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United raising limit on payments to bumped flyers to $10,000

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United Airlines says it will raise the limit _ to $10,000 _ on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights. More>>

Dispute over health payments defused, spending bill on track Video included

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Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. More>>

Rumors rife as gas restrictions in N. Korean capital drag on

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An acute shortage of gasoline in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang has gone on for a week with no explanation. More>>

Le Pen upstages Macron in battle for blue-collar votes

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Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has upstaged her French presidential opponent Emmanuel Macron by making a surprise campaign visit to a home appliance factory that symbolizes the loss of French jobs overseas. More>>

Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on NKorea Video included

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South Korea says it has installed key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system called THAAD, the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system. More>>

White House: Trump will not immediately bolt NAFTA

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President Donald Trump is considering signing a draft executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. More>>

ESPN laying off 100 broadcasters, writers as viewers dwindle

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Some 100 on-air personalities at ESPN, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, have lost their jobs. More>>

South Korea's economy grows at fastest pace in 3 quarters

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South Korea's central bank says Asia's fourth-largest economy has grown at the fastest clip in nearly a year thanks to recovery in exports. More>>

Asia stocks firm as markets mull Trump's tax plan

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Asian shares are fairly firm as investors assessed the scant details of President Donald Trump's U.S. tax overhaul and a Japanese central bank report forecasting steady growth for Asia's No. 2 economy. More>>

When is a wall not a wall? GOP redefines Trump's border wall

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Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump's border wall: It's not really a wall. More>>

Trump: national monuments a 'massive federal land grab' Video included

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President Donald Trump is asking for a review of the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments.". More>>

Trump tax plan could be good news for many, bad for deficit

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President Donald Trump's plan to provide massive tax breaks to corporations faces big challenges as Washington struggles with mounting debt. More>>

Samsung foresees bigger profit in 2017 as memory chips soar

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Samsung Electronics says its first-quarter profit has surged nearly 50 percent thanks to the record-high income from its semiconductor division. More>>

UAE's first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai

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Government oil company in United Arab Emirates says it's opened first solar-powered gas station in Dubai. More>>

Asian stock slip as investors mull Trump tax plan

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Stock markets around the world made only modest moves on Wednesday, waiting to see what the White House has in store for U.S. tax policy. More>>

BOJ keeps lax monetary policy, forecasts steady growth

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Japan's central bank has ended a policy meeting without changing its ultra-lax monetary stance. More>>

10 Things to Know for Thursday

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10 Things to Know for Thursday. More>>

Ivanka Trump, World Bank discuss women entrepreneur fund

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Ivanka Trump has been involved in discussions with the World Bank about setting up a funding operation that would support female entrepreneurs. More>>

The Latest: GOP leaders offer mild praise for Trump tax plan

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says President Donald Trump's tax plan will amount to _ in Mnuchin's words _ "the biggest tax cut" and the "largest tax reform" in U.S. history. More>>

Conservatives back revised health bill, GOP moderates balk

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The moribund Republican health care bill has received a jolt of life because the conservative House Freedom Caucus has endorsed a revised version of the measure. More>>

Plan to give health care to every Californian moves forward

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California lawmakers are considering a proposal that would overhaul the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurers and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. More>>

Blood test offers hope for better lung cancer treatment

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Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment, they reported Wednesday. More>>

VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

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Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is opting to leave thousands of positions unfilled. More>>

FDA: Avoid fake 'miracle' cancer treatments sold on internet

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U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat or prevent cancer. More>>

Justices hear dispute over lower-cost biotech drugs sales

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The Supreme Court is considering a dispute between rival drug companies that could affect how quickly life-saving generic medicines are available to the public. More>>

Trump to order probe into aluminum imports

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President Donald Trump will direct his administration to initiate an investigation Thursday into whether aluminum imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security. More>>

FCC chief lays out attack on 'net neutrality' rules

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Internet companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over threats to net neutrality, a key issue for them and their users. More>>

The Latest: Trump says he won't pull US out of NAFTA

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President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. More>>

Australia warns gas companies they risk export restrictions

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Australia's prime minister has warned energy companies they will be restricted from exporting gas if Australians are not provided with adequate supplies at internationally competitive prices. More>>

Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns

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The U.S. treasury secretary says President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his taxes returns to the public. More>>

Dem Senator accuses EPA chief Pruitt of violating ethics law

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A Senate Democrat says the head of the Environmental Protection Agency is breaking the law by agreeing to headline a state GOP fundraiser. More>>

Insurer Anthem hands feds deadline on crucial ACA subsidies

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Health insurers are pressing President Donald Trump and Congress to guarantee a crucial customer subsidy for the Affordable Care Act's shaky insurance exchanges, and one of the biggest carriers has thrown in its participation as bargaining chip. More>>

Trump tweets don't help: 1st Twitter revenue drop since IPO

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Twitter's frequent presence in the news _ as the preferred megaphone for President Donald Trump _ has not translated into profit or meaningful user growth for the company. More>>

HSN CEO to step down to take top job at Weight Watchers

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The CEO of the heavyweight of home shopping on TV is leaving that job to take the top spot at Weight Watchers International Inc. More>>

The Latest: Trump makes brief stop in North Korea meeting

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Senators have arrived for an extraordinary briefing by the Trump administration on the threat posed by North Korea and U.S. options in dealing with it. More>>

Yale grad students pledge hunger strike to press union bid

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As a union push stalls at Yale University, organizers are stepping up pressure to bring the administration to the negotiating table. More>>

As Dubai focuses on future, cybersecurity a growing concern

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Dubai races toward a future of self-driving cars, drones filling up its skies, but cybersecurity is a growing concern. More>>

China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier

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China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries. More>>

Twitter reports 1Q loss

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Twitter Inc. is reporting a loss of $61.6 million in its first quarter. More>>

Morocco's parliament approves new government after crisis

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Morocco's parliament has approved a new coalition government created to end months of political and economic deadlock. More>>

Southern Cross to carry Texas wind power through Mississippi

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A San Francisco-based renewable energy company wants Mississippi regulators to approve a $1.4 billion power transmission line that would carry electricity from wind generated in Texas to the Southeast. More>>

Hershey tops 1Q profit forecasts, but revenue falls short

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Hershey beats 1Q profit expectations, but falls short on revenue. More>>

Uber takes to the skies with next ride-hailing project

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Uber is taking to the skies with its next project _ "flying cars" _ even as all eyes are on its problems on the ground. More>>

Lawmakers: Congress close to deal on coal miners' benefits

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Congress is close to a deal to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows. More>>

The Latest: Sarkozy to vote for Macron in French runoff

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Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen upstaged her centrist opponent Emmanuel Macron. More>>

German court upholds Greek teacher's case against pay cut

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A German federal court has upheld a complaint by a teacher at a Greek school in Germany against a pay cut the Greek government imposed at the height of the country's financial crisis. More>>

Fiat Chrysler profit up more than a third as Europe improves

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Carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says its first-quarter earnings rose by more than a third as performance in Europe and Asia picked up. More>>

Senate nudges Acosta step toward confirmation at Labor

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The Senate has moved President Donald Trump's pick for labor secretary one step closer to confirmation. More>>

Converting coal would help China's smog at climate's expense

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Researchers say China's plan to convert vast reserves of low-quality coal into natural gas and other chemicals could stave off tens of thousands of premature deaths annually by reducing smog. More>>

GSK warns of impact from generic drugs after solid Q1

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GlaxoSmithKline says new products helped first-quarter sales rise 17 percent from the year before but warned that competition from generic drugs may weigh on earnings later this year. More>>

Strike forces South African Airways to cancel 32 flights

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South African Airways says it is experiencing some domestic flight delays and cancellations because of a strike by some cabin crew. More>>

EU expresses hope of Greek bailout cash payment soon

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The European Union's head office says Greece is delivering on its fiscal targets and that an agreement to hand more bailout cash to the country could come next month. More>>

FCA, Google begin offering rides in self-driving cars

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Fiat Chrysler and Google are expanding their partnership and offering self-driving rides to the public in their joint vehicle for the first time. More>>

Global stocks mixed as investors await Trump tax cut plan

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Asian stocks are trading higher after hopes for tax cuts by U.S. President Donald Trump drove record-breaking gains overnight on Wall Street. More>>

