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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 20- An Uber lawyer on Wednesday said Alphabet Inc's Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars. Uber Technologies Inc attorney Bill Carmody disclosed the figure in a hearing in federal court in San Francisco, where both companies are discussing whether a...

  • Sept 20- U.S. stocks were little changed in early afternoon trading on Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's policy decision for clues on the future path of interest rates. Investors will closely follow Fed Chair Janet Yellen's press conference for views on inflation. The central bank is likely to keep interest rate unchanged and say that it...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Sept 20- Argentina will come to market with two more bond issues this year, Finance Minister Luis Caputo said in remarks at a conference on Wednesday. In June, he said Argentina had $2.6 billion in bonds left to be issued this year and that they could be denominated in euros, yen or Swiss francs. On Wednesday Caputo said that the government would make a big...

  • MOSCOW, Sept 20- Russia's B&N Bank, the country's 12th biggest lender by assets, has sought a bailout from the central bank, just three weeks after another leading Russian bank had to be rescued. There was no immediate sign of contagion and banking sector insiders said that while the problems that triggered the crises at B&N Bank, and previously Otkritie, could hit...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota regulators have approved an agreement settling allegations that the Texas- based builder of the Dakota Access pipeline violated state rules during construction. North Dakota's Public Service Commission last year accused Energy Transfer Partners of improperly reporting the discovery of American Indian artifacts.

  • SAO PAULO, Sept 20- Latin American currencies firmed on Wednesday ahead of the end of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting, when it is expected to offer new clues on when it will increase interest rates again. Traders bet it will also announce it will embark on a reduction of its $4.5 trillion balance sheet. Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index fell 0.6 percent,...

  • NEW YORK— Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the government program that protects young immigrants in the U.S. illegally and called immigration the "biggest issue of our time." Cook, speaking at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum Wednesday, said Apple Inc. plans to work with Congress on behalf of its employees that benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood...

  • RENO, Nev.— A day after a deadly earthquake struck Mexico City, University of Nevada scientists will mimic quakes to test new bridge designs developed to help the structures better withstand violent temblors. The University of Nevada's Earthquake Engineering Lab is the largest of its kind in the United States. The scientists' project is funded by the California...

  • Sept 20- Alphabet Inc's Google is close to acquiring assets of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp, Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. The Taiwan stock exchange said on Wednesday that HTC shares will be halted from Sept. 21 on a pending news announcement. Bloomberg reported last month that the smartphone maker was said to be exploring...

  • *Expect annual synergies of 400 mln- 600 mln euros. *Thyssenkrupp will shift 4 bln euros in liabilities. ESSEN, Germany/ MUMBAI, Sept 20- Germany's Thyssenkrupp and India's Tata Steel agreed on Wednesday to merge their European steel operations, creating the continent's No.2 steelmaker with revenues of 15 billion euros.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- A tide of cash swept into U.S.-based taxable-bond funds for a 41st straight week, with inflows for the funds swelling to $8.7 billion, from $5.9 billion the week prior, Investment Company Institute data showed on Wednesday. Municipal bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds pulled in $908 million in the week ended Sept. 13, up from $527 million...

  • Wednesday's advisory by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network asks banks to keep watch for Venezuelan government contracts, wire transfers from shell companies and real estate purchases in south Florida and Houston. President Nicolas Maduro has accused the U.S. of trying to impose a financial "blockade" on Venezuela after months of opposition-led...

  • *Spain- Germany bond yield spread widens on Catalonia concerns. LONDON, Sept 20- Euro zone government bond yields nudged down on Wednesday as investors awaited the conclusion of a U.S. And any weakening in the single currency, up around 14 percent against the dollar this year, could encourage the European Central Bank to press ahead with plans to unwind its hefty...

  • LONDON, Sept 20- Volcan Investments, the family trust of the chairman of diversified miner Vedanta, on Wednesday said it was increasing its stake in Anglo American but did not intend to make a bid for the entire company. Anglo American declined to comment. Anil Agarwal has previously stated he has no plans to take over Anglo American, although his family trust is now...

  • MOSCOW, Sept 20 Sept- Russia's second-largest oil producer Lukoil expects its output to rise over the next 8-10 years as it brings new fields onstream, vice president and co-owner Leonid Fedun said on Wednesday. Fedun, among the first in the Russian oil industry to call for an output curbing deal with OPEC, said Lukoil had already yielded at least $1.5 billion in...

  • VIENNA, Sept 20- A parliamentary inquiry into Austria's $2 billion Eurofighter deal found no indications of bribery or that Airbus and its partners illegally influenced Austrian politicians, according to the final report on the matter. Airbus and the consortium, which includes Britain's BAE Systems and Italy's Leonardo, rejected the accusations as...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- BlackRock Inc Chief Executive Larry Fink on Wednesday said the largest asset manager must mirror its customers in terms of gender, in comments that come as the company has become more vocal about shareholder and activist efforts to boost workplace diversity. Speaking at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York, Fink said such efforts...

  • Abe made a plea to investors in the audience to put money into Japan's equity markets. While the Nikkei share average scaled a more than two-year high this week and Japan's economy has expanded for six straight quarters, Japan under Abe has not achieved price inflation targets and critics say his economic reforms have not gone far enough. Abe made no comment on an...

  • BERLIN, Sept 20- Air Berlin is likely halt its remaining long-haul flights from Oct. 15, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. It has been forced to scrap long-haul flights from its two bases of Duesseldorf and Berlin after a leasing company asked for its planes to be returned. From late September its only long-haul flights will be from...

  • MOSCOW, Sept 20- Russian oil producer Lukoil has no desire to return to banking after its executives face potential losses following the bail-out of private lender Otkritie, Lukoil vice-president Leonid Fedun told Reuters. Fedun and his boss, Lukoil Chief Executive Vagit Alekperov, are shareholders in Otkritie, which became one of Russia's biggest ever...