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Populist Czech winner may find scandals scare away partners

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After winning Czech parliamentary elections, billionaire business Andrej Babis. More>>

Catalan parliament to respond to Spain's planned takeover

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A far left pro-independence party in Catalonia is calling for "mass civil disobedience" in the region following the Spanish government's unprecedented move to trigger a section of the constitution allowing the central government to intervene in the region. More>>

Well-known Moscow journalist stabbed by attacker; in coma

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Russia's leading news radio station says its deputy editor-in-chief has been stabbed by an unknown attacker. More>>

Trump shoots down retirement limit to pay for GOP tax cuts

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Trump urges House Republicans to move swiftly on passing budget bill, clearing the way for tax fight. More>>

US stocks skid as GE tumbles and technology companies fall

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US stocks are mixed as clothing and household goods companies rise and General Electric and other industrial companies take losses. More>>

World mayors pledge emissions-free cities by 2030

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The mayors of London, Los Angeles, Paris and several other major world cities are pledging to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles from "large parts" of their cities by 2030. More>>

Target says customers want it to pause the 'Christmas creep'

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Target says customers want it to pause the 'Christmas creep'. More>>

Kelly on O'Reilly: Abuse, shaming of women has to stop

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Former Fox anchor Megyn Kelly says she complained to her bosses about Bill O'Reilly after he questioned her loyalty for publicly revealing her story of sexual harassment at the hands of Roger Ailes. More>>

Amazon says it received 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

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Amazon says it received 238 proposals from cities and regions hoping to be the home of the company's second headquarters. More>>

New flight paths lead to airplane noise complaints across US

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The Federal Aviation Administration is redrawing flight paths for airports around the United States under a program known as "NextGen" to streamline aircraft routing for fuel efficiency and safety and a successful legal challenge by Phoenix. More>>

Kaspersky Lab to open anti-virus software to outside review

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Kaspersky Lab will open up anti-virus software to outside review as it deals with security concerns. More>>

States to ask judge to keep health subsidies that Trump cut

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An attempt by 19 states to force President Donald Trump to pay health care subsidies will go before a federal judge in San Francisco. More>>

Google parent turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico

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Google says its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria. More>>

Cisco Systems buying BroadSoft for $1.9 billion cash

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Cisco buying BroadSoft for $1.9 billion in move to bolster telecom technology. More>>

Insurer Aetna unloads group life, disability for $1.45B

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Aetna is selling its domestic group life and disability business for $1.45 billion to Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Co. Aetna says the cash deal also includes its absence management business and should close next month. More>>

UK's May says Brexit talks making progress; EU denies leak

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Five of Britain's biggest business groups are calling on the government to quickly agree to a transition period of at least two years. More>>

The Latest: Former Fox anchor grapples with non-disclosure

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Bill O'Reilly goes on former colleague Glenn Beck's radio show to defend himself after a story in The New York Times about a $32 million settlement paid to a woman who had accused him of harassment. More>>

In Asia, Trump to warn North Korea but not likely visit DMZ

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President Donald Trump is not currently planning to visit the militarized border between North and South Korea known as the DMZ when he visits Asia next month. More>>

Treasury opposes arbitration rules for consumers suing banks

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Trump Treasury Department comes out against a new regulations that would allow consumers to band together to sue their bank or credit card company, saying the rules are not in U.S. consumers' interests. More>>

Jurors to begin deliberating in meningitis outbreak case

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Jury deliberations are set to begin in the case of a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with murder in the 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people. More>>

The Latest: Singapore leader urges dialogue on North Korea

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President Donald Trump is congratulating Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on his election win. The White House said Trump called Abe Sunday to salute his victory. More>>

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion

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Environmental pollutants are killing at least 9 million people and costing the world $4.6 trillion a year, a toll exceeding that of war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More>>

FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus

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New, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles approved by US regulators. More>>

Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson

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A Los Angeles judge has tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson baby powder for feminine hygiene. More>>

Gaza to get second cellular network, from Qatar

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A Palestinian cellular provider says it will soon expand coverage from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip. More>>

Average US gas price falls a nickel to $2.51 for regular

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The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline fell a nickel nationally over the past two weeks to $2.51. More>>

Trial to begin against Philip Morris in smoker's death

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A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit against Philip Morris in connection with the lung cancer death of a Connecticut woman who smoked the company's Marlboro cigarettes. More>>

