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Mattel's 1Q sales shored up by Hot Wheels and Barbie

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Higher sales in Barbie and Hot Wheels soften blow from liquidation of Toys R Us. More>>

After tax cuts many saw as a failure, Kansas may cut again

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Kansas has some financial breathing room less than a year after legislators reversed past income tax cuts to deal with persistent budget woes and now some Republicans want to go back to slashing taxes. More>>

Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119

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Amazon says it will hike up the price of its Prime membership fee by 20 percent next month. More>>

Pizza Hut Museum opens on Wichita State University campus

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The original Pizza Hut building has opened as a museum at Wichita State University. More>>

MGM sets August opening date for Massachusetts casino

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MGM is planning to open its $960 million Massachusetts casino earlier than expected. More>>

The Latest: Arizona House leaders make deal on teacher raise

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At least 20 children with no school Thursday because of an Arizona teacher walkout played in the game room and gym of a Salvation Army community center providing a special day camp in Phoenix. More>>

Starbucks CEO says racial controversy hasn't affected sales

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Starbucks key sales figure surpasses market expectation. More>>

IT company Infosys plans adding 1,000 workers at Indiana hub

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Information technology company Infosys plans to start a training center in Indianapolis and add 1,000 jobs on top of the 2,000 positions it announced for the city a year ago. More>>

US mortgage rates highest since 2013; 30-year at 4.58 pct.

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US mortgage rates climbed again to highest level in 4 years. More>>

Deutsche Bank steps back from ambition to be global player

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Deutsche Bank first quarter profit $146 million as exchange rates, lower investment bank revenues weighed on profits. More>>

Microsoft Windows adapts as its business importance declines

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Microsoft's Windows, the computer operating system that helped catapult the company to success more than three decades ago, is no longer a core business these days so much as a complement to the company's other offerings. More>>

US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March

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US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March but key investment category declines. More>>

Amazon's quarterly profit more than doubles; shares soar

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Amazon's first-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago and blew past Wall Street expectations. More>>

Ex-HSBC Bank foreign exchange exec gets 2 years in prison

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The former head of HSBC Bank's foreign exchange cash trading has been sentenced in New York to two years in prison in a scheme that defrauded a client out of millions of dollars. More>>

Jury hits pork giant for $50M for hog operation's nuisance

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A federal jury in North Carolina is awarding more than $50 million in damages to neighbors of an industrial hog operation responsible for smells, noise and other disturbances so bad they couldn't enjoy their rural homes. More>>

Seeing red: Teacher walkouts shut Arizona, Colorado schools

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Tens of thousands of teachers in Arizona and Colorado will shut down schools to protest low pay and funding. More>>

Medicare will require hospitals to post prices online

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Medicare will require hospitals to post prices online and make electronic medical records more readily available to patients. More>>

Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug

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Children with a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging and early death may live longer if treated with an experimental drug first developed for cancer patients. More>>

Agency warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand called Juul after months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. More>>

Juul maker to invest $30M to combat underage vaping

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The maker of the much-debated e-cigarette brand Juul says it will spend $30 million to try to keep its products from underage users. More>>

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grows to 84 cases

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U.S. health officials say the E. coli outbreak linked to tainted romaine lettuce has grown and sickened 84 people from 19 states. More>>

How Comcast is trying to change the cable game

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How Comcast is trying to change the cable game. More>>

UK lawmakers call on Zuckerberg to appear before them

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The UK parliament's media committee has criticized Facebook's response to allegations that data from millions of accounts was misused. More>>

YouTube overhauls kids' app after complaints about content

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YouTube is overhauling its kid-focused video app to give parents the option of letting humans, not computer algorithms, select what shows their children can watch. More>>

Facebook advertisers shrug off its privacy scandal

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What privacy scandal? Facebook advertisers shrug off concerns. More>>

Nintendo taps new president; profit improves on Switch sales

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Nintendo Co. sales, profit rise in fiscal 4th quarter, powered by brisk demand for its Switch machines; company to get new president. More>>

Twitter is profitable again in 1Q, Wall Street not impressed

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Twitter has second profitable quarter with strong profit and revenue, sending shares up sharply. More>>

Facebook and big tech stocks rally as US indexes climb

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US stocks are rising as a big gain for Facebook helps technology companies rally. More>>

UK drops alcohol charges against 2 Canadian pilots

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A court has dropped charges against two pilots accused of preparing to fly a passenger plane while under the influence of alcohol. More>>

European Central Bank still confident despite slower growth

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Markets are waiting to hear Mario Draghi's take on the recent batch of conflicting economic data about where Europe's economy is headed. More>>

Should you fix up or break up with your car?

