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  • Speaking on Wednesday, less than a month before President Donald Trump is due to make his first state visit to China, Tillerson said the United States had begun to discuss creating alternatives to Chinese infrastructure financing in Asia. In another comment likely to upset Beijing, he said Washington saw room to invite others, including Australia, to join U.S.-...

  • Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said she held separate calls with Trump and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Wednesday, in which she urged them not to make that change. However, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration "didn't make any assurances" on renewable fuel standard levels. The biofuels industry has...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Top government lawyers representing 19 U.S. states on Wednesday asked a federal judge in California to force the administration of President Donald Trump to make health care subsidy payments that Trump abruptly cut off last week. The states, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, asked a judge in San Francisco for an emergency...

  • GILEAD SCIENCES SETS PRICE FOR YESCARTA, CAR-T LYMPHOMA DRUG APPROVED.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 18- South Africa's government has named Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza as chairman of loss-making state-owned airline South African Airways, replacing Dudu Myeni, who was an ally of President Jacob Zuma, eNCA television reported on Wednesday. Credit ratings agencies say SAA should be reformed and cite the cost of propping it up as a threat to...

  • ZUG, Switzerland/ NEW YORK, Oct 18- Just three months ago, a tech project called Tezos raised $232 million online in a wildly successful "initial coin offering," in which new digital currency is parceled out to buyers. The acrimonious dispute pits Tezos' two young founders Arthur and Kathleen Breitman against Johann Gevers, the president of a Swiss foundation the...

  • MEXICO CITY— A group representing Mexico's leading fish canners says a proposal to create a non-fishing marine park off the Revillagigedo Islands in the Pacific could reduce catches in Mexican waters by 20 percent. The Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna says the ban could cut annual tuna catches by 10,000 metric tons and cost jobs in the industry.

  • WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt in millions of dollars.

  • Oct 18- EBay Inc warned Wall Street on Wednesday that profit this quarter could fall below analysts' estimates as it invests in marketing and a revamped website to attract more shoppers, sending shares down more than 5 percent in after-hours trade. Factoring in the higher costs, eBay forecast fourth-quarter adjusted profit, excluding some costs, of between 57...

  • *Canadian dollar at C $1.2466, or 80.22 U.S. cents. *Canada's factory sales rise 1.6 percent in August. *Canada's 2- year yield drops further below its U.S. equivalent.

  • Oct 18- A new cancer therapy for a type of lymphoma developed by Kite Pharma, which was recently acquired by Gilead Sciences Inc, won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Wednesday, six weeks ahead of schedule. The drug, Yescarta, is the second in a new class of cancer treatments known as chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, or CAR-T, which reprograms the...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 18- Two crude oil pipelines in western Canada were shut down temporarily on Wednesday, the day after stormy weather caused power outages in parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan. TransCanada Corp's 590,000 barrel-per-day Keystone pipeline, which delivers crude from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, was shut down for a few hours and is...

  • Oct 18- CSX Corp, the No. 3 U.S. railroad operator, will slash the number of locomotives served by a long-term maintenance agreement, a move that cuts service bills under the agreement by some $3.3 billion, company filings showed on Wednesday. As a result, the remaining payments decreased from about $5 billion at the end of December 2016 to an estimated $1.7 billion at...

  • The panels have recently focused on the spread of false news stories and propaganda on social media and have pressured Google, along with Twitter and Facebook, to provide any evidence of Russian efforts to intervene on their platforms. Facebook recently provided three congressional committees with more than 3,000 ads they had traced to a Russian internet...

  • Senate Republican whip John Cornyn, who is in charge of marshalling votes for legislation, said he expected the fiscal 2018 spending blueprint to draw the support necessary to unlock a legislative tool enabling Republicans to move a tax reform bill through the Senate without help from Democrats. Republicans control the Senate by only a 52-48 margin, and with...

  • The U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque confirmed Wednesday that art gallery owner Nael Ali has pleaded guilty to misrepresenting Indian-produced goods in violation of the Indian Arts and Craft Act. Ali was accused of selling fake Indian art at two galleries in the Old Town neighborhood of Albuquerque. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque confirmed...

  • NEW YORK— The owner of Romano's Macaroni Grill filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, blaming its falling fortunes on the changing tastes of diners who increasingly don't want to eat at sit-down restaurant chains. Romano's Macaroni Grill and its rivals have been losing customers to cheaper and faster chains. Romano's Macaroni Grill's owner...

  • ORLANDO, Fla.— SeaWorld is cutting 350 positions as the company's parks deal with declining attendance. The cuts will primarily affect its Orlando corporate headquarters, as well as the parks in Orlando and San Diego. She says SeaWorld is still committed to animal rescue and rehabilitation.

  • LONDON— British Prime Minister Theresa May has denied treating European Union citizens in Britain as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations. Talks between EU and British negotiators have stalled over several issues, including the future status of the 3 million EU citizens in Britain and the 1 million Britons in other EU countries. She says Britain and the EU...

  • Oct 18- United Airlines on Wednesday said its third-quarter net income fell slightly less than investors had feared as the third-largest U.S. carrier was hit by $185 million in pretax losses caused by canceled flights during the Atlantic hurricane season. Looking forward, it forecast a pre-tax margin of between 3 percent and 5 percent for the current quarter, a...