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Zimbabwe prepares for swearing-in of new leader Mnangagwa

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Zimbabwe, facing incoming leader, wonders about fate of Mugabe and his wife. More>>

Startup wants to bring back Vioxx for hemophilia joint pain

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A tiny pharmaceutical company is trying to bring back the arthritis pill Vioxx but for patients with a bleeding disorder. More>>

Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay Video included

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U.S. tobacco companies will begin running court-ordered ads on the dangers of smoking. More>>

'Macron effect' fuels Paris bid for post-Brexit business

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U.S. businesses are more eager to invest and hire in France than they have been in years _ but want to see more progress first in President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to reduce labor costs and simplify taxes. More>>

Washington state panel outlines risk of oil-by-rail terminal

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A state panel reviewing a major oil-by-rail terminal proposed on the Columbia River has released its environmental review days ahead of making a recommendation to Washington Gov. More>>

Uber customers torn between scandals and service

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Scandals chase away some customers from Uber, but service keeps others hanging on. More>>

Facebook opens 2nd office combating hate speech in Germany

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Facebook is adding 500 more contractors in Germany to review content posted to the social media site, after a new law came into force targeting online hate speech. More>>

Did you 'like' Russian propaganda? Facebook will clue you in

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Did you 'like' Russian propaganda? Facebook will clue you in ... up to a point. More>>

AT&T suit may herald a new antitrust era - or Trumpian pique

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Epic antitrust fight looms for AT&T's $85B Time Warner deal after Justice Department sues to stop it. More>>

White House: Cohn didn't fake bad reception on Trump call

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The White House is disputing a Democratic senator's claim that top economic adviser Gary Cohn faked bad reception to get President Donald Trump off the phone. More>>

French, Polish leaders start to mend strained ties

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Poland's prime minister took a first, key step Thursday toward mending differences that are weighing on the whole European Union. More>>

The last straw? Uber loyalists tested by string of scandals

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Scandals chase away some customers from Uber, but service keeps others hanging on. More>>

Jobs growth in eurozone at 'highest since dotcom era'

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Eurozone economy heading for strongest quarter since 2011, new survey says. More>>

Trump SoHo to shed 'Trump' amid reports of sagging business

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The Trump Organization is ending its licensing deal with the Trump SoHo hotel amid reports that the property has struggled to attract business. More>>

China stock slump weighs on global markets

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Shanghai stocks fall sharply while other Asian stock markets are largely flat after the Fed minutes showed most officials were comfortable raising interest rates soon. More>>

Fed minutes show general support for 3rd rate hike this year

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Fed officials likely to boost key rate soon, though some remain concerned about inflation. More>>

EU officials say UK Brexit stance chaotic in leaked document

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A leaked Irish government document says European officials see Britain's performance in Brexit negotiations as confused and chaotic. More>>

Trappers ask court to throw out lawsuit over US fur exports

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Fur trappers are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from wildlife advocates who want to block the export of bobcat pelts from the United States. More>>

Sports betting case could pay off for internet gambling

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Internet gambling is legal in only three states, but it soon could get a big boost from an unlikely source: The U.S. Supreme Court. More>>

Bread made of insects to be sold in Finnish supermarkets

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One of Finland's largest food companies is selling what it claims to be a first: insect bread. More>>

Meg Whitman stepping down as HP Enterprise CEO

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Meg Whitman is stepping down as the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. More>>

US durable goods orders fell 1.2 percent in October

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US durable goods orders drop 1.2 percent in October, pulled down by volatile aircraft sector. More>>

UN: Closing energy gap would help poorest countries develop

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A United Nations report says the world's least developed countries need access to electricity if they are to break out of poverty. More>>

Zimbabwe's incoming leader returns home to cheers

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Zimbabwe poised to swear in new president, Mnangagwa, after Mugabe's stunning resignation. More>>

Asian stocks flat as Fed minutes show support for rate hike

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Energy companies are rising on reports OPEC might extend its oil production cuts, but other US stocks are little changed ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. More>>

Commission alerted to review allegations against TripAdvisor

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The Federal Trade Commission could take action against TripAdvisor after the Massachusetts-based travel company was accused of deleting hotel reviews that contained allegations of rape and other crimes. More>>

