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Emoluments suit vs. Trump now personal as well as official

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AGs of Maryland, DC expand emoluments lawsuit against Trump, suing him not only as president but in his personal capacity as a businessman. More>>

AP-NORC Poll: Worries about the country, hopes for economy

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Most Americans say things are bad in the U.S., but feel better about the economy. More>>

Latest Mueller indictment spells trouble for bankers, too

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Recently filed federal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman could also pose legal and regulatory risks for the banks that loaned him millions. More>>

Emoluments suit vs. Trump now personal as well as official

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AGs of Maryland, DC expand emoluments lawsuit against Trump, suing him not only as president but in his personal capacity as a businessman. More>>

American Krupp, Canadian Macek fully committed to Germany

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American-born Bjorn Krupp and Canadian-born Brooks Macek don't feel at all conflicted about playing for Germany at the Olympics. More>>

European Central Bank says Latvia's ABLV failing, to wind up

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The European Central Bank says it has determined that Latvia's crisis-struck ABLV Bank is failing or likely to fail, and says the bank _ along with a branch in Luxembourg _ will be wound up under its home country's law. More>>

Broad rally helps stocks end a choppy week slightly higher

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP are leading technology companies higher and banks are also rising as US indexes climb in early trading. More>>

How the AP-NORC poll on America's mood was conducted

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The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on America's outlook about the country was conducted by NORC from Feb. 15-19. More>>

More companies end ties with NRA as pressure mounts

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Investment firm Blackrock wants to know how gun makers will respond to school massacre in Parkland, Florida, and elsewhere. More>>

US asks judge to approve seizure of Pharma Bro's assets

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'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli is due back in court for a hearing about whether he should forfeit millions of dollars in assets including a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album as part of his conviction in a securities fraud scheme. More>>

Fed expects economic gains to prompt gradual rate hikes

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Federal Reserve expects economic strength to lead to further gradual Fed rate hikes this year. More>>

Trump Jr. 'loves' Indian media covering his business visit

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Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of the U.S. president, will be pushing another ethics boundary on his whirlwind trip to India when he makes a foreign policy speech. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Toughest ever sanctions on NKorea? Not likely

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump administration overstates the severity of new sanctions on North Korea. More>>

General Mills gets pet-friendly again by buying Blue Buffalo

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General Mills is buying Blue Buffalo Pet Products in a transaction valued at about $8 billion. More>>

China prosecuting tycoon who considered Kushner investment

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China prosecutes insurance tycoon who mulled investment in Manhattan skyscraper owned by Kushner family. More>>

EU leaders can't agree yet on post-Brexit budget

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The leaders of European Union nations _ minus Britain's prime minister _ meet to begin what are expected to be acrimonious talks on how the bloc will cope with a multibillion-euro hole in its budget caused by Brexit. More>>

US tightens sanctions on North Korean shipping

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The Trump administration is hitting 56 vessels, shipping companies, and trade businesses with sanctions in the latest bid to turn up the pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program, according to a senior administration official. More>>

EU official says UK seems delusional over post-Brexit ties

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A top European Union official says Britain's view on its future ties with the EU after Brexit appears to be 'based on pure illusion'. More>>

Dropbox seeking to raise $500 million in stock market debut

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Online document storage service Dropbox is opening its files in an initial public offering of stock. More>>

Money-laundering watchdog: Close North Korean banks

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The watchdog that monitors global and illicit misuse of funds has cited North Korea as a top source of "ongoing and substantial" money laundering and terrorist financing and urged countries to close North Korean banks. More>>

White nationalist is latest to sue over social media ban

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A prominent white nationalist is suing Twitter for banning his account as the social network cracks down on content it deems abusive. More>>

Broadcom is adjusting its buyout offer for Qualcomm

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Broadcom is adjusting its buyout offer for Qualcomm, a day after the chipmaker boosted its takeover bid for NXP Semiconductors. More>>

Google's digital assistant branches out to Nest camera

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Google's voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest's deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify privacy concerns. More>>

Less is more: Why the Olympics broadcast beats online

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Less is more: Why the Olympics broadcast beats online. More>>

