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UPDATE 2-U.S. appeals court will not delay net neutrality case

A federal appeals court said on Thursday it would not delay oral arguments set for Feb. 1 on the Trump administration’s decision to repeal the 2015 landmark net neutrality rules governing internet providers. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 9-Kenya hotel siege over, militants and at least 21 victims dead

Kenyan security forces have killed all the Somali militants who stormed an upscale Nairobi hotel compound, taking at least 21 lives and forcing hundreds of people into terrifying escapes, the government said on Wednesday. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 7-Ford sees weaker-than-expected fourth quarter, uncertainty in 2019

Ford Motor Co forecast a weaker-than-expected fourth quarter profit and provided a cloudier 2019 outlook due to tariff costs and uncertainty over Britain’s exit from the European Union, sending shares down more than 3.5 percent on Wednesday. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 2-Snowstorm targets Washington, at least five dead in U.S. Midwest

A winter storm that dumped heavy snow on the U.S. Midwest, causing at least five roadway deaths, stranding some motorists in Missouri and canceling dozens of flights, marched east toward Washington on Saturday. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 2-Huawei sacks employee arrested in Poland on spying charges

Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei said on Saturday it had sacked an employee arrested in Poland on spying charges in a case that could intensify Western security concerns about the company. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 2-R. Kelly’s attorney denies abuse allegations in documentary

An attorney for R. Kelly on Friday called a new documentary series about the R&B singer a “for-profit hit piece,” and said the latest accusations of abuse by the Grammy-winning musician were a “complete fabrication.” Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 2-Slack “seriously” considering direct market listing – source

Slack Technologies Inc is “seriously” considering making its stock exchange debut through a direct listing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 1-California to spend millions more on disaster response

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday proposed spending $ 305 million to improve California’s planning and response to wildfires, mudslides and earthquakes, focusing the state’s efforts on evacuating elderly and disabled residents who became trapped in recent disasters. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 1-Intel working with Facebook on AI chip coming later this year

Intel Corp said on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it is working with Facebook Inc to finish a new artificial intelligence chip in the second half of this year. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 2-Truckmaker Volvo to take $778 mln emissions hit

Sweden’s Volvo is setting aside 7 billion Swedish crowns ($ 778 million) to cover costs related to its admission in October that its truck and bus engines could be exceeding limits for nitrogen oxide emissions. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 8-Oil prices rebound, helped by weak dollar, Saudi supply cuts

* Breakingviews 2019 predictions: https://tmsnrt.rs/2LRKHHm (Recasts with price rise, analyst comment) Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 3-Sears Chair Lampert makes $4.4 bln bid to keep retailer alive

Sears Holdings Corp Chairman Eddie Lampert submitted a $ 4.4 billion takeover bid for the bankrupt U.S. retailer, representing its only chance of escaping liquidation and laying off tens of thousands of workers, a spokesman for the billionaire’s hedge fund said on Friday. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 2-Sears Chair Lampert makes bid to keep retailer alive -sources

Sears Holdings Corp Chairman Eddie Lampert has submitted a roughly $ 4.6 billion takeover bid for the bankrupt U.S. retailer, representing its only chance of escaping liquidation and laying off tens of thousands of workers, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 3-Oil prices rebound but still weak due to oversupply

* U.S. crude inventories rise by 6.9 mln bbls last week – API Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 8-Oil surges 8 pct after steep slide; growth fears still weigh

* Crude’s strongest daily gain since OPEC deal announced in 2016 Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 2-U.S. oil edges up after tumbling to lowest since June 2017 on economy fears

* Russia energy minister expects more stable prices in 1H 2019 (Adds Kazakhstan energy minister’s comments; updates prices) Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 1-Trump says U.S. govt shutdown to last until agreement on border wall

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the partial shutdown of the federal government was going to last until his demand for funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is met. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 2-Venezuela calls U.S. comments on Guyana dispute ‘interventionist’

Venezuela’s foreign ministry on Tuesday described as “interventionist and disrespectful” U.S. comments on a weekend incident in which the country’s navy stopped two ships exploring for oil for Exxon Mobil off Guyana’s coast. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 1-Trump praises Treasury Secretary Mnuchin but hits Fed again on rate rises

President Donald Trump on Tuesday expressed confidence in Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin amid worries over a weakening economy and a stock market slump, but repeated his criticism of the U.S. Federal Reserve, saying it has raised interest rates too quickly. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 3-Storms halt SpaceX’s first U.S. national security space mission

Thunderstorms forced Elon Musk’s SpaceX to postpone Thursday’s launch of a navigation satellite for the U.S. military, which was poised to be the rocket company’s first national security space mission for the United States. Reuters: Company News

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UPDATE 1-Husky Energy cuts 2019 capex by C$300 mln

Canadian oil and gas producer Husky Energy Inc on Thursday cut its 2019 capital expenditure program by about 8 percent, or C$ 300 million, citing Alberta’s mandatory curbs on output and lower oil prices. Reuters: Company News