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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 23- U.S. representatives from both parties asked the Department of Justice on Monday whether the domestic terrorism law would cover actions by protesters that shut oil pipelines last year, a move that could potentially increase political rhetoric against climate change activists. Ken Buck, a Republican representative from Colorado, said in a...

  • DALLAS _ Veritex Holdings Inc. on Monday reported third-quarter earnings of $5.2 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 30 cents per share. Veritex Holdings shares have risen roughly 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK— A JetBlue plane from Boston to Las Vegas has struck some birds shortly after takeoff and has been diverted to New York. A JetBlue spokesman says Flight 877 struck the birds late Monday afternoon after taking off from Boston Logan International Airport. The JetBlue spokesman hasn't said if the plane suffered any damage.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 23- President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed the possibility of curbing a popular tax-deferred U.S. retirement savings program to help pay for his sweeping tax cuts, and voiced doubts about adding another top bracket targeting the wealthiest Americans. The potential scaling back of 401 plans, which for four decades have helped millions of...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 23- Facebook Inc said on Monday it was testing the idea of dividing its News Feed in two, separating commercial posts from personal news in a move that could lead some businesses to increase advertising. The test is taking place in Bolivia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Serbia, Slovakia and Sri Lanka, and it will likely go on for months, Adam Mosseri, the...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 23- The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday set preliminary antidumping duties on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, after an initial finding that the products were being sold under market value in the United States. The department set antidumping duties ranging from 54.36 percent to 70.05 percent on soy-based biodiesel from...

  • OSLO, Oct 24- U.S. companies are still among the most ambitious in setting targets to combat global warming despite President Donald Trump's plans to quit the 195- nation Paris climate agreement, a 2017 survey showed on Tuesday. U.S.-based firms made up a fifth of those in a 2017 "A list" of 159 companies judged to have ambitious policies on limiting climate change...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 23- The Securities and Exchange Commission will now require companies participating in audits to disclose remarks and inquiries made by independent auditors, the main U.S. financial regulator said on Monday. The new rule, which takes effect immediately and which was created by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and approved by the...

  • SAO PAULO, Oct 23- The judge overseeing phone carrier Oi SA's bankruptcy protection case has agreed again to postpone the creditors assembly that was originally scheduled for Monday until Friday Nov. 10, the company said in a securities filing. The judge had already postponed the meeting until Nov. 6. The debt-laden company sustained a new setback on Monday when...

  • BOGOTA, Oct 23- Thousands of taxi drivers in Colombia's capital Bogota began an indefinite strike on Monday to protest private transport services like Uber, snarling traffic for much of the day as drivers blocked roads and clashed with police. There are some 480,000 registered taxis in Colombia, with 53,000 in Bogota, a city of about 8 million people.

  • DETROIT— Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is recalling 161,167 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because electric relays can cause the engine to stall or overheat. The recall affects the 2015-2017 Outlander SUV, the 2015-2017 Lancer sedan and Outlander Sport, and the 2015 Lancer Evolution sport sedan. Most are in the U.S. but 28,615 are in Canada.

  • Oct 24- Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co Ltd's domestic sales for the Oct. 1 to Oct. 20 period plummeted 20 percent following recent allegations of misconduct in its inspection procedures, the Nikkei said. The Yokohama- based automaker's domestic sales fell to 12,300 units during the period, the newspaper reported. Last week, the country's second-largest...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Environmentalists have asked Montana regulators to suspend permits for two silver mines citing concerns over the track record of the president of the company behind the proposals. Hecla Mining Company of Idaho is proposing the Rock Creek and Montanore mines in northwest Montana. Its president, Phillips Baker, was formerly an executive with...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 23- The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday made a preliminary finding imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia were being dumped and set preliminary antidumping duties on the products. The department set antidumping duties ranging from 54.36 percent to 70.05 percent on biodiesel from Argentina, and 50.71 percent on all biodiesel...

  • Oct 23- Moscow- based Kaspersky Lab said on Monday it will ask independent parties to review the security of its anti-virus software, which the U.S. government has said could jeopardize national security, citing concerns over Kremlin influence and hijacking by Russian spies. President Donald Trump's administration last month barred government agencies...

  • LOS ANGELES— " Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, "Lionsgate, $21,226,953, 2,388 locations, $8,889 average, $21,226,953, 1 week. 2. "Geostorm," Warner Bros., $13,707,376, 3,246 locations, $4,223 average, $13,707,376, 1 week.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 23- The Chicago Board of Education will decide on Wednesday whether to issue up to $1.1 billion of bonds in the wake of a new Illinois school funding formula that provides more money to the cash-strapped district, a school spokesman said on Monday. The Chicago Public Schools would refund about $630 million of existing bonds for savings and sell $355...

  • POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. _ Southern Missouri Bancorp Inc. on Monday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $4.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Poplar Bluff, Missouri- based company said it had net income of 56 cents. Southern Missouri Bancorp shares have risen slightly more than 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The U.S. regulator in July issued Meridian's unit, Magellan Diagnostics, a Form 483 for its North Billerica, Massachusetts- based facility, nearly two months after it warned that the tests may underestimate lead levels in blood. Magellan's devices are the only lead-testing products cleared by the FDA and account for about half of all lead tests in the United...

  • WELLINGTON, Oct 24- New Zealand's populist power broker, Winston Peters, will be appointed deputy prime minister and foreign minister when Cabinet positions are revealed this week, local media reported on Tuesday. Ardern and Peters have found common ground in "fortress New Zealand"- type policies that align more with populist movements across Europe and the...