Wall St. selloff worsens on Mnuchin move, Washington drama

The S&P 500 tumbled to the brink of a bear market on Monday as U.S. stocks extended their steep sell-off in a pre-holiday shortened session, with investors rattled by the U.S. Treasury secretary’s convening of a crisis group and by other political developments.

U.S. quality of care for head and neck cancers varies widely

(Reuters Health) – The quality of care received by patients with head and neck cancers in the U.S. varies widely and is unaffected by the size of the hospital or the volume of patients treated in a year, a study shows.

Seawalls may give false sense of security during a tsunami

(Reuters Health) – If a coastal city’s seawall is higher than a forecast tsunami, residents are less likely to evacuate promptly, suggests a new study based on interviews with survivors of the 2011 tsunami that hit eastern Japan.

Oil falls in line with stricken stock markets

Oil fell on Monday, in line with another decline across global stock markets, which came under pressure from concern about a U.S. government shutdown and a worsening world economy.

Ant Financial in talks to buy UK payments firm WorldFirst – Sky News

Ant Financial Services Group, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Limited’s fintech affiliate, is in advanced talks to buy British currency exchange startup WorldFirst in a deal that could be worth more than 500 million pounds ($632.5 million), Sky News reported on Monday, citing sources.

Vista Equity Partners to buy Mindbody in a $1.9 billion deal

Mindbody Inc, a maker of software to help run fitness and yoga studios, said on Monday it agreed to be bought by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners in a deal valued at about $1.9 billion in cash, about three years after going public.

Gold rises as global growth fears boost safer assets

BENGALURU – Gold rose on Monday, trading near last week’s six-month high, as concerns about a possible U.S. government shutdown and global growth weighed on the dollar and equity markets, boosting the appeal of assets viewed as safer, such as bullion.

China to remove some import, export tariffs including alternative feed meals

China plans to remove import and export tariffs in 2019 on a range of goods, including import taxes on alternative meals used in animal feed, to secure supplies of raw materials amid trade tensions with the United States and boosting outbound cargoes.