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Kremlin critic, facing new charge, sounds alarm on Interpol

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Russian prosecutors have announced a new criminal case against Kremlin critic Bill Browder and said he might be behind the death of his former employee in a Russian prison. More>>

Bloomberg donates 'unprecedented' $1.8B to Johns Hopkins

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Former New York City Mayor and businessman Michael Bloomberg is donating nearly $2 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. More>>

The Latest: Renault board to meet after Ghosn arrest

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Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn to be dismissed for underreporting income. More>>

Volatile stock market spooking some older workers, retirees

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Recent turbulence in the U.S. stock markets is spooking some older workers and retirees, a group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis. More>>

Acrimonious Pacific summit underscores China-US tensions

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Pacific Rim leaders failed to reach agreement on a joint declaration on world trade for the first time in nearly three decades, highlighting the growing tensions between China and the United States. More>>

Nissan chairman arrested in probe of financial misconduct

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Japanese media: Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor Co. chairman, questioned by Tokyo prosecutors over suspected false financial reporting. More>>

US stocks take sharp losses as tech, internet companies drop

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US stocks are falling as technology companies including Apple and Nvidia skid. More>>

Airbnb removes listings in Israeli settlements

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Vacation rental company Airbnb says it is removing its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. More>>

Brazil's Petrobras to be led by privatization advocate

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Brazil's president-elect is appointing a pro-market reformer to lead the state oil company Petrobras. More>>

Even small companies may be able to cut Amazon-like deals

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A company doesn't need to be as big as Amazon to get a real estate deal. More>>

'Fantastic Beasts' flies to top of weekend box office

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"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" worked its magic at the weekend box office and opened as the top film. More>>

Take a weight off: Tears, joy as kilo gets historic update

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The so-called "Grand K" kilogram, a cylinder of polished platinum-iridium alloy that has been the world's sole true kilo since 1889, is to be retired. More>>

Climate change protesters block off 5 London bridges

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Hundreds of protesters have turned out in central London and blocked off the capital's main bridges to demand the government take climate change seriously. More>>

Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees

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New York and Washington's clogged streets and creaky subway systems are about to feel more pain as 50,000 more people descend on the two metro areas when Amazon opens its second headquarters there. More>>

Electronic driving systems don't always work, tests show

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Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not stay in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash. More>>

Big tech firms pledge training for workers in Southeast Asia

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Microsoft, Google and other major technology companies have promised to help provide training in digital skills for around 20 million people in Southeast Asia by 2020 to make sure the region's working-age population is a fit for the future job market. More>>

Facebook says it's better at detecting rule violations

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Facebook says it is making progress on deleting hate speech, graphic violence, fake accounts and rooting out other violations of its rules, including detecting them before they are seen by users. More>>

General Electric shuffles management at power unit

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General electric taps new management as it splits key power unit. More>>

Germany, France propose euro budget to bolster currency zone

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A top eurozone finance official says the 19 countries that use the euro currency will push ahead with discussions on a eurozone budget proposed by France and Germany to make the currency union more resistant to crises. More>>

Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores Video included

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First foods made from gene-edited plants getting close to the grocery aisles, a different technology than today's GMOs but will shoppers buy?. More>>

The Latest: Corbyn: Labour party would stop 'no-deal' Brexit

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The head of the biggest group in the European Parliament says there will be no renegotiation of the draft Brexit deal that is drawing widespread criticism in Britain. More>>

Subway workers to stage strike in Romanian capital

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Subway workers in the Romanian capital will go on strike this week after they failed to win agreement on wage demands. More>>

Putin and Erdogan mark key phase in natural gas pipeline

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are in Istanbul to mark the completion of a key phase in a natural gas pipeline. More>>

UK leader warns ousting her won't make Brexit talks easier

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Britain's former Brexit secretary has slammed Prime Minister Theresa May for lacking political will and resolve when dealing with the European Union over Brexit negotiations. More>>

Trade tensions continue to weigh on global markets

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Asian shares are mostly higher after a buying spree on Wall Street kept up investor optimism into a new week, despite continuing worries about trade tensions. More>>

Shareholders support major Australian media merger

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Shareholders have given final approval to the merger of television network Nine Entertainment and newspaper publisher Fairfax Media into an Australian media giant to be known only as Nine. More>>

Japan exports up in October, but not enough to erase deficit

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Japan is reporting a trade deficit in October but is seeing a recovery in exports after getting slammed by natural disasters in September. More>>

