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North Korea's Kim expresses satisfaction for pre-summit negotiations, praises Trump: KCNA
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spoke highly of U.S. President Donald Trump, expressing satisfaction over results of recent talks between the country's delegation and U.S. officials to discuss the second summit between him and Trump, state media said on Thursday.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:17:59 -0500)

PG&E sees cost to comply with judge's wildfire plan at $75 billion-$150 billion
California power company PG&E Corp, which expects to soon file for bankruptcy, said on Wednesday it would cost between $75 billion and $150 billion to fully comply with a judge's order to inspect its power grid and remove or trim trees that could fall into power lines and trigger wildfires.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:13:26 -0500)

Renault board meets to choose successor to Ghosn
Renault's board will meet on Thursday to replace Chairman and Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn, in a move that could help ease tensions with alliance partner Nissan following Ghosn's arrest in Japan for alleged financial misconduct.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:10:23 -0500)

Boeing's flying car lifts off in race to revolutionize urban travel
Boeing Co said on Wednesday its flying car prototype hovered briefly in the air during an inaugural test flight, a small but significant step as the world's largest planemaker bids to revolutionize urban transportation and parcel delivery services.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:01:33 -0500)

U.S. weighs oil sanctions on Venezuela as it steps up pressure
The Trump administration ratcheted up pressure on Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, signaling potential new sanctions against its vital oil sector as it recognized the country's opposition leader as interim president.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:00:40 -0500)

Ford fourth-quarter results weighed down by losses overseas
Ford Motor Co on Wednesday posted a lower operating fourth-quarter profit as losses in every global region except North America weighed on results.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:54:04 -0500)

Backed by U.S., Maduro rival Guaido claims Venezuela presidency
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, winning the backing of Washington and many Latin American nations and prompting socialist Nicolas Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013, to break relations with the United States.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:50:22 -0500)

Locked out of House by Pelosi, Trump vows State of Union alternative
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would hold an alternative event to the State of the Union address after Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi barred him from speaking in the House of Representatives until the partial government shutdown ends.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:45:54 -0500)

'El Chapo's' sons killed Mexican journalist: trial witness
Sons of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman murdered a journalist well known for his coverage of drug cartels, a former associate testified at Guzman's U.S. trial on Wednesday.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:45:35 -0500)

Democrats push technology as alternative to Trump wall in shutdown impasse
Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives floated the idea on Wednesday of ending a partial U.S. government shutdown by giving President Donald Trump most or all of the money he seeks for security along the Mexican border but for items other than the wall he wants.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:37:11 -0500)

Citadel's Griffin buys New York condo for record $238 million
Ken Griffin, the billionaire founder of hedge fund Citadel, has paid $238 million for a penthouse condominium overlooking Manhattan's Central Park, a spokesman for Griffin said on Wednesday, in a deal that sets a record for a U.S. home sale.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:16:32 -0500)

Most members of Lima Group regional bloc back Venezuela's Guaido
Most members of the Lima Group regional bloc of the Americas, which is pushing for democratic reforms in Venezuela, said on Wednesday they supported opposition leader Juan Guaido after he declared himself interim president.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:10:09 -0500)

Wall Street edges higher as upbeat earnings dampened by trade, shutdown woes
Wall Street ended slightly higher on Wednesday after a spate of upbeat earnings reports, but lingering concerns about trade tensions and the longest U.S. government shutdown ever limited the advance.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:45:16 -0500)

New Zealand PM says country is not discriminating against Huawei
New Zealand's prime minister has assured Chinese telecoms equipment group Huawei Technologies Co Ltd of even-handed treatment after the small U.S. ally blocked the sale of some Huawei equipment citing national security concerns.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:21:32 -0500)

U.S. prosecutors press witnesses to testify against Assange-WikiLeaks
U.S. federal prosecutors have stepped up efforts to pressure witnesses to testify against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, WikiLeaks said on Wednesday, in connection with what it said were secret criminal charges filed by the Trump administration.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:16:59 -0500)

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen postpones testimony to Congress, citing 'threats'
President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is postponing his Feb. 7 testimony to the U.S. Congress because of threats against his family from Trump, his adviser said on Wednesday.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:16:13 -0500)

Trump threatens to cut aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador over caravans
U.S. President Donald Trump issued a new threat to cut off aid to three Central American countries on Wednesday in response to what he said was a new wave of immigrants headed toward the United States from those countries.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:08:07 -0500)

Oil slips as EU seeks to trade with Iran, U.S. gasoline prices fall
Oil prices slipped on Wednesday as the European Union seeks to circumvent U.S. trade sanctions against Iran, and on weaker U.S. gasoline prices.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:59:29 -0500)

Venezuela defense minister disavows opposition president
Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said via Twitter on Wednesday that the country's armed forces disavow any president who is self-proclaimed or imposed by "dark interests."
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:43:38 -0500)

Procter & Gamble bets on demand for high-end fabric, skin-care products
Procter & Gamble Co raised its sales forecast for the year on Wednesday after quarterly results topped Wall Street expectations, boosted by price hikes and strong demand for premium fabric and skin care products.
(Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:42:08 -0500)

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