Hardball health care option may cost Trump and taxpayers

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A hardball tactic to force congressional Democrats to negotiate on President Donald Trump's health care priorities might end up backfiring. More>>

Higher prices help sales as PepsiCo works to adapt brands

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PepsiCo reported first-quarter earnings of $1.32 billion. More>>

Lawsuit filed against Fox alleges racial discrimination

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Tucker Carlson takes home bragging rights in cable news' first night in the post-Bill O'Reilly era. More>>

Anti-Brexit advocate launches tactical UK voting campaign

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Businesswoman Gina Miller, who took the British government to court in a successful bid to win Parliament a vote on Brexit, is now urging voters to back pro-EU candidates at the ballot box. More>>

Romania: hundreds of taxis, buses protest against Uber

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About 200 taxis and buses have parked outside the government offices, demanding that Uber and other online taxi services be outlawed in Romania. More>>

Germany raises 2017 growth forecast to 1.5 percent

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The German government is raising its growth forecast this year for the country's economy, Europe's biggest, slightly to 1.5 percent. More>>

US missile system claims another victim: Hyundai Motor

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Hyundai Motor Co. says its first-quarter income fell 21 percent from a year earlier. More>>

Italy prepares bridge loan to keep Alitalia flying

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Italy's economic development minister says that failing airline Alitalia will receive a government bridge loan to keep it operational while a new owner is sought. More>>

Boeing beats 1Q profit forecasts

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Boeing Co. is reporting a first-quarter profit of $1.45 billion. More>>

Daimler profits double on sales of Mercedes E-class, SUVs

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German automaker Daimler AG says net profit doubled in the first three months of the year as sales were boosted by the new version of the company's Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan and its SUV lineup. More>>

EU launches talks to defend work, living conditions

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The EU is launching talks with unions and employers to ensure that people's work and living conditions are protected as they turn to alternative jobs like self-driving taxis or fast food deliveries. More>>

Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions

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Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results. More>>

Credit Suisse to raise $4B in share issue as 1Q reaps profit

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Swiss bank Credit Suisse has reported a return to profit in its first quarter, while announcing plans to raise about 4 billion Swiss francs (dollars) by issuing new shares in the coming weeks. More>>

AT&T sheds more lucrative wireless customers in 1Q

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AT&T Inc. lost more of its most lucrative wireless customers during the first three months of the year as the country's biggest mobile carriers try to lure customers from each other with offers of unlimited data plans. More>>

N. Korea watchers on why army's big day has taken a backseat Video included

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The North Korean capital's broad, clean avenues were, by the authoritarian nation's usually over-the-top celebratory standards, fairly subdued ahead of Tuesday's 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army. More>>

WTO ruling favors Mexico in US 'dolphin-safe' tuna spat

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The World Trade Organization rules that Mexico's tuna industry has been harmed by U.S. "dolphin-safe" labeling rules and says the country can seek retaliatory measures worth hundreds of millions of dollars. More>>

Trump to propose massive tax cuts for businesses

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President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent raises a thorny question for the White House. More>>

Big unwind begins: Republicans target crisis financial rules

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Dodd-Frank financial rules under fire as Republicans look to roll back regulations. More>>

Wells Fargo faces shareholders, protesters at annual meeting

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Wells Fargo's top management and board of directors will face an irritated group of investors Tuesday. More>>

Asian stocks climb on hopes for US tax cuts, budget deal

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More U.S. companies join the earnings parade, driving stocks higher and putting indexes on track to add to their big gains from Monday. More>>

GOP drops US-Mexico wall demands as spending talks advance

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Bipartisan bargainers are making progress toward a budget deal to prevent a federal shutdown this weekend. More>>

Canadian leader responds to lumber tariffs imposed by the US

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warns of a "thickening" border between Canada and the U.S. after the Trump administration imposes new tariffs on softwood lumber. More>>

The Latest: Trump to sign executive order on education

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President Donald Trump says Canada has "outsmarted" the U.S. for a long time but his administration is "not going to put up with it.". More>>

Ivanka Trump hears groans as she defends father in Berlin

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Ivanka Trump is in Berlin on her first international outing as a White House adviser, where she will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss ways to encourage women's economic empowerment. More>>

