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  • VIENNA— OPEC and key non- OPEC oil producers seeking to push up the price of crude by cutting production say participants appear to be exceeding pledges to reduce output. Russia and 10 other nations outside OPEC agreed with the 13 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in December to take a total of 1.8 million barrels of oil a day from...

  • SANTA CLARITA, Calif.— The California Institute of the Arts was created partly by Walt Disney's desire to bring more top-flight animators into the profession. And it has during its 47 years, though for a long time almost all were men. They're older, they're single, they're angry, "said Erica Larsen-Dockray, who teaches a class on" The Animated Woman "for CalArts'...

  • BIDDEFORD, Maine— A bright neon piece of rock' n' roll history is going up for auction— a marquee from the legendary Los Angeles club, Whisky a Go Go. Saco River Auction Co. is putting it up for bid Wednesday. Over the years, the Sunset Strip club featured acts including Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Janis Joplin, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Frank Zappa and the Ramones.

  • HONOLULU— President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency's value. Rick Perry, Trump's pick to lead the department, presents a contradictory figure: A Texas oil promoter, he also oversaw a huge expansion of wind-energy...

  • "For the 20 million who rely upon the Affordable Care Act in some form, they will not be without coverage during this transition time," White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told CBS program "Face the Nation," adding in an interview with ABC's "This Week" that the administration "may" stop enforcing the 2010 law's requirement that individuals purchase insurance.

  • ALGIERS, Jan 22- Algeria recorded slower third-quarter growth last year despite a significantly better performance from the energy sector, as non-hydrocarbon growth slackened, the government said on Sunday. The OPEC member country's energy sector expanded by 7.7 percent in the third quarter, due to a higher output in 2016 and a slight recovery in prices.

  • HAMBURG, Jan 22- Greater global efforts should be taken to safeguard precious world water supplies to secure food production, the agriculture ministers of the group of 20 leading economies said on Sunday. "We commit to approaches that improve sustainability of water use in food and agricultural production while ensuring food security and nutrition in...

  • *First meeting on oil deal compliance. VIENNA, Jan 22- OPEC and non- OPEC countries have made a strong start to lowering their oil output under the first such pact in more than a decade, energy ministers said on Sunday as producers look to reduce oversupply and support prices. All the countries are sticking to the deal... results are above expectations, "Russian Energy...

  • *Kuwait index posts biggest rise in over two years. DUBAI, Jan 22- Share prices in Kuwait jumped in very heavy trade on Sunday, the top performing market in a strong Gulf region, while tax fears continued to weigh on prices in Egypt. The narrower Kuwait 15 index of blue chips is up 9.6 percent.

  • It's a scary place to be— in debt and afraid. A new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report found that more than one in four consumers felt threatened when contacted by debt collectors. CFPB Director Rich Cordray said the report casts a "troubling light" on the industry, and that the bureau is working to stop abuses.

  • TAIPEI, Jan 22- Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics maker, is considering setting up a display-making plant in the United States in an investment that would exceed $7 billion, company chairman and chief executive Terry Gou said on Sunday. As a result of the meeting, Son pledged a $50 billion of investment in the United States and inadvertently...

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Jan 22- Oil and gas company Saudi Aramco is operating about 220 drilling rigs thanks to continued investment in capacity despite low oil prices, Saudi Arabia's energy minister told Sky News Arabia in a programme broadcast on Sunday. Khalid al-Falih, who is also chairman of Aramco, said that continuous investment in drilling enables Saudi...

  • *Several foreign brands have pulled out of Turkey. ISTANBUL, Jan 22- Turkish businessman Tekin Acar had contracts to open branches of his leading cosmetics chain in ten new shopping malls this year. Foreign brands in Turkey are also suffering.

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Jan 22- Oil and gas company Saudi Aramco is operating about 220 drilling rigs thanks to continued investment in capacity despite low oil prices, Saudi Arabia's energy minister told Sky News Arabia in a programme broadcast on Sunday. Khalid al-Falih, who is also chairman of Aramco, said that continuous investment in drilling enables Saudi...

  • TAIPEI, Jan 22- Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics maker, is considering setting up a display-making plant in the United States in an investment that would exceed $7 billion, company chairman and chief executive Terry Gou said on Sunday. The plans, which would be carried out with its unit Sharp Corp, still depend on many factors such as investment...

  • *Too early to talk of extending 6- month deal- Russia's Novak. VIENNA, Jan 22- Energy ministers from OPEC and non- OPEC countries meeting in Vienna on Sunday have struck a positive note regarding their agreement to cut oil output as a committee set to monitor compliance with the deal meets for the first time. The other members of the committee represent Algeria,...

  • LONDON— British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday she plans to discuss free trade and the importance of the NATO military alliance when she becomes the first foreign leader to meet with U.S. The White House's invitation for May to meet with Trump on Friday was seen in Britain as affirmation that Trump values the vaunted "special relationship" between the...

  • BEIJING, Jan 22- China's producer prices face upward pressure in 2017 as the market situation continues to improve, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Sunday in a commentary on its website, adding to expectations that global inflation may be stronger in 2017.. China's producer prices surged more than expected by the most in more than five years in...

  • BEIJING, Jan 22- Growth in China's real estate and financial sector slowed in the fourth quarter of 2016, despite an uptick in the overall service sector that contributed to better-than-expected GDP growth in the quarter, National Bureau of Statistics data showed on Saturday. China's services sector contributed 58.2 percent to the country's economic...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— New fire safety rules have come to Dubai after a series of skyscraper fires that marred its futuristic skyline, but authorities offered few details Sunday about how they'll force owners to replace flammable siding with better material. Most of the fires have been fueled by paneling on the sides of many buildings in Dubai, known as...