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  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc's U.S. subsidiary has raised the price of a common diarrhea drug by more than 400 percent and is charging more for five other medicines as well, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. West-Ward Pharmaceuticals, the U.S. division of London- listed Hikma, increased the prices at the start of August by between 75 percent and...

  • In a U.S. Air Force safety maneuver that hardly felt like one, our car raced onto the military runway just as a U-2 spy plane approached for a landing. The Air Force allowed Reuters to accompany it on a ride. The process is called "catching" a U-2, the Air Force said.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- Trade negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico on Sunday wrapped up the first round of talks to revamp the NAFTA trade pact, amid signs that an ambitious schedule to conclude negotiations by early 2018 could slip in the coming months. The three nations, which have major differences on key issues, plan to meet every three weeks until...

  • LOS ANGELES, Aug 20- Without a superhero movie or new studio sequel in play, this weekend provided an opening for two smaller films to shine. The final tally was fueled by an aggressive marketing push, and a trio of stars at the center-- Samuel L. Jackson as a notorious hitman, and Salma Hayek as hit equally threatening wife, and Ryan Reynolds as a bodyguard.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- Trade negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico on Sunday wrapped up the first round of talks to revamp the 23- year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, a U.S. official said.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 18- Investors worried about lofty stock-market valuations may take comfort in signs that companies in the benchmark S&P 500 index are padding their bottomlines less than they have in previous years. The difference between S&P 500 companies' GAAP net incomes and the adjusted versions of net income that they play up to Wall Street is expected...

  • MEXICO CITY, Aug 20- Trade negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico on Sunday wrapped up the first round of talks to revamp the 23- year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, a U.S. official said.

  • NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI, Aug 20- A consortium led by Russian oil major Rosneft will announce on Monday completion of a $12.9 billion deal to acquire Indian private refiner Essar Oil, strengthening ties between the world's largest oil producer and the fastest growing fuel consumer. The purchase is the biggest foreign acquisition ever in India and Russia's largest...

  • DETROIT— General Motors Co. started its car-sharing service, Maven, just over a year ago, placing Chevrolets and Cadillacs in the parking garages of New York apartment buildings for residents to rent. It also offers Maven Gig, a service that lets people rent cars to do jobs like ride-hailing for Lyft or delivering food for GrubHub. Maven Gig expanded into Los...

  • The two action flicks faced off this weekend, and "The Hitman's Bodyguard" emerged the victor with a chart-topping $21.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, while "Logan Lucky" sputtered on arrival with $8.1 million. Both had notable stars, "Logan Lucky" has Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig, while "The Hitman's Bodyguard" boasts Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L....

  • TIMIKA, Indonesia, Aug 20- Limited access to the giant Grasberg copper mine in eastern Indonesia is expected to resume on Monday, its operator said, after hundreds of former workers blockaded the site and clashed with police. Buildings, vehicles and motorbikes belonging to the company and its employees were also torched in the incident in the province of Papua,...

  • DUBAI/ RIYADH, Aug 20- Goldman Sachs received approval on Sunday to trade equities in Saudi Arabia, joining the growing band of western investment banks and fund managers expanding in the kingdom. Western financial institutions have been looking to tap new opportunities in Saudi Arabia since the government unveiled plans for oil giant Saudi Aramco's $100...

  • DUBAI/ RIYADH, Aug 20- Goldman Sachs received approval on Sunday to trade equities in Saudi Arabia, joining the growing band of western investment banks and fund managers expanding in the kingdom. Western financial institutions have been looking to tap new opportunities in Saudi Arabia since the government unveiled plans for oil giant Saudi Aramco's $100...

  • The potential battery-powered revamp of the van, known as the Bulli in Germany, was first announced at the Detroit auto show in January. "After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said,' please build this car'," Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess said in a statement.

  • Not enough housing is being built to accommodate the growing population and, as a result, California has higher housing prices and higher rates of homelessness than most parts of the United States. "The fact that the governor, our speaker and the Senate president have committed to a comprehensive housing package is indicative of how committed we are to getting...

  • *Dubai's Union Properties rebound continues. *Egypt's El Sewedy Electric down on profit-taking. Saudi Indian Company for Cooperative Insurance dropped 3.8 percent, Malath Cooperative Insurance fell 4.5 percent and Arabian Shield Cooperative Insurance slumped 7.6 percent.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— For a decade, computer programmer Eddie Tipton reliably showed up for work at the central Iowa office of the Multi-State Lottery Association and earned the confidence of his co-workers, a team of technicians entrusted to build computers used to randomly pick numbers for some of the most popular lottery games in the U.S. "The depth of his deceit is...

  • NORTON, Vt.— It can be slow at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing between Norton, Vermont, and Stanhope, Quebec, where agents have watched moose amble through while waiting for people and cargo. As part of a nationwide effort to increase staff at some of its most remote border crossings, Customs and Border Protection is now offering hiring bonuses and job security...

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111- year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land. Zinke is expected to recommend that at least some of the national monuments under review- which were all created since...

  • The board of bankrupt Texas utility Energy Future Holdings will meet later on Sunday to decide whether to sell its crown jewel, power transmission company Oncor, to Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc or accept an opposing bid from Sempra Energy, a person familiar with the confidential deliberations said on condition of anonymity. The rival bid for Oncor was...