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A look at rival Branson vs Maduro concerts for Venezuela

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A look at the rival concerts planned by billionaire Richard Branson and Nicolas Maduro's government on both sides of Venezuela's border with Colombia. More>>

EU, UK to have more Brexit talks but key disagreement intact

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British Prime Minister Theresa May will be traveling to European Union headquarters to seek an elusive breakthrough in Brexit negotiations, but she was told Tuesday on the eve of the talks that her most important demand is not even up for discussion. More>>

'Fight Back!' consumer reporter David Horowitz dies

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David Horowitz, whose "Fight Back!" syndicated program made him perhaps the best-known consumer reporter in the U.S., has died. More>>

Former Sessions spokeswoman joins CNN

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A spokeswoman for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has joined CNN's political desk. More>>

Designer Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel's global icon, dies in Paris

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Chanel's iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld, whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the last 50 years, has died. More>>

Tech could unite Europe's populists ahead of EU vote in May

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The offer by Italy's populist 5-Star Movement to share its web platform with France's "yellow vest" protesters could be a harbinger of what's to come in the upcoming European Parliament elections. More>>

EU gets heavy-duty on pollution: 1st standards for trucks

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The European Union has reached a tentative agreement on the first specific EU standards for trucks to get polluting CO2 levels down. More>>

'Digital gangsters': UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

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A parliamentary committee report is recommending that the United Kingdom government increase oversight of social media platforms like Facebook. More>>

China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

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China accuses Washington of trying to block industry development after Pence calls Huawei and other telecom suppliers a security threat. More>>

China seizes $1.5 billion in online lending crackdown

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China's police ministry says it has investigated 380 online lenders and frozen $1.5 billion in assets in a crackdown on misconduct in the huge but lightly regulated industry. More>>

Twitter tightens up EU political ad rules ahead of election

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Twitter tightening up rules for European Union political ads ahead of spring elections. More>>

New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

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New Zealand's government has announced plans for a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax. More>>

Honda to shut plant in Brexit-shaken Britain

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Honda says it plans to close its car factory in western England in 2022, with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs. More>>

Walmart flexes in the fourth quarter, beats all expectations

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Walmart: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot. More>>

Payless files for bankruptcy, closing North American stores

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Payless files for bankruptcy as it winds down North American biz. More>>

Asian shares mixed following advance on Wall Street

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Asian shares mixed following advance on Wall Street. More>>

Japan trade deficit highest in 5 yrs, hit by China doldrums

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Japan's exports sink 8.4 percent in January, hit by slowdown in China. More>>

Air France and KLM end power struggle, agree to closer ties

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Air France and KLM have reached a compromise deal on tightening ties between the airlines, ending a power struggle that had alarmed the Dutch government, staff and shareholders. More>>

Billionaire Icahn wants Caesars Entertainment to sell itself

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Billionaire investor Carl Icahn plans to drive casino giant Caesars Entertainment to sell itself. More>>

Supreme Court staying out of actor's 'Empire' lawsuit

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The Supreme Court is staying out of a lawsuit involving the television show 'Empire'. More>>

Asian shares mostly higher, extending Wall St advance

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Stocks edged between small gains and losses in early trading on Wall Street Tuesday as U.S. markets reopened following the Presidents Day holiday and as investors sized up the latest company earnings reports. More>>

Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen after protest

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Businesses and government offices are slowly reopening in Haiti after more than a week of violent demonstrations. More>>

FAA probes Southwest calculations of baggage weight on jets

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Federal safety officials investigated the way Southwest Airlines calculates the weight of luggage loaded on flights after finding frequent mistakes. More>>

New Zealand leader says no final decision on using Huawei

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New Zealand's Ardern says no final decision on Spark's use of Huawei 5G. More>>

Amazon aims to cut its carbon footprint

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Amazon, which ships millions of packages a year to shopper's doorsteps, wants to be greener. More>>

Nobel laureates, advocates to advise G-7 on women's rights

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Human rights advocates meet in Paris to discuss the strategy of the G7 group of industrialized nations for ending violence and discrimination against women. More>>

