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  • *House vote on extension of govt funding after 2:30 p.m. ET. Jan 18- Losses in healthcare and industrial stocks paused Wall Street's new year rally that had driven the blue-chip Dow index to its fastest ever 1,000 point rise. "This might just be a little bit of a pullback, especially after yesterday's significant gain, until we get further into the earnings season,"...

  • News of the breach surfaced on Dec. 14, when cyber security firms disclosed that hackers, likely working for a nation state, had invaded one of Schneider's Triconex safety systems. Neither Schneider nor cyber experts have identified the victim. Schneider initially told customers it believed the hack did not exploit a bug in the Triconex system.

  • *Melrose says 1.8 bln stg added to value of GKN. *Cash ands shares bid currently worth 7.4 bln stg. Jan 18- A sharp rise in both companies' share prices shows the merit of Melrose's bid for engineer GKN, the turnaround specialist said on Thursday, seeking to win over GKN investors to its hostile 7.4 billion pound offer.

  • Jan 18- Amazon.com Inc has short-listed 20 cities and regions, including Canada's Toronto, for the construction of a second headquarters that it says will generate 50,000 new, high-paying jobs in a $5 billion investment. Major U.S. centers including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. also made it onto the list announced on Thursday, and smaller...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump. The U.S. Department of Health and Human...

  • NEW YORK— HuffPost is shutting down its contributor platform, which has allowed more than 100,000 people to post opinions on its site since it was introduced in 2005.. The site's top editor, Lydia Polgreen, says HuffPost needs to take ownership of what it publishes. HuffPost will cast a wide net for contributors to a new curated opinion section— and these writers...

  • BERLIN, Jan 18- Germany's largest union grouping on Thursday recommended the centre-left Social Democrats vote to start formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, bolstering an all-out drive by the party to rally support. The DGB Confederation of German Trade Unions, which represents some 6 million workers, said a blueprint...

  • *Switzerland's Geberit rises after update. The pan-European STOXX 600 was up 0.2 percent at its close, while the UK's FTSE declined 0.3 percent. Switzerland's Geberit posted the best performance among European stocks, with a 6.5 percent rise after reporting a 3.5 percent increase in 2017 sales.

  • *Switzerland's Geberit rises after update. The pan-European STOXX 600 was up 0.2 percent at its close, while the UK's FTSE declined 0.3 percent. Switzerland's Geberit posted the best performance among European stocks, with a 6.5 percent rise after reporting a 3.5 percent increase in 2017 sales.

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 18- The European Union's 27 states are preparing to launch negotiations with Britain on the post-Brexit transition period, and are starting to map out the bloc's future relationship with the first ever country to leave. *Britain will leave the EU on March 29th, 2019 and there will be a transition period after that until the end of 2020..

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 18- The European Union's 27 states are preparing to launch negotiations with Britain on the post-Brexit transition period, and are starting to map out the bloc's future relationship with the first ever country to leave. *Britain will leave the EU on March 29th, 2019 and there will be a transition period after that until the end of 2020..

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 18- The European Union's 27 states are preparing to launch negotiations with Britain on the post-Brexit transition period, and are starting to map out the bloc's future relationship with the first ever country to leave. *Britain will leave the EU on March 29th, 2019 and there will be a transition period after that until the end of 2020..

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 18- The European Union's 27 states are preparing to launch negotiations with Britain on the post-Brexit transition period, and are starting to map out the bloc's future relationship with the first ever country to leave. *Britain will leave the EU on March 29th, 2019 and there will be a transition period after that until the end of 2020..

  • HOUSTON/ CARACAS, Jan 18- Venezuela's crude oil production fell nearly 13 percent last year, according to figures released by OPEC on Thursday, hitting a 28- year annual low that points to a deepening economic crisis and increased chances of a debt default. But unlike voluntary cuts by Saudi Arabia, Russia and others intended to stoke higher crude prices by...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- A U.S. Senate panel plans to hold a Jan. 25 hearing on the errant Hawaii ballistic missile alert that stirred panic and anger as the Federal Communications Commission investigates the matter. In a speech Thursday in Washington, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said FCC investigators were on the ground in Hawaii. "We want to understand how this mistake...

  • LONDON/ ABUJA, Jan 18- Nigeria has moved closer to turning an oil industry bill into law after a 17 year struggle to complete the legislation which aims to increase transparency and stimulate growth in the country's oil industry. Nigeria' lower house of parliament has passed a version of the bill which is the same as one approved by the Senate last year.

  • Since Congress implemented the modern budget process in the mid-1970s, there have been 18 gaps in government funding, according to the Congressional Research Service, but not all resulted in government shutdowns. Nov. 14 to 18, 1995: This was the first of two government shutdowns that occurred after Democratic President Bill Clinton vetoed spending...

  • HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER PELOSI SAYS DEMOCRATS WILL OPPOSE STOPGAP GOVERNMENT FUNDING BILL.

  • LOMBARD, Ill., Jan 18- Norfolk Southern Corp is working toward a "more stable, resilient" network for 2018 following service issues in recent months, the No. 4 U.S. railroad's top executive said on Thursday. Asked at a rail shipper conference outside Chicago when the railroad's service environment and network will stabilize after experiencing volatility in 2017,...

  • COPENHAGEN, Jan 18- Denmark's largest investor, pension fund ATP, has begun to make random checks on business partners to avoid becoming entangled in aggressive tax avoidance schemes, its chief financial officer Bo Foged told Reuters. The move by ATP, the mandatory pension scheme for all Danes, worth more than $120 billion, follows the Paradise Papers and Panama...