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  • NEW YORK, May 25- A South Carolina jury on Friday could not agree on a verdict in a case of a woman whose family said her long-term use of Johnson& Johnson's Baby Powder led to her death from asbestos-related cancer, resulting in a mistrial. The case of Bertila Boyd-Bostic, who died of a rare form of cancer in 2017 at the age of 30, is the latest in a series of trials in the...

  • PANAMA CITY, May 25- Negotiations over a free trade agreement between Panama and China will begin in July, Panama's trade and industry minister said on Friday, just a year after the two nations established diplomatic relations. China has been expanding its influence across Latin America, and Panama is seeking to attract new investment and boost re-exports of...

  • OTTAWA, May 25- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with U.S. In a brief statement about the call, the White House said the two leaders discussed NAFTA and other trade and economic issues. Mexico's economy minister said on Friday there was about a 40 percent chance of concluding the NAFTA talks before Mexico's presidential election on July 1.

  • NEW YORK, May 25- A South Carolina jury on Friday could not agree on a verdict in a case of a woman whose family said her long-term use of Johnson& Johnson's Baby Powder led to her death from asbestos-related cancer, resulting in a mistrial. The case of Bertila Boyd-Bostic, who died of a rare form of cancer in 2017 at the age of 30, is the latest in a series of trials in the...

  • TORONTO _ Pelangio Exploration Inc. on Friday reported a first-quarter loss of $389,000, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Toronto- based company said it had a loss of less than 1 cent. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • WASHINGTON, May 25- The Trump administration will make available an additional 15,000 H-2B visas, meant for temporary non-agricultural workers, this fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Friday. The increase would help relieve U.S. businesses that depend on seasonal labor during the busy summer tourist season. U.S. law caps the number of...

  • As with a similar announcement earlier in the week, the proposed deal ran into immediate resistance in Congress, where Democrats and Trump's fellow Republicans accused him of bending to pressure from Beijing to ease up on a company that allegedly poses a significant risk to U.S. national security. ZTE was banned in April from buying U.S. technology components...

  • SAO PAULO, May 25- A truckers protest over diesel prices that has crippled key sectors of Latin America's biggest economy dragged into Friday night, putting drivers in a standoff with Brazilian President Michel Temer who authorized military force to clear highways. The protest will stretch into its sixth day on Saturday. South America's largest city and...

  • MILAN, May 25- Credit rating agency Moody's said on Friday it may downgrade Italy's sovereign debt, citing risks that the country's new government will weaken its public finances and row back on past reforms. Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement and far-right League are seeking to form a government and break a deadlock that followed an inconclusive...

  • SAO PAULO, May 25- Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht SA's will use part of a 2.6 billion reais bank loan to repay a loan in arrears with state-controlled bank Banco do Brasil SA, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The company previously said it would repay a 500 million reais bond issued by construction unit Odebrecht Engenharia e...

  • CHICAGO, May 25- The biggest U.S. biodiesel lobbying group has dropped its nine-year push to covert a $1- per-gallon tax credit available to blenders of the biofuel into one for producers, the vice president of federal affairs said on Friday. But import duties imposed by the U.S. Commerce Department have nearly stopped biodiesel imports from Indonesia and...

  • SAO PAULO, May 25- A truckers protest over diesel prices that has crippled key sectors of Latin America's biggest economy dragged into Friday night, putting drivers in a standoff with Brazilian President Michel Temer who authorized military force to clear highways. The protest will stretch into its sixth day on Saturday. South America's largest city and...

  • Gulf of Mexico as it moves toward a Monday landfall between New Orleans and Florida's panhandle. The National Weather Service on Friday issued a tropical storm warning from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to Indian Pass, Florida. It forecast the storm would bring heavy rain and flash flooding during the Memorial Day holiday weekend to the central Gulf Coast region and...

  • SAO PAULO, May 25- Brazil's main stock market fell to a five-month low and its real currency weakened on Friday as the fifth day of a truckers' protest over fuel prices hobbled a wide range of industries from aviation to agribusiness. In the afternoon, the federal government authorized the military to clear highways by force, while Sao Paulo, South America's...

  • OTTAWA, May 25- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with U.S. In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, Trudeau said the investigation was based on flimsy logic and part of pressure from Washington to renegotiate the NAFTA trade pact. Mexico's economy minister said on Friday there was about a 40 percent chance of concluding the NAFTA talks before...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 25- S&P 500 companies have returned a record $1 trillion to shareholders over the past year, helped by a recent surge in dividends and stock buybacks following sweeping corporate tax cuts introduced by Republicans, a report on Friday showed. In the 12 months through March, S&P 500 companies paid out $428 billion in dividends and bought up $573...

  • Gulf of Mexico as it moves toward a Monday landfall between New Orleans and Florida's panhandle. The National Weather Service on Friday forecast the storm would bring heavy rain and flash flooding to the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern United States this weekend and into next week. The NWS said between 4 inches and 6 inches of rain are expected...

  • *Russia says oil output cuts likely to be eased at June meeting. NEW YORK, May 25- Oil prices fell more than $2 per barrel on Friday as Saudi Arabia and Russia discussed easing production cuts that have helped push crude prices to their highest since 2014.. Brent crude futures fell $2.35, or 3 percent, to settle at $76.44 a barrel.

  • CHICAGO, May 25- Sizzling temperatures in the U.S. The U.S. corn crop was 81 percent seeded as of May 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, matching the five-year average, as farmers caught up with fieldwork after a cold April stalled early planting. The late-May heat is expected to ease in early June, but temperatures are likely to remain above normal, said Joel...