Austria: Bitcoins stolen over public wireless network

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Austrian police say cyber thieves transferred bitcoins worth more than 100,000 euros ($117,000) from a man's account while he was logged in on a restaurant's public wireless network. More>>

Climate activist convicted after pipeline protest in Montana

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An activist who was trying to call attention to climate change has been found guilty of criminal charges for closing a valve on a pipeline carrying crude oil from Canada to the United States. More>>

Suspects in Venezuelan corruption probe hold US passports

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High-ranking officials that Venezuelan authorities arrested amid an anti-corruption sweep of its Houston-based subsidiary carry U.S. passports. More>>

The Latest: States investigate Uber over massive data breach

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Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers. More>>

Uber reveals cover-up of hack affecting 57M riders, drivers

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Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers. More>>

Judge: Lawsuit challenging Keystone pipeline can continue

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A federal judge has dismissed a bid by the Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. More>>

Uber reveals cover-up of hack affecting 57M riders, drivers

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Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers. More>>

Airline defendants to pay $95 million in 9/11 settlement

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Insurers for aviation defendants including American Airlines and United Airlines have agreed to pay $95 million to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks. More>>

FCC chairman sets out to scrap open internet access rules

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is following through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally. More>>

CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations

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"CBS This Morning" will be without one of its hosts Tuesday after the network suspended Charlie Rose over sexual misconduct allegations leveled against the veteran newsman. More>>

New allegations against Rose emerge from women at CBS News

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Details emerge about further sexual misconduct allegations against Charlie Rose, this time by three women at CBS News. More>>

Facebook apologizes to Mafia boss family after posts removed

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Facebook is apologizing to the family of Italy's Mafia "boss of bosses" for having removed messages of condolences that flowed in after his death last week. More>>

French far-right leader says party's bank shut its accounts

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Marine Le Pen, head of France's far-right National Front, says that the party's long-time bank, Societe Generale, has closed its accounts in what she says amounts to a "banking fatwa" to suffocate it. More>>

UK budget sees economy wilting under Brexit pressure

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Britain's Treasury chief under pressure to ease austerity in budget, but has little room for spending increases as Brexit shock looms. More>>

German Social Democrats under pressure in coalition impasse

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The heads of two influential business lobby group says Germany needs a new government soon, in order to tackle important issues facing the economy. More>>

Rate on 30-year mortgages falls to 3.92 percent

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Mortgage mix: 30-year rate falls to 3.92 percent; 15-year rises to 3.32 percent. More>>

Poland signs deal to buy US liquefied gas over 5 years

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Poland's state-owned gas company says it has signed a five-year deal to buy liquefied natural gas from the U.S. as Europe seeks to cut its dependence on imports from Russia. More>>

Iran-based hacker charged with trying to extort HBO

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U.S. prosecutors say a member of an Iran-based hacking group tried to extort HBO out of $6 million in digital currency by stealing unaired episodes and scripts of hit shows like "Game of Thrones". More>>

Angola's new leader shakes up old order, visits South Africa

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Angola's new leader is making surprising moves to shake himself free of the legacy of one of Africa's longest-serving presidents, and is seeking closer relations with South Africa. More>>

Global stocks advance but trading slows ahead of US holiday

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Asian stock markets have risen after Wall Street hit new highs. More>>

New US sanctions target North Korean, Chinese companies

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The Trump administration has imposed new sanctions on a slew of North Korean shipping firms and Chinese trading companies in its latest push to isolate the rogue nation over its nuclear weapons development and deprive it of revenue. More>>

Applications for US unemployment benefits drop 13,000

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US unemployment benefit claims drop 13,000 to 239,000 last week, sign of strong labor market. More>>

Disney Animation, Pixar chief John Lasseter taking leave

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Pixar co-founder and Walt Disney Animation chief John Lasseter is taking a six-month leave of absence citing "missteps" with employees. More>>

AkzoNobel ends merger talks with Axalta

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Dutch chemicals and paints maker AkzoNobel says it has ended talks on a possible merger of its paints and coatings business with Philadelphia-based Axalta. More>>

