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  • HOUSTON, Sept 26- Total SA expects production soon from its 225,500- barrel-per-day Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, which has been shut since an Aug. 30 power outage during Tropical Storm Harvey, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Gulf Coast market sources said the company was proceeding carefully bringing units up to operating temperatures and beginning to...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 26- The financial health of U.S. adults is wide ranging, with those possessing higher levels of education and larger savings enjoying greater security and freedom, according the first-ever government survey of financial well-being, released on Tuesday. With the U.S. poverty rate near pre-recession levels and median income at an historic high,...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 26- The thought of Toys' R' Us closing stores due to its recent bankruptcy filing is too much for one nine-year-old to bear, according to court papers. Bankruptcy Judge Keith Phillips, who is overseeing the bankruptcy case. Toys' R' Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month to restructure $5 billion of its long-term debt.

  • RIYADH/ WASHINGTON, Sept 26- Saudi King Salman on Tuesday ordered that women be allowed to drive cars, ending a conservative tradition seen by rights activists as an emblem of the Islamic kingdom's repression of women. It gave no details but said a majority of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars, Saudi Arabia's top clerical body, had approved its...

  • The administration and Republicans in Congress are due to unveil a tax plan on Wednesday. The plan has been developed over several months by six White House and congressional Republicans working behind closed doors and with no input from Democrats. Republicans, who control the White House and both chambers of Congress have been unable to deliver a...

  • OTTAWA, Sept 26- The United States on Tuesday unveiled draft text on labor standards during the negotiations on modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement as top officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico joined talks in Ottawa. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexico's Economy...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 26- The days of Twitter Inc limiting messages to 140 characters, a signature of the social network since its launch in 2006, may be numbered. The San Francisco- based company has stood by its short messages as a defining characteristic- like chirps from a bird, which is the company logo- even as users found ways around the limit, such as posting photos of...

  • *Loonie touches its weakest since Sept. 6 at C $1.2413. TORONTO, Sept 26- The Canadian dollar edged higher against the greenback on Tuesday, recovering from an earlier near three-week low, as investors positioned themselves ahead of a speech the next day by Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz. "There is more room to hike," said Mazen Issa, senior FX strategist at TD...

  • A look at the AP Municipal Bond Index for Tuesday, Sept. 26:. Yield climbed 6 basis points over the last week to 1.54 percent. It was 1 basis point on Sept. 19.

  • SANTIAGO, Sept 26- Chile's stock market has priced in a victory of conservative presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera, even though progressive candidates could form an alliance in a December runoff, traders and analysts said. "The majority is left of center," said Kenneth Bunker, a political scientist at Universidad Central de Chile. Center-left Senator...

  • *Bombardier up 6.1 percent at C $2.27. TORONTO, Sept 26- Canada's main stock index retreated broadly on Tuesday from its highest close in four months hit the previous session, as cooling commodity prices sent mining and oil stocks into retreat. Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd finished down 3.4 percent at C $56.78, while Barrick Gold Corp fell 1.3 percent at C $20.28.

  • Sept 26- Syngenta AG has agreed to pay close to $1.5 billion to resolve lawsuits stemming from its decision to commercialize a genetically modified strain of corn before China approved importing it, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The accord came amid a trial in Minnesota state court that began earlier this month in which around 22,000...

  • DELAND, Fla. _ ARC Group Worldwide Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $10.3 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. The Deland, Florida- based company said it had a loss of 57 cents per share. For the year, the company reported that its loss widened to $10.2 million, or 56 cents per share.

  • CARACAS, Sept 26- U.S. paint manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems has halted production in Venezuela because of the country's "economic and political situation" and has laid off its workers, according to employees and a company statement. Foreign companies have for years been struggling to maintain operations in Venezuela due to currency controls that make it...

  • HEATING OIL FUTURES PARE LOSSES IN POST-SETTLEMENT TRADE AFTER API SHOWS BIGGER-THAN-EXPECTED DRAW IN INVENTORIES.

  • GASOLINE FUTURES EXTEND LOSSES IN POST-SETTLEMENT TRADE AFTER API SHOWS SURPRISE BUILD IN INVENTORIES.

  • CRUDE OIL PRICES PARE LOSSES IN POST-SETTLEMENT TRADE AFTER API DATA SURPRISE DRAW IN INVENTORIES.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 26- Shares of Tesla Inc remained in a correction on Tuesday after a billionaire British inventor announced plans for his own electric vehicles, taking the shine off an analyst prediction that Tesla's cars would be commonplace within two years. Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas estimated in a note that nearly 300,000 Tesla vehicles would be...

  • Net income attributable to Micron was $2.37 billion, or $1.99 per share, in the quarter ended Aug. 31, compared with a loss of $170 million, or 16 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding items, the Boise, Idaho- based company earned $2.02 per share, beating the average analyst estimate of $1.83, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Micron said it expects adjusted...

  • Carnival Corp., up $1.82 to $65.32. Red Hat Inc., up $4.31 to $110.07. Equifax Inc., up 96 cents to $106.05.