Cyprus issues 1st 15-year bond; pleased to find solid demand

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Cyprus' finance minister says the country's first-ever 15-year public bond issue was eight times oversubscribed, calling it the "strongest affirmation" of international markets' trust in the Mediterranean island's economy. More>>

Berlin to get single travel app for public, private services

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Berlin is unveiling a new app that will let people use public transport, rental bikes, car-sharing and taxis seamlessly to journey through the German capital. More>>

US, China resume trade talks in Washington ahead of deadline

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China's economy czar will go to Washington for talks this week aimed at ending tariff war over Beijing's technology ambitions. More>>

Millennial Money: Make your funds move at the speed of life

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Here's how to handle the cost of change, including tips for managing moving expenses, commingling finances with a significant other and preparing for a new job. More>>

Amazon dumped New York, but cities still wooing the company

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Amazon's breakup with New York was still fresh when other cities started sending their own valentines to the online giant. More>>

Greece's central banker protests, says minister is meddling

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Greece's central bank chief has asked Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to intervene after a cabinet minister phoned him to tell him how to do his job and then allegedly leaked the conversation to the press. More>>

Amazon's stormy week will blow over, but the debris may stay

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It's been a complicated few weeks for Amazon, what with its abrupt pullout from a massive New York City development and extortion claims related to intimate selfies taken by its founder Jeff Bezos. More>>

World stocks turn lower ahead of more China-US trade talks

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Asian shares mixed ahead of China-U.S. trade talks in Washington. More>>

Survey points to no rebound for slowing Germany economy

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An index of investor confidence in Germany has improved slightly but remains well below its long-term average amid ongoing signs of weakness in Europe's largest economy. More>>

China auto sales fall in January for eighth month

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China's auto sales fall for eighth month in January, extending painful decline for the biggest global market. More>>

Venezuela's Maduro to throw concert rivaling Richard Branson

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Billionaire Richard Branson says that he hopes that the concert he's throwing to rally humanitarian aid for Venezuela will help draw global attention and saves lives by raising funds for "much-needed medical help.". More>>

HSBC reports net profit at $12.6B in 2018

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Europe's biggest bank has reported its net profit jumped 30 percent in 2018 from the previous year to $12.6 billion. More>>

Asian shares gain on hopes for progress on China-US trade

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Asian markets broadly higher as traders look forward to trade talks between China and US continuing this week. More>>

Amazon's exit could scare off tech companies from New York

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Amazon decision to walk away from New York City could scare off other tech companies. More>>

Liz Weston: Are you picking the wrong money goals?

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Setting money goals is the first step to achieving them, but all of us can have blind spots that cause us to miss what's most important. More>>

Report: Honda to shut UK plant, imperiling 3,500 jobs

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Britain's Sky News says Honda is to close a car factory in western England with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs. More>>

EU warns of reduced imports if Trump puts tariffs on cars

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The European Union says that its reaction will be "swift and adequate" if U.S. authorities conclude that European cars are a threat to national security and should be hit with punitive tariffs. More>>

Return to sender: High court to hear undeliverable mail case

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday is taking up a case involving an Alabama man who developed a way to process undeliverable mail. More>>

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs Video included

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Amazon ditches New York as location for new headquarters. More>>

Report: Facebook, FTC discussing 'multibillion dollar' fine

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A report says Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a record, "multibillion dollar" fine for the social network's privacy lapses. More>>

Warren highlights her work on economic crisis in Vegas stop

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Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is describing a squeeze on working families in America as she introduces herself to voters in the early nominating state of Nevada. More>>

German market watchdog bans short-selling of Wirecard shares

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Germany's financial market regulator has issued a two-month ban on short-selling shares in Wirecard AG, whose stock has swung sharply in recent months. More>>

Dutch company fined for exporting turbine parts to Iran

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A Dutch company has been convicted of illegally exporting to Iran gas turbine parts that could be used in the manufacture of weapons. More>>

