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  • PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela, Sept 21- Venezuelan drivers are facing growing queues to buy gasoline despite having the world's largest oil reserves, adding to the OPEC country's woes as its refineries sputter and its socialist economic system crumbles. Lines to buy fuel and shuttered service stations have been intermittent problems for much of this year, most...

  • PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela, Sept 21- Venezuelan drivers are facing growing queues to buy gasoline despite having the world's largest oil reserves, adding to the OPEC country's woes as its refineries sputter and its socialist economic system crumbles. Lines to buy fuel and shuttered service stations have been intermittent problems for much of this year, most...

  • PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela, Sept 21- Venezuelan drivers are facing growing queues to buy gasoline despite having the world's largest oil reserves, adding to the OPEC country's woes as its refineries sputter and its socialist economic system crumbles. Lines to buy fuel and shuttered service stations have been intermittent problems for much of this year, most...

  • PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela, Sept 21- Venezuelan drivers are facing growing queues to buy gasoline despite having the world's largest oil reserves, adding to the OPEC country's woes as its refineries sputter and its socialist economic system crumbles. Lines to buy fuel and shuttered service stations have been intermittent problems for much of this year, most...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 21- Wall Street's top regulator came under fire on Thursday about its cyber security and disclosure practices after admitting hackers had breached its database of corporate announcements in 2016 and may have used it for insider trading. The breach involved Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR filing system, which houses...

  • Customers will be able to air grievances when the Surface Transportation Board, the top U.S. rail regulator, hosts a hearing over CSX's service in Washington on Oct. 11. The company emailed manufacturers about the Lordstown embargo on Sept. 8, two days after top executives said the railroad had made great strides in fixing service problems that gripped its system...

  • With no Democratic support for the bill, Republicans remain a handful of votes short in the Senate, needing 50 votes in a 100- seat chamber they control 52-48, with Pence casting a potential tie-breaking vote. Senator Rand Paul opposes it and at least six others are undecided: John McCain, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, Rob Portman and Jerry Moran.

  • HOUSTON— As Houston recovers from Harvey's devastating flooding, many homeowners could be asked to shoulder an added financial burden: higher taxes on the same houses they are struggling to rebuild. In Harris County, which includes Houston, at least 136,000 homes and other structures were flooded. Some Houston homeowners say the proposal is like being kicked...

  • SAO PAULO/ TORONTO, Sept 21- Brazil- based mining company Votorantim Metais Holding SA filed on Thursday for an initial public offering in New York and Toronto, to tap into a wide base of investors betting on a long-term recovery in zinc, copper, lead and silver prices. Reuters first reported the plan on April 10, and said on July 12 that the base metals producer- which...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 21- Wall Street's top regulator came under fire on Thursday about its cyber security and disclosure practices after admitting hackers had breached its database of corporate announcements in 2016 and may have used it for insider trading. The breach involved Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR filing system, which houses...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 21- U.S. motorists logged 0.8 percent more miles on the road in July than they did in the year-ago month, keeping 2017 on a pace to break last year's record of total miles driven, according to U.S. Department of Transportation data released Thursday. Motorists drove 1.5 percent more miles on U.S. roads through July than in the same period last year, the...

  • FRANKFURT/ BERLIN, Sept 21- A profit warning from one of the world's largest reinsurers is the latest sign that the death and destruction from a spate of hurricanes and earthquakes in North America are now taking a toll on the titans of global finance. Munich Re last issued such a warning in 2011 after losses from an earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a spokeswoman...

  • A group that represents state officials who administer Medicaid programs is telling Senate Republicans to slow down and rethink their latest health care bill. The group wants Congress to revisit Medicaid changes. A study finds the latest GOP effort to end "Obamacare" would take federal dollars away from states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable...

  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 259,000 for the week ended Sept. 16, the Labor Department said. A Labor Department official said Harvey and Irma affected claims for Texas and Florida. Texas and Florida account for about 14 percent of U.S. employment.

  • NEW YORK— Allstate expects insurance losses of about $593 million in August after Hurricane Harvey left a path of destruction along the Gulf Coast. Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25. Last week, German reinsurer Munich Re, which covers losses from insurers, was the first to warn that it may not meet previous financial goals following the one-two punch of...

  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 259,000 for the week ended Sept. 16, the Labor Department said. A Labor Department official said Harvey and Irma affected claims for Texas and Florida. Unadjusted claims for Texas fell 23,549 last week, the second straight weekly drop.

  • THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that the less-volatile four-week average rose by 6,000 to 268,750. Overall, nearly 2 million Americans are collecting jobless aid, down almost 6 percent from a year ago. THE TAKEAWAY: In early September, jobless claims shot up by the most in five years as Harvey battered Texas. But last week claims in Texas fell 45...

  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 259,000 for the week ended Sept. 16, the Labor Department said on Thursday. A Labor Department official said Harvey and Irma affected claims for Texas and Florida. In addition, the Labor Department estimated claims for South Carolina and the Virgin Islands last week.

  • Sept 21- When Karen Taylor graduated from the Houston police academy, she got a badge, a gun and a Taser. A few years later, she got a new Taser, one the manufacturer marketed as cost effective, simple to use, and similar in size to the stun gun she got as a rookie. Tasers announcement for the new X2 in 2011 said it features a second shot for instant miss recovery, dual LASERs...

  • SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Sept 21- The X26 is in a class by itself. Yet Taser International says its capacity to stop suspects is second to none. Taser stopped selling the X26 in the United States and Canada in 2014, telling police customers its analog workhorse was approaching obsolescence.