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Amazon launches cash payments in Mexico to lure shoppers online

By Daina Beth Solomon MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc <AMZN.O> launched a cash payment service in Mexico on Tuesday, aiming to expand its customer base in a country where shoppers are wary of credit card fraud and often earn their living in paper currency. The strategy could also help it to win market share […]

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Twitter to label election ads after U.S. regulatory threat

By David Ingram SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc <TWTR.N> said on Tuesday it would add labels to election-related advertisements and say who is behind each of them, after a threat of regulation from the United States over the lack of disclosure for political spending on social media. Twitter, acting a month after Facebook Inc […]

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FDA warns Meridian of violations for lead-testing devices

(This Oct. 23 story corrects paragraph 4 to say warning letter, instead of form 483) (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it issued a warning letter to Meridian Bioscience Inc’s unit for several federal law violations after inspecting its facility that makes lead-testing devices. The violations include selling significantly modified […]

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Overstock.com unit announces token offering next month

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) – Overstock.com unit T0.com (tZERO) will launch an initial coin offering next month, company chairman Patrick Byrne announced on Tuesday at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas. In a statement, Byrne said tZERO’s coin offering will be legally compliant with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission using an […]

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AT&T results miss estimates as video competition rises

NEW YORK (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s quarterly results missed Wall Street estimates as the U.S. No. 2 wireless carrier lost video subscribers to traditional and online TV competitors and fewer of its existing customers upgraded their devices ahead of Apple Inc’s launch of the iPhone X. The battle for the growing market in providing video […]

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Stricter Missouri abortion rules take effect after legal fight

By Chris Kenning (Reuters) – New abortion regulations took effect on Tuesday in Missouri that critics argue will make it more difficult for women to access the procedure. A judge on Monday declined to block a requirement that physicians performing abortions inform their patients about abortion risks at least 72 hours before their procedure. Previously, […]

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Green groups pressure automakers on U.S. fuel efficiency rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Sierra Club, Greenpeace USA and Public Citizen and other environmental and consumer advocacy groups plan to turn up the pressure on Wednesday in their campaign to stop automakers from lobbying the Trump administration to weaken fuel efficiency requirements. The groups wrote last month to auto executives at Ford […]

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Shrews it or lose it: a critter’s incredible shrinking skull

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It is not the taming of the shrew, but rather the shrinking of the shrew. Scientists this week described one of nature’s most intriguing phenomena, the shrinkage of the skull and body of a type of shrew as lean winter months approach and the subsequent regrowth of the critters […]

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New wave of cyber attacks hits Russia, other nations

By Pavel Polityuk and Jack Stubbs KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Cyber attacks using malware called “BadRabbit” hit Russia and other nations on Tuesday, affecting Russian Interfax news agency and causing flight delays at Ukraine’s Odessa airport. While no major outages were reported, the U.S. government issued a warning on the attack, which followed campaigns in May […]

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Robotic-assisted surgery: more expensive, but not always more effective

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) – Robotic-assisted surgery is much more expensive than other minimally invasive surgeries, but it does not improve outcomes of surgery for kidney tumors and rectal cancers. “The rapid increase in costly robot surgery in lieu of laparoscopic surgery without a definite advantage for the patient is a problem that […]

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EU lawmakers demand five-year phase out of weedkiller glyphosate

STRASBOURG (Reuters) – The European Parliament called on Tuesday for weedkiller glyphosate to be phased out in the next five years, prompting the European Commission to drop its proposal for a 10 year license extension. Europe has been debating the use of the herbicide for more than two years and Tuesday’s non-binding vote comes a […]

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Weedkiller ban would disrupt UK trains and raise ticket prices: study

LONDON (Reuters) – British travelers could face higher train fares and disruption to services if controversial weedkiller glyphosate is banned, a study said on Tuesday, in a move that could cost the rail industry millions of pounds each year. The European Parliament called for the weedkiller to be phased out in the next five years […]

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