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  • PARIS, Sept 26- More than three decades after links emerged between Sanofi's epilepsy drug valproate and birth defects, many pregnant women remain unaware of the risks, patients, doctors and researchers said on Tuesday. Prescribed globally for epilepsy and bipolar disorders- and in some cases migraines- valproate is included in the World's Health...

  • OTTAWA, Sept 26- Top officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico join negotiations on modernizing NAFTA in Ottawa on Tuesday where the U.S. is expected to present draft text on issues such as labor, investment and intellectual property. Labor leaders of the two wealthier NAFTA nations say laxer labor standards and lower pay in Mexico have swelled...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Toyota Motor Corp. says it is investing $374 million at five U.S. plants to support production of its first American-made hybrid powertrain. The Japanese automaker announced the upgrades Tuesday at facilities in Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia. Toyota says 2.5- liter engines made in Kentucky and transaxles produced...

  • By Martinne Geller and Silke Koltrowitz. LONDON/ ZURICH, Sept 26- Nestle set a profit margin target for the first time on Tuesday, responding to an industry slowdown and pressure from activist investor Third Point for greater near-term returns from the world's largest packaged food company. Investors were looking for Nestle's new chief executive Mark...

  • iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending September 24, 2017:. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. 9. xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 26- The Duvernay field in Canada's western province of Alberta holds the country's largest marketable reserves of light shale oil and condensate, according to a new report from the national energy regulator. It is the first time the National Energy Board has done a detailed study of reserves in the 130,000 square kilometer Duvernay play,...

  • They come as the United Nations has also recently passed its toughest sanctions package targeting North Korea. The Treasury Department says the 26 individuals are North Korean nationals employed by those banks who work in Russia, China, Libya and the United Arab Emirates. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the U.S. is targeting those "across the globe" who...

  • *Canada PM to visit China next month- Bombardier senior exec. *Canada govt official: no plans for Trudeau to visit China in Oct. Meloche said he hoped the deals could be announced during a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to China next month.

  • CLEVELAND, Sept 26- The Federal Reserve needs to continue gradual rate hikes despite broad uncertainty about the path of inflation, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday in remarks that acknowledged the central bank's struggles to forecast one of its key policy objectives. Recent low inflation "likely reflects factors whose influence should fade over time,"...

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 26- Mexico's central bank is expected to hold borrowing costs steady this Thursday amid signs that consumer price inflation could start to fall after reaching its highest point in 16 years and as economists shrug off the impact of a powerful earthquake. The Banco de Mexico is seen leaving unchanged its benchmark rate at 7.00 percent on Sept. 28,...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico/ NEW YORK, Sept 26- Broken electricity poles and streetlights list into the middle of highways. Hurricane Maria's devastation of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico last week left the entire island and its 3.4 million residents without power. Maria struck Puerto Rico as a very dangerous Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday, with winds up to 155...

  • Sept 26- U.S. stocks were little changed in early afternoon trading on Tuesday after Fed Chair Janet Yellen backed the central bank's plan to raise interest rates gradually, boosting the prospects of a December rate hike. Chances of a rate hike in December rose to 76 percent from just about 38 percent a month ago, according to CME Group's FedWatch tool.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 26- Shares of Tesla Inc rebounded from a correction on Tuesday after an analyst predicted its electric cars would become commonplace within two years and a billionaire UK inventor announced plans for his own electric vehicles. In a note on Tuesday, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas estimated that nearly 300,000 Tesla vehicles would be on...

  • Rebuilding in the hurricane-ravaged Texas and Florida also is expected to deliver a boost in the fourth quarter. "Though hurricane disruptions will make spending uneven geographically over the next few months, we expect consumers to remain a primary driver of U.S. economic growth in 2018," said James Bohnaker, a U.S. economist at IHS Markit in Lexington,...

  • US DOLLAR INDEX PARES GAINS AS FED'S YELLEN SPEAKS; LAST UP 0.4 PCT ON THE DAY.

  • TREASURY YIELDS HOLD AT HIGHER LEVELS AFTER 2- YEAR NOTE AUCTION; 2- YEAR YIELD HOVERS AT HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE OCTOBER 2008.

  • *French president delivers speech on future of Europe. In a nearly two-hour speech delivered two days after the German election in which Chancellor Angela Merkel's alliance underperformed, limiting her freedom to manoeuvre on Europe, the 39- year-old French president held little back in terms of sweep, self-assurance and aspiration. "The only path that...

  • PARIS, Sept 26- French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that Europe needed a significant minimum carbon price to boost investment in its energy transition, and a European carbon tax at the bloc's borders to guarantee fair competition for its companies. Presenting a series of proposals to reform the 28- nation European Union, Macron said Europe had to...

  • The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi, narrated by Wil Wheaton. The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille, narrated by Scott Brick. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, narrated by Emily Rankin and Catherine Taber.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 26- Russian shoe retailer Obuv Rossii plans to list shares in an initial public offering in Moscow to raise funds for expansion, it said on Tuesday, in a further sign of recovery in the country's new issues market. Obuv Rossii, which has more than 500 stores across Russia, plans to hold a roadshow on the offering in Moscow on Oct. 9, a financial market source...