Florida sues Walgreens, CVS over opioid sales

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Florida is suing the nation's two largest drugstore chains, alleging they added to the state's opioid crisis. More>>

Jennie-O recalling ground turkey in salmonella outbreak

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Jennie-O-Turkey is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw turkey in an ongoing salmonella outbreak. More>>

The Latest: Germany rescinds approval for Saudi arms sales

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Germany's foreign minister says Berlin has banned 18 Saudi nationals from entering Europe's border-free Schengen zone because they are believed to be connected to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

Whistleblower in Danish banking scandal: Bank ignored me

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The man who blew the whistle on a massive money laundering scheme through the Estonian branch of Denmark's Danske Bank, says the Danish bank "deliberately ignored" the warning he made that dirty money was flowing, some from Russia. More>>

US panel warns against government purchase of Chinese tech

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A congressional advisory panel says the purchase of internet-linked devices manufactured in China leaves the United States vulnerable to security breaches that could put critical infrastructure at risk. More>>

Pence, Xi trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit

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China's president says the world faces a choice of cooperation or confrontation in a speech to a summit of leaders that is divided by tensions stemming from increased U.S. protectionism. More>>

Macron, Merkel seek common approaches to Trump, euro

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French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, both limping in the polls, are looking for common approaches to Donald Trump and fixing the flaws in the euro currency. More>>

Pope decries that 'wealthy few' feast on what belongs to all

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Pope Francis is praying with thousands of poor people in St. Peter's Basilica and decrying that the "few rich" grow even wealthier. More>>

Pacific summit ends with no communique as China, US differ

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A meeting of world leaders in Papua New Guinea highlighted divisions between global powers the U.S. and China and a growing competition for influence in the usually neglected South Pacific. More>>

Clothing retailer J.Crew's chief executive stepping down

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Clothing retailer J.Crew announces departure of company's chief executive. More>>

Activists detained after boarding palm oil tanker off Spain

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Greenpeace says six of its activists boarded a tanker transporting Indonesian palm oil in the Gulf of Cadiz and were detained by its captain. More>>

Turkey warns ExxonMobil against drilling with Greek Cypriots

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Turkey's Foreign Ministry has cautioned an international energy company against cooperating with the government of Cyprus in its search for gas. More>>

The Latest: Macron addresses Germany's parliament

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French President Emmanuel Macron has taken part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Germany's memorial to the victims of war and dictatorship. More>>

Iraq's president meets Saudi king after visiting rival Iran

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In delicate balance, Iraq's President Barham Salih meets with Saudi King Salman day after visit to the kingdom's rival Iran. More>>

1 dead, scores injured in fuel tax protests around France

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French drivers plan to block roads to protest rising fuel taxes and President Emmanuel Macron's policies. More>>

Amazon's would-be NY neighbors: Cynicism, some hope for jobs

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Residents of the housing project near the Queens location where Amazon would make its New York City home have mixed reactions to the global behemoth coming to the neighborhood. More>>

First African-American top network executive exiting ABC

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Channing Dungey The first African-American executive to lead a broadcast network is stepping down. More>>

The Latest: APEC leaders fail to agree on final communique

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Papua New Guinea were unable to agree on a final communique. More>>

The Latest: Labour leader: New EU vote 'not for today'

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Britain's besieged Prime Minister Theresa May is warning that a leadership change wouldn't make Brexit negotiations easier, as opponents in her Conservative Party threaten to unseat her. More>>

Japan's minister of cybersecurity has never used computer

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Japan's minister in charge of cybersecurity is in the spotlight for acknowledging he had never used a computer and making comments showing he had no idea what a USB port might be. More>>

UK leader fights back against critics amid Brexit upheaval

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is fighting back against critics of her Brexit deal, telling her Conservative opponents that their alternative plans for Britain's departure from the European Union wouldn't work. More>>

US industrial production ticks up 0.1 percent in October

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US industrial production grew at slower 0.1 percent pace in October. More>>

UN envoy: Warring parties in Yemen agree to meet in Sweden

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The U.N. envoy for Yemen says the country's internationally recognized government and Houthi Shiite rebels have agreed to attend talks in Sweden aimed at ending their three-year war, which has the Arab world's poorest country on the brink of famine. More>>