Health nominee reaped big earnings from drug industry tenure

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Newly disclosed financial records show that President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services reaped big earnings during his tenure as a top pharmaceutical executive. More>>

Iraq, GE sign $400 million deal for power infrastructure

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Iraq and General Electric sign $400 million deal to develop power infrastructure amid severe electricity shortages. More>>

China criticizes unilateral action after NK sanctions

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China has criticized unilateral sanctions and 'long-arm jurisdiction' by other governments after Washington penalized Chinese companies accused of trading with North Korea. More>>

China's CEFC denies links to alleged Africa bribery plot

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Chinese energy company denies links to alleged bribery scheme in Africa. More>>

Hulu sued for not offering audio service for blind customers

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Advocacy groups have sued Hulu in an effort to force the subscription streaming service to provide an audio track that helps people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy TV shows and movies. More>>

Mugabe leaves legacy of economic ruin, upheaval in Zimbabwe

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From magnanimous liberator to despotic dictator, Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule of Zimbabwe has been one of Africa's most controversial and influential. More>>

Asian stocks rise after Wall Street gain

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US stock indexes are on track for new highs as the market starts with strong gains. More>>

Venezuela arrests Citgo chief in anti-corruption dragnet

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Venezuelan authorities say they have detained the acting president of Citgo, the state-owned oil company's U.S. subsidiary, for alleged corruption. More>>

Marvell Technology buying chip maker Cavium in $6B deal

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Marvell Technology is buying fellow chip maker Cavium in a transaction valued at about $6B. More>>

Yellen says Fed needs to avoid 'boom-bust'cycle in economy

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Yellen says biggest challenge facing the central bank will be to craft an interest rate policy that avoids 'boom-bust' cycle. More>>

US slaps new sanctions on North Korean, Chinese companies

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The Trump administration is due to announce new sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism. More>>

US home sales rose in October as hurricane impact wanes

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US home sales rose last month as hurricane impact rapidly fades; supply falls to record October low. More>>

Tribe's marijuana consultant pays fine, court costs

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Cannabis cultivation expert will see his drug case dismissed after being prosecuted in South Dakota for working with a Native American tribe trying to open the nation's first marijuana resort. More>>

Volvo to supply Uber with thousands of self-driving cars

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Volvo will supply Uber with tens of thousands of self-driving cars to help it become an operator of its own fleet of cars. More>>

Colorado fines Uber $8.9M for nearly 60 problem drivers

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Colorado regulators have issued an $8.9 million fine against Uber's parent company for allowing employees with serious criminal or motor vehicle offenses to work for the company. More>>

Ivanka Trump to promote female entrepreneurship in India

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White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump will be promoting female entrepreneurship at a conference in India next week. More>>

Air traffic problem at Schiphol causes delays, cancellations

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Dozens of flights to and from Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport have been delayed or cancelled due to a technical problem with air traffic control systems. More>>

Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook

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Global talks on curbing climate change are wrapping up Friday, with progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. More>>

After death of 8th child, Ikea relaunches dresser recall

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Ikea relaunches recall of 29 million chests and dressers after death of 7th child. More>>

UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots'

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A U.N. panel is moving ahead with efforts to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, but not as quickly as some human rights groups and other opponents think is necessary to keep up with technological advances. More>>

UK budget likely to prepare state finances for Brexit shock

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Britain's Treasury chief is likely to ignore demands that the government ease seven years of austerity when he unveils the budget. More>>

Lowe's gets a hurricane boost, but investors not blown away

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Lowe's posts 3Q profit, results top Wall Street forecasts. More>>

Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

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Negotiators worked through the night on the technical details of the Paris climate accord before two weeks of global talks on climate change finally ended in Bonn. More>>

Justice Dept. sues to stop AT&T's $85B Time Warner deal

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The Justice Department intends to sue AT&T to stop its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner. More>>

The Latest: Startup could bring back Vioxx for hemophilia

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A tiny pharmaceutical company is trying to bring back the arthritis pill Vioxx but for patients with a bleeding disorder. More>>

Air China suspends North Korea flights, deepening isolation

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Chinese airline Air China suspends flights between Beijing and North Korea, adding to the North's isolation amid mounting U.N. sanctions. More>>

Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions Video included

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Tesla looks to enter the trucking business with new electric semi. More>>

Germany bans children's smart watches with listening app

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German regulators have issued a ban on certain types of smartwatches marketed to children, which they say run afoul of the country's surveillance restrictions and have been used, among other things, to listen in on classrooms. More>>

German domestic political woes may have international effect

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The collapse of talks to form a new German government has weakened Chancellor Angela Merkel and left her country, an influential European economic powerhouse, facing months more political instability. More>>

Reports: UK preparing to increase 'Brexit bill' offer

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British media reports say the U.K. is planning to offer more money to settle its "Brexit bill" with the European Union _ but only if the EU agrees to start discussing a future free-trade deal. More>>

European markets brush off worries over German uncertainty

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Shares are higher in Asia after Wall Street regained lost ground overnight in quiet trading ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. More>>

VW to spend $40B on electric cars, technology through 2022

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Volkswagen says it plans to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years on developing electric cars, autonomous driving and other new technologies. More>>

Phone companies get new tools to block spam calls

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Tens of millions of "robocalls" pester Americans every day. But some tools can help. More>>

CBS suspends Rose, PBS halts his show following allegations

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CBS suspends morning show host Charlie Rose, PBS halts his interview show after eight women accuse the veteran newsman of inappropriate behavior. More>>

EU slaps sanctions on top official in Ukraine's Sevastopol

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The EU has slapped an asset freeze and travel ban on the top official in the city of Sevastopol, which Russia annexed along with Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014. More>>

Yellen to step down from Federal Reserve board

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Janet Yellen announces she will leave Federal Reserve board after Powell becomes chairman. More>>

Trump promises Americans 'huge tax cut' for Christmas

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President Donald Trump's budget director says the White House is willing to remove a health-care provision currently in the Senate tax-cut bill. More>>

Nebraska gives long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline new life

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A Nebraska regulator is set to decide whether to approve the proposed route of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline through the state. More>>

US hits Iran firms with sanctions for counterfeit Yemen cash

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The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on six Iranian men and companies for counterfeiting Yemeni currency as a part of a scheme by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to destabilize the country. More>>

Trump charity stepped up 2016 giving amid campaign scrutiny

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President Donald Trump sharply increased money given away through his foundation last year as the charity drew scrutiny during the campaign. More>>

2 men accused of offering bribes to Uganda, Chad officials

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2 representatives of Chinese energy conglomerate are charged in New York with offering millions of dollars in bribes to the president of Chad and the Ugandan foreign minister to generate business. More>>

Germany faces uncertainty after coalition talks break down

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to meet with the country's president after talks on forming a new government collapsed in the night, raising the possibility of new elections. More>>

China's deep ties to Zimbabwe could grow after Mugabe era Video included

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As political uncertainty grips Zimbabwe over the fate of longtime leader Robert Mugabe, the crisis has highlighted the strong ties between the African country and China. More>>

After Bonn: where next for the global climate caravan?

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After Bonn: where next for the global climate caravan?. More>>

Asian shares advance as Wall Street regains ground

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Technology companies and retailers are sending US stocks slightly higher in early trading on Wall Street. More>>

Amsterdam, Paris picked to host EU agencies after Brexit

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European Union nations are involved in last-ditch bartering over who should get to host two key agencies which are due to leave Britain in 2019 because of Brexit. More>>

The Latest: Analysts see higher taxes for many _ eventually

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President Donald Trump is promising to give Americans "a huge tax cut for Christmas." Trump said Monday before a Cabinet meeting that a tax overhaul "will bring urgent to relief to hardworking families.". More>>

FCC relaxes limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

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Federal regulators are loosening rules meant to support independent local media. More>>

Tyson Foods: New facility in Tennessee to create 1,500 jobs

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Tyson Foods Inc. says it plans to build a new chicken production complex in Tennessee, a $300 million project that is expected to create more than 1,500 local jobs when the facility being operations in late 2019. More>>

Alternative Keystone XL route gets approved in Nebraska

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Nebraska regulators will decide Monday whether to approve an in-state route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. More>>