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You'll almost always come out ahead financially by fixing your old faithful car, but there are other important considerations, too. More>>

Bookings for Southwest fall after fatal accident

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Lower income taxes help Southwest Airlines overcome cheaper tickets and higher costs for fuel and labor. More>>

Pulling water from Lake Michigan for Foxconn plant approved

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources approves city's request to pull 7 million gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan for a Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing plant. More>>

More than 70 countries commit to combat terror financing

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More than 70 countries committed Thursday to bolster efforts in the fight against terrorism financing associated with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. More>>

Union Pacific railroad's 1Q profit climbs 22 percent

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Union Pacific Corp.'s first-quarter earnings chugged ahead 22 percent as the railroad hauled 2 percent more freight and increased its prices. More>>

Strong 1st quarter from Comcast, and a $30B bid for Sky

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Comcast: 1Q Earnings Snapshot. More>>

Disney emphasizes China roots in Shanghai amid trade tension

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Walt Disney Co. is emphasizing its deep China connections as it launches an extension of Shanghai's $5.5 billion Disney Resort amid rising trade tensions between Washington and Beijing. More>>

UK lawmakers press to stay in EU customs union after Brexit

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British lawmakers are pressing the government to change course and keep the U.K. in a customs union with the European Union after Brexit. More>>

US officials slam Washington state nuke waste site problems

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U.S. investigators say problems first identified six years ago at a Washington state site where deadly nuclear waste is treated continue to plague the multi-billion dollar plant. More>>

UPS reports 15 percent rise in 1Q profit

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UPS: 1Q Earnings Snapshot. More>>

Iraq awards UAE, China rights to develop oil in northeast

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Iraq has awarded the rights to explore and develop two gas fields and a hydrocarbon-rich area in the country's northeast. More>>

With Cruise, 'A Quiet Place,' Paramount ready for a comeback

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Breakthrough thriller "A Quiet Place" is getting a sequel. More>>

World stocks edge up as investors await ECB comments

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Asian stock markets mixed as investors digest latest quarterly corporate earnings. More>>

The Latest: ECB sees moderation in economy's strong pace

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The European Central Bank has left its interest rates and stimulus settings unchanged as it sizes up conflicting signs about how well the economy is doing. More>>

House Democrats talk to Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

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Former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie has arrived on Capitol Hill, where he is talking to House Democrats about his time with the data mining firm affiliated with President Donald Trump's campaign. More>>

No bromance: Merkel gets much smaller platform on US visit

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The German government expects new U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum to hit the European Union from next week. More>>

Fiat Chrysler reports rise in profit and drop in debt

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Carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has reported a 60 percent rise in net profit for the first quarter of 2018. More>>

EU executive: Greece will exit bailout without backup loan

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Greece should emerge from its third and final bailout in a few months' time without the need for a backup loan from its creditors, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says. More>>

China urges US to avoid damaging business confidence

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China urges Washington to avoid damaging business confidence following report U.S. investigating Chinese tech giant Huawei for possible violations of sanctions on Iran. More>>

Comcast challenges Murdoch with rival bid for UK-based Sky

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U.S. media conglomerate Comcast has made a 22 billion pound ($30 billion) bid for London-based pay TV operator Sky in move that threatens a rival bid by Rupert Murdoch. More>>

Ford fined by Australian court for mishandling complaints

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Ford Motor Co.'s Australian subsidiary has been fined 10 million Australian dollars ($7.6 million) by an Australian court for mishandling customer complaints about faulty automatic transmissions in thousands of cars. More>>

