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  • CHICAGO, Sept 19- If you are buying a Medicare supplemental policy in the United States, make sure you choose your insurance carefully over the next few months. Designed for people who do not like healthcare cost surprises, it is the most popular of supplemental plans used to pay for services that Medicare does not cover. The government is cutting off access to Plan...

  • Sept 20- Wells Fargo& Co said on Thursday it would reduce its headcount by about 5 percent to 10 percent within the next three years. Wells Fargo, smarting from a prolonged sales scandal in its retail banking business, has been a subject of a number of regulatory probes. "We are addressing past issues, enhancing our focus on customers, strengthening risk management...

  • Sept 20- Wells Fargo& Co said on Thursday it would reduce its headcount by about 5 percent to 10 percent within the next three years.

  • ANKARA, Sept 20- Turkey sharply cut its growth forecasts for this year and next on Thursday, a reduction that failed to mollify investors who wanted a more sober assessment of the fragile economy and a sweeping plan to help banks. The lira currency has plunged by 40 percent this year on concerns about President Tayyip Erdogan's influence over monetary policy and...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- New York's attorney general on Thursday sued 10 companies and two executives over their alleged roles in a scam to induce thousands of struggling borrowers into buying student loan debt relief services that they could have received for free. The defendants include Debt Resolve Inc, a Hawthorne, New York- based company that owns some of the other...

  • *Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg, who has been placed under U.S. sanctions, has reduced his stake in power holding T Plus to 39.6 percent from 57.1 percent, T Plus said in several regulatory disclosures on Thursday. T Plus did not disclose the buyer in its disclosures. *Vekselberg's Renova Group and T Plus, which owns power stations with around 16 gigawatts in...

  • Investors are craving marijuana stocks as Canada prepares to legalize pot next month, leading to giant gains for Canada- based companies listed on U.S. exchanges. Billions of dollars have poured into the stocks in the last few months, and there's a lot of excitement and a ton of green flying around as investors consider the kinds of opportunities these companies...

  • SEATTLE, Sept 20- Amazon.com Inc on Thursday introduced a dozen new Echo speakers and related gadgets in a bid to stay ahead of rivals Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google in the nascent category for voice-controlled devices. The world's largest online retailer announced updated versions of its Echo Show, Echo Dot and Echo Plus, as well as new devices such as a...

  • TRIPOLI, Sept 20- Libyan state oil firm NOC will resume flights to the airfield of the southwestern Wafa oilfield on Saturday after state guards ended a blockade, a field worker said on Thursday. "The problem with the guards has been solved," he said, asking not to be named. It was not clear whether a definite deal had been reached.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 20- The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a Chinese military agency and its director for buying defense equipment from Russia in breach of a sweeping U.S. sanctions bill enacted in 2017.. The U.S. State Department said it would immediately impose sanctions on China's Equipment Development Department, which oversees defense...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- From next year, the European Central Bank will need to communicate the expected path of interest rates beyond its initial hike to keep market prices consistent with a slow rise in inflation, ECB chief economist Peter Praet said on Thursday. Having bought 2.5 trillion euros' worth of debt to keep borrowing costs at a record low, the ECB has been...

  • PRETORIA, Sept 20- South Africa's central bank left its benchmark repo rate at 6.5 percent on Thursday, in a decision that exposed tensions among policymakers and within the ruling party as the country seeks to nurse an ailing economy back to health. The South African Reserve Bank meeting was closely watched after its emerging-market peers Turkey and Russia...

  • *Japan's Abe expected to meet Trump next week. By Linda Sieg and Leika Kihara. TOKYO, Sept 20- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, putting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving premier and to try to cement his legacy, including by revision of the country's pacifist, post-war constitution.

  • Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon initially disclosed the persistent targeting on Wednesday in a letter complaining that the Senate security office has refused to help defend the personal accounts. Senator Ron Wyden says in a letter to Senate leaders that "at least one major technology company" has warned an unspecified number of senators and aides that their...

  • ROME, Sept 20- Italy's ruling parties want to spur economic growth by setting next year's budget deficit target at more than two percent of annual output, a level that clashes with European Union commitments and may boost the country's mammoth debt. Earlier this month, Economy Minister Giovanni Tria reassured the European Commission he would stick to goals...

  • SEATTLE, Sept 20- Amazon.com Inc on Thursday introduced new Echo devices with more powerful audio in a bid to stay ahead of rivals Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google in the nascent category for voice-controlled gadgets. The world's largest online retailer announced updated versions of its Echo Dot and Echo Plus, as well as new devices such as a' smart' microwave,...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Sept 20- Arabica coffee futures rallied on Thursday, moving further away from this week's 2005 low as a rise in top grower Brazil's currency combined with spillover support from larger commodity markets lifted prices. *While arabica futures remain near Tuesday's lowest level in nearly 13 years in dollar terms, Brazil's relatively weak...

  • U.S. State Department officials said it would immediately impose sanctions against China's Equipment Development Department, which oversees defense technology, for engaging in "significant transactions" with Rosoboronexport, Russia's main arms exporter.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- New York's attorney general on Thursday filed a lawsuit accusing several companies of misleading thousands of borrowers into buying student loan debt-relief services that they could have received for free. Barbara Underwood, the attorney general, filed the lawsuit against Debt Resolve Inc, Hutton Ventures LLC and other defendants in a New...

  • Sept 20- The Dow Industrial Average was the last among Wall Street's main indexes to regain record territory on Thursday, as investor concerns over U.S.- China trade spat cleared away and focus shifted to the strength of the economy. The blue-chip index, which had lagged the Nasdaq and the S&P in its recovery, jumped 1 percent to surpass the level touched on...