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  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is promising that the latest Republican health care legislation will cover people with pre-existing conditions "beautifully." In a TV interview Sunday, an op-ed in The Washington Post and a rally Saturday night in Pennsylvania, Trump vigorously celebrated a 100- day stretch that actually produced little in the way of...

  • The House did not vote last week on a renewed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act, but the White House remains hopeful action could come soon. The catchall spending bill would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during Trump's short tenure in the White House. Under White House pressure, Republicans recently...

  • *But talk of extending OPEC- led output cuts supports prices. TOKYO, May 1- Oil prices edged down on Monday as a disappointing Chinese economic survey clouded the outlook for demand, although talk that OPEC- led crude output cuts could be extended continued to offer support. NYMEX crude for June delivery was down 12 cents at $49.21 a barrel by 0619 GMT.

  • TOKYO, May 1- Japanese stocks climbed to a six-week high on Monday as technology shares such as Tokyo Electron and Murata Manufacturing surged on upbeat earnings. The Nikkei rose 0.6 percent to 19,310.52 points, marking its highest close since March 21 while the broader Topix gained 0.5 percent to 1,539.77. Tokyo Electron, the second-most traded stock by...

  • *Elliott to meet BHP shareholders in Australia- sources. SYDNEY, May 1- Elliott Management will meet with BHP Billiton's Australian shareholders this week as the activist investor pushes for strategic changes at the world's biggest miner, two sources familiar with the matter said on Monday. Elliott, led by U.S. financier Paul Singer, demanded BHP spin off its U.S....

  • TOKYO, May 1- Short-term Japanese government bond prices edged slightly down on Monday after the Bank of Japan trimmed its buying in the three- to five-year zone, while the overall mood was languid in thin trading ahead of holidays. Several markets across Asia and Europe are also shut on Monday for holiday. The fall was in line with market expectations after the...

  • HONG KONG, May 1- Revenue at the world's biggest casino hub of Macau rose 16.3 percent in April, as new resorts helped draw high rollers and casual gamblers to the country's only legal casino hub. Gambling revenue in the southern Chinese territory in April was 20.2 billion patacas, government data showed on Monday. Analysts however remain cautious on the...

  • NEW YORK, May 1- GSO Capital Partners, private equity firm Blackstone Group LP's credit arm, is acquiring more of J. Crew Group Inc's debt, hoping for a profitable trade that could also give the U.S. fashion retailer more time to stave off bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter said. It now has $2.1 billion in debt. But holders of a $1.53 billion loan to J. Crew,...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 1- Germany's K+ S AG will crack into the U.S. fertilizer market this spring when it opens the first new western Canadian potash mine in nearly five decades. K+ S, which will open its Legacy mine on Tuesday in Saskatchewan, told Reuters it is still in "planning phase" of a warehouse network with Koch Industries Inc, which will sell K+ S' potash in the...

  • TOKYO, May 1- Asian stocks shook off a sluggish start and edged up on Monday, with Japan outperforming on upbeat earnings, while the dollar regained traction as the U.S. government looked likely to avoid a shutdown. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.1 percent. Asian shares initially took their cue from Wall Street, which dipped on...

  • "With frost through Kansas, Colorado and even stretching through to Oklahoma, the market is concerned about how much of the crop has been damaged," said Andrew Woodhouse, grains analyst at Advance Trading Australasia. Frost threatens rapidly maturing hard red winter wheat crops, with Kansas the biggest producing state in the United States.

  • The full House of Representatives and Senate must still approve the bipartisan pact, which would be the first major legislation to clear Congress since Trump became president on Jan. 20. If it is not enacted by midnight Friday, federal agencies would have to lay off hundreds of thousands of workers and require many others to continue on the job providing law...

  • WASHINGTON— Congressional Republicans and Democrats forged a hard-won agreement Sunday night on a huge $1 trillion- plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September, denying President Donald Trump funding for a border wall and rejecting his cuts to popular domestic programs.

  • NEW YORK— Immigrant and union groups will march in cities across the United States on Monday to mark May Day and protest against President Donald Trump's efforts to boost deportations. Tens of thousands of immigrants and their allies are expected to rally in cities such as New York, Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles. "We have never seen such an outpouring of support...

  • *Investors warily monitor developments in North Korea. Several markets across Asia and Europe were closed for the May Day holiday. The House of Representatives and the Senate must approve the deal before the end of Friday and send it to President Donald Trump for his signature to avoid the first government shutdown since 2013..

  • TOKYO— Asian shares were mostly higher Monday despite worries over regional tensions after a North Korea missile launch failed over the weekend. KEEPING SCORE: Many markets in Asia and Europe were closed for Labor Day. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.4 percent in the morning session to 19,274.99.

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- U.S. congressional negotiators have hammered out a bipartisan agreement on a spending package to keep the federal government funded through the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30, a senior congressional aide said on Sunday. The House of Representatives and Senate must approve the deal before the end of Friday and send it to President...

  • TOKYO, May 1- The United States will begin an investigation into whether thermoplastic components used in some Japanese and German vehicle models sold in the country violate its patent laws, trade authorities said late last week. The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday listed 25 companies in the probe, including BMW, Honda Motor Co Ltd, Toyota Motor...

  • TOKYO, May 1- Asian stocks shook off a sluggish start and steadied on Monday, with Japan outperforming on upbeat earnings, while the dollar regained traction as the U.S. government looked likely to avoid a shutdown. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was largely flat. Many markets in Asia and Europe are closed for Labour Day.

  • SEOUL, May 1- South Korea's exports are expected to remain firm in May, a trade ministry official told a media conference on Monday, citing strong demand for key items such as semiconductors, petrochemical products and construction-related goods. Chae Hee- bong, an official at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said robust export growth was likely in May...