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  • Feb 23- Wall Street pared losses in midday trading on Thursday, after President Donald Trump told chief executives of major U.S. companies that he plans to bring back millions of jobs to the United States. Even though the S&P 500 hit a series of record highs in the past two weeks, the index has not moved more than 1 percent in either direction since Dec. 7.

  • IRVINE, Calif.— A Taco Bell treat that has a shell made entirely of fried chicken will vanish from the fast food chain's menu despite its popularity. Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch says the Naked Chicken Chalupa always was planned as a limited-time offer, but it has proven to be popular and exceeded the company's expectations. Poetsch says Taco Bell is "confident...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 23- Alphabet Inc's Google and subsidiary Jigsaw launched on Thursday a new technology to help news organisations and online platforms identify abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were "toxic" or likely to make them leave a...

  • Results were hurt by lower volumes, weaker prices and losses on hedging, and shares in Chesapeake were down more than 7 percent around 1:00 p.m. EDT at $5.49. Chief Executive Doug Lawler said on a conference call, "We will be working to accelerate our stated debt reduction target of $2 billion to $3 billion over the next few years through additional asset sales."

  • Feb 23- Bonduelle on Thursday said it struck a deal to buy Ready Pac Foods, a privately held California producer of fresh, prepared salads and other produce, in a move expected to significantly expand the French company's U.S. presence. Bonduelle, established in 1853, owns four brands of canned, frozen and fresh vegetables and has operations in Canada and across...

  • BONDUELLE SAYS TO ACQUIRE READY PAC FOODS IN MARCH, TERMS NOT DISCLOSED.

  • LONDON/ MADRID, Feb 23- Chinese investment firm Legend Holdings and three groups of private equity funds are putting the finishing touches to rival bids for Allfunds Bank, a deal worth close to 2 billion euros, sources close to the matter told Reuters. Santander Asset Management and Intesa Sanpaolo, which own 50 percent each of Allfunds Bank, a Madrid- based mutual...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Feb 23- More than a dozen of a dwindling number of protesters at a camp near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline were arrested on Thursday after defying a previous deadline set by authorities to vacate the Army- owned land. About a dozen Humvee vehicles had entered the camp and a helicopter hovered overhead, with more police officers and National...

  • EURO FALLS TO U.S. SESSION LOW OF $1.0562 AGAINST U.S. DOLLAR.

  • LONDON, Feb 23- Commodities trader and miner Glencore reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Thursday, buoyed by a rebound in raw materials prices, and said it was well-placed financially for small acquisitions or a special dividend payout. Its trading arm achieved adjusted earnings before interest and tax of $2.8 billion, up 14 percent and above...

  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday declined to say if he would seek to use the proposed TV station license transfer as a way to examine the AT&T Time Warner merger. The station that Time Warner is selling, WPCH-TV in Atlanta, is its only FCC- regulated broadcast station. Time Warner said last month that since it does not plan to transfer any FCC licenses to AT&T, it would...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba/ MUMBAI, Feb 23- Canadian exporters are slowing sales of peas and lentils to India, threatening C $1.1 billion in annual trade of the food staples, over risk that New Delhi may reject shipments under its tougher approach to pest control. India requires shippers to fumigate crops with methyl bromide, an insect-killing gas, in the country of origin,...

  • ARLINGTON, Va., Feb 23- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, whom U.S. "Mad cow disease is long since gone in this country, and there is no reason why the Chinese should continue to restrict American beef," Branstad said at the U.S. Agriculture Department's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum. He has visited China at least six times, and Chinese President Xi Jinping has traveled...

  • VIENNA— Austria's defense minister says that state prosecutors have begun preliminary proceedings on suspicion of fraud against Airbus and an affiliated company regarding his country's purchase of 15 combat aircraft. The accusation against Airbus Defence and Space GmbH and Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH is based on Austria's purchase of 15 used...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- The U.S. Treasury Department said it will extend its search for criminals who seek to launder money by buying U.S. real estate. Treasury Department Financial Crimes Enforcement Network will extend for 180 days a rule ordering title insurance companies to report to authorities all-cash purchases in parts of California, Texas, Florida and New...

  • PARIS, Feb 23- France's Safran has rejected criticism by a UK hedge fund over the strategy, structure and financial terms of a proposed $9 billion friendly bid for Zodiac Aerospace and says it stands by its plans to acquire the seats manufacturer. Stepping up a war of words over its agreed offer to create the world's third largest aerospace supplier, the French...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Feb 23- The number of protesters at a camp near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline dwindled to around a dozen on Thursday, with those still there defying a previous deadline set by authorities to vacate the Army- owned land. Armored vehicles were parked near the camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and members of the Army Corps of Engineers, which owns...

  • *USDA pegs U.S. 2017 soy plantings at record 88 mln acres. *USDA sees U.S. 2017 corn plantings down 4.3 pct from 2016. As of 11:15 a.m. CST, the Chicago Board of Trade March soybean contract was down 8-3/ 4 cents at $10.14 per bushel after dipping to $10.13-1/ 4, its lowest since Jan. 12.

  • *Supply disruptions in Chile and Indonesia support prices. LONDON, Feb 23- Copper prices tumbled on Thursday as worries about demand in top consumer China resurfaced after the country's housing minister suggested moves were afoot to stabilize the property market, while a firm dollar reinforced negative sentiment. The benchmark copper futures contract on...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week but the four-week average of such claims, considered a better gauge, fell to a 43-1/ 2- year low in a sign of a strengthening labor market. "All indications are that job creation remains solid, underscoring the resiliency of the nearly eight-year economic recovery,"...