The Latest: Business group endorses early Catalonia election

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A lawmaker with the ruling Catalan separatist coalition says the regional parliament will hold a Thursday plenary meeting that many fear will become a cover for a vote on declaring independence from Spain. More>>

Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage

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The US is looking to ban laptops from checked bags on international flights. Questions and answers on the proposal. More>>

Giorgio Armani outlines succession plan to keep house intact

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Giorgio Armani says he has devised a succession plan that will prevent his fashion empire from being split up into pieces. More>>

The Latest: May expects Brexit talks progress by December

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A high level European Union official denies that the EU Commission leaked an unfavorable account of last week's dinner where British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to rally EU support for her views on the Brexit negotiations. More>>

Greece aims for quick austerity review as bailout end nears

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Bailout negotiators return to Greece to try and reach terms for next loan payout, as debt-plagued country prepares to end eight years of rescue funding programs. More>>

Fidelity has staff meeting on sex harassment after 2 leave

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US fund giant Fidelity holds emergency meeting on sex harassment after two departures. More>>

Applying for a credit card? Please take a selfie

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Payment processing giant Visa is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate various types of biometrics _ your fingerprint, face, voice, etc. _ into approving credit card applications and payments. More>>

US sanctions against Hezbollah will not target banks: Banker

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A top Lebanese banker says new U.S. sanctions against the militant Hezbollah group expected to be released in the near future are not likely to affect the country's banking sector. More>>

EU investigators inspect German automakers

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The European Union's antitrust watchdog says investigators have conducted inspections at a number of German automakers over cartel concerns. More>>

Stocks mostly rise amid Japanese election, US tax hopes

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Japan ruling party election victory boosts Nikkei; rest of Asia mixed. More>>

US: Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

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The U.S. government is urging that large, personal electronic devices like laptops be banned from airline checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic explosion and fire. More>>

Liz Weston: Saving money makes you happier - here's proof

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Paying off debt today may seem more urgent than saving for tomorrow, but researchers say a growing nest egg makes you happier. More>>

French-led EU push for heftier tax on internet giants stalls

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France's drive to force internet giants to pay more taxes is losing steam, amid resistance from other EU countries that offer tax shelter to companies like Apple. More>>

Poland commits to spend 2.5 percent of its GDP on defense

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Poland's President Andrzej Duda has signed a law that will eventually increase the country's spending on defense to at least 2.5 percent of GDP, well above the 2 percent required by membership in NATO. More>>

Older vehicles in London to be charged more for polluting

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London drivers of older, most-polluting types of vehicles will start facing an extra charge for spreading toxicity in the city. More>>

Vegas rebranding shows difficulty of messaging after tragedy

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As volunteers streamed in to donate blood, doctors tended to the wounded and investigators scoured the scene of the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, Las Vegas officials moved to protect their valuable franchise. More>>

Egyptian president visits France, human rights one topic

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi starts Monday a three-day official visit to France where human right issues are expected to be discussed alongside with economic, security and military cooperation. More>>

Hopes and fears in Hong Kong, Taiwan amid China's congress

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Voices of Hong Kongers, Taiwanese as China's Communist Party meets in twice-a-decade congress and President Xi Jinping cements power, asserts authority. More>>

Nikkei rises on Japanese ruling party win, most of Asia up

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Asian stocks are mostly higher, with Japan's benchmark rising on the back of an election victory by the prime minister's ruling party, which had promised stability and growth. More>>

Google parent leads $1B Lyft investment, deepening Uber rift

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Google's parent company is throwing its financial support behind ride-hailing service Lyft, further deepening its rift with the market leader Uber. More>>

Prosecutor: Pharmacist in meningitis case gambled with lives

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Attorneys are preparing to make their closing arguments in the case of a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with second-degree murder in a deadly meningitis outbreak. More>>

Trump: Considering Powell and Taylor for Fed's top 2 posts

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Trump opens door to dual Federal Reserve appointments of Powell and Taylor. More>>

Yellen says Fed's extraordinary policies may be needed again

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen defends the central bank's extraordinary efforts to fight the Great Recession and says they might be needed again. More>>

End of an era as Hong Kong stock trading floor set to close

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End of an era for Hong Kong's last remaining stock market floor traders as exchange prepares to shut its trading hall, joining other world exchanges in going fully automated. More>>

