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  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- Social Finance Inc discussed a potential sale earlier this year, including with financial services company Charles Schwab Corp, but the talks fell apart over the $8 billion price the online lender sought, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter. The San Francisco- based company known as SoFi began sales...

  • PRAGUE— The Czech Statistics Office says the web sites it used to publish results from a parliamentary election were hacked. The office made the announcement on Sunday, a day after two sites the office used to post returns of the election for the lower house of Parliament were unavailable for some period of time. The centrist ANO movement led by euroskeptic...

  • Deltic had said in August that it would work with investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc and law firm Davis Polk& Wardwell LLP to review its options after activist shareholder Southeastern Asset Management Inc pressured it to explore a sale. The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news, cited sources as saying Potlatch would offer 1.8 of its common...

  • WASHINGTON— The manager of Fidelity Investments' stock-picking unit held an emergency meeting last week to reiterate the firm's policies against sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, a person familiar with the matter said. The meeting and allegations were previously reported by the Wall Street Journal. "Fidelity's policies specifically...

  • PHILADELPHIA— The FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Sunday, turning up the heat on a debate between technology companies and law enforcement officials trying to recover encrypted communications. The FBI and other law enforcement officials...

  • ADA, Mich.— A private ceremony has been held for Michigan philanthropist Helen J. DeVos. Direct-sales company Amway said in a statement that DeVos was buried Saturday in Ada, near Grand Rapids. She was the wife of Rich DeVos, who co-founded Amway and owns the Orlando Magic.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he was willing to bring healthcare legislation up for a vote but was waiting for the go-ahead from President Donald Trump, who sent mixed signals last week about a bipartisan bill that would shore up insurance markets. That legislation, introduced by Republican Senator Lamar...

  • GENEVA/ LONDON, Oct 22- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization said on Sunday, following outrage among Western donors and rights groups at his appointment. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus named Mugabe to the largely ceremonial post at a meeting on Wednesday in Uruguay on...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 22- Tyler Perry has prevented a disaster at the box office with the opening of Lionsgate's comedy sequel "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween "scaring up a solid $21.7 million at 2,388 North American locations. Warner Bros.' "Geostorm," starring Gerard Butler, is finishing a distant second place with about $13.3 million at 3,246 venues-- at the top end of modest...

  • President Trump to visit Japan Nov. 5-7. TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc was headed for a big win in Sunday's election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation's longest-serving premier and re-energising his push to revise the pacifist constitution. A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe, who took office in December 2012,...

  • LAS VEGAS— As volunteers streamed in to donate blood, doctors tended to the wounded and investigators scoured the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Las Vegas tourism officials moved quickly to protect their valuable franchise in a city where branding is everything. The city put that motto on hold, and the public agency charged with...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- Fidelity Investments has hired a consulting firm to review employee behavior amid allegations of sexual harassment at the U.S. money manager stretching back years, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Brian Hogan, president of Fidelity's stock-picking division, held an emergency meeting on Monday afternoon with his staff to stress the...

  • A Madea Halloween "scared up a healthy $21.7 million in its first weekend in theaters, but the waters were rough for other new openers including the disaster epic" Geostorm, "the firefighter drama" Only the Brave "and the crime thriller" The Snowman. " But a slight drop for a sequel hardly compares to the catastrophe of "Geostorm," a long-delayed $120 million disaster...

  • Oct 22- Electric car maker Tesla Inc reaffirmed on Sunday it is talking with the Shanghai municipal government to set up a factory in the region and expects to agree on a plan by the end of the year, but declined to comment on a report that a deal has been reached. The Wall Street Journal reported that Tesla and the Shanghai government have reached a deal in that city's...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday that he was willing to bring healthcare legislation up for a vote but was waiting for the go-ahead from President Donald Trump, who sent mixed signals this week about a bipartisan bill that would shore up insurance markets. That legislation, introduced by Republican Senator Lamar...

  • ROME, N.Y.— Envisioning a day when millions of drones will buzz around delivering packages, watching crops or inspecting pipelines, a coalition is creating an airspace corridor in upstate New York where traffic management systems will be developed and unmanned aircraft can undergo safety and performance testing. The unmanned aircraft traffic management...

  • GENEVA/ LONDON, Oct 22- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization said on Sunday following outrage among Western donors and rights groups at the appointment. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. The decision had been taken after consultation with the Harare...

  • WASHINGTON— With stock price indexes setting record highs, many investors have been keeping a wary eye on the markets. Anthony Saglimbene, a global market strategist at Ameriprise Financial, says he isn't unduly worried. He spoke recently with The Associated Press.

  • Oct 22- Electric car maker Tesla Inc said on Sunday it is talking with the Shanghai municipal government to set up a factory in the region and expects to agree on a plan by the end of the year. The Wall Street Journal reported that Tesla and the Shanghai government have already reached a deal in that city's free trade zone. Shanghai is China's de facto automotive...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday the government will proceed with a scheduled sales tax increase in 2019 unless the economy suffers a shock as big as the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers. "In order to pay back Japan's public debt, you need economic growth," he said. Analysts say increasing the levy is crucial to rein in Japan's huge...