VW CEO says Waymo has 1-2 yr headstart i...

VW CEO says Waymo has 1-2 yr headstart in autonomous cars


Volkwagen, Europe's largestcarmaker, is up to two years of development work behind AlphabetInc's Waymo in the area of self-driving cars but iscommitted to catching up, the German group's chief executivetold newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

UPDATE 4-Teams search for 1,000 missing in California's deadliest wildfire

* President Donald Trump to visit fire zones(Adds more quotes from Trump visit)

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UK's Ineos in talks to buy Conoco N.Sea assets - Sunday Times

British petrochemicals companyIneos is in exclusive talks with ConocoPhillips to buyNorth Sea oil and gas fields worth $3 billion from the U.S.energy company, the Sunday Times newspaper reported, withoutciting sources.

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REFILE-Teams search for 1,000 missing in California's deadliest wildfire

Forensic recovery teamssearched for more victims in the charred wreckage of thenorthern California town of Paradise on Saturday as the numberof people listed as missing in the state's deadliest wildfiretopped 1,000.

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REFILE-UPDATE 11-California searches for 1,000 missing in its deadliest fire

Forensic recovery teamspressed their search for more victims in the flame-ravagednorthern California town of Paradise on Friday as authoritiessought clues to the fate of about 1,000 people reported missingin the state's deadliest wildfire on record.

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German transport minister wants to welcome Uber, others by 2021

Transport Minister AndreasScheuer wants to open the German market to car pooling servicesoffered by Uber and other companies by 2021, Focus magazinereported Saturday.

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UPDATE 4-U.S. judge orders White House to restore press pass to CNN's Acosta

A U.S. judge on Fridayordered the White House to temporarily restore CNN correspondentJim Acosta's press pass, which was revoked after a contentiousnews conference last week with President Donald Trump.

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S&P 500 buybacks set another quarterly record -S&P Dow Jones

S&P 500 companies have setanother record in share repurchases in the third quarter andlook on track to break above $200 billion in buybacks for thequarter, according to an S&P Dow Jones Indices analysis.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 8-California presses search for fire victims, number of missing soars

Recovery workers withcadaver dogs pressed on with their search for more victims in aflame-ravaged northern California town on Friday as authoritiessought clues to the fate of more than 600 people reportedmissing in the deadliest wildfire in state history.

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FDA declines to approve Aquestive's Viagra rival

Aquestive Therapeutics Inc saidon Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined toapprove its erectile dysfunction treatment and sought additionaldata.

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Novartis' blood disorder drug gets FDA approval for expanded use

Novartis AG said on Friday theU.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the use of its lowplatelets drug to treat patients with a rare, genetic blooddisorder.

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UPDATE 1-Burke to replace Dungey as ABC Entertainment chief

Karey Burke will replace Channing Dungeyas president of Walt Disney's ABC Entertainment, thecompany said on Friday.

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Warburg Pincus seeks $2.5 bln fund for new energy investments -sources

Warburg Pincus LLC is seeking to raise$2.5 billion for its second energy-focused private equity fund,four years after its first $4 billion such fund, people familiarwith the matter said on Friday.

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UPDATE 2-USDA terminates Chinese-owned Smithfield farm aid contract

The U.S. Department ofAgriculture terminated a $240,000 purchase contract withChinese-owned Smithfield Foods that had been awarded under theTrump administration's agricultural trade bailout program, amove taken at the company's request, a department spokesman toldReuters on Friday.

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UPDATE 2-Barrick Gold eyes assets, exploration as it plots new phase

Barrick Gold Corp, soon to become the world's largest bullion miner, isinterested in adding more copper assets as long as the red metalis accompanied by bullion, executives said on Friday.

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UPDATE 2-Pfizer to raise US drug prices in January after previously backing down

Pfizer Inc said onFriday that it plans to hike U.S. prices on 41 of its medicinesin January, after walking back its previous planned priceincreases this summer under pressure from President DonaldTrump.

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Karey Burke to replace Channing Dungey as ABC Entertainment president

Karey Burke will replace Channing Dungeyas president of Walt Disney's ABC Entertainment, thecompany said on Friday.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Latam FX gains against weak dollar, Mexican stocks snap losing run

Latin American stocks and currenciessoared on Friday to more than one-week closing highs, aided by asoft dollar, with assets in Brazil and Mexico putting inparticularly strong showings. The greenback weakened as markets perceived U.S. FederalReserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida's comments that U.S. interestrates were nearing Fed estimates of a neutral rate as dovish. MSCI's indexes of L

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UPDATE 9-Oil edges up in volatile session but falls for sixth straight week

* Prices down for 6th week; Brent off 4.6 pct, U.S. crude5.6 pct

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US STOCKS-S&P, Dow advance on trade optimism; Nvidia sinks Nasdaq

* Dow up 0.49 pct, S&P up 0.22 pct, Nasdaq down 0.15 pct(New throughout, updates prices, market activity and commentsto close)

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