Beloved toy store FAO Schwarz makes its comeback

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FAO Schwarz reopens 3 years after Fifth Avenue flagship store closed amid financial problems. More>>

The Latest: US signs up to bring power to Papua New Guinea

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has met with the head of Taiwan's delegation to an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting. More>>

Lawyer who battled Chevron may get chance to defend himself

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A legal referee says a New York attorney who won a landmark oil pollution judgment against Chevron in Ecuador only to have his law license suspended at home should not be disbarred without a chance to defend himself. More>>

CNN's Acosta back at White House after judge's ruling

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A judge is expected to announce whether he will order the Trump administration to return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. More>>

VW wants to storm car market with cheaper electric model

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Automaker Volkswagen says it will invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in developing autonomous and electric cars and expand the appeal of battery-powered cars by selling its upcoming ID compact for about what a diesel-powered Golf costs. More>>

Feds subpoena Snap over shareholder lawsuit

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Snap Inc. has received federal subpoenas related to a class-action lawsuit stemming from its 2017 initial public offering. More>>

California utility shares rise as regulator calms investors

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Shares of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. soared Friday after California's top utility regulator said his agency will help the company deal with potentially crippling liability costs from wildfires. More>>

Iraq resumes Kirkuk oil exports after yearlong pause

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Iraq's Oil Ministry says Iraq has resumed oil exports from its fields around Kirkuk, a year after the city was seized by federal forces from the autonomous Kurdish administration in the north of the country. More>>

The Latest: 1 killed, 47 injured in France gas protests

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French interior ministry officials say that one protester has been killed and 47 injured as demonstrators block roads around France to protest gas price increases. More>>

Allies rally to UK's May amid leadership woes over Brexit Video included

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is appealing directly to voters to back her Brexit plan, as she waits to see whether rivals within her party have gained enough support to launch a leadership challenge. More>>

Amazon ends suspense over HQ by picking New York, DC suburb

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Amazon says it will split its much-anticipated new offices between New York and a suburb of Washington, DC. More>>

Trump says will name EPA's acting chief to post permanently

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President Donald Trump says he will name EPA's acting head, Andrew Wheeler, to the permanent post at the agency. More>>

FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes

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FDA pushes for ban on menthol in cigarettes and tightened rules to prevent sale of flavored e-cigarettes to kids. More>>

Hong Kong economy cools as trade tension mounts

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Hong Kong's economic growth slows as US-Chinese trade tension mounts. More>>

The Latest: CNN's Acosta returns to White House after ruling

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A federal judge in Washington is ordering the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. More>>

Health care, energy companies power US stock market higher

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Wall Street capped a day of volatile trading with a late-afternoon buying spree that sent U.S. stock indexes to a mostly higher finish Friday. More>>

Health care, energy companies power US stock market higher

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U.S. stock indexes are mostly lower in early trading, erasing some of the market's gains from a day earlier. More>>

Amazon's growing pains in Seattle offer lessons to new hosts

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As Amazon turns its attention to setting up new homes in Long Island City, New York and Arlington, Virginia, experts and historians in Seattle say both places can expect a delicate relationship with the world's hottest online retailer. More>>

Buffett's firm invests in JP Morgan Chase, drops Walmart

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Investor Warren Buffett's company picked up nearly 36 million shares of JP Morgan Chase stock in the third quarter and eliminated its stake in Walmart as part of a number of changes in its portfolio. More>>

The Latest: Landmark change to kilogram approved

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The so-called "Grand K" kilogram, a cylinder of polished platinum-iridium alloy that has been the world's sole true kilo since 1889, is to be retired. More>>

The Latest: UK's May fills Brexit-related Cabinet vacancies Video included

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France's finance minister is calling some British politicians "liars" who fooled voters into thinking leaving the EU would be easy and in their interests. More>>

US energy official sees 'great promise' in eastern Med

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A U.S. State Department official says Washington sees 'great promise' in developing energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean as ExxonMobil began exploratory drilling off Cyprus' southwestern coast. More>>

China woos Pacific islands with loans, showcase projects

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As world leaders arrive in Papua New Guinea for a Pacific Rim summit, the welcome mat is especially big for China's president. More>>

French minister warns of new Cold War from US/China tensions

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French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned that the trade dispute between the United States and China could escalate into a fresh Cold War. More>>

China says talks with US on trade battle have resumed

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China says high-level trade talks with Washington have resumed, two sides 'maintaining close contact'. More>>