Russia steps in after Ukraine cuts power to rebel-held east

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The Kremlin says Russia will supply electricity to separatist-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine after the Ukrainian government cut off the power because of unpaid bills. More>>

McDonald's US sales climb, customer traffic still a focus

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McDonald's reported first-quarter profit of $1.21 billion. More>>

Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

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Researchers with Japanese antivirus firm Trend Micro say that the campaign of French presidential front runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers. More>>

The Latest: Ivanka Trump visits Holocaust memorial in Berlin

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Ivanka Trump has visited the Holocaust memorial in the German capital, meeting with the director at the information center before walking slowly through the downtown Berlin monument. More>>

Wisconsin dairy farmers face spoiling market, tight deadline

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A handful of Wisconsin dairy farmers whose Canada market evaporated in a trade dispute were weighing offers from new buyers on Tuesday, but others were running out of time before an expiring contract risked putting them out of business. More>>

Sheryl Sandberg's new book a tale of grief, resilience Video included

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The new book by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy," recounts the death of her husband, her grief, and how she recovered from it. More>>

Rough week for Fox broadcast in television ratings

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Bereft of hits, the Fox broadcasting network is having a tough time in the ratings. More>>

Trump touts executive orders he once lambasted

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President Donald Trump will mark the end of his first 100 days in office with a flurry of executive orders, looking to fulfill campaign promises and rack up victories ahead of that milestone by turning to a presidential tool he once derided. More>>

Chipotle says sales rise, discloses payment system problem

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Chipotle is reporting better-than-expected sales for its first quarter, as the chain works to recover from a series of food scares. More>>

Congressional organization denies credentials to Breitbart

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The panel that approves media credentials to cover Congress has declined to grant permanent credentials to Breitbart News Network, LLC. More>>

The Latest: Official estimate could upend Trump tax plan

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A new congressional estimate could upend President Donald Trump's tax plan even before he releases it. More>>

Cost cuts at Coca-Cola go deeper, including jobs

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Coca-Cola Co. is reporting first-quarter earnings of $1.18 billion. More>>

Insurer Centene commits to shaky ACA exchanges for 2018

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Health insurer Centene says enrollment from the Affordable Care Act's troubled insurance exchanges has swelled, and it's ready to return next year, even as competitors waver and President Donald Trump warns of the law's demise. More>>

The Latest: All proposed Wells Fargo board members elected

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The chairman of Wells Fargo's board of directors and its CEO are apologizing to shareholders after a scandal over sales practices. More>>

Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress Video included

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When Congress returns to work this coming week, they'll find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation, and a budget deadline that's dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. More>>

Senate panel approves Trump's choice to lead trade office

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A Senate panel has unanimously approved President Donald Trump's pick to represent the U.S. in trade negotiations. More>>

US consumer confidence dips in April but remains strong

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US consumer confidence slipped in April but remains at high levels. More>>

Trump's 100-days promises: Fewer than half carried out

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President Donald Trump has accomplished just 10 of the 38 specific promises made in his 100-day "contract" with voters. More>>

Alitalia faces bankruptcy after employees vote down plan

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Alitalia is expected to start bankruptcy procedures after employees rejected proposed salary cuts and layoffs cuts aimed at saving Italy's financially troubled flagship airline. More>>

EU investigators probe Swedish mobile telecoms firms

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The EU's competition watchdog says investigators have launched surprise inspections at a number of Swedish mobile telecoms companies amid concerns over a possible cartel. More>>

Tests find Samsung's S8 phones more prone to screen cracks

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SquareTrade, a company that sells gadget-repair plans, says the nearly all-glass design of Samsung's new phones makes them "extremely susceptible" to cracking. More>>

The Latest: Trump says he hasn't changed position on wall

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President Donald Trump says that he hasn't changed his position on building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. More>>

US new-home sales climb to 8-month high in March

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US new home sales increase 5.8 percent in March, strongest pace in 8 months. More>>

Fewer immigrants without status since 2009-report

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A new study shows the number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally has fallen to 11 million since 2009, largely because of a drop-off in the number of Mexicans without legal status. More>>

