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  • **DALLAS- Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida to participate in "Fed Listens: A Conversation with Community Leaders in Southern Dallas," followed by a brief moderated discussion with Dallas Fed President Robert S. Kaplan- 1600 GMT. **DALLAS- Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida to participate in a moderated discussion with Dallas Fed President...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 22- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered two state agencies to investigate a media report that Facebook Inc may be accessing far more personal information than previously known from smartphone users, including health and other sensitive data. The directive to New York's Department of State and Department of Financial Services came...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb 22- NASA gave its final go-ahead on Friday to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX company to conduct its first unmanned test flight of a newly designed crew capsule to the International Space Station on March 2. NASA has awarded SpaceX $2.6 billion, and aerospace rival Boeing Co $4.2 billion to build separate rocket and capsule...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 22- U.S. refiner Citgo Petroleum Corp on Friday said it accepted a new board of independent directors and launched a search for a chief executive, in a split with its Venezuelan state-run parent PDVSA. The move by the eighth largest U.S. refiner is another step in efforts to chart a course for the company and to force Venezuela's Socialist President...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 22- A Brazilian judge on Friday suspended negotiations for the tie-up of Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer SA and Boeing Co, according to a court document. The court issued an injunction suspending an Embraer shareholders meeting scheduled for Feb. 26 that would vote on whether to approve the terms already agreed upon by the two companies.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 22- Several Microsoft Corp employees on Friday demanded that the company cancel a $480 million hardware contract with the U.S. Army and stop developing "any and all weapons technologies." Microsoft won a contract in November to supply the Army with at least 2,500 prototypes of augmented reality headsets, which digitally displays contextual...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 22- In trade talks between the United States and China, Memorandums of Understanding- the building blocks of what would be a historic deal- are officially out. President Donald Trump, in an extraordinary dispute with U.S. Lighthizer, who was sitting with other members of Trump's negotiating team including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin,...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 22- U.S. refiner Citgo Petroleum Corp on Friday said it accepted a new board of independent directors named by Venezuela's congress and launched a search for a chief executive in a split with its Venezuelan state-run parent PDVSA. The eighth largest U.S. refiner said Luisa Palacios, Rick Esser, Edgar Rincon, Angel Olmeta, Luis Urdaneta and Andres Eloy...

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 22- When Federal Reserve policymakers last month put a three-year rate-hike campaign on hold and backed ending a yearlong push to shrink their $4 trillion balance sheet, they cited increased risks to U.S. economic growth and the need for more time to sort through the data. The connections between the Fed's new "patient" stance on policy,...

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Feb 22- A Virgin Galactic rocket plane on Friday soared to the edge of space with a test passenger for the first time, nudging British billionaire Richard Bransons company closer to its goal of suborbital flights for space tourists. Virgin Galactics chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses, who will train future space tourists, joined pilots onboard...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 22- Several Microsoft Corp employees on Friday demanded that the company cancel a $480 million hardware contract with the U.S. Army and stop developing "any and all weapons technologies." Microsoft won a contract in November to supply the Army with at least 2,500 prototypes of augmented reality headsets, which digitally displays contextual...

  • Gavilon is part of a growing group of nontraditional grains traders challenging industry heavyweights in Brazil by using "asset-light" models that forgo investing in capital-intensive assets like port facilities or processing plants. The strategy has turned Gavilon into a top 10 soybean exporter in Brazil after only four years in operation.

  • TORONTO, Feb 22- The Canadian dollar strengthened to its highest in more than two weeks against the greenback on Friday, as hopes rose for a trade deal between the United States and China and as domestic data showed a lower-than-expected drop in retail sales. At 4:36 p.m., the Canadian dollar was. "It is less about the loonie and more about the U.S. dollar, generally...

  • *Soybeans inch up as U.S.- China trade optimism persists. *USDA secretary tweets China commits to buy U.S. soy. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Twitter that China, in a meeting at the White House, committed to buy an additional 10 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans.

  • Feb 22- Twitter Inc said on Friday one of its co-founders, Evan Williams, will be stepping down as a member of its board at the end of the month. Williams, who also announced the move in a series of tweets, is currently the chief executive officer of online publishing website Medium and had also served as the CEO of Twitter. "I'm very lucky to have served on the zTwitter...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 22- A Brazilian federal court on Friday suspended negotiations for the tie-up of Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer SA and Boeing Co, according to a court document. The court issued an injunction suspending a Embraer shareholders meeting scheduled for Feb. 26 that would vote on whether to approve the terms already agreed upon by the two...

  • TWITTER INC- ON FEB 22, EVAN WILLIAMS DECIDED TO STEP DOWN AS MEMBER OF BOARD, EFFECTIVE AT THE END OF MONTH.

  • *Trump says good chance of U.S.- China trade deal. NEW YORK, Feb 22- The S&P 500 posted its highest closing level since Nov. 8 on Friday as investors clung to signs of progress in the ongoing trade talks between the United States and China. "People are expecting some sort of positive news on trade and tariffs with China fairly soon," said Peter Tuz, president of Chase...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 22- Two top U.S. senators launched an investigation into rising insulin prices on Friday, sending letters to the three leading manufacturers seeking answers as to why the nearly 100- year-old drug's cost has rapidly risen, causing taxpayers to spend millions of dollars a year. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance...

  • Feb 22- China committed to buy an additional 10 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans in a meeting in the Oval Office on Friday, U.S. Beijing last year imposed tariffs on imports of U.S. agricultural goods, including soybeans, grain sorghum and pork, slashing shipments of American farm products to China. As of last Thursday, only 7.4 million tonnes of the most recent U.S....