VA seeks to reduce GI Bill payment delays after IT woes

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The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will try to speed up payments of college aid to veterans after delays due to IT problems. More>>

World markets subdued on trade, Brexit tensions Video included

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Asian shares are mixed on concerns over the outlook for a breakthrough in the China-U.S. trade dispute. More>>

UN human rights expert says UK cuts to services causing harm

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A U.N. human rights expert says cuts to Britain's social support are causing misery for poorer citizens. More>>

Apple signs multiyear deal with film studio A24

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Apple has signed a multiyear deal with A24, the acclaimed New York-based studio behind "Moonlight" and "Lady Bird," to produce a slate of films. More>>

Eurozone central banker suggests rates could stay low longer

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European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says that slowing trade is proving to be a drag on the eurozone economy but says the expansion remains "resilient" as consumers at home remain willing to spend and unemployment falls. More>>

Utility asked last month to hike bills over California fires

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A utility facing severe financial pressure amid speculation that its equipment may have sparked a deadly California wildfire asked U.S. energy regulators last month for permission to raise its customers' monthly bills. More>>

Senate confirms Kansas bank regulator Bowman for Fed board

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Senate confirms Trump's nomination of Kansas bank regulator Michelle Bowman to Federal Reserve board. More>>

UK's defiant May tells critics it's her Brexit deal or chaos Video included

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European Union chief Donald Tusk calls for Nov. 25 summit to endorse draft Brexit deal. More>>

Asia shares mixed on uncertainty over trade tensions

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U.S. stock indexes are moving lower in early trading, extending the market's losing streak into a sixth day. More>>

Mexico's president elect reaches out to business elite

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Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has formed a business advisory council including some of the country's biggest names, especially in media. More>>

EPA official arrested on felony ethics charges in Alabama

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The Trump administration's top environmental official for the Southeast has been arrested on Alabama state ethics charges related to a scheme to help a coal company avoid paying for a toxic waste cleanup. More>>

US, China rivalry challenging entwined Asia-Pacific region

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says America seeks cooperation, not control, in its commitment to the Indo-Pacific region. More>>

Nigerian ISP's configuration error disrupted Google services

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A Nigerian internet provider says a configuration error during a network upgrade disrupted several Google services by diverting traffic through China and Russia. More>>

California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide

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California regulators are recommending new restrictions on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming babies brains. More>>

Fed announces wide-ranging review of its practices

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Federal Reserve launches wide-ranging review of how it conducts monetary policy. More>>

The Latest: Post urges independent probe in columnist slay

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The Latest: Turkey unhappy with Saudi indictments in Khashoggi's killing, says suspects should be tried in Turkey. More>>

The Latest: UK's May vows 'to see this through' on Brexit Video included

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British Prime Minister Theresa May will start on a campaign to sell a Brexit deal agreed with the European Union to Britain's divided Parliament. More>>

Lawyer in stalled coal bailout argues for energy appointment

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A Trump administration nominee to a top national energy board says he's not sure whether he'd recuse himself from any board votes to bail out of aging coal plants. More>>

Walmart flexes its muscle against Amazon

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Walmart is reporting surging online sales, strong performances from established stores. More>>

Gobble gobble: Low turkey prices cut Thanksgiving meal cost

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Low food prices have driven the cost of a Thanksgiving feast down to their lowest level since 2010. More>>

Correction: Media-CNN vs Trump story

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President Donald Trump's administration claims it has "broad discretion" to regulate access to the White House as it fends off a legal challenge from CNN and other outlets over the revocation of journalist Jim Acosta's "hard pass.". More>>

Having 'The Talk' about college costs with your teen

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Start discussing college costs with your children when they're in high school so you all share realistic expectations about who will pay for what. More>>

US retail sales rose a solid 0.8 percent last month

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US retail sales rose a solid 0.8 percent in October, led by strong sales of autos, appliances. More>>

Morocco unveils Africa's first ever high speed train line

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Morocco's King Mohammed VI are inaugurating his country's first high-speed rail line in Morocco, the first ever high speed train in in the African continent. More>>

US average mortgage rates flat to higher; 30-year 4.94 pct.