Ask Brianna: Should my partner's debt keep us from marrying

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Debt shouldn't keep you from putting a ring on it, if you take the right precautions. More>>

LVMH to consolidate hold on Dior in multibillion-euro deal

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The magnate behind the LVMH luxury empire is seeking to strengthen control over Christian Dior in a multibillion-dollar deal combining the fashion industry heavyweights. More>>

JetBlue's profit sinks 59 percent as fuel costs rise

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JetBlue's first-quarter profit sank 59 percent from a year ago as fuel costs and other expenses rose and the airline made less revenue from every seat flown. More>>

Eurozone deficit down to lowest level since early 2008

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Following years of often-strict austerity, the level of government borrowing in the 19-country eurozone has fallen to its lowest level since early 2008. More>>

O'Reilly surprised by Fox exit, says truth will come out

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Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly says he's sad and surprised that he's off TV but is confident the truth will come out about his exit. More>>

US home prices rose at the fastest pace in nearly 3 years

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U.S. homes prices rose steadily upward in February as more homebuyers chased fewer available properties. More>>

Emirates CEO says US laptop carry-on ban still puzzles him

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The chairman and CEO of Dubai's long-haul carrier Emirates says he "can't dig into somebody's mind" to understand why the U.S. instituted a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage from 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries. More>>

Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it

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The revered Icelandic language, seen by many as a source of identity and pride, is being undermined by the widespread use of English both for mass tourism and in the voice-controlled artificial intelligence devices coming into vogue. More>>

Global markets gain higher as French election rally lingers

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Shares are higher in Asia, tracking the rally sparked by the outcome of France's vote. More>>

Writers Guild votes to authorize strike as talks continue

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Members of the Writers Guild of America are one step closer to striking come May 2. In a letter to its members Monday, the WGA said 96.3 percent voted to authorize a strike as the May 1 contract expiration deadline looms. More>>

Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House Video included

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Republican leaders in Congress remain dubious that a health care bill can emerge from the House next week after lawmakers return from their spring break. More>>

Swiss drugs giant Novartis posts 15 percent drop in profit

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Novartis says net income fell 15 percent in the first quarter, as the Swiss pharmaceuticals group continued to adjust to generic competition for its Gleevec leukemia drug and stopped work on a hoped-for heart-failure treatment. More>>

Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

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After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary. More>>

Clarification: China-Auto Show-GM story

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General Motors Co. says it plans to launch 10 electric vehicles in China by 2020 as the government presses the industry to promote alternatives to gasoline. More>>

Trump slaps tariff on Canadian softwood lumber

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The Trump administration is moving to impose a 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada, escalating an intensifying trade dispute between the two countries. More>>

Ivanka Trump in Berlin to talk women's economic empowerment

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Ivanka Trump hopes to build global support for investment in women's economic empowerment programs. More>>

Trump's Mar-a-Lago loses State Department promotion posting

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After a storm of ethics criticism, the U.S. State Department has removed its promotional posting about President Donald Trump's Florida resort. More>>

Trump's tax plan could face a budget deficit challenge

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says that the administration's tax reform will generate so much economic growth that the budget deficit will be held in check. More>>

Nearing 100 days, Trump says his presidency is 'different' Video included

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For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has startled world leaders with his unpredictability, but won their praise for a surprise strike on Syria. More>>

Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin for women's conference

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Ivanka Trump's advocacy for women and girls will take her to a women's conference in Berlin Tuesday. More>>

Trump's 100-days promises: A long way to go on most of them

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How's President Donald Trump doing on the promises he made for his first 100 days in office? Not too well. More>>

Companies decry Trump plan to eliminate Energy Star program

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More 1,000 U.S. companies are urging Congress to preserve the 25-year-old Energy Star program, which promotes efficiency in home and business products. More>>

FDA approves 2nd near-copy of Remicade for immune disorders

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Federal regulators have approved another alternative version of Remicade, an expensive injected drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders. More>>

Trump backs away from demand for border wall money

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Critical issues remain unresolved as Congress and the White House push toward a Friday deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown. More>>

