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  • 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"...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- The U.S. Congress raced the clock to avoid a federal government shutdown before a midnight deadline on Friday after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic Senate 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...

  • USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service New Swine Slaughter Inspection System, in part will allow some companies under the volunteer program to conduct meat inspections. And the cap on chain speeds- the rate that packing plants process animals- will be removed with packers still responsible for maintaining already strict animal welfare and employee...

  • Defense companies and Pentagon officials lamented the potential federal spending woes, saying it will hurt small suppliers who feed into weapons production while hitting bigger firms when the contract process is put on hold. While the impact of the shutdown will be felt across the government, the Pentagon has the biggest portion of discretionary spending...

  • fall@ BRASILIA, Jan 19- Brazilian stocks hovered near all-time highs on Friday as optimism over the country's economic prospects sustained demand for local assets, while hopes of a tie-up with Boeing Co boosted shares of Embraer SA. Argentina's stock market is up nearly 12 percent so far this year, benefiting from foreign capital inflows, as high liquidity...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 19- The dollar's drop to three-year lows this week after prolonged weakness in 2017 is expected to further boost profits at big U.S. companies when investor optimism is already high over corporate tax cuts. Investors are keeping an eye out for signs of the dollar's impact on company earnings as fourth quarter reporting ramps up next week.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- The United States mistakenly supported China's membership of the World Trade Organization in 2001 on terms that have failed to force Beijing to open its economy, the Trump administration said on Friday as it prepares to clamp down on Chinese trade. "It seems clear that the United States erred in supporting China's entry into the WTO on terms...

  • Jan 19- Twitter Inc, which is reviewing Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. elections, said on Friday it would notify some of its users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service. The company said it would be emailing notifications to 677,775 people in the United States who followed, retweeted or liked content...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- The U.S. Congress raced the clock to avoid a federal government shutdown before a midnight deadline on Friday after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic Senate 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...

  • LOS ANGELES— The Latest on changes at the Los Angeles Times:. The Times' parent company, Chicago- based Tronc Inc., announced Friday that Levinsohn is stepping aside while the firm investigates allegations disclosed a day earlier. Los Angeles Times journalists have voted to unionize for the first time in the paper's 136- year history.

  • LONDON, Jan 19- The chief executive of Dixons Carphone has quit Britain's largest electricals and mobile phone retailer to run the Boots chain in the country, Dixons said on Friday. Boots in the UK is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, based in Deerfield, Illinois, which was formed in 2014 after Walgreens purchased the majority stake in UK and Switzerland- based...

  • BRASÍLIA/ SAO PAULO, Jan 19- Brazil's government made public on Friday the text of the draft bill proposing to privatize the country's largest power conglomerate, Eletrobras, and said it will send the bill to Congress next week. The sale of Eletrobras will likely be Brazil's largest privatization since mining giant Vale SA was sold by the government 20 years ago.

  • HOUSTON, Jan 19- U.S. oilfield service companies exposed to Venezuela face new hits to earnings from the South American nation's ongoing economic turmoil and U.S. sanctions on the country and state-run oil company PDVSA. Halliburton and Weatherford International, which will report results over the next two weeks, are also owed money for their Venezuelan...

  • Administrative Law Judge Lauren Esposito in Manhattan said that even though the trial is expected to wrap up as soon as next week, McDonald's, its franchisees, and the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel should have a chance to pursue a settlement. The office of General Counsel Peter Robb, appointed by President Donald Trump and took office in...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- The U.S. Congress raced the clock to avoid a federal government shutdown before a midnight deadline on Friday after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic Senate 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...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 19- Facebook Inc will begin to prioritize "trustworthy" news outlets on its stream of social media posts as it works to combat "sensationalism" and "misinformation," Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday. The company, which has more than 2 billion monthly users, said it will use surveys to determine rankings on how trustworthy news outlets...

  • Aurora had strongly opposed a plan by CanniMed to purchase Newstrike. On Wednesday, Newstrike shareholders voted in favor of that deal, but on Thursday CanniMed postponed its investor vote on the acquisition to engage in talks with Aurora. Under Aurora's original bid, which was capped at C $24 a share, if CanniMed were to buy Newstrike, Aurora's offer would not...