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US average mortgage rates flat to higher; 30-year average at 4.94 percent. More>>

Syracuse profits by handwriting thousands of late-tax notes

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The city of Syracuse has found that sending personal notes to residents who owe taxes is more successful than the typical, computer-generated letter demanding payment. More>>

The Latest: Singapore PM says China-US rivalry 'awkward'

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says another U.S.-North Korean summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely after the beginning of the year. More>>

Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes

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E-cigarette company Juul halts sales of flavors at stores to help keep them from kids. More>>

Stocks mostly rise but Europe weighed down by Brexit discord

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Asian stocks higher after Wall Street falls for fifth day and British Cabinet endorses Brexit deal. More>>

Study: Chinese to account for half of luxury sales by 2025

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Chinese consumers remain the focus of luxury producers, as a new study by Bain consultancy shows they will fuel nearly half of global high-end sales by 2025. More>>

Stung by Amazon's rejection, cities look on the bright side

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The 18 North American cities that were not picked by Amazon for its new headquarters are bearing the rejection with a mix of reflection, disappointment and some optimism. More>>

City votes to impose restrictive rules on short-term rentals

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The Washington city council has voted to impose tight limits on Airbnb and other short-term rental companies. More>>

Japan's SoftBank invests in US office space-sharing WeWork

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American office space-sharing company WeWork says it has gotten $3 billion in funding from Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. More>>

Hearing reveals chilling details of fatal Southwest flight

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Federal safety board hearing into deadly Southwest Airlines flight will focus on jet-engine fan blades. More>>

France seizes jet at takeoff after Ryanair doesn't pay bill

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French authorities have seized a Ryanair plane and forced 149 passengers to disembark because of a dispute over subsidies to the Irish airline. More>>

No accounting for these tastes: Artificial flavors a mystery

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Food companies have been ordered to remove six "artificial flavors" from their products. More>>

PG&E says it contacted resident about shut-off power line Video included

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A utility accused in a lawsuit of igniting California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire says it contacted a customer about a power line on her property. More>>

After intense wrangling, UK backs a Brexit deal. Now what?

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Like white smoke from the Vatican announcing a new pope, the signal from Britain's Cabinet table says: We have a decision. More>>

May wins Cabinet backing for Brexit deal but pitfalls remain

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face her divided Cabinet in a bid to win support for a draft Brexit deal with the European Union. More>>

Chinese automaker Zotye plans to sell vehicles in US in 2020

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Chinese automaker Zotye plans to sell vehicles in US in 2020. More>>

Asian stocks lower after Wall Street fall, Brexit approval

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Energy companies are leading U.S. stocks broadly higher in early trading, wiping out some of the market's losses from a day earlier. More>>

Volkswagen to devote 3 German plants to electric car push

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German automaker Volkswagen says it will convert three factories in Germany to manufacture electric cars, getting ready to ramp up production of zero-local emission cars ahead of tougher European emissions standards. More>>

Dozens plead with Trump administration to keep air rules

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People who live near oil and gas wells are pleading with the Environmental Protection Agency not to roll back Obama-era rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives say the proposed changes should go further. More>>

California's PG&E rocked as wildfire liability concerns rise Video included

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PG&E's stock has lost more than 20 percent of its value Wednesday after the utility said it does not have nearly enough insurance coverage if it is found liable for a Northern California wildfire. More>>

Powell sees potential threats from global slowdown

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the U.S. economy is performing well but he's eyeing potential risks ahead. More>>

Pence says Myanmar's handling of Rohingya 'without excuse' Video included

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US Vice President Pence says Myanmar's handling of Rohingya was 'without excuse,' but Suu Kyi rebuffs criticism. More>>

Facebook ends forced arbitration of sexual misconduct claims

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Facebook is dropping a requirement for mandatory arbitration of sexual misconduct allegations. More>>

A look at what's in Amazon's new deal with Virginia

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Amazon's announcement that it plans to put at least 25,000 highly paid new workers in a new Arlington headquarters is no ordinary economic development deal. Likewise, the incentive package that comes with it is unlike any Virginia has ever offered. More>>

Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays

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Southeast Asian leaders and China are touting progress in keeping peace in the contentious South China Sea as they work toward a "code of conduct" in the region. More>>

Ukraine's Hungarian minority threatened by new education law

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The Hungarian minority in western Ukraine is distressed by parts of new education law that could eliminate the use of minority languages in schools after the 4th grade. More>>

EU trade chief says hit list of US products being developed

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EU trade chief says target list of US products being prepared if Trump imposes auto tariffs. More>>