Airbnb unveils new category of rentals rated by inspectors

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Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate a new category of properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they're booking nice places to stay. More>>

Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

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Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they're done shopping. More>>

Walmart to launch new online home shopping experience

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Bohemian or traditional? Walmart is launching a new online home shopping experience that will let shoppers discover items based on their style. More>>

Russian indicted by US seen as doing favors for Putin

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The journey of Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin has led from prison to wealthy entrepreneur. More>>

Retiree wins sweepstakes, plans to get her kicks on Route 66

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Pennsylvania retiree wins $1 million upfront, $5,000 a week for the rest of her life through Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes; she and husband hope to fulfill their dream of traveling US Route 66 from Chicago to California. More>>

It's OK to use nasal spray flu vaccine again, US panel says

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Federal panel says it's OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again. More>>

Dutch prosecutors reject calls for criminal tobacco case

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Dutch prosecutors are set to announce if they will open a criminal investigation into four major tobacco companies on charges including attempted murder or manslaughter. More>>

Leading liberal policy group unveils 'coverage for all' plan

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New plan from liberal policy group calls for 'Medicare Extra' to guarantee coverage for all, but keeps role for employers and private insurance. More>>

Greek parliament to probe 10 politicians over pharma scandal

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In a heated debate set to last 13 hours, Greek lawmakers were to decide on whether to launch an investigation into 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal. More>>

US panel recommends new adult vaccine against hepatitis B

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Federal advisory panel recommends new vaccine against hepatitis B for adults. More>>

AP-NORC Poll: People feel better about economy, not country

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Most Americans say things are bad in the U.S., but feel good about the economy. More>>

Second judge says Trump can't keep stalling clean-air rules

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A second federal judge has rejected the Trump administration's efforts to delay an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. More>>

Correction: Fishing's Footprint story

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A new global study gives the first comprehensive snapshot of how extensive industrial fishing is. More>>

Groups want details on Trump's approval of Keystone pipeline

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Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada are asking a judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails and other documents related to President Donald Trump's approval of the project. More>>

Bank halts NRA credit card, car rental firm ends discount

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Car rental company Enterprise says it is ending a discount program for National Rifle Association members. More>>

The Latest: Australia says he's inspired by US tax cuts

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President Donald Trump says "a lot of good things" will come from Friday's meetings with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. More>>

Gothamist news sites brought back to life by public radio

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A local news website in New York abruptly shut down late last year after reporters unionized has a new life thanks to public radio. More>>

EU warns Turkey after its warships force gas rig to halt

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The European Union warned Turkey on Friday to rein in its navy after Turkish warships threatened and blocked an Italian rig from reaching a site southeast of Cyprus where it was to drill for natural gas. More>>

Volkswagen says earnings up more than 50 percent in 2017

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Automaker Volkswagen AG says its net profit increased by more than half last year, while revenue climbed more than 6 percent. More>>

Brexit is already causing a drop in EU migration to UK

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Brexit is a little more than a year away but there is mounting evidence it's already having a major impact on the number of European citizens looking to live and work in Britain. More>>

APNewsBreak: NY touts economic boom with South African photo

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APNewsBreak: New York economic development agency issues report illustrating state's booming growth with 8-year-old photo of construction cranes in South Africa. More>>

Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors demand support

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Some 135 anti-corruption prosecutors have called on the country's top judicial body to defend their reputations, saying the independence of the justice system is at stake. More>>

Ford names Lincoln chief to replace ousted N. American head

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Ford Motor Co. has appointed the head of the Lincoln brand to replace the president for North America who was ousted Wednesday over allegations of inappropriate behavior. More>>

Italian campaign promises gloss over grim economic realities

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Italian economic pickup belies weaknesses in real economy, few of which are being addressed directly as politicians stump for March 4 national elections. More>>

Stocks mixed as Wall Street seen edging higher

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Asian stocks have risen after Wall Street rebounded from a two-day losing streak and Japanese inflation edged up. More>>

BMW looking at Chinese-made electric MINI

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BMW says it is talking with a Chinese automaker about a possible partnership to produce electric versions of its MINI cars for the world's biggest auto market. More>>