Samsung's profit exceeds expectations thanks to memory chips

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Samsung Electronics says its first-quarter earnings jumped 52 percent over a year earlier thanks to its mainstay memory chips that posted another record-high quarterly profit. More>>

Hyundai Motor's 1Q profit halved on grim US, China sales

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Hyundai Motor says its first-quarter profit has plunged to the lowest level in more than 8 years as sales dwindled in the United States and China. More>>

Nintendo taps new president; profit improves on Switch sales

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Nintendo Co. sales and profit rise in fiscal 4th quarter, boosted by brisk demand for Switch consoles. More>>

LG to buy automotive light maker ZKW for 1.1 billion euros

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LG Electronics to acquire Austrian-based automotive light maker ZKW in biggest acquisition in company's history. More>>

Profit slips at Volkswagen after accounting change

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Profits have slipped at automaker Volkswagen in the first quarter due to a change in accounting rules, but sales increased and the company recorded no significant additional losses from its diesel emissions scandal. More>>

Royal Dutch Shell says 1Q earnings rose 67 percent

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Energy company Royal Dutch Shell says 1st Q earnings rose 67 percent, boosted by a rebound in oil prices and growth in its natural gas business. More>>

New Chipotle CEO plans menu 'tweaks,' and maybe drive-thrus

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Chipotle, which is trying to revive its business after a series of food safety scares, says a key sales figure rose as it increased prices in most of its restaurants. More>>

Ford promises more savings as 1Q earnings rise 9 percent

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Ford's net income rose slightly in the first quarter due largely to a lower income tax rate. More>>

Asian markets mixed as investors consider latest earnings

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US stocks are falling again and other global indexes are also down as investors worry about the combination of rising costs for businesses and higher interest rates. More>>

AP-NORC poll: Privacy debacle prompts social-media changes

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AP-NORC poll: Facebook's privacy debacle prompts social-media cutbacks. More>>

EPA security chief also worked for owner of tabloid company

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Security chief for the head of the EPA has worked on the side as a private investigator for the owner of a tabloid news company with close ties to Trump. More>>

DeLorean widow sues for 'Back to the Future' payments

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The widow of maverick automaker John DeLorean alleges a Texas company has illegally received money owed to his estate from a deal with Universal Pictures for the "Back to the Future" movies. More>>

ConocoPhillips wins $2 billion arbitration against Venezuela

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ConocoPhillips says it won $2 billion arbitration award against Venezuela's state oil company over asset seizures. More>>

First drug approved for most common inherited kidney disease

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug to slow kidney function decline in patients with kidney-damaging genetic disease. More>>

Caesars Entertainment plans to manage hotel in Baja, Mexico

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Casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. says it plans to build a beachfront non-casino hotel in the Mexican city of Puerto Los Cabos. More>>

Visa 2Q profits jump, helped by more spending on its network

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Payment processing giant Visa is reporting a sharp jump in its fiscal second quarter profits from a year earlier, as more shoppers spent money on Visa's network across all its major markets. More>>

Strong travel demand lifts Boeing in first quarter

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Rising demand for travel provided Boeing with a huge tail wind, pushing earnings and revenue beyond Wall Street expectations in the first quarter. More>>

Appeals court asked to reinstate lawsuit on Trump businesses

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A federal appeals court in New York has been asked to reinstate a lawsuit that claims President Donald Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution. More>>

Trump meets with Apple CEO at White House to talk trade

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President Donald Trump says he's "looking forward" to meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook at the White House Wednesday. More>>

Drugmaker Takeda agrees to buy Shire for $64 billion

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Japanese drugmaker Takeda has reached a preliminary agreement to take over Ireland-based drugmaker Shire Plc for 46 billion pounds ($64 billion) in one of the biggest pharma deals to date. More>>

Jury deliberations begin in fraud trial of bank executives

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Jury deliberations have begun in the federal fraud and conspiracy case against four former executives of the only financial institution to be criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program. More>>

