TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares dipped on Thursday as investors locked in recent gains after Wall Street’s Dow Jones Industrial Average broke the 22,000 barrier for the first time in its 121-year history. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS dropped 0.5 percent, with South Korea’s Kospi index .KS11 falling 1.5 percent in
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TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan (Reuters) – The California environmental agency that probed Volkswagen AG’s (VOWG_p.DE) diesel vehicles for violating pollution-control rules is now scrutinizing whether some gasoline-powered vehicles are emitting excess pollution, according to a senior official. “We are not just looking at diesels, but we are looking at some gasoline concerns,” Annette Hebert, division chief
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(Reuters) – Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by U.S. President Donald Trump, has signed a deal for a book on leadership and decision-making that will come out in spring 2018, the publisher said on Wednesday. The book deal with Macmillan’s Flatiron Books comes three months after Comey’s firing raised questions about whether
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U.S. scientists have succeeded in altering the genes of a human embryo to correct a disease-causing mutation, making it possible to prevent the defect from being passed on to future generations. The milestone, reported in a paper released online August 2 in Nature, was confirmed last week by Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), which
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CANTON, Miss. (Reuters) – For nearly a decade, the United Auto Workers union has tried to organize workers at Nissan Motor Co Ltd’s assembly plant here, challenging the company’s wages, safety record and commitment to treating African-American workers fairly. Starting Thursday, the roughly 4,000 workers at one of Mississippi’s largest industrial employers will cast their
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TORONTO (Reuters) – Costly cyber attacks are having a bigger impact on corporate earnings and are becoming a fact of life for companies as Oreo cookie maker Mondelez, drug maker Merck and others said that a destructive “worm” attack in the last week of the second quarter disrupted operations. Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ.O), the world’s
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(Reuters) – Minneapolis firefighters searched for survivors after a Christian private school building collapsed on Wednesday following a possible gas explosion, authorities said. The city’s fire department initially said one person was killed and others might be trapped in the rubble, but later said the fatality could not be confirmed. Staff at the Minnehaha Academy
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump grudgingly signed into law on Wednesday new sanctions against Russia that Congress had approved overwhelmingly last week, criticizing the legislation as having “clearly unconstitutional” elements. After signing a bill that runs counter to his desire to improve relations with Moscow, and which also affects Iran and North Korea,
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Logging in Poland’s Bialowieza primeval forest would add to arguments against Warsaw in the European Union’s investigation on whether Poland is observing the rule of law, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued an injunction last week with immediate effect ordering the Polish government to stop
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LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, bowed out of public life on Wednesday with his final solo appearance at an official event, ending a royal career marked by occasional gaffes that landed him in hot water. The prince, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, attended a parade of
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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s healthcare cost-effectiveness agency NICE has decided Roche’s new immunotherapy drug Tecentriq is too expensive to justify its routine use to treat bladder cancer, but still hopes it can be used in certain circumstances. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said the drug was not cost-effective for patients who
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) [ISRAI.UL] said on Wednesday that two of its observation satellites were successfully launched into space. FILE PHOTO: The logo of state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is seen at their offices next to Israel’s Ben Gurion International airport, near Or Yehuda, Israel February 27, 2017.Baz Ratner/File Photo The OPTSAT3000,
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is considering a “whole range of actions” in response to rising tensions in Venezuela following the arrest of two leading critics of President Nicolas Maduro, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. “Consultations with member states are ongoing to ensure an appropriate and coordinated response by the EU. Obviously the whole
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LONDON (Reuters) – Oil retreated from this week’s eight-week highs above $52 a barrel on Wednesday, following a bearish combination of rising U.S. inventories, an outage at a major European refinery and increasing OPEC production. Brent crude futures were down 11 cents at $51.67 a barrel by 0856 GMT, having touched a session low of
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