NPR adopts new measures after sex harassment investigation

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National Public Radio's board of directors has adopted a series of measures to improve its workplace culture, following an independent investigation into sex harassment issues stemming from the ouster of a top executive. More>>

Why millennials should care about Medicare right now

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Millennials could feel impact of potential Medicare cuts before they hit their 60s. More>>

How to buy a house that hasn't been built yet

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Facing a shortage of homes to buy, a growing number of prospective homebuyers are looking to build. More>>

BMW plans to build battery electric Minis in China

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German automaker BMW says it's in talks to build battery electric models of its Mini cars in China, which would be the first time the iconic cars have been made outside Europe. More>>

UK taxpayer-owned RBS reports first profit in a decade

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Taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland has reported its first profit in a decade but warned that 2018 results may be hit by a pending settlement with U.S. officials. More>>

Building starts on Afghan leg of Turkmenistan gas pipeline

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Construction has begun on the Afghanistan stretch of an ambitious pipeline that is to carry natural gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. More>>

Girl injured by dog during boarding for Southwest flight

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Southwest Airlines says a child was hurt by a support dog on jet in Phoenix while passengers were boarding. More>>

China prosecuting tycoon who considered Kushner investment

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China insurance regulator takes control of Anbang, owner of Waldorf Astoria. More>>

Glitches or not, Nissan starts testing semi-autonomous rides

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Nissan Motor Co. is starting tests next month on regular roads of its "Easy Ride," what it calls a "robo-vehicle mobility service.". More>>

Glitches or not, Nissan starts testing semi-autonomous rides

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Nissan Motor Co. is starting tests next month on regular roads of its "Easy Ride," what it calls a "robo-vehicle mobility service.". More>>

States to forego most of $650M legal settlement with Takata

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States settle Takata legal claims for $650 million but agree not to collect most of it so victims get more money. More>>

Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

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Quid pro Trump? Special interests are holding meetings at properties owned by President Trump, putting money in his pockets as they seek to influence his administration. More>>

Asian stocks advance after Wall Street rebounds

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Technology companies and banks are helping to drive U.S. stocks broadly higher in early trading. More>>

Judge: Ads can run in Uber, Lyft vehicles in New York City

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A federal judge has given the green light to a Minnesota company that wants to put advertising in ride-hailing vehicles in New York City. More>>

Perdue to food box critics: Give the idea a chance

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is defending a proposal that would cut food stamp benefits in half and replace them with a box of shelf-stable goods delivered to recipients' doorstep. More>>

Top Greek court backs key bailout-linked development project

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Greece's supreme court has approved a large private urban development project on the prime seaside site of the old Athens airport, which is a key element of the country's bailout program. More>>

Foreign leaders seek fresh ties with US governors, mayors

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Foreign leaders are looking to cultivate stronger ties with US governors and mayors, an interest that will be on display at this weekend's meeting of governors. More>>

Latvian scandal exposes weakness in European oversight

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The European Central Bank says it does not have the power to investigate money laundering in individual nations, a hint that it is up to member state Latvia to clear up its corruption scandal. More>>

Woman who scammed Victoria's Secret online gets probation

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Woman who stole about $30,000 from Victoria's Secret through online scam avoids prison term, gets probation; she placed orders and lied about merchandise being lost, stolen or missing. More>>

German court defers ruling on banning diesel cars in cities

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A German court is considering whether cities should ban diesel cars to lower air pollution, a move that could have drastic consequences for the country's auto industry. More>>

Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of vast US lands

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A year of turmoil at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of staff members re-assigned, key positions go unfilled, rules governing industry shelved and a mass resignation from a National Park system advisory board. More>>

The Brexit effect: UK economy grows at 5-year low in 2017

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Official figures show that the British economy did not grow as strongly as initially anticipated in the final quarter of 2017. More>>

Eni executive: drilling off Cyprus could be put on hold

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Turkey's energy minister says his country won't allow the Cyprus government to carry out a 'unilateral' search for gas off Cyprus. More>>