French billionaire Bollore charged in Africa corruption case

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French businessman Vincent Bollore has been given preliminary charges in an investigation into alleged corruption surrounding lucrative port deals in Africa. More>>

Ex-Yahoo paying $35M to settle SEC charges over 2014 hack

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The company formerly known as Yahoo is paying a $35 million fine to resolve federal regulators' charges that the online giant deceived investors by failing to disclose one of the biggest data breaches in internet history. More>>

Alexa, make my kid polite: Echo to get child-friendly update

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Amazon will soon roll out new parental controls for its Echo speakers in the hopes of getting more of the listening devices inside children's bedrooms. More>>

Stronger pound weighs on revenues at drugmaker GSK

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Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline says first-quarter revenue dropped 2 percent as a stronger pound offset encouraging sales of a new shingles treatment. More>>

China says it welcomes visit by US officials amid trade spat

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China says it welcomes a planned visit by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to Beijing next week as world's two biggest economies tangle on trade. More>>

Construction robots weld, bolt, lift to beat worker shortage

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Robots that can weld and bolt are being developed for construction sites. More>>

Judge wants fertility clinic lawsuits merged to single case

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A judge in Ohio says dozens of lawsuits against a fertility clinic should be condensed into one case over the destruction of more than 4,000 eggs and embryos. More>>

For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

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For the first time, Facebook spells out how it decides whether to delete your posts. More>>

Facebook launches transparency tool before Irish referendum

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Facebook is launching a pilot program in Ireland ahead of a referendum on abortion which it hopes will ensure greater transparency in political advertising. More>>

Louisiana: $1.5 billion in tax breaks for $9.4 billion plant

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State and local governments offered about $1.5 billion in incentives to lure a $9.4 billion plastics complex to Louisiana. More>>

Cambridge Analytica fights back on data scandal

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A Cambridge University professor at the heart of the Facebook privacy scandal says that the former CEO of data firm Cambridge Analytica lied to a British parliamentary committee investigating fake news. More>>

Global stocks slide, futures point to weak Wall Street open

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Asian shares are slipping, mirroring a sell-off on Wall Street on jitters over slowing growth and falling company profits. More>>

Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

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Cities and even countries now such as Great Britain are looking at banning straws because plastic pollution is a huge global problem. More>>

EU wants 28-nation bloc to invest $24b in AI by end 2020

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The European Union executive wants the public and private sectors in the bloc to invest at least $24 billion in Artificial Intelligence through 2020 in an attempt to remain globally competitive. More>>

EPA security chief also worked for owner of tabloid company

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Democratic lawmakers say Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's security chief has been operating an outside consulting firm without proper approval from ethics officials. More>>

Airbus, Dassault to develop new European fighter jet

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European plane maker Airbus and France's Dassault Aviation have agreed to join forces in developing and producing a new European fighter jet. More>>

Senate confirms new director of National Security Agency

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Senate votes to confirm Paul Nakasone to lead National Security Agency, US Cyber Command. More>>

Germany trims 2018 growth forecast, but outlook still strong

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The German government has trimmed its economic growth forecast this year slightly to 2.3 percent. More>>

Chinese automaker plans electric car production in SAfrica

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Chinese automaker BAIC announces plans to produce electric cars in South Africa as Beijing auto show highlights China's growing role in the emerging technology. More>>

US sales of new homes shot up 4 percent in March

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Sales of new US homes jumped 4 percent in March, propelled by a surge of buying in the West. More>>

Ireland to collect billions from Apple in back taxes

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Ireland will start collection more than 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes from Apple some 19 months after the European Commission decision concluding the tech giant had been given an unfair advantage. More>>

Southwest has been faced with fines, union safety complaints

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Until last week, Southwest Airlines had a string of 47 years without a passenger dying in an accident, but it has also paid millions in fines over safety. More>>

Beijing Auto show highlights e-cars designed for China

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Automakers showcase e-vehicles designed for Chinese at Beijing auto show. More>>

Senator warns bankers that Dodd-Frank relief could stall

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Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia is warning bankers that legislation rolling back financial rules put in place after the 2008 economic crisis could stall. More>>

