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  • TORONTO, March 24- Canada's main stock edged higher on Friday, led by consumer-related stocks, while U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline gave TransCanada Corp a boost before some gains were pared. It was the second straight day of gains for the index after Canada's government on Wednesday held off from raising taxes on investors in its budget.

  • SAO PAULO, March 24- Brazil's meat exports have fallen sharply since a police investigation into alleged bribery of food-sanitation inspectors in the world's top beef and poultry exporter sparked a wave of trade bans, an industry group said on Friday. Import restrictions by several key importers of Brazilian meat, ranging from China to Europe, caused a 22...

  • BRASILIA, March 24- Brazil's planned auction of the rights to expand and operate the North-South railway between Tocantins and Sao Paulo states has drawn the interest of major operators from countries including Russia, China and Spain, a government official said on Friday. Adalberto Santos Vasconcelos, the special secretary running President Michel...

  • Trump suffers a stunning political setback in a Congress controlled by his own party when Republican leaders pull legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies. The partisan divide over the House Intelligence Committee's probe of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential...

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- President Donald Trump suffered a stunning political setback on Friday in a Congress controlled by his own party when Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies. Republican leaders of the House of Representatives pulled the...

  • WASHINGTON— House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. The stinging rebuke is an ominous sign for President Donald Trump's agenda, from taxes to infrastructure to the budget. It's also a danger point for the relationship between Trump and Ryan, who had an awkward pairing during the campaign but...

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

  • March 24- A dramatic session on Wall Street ended with stocks slightly lower on Friday as they pared losses in late-afternoon trading after Republicans pulled their bill to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system. The benchmark S&P 500 shot up briefly into positive territory before falling back into the red as Republicans pulled the legislation due to a shortage...

  • NEW YORK, March 24- A federal judge on Friday said United Parcel Service Inc is liable for having illegally shipped hundreds of thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York, depriving the state and New York City of millions of dollars of taxes. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said the state and city are entitled to compensatory damages...

  • SAO PAULO, March 24- The two biggest bondholder groups in Brazilian telephone operator Oi SA said on Friday they "strongly oppose" the terms of a new debt restructuring plan the company intends to present in bankruptcy court. Oi is Brazil's No. 4 wireless carrier. Last June, the company sought court protection from creditors on about 65 billion reais in Brazil's...

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- New orders for U.S.-made capital goods unexpectedly fell in February, but a surge in shipments amid demand for machinery and electrical equipment supported expectations for an acceleration in business investment in the first quarter. "The evidence is building that manufacturing activity is on something of an upswing and that capital...

  • Reversing a lower court ruling, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Alisha Bromfield's mother may pursue claims that Home Depot should not have employed the supervisor, given his known history of sexually harassing, verbally abusing and physically intimidating female subordinates. Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes said the Atlanta-...

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- Republican leaders of the House of Representatives pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system from consideration on Friday due to a shortage of votes despite desperate lobbying by the White House and its allies in Congress, dealing a stiff setback to President Donald Trump. The White House and House leaders were unable to...

  • As expected, the State Department reversed a decision by the Obama administration and favored energy development over environmentalists' objections to the pipeline, which will carry thick Canadian crude oil to Nebraska, where it can flow on to refineries along the Gulf Coast. The company proposing the pipeline, Calgary- based TransCanada, estimates the...

  • TORONTO, March 24- Canada's main stock edged higher on Friday, led by consumer-related stocks, while U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline gave TransCanada Corp a boost before some gains were pared.

  • NEW YORK, March 24- A dramatic session on Wall Street ended little changed on Friday as stocks pared losses after Republicans pulled their bill to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system.

  • MAJOR U.S. STOCK INDEXES POST LARGEST WEEKLY PCT LOSS OF THE YEAR.

  • SAO PAULO, March 24- A police inquiry into corruption and unsanitary conditions in Brazil's powerful meatpacking industry contains more than 8,000 pages of evidence suggesting systematic fraud, not just isolated abuses, said three sources with direct knowledge of the probe. Brazil's meat sector, facing suspensions from over a dozen of the more than 150...

  • SAO PAULO, March 24- A police inquiry into corruption and unsanitary conditions in Brazil's powerful meatpacking industry contains more than 8,000 pages of evidence suggesting systematic fraud, not just isolated abuses, said three sources with direct knowledge of the probe. Brazil's meat sector, facing suspensions from over a dozen of the more than 150...