UPDATE 3-VW agrees to pay $200 million into U.S. pollution reduction fund

WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG has agreed to
pay more than $200 million into a fund created to cut diesel
pollution, part of its agreement over about 80,000 3.0-liter
diesel vehicles…

Paris motorists face more traffic restrictions due to smog

Officials in Paris impose traffic restrictions again, as the city faces its worst air pollution in a decade. Diane Hodges reports.

U.S. lawmakers press Heritage Pharma on high prices for antibiotic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. lawmakers are questioning whether Heritage Pharmaceuticals misled them in response to a 2014 congressional inquiry about the rising price a common antibiotic, after 20 U.S. states this week accused the company of price fixing.

BRIEF-Blue nile says Austrian regulator provided clearance for deal with Bain Capital

* Blue Nile – on Dec 16, Austrian Federal Competition
Authority and Austrian cartel attorney provided clearance for
deal with Bain Capital – sec filing

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UPDATE 1-Praxair, Linde close to finalizing merger terms -sources

Dec 16 (Reuters) – Praxair Inc and Linde AG
, the industrial gas companies that agreed earlier this
month to revive merger talks, are close to finalizing the terms
of the potential deal, people…