In Brexit limbo, UK veers between high anxiety, grim humor

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With Britain due to exit the European Union in six weeks and still no certainty about the terms of its departure, supporters and opponents of Brexit are both in a state of high anxiety. More>>

Former coal-fired power plant is demolished in Germany

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A long-shut coal-fired power plant in western Germany has been demolished with the help of more than 200 kilos (440 pounds) of explosives. More>>

Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

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When Amazon chose the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens to build a new campus, New York's top brass saw it as a major coup but what they didn't anticipate was the deal's eventual unraveling. More>>

Retailers, fashion brands struggle with racial insensitivity

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Retailers and top fashion brands keep apologizing for products that smack of racial insensitivity but now some are trying to come up with actual solutions. More>>

Hundreds stranded as British airline Flybmi collapses

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Hundreds of passengers have been stranded by the abrupt collapse of the British regional airline Flybmi. More>>

Google to invest $13 billion in new US offices, data centers

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Google plans to invest more than $13 billion on new and expanded offices and data centers across the U.S. this year. More>>

Verbal attack on French philosopher new anti-Semitism jolt

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French yellow vest protesters are marking three months since the kickoff of their anti-government movement, after anti-Semitic remarks by some demonstrators raised national concerns about the movement's ascendant radical fringe. More>>

California governor wants users to profit from online data

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state's consumers should get a piece of the billions of dollars that technology companies make off the personal data they collect. More>>

Russian court orders US investor Calvey held for 2 months

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A Moscow court has ordered a U.S. investment fund manager to be jailed for two months while facing fraud charges. More>>

Ex-Apple lawyer accused of profiting from confidential info

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Government authorities accusing former Apple lawyer of breaking insider trading rules he helped draft. More>>

The Latest: Booker talks policy, plays Pac-Man at barcade

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Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker is greeting hundreds of voters in Rochester, New Hampshire, as he starts the second day in a weekend swing through the state that will hold the first primary next year. More>>

Asian stocks rally on hope of further China-US trade talks

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Asian markets broadly higher as traders look forward to trade talks between China and US continuing this week. More>>

Saudi crown prince arrives in Pakistan for regional visit

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has arrived in Pakistan's capital for a four-day regional visit. More>>

Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism

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A biennial arms fair has opened in the United Arab Emirates as the country faces increasing scrutiny over its involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. More>>

Stocks post strong finish as optimism over trade talks grows

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Plans to extend key US-China trade talks into next week pushes stocks higher in early trading. More>>

Iran pressures Europe to do more to save the nuclear deal

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Iran's foreign minister is blasting the United States' "unhealthy fixation" with his country and condemning the Trump administration's efforts to press European countries to pull out of the nuclear agreement with Tehran. More>>

The Latest: Qatari minister warns of remaining IS threat

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Iran's foreign minister says European nations need to do more than talk if they want to preserve a deal meant to keep Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States. More>>

Payless ShoeSource to shutter all of its remaining US stores

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Payless ShoeSource to shutter all of its U.S. stores, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us that have liquidated in the last year. More>>

Trump says he might extend deadline in US-China talks

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US, Chinese envoys hold trade talks, Trump's top economic adviser says 'no decision' on possible March 2 tariff hike. More>>

Merkel defends Iran deal, multilateralism but Pence resists

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling on China to join in international disarmament negotiations after the collapse of a Cold War-era treaty on nuclear weapons in Europe. More>>

The Latest: Merkel defends Iran deal; Pence blasts Europe

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Egypt's president has called on Western countries to boost efforts at tackling extremist ideology in online media and mosques. More>>

Kenya recalls ambassador to Somalia over water rights clash

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A top Kenyan official says the country has recalled its ambassador to Somalia and told the Somali ambassador to leave over an alleged land grab by Somalia. More>>

Airlines to give customers 'nonbinary' choice under gender

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Major airlines plan to expand gender options to include more than male and female. More>>

Judge keeps most Keystone XL pipeline work on hold

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A federal judge in Montana has largely kept in place an injunction that blocks a Canadian company from performing preliminary work on the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline. More>>