Man convicted of killing roommate over stolen beer

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A Pennsylvania man accused of beating his roommate to death over stolen beer has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. More>>

Treasury chief a Bond villain? Mnuchin OK with comparison Video included

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The treasury secretary says he had no idea that a photo of him and his wife posing with a sheet of newly printed money would go viral, and Steven Mnuchin says he's not bothered that some commentators suggested the pair looked like James Bond villains. More>>

Report shows Takata recall still moving slowly

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A new report issued Friday says auto companies have replaced only 57 percent of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators, even though recalls have been under way for more than 15 years. More>>

Europe's top banker expects job gains to give wages a boost

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Europe's top central banker says he expects the improving labor market to eventually push up wages and inflation towards target. More>>

Federal "extreme vetting" plan castigated by tech experts

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Leading researchers castigated a federal plan that would use artificial-intelligence methods to scrutinize immigrants and visa applicants. More>>

Shares of online styling service Stitch Fix has flat debut

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Shares of online clothing service Stitch Fix jump 14 percent in their stock market debut after the company raised $120 million in an initial public offering. More>>

European stocks brush aside German political uncertainty

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Asian shares are mixed in muted trading ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays in the U.S., as gloom carried over from Wall Street's retreat on Friday. More>>

EU takes tough approach to Brexit as talks enter key weeks

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The European Union's top Brexit negotiator says that is up to the United Kingdom to offer solutions on how to settle its border with Ireland and insisted it was not up to the EU to offer compromises. More>>

Liz Weston: When good money advice is bad for you

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One size does not fit all when it comes to financial advice. Good advice for families with robust incomes can backfire for average folks. More>>

California may limit liability of self-driving carmakers

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California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help automakers avoid paying for accidents and other trouble caused by self-driving cars, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners. More>>

Philippines' Duterte offers China 3rd telecom carrier slot

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Spokesman says Philippine president Duterte offers China chance to run a 3rd telecoms carrier in the country. More>>

Trump voices doubt about trophy hunting policy

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Trump insults Arizona senator as 'Flake(y)' and says he thinks Sen. Jeff Flake won't support GOP tax overhaul. More>>

Japan exports climb on surging demand for cars, machinery

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Japan trade surplus falls more than 40 percent in October as costs for imports of oil, gas and coal surge. More>>

Mixed signals sent on fate of tax bill's health provision

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he's been having "very good" discussions with Republican senators who oppose or have concerns about tax-cut bill. More>>

Ex-President Pinera leads Chile vote, but faces runoff

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Former President Sebastian Pinera is widely expected to win Sunday's election backed by Chileans who hope the billionaire businessman can lift the country from an economic slowdown, but he's unlikely to avoid a runoff. More>>

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

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As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been developing plans to merge its health system with the Pentagon's. More>>

Nebraska to announce decision on Keystone XL pipeline

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Nebraska regulators will decide Monday whether to approve or deny an in-state route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. More>>

Asian shares fall in muted trading ahead of Thanksgiving

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Asian shares are lower in muted trading ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays in the U.S. More>>

GOP's Sasse likes tax bill, but won't call it key to 2018

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Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse tells Iowa conservatives that Republican leaders are overstating how much passing tax-cut legislation can protect the party in next year's elections. More>>

Honda recalls 900,000 Odyssey minivans; 2nd row seat may tip

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Honda is recalling about 800,000 of its Odyssey minivans in the United States because the second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched. More>>

Winners and losers under the Senate tax overhaul proposal

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Winners and losers under the Senate tax overhaul proposal. More>>

Retailers rise again, but tech leads other US stocks lower

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US stocks are slightly lower as technology companies return some of the previous day's gain and banks also fall. More>>

US home construction reaches strongest pace in a year

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US construction of new homes climbed 13.7 percent in October; building of apartment complexes surged. More>>

Deduction targeted by GOP used by tax filers in most states

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Residents of high-tax states would be affected most by the GOP's plan to eliminate or reduce the deduction for state and local taxes, but the change also could affect millions of other filers, including some in Republican-led states. More>>

Keystone pipeline leak won't affect last regulatory hurdle

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The Keystone pipeline has leaked 210,000 gallons in rural South Dakota but officials don't believe it has polluted water. More>>

