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  • WASHINGTON— The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. The slide toward closure lacked for high drama: The Senate vote was all but predetermined, and since the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on the budget battle in Congress:. The final Senate vote on a Republican bill aimed at preventing a federal shutdown is in, and it's 10 votes short. Republicans control the Senate 51-49. The GOP needed 60 votes to prevail, but the tally was 50-49..

  • In a dramatic late-night session, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell left voting open despite appearing to fall well short of the 60 votes needed to keep alive a stopgap bill that would fund the government through Feb. 16. As the clock ticked toward midnight, McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer huddled in negotiations in a room just off the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- The U.S. Senate was short of the votes needed to approve a bill to keep the federal government running as a midnight deadline loomed on Friday night, but high-level negotiations continued. In a dramatic late-night session, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell left voting open despite appearing to fall well short of the 60 votes needed to...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 20- China will impose "special emissions restrictions" on enterprises in major industrial sectors in northern China later this year, as it bids to ensure its war on pollution continues once a tough winter anti-smog campaign ends in March. To meet politically crucial air quality targets last year, China forced 28 cities in northern China to cut...

  • The company said it would email 677,775 people in the United States who followed, retweeted or liked content from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency during the election. The top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee on Friday praised Twitter's move and urged technology companies to keep looking into abuse...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- U.S. lawmakers raced against the clock to avert a federal government shutdown on Friday but it was not clear if hectic negotiations would bring a deal before a midnight deadline. Trump met with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer at the White House earlier on Friday in search of a breakthrough. The Republican-controlled House of...

  • "I've never seen any single hashtag that has had this amount of activity behind it," said Bret Schafer, an analyst who helps runs the Hamilton 68 dashboard, a project with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. Peter King, a New York Republican, revealed a brief report produced by Republican staff dealing with Trump's wiretapping...

  • Jan 19- Greg Abel, considered by many investors the top contender to succeed Warren Buffett as Berkshire Hathaway Inc's chief executive officer, on Friday reported owning about $2.1 million of the conglomerate's stock. Abel, who along with Ajit Jain was named a Berkshire vice chairman and director last week, disclosed his stake a day after Jain reported a $109...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- U.S. lawmakers raced the clock to avoid a federal government shutdown before a midnight deadline on Friday after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer failed to produce a deal. Trump invited Schumer to the White House for talks as a stopgap bill to fund the federal government through Feb. 16...

  • President Donald Trump will be entering something of a lion's den when he visits the elitist enclave of Davos next week, rubbing shoulders with the same "globalists" that he campaigned against in winning the 2016 election. In his speech, Trump is expected to urge the world to invest in the United States to take advantage of his deregulatory and tax cut policies,...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 19- Facebook Inc will prioritize "trustworthy" news in its feed of social media posts, using member surveys to identify high-quality outlets and fight sensationalism and misinformation, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday. The company, which has more than 2 billion monthly users, said its members, not experts or Facebook executives,...

  • Top Economic Events Polling Unit Diary Today in Washington Political and General News. 22- Jan Belgium OLO auction 23- Jan United States Sale of 2- year notes 23- Jan Spain Auction of 3- and 9- month Treasury bills 23- Jan United Kingdom Auction 0 1/ 8% Index-linked Treasury Gilt 2026 23- Jan Germany Auction of 2- year Treasury notes 24- Jan United States Sale of...

  • Top Economic Events Polling Unit Diary Today in Washington Political and General News. 22- Jan Belgium OLO auction 23- Jan United States Sale of 2- year notes 23- Jan Spain Auction of 3- and 9- month Treasury bills 23- Jan United Kingdom Auction 0 1/ 8% Index-linked Treasury Gilt 2026 23- Jan Germany Auction of 2- year Treasury notes 24- Jan United States Sale of...

  • **ABUJA- Central Bank of Nigeria holds monetary policy meeting. TBILISI- National Bank of Georgia holds its monetary policy committee meeting. KIEV- National Bank of Ukraine holds monetary policy meeting.

  • **WASHINGTON- Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Marvin Goodfriend to be a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors- 1500 GMT. STOCKHOLM- The Riksdag Committee on Finance is holding an open hearing on financial stability and macroprudential policy. Minister for Financial Markets Per Bolund, Riksbank Governor Stefan Ingves,...

  • Jan 19- Ohio environmental regulators on Friday asked federal energy regulators to order Energy Transfer Partners LP to cease drilling operations on the Rover natural gas pipeline under the Tuscarawas River over concern about the potential for a spill. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said in a filing with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory...

  • CHICAGO/ CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 19- Top U.S. grains merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co has proposed a takeover of Bunge Ltd, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, a move that could set up a battle for Bunge with London- based rival Glencore Plc.. Thin margins have squeezed core commodity trading operations, including those of Bunge, ADM, Cargill Inc and Louis...

  • Vintage Capital made a new, but lowered $693 million offer to buy Rent-A-Center in November after the rent-to-own furniture retailer said it was exploring strategic options. Besides preventing Vintage Capital from raising its stake in Rent-A-Center or seeking board representation, the standstill provision also prevents the buyout firm from joining any...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 19- New Jersey's new governor, Phil Murphy, signed an executive order on Friday calling for an evaluation of the state's corporate tax break programs by the comptroller's office before year-end. Newark has offered the company a hefty incentives package, and the state recently enacted a law that would provide Amazon tax incentives to locate its "HQ2"...