Incentives to Amazon could top $2.8 billion in NYC

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New York City and state officials are offering Amazon nearly $3 billion in grants and tax breaks to locate one of its new headquarters in the Long Island City section of Queens. More>>

From Audible to Whole Foods: A look at Amazon's empire

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Whether you've bought shoes at Zappos, picked up milk at Whole Foods or listened to an audiobook on Audible, you've been caught up in Amazon's growing web of businesses. More>>

US government: 3 SKorean firms to pay $236M in bid-rig plot

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The Justice Department says three South Korean companies have agreed to pay $236 million to settle allegations they were part of a bid-rigging scheme that overcharged the U.S. military for fuel at bases in South Korea. More>>

Uber loss grows in 3Q; company says it's investing in future

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Uber's net loss widened by $177 million in the third quarter as the ride-hailing giant continued to invest ahead of a planned public stock offering next year. More>>

Spain considers ban on sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040

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Spain's government is eyeing ambitious steps to tackle climate change, including a ban on the sale of gas and diesel cars from 2040. More>>

Cleveland Cavaliers owner selling Detroit casino in $1B deal

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Businessman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has reached an agreement to sell Greektown Casino-Hotel in downtown Detroit for $1 billion. More>>

Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

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Google makes series of concessions on sexual misconduct policies to placate thousands of workers who protested company's handling of past complaints. More>>

US consumer prices increased 0.3 percent in October

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US consumer prices increased 0.3 percent in October; led by higher prices for gasoline, housing and used autos. More>>

Postal Service's red ink for 12th year as letter mail drops

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The U.S. Postal Service is reporting a financial loss for the 12th straight year, citing declining mail volume as well as the costs of its pension and health care obligations. More>>

New allegations that Colombia prosecutor covered up bribes

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A dramatic recording from beyond the grave has led to allegations that Colombia's chief prosecutor tried to cover up bribery payments that were part of Latin America's biggest corruption scandal, prompting calls for his resignation. More>>

Pilots says Boeing didn't disclose jet's new control feature

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Pilots say Boeing didn't tell them about features of a new flight-control system that reportedly is part of investigation into deadly crash. More>>

Macy's charges into the holiday shopping season like a boss

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Macy's is hitting on all cylinders heading into the holiday season with growth online and in stores. More>>

German economy shrinks for the first time since early 2015

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Germany's gross domestic product shrank in the third quarter of 2018, the first quarter-on-quarter decline since early 2015 that analysts said should be a wake-up call for Europe's largest economy. More>>

Mass survey shows Germans are clinging to their cars

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Germany remains a nation of auto lovers, with use of car-sharing services, bikes and public transport on the rise mainly in large cities. More>>

AP Interview: US VP's wife champions art therapy in Japan

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Karen Pence, the vice president's wife, has announced a $54,000 grant at a Japanese university for studying art therapy, a little-known mental health profession she has chosen as her cause under the Trump administration. More>>

US energy secretary In Prague to lobby for nuclear industry

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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been lobbying in Prague for the U.S. civil nuclear industry as the most suitable to develop the Czech nuclear program. More>>

Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea

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After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it. More>>

Italy faces higher borrowing costs, sanctions on budget

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Italy's borrowing costs have soared after the populist government resubmitted its draft budget without the sort of significant changes sought by the European Commission. More>>

Energy agency: Global oil supply jumps, sending prices lower

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The International Energy Agency says global oil supplies are growing rapidly as Saudi Arabia, the United States and Russia pump oil at a record pace in response to fears of higher prices due to U.S. sanctions on Iran. More>>

CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

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CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass to cover the White House be returned. More>>

Amazon's NYC home in 'opportunity zone' for Trump tax break

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Amazon's new home in New York City is in an 'opportunity zone' offering developers a big tax break. But is it deserved?. More>>

Greek civil servants walk off job in 24-hour strike

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Civil servants in Greece have walked off the job in a 24-hour strike to protest austerity measures, demanding wage and pension increases and the abolition of all legislation imposed as part of the country's international bailouts. More>>

Danish shipper: US-China trade war hits container trade

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Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk is warning that trade tensions between the United States and China could weigh on business. More>>

Hachette Book Group lays off around 2 dozen employees

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Around two dozen employees will be laid off in a re-organization at Hachette Book Group. More>>

