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  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 23- "Wonder Woman" failed to conquer Oscar voters on Tuesday despite riding to one of the biggest box office hits of 2017 on a wave of female empowerment, making it one of the biggest snubs for Hollywood's highest honors. The Warner Bros. movie, featuring Gal Gadot as the sword-wielding Wonder Woman, was the first stand-alone female superhero film...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 23- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday agreed to hold an evening vote on the nomination of Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell to succeed Janet Yellen at the helm of the central bank, a move that would likely ensure continuity in U.S. monetary policy. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 84-12 to move toward a final vote, which it agreed to hold at 5 p.m..

  • EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in October announced the agency would bar scientists that had previously received EPA grants from serving on its independent advisory boards as a way to ensure the panels are free from bias. An EPA official did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The advisory boards provide the scientific input for agency...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- World stock markets broadly edged higher on Tuesday, with the U.S. market getting a lift from upbeat earnings from companies such as Netflix, while the U.S. dollar slipped to a three-year low against a basket of major currencies. Global borrowing costs also eased as the Bank of Japan's reassurances in Asia added to the relief that U.S. lawmakers had...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 23- Senior congressional Democrats urged social media companies to investigate accounts reportedly linked to a Russian influence operation on Tuesday, after claims they may have been used to help promote criticism of the U.S. Justice Department and the probe of President Donald Trump's ties with Moscow. Republicans have been calling for the...

  • WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES Jan 23- U.S. China, the world's biggest solar panel producer, complained the decision would undermine global trade. "We are not happy with this decision," said Abigail Ross Hopper, president of the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association, on a conference call with reporters on Tuesday.

  • *India's top explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp has secured a $2.83 billion loan from three banks to part fund its $5.8 billion acquisition of state-refiner Hindustan Petroleum Corp, ONGC said. **Vodafone said it had agreed to buy Athens- based CYTA Telecommunications Hellas S.A. for 118 million euros to expand its fixed line network in Greece.

  • BOGOTA, Jan 23- Heavy rain and a strengthening peso could complicate the harvest and sale of coffee from Colombia, the world's biggest producer of mild arabica beans, the growers' federation said on Tuesday. Colombia produced just under 14.2 million 60- kg bags of washed arabica in 2017, almost steady from the year before, despite wet weather and cloudiness that...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 23- IMF chief Christine Lagarde said on Tuesday she had met with South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos and agreed that structural challenges were a burden to economic growth in Africa's largest economy. Their meeting comes a day after the International Monetary Fund cut South...

  • *Strong demand comes as OPEC, Russia withhold oil supplies. NEW YORK, Jan 23- Oil rose more than 1 percent on Tuesday, with benchmark Brent crude hitting $70 a barrel for the first time in a week, boosted by healthy world economic growth prospects and expectations for continued production curbs by OPEC, Russia and their allies. Brent crude futures settled up 93 cents,...

  • Jan 23- The European Union is set to fine U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc for taking advantage of its dominance when it paid Apple Inc to use its chips exclusively in Apple mobile devices, The Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Europe's antitrust watchdog is expected to say on Wednesday that Qualcomm hurt competition and innovation when it paid Apple to buy all of...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 23- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said on Tuesday it had changed a regulation to allow more healthcare professionals to prescribe a medication used to treat opioid addiction, opening up access in rural America where there are few doctors. A 2017 study published by the National Rural Health Association found that 53 percent of rural...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A federal appeals court has tossed out a roughly $210 million deal to compensate owners and leaseholders of dozens of Hyundai and Kia models with overstated gas mileage figures. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that a lower court judge failed to determine whether differences in state consumer...

  • PHILADELPHIA— An elderly woman has been placed on one year's probation after pleading guilty to lesser charges in a Philadelphia bank robbery. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Coakley, who uses a walker, had a handgun when she demanded $400 from the TD Bank in University City on Nov. 21. Spokesman Ben Waxman of the Philadelphia District Attorney's office...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 23- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to limit debate on the nomination of Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell to lead the central bank, setting the clock ticking toward a final confirming vote in the evening. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 84-12 to move toward a final vote, which it agreed to hold at 5 p.m.. Powell, 64, was nominated by...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 23- "Wonder Woman" failed to conquer Oscar voters on Tuesday despite riding to one of the biggest box office hits of 2017 on a wave of female empowerment, making it one of the biggest snubs for Hollywood's highest honors. The Warner Bros. movie, featuring Gal Gadot as the sword-wielding Wonder Woman, was the first stand-alone female superhero film...

  • Jan 23- Wall Street banker turned Silicon Valley executive Anthony Noto has left Twitter Inc to become chief executive officer of online lender Social Finance Inc, the companies said on Tuesday. Noto started on Wall Street just before the dot-com bubble burst and eventually became a top tech banker at Goldman Sachs Group Inc, handling the IPO of then- Silicon...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 23- A veteran Sony and Microsoft video game executive has joined the hardware development unit at Alphabet Inc's Google, and analysts said he could help the company hone its efforts in mixed-reality technologies. Phil Harrison said on Twitter late Monday that he started his job as a vice president at Google in California, but did not provide...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. In Japan, the 10- year Japanese government bond yield dipped to 0.070 percent, slipping further from a six-month high of 0.090 percent set last week. "This rally in Treasury prices is coming from overseas, especially the comments from the BoJ that they will keep policy accommodative," said Subadra Rajappa, head of U.S. rates strategy at Societe...

  • MONTREAL, Jan 23- Bombardier risks losing a hotly-contested U.S. trade dispute on Thursday which would effectively bar its CSeries jet from the United States for at least a year, a potential setback as the Canadian plane-and-train maker races to meet its 2018 delivery targets and attract sales from American carriers. The International Trade Commission's...