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  • *Baghdad, Iran and Turkey pressure Kurds not to secede. ZAKHO, Iraq, Oct 18- More than three weeks after Iraq's Kurds voted for independence, it's business as usual at the bustling Ibrahim Khalil border crossing with Turkey. Closure of the border would sever a lifeline for the region in northern Iraq and step up efforts by Turkey, Iran and the Iraqi government to...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 18- A year-old pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers won a green light from the European Union on Wednesday after a first review to ensure Washington protects Europeans' data stored on U.S. servers. The European Commission last month conducted its first annual review of the framework as it seeks to ensure the...

  • Oct 18- Health insurer Anthem Inc said on Wednesday it signed a five-year agreement with drug retailer CVS Health Corp to support its newly launched pharmacy benefit management business. The news comes at a time when Anthem is close to expiration of its current contract with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co.. Shares of CVS Health were up 1.6...

  • LONDON, Oct 18- Budget airline Wizz Air has become the latest European carrier to move to shore up its post-Brexit flying rights by applying for a licence in Britain ahead of the country's departure from the European Union. Flying rights are currently governed by EU-wide deals and because it is not part of the World Trade Organization, the aviation sector has no...

  • NEW YORK— The Nielsen company, which has long measured viewership of television programs, now says it has a way to collect and widely spread details about how many people watch programming produced by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. Nielsen announced its new service on Wednesday and said that eight television networks and studios, including ABC...

  • BERLIN, Oct 18- Volkswagen's Spanish division Seat is no longer looking at the possibility of entering the Iranian car market, saying on Wednesday that it needed to concentrate instead on boosting growth in its core markets in Europe and other regions. Last week Trump refused to certify that Iran was complying with the international nuclear deal agreed in 2015...

  • *Baghdad, Iran and Turkey pressure Kurds not to secede. ZAKHO, Iraq, Oct 18- More than three weeks after Iraq's Kurds voted for independence, it's business as usual at the bustling Ibrahim Khalil border crossing with Turkey. Closure of the border would sever a lifeline for the region in northern Iraq and step up efforts by Turkey, Iran and the Iraqi government to...

  • LONDON, Oct 18- BP is focusing on smaller investments in renewable energy to avoid large losses in the sector like those it suffered earlier in the decade, Chief Executive Bob Dudley said on Wednesday. BP and peers including Royal Dutch Shell and Total have recognised the need to reduce carbon emissions in the fight against global warming. BP made a number of large...

  • ENFIELD, Conn.— Lego has unveiled a set of figures celebrating the women of NASA. A miniature version of Hamilton's workspace at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as she was programming software for the moon landing is also featured. The set is the brainchild of Maia Weinstock, an MIT employee who proposed a women of NASA collection through the Lego Ideas...

  • *Moody's may improve Hungary's rating this week-trader. BUDAPEST, Oct 18- The zloty and the Czech crown extended their gains on Wednesday before a batch of Polish economic figures which are expected to show continued robust economic growth in the region. "Domestic financial markets are typically resilient to Czech political events, given the Czech Republic's...

  • MILWAUKEE _ MGIC Investment Corp. on Wednesday reported third-quarter earnings of $120 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 25 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • TORONTO _ Corus Entertainment Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $22.5 million. The Toronto- based company said it had profit of 11 cents per share. For the year, the company reported profit of $145.2 million, or 72 cents per share.

  • A nomination could come within weeks as the term of current Chair Janet Yellen ends in February 2018. He faces a choice between two continuity candidates, Yellen and Governor Jerome Powell, and a clutch of outsiders, including Gary Cohn, currently his top economic advisor, former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh, and Stanford University economics professor John Taylor.

  • A nomination could come within weeks as the term of current Chair Janet Yellen ends in February 2018. He faces a choice between two continuity candidates, Yellen and Governor Jerome Powell, and a clutch of outsiders, including Gary Cohn, currently his top economic advisor, former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh, and Stanford University economics professor John Taylor.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 18- A new fund will let robots pick stocks. The AI Powered Equity Exchange-Traded Fund, which launched in the United States on Wednesday, will use IBM Corp's Watson artificial intelligence technology to pick several dozen stocks with potential to beat the market, the fund's backers say. The actively managed fund chooses stocks based on a set of rules...

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, Oct 18- Most U.S. shoppers are fiercely loyal to local food stores, calling them better than online options, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that raises questions about how much Amazon.com' s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods will shake up the supermarket business. She shops at BJ's Wholesale Club, ShopRite and Food Lion, even though...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 18- Canada's oil sands producers are stuck in a rut. Where industry groups in 2014 expected Canada's oil sands output to more than double to nearly 5 million barrels per day by 2030, that forecast has been knocked down to 3.7 million bpd. This follows a spell of consolidation that has seen foreign majors sell off more than $23 billion in...

  • BUFFALO, N.Y. _ M&T Bank Corp. on Wednesday reported third-quarter net income of $355.9 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.40 per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.43 billion.

  • Here's the math: Suppose you're in the 28 percent tax bracket and the allowable deduction for the vehicle's donation is $1,000. That will save you $280 in taxes. If you're in the 15 percent tax bracket and you get that same $1,000 deduction, it will reduce your taxes by $150.

  • MINNEAPOLIS _ U.S. Bancorp on Wednesday reported third-quarter net income of $1.56 billion. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 88 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $5.6 billion.