US stocks end higher; S&P 500, Dow on 6-week winning streak

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U.S. stocks are up slightly in early trading Friday as investors cheer a crop of strong company earnings. More>>

No distress call after fishing boat with foreign crew wrecks

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A boat that ran aground off Honolulu while transporting foreign fishermen to work in Hawaii's commercial fishing industry has raised new questions about the safety and working conditions for foreign laborers in this unique U.S. fleet. More>>

Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget Video included

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Republicans must shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump's sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they've muscled through the Senate to lay the groundwork for the first tax overhaul in three decades. More>>

Q&A on the GOP effort to overhaul the nation's tax system

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Divided Republicans in Congress are tackling an ambitious overhaul of the nation's tax system that would deeply cut levies for corporations and double the standard deduction used by most average Americans. More>>

At GE, a new urgency to return to industrial roots

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General Electric's 3Q profit falls far short of expectations, outlook slashed. More>>

Spanish PM to unveil measures to fight Catalan separatists

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Bank customers in Catalonia are withdrawing money from financial institutions that have moved their official headquarters to other locations in Spain amid a political crisis over the region's independence bid. More>>

Make China Great Again! Xi leads China into muscular new era

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A new form of red-blooded Chinese nationalism has been channeled skillfully by President and ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping as he seeks to strengthen the party's role in Chinese life. More>>

Workers at iPhone supplier in China protest unpaid bonuses

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Apple Inc. has vowed to investigate underpayment of bonuses at an iPhone supplier in China after worker protests. More>>

Senators press Pruitt for concessions on biofuels mandate

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is looking to make peace on biofuels standards with senators from big corn-growing states who could upend President Donald Trump's nominees for important EPA jobs. More>>

Arctic refuge drilling closer as Senate moves to open site

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Congress is a step closer to opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. More>>

The Latest: Ryan says GOP working on 4th tax bracket

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President Donald Trump hailed the vote as "Great news" in a post-midnight tweet, calling it a "first step toward delivering MASSIVE tax cuts for the American people.". More>>

Budget deficit hits $666B, an $80B spike for the year

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The Trump administration says the federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed budget year, an $80 billion spike that comes as Republicans controlling Washington are moving quickly to draft a $1.5 trillion rewrite of the tax code. More>>

G7 backs internet industry effort to detect, blunt extremism

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The Group of Seven industrialized nations have thrown their support behind a new technology industry alliance aimed at detecting and blunting online propaganda to combat extremism on the internet. More>>

Monsanto sues Arkansas board for banning disputed herbicide

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Monsanto sues Arkansas regulators over decision to ban its version of an herbicide that has drawn complaints from farmers in several states. More>>

Power to the people: 2 Italy regions to hold autonomy votes

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It is greater autonomy __ not independence __ that two of Italy's wealthiest regions are seeking in a pair of non-binding referendums next weekend, yet Catalonia's secessionist ambitions loom over the debate. More>>

US home sales ticked up in September as Houston recovers

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US home sales rose 0.7 percent in September, as Houston market quickly recovers. More>>

EU leaders struggle to break through Brexit talks impasse

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European Union leaders are gathering to weigh progress in negotiations on Britain's departure from their club as they look for new ways to speed up the complex, painfully slow moving process. More>>

Hurricanes, earthquakes estimated to cost insurers $95B

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Swiss Re, one of the world's biggest reinsurers, estimates that Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, two recent earthquakes in Mexico will cost the industry about $95 billion. More>>

Wells Fargo: 4 currency executives no longer work at bank

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Three high-level foreign exchange executives and a currency trader have left Wells Fargo, bank won't say if they were fired. More>>

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion

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Environmental pollutants are killing at least 9 million people and costing the world $4.6 trillion a year, a toll exceeding that of war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More>>

Police: Ford worker killed himself at Detroit-area factory

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Police say a disgruntled worker shot and killed himself at a Ford Motor factory in suburban Detroit. More>>

Mine safety nomination follows history as coal executive

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The retired coal company executive from West Virginia tapped to oversee U.S. mining safety says his first priority is preventing people from getting hurt and that he replaced the managers of a mine plagued by safety violations where a miner died. More>>

The Latest: King: Catalonia is "an essential part" of Spain

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A Spanish opposition Socialist politician says that her party and Spain's government have reached an agreement to hold a regional election in Catalonia in January as a way to resolve one of the country's deepest political crises in decades. More>>

