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  • March 23- California's air quality board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve methane regulations touted as the strictest adopted yet in the United States for controlling emissions of the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. The action comes more than a year after a massive methane leak at the Aliso Canyon gas storage field, owned by...

  • *Ride-Sharing service Lyft latest to remove Youtube ads after they appeared next to offensive videos- NYT.

  • CORRECTED-RIDE-SHARING SERVICE LYFT LATEST TO REMOVE YOUTUBE ADS AFTER THEY APPEARED NEXT TO OFFENSIVE VIDEOS- NYT.

  • TOKYO, March 24- The dollar edged up against the yen and euro on Friday, pulling away from recent lows, but gains were capped as investors focused on a showdown between U.S. Postponement of the vote from Thursday initially knocked the dollar and stock markets, but the dollar was given breathing space as Treasury yields turned higher after Wall Street shares...

  • RIDE-SHARING SERVICE LYFT LATEST TO REMOVE THEIR ADS AFTER THEY APPEARED NEXT TO OFFENSIVE VIDEOS- NYT.

  • SINGAPORE, March 24- Oil prices edged up on Friday, supported by a fall in Saudi exports to the United States, but overall markets remained under pressure on the back of a world market awash with fuel. Traders said the lift in prices came as a report that Saudi Arabia's crude exports to the United States in March would fall by around 300,000 barrels per day from...

  • TOKYO, March 24- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Friday there is "no reason" to withdraw the bank's massive monetary stimulus now as inflation remains distant from its 2 percent target. "While some improvements have been observed in economic and price developments, there is still a long way to go to achieve our price target," Kuroda said in a speech at a...

  • MANILA, March 24- The Philippines' environment agency has allowed eight suspended nickel ore miners to ship out stockpiles of mined ore, sources told Reuters, temporarily boosting supply from the world's top exporter of the raw metal after a major mining crackdown. More than half of all mines in the Philippines have been ordered to permanently shut to protect...

  • MELBOURNE, March 24- London copper was on Friday set to drop more than 2 percent for the week, with striking union members agreeing to return to work at the world's top copper mine, in Chile. "There was a lot of exuberance at the start of the year about President Trump's pro-growth policies and certainly base metals benefitted from that," said analyst Daniel Hynes at...

  • WASHINGTON, March 23- Supporters of Obamacare staged rallies across the country on Thursday denouncing efforts by President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders to repeal the landmark law that has extended medical insurance coverage to some 20 million Americans. Hundreds of demonstrators turned out in Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles...

  • SYDNEY, March 24- U.S. soybeans fell 0.5 percent on Friday to hit a four-month low as ample global stocks continued to weigh on the oilseed, which was poised to finish the week in negative territory for a third consecutive week. The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade fell 0.5 percent to $9.86 a bushel, the lowest since Nov. 18.

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Shareholders of Samsung Electronics are praising the company for big gains in its share price while lamenting its involvement in a massive political scandal that brought the arrest of the company's de facto leader. Kwon Oh- hyun, Samsung's chief executive, told an annual shareholders meeting Friday that the scandal was regrettable, but that...

  • HONG KONG, March 24- China's yuan weakened against the U.S. dollar on Friday as the global dollar index rose overnight, but the Chinese currency is set to end stronger for the week. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.8845 per dollar prior to market open, firmer than the previous fix 6.8856. The Thomson Reuters/ HKEX Global CNH index, which tracks the...

  • March 24- China's central bank, wary of soaring property prices in Beijing, said on Friday that banks must strengthen mortgage risk management, and that includes cracking down on home buyers rushing to get divorced to skirt second-home purchase rules. China has intensified its crackdown on property speculators by rolling out much harsher measures in big...

  • "We have been promising the American people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because its collapsing and its failing families, and tomorrow were proceeding," House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after an evening all-hands meeting. Ryan and leaders in the House of Representatives were forced to postpone a vote on their healthcare bill, formally...

  • *Presumed new Hong Kong leader seen stoking tensions. HONG KONG, March 24- Hong Kong on Sunday will likely select Beijing's favoured candidate for its next leader who some say will further divide a city where middle class families have become increasingly disaffected by political tension and economic hardship. Former top civil servant Carrie Lam is widely...

  • SEOUL/ PARIS, March 24- South Korea's KEPCO, the likeliest suitor for Toshiba Corp's troubled nuclear business, is holding off from making an approach because of question marks over the scale of damage at the unit and political uncertainty in both South Korea and the United States, people with direct knowledge of the matter say. State-controlled Korea Electric...

  • TOKYO, March 24- Japan's Nikkei share average gained on Friday as the yen took a breather from its recent strength, but the Nikkei was still poised for a weekly loss. The dollar rose 0.4 percent to 111.39 yen, moving away from the previous session's four-month lows, as signs a delayed vote on President Donald Trump's healthcare bill would go ahead later in the day.

  • SYDNEY, March 24- U.S. soybeans dropped 0.5 percent to hit their lowest in four months on Friday, with ample global supply pushing the oilseed towards its third straight weekly decline. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade were down nearly 1.5 percent for the week. *Soybeans hit a low of $9.86 a bushel on Friday, the weakest since Nov. 18.

  • "We have been promising the American people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because its collapsing and its failing families, and tomorrow were proceeding," House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after an evening all-hands meeting. Ryan and leaders in the House of Representatives were forced to postpone a vote on their healthcare bill, formally...