11,000 march in Brussels climate protest

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Thousands of Belgian teenagers skipping school to protest for better climate protections have been joined by university students and grandparents for a sixth straight week of marches to keep pressure on authorities to do more. More>>

Gucci to step up diversity hiring after 'blackface' uproar

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Gucci announcing major push to step up diversity hiring following an uproar over an $890 sweater that resembled blackface. More>>

US military aircraft to deliver more aid to Venezuela border Video included

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he sees obvious signs that President Nicolas Maduro is starting to understand Venezuelans reject him as their leader. More>>

In Nigeria, election spectacle at odds with rampant poverty

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In Nigeria vote, the spectacle of campaign expenditure is at odds with the rampant poverty afflicting many. More>>

Correction: Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story

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US seeks ways to develop lithium-ion battery recycling to address global demand, potential shortages of materials for electric vehicle, phone batteries. More>>

Fashion world descends on London for fashion week shows

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London is taking its turn in the style spotlight with the opening of London Fashion Week, an extravaganza that will feature up and coming designers along with big names like Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and Burberry. More>>

Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers in Illinois

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A shooter has been apprehended after opening fire in an industrial park in in Aurora, Illinois. More>>

Nigeria delays election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'

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'Everybody suffers too much:' Nigeria heads to the polls as its president tries to hang on. More>>

Saudi crown prince delays visit to Pakistan by a day

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Pakistani officials say visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been delayed by a day. More>>

Europeans fire back at criticism from US over Iran

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More than 30 heads of state and government and 80 defense and foreign ministers are meeting in Munich for an annual security conference known for its frank exchanges and backroom diplomacy. More>>

Haiti to unveil economic measures to quell violent protests

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Haitians say they will keep protesting until President Jovenel Moise resigns despite his announcement of upcoming economic measures to quell more than a week of violent demonstrations across the country. More>>

Trump declaration faces uncertain fate in coming court fight Video included

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President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border Friday and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. More>>

Spain to get 3rd gov't in 4 years amid fragmenting politics

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Spain's prime minister has called early general elections for late April after his government's budget was voted down by lawmakers. More>>

IG report: Ex-housing agency director Watt misused position

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Inspector General report finds former director of housing agency Watt misused his position. More>>

The Latest: Trump might extend March 2 trade deadline

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US envoy says trade talks with China 'made headway' on important issues. More>>

US industrial output tumbled 0.6 percent in January

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US industrial production fell 0.6 percent in January, led by a plunge in the making of motor vehicles and auto parts. More>>

Mexican president announces bailout for cash-strapped Pemex

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announces bailout for the cash-strapped state-owned oil company. More>>

Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation?

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Olympic volunteers: Is it a case of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, or economic exploitation. More>>

Markets Right Now: Stocks surge, boosted by trade talks

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Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street after Chinese and U.S. officials agreed to continue trade talks in Washington next week. More>>

Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska's Arctic refuge

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Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales. More>>

Ex-Cognizant execs accused of bribing Indian officials

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The U.S. Justice Department alleges two former executives for Cognizant Technology Solutions paid more than $2 million in bribes to Indian officials in order to build a new office campus in the country. More>>

Veteran US investment manager detained in Moscow

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A veteran U.S. investment fund manager has been detained in Moscow and faces fraud charges. More>>

The Latest: Germany criticizes Trump's go-it-alone approach

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The head of NATO says there's growing concern about China's increasing investment in critical infrastructure systems in countries around the world and that alliance nations need to address it together. More>>

On immigration, Mideast and more, Kushner keeps pushing

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On immigration, Mideast peace and much more, Kushner keeps pushing. More>>

Trump Org scraps plans for 2 hotel chains, blaming politics

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President Donald Trump's company is scrapping plans for two new hotel chains announced two years ago, casting blame in part on a hostile political environment. More>>

Scientists in Hungary protest govt takeover of research

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Scientists in Hungary are protesting government efforts to take control of their research funding, a move they say endangers academic freedom. More>>