US regulators approve 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer

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U.S. regulators approve 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer, 1st one for adults. More>>

California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

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California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order to speed up recovery as fire authorities say they've stopped the progress of wildfires that have killed at least 42 and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California. More>>

Education agency blasted amid student loan scam crackdown

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Critics say the Department of Education fails to act against student loan scams that other federal agencies and state attorneys general are targeting in a national sweep. More>>

Pope sends rare condolence after Malta journalist is slain

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Pope Francis has sent a letter of condolences to Malta following the car bomb slaying of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. More>>

Hurricane Irma cost Florida 127K jobs, but most will return

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Hurricane Irma hammers Florida's economy, costing 127K jobs last month; most will return. More>>

France faces butter shortage amid global demand for pastries

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French pastries, and butter, have become so popular abroad that the increased demand led to a mini shortage of the dairy product in French supermarkets. More>>

End of an era as Hong Kong stock trading floor set to close

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End of an era for Hong Kong's last remaining stock market floor traders as exchange prepares to shut its trading hall, joining other world exchanges in going fully automated. More>>

BMW offices get 'inspection' in preliminary collusion probe

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Automaker BMW says European Commission staff this week conducted an "inspection" at company offices in Munich in connection with news media allegations that German car makers colluded on diesel technology. More>>

Backers of oil terminal pour money into Washington port race

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Developers of a proposed oil-by-rail terminal along the Columbia River that would be the nation's largest have poured big money into a port commissioner race that may shape the project's future. More>>

Global stocks get modest boost from US tax hopes

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Asian shares are pushing higher on optimism over the global outlook despite uncertainties over political events in China and Japan and speculation over Trump's choice of the next Fed chief. More>>

George R.R. Martin mixes business, politics at film forum

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Author and film producer George R. R. Martin is wading into the politics of film-industry tax breaks while endorsing a prominent Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico. More>>

Japan standards inspectors search Kobe Steel over faked data

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Japan standards inspectors search Kobe Steel over faked data as investigations widen. More>>

The Latest: German business supports EU stance on Brexit

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Ireland's leader is praising British Prime Minister Theresa May for a constructive attitude on Brexit talks but says "we're a long way" from getting to the next step. More>>

Daimler profits hit by costs of diesel emissions recall

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German automaker Daimler says net profit fell 16 percent in the third quarter as a voluntary recall to improve diesel emissions hurt earnings at its Mercedes-Benz luxury car brand. More>>

Senate GOP backs budget, clears way for tax overhaul

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Republicans must shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump's sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they've muscled through the Senate. More>>

New Zealand to hold marijuana vote under new leader Ardern

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New Zealand is poised to slash immigration, rethink trade deals and vote on legalizing marijuana under a new government that takes office next week. More>>

Australian car-making ends with last GM plant closing

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Australian car making to soon end with closing of GM plant after 90 years. More>>

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

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Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is criticizing Donald Trump's response to a bipartisan health deal in the Senate, saying it's best for the president to take a consistent position, 'and let's face it, he's not been particularly consistent here.'. More>>

Shares of United Airlines tumble after 3Q financial report

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United Airlines' stock goes in a nosedive on forecast of weak pricing; CEO appeals for patience. More>>

Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

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Senate Republicans seem to be on cruise control to pass a $4 trillion budget plan that shelves GOP deficit concerns in favor of the party's drive to cut taxes. More>>

Collins: Trump should back effort to resume health subsidy

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A key moderate Republican is urging President Donald Trump to support a bipartisan Senate effort to reinstate insurer payments. More>>

Asian shares rise as investors await Japan vote, Fed choice

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Technology companies are leading an early slide in U.S. stocks as the market pulls back from its latest record highs. More>>

Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid

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Catalonia's separatist leader is facing an imminent deadline to withdraw a bid to secede from Spain. More>>

GM reaches $120m settlement with states over switches

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GM reaches $120m settlement with 49 states and D.C. over defective ignition switches. More>>

Iridium to rely on used SpaceX boosters for next 2 launches

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Iridium Communications says the next two launches of its new-generation satellites will use SpaceX Falcon 9 first-stage boosters that have been flown previously. More>>

Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

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How's that? Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance, experts say. More>>

South Koreans recommend gov't complete 2 nuclear reactors

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South Koreans are recommending the government continue building two nuclear reactors the new president had wanted to shutter. More>>