Fed officials: Stronger economy boosts chance for rate hikes

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Fed officials in January felt rising growth prospects boosted chances for more rate hikes. More>>

European Central Bank hints at revising stimulus outlook

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The minutes to the last policy meeting of the European Central Bank are showing that policymakers could tweak the language accompanying the bank's stimulus program as soon as March. More>>

China probing possible violation of UN sanctions on N. Korea

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China says it is "highly concerned" about a reported ship-to-ship transfer on the high seas that could violate U.N. sanctions on North Korea. More>>

Worries about US rate hikes return to stalk markets

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Asian stock indexes track Wall Street decline as Fed report rekindles fears of inflation, rising bond yields. More>>

Ford ousts top exec over 'inappropriate behavior'

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Ford has ousted one of its top executives over allegations of unspecified inappropriate behavior. More>>

Angry Air France staff hit with pepper spray at pay protest

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Hundreds of angry Air France staff are demonstrating at the French airlines headquarters in northern Paris during a strike pay that has grounded flights. More>>

Snowboarders White, Kim boost NBC to weekly ratings win

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The aerial wizardry of snowboarders Shaun White and Chloe Kim lift the Winter Olympics and NBC to a weekly ratings victory. More>>

White House says US could reach 3 percent growth rate

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The White House says the U.S. could achieve annual growth rates of 3 percent through the next decade if President Donald Trump's policies on regulations and infrastructure are enacted. More>>

German business confidence drops amid global, local concerns

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German business confidence dropped strongly in February with a closely-watched survey showing companies particularly less satisfied with their current situation. More>>

Judge orders gov't review of Keystone pipeline documents

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A judge has told federal officials to go back and review documents related to the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline after environmentalists accused the government of withholding details on the project's approval. More>>

Trump Jr: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

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Donald Trump Jr. says any talk that his family is profiting from his father's presidency is "nonsense" as he kicked off a highly publicized visit to India to promote real estate deals that bear his family's name. More>>

To get a ride, Uber says take a walk

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Uber is rolling out a service called 'Express Pool,' which links riders in the same area who want to travel to similar destinations. More>>

Trump plan: Less health insurance for lower premiums

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Trump administration backs less-comprehensive, lower cost health plans in proposed rules. More>>

Asian stocks lower after Fed report renews bond yield fears

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U.S. stocks are moving higher in early trading, recouping some of the market's losses from a day earlier. More>>

Foes blast Trump on offshore drilling; industry pushes back

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Environmental activists, business groups and a retired U.S. Navy admiral have lambasted the Trump Administration's offshore drilling plan in Virginia. More>>

Will and Jaden Smith create eco-friendly water company: Just

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Will Smith and his 19-year-old son, Jaden, are announcing their latest collaboration, but it has nothing to do with music or movies. They've created an eco-friendly bottled water company. More>>

Sales of US homes fall year over year by most in 3½ years

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US home sales fall 3.2 percent in January, post biggest annual decline in 3 years. More>>

Supreme Court: Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection is narrow

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The Supreme Court says whistleblower protections passed by Congress after the 2008 financial crisis only apply to people who report problems to the government, not more broadly. More>>

Correction: Peanut Allergy Treatment story

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The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. More>>

Jobs, training, free tickets: Casino woos minority community

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Hard Rock making massive effort to engage Atlantic City's largely minority community when it opens this summer. More>>

Australian leader off to US for talks with Trump, governors

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads for the United States accompanied by the largest Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the U.S. More>>

Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard

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Officials in Venezuela say going to the open market with the oil-rich country's own version of the bitcoin. More>>

Bank of England's Carney predicts UK living standards boost

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Official figures are showing that wages in Britain are on the up but are still lagging price rises, meaning that household incomes remain stretched as the country enters a crucial stage in Brexit discussions. More>>

Investors are winners as companies lay out tax-saving plans

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The tax overhaul was sold by its backers as a way to help American workers, but a flurry of recent corporate announcements suggest the lion's share of tax savings will go to investors. More>>

Latvian official misses ECB meeting as investigation deepens

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The Latvian official on the European Central Bank's top policymaking council will miss a scheduled meeting Wednesday amid an investigation into reported corruption. More>>