France's Le Pen boasts far-right power for EU elections

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Where once she felt isolated, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen feels she's now part of a crowd, populist parties on the rise around Europe that she thinks can make inroads in European elections in May _ and start restructuring the EU from within. More>>

Deere, hit on both sides of trade war, posts weak 1Q earns

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Deere takes a 1Q trade-war hit, but is optimistic about 2019. More>>

Democrats question pledges in $26.5B T-Mobile-Sprint deal

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Top executives of T-Mobile and Sprint are taking the case for their 26.5 billion merger to Congress. More>>

Portuguese govt faces no-confidence vote over public workers

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A conservative party in Portugal's parliament is issuing a no-confidence vote in the minority Socialist government, but the motion is likely to fail because left-of-center parties are expected to join together against it. More>>

French yellow vest figure on trial, new protests planned

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A prominent figure of the French yellow vests has gone on trial in Paris for allegedly organizing illegal demonstrations, as the movement prepares for a 14th consecutive weekend of protests. More>>

Average tax refunds fall, creating political flashpoint

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IRS: Average income tax refund down 8.7 percent from a year ago. More>>

PepsiCo moves to profit in 4Q, sees tax benefit

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PepsiCo moves to profit in 4Q, sees tax benefit. More>>

European car sales slide in January

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The European carmakers' association says new passenger car sales in the region dropped by 4.6 percent in January, weighed down by big declines in Spain and Italy. More>>

Chinese in Spain stage protest over blocked bank accounts

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Hundreds of Chinese have protested outside a Spanish bank's premises in Madrid, claiming they are being unfairly denied access to their accounts while the bank insists it is merely complying with money-laundering laws. More>>

Wildlife group: Malaysia seizes record 30-ton pangolin haul

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A wildlife monitoring group says Malaysian authorities have seized a record 30 tons of pangolin and pangolin products in eastern Sabah state, the biggest such bust in the country. More>>

AP Explains: Polarized by Catalonia, Spain heads to election

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AP Explains how Spain is heading to its third general election in less than four years due to the increasingly fragmented political landscape and because of the unresolved crisis with separatists in Catalonia. More>>

Report finds problems with student loan servicing, oversight

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A new government report finds some lax practices and inefficient oversight in the student loan industry. More>>

California considers insurance to help with wildfire costs

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Two California officials want the most populous state to take out insurance to help cover taxpayers' costs in bad wildfire seasons. More>>

UK students protest lack of action on climate change

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Chanting "Save our Planet!" thousands of students around Britain are rallying to demand that Britain's government take action on climate change. More>>

World stocks recover as US-China trade talks extended

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Asian markets tumble on poor Wall Street leads as US-China talks wrap up. More>>

GE to downsize Boston headquarters, reimburse state $87M

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General Electric is downsizing plans for its world headquarters in Boston. More>>

Vatican, Microsoft team up on artificial intelligence ethics

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The Vatican and Microsoft are teaming up to promote ethics in artificial intelligence. More>>

French minister: Britain must hurry up and decide on Brexit

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France's Europe minister is urging Britain to "hurry up" and decide whether it's leaving the European Union with or without a deal. More>>

Ex-telecom execs acquitted of paying bribes in Uzbekistan

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A Sweden court has acquitted three former executives of telecoms company Telia of corruption charges involving contracts in Uzbekistan, citing lack of evidence. More>>

Illinois set to hike minimum wage to $15, highest in Midwest

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Illinois legislators have sent Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker one of his top campaign promises, a gradual hike in the statewide minimum wage that would more than double the standard in most of its Midwestern neighbors require. More>>

Ikea woos India's rising consumer class, tapping new markets

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Ikea woos India's rising consumer class, testing new waters in developing markets. More>>

US mortgage rates fall to 12-month low; 30-year at 4.37 pct

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U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week to a 12-month low, an enticement for prospective homebuyers in the upcoming season. The average rate on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage declined to 4.37 percent from 4.41 percent last week. More>>