Toyota, Honda confirm safety of some Kobe Steel products

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Japanese automakers confirm use of Kobe Steel products affected by fake inspection data, but say they have found no safety concerns so far. More>>

The Latest: Senate passes $4 trillion budget blueprint

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President Donald Trump is rooting for fellow Senate Republicans to succeed in efforts to pass a massive $4.1 trillion budget plan. More>>

US unemployment claims fall to 222,000, lowest in 44 years

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US unemployment claims fall by 22,000 to 222,000, lowest since March 1973. More>>

EU leaders to May: Match Brexit promises with real proposals

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Prime Minister Theresa May is heading to a European Union summit with a solemn pledge to treat EU residents well once Britain leaves the bloc. More>>

The Latest: Last car built in Australia rolls off GM line

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The last mass-produced car built designed and built in Australia has rolled off General Motors Co.'s production line as the nation reluctantly bid farewell to its auto manufacturing industry. More>>

China's conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control

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China's ruling Communist Party is expanding its role in business even as it promises freer markets and support for entrepreneurs on the eve of President Xi Jinping's second five-year term as leader. More>>

Site of Amazon's HQ2 has much to learn from Seattle

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Memo to the many places vying for Amazon's second headquarters: It ain't all food trucks and free bananas. More>>

Stitch Fix, an online styling service, files to go public

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Stitch Fix, an online clothing styling service, has filed to go public. More>>

Helen DeVos, who backed health, education causes, dies at 90

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Helen J. DeVos, a western Michigan philanthropist known for her support of children's health, Christian education and the arts, has died at age 90. More>>

The Latest: Merkel says May's Brexit effort still not enough

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Hard-core euroskeptics in Britain's Parliament are urging Prime Minister Theresa May to walk away from European Union divorce talks unless the bloc starts discussing trade. More>>

Toyota tops Consumer Reports' auto reliability rankings

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Toyota takes the lead while Cadillac tumbles in Consumer Reports' auto reliability rankings. More>>

California won't make its attorney licensing exam easier

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Becoming a lawyer in California isn't going to get easier after the state Supreme Court decided not to lower the minimum passing score on one of nation's toughest licensing exams for attorneys. More>>

Target sees new smaller Manhattan store as where it's headed

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Target sees its new Manhattan store a symbol of its future. More>>

3 months in jail for businessman in crash that killed priest

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A businessman who pleaded guilty in an Ohio crash that killed a priest who was a passenger in his car has been sentenced to three months in jail. More>>

Food company chairman gets 2 years in prison in fraud case

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A former Texas food company executive who admitted feeding inside information to a Las Vegas gambler linked to golfer Phil Mickelson has been sentenced in New York to two years in prison. More>>

Company seeks to build island off Alaska for Arctic drilling

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The federal government is collecting public comment on a proposal to drill in Arctic waters from an artificial island. More>>

Greenpeace faults many tech giants for environment impact

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Greenpeace is faulting technology titans like Samsung Electronics, Amazon and Huawei for falling short on their efforts to reduce their environmental impact. More>>

Missouri proposes innovation corridor for Amazon's 2nd home

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Missouri officials are proposing an innovation corridor between Kansas City and St. Louis for a new Amazon location instead of a single headquarters in one of the metropolitan areas. More>>

MH17 investigators appeal for information about Buk photo

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An international team investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 is appealing for information about a photograph that prosecutors believe features the Buk rocket that blew the passenger jet out of the sky. More>>

The Latest: EU chief: No role for EU in Catalonia dispute

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Catalonia's leader has threatened to explicitly declare independence from Spain if no talks are offered and central authorities follow through on a threat to take control of the region's semi-autonomous powers. More>>

House, Senate intel committees receive briefing from Google

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Tech giant Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media. More>>

Nielsen says it will report on who's watching streamed shows

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The Nielsen company says it will now report how many people are watching shows on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. More>>

Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets

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Twitter vowed to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment on its platform, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet-storm that the company was "still" not doing enough to protect its users. More>>

The Latest: Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda

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President Vladimir Putin says Russia will adhere to a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty for as long as the U.S. sticks to it. More>>

The Latest: Governors urge Congress to back health subsidies

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Sen. Lamar Alexander says President Donald Trump called him Wednesday "to be encouraging" of bipartisan efforts to come up with a plan to stabilize health insurance premiums after Trump stopped them. More>>