World markets mixed as investors eye Fed minutes

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Shares gain in Asia, supported by rosy manufacturing data from Japan. More>>

Eurozone economy cools amid stock market turmoil

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A closely monitored economic survey of the 19-country eurozone has found business activity cooling slightly in February but still remaining near decade highs. More>>

Can Brexit be stopped? Pro-EU campaigns try to turn the tide

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Britain is due to leave the European Union in just over a year. More>>

Walmart's bruising battle with Amazon saps its 4Q results

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Walmart misses 4Q profit expectations, tops revenue forecasts. More>>

South Africa's FM under scrutiny ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

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South Africa's finance minister under scrutiny ahead of new president's Cabinet reshuffle. More>>

The Latest: 13 Russians accused of plot to disrupt election

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Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein says the goal of 13 Russians and three Russian entities charged Friday was "spreading distrust" of 2016 candidates and the political system. More>>

Grocer Albertsons eyes Rite Aid deal in health care push

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The privately held owner of Safeway, Vons and other grocery brands is plunging deeper into the pharmacy business with a deal to buy Rite Aid, the nation's third-largest drugstore chain. More>>

Budget carrier flydubai sees profits and revenue increase

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Budget carrier flydubai says its earnings and profits have increased from the year before, with revenue reaching 5.5 billion dirhams ($1.5 billion) and profits at 37.3 million dirhams ($10 million) last year. More>>

MGM misses 4Q profit forecasts, shows effects of shooting

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MGM Resorts 4Q profit misses analysts' expectations, tops revenue forecasts. More>>

Latvian ECB official won't resign, rejects bribes report

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The head of Latvia's central bank says he will not resign following an investigating into suspected bribery and an Associated Press report on allegations that he sought bribes from a local bank. More>>

Air France says long-haul flights impacted by strike action

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Air France says that half of its long-haul flights departing from Paris will be cancelled for 24 hours during a strike over pay. More>>

EU anti-trust watchdog imposes big cartel fines

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The EU's anti-trust watchdog is sounding the warning to business cartels by announcing fines totaling more than half a billion euros ($600 million) in three anti-trust cases. More>>

Asian retailer Lotte accepts resignation from jailed co-CEO

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Asian retail giant Lotte accepts resignation from jailed co-CEO. More>>

New Wynn Resorts CEO denies knowing of claims against mogul

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The new CEO of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts says he was not aware of any of the sexual misconduct accusations against casino mogul Steve Wynn before they surfaced in a news report last month. More>>

3M to pay $850 million to settle suit over chemical disposal

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The state of Minnesota is heading to trial in an effort to force manufacturer 3M Co. to pay $5 billion to clean up environmental damage caused by pollution. More>>

Toy makers turn to the toilet for poop-inspired toys

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Toy makers have gone to the toilet for their latest creations. More>>

Asian shares gain on rosy Japan data, bucking Wall St losses

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U.S. stocks are mostly lower in early trading as the market reopens after a long holiday weekend. More>>

Luxury property ad blitz heralds Trump son's visit to India Video included

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The eldest son of President Donald Trump has arrived in India to help sell luxury apartments and lavish attention on Indians who have bought units in Trump-branded developments. More>>

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

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Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism. More>>

Hundreds of KFC outlets in UK closed amid chicken shortage

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Chicken is still as scarce as hen's teeth at KFC's British outlets. More>>

Democrats on House panel urge Equifax to extend protections

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Democratic lawmakers on a House investigative panel are asking Equifax Inc., to provide its free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for at least three years. More>>

Underpaid Venezuelans skipping out on work to make ends meet

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Absenteeism among workers is rampant in Venezuela as the oil-rich nation sinks deeper into economic and political crisis. More>>

India arrests 11 suspects in $1.8 billion bank fraud case

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India arrests 6 suspects in $1.8 billion bank fraud case. More>>

Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about $43.22B

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Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to $127.50 per share. More>>

Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

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Critics wary as Google's Chrome preps an ad-blocking crackdown. More>>

