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  • SEOUL/ NEW YORK, Aug 24- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd set out to wipe the slate clean in New York on Wednesday with its new Galaxy Note 8 "phablet," hoping features like dual rear cameras and its biggest-ever screen will extinguish memories of the device's fire-prone predecessor. Priced at $930 to $960 from network carriers, including a dialling and data plan, the Note 8...

  • *Libya's Sharara oilfield remains shut- sources. NEW YORK, Aug 23- Oil prices rose on Wednesday after U.S. crude inventories declined for the eighth straight week and as a storm approached the Gulf Coast with the potential to disrupt oil and refined products output. "Oil inventories continue their downward trend despite a significant increase in crude oil...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Aug 23- Canada's largest crude-producing province Alberta downgraded its 2017-18 revenue forecast on Wednesday because of lower-than-expected oil prices that have battered the once-booming economy. In a first quarter update the government said total revenues are likely to be C $44.4 billion this fiscal year, C $648 million lower than...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 23- U.S. stocks remained lower on Wednesday as investors mulled President Donald Trump's threat to shut down the government if funds are not secured to build a Mexico border wall. Stocks did briefly pare losses after comments from U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan that a government shutdown was unnecessary. Wall Street analysts estimate Congress has...

  • EDINBURGH, Aug 23- Scotland's budget deficit narrowed in the year to March but, potentially hampering arguments for Scottish independence, the gap remained more than triple the size of that for the United Kingdom as whole. That compares with a deficit of 2.3 percent of GDP in the UK as a whole. The data were not a prediction of the economy in an independent Scotland,...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 23- U.S. money market fund assets grew by $25.44 billion to $2.698 trillion in the week ended Aug. 22 to their highest level in more than eight months, while interest rates offered by these funds held steady on the week, the Money Fund Report said on Wednesday. In the latest week, taxable money market fund assets increased by $25.64 billion to $2.568...

  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, Aug 23- Brazil's government has abolished a vast national reserve, created in 1984, to open the area to commercial mineral exploration, according to a notice in the official government gazette on Wednesday. A decree from President Michel Temer published in the gazette dissolved the protected area, known as the National Reserve of Copper and...

  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, Aug 23- Brazil's government has abolished a vast national reserve, created in 1984, to open the area to commercial mineral exploration, according to a notice in the official government gazette on Wednesday. A decree from President Michel Temer published in the gazette dissolved the protected area, known as the National Reserve of Copper and...

  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, Aug 23- Brazil's government has abolished a vast national reserve, created in 1984, to open the area to commercial mineral exploration, according to a notice in the official government gazette on Wednesday. A decree from President Michel Temer published in the gazette dissolved the protected area, known as the National Reserve of Copper and...

  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, Aug 23- Brazil's government has abolished a vast national reserve, created in 1984, to open the area to commercial mineral exploration, according to a notice in the official government gazette on Wednesday. A decree from President Michel Temer published in the gazette dissolved the protected area, known as the National Reserve of Copper and...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 23- Stocks on Wall Street fell, the dollar sagged and rates on Treasury debt slipped on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to shut down the government and nix a trade accord with Canada and Mexico rankled investors. How much emphasis to put on Trump's remarks is hard to say, said John Canavan, market strategist at Stone& McCarthy...

  • Aug 23- Toll Brothers Inc's falling average selling price signals a new normal for luxury homebuilders in the United States as they sell more, but lower-priced homes, to thrifty millennials. "We have to work harder to sell larger units at higher price points although we are not competing in the super tall or super expensive condominium product," Toll CEO Douglas...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 23- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that the government shutdown threatened by President Donald Trump is unnecessary and not wanted by lawmakers in Congress. "I don't think anyone is interested in having a shutdown. I don't think it is in our interests to do so, "Ryan told a news conference in Oregon.

  • COLUMBIA, S.C.— An attorney representing South Carolina's major industries says ratepayers have repeatedly been shortchanged by a decade-old state law encouraging nuclear power construction, but state regulators can reject a utility's efforts to recoup billions more from residents for two now-abandoned nuclear reactors. Scott Elliott with the South...

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 23- A smaller-than-expected rise in Brazil's consumer prices in mid-August pushed inflation to a new 18- year low, keeping the central bank on track to cut interest rates aggressively. The IPCA-15 consumer price index rose 2.68 percent in the 12 months through mid-August, below the 2.73 percent expected in a Reuters poll and down from 2.78 percent...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 23- A short seller's allegations that PetMed Express markets pet medicine to human opioid addicts are "bogus," PetMed Chief Financial Officer Bruce Rosenbloom told Reuters on Wednesday. PetMed's stock slumped 17 percent on Wednesday following the release of a report by Aurelius Value, which said it has shorted the shares.

  • RYAN SAYS HE AND TRUMP COMPLETELY AGREE ON NEED FOR PHYSICAL BARRIER ON THE BORDER.

  • RYAN SAYS CAN'T IMAGINE SENATE WILL BE ABLE TO PROCESS APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AS QUICKLY AS HOUSE DOES.

  • North Dakota's Agriculture Department has issued a plea for truckers to help haul donated hay hundreds of miles from other states for a hay lottery program, while an effort in the eastern U.S. started by a tractor pulling team is seeking thousands of dollars to pay for fuel. Some of the hay has been hauled to North Dakota— at a cost of $1,000 per load in fuel and tolls—...

  • RYAN SAYS CONGRESS IS GOING TO NEED MORE TIME TO COMPLETE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, PARTICULARLY IN SENATE.