CEO of Goldman Sachs hints at further Brexit move

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The CEO of Goldman Sachs has hinted the banking giant could be sending more jobs from London to Frankfurt following Britain's exit from the European. More>>

French protest labor changes but fewer take to the streets

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The number of French protesters appears to be falling on the third day of union-backed, nationwide demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron's divisive labor reforms. More>>

Correction: Self-Driving Cars Report story

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A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl. More>>

The Latest: White House envoy arrives in Egypt

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An Israeli anti-settlement monitoring group says Israel has advanced plans this week to build nearly 3,000 new homes in the West Bank _ eclipsing the number of homes that were approved during all of last year. More>>

BP chairman who presided over Gulf spill crisis to retire

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Energy firm BP says its chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg, who presided over the company during the Deepwater Horizon spill, has decided to retire. More>>

Tatum won't develop sexual abuse drama with Weinstein Co.

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Channing Tatum is no longer developing a film with The Weinstein Co. about a boy dealing with the aftermath of sexual abuse. More>>

Surprise! 4 things you didn't know were taxable

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Here are four kinds of income that people think they don't have to report to the IRS, tax pros say, plus tips on how to avoid the related sticker shock when filing returns. More>>

US long-term mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 3.88 percent

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US long-term mortgage rates fall: 30-year at 3.88 percent; 15-year at 3.19 percent. More>>

China's economic growth stays stable as ruling party meets

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China economy stable in July-September quarter, giving the ruling Communist Party a boost as it prepares to appoint President Xi Jinping to a new term as leader. More>>

UK probes alleged money laundering link to South Africa

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UK authorities are investigating allegations that British banks inadvertently acted as conduits for money laundering linked to corruption in South Africa. More>>

Wildfires worsen housing crunch in famously costly Bay Area

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The many thousands who lost their houses, condos and apartments in wildfires burning in Northern California will not only have to find or build a new place to live. They'll have to do it in one of the toughest housing markets in the nation. More>>

Global stock markets slip as China's growth slows

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Asian markets mixed after record Wall Street highs; China growth ticks down. More>>

Hurricanes, chilly summer hit sales at Unilever

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Unilever, the consumer products giant that owns brands including Dove, Lipton and Knorr, was buffeted by bad weather in the United States and Europe in the third quarter. More>>

London Stock Exchange chief to step down at end of 2018

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The London Stock Exchange has announced that its chief executive plans to step down by the end of 2018. More>>

Swiss food, drinks giant Nestle reports dip in 9-month sales

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Nestle says its sales dipped slightly in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period of 2016, citing net divestments and negative foreign currency effects. More>>

British retail sales slip amid household income squeeze

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Official figures show that retail sales in Britain fell by a bigger than anticipated 0.8 percent in September, a drop that analysts say has its roots in the squeeze on household incomes following an inflationary spike. More>>

Facebook knocks down Thai PM's claim of Zuckerberg meeting

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Facebook says none of its top executives are coming to Thailand, two days after the country's military ruler announced CEO Mark Zuckerberg would meet him this month. More>>

GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

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A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is on shaky ground. More>>

Swiss biotech group Roche sees 5 pct rise in 9-month sales

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Swiss biotech company Roche says sales grew 5 percent in the first nine months of the year, crediting new product launches and citing double-digit growth in the pharmaceuticals division in the U.S. market. More>>

5 things to know about China's twice-a-decade party congress

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Much of it will be held behind closed doors, but journalists and academics _ and more than a billion Chinese citizens _ will be closely watching for hints signaling change at this week's twice-every-decade congress of China's ruling Communist Party. More>>

Corporations to keep tax break lost by millions of Americans

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Millions of Americans would lose a prized tax break under President Donald Trump's sweeping revamp of the tax code, but corporations would get to keep it. More>>

Japan trade surplus leaps on strong exports to rest of Asia

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Japan trade surplus leaps on strong exports of cars, machinery to rest of Asia, US. More>>

LG, Qualcomm join hands for autonomous driving

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LG Electronics says it has joined hands with Qualcomm to jointly research and develop autonomous driving technologies. More>>

States ask US court to keep up health subsidies cut by Trump

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Nineteen top state government lawyers are asking a U.S. judge in California to force the Trump administration to make health care subsidy payments that the president abruptly cut off last week. More>>