Picasso, Monet works up for auction in Rockefeller art trove

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An art collection amassed by billionaire David Rockefeller could raise more than $500 million for charity when it is auctioned this spring. More>>

Global shares mixed after US break, investors eye Fed notes

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Asian shares mostly lower after U.S. holiday, attention turns to minutes from U.S. Federal Reserve meeting. More>>

Report: EU would squeeze US juice, whiskey in trade spat

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A German newspaper reports that the European Union is drawing up a list of U.S. products to target _ including orange juice and Kentucky bourbon _ if Washington goes ahead with proposals to restrict imports of aluminum and steel. More>>

Egyptian officials say resumption of Russian flights delayed

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Cairo airport officials say planned resumption of Russian flights to Egypt delayed till April. More>>

Home Depot 4Q profit rides strong home improvement market

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Home Depot tops 4Q net income and revenue expectations. More>>

Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse

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The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against influenza. More>>

Greece: Markets shrug off delay in rescue loan payout

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Investors in Greece have shrugged off a delay in the payout of a rescue loan installment. More>>

Road warrior David Davis says UK won't have 'Mad Max' Brexit

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Britain's top Brexit official says his country wants to lead a "race to the top" in global standards, in a speech aimed at allaying European fears of a deregulated, laissez-faire U.K. economy. More>>

HSBC annual profit rises as Asian growth drives earnings

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HSBC says its annual pretax profits rose by 11 percent on strong earnings from Asia, in the latest sign that the London-based global bank's restructuring to focus even more on the region is reaping further dividends. More>>

Brain drain leaves Balkan nations on more uneven footing

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Rampant unemployment, low wages and corruption are driving thousands of educated young adults to abandon Europe's Balkan nations. More>>

APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

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APNewsBreak: CEO says Michigan-based Consumers Energy will stop using coal to generate electricity by 2040. More>>

Latvia starts criminal probe of its central bank chief

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ECB orders Latvia's crisis-struck ABLV Bank to halt all payments, Bank of Latvia issues EUR97.5 million emergency loan. More>>

McDonald's moves cheeseburgers off Happy Meal menu

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McDonald's is banishing cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from its Happy Meal menu. More>>

Asian shares mostly lower after US holiday, await Fed notes

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Asian markets are higher following Wall Street gains last week, as market jitters showed signs of easing. More>>

New CEO denies prior knowledge of sex claims against founder

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The new CEO of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts says he was not aware of any of the sexual misconduct accusations against casino mogul Steve Wynn before they surfaced in a news report last month. More>>

Israeli gas company announces $15B export deal with Egypt

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Israeli energy company Delek Drilling has announced a $15 billion deal to supply natural gas to Egypt. More>>

Minnesota's $5B case over 3M chemicals heads to trial

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Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage. More>>

Report: California pot growers lagging in getting licenses

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A report from a marijuana industry group says less than 1 percent of California's known pot growers have been licensed nearly two months after the drug became legal. More>>

Spanish finance minister backed for leading ECB job

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Ireland is withdrawing its candidate for European Central Bank vice president, making it almost certain that Spain's finance minister will get the job. More>>

The Latest: Latvian central bank chief is released on bail

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Latvian state TV say that the country's central bank chief has been released from detention on bail pending an investigation into suspected bribery. More>>

'Black Panther' blows away box office with $192M weekend

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Already a much-celebrated pop culture milestone, "Black Panther" is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too. More>>

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

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Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. More>>

Cities pitching diversity in efforts to lure businesses

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Some cities wanting to lure new companies to town are including the diversity of the people who live and work there in pitches. More>>

Greening Mardi Gras: Recycling effort targets parade trash

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Mardi Gras produces a huge amount of garbage in addition to days of fun and parties. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump lashes out on Russia probe

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump denies absolving Russia of election meddling despite his trail of doubts about Moscow's involvement. More>>

Japan logs trade deficit in January, as imports jump 8 pct

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Japan reports trade deficit in January, first in eight months, despite a 12 percent jump in exports. More>>

Latvian member of European Central Bank detained in probe

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Latvia's state broadcaster says national anti-corruption agency raided office and property of the head of the country's central bank. More>>