Trump says Mnuchin will travel to China amid trade dispute

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President Donald Trump says Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will soon travel to China for talks as the two global economic powers deal with trade tensions. More>>

Asian stocks slip following sell-off on Wall Street

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US stocks are rising as strong reports from companies including Caterpillar and Whirlpool put investors in a buying mood. More>>

Supreme Court upholds challenged patent review practice

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The Supreme Court has upheld a challenged practice that is used to invalidate patents without the involvement of federal courts. More>>

Airline passenger fined after keeping free airline apple

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The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has fined a woman $500 for not declaring she was bringing a free apple into the U.S. that she received on her Delta Air Lines flight from Paris. More>>

MPAA head says theaters will survive rise of streaming sites

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New MPAA chief, theater owners group head optimistic about movie business. More>>

Senate leaders hope to end take-it-or-leave-it budget votes

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The Senate's GOP and Democratic leaders can't agree on much, but they both say they want to avoid the annual take-it-or-leave-it vote on a foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus catchall spending bill. More>>

Nielsen data shows binging for Netflix's 'Lost in Space'

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Nielsen says an estimated 6.3 million people saw the premiere of Netflix's 'Lost in Space' remake within three days after it was posted earlier this month. More>>

Strong ad sales boost Google parent Alphabet's 1Q earnings

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Google parent Alphabet has reported a jump in first-quarter net income on the back of further strong digital ad sales and an accounting adjustment. More>>

Lawyers wrap up case blaming pork giant for ghastly smells

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Lawyers are wrapping up their case in a lawsuit pitting neighbors of an industrial-scale swine operation against the hog-production division of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods. More>>

Consumer watchdog becomes alphabet soup of controversy

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Under its acting director Mick Mulvaney, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau increasingly has been pushing publicly to have it referred to as the "Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection" by lawmakers and the media, in an effort to rebrand the bureau. More>>

Researcher in Facebook data scandal apologizes

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A researcher at the center of the Facebook privacy scandal apologized, but added that he didn't think he did anything wrong. More>>

Alaska Airlines tightens emotional support animal policy

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Alaska Airlines has updated its policy on emotional support animals. More>>

Markets Right Now: Big tech, industrials lead stocks lower

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Stocks are falling sharply on Wall Street as big technology and industrial companies take heavy losses. More>>

Americans told to toss romaine lettuce over E. coli fears

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The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states. More>>

Leader of German governing party backs Amazon protest

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The new leader of one of Germany's governing parties says she plans to join a protest against working conditions at Amazon as company CEO Jeff Bezos receives a prize in Berlin. More>>

From 'Jumanji' to Tarantino, Sony teases varied slate Video included

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From 'Jumanji' to Tarantino, Sony teases varied slate. More>>

Trump's tariffs risk jobs and profits in working-class areas

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President Donald Trump's escalating dispute with China over trade and technology is threatening jobs and profits in working-class communities where his "America First" agenda hit home with American voters. More>>

US consumer confidence rebounds in April

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Consumer confidence rebounds in April, index near 18-year high. More>>

Diet Coke grows for first time in 8 years after makeover

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Coke: 1Q Earnings Snapshot. More>>

Spain: Mallorca to ban renting apartments to tourists

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Palma on the island of Mallorca plans to become the first Spanish city to prohibit the rental of apartments to tourists. More>>

Financial expert taking Facebook to UK court over fake ads

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A personal finance expert is suing Facebook at Britain's High Court, claiming the social media company is allowing the publication of scam ads featuring his name. More>>

Feb. home prices soar 6.3 pct in a fierce competition to buy

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US home prices post a robust 6.3 percent gain in February as buyers fight over shrinking supply. More>>

Caterpillar 1Q profit surges on equipment sales

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Caterpillar 1Q profit surges on boost in construction, energy sector equipment sales. More>>

Get Into My Car ... Amazon begins delivery to vehicles

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Amazon begins delivering packages to newer General Motors and Volvo vehicles owned by Prime members. More>>