Weinstein's Impact: List of men accused of sexual misconduct

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The Weinstein Effect: A list of men in the entertainment and media industries accused of sexual harassment, abuse, or other misconduct. More>>

Director of Puerto Rico power company resigns amid scrutiny

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The director of Puerto Rico's power company has resigned amid ongoing blackouts and following scrutiny of a contract awarded to Whitefish Energy Holdings Inc. More>>

US health agency to crack down on risky stem cell offerings

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U.S. health authorities say they will crack down on doctors pushing stem cell therapies that pose the gravest risks to patients. More>>

Ukraine detains man wanted for 2004 murder of Forbes editor

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Ukraine's intelligence agency says it has detained a man wanted for the high-profile murder of an American journalist in Russia thirteen years ago. More>>

California's legal pot countdown: What's coming by Jan. 1

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The rules that will govern California's legal marijuana economy next year have been published, giving businesses and consumers a glimpse into the future. More>>

Trump delays new policy on importing elephant parts

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The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee says the Trump administration's decision to allow the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport is the "wrong move at the wrong time.". More>>

AP Exclusive: US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body

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Scientists for the first time have tried gene editing inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease. More>>

FDA OKs new therapy for some hemophilia patients

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U.S. regulators have approved the first new treatment in nearly two decades to prevent internal bleeding in certain patients with hemophilia, an inherited blood-clotting disorder. More>>

EU leaders warn broadening of Brexit talks could be in doubt

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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven is urging Britain to clarify how much it will pay the EU as part of its financial settlement on leaving the bloc. More>>

Ultra-wealthy win in Senate tax bill, other face hikes

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The ultra-wealthy do very well under a major Republican tax bill moving in the Senate, as they do under legislation passed this week by the House. More>>

Defense lawyer calls witness at FIFA bribery trial 'liar'

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An ex-marketing executive from Argentina is due back on the witness stand for a fourth day in the U.S. corruption case against three former South American soccer officials. More>>

Jobless rates fell in 12 US states, hit record lows in 3

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Unemployment rates fell in 11 US states in September, hit record lows in Idaho, Tennessee. More>>

Brexit benefit: Lower pound boosts tourism to Britain

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While much of the British economy is suffering from uncertainty over Brexit, there's one industry that is enjoying a bounce, the tourism sector. More>>

Consumers' market remake if 'Obamacare' mandate repealed

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Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others. More>>

Nicknames, family: 5 Things To Know about the Sicilian Mafia

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The death of Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the long-time "Boss of Bosses" of the Sicilian Mafia, puts the spotlight back on the Cosa Nostra. More>>

Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Europe

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Former Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma has escaped house arrest and fled to Colombia. More>>

Correction: Keystone pipeline leaks 210K gallons of oil

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TransCanada Corp. says its Keystone pipeline has leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. More>>

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear Video included

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Republicans stretch closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. More>>

The Latest: Economic adviser talks tax bill with GOP foe Video included

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President Donald Trump says the Democrats could exert greater sway over the shape of tax overhaul legislation if they weren't focused wholly on defeating it. More>>

Sen. Hatch to Dems saying tax cuts are for rich: 'Bull crap'

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A debate between two senators over whether Republican tax cuts are aimed at helping the rich escalated into raised voices, interruptions and an un-senatorial cry of "bull crap.". More>>

US seeks more action from African nations on North Korea

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Secretary of State Rex Tilllerson is calling on African nations to do more to isolate North Korea, which relies on trade and military relationships on the continent as a source of hard currency. More>>

Catalan rebels to campaign from Belgium amid extradition

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The prime ministers of Spain and Belgium have held talks over their testy bilateral relations as ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four secessionist allies prepare for an extradition court appearance in Brussels. More>>

UK agency investigates mid-air collision with casualties

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Air safety authorities in Britain say a helicopter and an aircraft have been involved in a mid-air collision northwest of London. More>>

Saudi-led forces "extract" 2 French journalists from Yemen

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France's foreign ministry said the Saudi-led coalition "extracted" two female French journalists from war-torn Yemen on Thursday. More>>