French stocks soar to near-decade highs as Macron tops poll

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European markets have jumped higher, with France's main index hitting its highest level since early 2008, amid relief over the results of the first round of the French presidential election. More>>

APNewsBreak: Dodgers, Yankees cut projected luxury tax bills

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills _ just as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and perhaps Clayton Kershaw near the free-agent market after the 2018 season. More>>

Asia tracks French election rally; weak yen lifts Tokyo

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U.S. stocks joined a worldwide rally after election results in France over the weekend raised expectations that the European Union and euro currency will remain intact. More>>

GM appeal of ignition switch ruling rejected by high court

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The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims. More>>

Farmers fear deportation of workers could hurt livelihood

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Farmers across the U.S. are worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants who are in the country illegally. More>>

Passengers in viral airline videos have same lawyer

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The woman who sobbed after an American Airlines flight attendant took her stroller now has a lawyer. More>>

The Latest: Trump threatens tariff on Canadian lumber

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump has thrown "a monkey wrench" into congressional talks on a catch-all spending bill with his insistence on start-up money for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. More>>

Trump administration sanctions 271 in Syrian chemical attack

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U.S. officials say the Trump administration will issue new sanctions against Syria as early as Monday as part of its ongoing crackdown on the Syrian government and those who support it. More>>

Shea Moisture hair line company apologizes in ad dust up

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The black-founded hair care company Shea Moisture apologized Monday amid social media criticism from black users over an online video promoting its products using white women. More>>

MetLife asks court to put hold on 'too big to fail' case

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MetLife is asking a federal appeals court to put on hold a ruling on whether the government can tag the insurance giant as a potential threat to the financial system. More>>

Hasbro heads for the loo and business booms

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Business for Hasbro is in the toilet, which turns out to be a pretty good place. More>>

Express Scripts expects to lose biggest customer after 2019

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Shares of Express Scripts Holding Co. are falling sharply after the prescription drug manager said its biggest customer, Anthem, doesn't plan to extend its contract after 2019. More>>

Alitalia workers nix deal to avoid airline bankruptcy

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Alitalia workers on Monday had a final day to vote on a government-brokered deal aimed at saving Italy's flagship airline from bankruptcy. More>>

Luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo goes up for sale

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Shares in Jimmy Choo have leapt 11 percent after its board put the luxury shoe brand up for sale. More>>

Cement multinational CEO resigns after Syria deals

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Cement group LafargeHolcim says its chief executive officer is resigning, weeks after the multinational acknowledged that its branch in northern Syria had struck deals with armed groups so that it could keep business there running. More>>

Court delays action on rules cutting power plant pollution

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A federal appeals court has granted a request by the Trump administration to delay ruling on Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. More>>

Egypt's tourism officials insist popular sites are safe

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Egypt's tourism levels are still around a third of what they once were, and despite security concerns Egypt's tourism minister insists the country's popular Red Sea resorts and Ancient Egyptian sites are "safe" and "airports are secure". More>>

The Latest: Israeli president denounces Le Pen's comments

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Former French Manuel Valls says the defeated Socialist Party is self-destructing and has to look forward to rebuild. More>>

GM plans to launch 10 electric cars in China by 2020

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General Motors Co. says it plans to launch 10 electric vehicles in China by 2020 as the government presses the industry to promote alternatives to gasoline. More>>

PPG Industries ups bid for Akzo Nobel to $28.8B

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PPG Industries boosts its offer for Akzo Nobel to about $28.8 billion. More>>

Survey of economists finds optimism about growth prospects

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Business economists are generally optimistic about the U.S. economy with most expecting stronger growth than last year's poor performance. More>>

Qatar Airways sees 'manageable' decline in flights to US

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The CEO of one of the Middle East's largest carriers, Qatar Airways, says passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival. More>>

Greece, creditors resuming talks in Athens, seek swift deal

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Representatives of Greece's international creditors are due in Athens to restart talks on further cutbacks required under the country's bailout deal. More>>

Report: Companies not complying with Bangladesh garment plan

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An international rights group says dozens of global clothing companies are not complying with a plan to ensure better safety in Bangladesh garment factories following the deadly collapse of a building four years ago. More>>