Icelandic fugitive in bitcoin heist arrested in Amsterdam

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Police in Amsterdam have arrested an Icelandic fugitive suspected of masterminding the theft of hundreds of computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies. More>>

French billionaire detained in Africa corruption probe

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French billionaire Vincent Bollore has been detained for questioning in an investigation into alleged corruption in lucrative port deals in Africa. More>>

Global stocks mostly rise amid upbeat corporate earnings

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Asian shares are mostly higher as a surge in U.S. bond yields pushes the value of the dollar up against other major currencies. More>>

New Zealand leader triumphs abroad, faces pressures at home

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returns triumphant this week from a trip to Europe but still faces political pressures at home. More>>

Survey: Economists' outlook is sunny but not due to tax cuts

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Survey: Business economists' outlook is sunny but not because of Trump tax cuts. More>>

Supreme Court wrestles with administrative law judge case

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The Supreme Court is wrestling with a case brought by a former financial planner known for his "Buckets of Money" strategy. More>>

Russia adds Google IPs to registry of banned sites

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Russia's communications watchdog agency says it is adding some Google IP addresses to the state register of banned sites, as a dispute over a banned messaging app intensifies. More>>

Chipmaker SK Hynix reports 64 percent jump in 1Q earnings

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SK Hynix Inc. says its first-quarter net profit has surged 64 percent over a year earlier thanks to robust memory chip prices. More>>

German business confidence falls amid trade tensions

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A closely watched survey is showing a bigger-than-expected drop in German business confidence amid worries about international trade tensions. More>>

Kushner plans to build twin-towers in New Jersey unraveling

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Plans for a twin-tower residential building in New Jersey championed by Jared Kushner are in danger of collapse as his family's real estate company threatens legal action; Says Jersey City officials are 'playing politics'. More>>

Koch network success in Trump era draws Democratic pushback

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The sprawling conservative network funded by the billionaire Koch brothers is having a very good run with Trump in the White House and Republican control of Congress, prompting pushback from Democrats. More>>

EU launches probe of Apple's takeover of digital app Shazam

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The European Union is opening a probe into the acquisition by Apple of song-recognition app Shazam because it wants to make sure consumers will still have a wide choice of streaming music. More>>

Judge: Enbridge Line 3 project should follow existing route

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An administrative law judge says Minnesota regulators should approve Enbridge Energy's proposal for replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline only if it follows the existing route rather than the company's preferred route. More>>

UK calls on social media firms to better protect children

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Britain's health secretary has threatened to introduce new laws targeting online social media companies if they don't do more to protect children. More>>

DOJ looks into how AT&T, Verizon handle defecting customers

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The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into whether AT&T and Verizon and a standards-setting group worked together to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers. More>>

Stephen Curry signs broad production deal with Sony Pictures

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NBA star Stephen Curry is heading to Hollywood in a big way after inking broad production deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment. More>>

US existing home sales rose 1.1 percent in March

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US sales of existing homes increased 1.1 percent on a monthly basis in March to sturdy annual rate of 5.6 million. More>>

Appeals court sides with states over fuel economy standards

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An appeals court has said the federal government can't delay plans to more than double penalties automakers pay when they fail to meet fuel economy standards. More>>

Asian shares advance as US bond yields push dollar higher

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Gains for health care and industrial companies are offsetting losses for energy companies as stocks start little changed. More>>

The Latest: Environmental groups oppose Enbridge ruling

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An administrative law judge says Minnesota regulators should approve Enbridge Energy's proposal for replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline only if it follows the existing route rather than the company's preferred route. More>>

In Denver, trying to put a price on the value of a newspaper

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The Denver Post's cry for help in the form of an editorial pleading for new ownership resonated nationally. More>>

With lights from Toys R Us dimmed, sales plunge at Hasbro

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The repercussions from the demise of Toys R Us have begun to ripple outward beginning with Hasbro, which is reporting a loss and plunging revenue in its first quarter. More>>

Sears' biggest shareholder offers to buy Kenmore brand

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Eddie Lampert's hedge fund, Sears' biggest shareholder, asks the struggling retailer to sell the Kenmore brand and home improvement unit, saying it might buy them. More>>