Asian markets mixed as data shows China growth slowed

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U.S. stock indexes are mostly higher in early trading, extending the market's modest gains from a day earlier. More>>

China's economic growth stays stable as ruling party meets

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China's economic growth edged down in the quarter ending in September but was buoyed by strength in retail spending and exports. More>>

Bootleg Libyan oil, shady havens: Slain reporter's beats

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On tiny Malta, slain reporter had no shortage of international intrigue to probe. More>>

Bank of Korea raises South Korea's outlook on strong exports

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South Korea's central bank says Asia's fourth-largest economy is likely to grow 3.0 percent this year bolstered by robust exports in the manufacturing sector. More>>

China's Xi calls for more technology development

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President Xi Jinping has called for China's ruling Communist Party to step up technology development, an area in which Beijing faces complaints that it encourages theft of foreign know-how and blocks access to emerging industries. More>>

American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault to retire next year

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Kenneth Chenault, one of the most prominent black businessmen and long-time chairman and CEO of American Express, will retire in early 2018; led company through financial crisis and 9/11 attacks. More>>

Hurricanes help push down United's 3Q profit by one-third

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United Airlines says 3Q profit fell by one-third as hurricanes wiped out 8,000 flights. More>>

Are insurers 'enriched' by Obama health law, as Trump says?

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Are insurers 'enriched' by Obama health law, as Trump says?. More>>

EU unveils measures to tackle low-tech attacks

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The EU is unveiling new measures to help counter lone-wolf attacks following a spate of killings in major cities by extremists driving vehicles into crowds of people. More>>

Romano's Macaroni Grill files for bankruptcy protection

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The owner of Romano's Macaroni Grill filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing diners opting against sit-down chains. More>>

Kentucky seeks big pension changes to stem tide of red ink

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Kentucky's Republican leaders say they will close the state's troubled pension system for most new employees, offering them a 401(k)-style plan as they seek to stop the bleeding on one of the country's worst funded public retirement plans. More>>

IRS still enforcing Obama-era insurance mandate

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Contrary to widespread perceptions, IRS still enforcing Obama-era insurance requirement. More>>

EU says data privacy deal with US can be improved

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The European Union says that the one-year-old rules governing trans-Atlantic data transfers are working well but that some improvements can still be made to the system seeking to guarantee EU citizens privacy protection from U.S. companies. More>>

Crews quickly smother fire at oil refinery near Los Angeles

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A fire that erupted at the West Coast's largest oil refinery threatened storage tanks and sent huge flames into the sky and black smoke across neighborhoods before crews quickly smothered it. More>>

Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against 'grim' challenges

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its national congress on Wednesday. More>>

Trump: US faces 'once in a lifetime opportunity' on taxes

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President Donald Trump says the nation faces a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to overhaul the tax system during a White House meeting with a group of senators. More>>

Anthem will turn to CVS after troubled Express Scripts deal

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Anthem has found a new partner to help run prescription drug coverage after the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer's rocky relationship with Express Scripts ends. More>>

US agency withdraws rule aimed at protecting animal farmers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who raise chickens and hogs for the nation's largest meat processors. More>>

Shell opens its first electric vehicle charging points

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Royal Dutch Shell is opening its first electric vehicle recharging points at three gas stations in Britain, as one of the oil giant steps responds to a global push toward zero-emission vehicles. More>>

US allies air concerns about Trump's 'Buy American' order

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China and Taiwan joined many U.S. allies including Israel at the World Trade Organization to express concerns over a Trump administration executive order that seeks to maximize use of American-made goods, products and materials in government procurement. More>>

US home construction tumbled 4.7 percent in September

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US home construction slid 4.7 percent in September, biggest decline in 6 months. More>>

White House: VA's Shulkin not a candidate for HHS secretary

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The White House says Veterans Secretary David Shulkin was never a candidate for the top job at Health and Human Services. More>>

Literary publications get mixed reviews on gender parity

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The state of book criticism is getting a mixed review on gender parity. More>>

Berlusconi backs autonomy referendums in 2 Italian regions

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Silvio Berlusconi has thrown his political weight behind a referendum on autonomy in his native Lombard region, but said he is not sure whether or not he can vote himself. More>>

Saudi carrier launches direct flight to Iraq after 27 years

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Saudi budget-carrier flynas launches direct route from Riyadh to Baghdad, first Gulf War between the two cities. More>>