Too big to sell: Airbus bids pained adieu to superjumbo A380

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European aviation giant Airbus says it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 after struggling to sell the world's biggest passenger jet. More>>

Amazon's exit could scare off tech companies from New York

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Amazon decision to walk away from New York City could scare off other tech companies. More>>

Asian stocks slip on Wall Street leads as trade talks simmer

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Asian markets tumble on poor Wall Street leads as US-China talks wrap up. More>>

The Latest: House passes border bill, sends to Trump's desk

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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he's praying that President Donald Trump will sign the border security deal into law to prevent a government shutdown. More>>

Humbug holidays: US retail sales drop 1.2 pct in December

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Humbug holidays: US retail sales drop 1.2 percent in December, worst since September 2009. More>>

UK's May suffers embarrassing defeat on Brexit strategy

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Britain's prime minister is facing defeat on her European Union divorce plan amid outrage from hard-line members of her own party who fear she is pressing in the wrong direction in her efforts to solve the impasse on the deal. More>>

Activision to lay off 800 workers as video game sales drop

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Video game maker Activision Blizzard is laying off nearly 800 workers as the company braces for a steep downturn in revenue following the best year in its history. More>>

The Latest: Arlington says it's sticking to its Amazon plans

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Amazon ditches New York as location for new headquarters. More>>

EPA too slow on limiting toxic chemicals, critics say

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EPA expected to release a plan for dealing with a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from Congress. More>>

Trump-dominated board to close coal plant, despite his plea

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TVA votes to close Kentucky coal-fired power plant over objections from President Trump, state GOP leaders. More>>

China, US open trade talks as Beijing says exports rebound

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China, US haggle over technology dispute as deadline for tariffs hike looms. More>>

Judge critical of PG&E's wildfire role demands more answers

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A U.S. judge who has berated Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for its role in wildfires in California is demanding more answers from the utility. More>>

Mixed finish for US stock indexes over weak retail sales

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Stock prices fell in early trading after the government reported that retail sales dropped sharply last month, raising concerns about the economy's health. More>>

Prada announces diversity council after blackface outrage

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Prada has announced formation of a diversity council chaired by artist and activist Theaster Gates and film director Ava DuVernay in response to recent backlash over racist imagery. More>>

Keep the volume down! UN issues guidelines for audio devices

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Two U.N. agencies want governments and makers of headphones, mobile phones and other audio devices to do more to keep down the volume they emit, amid concerns about hearing loss in an increasingly digitized era. More>>

Trump still coy on border deal - but claims victory anyway Video included

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Trump says he's not expecting another government shutdown, a signal that he's leaning toward accepting a budget compromise. More>>

Several dozen miners believed trapped after Zimbabwe floods

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Media in Zimbabwe say several dozen artisanal miners are missing after rains flooded mines while they were underground. More>>

Israeli spyware company NSO is re-acquired by its founders

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An Israeli software firm known for its phone-surveillance technology says it has been re-acquired by its founders in a major sale. More>>

Oversight of federal student loans is lacking, watchdog says

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The Education Department's independent watchdog says the agency hasn't done enough to stop student loan servicers that break federal rules. More>>

National Retail Group: holiday sales fell short

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National Retail Federation says that holiday sales increased 2.9 percent, as worries about trade war, shutdown and stock market meltdown dragged down spending. More>>

AP Source: Broncos to acquire Joe Flacco from Ravens

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AP source: Ravens agree to trade veteran QB Joe Flacco to Denver Broncos for 4th-round pick in this year's draft. More>>

US unemployment claims rise by 4,000 to 239,000

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US unemployment claims rise to 239,000; four-week average highest since January 2018. More>>

Outlook overshadows strong quarter at Coca-Cola

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Coca-Cola's strong quarter overshadowed by outlook with the strong dollar weighing on organic revenue. More>>

The Latest: German minister says Airbus must find jobs

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The long-haul carrier Emirates says it has struck a deal valued at $21.4 billion with Airbus, while saying it is sad to see the end of production of its the double-decker A380 jetliner. More>>

