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  • WASHINGTON— U.S. and Canadian negotiators are working around the clock on a deal to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc ahead of a Sept. 30 U.S. deadline. Freeland is returning to Canada for a summit of women foreign ministers Friday but said she and Lighthizer remain in close contact by phone and email. Canada was left out when the United States and Mexico...

  • NEW YORK— Amazon wants the most basic of tasks to be controlled by voice, from microwaving potatoes to switching up the music in the car. The company unveiled several gadgets on Thursday, furthering Amazon's goal of placing its Alexa voice assistant everywhere its customers are. Among the new products: an Amazon-branded microwave that connects with Amazon's...

  • WILMINGTON, Del., Sept 20- Delaware Governor John Carney on Thursday nominated a corporate lawyer and a court official to fill two newly created openings on the state's influential Court of Chancery, which is a major venue for major shareholder disputes. Kathaleen McCormick, an attorney with the Wilmington law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt& Taylor, and Morgan...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 20- American Airlines Group Inc said on Thursday it would raise domestic U.S. baggage fees by $5, joining major rivals in the price hike amid higher fuel costs. The largest U.S. airline said it would hike the price of a first checked bag by $5 to $30 and the second bag to $40 in the first price increase since 2010.. The moves come at a time when Congress is...

  • FORT WORTH, Texas— American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on unreasonable airline fees. The Senate has voted to tell the Transportation Department to make sure that various fees— including ticket-change and baggage charges— reflect the airline's...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 20- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday that Barrett Business Services Inc and the company's former controller, Mark Cannon, have agreed to settle civil charges of accounting fraud involving workers' compensation. Criminal charges were filed against the company's former chief financial officer, James Miller, by the...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- Michael Novogratz, former macro hedge fund manager and founder of cryptocurrency asset management firm Galaxy Digital Capital Management, on Thursday said that the bottom in cryptocurrency prices has been reached and bitcoin is due to bounce back. Bitcoin was last valued at $6,419.03, less than a third of its peak near $20,000 in December 2017.

  • U.S. stocks closed broadly higher Thursday, driving the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index to all-time highs. The Dow beat the mark its set in January, while the S&P 500 eclipsed the peak it set last month. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 17.25 points, or 1 percent, to 1,720.18.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— People who want straws with their drinks at California restaurants will have to request them under a new law. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws. California restaurants that don't comply will get two warnings before being fined up to $300...

  • *Dow, S&P hit record highs. *Tech boosts Nasdaq, S&P, led by Microsoft and Apple. NEW YORK, Sept 20- Trade-sensitive industrial stocks led the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a record closing high on Thursday, the last of Wall Street's main indexes to fully regain ground since a correction that began in January.

  • TRIPOLI, Sept 20- Libyan state oil firm NOC has reopened the airfield at the southwestern Wafa oilfield after state guards ended a blockade, it said. Guards, paid by the state to protect oil faculties, as well as other groups regularly seize oilfields to pressure weak authorities into giving them extra pay and benefits, part of the chaos in the OPEC producer since...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California becomes first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically handing out plastic straws.

  • Sept 20- Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc is in early talks to buy food delivery company Deliveroo, Bloomberg reported https://bloom.bg/2PRDzeI on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The value of the deal is not known, Bloomberg reported, adding that the offer would need to be considerably above Deliveroo's latest valuation.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 18- Mexico's incoming government has begun its promised review of oil contracts, starting with a major project won by a consortium led by U.S.-based Talos Energy, the country's next energy minister said. Set to become Mexico's first leftist leader in modern history when he takes office in December, President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador...

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  • Sept 20- American Airlines Group Inc said on Thursday it would raise the fee for a first checked bag by $5 to $30 and the second bag to $40. The increase in the baggage fee will be effective for tickets bought beginning Sept. 21 for travel in the United States and other North America and Caribbean destinations, the airline said http://bit.ly/2PO42Ke.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- Michael Novogratz, former macro hedge fund manager and founder of cryptocurrency asset management firm Galaxy Digital Capital Management, on Thursday said that the bottom in cryptocurrency prices has been reached and bitcoin is due to bounce back. Bitcoin was last valued at $6,419.03, less than a third of its peak near $20,000 in December 2017.

  • Sept 20- Adobe Systems Inc on Thursday agreed to buy Marketo Inc for $4.75 billion from private equity firm Vista Equity Partners Management, adding heft to its cloud-based digital marketing business. Marketo, started in 2006 as an email marketing service, was taken private by Vista Equity Partners for $1.8 billion in 2016.. The San Mateo, California- based...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ United Natural Foods Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $32.8 million. The average estimate of 16 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 85 cents per share. Fourteen analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.61 billion.

  • Under Armour Inc., up $1.24 to $20. Thor Industries Inc., down $13.69 to $91.95. Vonage Holdings Corp., up 27 cents to $13.58.