Elaine Wynn asks shareholders to oust board member

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Wynn Resorts co-founder and biggest shareholder, Elaine Wynn, is calling for a board member that is part of a special committee investigating sexual misconduct allegations against Steve Wynn to be removed. More>>

Audit clears Facebook despite Cambridge Analytica leaks

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Audit of Facebook's privacy practices found no problems, though company knew a data-mining firm improperly obtained private data from millions of users. More>>

EU trade chief says Merkel, Macron will push Trump on steel

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The EU trade chief says that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will press Trump this week to exempt the 28-member bloc permanently from planned U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs. More>>

Cybersecurity expert's case delayed as new details emerge

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A British cybersecurity expert once hailed as a hero for stopping a computer virus will be in federal court in Milwaukee to try to weaken a criminal case against him by having his post-arrest statements tossed. More>>

US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures

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US panel says a medicine made from the marijuana plant should be approved to treat severe epileptic seizures in children. More>>

New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

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New data show that prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. had their biggest drop in 25 years in 2017. More>>

Musk's LA transport tunnel proposal takes step forward

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A Los Angeles City Council committee has approved an environmental review exemption for a tunnel Elon Musk wants to dig to test a novel underground transportation system. More>>

'A Quiet Place,' 'Rampage' lead newcomers at box office

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"A Quiet Place" and "Rampage" are fighting it out again for the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend and easily beating newcomers like Amy Schumer's "I Feel Pretty" and "Super Troopers 2.". More>>

Global stocks looking for direction in flat start to week

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Asian shares mostly lower, tracking tech sell-off on Wall Street. More>>

Greece beats budget target as it looks to post-bailout era

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Greece has beaten bailout budget targets for a third successive year and eased its massive debt burden by a fraction as the country prepares to exit its international rescue program in four months. More>>

GM, Korean union reach tentative agreement on wages, workers

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GM, SKorean union reach tentative agreement on cost cutting, new car models for GM Korea factories. More>>

Mnuchin expresses optimism trade standoffs can be resolved

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US Treasury secretary expresses optimism over trade tensions. More>>

Sweeping EU trade deal with Mexico seen as signal to US

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The European Union says a sweeping new trade deal with Mexico is a signal to the rest of the world _ including the Trump administration. More>>

Eurozone interest rates could stay frozen well into 2019

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Weaker signals from the economy and worries about a trade war between the United State and China mean the European Central Bank is in no hurry at all to start withdrawing its monetary stimulus efforts. More>>

HRW: 'Men only' job ads show ongoing discrimination in China

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A human rights group says gender discrimination is widespread in the Chinese work force, with many hiring advertisements openly calling only for male applicants. More>>

China auto show highlights industry's electric ambitions

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Global automakers are showcasing their efforts to create electric cars for China's fast-growing but crowded market at their industry's biggest show of the year. More>>

Asian shares mostly lower, tracking tech sell-off on Wall St

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Asian shares mostly lower, tracking tech sell-off on Wall Street. More>>

Average price of US gas jumps 9 cents, to $2.83 a gallon

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The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83. More>>

Korean Air heiresses to resign as smuggle probe widens

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Korean Air Lines says daughters of chairman resign over smuggling probe, scandals. More>>

Lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief, despite denials

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A new federal disclosure shows a Washington lobbyist tied to a bargain-priced condo leased by EPA chief Scott Pruitt sought to influence the agency on behalf of a client earlier this year. More>>

Stars Group doubles down with purchase of Sky Betting

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Canadian online-gambling company Stars Group Inc. says it is buying U.K.-based Sky Betting & Gaming in a deal worth $4.7 billion. More>>

Mexico's Pena Nieto optimistic on NAFTA overhaul talks

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Mexico's president has said at a trade fair in Germany that he's optimistic about reaching a deal to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement. More>>

China's ZTE says it's seeking a solution to US tech ban

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ZTE Corp., one of China's biggest tech companies, says it is taking steps to comply with a ban on U.S. technology and is actively seeking a solution to an issue it says threatens its survival. More>>

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