The Latest: Thousands join global rallies for science Video included

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The March for Science has attracted several thousand people in Berlin, and those supporters of sciences have walked from one of the city's universities to the Brandenburg Gate. More>>

Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

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Google's voice-activated assistant can now recognize who's talking to it on the Google's Home speaker. More>>

Italian journalist home after 2 weeks detention in Turkey

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An Italian journalist has returned to Italy after being detained 2 weeks in Turkey for entering an area near the Syrian border without permission. More>>

Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate

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New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg is warning world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change. More>>

'The Fate of the Furious' laps new films at box office

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"The Fate of the Furious" has sped into first place at the box office again, leaving the new competition in the dust. More>>

As orbit becomes more crowded, risk from space debris grows

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Experts consider decades' worth of man-made junk that is cluttering up Earth's orbit, posing a threat to spaceflight and the satellites we rely on for weather reports, air travel and global communications. More>>

French election result gives markets a start-of-week lift Video included

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Global stocks are mostly higher as investors ponder the outcome from the first round of the French presidential election. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Misfires in Trump's AP interview

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In his recent Associated Press interview, President Donald Trump claimed more progress than he's actually achieved on his 100-day plan. More>>

Japan's Nikon sues ASML, Zeiss over chip-making technology

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Nikon Corp. says it has taken legal action in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan over use of its lithography technology for making semiconductors by ASML Holding and Carl Zeiss. More>>

Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration Video included

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Farmers around the U.S. are worried that the Trump administration crackdown on immigrants will deprive them of the workers they need. More>>

AP Exclusive: The sad saga of North Korea's ATMs

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The airport in the North Korean capital has two ATMs but according to bank officials, because of new Chinese sanctions, they don't work. More>>

Dubai state-backed DAE buys aircraft leasing firm AWAS

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Aircraft leasing company Dubai Aerospace Enterprise has agreed to buy rival AWAS, more than tripling the size of its fleet. More>>

Republicans want to muzzle database of consumer complaints

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Republican lawmakers want to make private a database of consumer complaints against banks, credit card issuers and other financial services companies. More>>

Britain's back in favor for corporate deals despite Brexit

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Britain has reclaimed its place as one of the top five countries that firms look to make deals in, just six months after dropping out in the wake of the country's surprise to leave the European Union, according to a survey released Monday. More>>

Emiratis, Malaysians reach $1.2B deal over troubled fund

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Emirati, Malaysian officials reach deal on Malaysian investment fund 1MDB, with UAE to receive $1.2 billion this year. More>>

German business confidence up in April, beats forecasts

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A survey shows that business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has beaten economists' expectations to rise to a six-year high as companies take a brighter view of their current situation. More>>

Unconventional Macron faces unprecedented challenge Video included

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French centrist Emmanuel Macron faces an unprecedented challenge in his quest for the French presidency: A newcomer to politics, he was virtually unknown to most of his countrymen just three years ago. More>>

Trump sons seek to extend family brand into domestic markets

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President Donald Trump's older sons are sizing up new opportunities to extend the family brand. More>>

Asian stocks mixed as investors mull French election outcome

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Asian stocks were mixed Monday as investors weighed the results of a closely watched election in France. More>>

French vote for Macron, Le Pen shuts out mainstream politics Video included

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French voters have begun casting ballots for the presidential election in a tense first-round poll that's seen as a test for the spread of populism around the world. More>>

Medical tech firm Becton Dickinson to buy C.R. Bard for $24B

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Medical technology firm Becton, Dickinson and Co. says it has reached an agreement to buy competitor C.R. Bard Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal worth $24 billion. More>>

1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade

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The first lawsuit out of tens of thousands across the U.S. is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to put a genetically engineered corn variety onto the U.S. market before China approved it. More>>

Iranian candidate says nuclear deal failed to lift sanctions

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An Iranian presidential candidate says the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers has failed to lift sanctions or improve the country's economy. More>>

Asian stocks mixed as investors mull French election outcome

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Asian stocks were mixed Monday as investors weighed the results of a closely watched election in France. More>>

Trump says he will release tax reform package next week Video included

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President Donald Trump says businesses and individuals will receive a "massive tax cut" under a tax reform package he plans to unveil next week. More>>

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