Belgian court orders Facebook to stop collecting data

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Belgian media say a Brussels court has ordered Facebook to stop collecting data about citizens in the country or face fines for every day it fails to comply. More>>

Offshore drilling foes, denied microphone, hold rallies

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Opponents of President Donald Trump's plan to open most of the nation's coastline to oil and natural gas drilling have held boisterous rallies before public meetings held by the federal government on the topic. More>>

Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

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Indictment shows how Facebook and Twitter got seriously played by Russian agents. More>>

Dozens of Dutch budget carrier's flights canceled, delayed

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Dozens of flights by Dutch budget carrier Transavia have been canceled or delayed because of a strike by pilots angry at the lack of progress in months of negotiations toward a new collective labor agreement. More>>

Even as markets shook, many investors held steady

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This month's sell-off for stocks marked the first big test of investors' mettle in years. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on collapse of immigration effort

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump cuts protections for young immigrants months ago, then blames Democrats for abandoning them. More>>

Jeep in hot water over ad with SUV romping in wild waters

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The head of one of the nation's largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler Super Bowl ads "glorified" the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill seekers. More>>

UK prime minister seeks post-Brexit EU security alliance

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is calling on her country's European Union partners not to let "rigid institutional restrictions" get in the way of a wide-ranging post-Brexit security partnership. More>>

Amazon to pay $1.2 million in illegal pesticide settlement

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The Environmental Protection Agency says it has reached a $1.2 million settlement with Amazon over the sale of illegal pesticides. More>>

Food box idea draws criticism from Democrats, advocates

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The Trump administration considers replacing food stamps with pre-assembled boxes of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods. More>>

Job center for Syrians opens in Jordan refugee camp

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A job center has opened in Jordan's second largest camp for Syrian refugees, the latest sign of a EU-backed policy shift meant to improve life for Syrians in regional host countries. More>>

Film showcases historically black colleges and universities

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Documentary delves into historically black colleges and universities, shows they have been about more than learning what's in books and have been driving forces for African-American economic and political advancement. More>>

Head of Latvian Central Bank is detained for questioning

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The prime minister of Latvia says that the country's top central banker has been detained following questions from the national anti-corruption agency. More>>

Budget undercuts Trump focus on mental health, school safety

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Budget undercuts Trump's call for a focus on mental health and school safety in response to Florida shootings. More>>

'Black Panther' scores mighty $25.2 million Thursday debut

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"Black Panther" is well on its way to a record-making weekend at the North American box office. More>>

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau begins weeklong India visit

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in India on a weeklong visit aimed at enhancing business ties between the two countries. More>>

UK blames Russian military for 'malicious' cyberattack

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Britain says the Russian government was behind a cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe last year. More>>

Houston firm sues ex Venezuelan oil czar Ramirez over bribes

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Venezuela's former oil czar Rafael Ramirez is being sued by a Houston company that alleges he was behind alleged demands for at least $10 million in bribes to sign off on deals to sell its energy assets in the country. More>>

Commerce Dept. backs tariffs on imported aluminum and steel

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Commerce Department recommends sanctions on aluminum and steel imports. More>>

Khodorkovsky plots out a long game: a post-Putin Russia

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Russian oligarch-turned-dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he's not interested in replacing Vladimir Putin as president. More>>

Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

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Indictment shows how Facebook and Twitter got seriously played by Russian agents. More>>

Activists delay rebuild of Hawaii hotel with Elvis ties

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Developers rebuilding a Hawaii hotel with a Hollywood connection were looking forward to the rebirth of the Coco Palms Resort when two men showed up claiming to own the property. More>>

Wynn gets no money in termination deal with casino company

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A termination agreement between embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn and the casino and resorts company bearing his name shows that he won't receive any compensation and can't be involved in any competing gambling business for two years. More>>

Arkansas judge dismisses Monsanto lawsuit on dicamba ban

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An Arkansas judge dismissed a company's challenge of the state's ban on a controversial weed killer that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage. More>>

Apple's new speaker making an unwelcome mark in some homes

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Apple's new speaker is making an unwelcome mark in some homes. More>>

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