US probes effectiveness of VW air bag wiring recall

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U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a Volkswagen recall may not fix a wiring problem that can stop the front driver's air bag from inflating in a crash. More>>

Germany to press Kuwait after Israeli barred from flight

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Germany's foreign ministry says it will press Kuwait about a law that prevented its national airline from transporting an Israeli citizen on a flight originating in Frankfurt. More>>

NPR changes leadership as harassment issues linger

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National Public Radio elected new leadership for its board of directors, two weeks after its top news executive was ousted in a sex harassment scandal. More>>

Comcast talking to Fox about a deal, source says

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Comcast is talking to Fox about buying similar parts of the company that Disney was reportedly interested in, according to a person familiar with the situation. More>>

Mitsubishi recalls small cars; air bags may not inflate

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Mitsubishi is recalling nearly 84,000 small cars in the U.S. because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. More>>

Rise in teen suicide, social media coincide; is there link? Video included

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A new analysis says a surge in suicide rates and depression among U.S. teens may be linked with rising social media use. More>>

Walmart's online bets paying dividends in the age of Amazon

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Walmart tops third-quarter earnings and revenue expectations. More>>

In only 4 days, Taylor Swift sells the most albums of 2017

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In just 4 days, Taylor Swift's new album, 'reputation,' sells more traditional albums than any other release this year. More>>

US says Sudan cutting trade, military ties to North Korea

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The United States says Sudan has agreed to cut all military and trade ties to North Korea. More>>

Envoy says US to keep fighting greenhouse gas emissions

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A Norwegian investment fund that manages assets worth over $80 billion is pulling investments from ten companies over their involvement in the coal sector. More>>

Anti-corruption campaign in Saudi brings hope to businessmen

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Lebanon-based businessmen who lost business in Saudi Arabia watching anti-corruption campaign targeting officials and princes in the oil-rich kingdom. More>>

Nissan execs taking pay cuts over bogus vehicle inspections

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Nissan execs to take pay cuts over illegal vehicle inspections at Japan factories. More>>

Germany's Merkel dodges coal deadline at climate talks

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World leaders are arriving at the global climate talks in Germany on Wednesday to give the negotiations a boost going into the final stretch. More>>

World stocks mixed as global market rally loses momentum

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Asian shares mostly higher on healthy earnings, U.S. tax reform progress. More>>

Best Buy 3Q results, outlook disappoint

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Best Buy sees 3Q profit rise, but results and outlook disappoint Wall Street. More>>

Highlights of House, Senate GOP bills to overhaul tax code Video included

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A comparison of Republican-written tax bills passed by House, under consideration in Senate. More>>

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Republicans are muscling their massive tax bill through the House, with GOP leaders exuding confidence they have the votes. But the tax overhaul hit a roadblock Wednesday as Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin became the first GOP senator to say he opposes it. More>>

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Experts say Puerto Rico could face nearly two decades of further economic stagnation and a steep drop in population as a result of Hurricane Maria. More>>

Congress debates oil drilling in largest US wildlife refuge

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A showdown is looming in the nation's capital over whether to open America's largest wildlife refuge to oil drilling. More>>

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U.S. stocks are moving higher in early trading, led by gains in technology companies. More>>

The Latest: African Union backs regional efforts in Zimbabwe

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The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition group wants transitional authority to take over. More>>

Drug firm founder pleads not guilty to opioid bribe scheme

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The founder of a pharmaceutical company charged with leading a conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid pain medication for people who didn't need it is due in court in Massachusetts. More>>

The Latest: Senate panel approves tax overhaul bill

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Trump presses fellow Republicans at Capitol as House nears vote on tax overhaul. More>>

Famed London theater receives 20 allegations against Spacey

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London's Old Vic theater says it has received allegations of "a range of inappropriate behavior" against Kevin Spacey. More>>

German court: Kuwait Airways can refuse Israeli passengers

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A German court has ruled that Kuwait's national airline didn't have to transport an Israeli citizen because the carrier would face legal repercussions at home if it did. More>>

Venezuela, state oil firm default on billions worth of bonds

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The Venezuelan government and its state-owned oil company PDVSA have officially fallen into default on billions of dollars' worth of bonds, the latest chapter of the country's deep financial collapse. More>>

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