Is it love? Maybe not, as romance scams proliferate

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FTC says romance scams have surged, accounting for largest losses of any fraud in 2018. More>>

What the FDA's actions mean for dietary supplements

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The FDA says it plans to step up its policing of the growing dietary supplements industry. More>>

Germany barely avoids recession with zero growth

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Germany economic growth has stagnated in the last three months of the year, skirting a technical recession but registering only zero growth as foreign trade made little contribution to Europe's largest economy. More>>

Apple resumes sale of iPhones in Germany, with Qualcomm chip

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Apple is resuming sales of older iPhone models in Germany after pulling them off shelves, having lost a patent dispute against chipmaker Qualcomm last year. More>>

US wholesale prices dip 0.1 percent in January

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US wholesale prices down 0.1 percent in January, second decline, as inflation remains docile. More>>

Austrian antitrust agency opens investigation into Amazon

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Austria's antitrust agency says it has initiated an investigation of online retailer Amazon over complaints of unfair trade practices on its "marketplace" platform. More>>

Etihad restructures plane purchases amid fiscal turbulence

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Etihad Airways says it's restructured planned airplane purchases from Airbus, Boeing amid financial turbulence. More>>

Journalist and Duterte critic posts bail after libel arrest

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The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered Duterte has been freed on bail after an overnight jail stay in a libel case. More>>

Stocks move higher as US, China begin talks on tariffs war

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Asian stocks mixed as China, US kick off trade negotiations in Beijing. More>>

Nestle profit rise amid deal-making, eyes future of Herta

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Nestle says net profit rose more than 40 percent last year, pointing to revived growth in its key Chinese and U.S. markets and laying out plans to slice off its Herta cold cuts businesses to focus more on plant-based foods and "high-growth" categories. More>>

Renault's revenue, net profit down in 2018

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French carmaker Renault says its revenue is down 2.3 percent to 57.4 million euros ($64.89 million) last year. More>>

Double duty: Senators juggle presidential bids and day jobs

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The nearly half-dozen Democratic senators also seeking their party's presidential nomination in 2020 are facing a juggling act, crisscrossing the country while keeping an eye on their constituents and making it to votes in Washington. More>>

China, US start trade talks ahead of March tariff deadline

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US, Chinese negotiators begin trade talks Trump says will help decide whether he postpones a planned tariff on $200 billion of imports from China. More>>

Papua New Guinea on hunt for 275 cars missing after APEC

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About 270 cars have disappeared since Papua New Guinea hosted the APEC summit in November. More>>

Reddit raises $300M in finance round led by China's Tencent

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Social media service Reddit Inc. says it has raised $300 million in a financing round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent. More>>

Correction: Cyprus-Golden Passports story

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Cyprus' finance minister says no "golden passports" for applicants rejected by another EU country running similar scheme. More>>

Japan's economy rebounds in 4Q, growth for 2018 at 0.7 pct

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Japan's economic growth for the last three months of 2018 has rebounded from a slump the previous quarter, growing at an annual rate of 1.4 percent. More>>

China's January exports rebound, imports decline

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China's exports rebound in January amid trade tension with Washington but imports decline. More>>

Utah reduces voter-backed Medicaid expansion in rare move

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Utah has passed sweeping changes to a voter-approved Medicaid expansion, slashing the number of people covered and adding work requirements that the Trump administration is expected to approve. More>>

Congress urged to fully open banks to marijuana industry

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Congress is being urged to fully open the doors of the nation's banking system to the legal marijuana industry. More>>

Asian shares retreat as China, US begin trade negotiations

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The Environmental Protection Agency says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants, amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists. More>>

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Ivanka Trump, on Capitol Hill, discusses paid family leave

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Bill to create separate Russian internet gets first approval

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Ex-Vatican prelate convicted of corruption in smuggling case

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French journalists suspended over alleged cyberbullying

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Several French journalists have been suspended for allegedly coordinating online harassment through a private Facebook group. More>>

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