Swiss seek more clarity on gold trade amid rights concerns

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Switzerland's executive is calling for greater transparency and information about imports of gold into the rich Alpine country, warning that the industry has been linked to human rights violations and other wrongs like environmental damage. More>>

The Latest: Southeast Asian-centered trade pact delayed

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Singapore's leader says Southeast Asian nations pushing back agreement on a pan-Asian free trade deal to 2019. More>>

Global shares dip after Wall Street falls over oil concerns

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Asian shares are mostly lower after the steepest drop in in oil prices in more than three years put investors in a selling mood on Wall Street. More>>

Edmunds: Black Friday isn't what it used to be

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That Black Friday special deal at your local dealer could be available into 2019. More>>

UK Cabinet to meet after Britain, EU reach draft Brexit deal

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Prime Minister Theresa May's deputy says Britain and the European Union are "almost within touching distance" of a Brexit deal after another late-night negotiating session. More>>

Japan's economy shrank in July-September as trade falls

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The Japanese economy has shrunk at an annualized rate of 1.2 percent in July-September, as consumer spending, investment and exports fell. More>>

New Tesla chairwoman's biggest challenge is controlling Musk

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Tesla says Robyn Denholm of Australia's Telstra will become its new board chair. More>>

Asian shares lower after Wall Street falls over oil concerns

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U.S. stock indexes are mostly higher in early trading, erasing some of the losses from a steep sell-off a day earlier. More>>

The Latest: In NYC, Arlington, not everyone Amazon thrilled

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Amazon has confirmed that it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York and Arlington, Virginia. More>>

The "worst toys" for the holidays, according to safety group

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A Black Panther "slash claw" and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the toys topping a consumer safety group's annual list of worst toys for the holiday season. More>>

Amazon goes bicoastal, will open HQs in New York, DC suburb Video included

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A person familiar with the plans say Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia. More>>

Smartphone makers bet on foldable screens as next big thing

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Samsung provides glimpse at flexible-screen phone that is expected usher in a wave of similar devices as industry searches for new features to revive slumping market. More>>

PG&E sued over massive Northern California wildfire Video included

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People who lost homes in California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Tuesday, accusing the utility of negligence and blaming it for the fire. More>>

Pink diamond sells for more than $50M, setting world record

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Christie's has sold the "Pink Legacy" diamond at auction for more than $50 million including fees, saying it's a new world record price per carat for a pink diamond. More>>

Trump right and wrong on 'French' wine tariffs

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Trump is partly right but far from completely correct when he says that France's "big tariffs" make it hard for American vintners to sell their wines here: Wrong because customs duties on imported wines are applied not by France but by the European Union. More>>

EPA seeks new truck pollution rules; says air won't suffer

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Trump's EPA aims to revamp truck pollution rules, saying technology will protect air quality. More>>

Italy's doesn't budge in clash with EU over budget deficit

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The International Monetary Fund is warning that Italy's plan to sharply increase spending carries "substantial" risks and would leave the country vulnerable to market turmoil. More>>

US October budget deficit jumps to $100.5 billion

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Federal government records $100.5 billion October deficit, up sharply from year ago. More>>

US says Europe needs diversity from Russian energy supplies

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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says Europe needs to diversify its energy supplies to cut its dependency on Russia. More>>

Trump rips Macron over trade, wine, his low approval ratings

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President Donald Trump is suggesting France would have been vanquished in both world wars if not for the U.S. More>>

The Latest: UK Cabinet to discuss draft Brexit deal

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British and Irish media say U.K. and EU negotiators have reached an agreement on a proposed Brexit deal to resolve the main outstanding issue of the Irish border. More>>

Medicare expands access to in-home support for seniors

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Some 'Medicare Advantage' insurance plans to offer broader array of in-home support services next year. More>>

Iran, feeling sanctions bite, looks for outlet in Iraq

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Iran, already feeling the bite of U.S. sanctions, is turning to its neighbor Iraq to soak up some of its exports in agriculture, manufacturing, and energy. More>>

At Southeast Asian summit, pushback against going it alone

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The potential damage to the regional and world trade brought on by President Donald Trump's trade battle with Beijing looms as leaders of Southeast Asian nations, China, the U.S. and other regional economies meet in Singapore. More>>

China's premier reassures region on growth, South China Sea

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says the country needs reforms to support business to help drive growth as it weathers a trade war with the U.S., rather than more economic stimulus. More>>

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