S. economic growth slowed less than previously reported in the fourth quarter as robust consumer spending provided a boost, the Commerce Department said.

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee could help decide the fate of his moves to undo climate-related U.S. regulations, but legal experts said Neil Gorsuch's judicial record makes it hard to predict whether as a justice he would back a sweeping rollback. If confirmed to the lifetime job by the Senate, the Colorado- based federal appeals court...

  • TORONTO, March 30- An Ontario court judge on Thursday approved the sale of a downtown Toronto hotel and condominium high-rise bearing U.S. The court-run sale of Trump International Hotel& Tower had received no bids apart from a stalking horse offer of C $298 million by JCF Capital ULC, which bought the C $301 million owed on the tower's construction loan last fall.

  • March 30- Anthem Inc is likely to exit from a large portion of its Obamacare individual insurance markets next year, Jefferies analysts said, nearly a week after Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system. Obamacare, former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature legislation created by the Affordable Care Act of...

  • NEW YORK, March 30- Equities in key world markets edged higher on Thursday, led by gains on Wall Street after an upward revision to U.S. economic growth data, while U.S. crude rose to trade above $50 per barrel for the first time in three weeks. The euro slipped after data showed easing inflation in Spain and Germany, paring back bets on tighter policy from the European...

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Thursday it will vote in April to reverse a 2016 rule adopted by the Obama administration that limits the number of television stations some companies can buy. The FCC rewrote its rules last year that allowed companies to only partially count certain stations against the limit on ownership...

  • JAKARTA/ TORONTO, March 30- Freeport McMoRan Inc's Indonesian unit is close to reaching a deal that would allow the world's biggest publicly listed copper producer to temporarily resume concentrate exports, Indonesia's mining minister said on Thursday. Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said a new deal would allow Freeport to resume...

  • SAO PAULO, March 30- Odebrecht SA, the family-controlled engineering conglomerate ensnared in Brazil's worst corruption scandal ever, is considering going public once it finalizes a thorough overhaul of corporate governance practices, a senior executive told Reuters on Thursday. Odebrecht is the largest of Brazilian building groups accused of colluding...

  • DETROIT, March 30- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's Jeep chief Mike Manley said on Thursday that despite a deliberate reduction in fleet sales by the brand, full-year 2017 U.S. sales should still be up or on pace with last year's total. The previous version of the Compass was very popular and the new model is expected to compete with Ford Motor Co's Escape and Honda...

  • RUSSIA Russia mounted a campaign of "propaganda on steroids" seeking to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee says, listing several areas of concern about possible links to Republican Trump's campaign. He also says Moscow will support the U.S. president in fighting terrorism and cooperate...

  • *Only 214 people in Nigeria pay tax over $65,000. ABUJA, March 30- Nigeria's parliament resolved to pass the 2017 budget more swiftly than last year and avoid a repeated delay of the spending plan being signed into law, the Senate said on Thursday, as the OPEC member struggled with its balance sheet. Buhari presented his record 7.298 trillion naira 2017 budget to...

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The White House on Thursday said it was reviewing the UN global climate accord and expects a decision on whether to remain a party to the deal by the time leaders of the Group of Seven nations meet in late May.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— SpaceX is about to launch its first recycled rocket. The Falcon 9 rocket is on the pad at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, poised for a Thursday evening liftoff. The first stage landed on an ocean platform almost a year ago after a launch for NASA.

  • CALGARY, Alberta _ NXT Energy Solutions Inc. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $1.8 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Calgary, Alberta- based company said it had a loss of 3 cents per share. Keywords: NXT Energy Solutions, Earnings Report.

  • ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT APPROVES JCF CAPITAL'S STALKING HORSE BID FOR TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL& TOWER- RECEIVER.

  • LIMA, March 30- Workers at Peru's biggest copper mine, Freeport-McMoRan Inc's Cerro Verde, will resume work on Friday after voting to end a nearly three-week strike that had halved output, the union said on Thursday. The union accepted the company's offer to improve family healthcare benefits and pay workers their portion of the mine's profits earlier than...

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The Trump administration will seek changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement allowing it to reimpose tariffs if a flood of imports from Canada and Mexico causes "a threat of serious injury" to U.S. industry, according a draft document sent to Congress. "The persistent U.S. deficit in goods trade with Canada and Mexico demands that this...

  • As a result, CalSTRS unfunded liability grew to $97 billion from $76 billion, and its funding level dropped from 68 percent to nearly 64 percent. Across the United States, public pension plans are reviewing market forecasts of slower growth and dampened expectations of investment returns. As a result, plans are ticking down their expected return rates, or...

  • STOCKHOLM, March 30- Iceland's prime minister said on Thursday that easing interest rates was of extreme importance to households and businesses in the country as it emerges from years under capital controls. Iceland lifted its remaining capital curbs earlier this month. Sedlabanki Governor Mar Gudmundsson said in separate speech that interest rates in...