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GOP, Dems show no sign of retreat as in shutdown's first day

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The government shutdown has begun, and so has the finger-pointing, with President Donald Trump saying Democrats wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump disdained jobless rate, now loves it

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's about-face on the jobless rate, and a rosy report from his doctor. More>>

The Latest: Florida fundraiser is on with or without Trump

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President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for the government shutdown _ tweeting that they wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. More>>

The Latest: Danish chef behind Noma thanks Bocuse

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Paul Bocuse, the master chef who defined French cuisine for nearly half a century and put it on tables around the world, has died at 91. More>>

Mountains yes, Ellis Island no: Some US parks open, some not

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The snowy mountains and frozen lakes of Rocky Mountain National Park are still accessible to visitors, despite the federal government shutdown. More>>

Small-town budgets hurting from loss of mini Walmarts

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Arkansas-based Walmart's closing of its Express stores in small towns across the Midwest and South has affected basic government services from police protection to parks. More>>

US stocks close higher as market sets latest record high

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The major U.S. stock indexes are mixed in early trading as gains by banks and consumer-focused companies outweigh losses in energy and other sectors. More>>

Crunch time: What Amazon wants for its new HQ

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Crunch time: What Amazon wants from the cities vying to make the cut. More>>

Paul Bocuse, globe-trotting master of French cuisine, dies

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French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has announced that Paul Bocuse, the world-famous master of French cuisine, has died at the age of 91. Collomb tweeted Saturday that "Mister Paul was France. More>>

British Airways pilot, allegedly drunk, taken off plane

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A British Airways first officer was removed from the cockpit of a flight scheduled to leave for Mauritius amid fears he was drunk. More>>

Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

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Russia-linked Twitter networks are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say. More>>

French airport activists start unblocking road

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French activists say they are have started to unblock a road they used to occupy, in a move that eases tensions three days after the government abandoned plans to build a new airport in the west. More>>

Facebook to emphasize 'trustworthy' news via user surveys

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Facebook is announcing its second major tweak to its algorithm this month, saying it will prioritize news based on users' votes. More>>

US oil output is booming and seen outpacing Saudis, Russia

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A global energy agency says that U.S. oil production is growing quickly and is forecast to top that of heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Russia this year. More>>

French president warns that UK can't keep full access to EU

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French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Britain that it cannot maintain full access to the European Union's market. More>>

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other Video included

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A bitterly-divided Congress is hurtling toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. More>>

Official: Plan to exclude Florida from drilling isn't final

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An Interior Department official says the Trump administration's promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action. More>>

Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

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For cities knocked out of Amazon lottery, the effort may turn out to be a trial run to lure other businesses. More>>

Group pinpoints riches hidden in Europe's mountains of waste

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Researchers have completed the first survey of valuable materials they say are waiting to be mined from Europe's vast landfills and scrapyards. More>>

EPA official: government must plan for climate change

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A top manager who supervises the EPA's program for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites by climate change. More>>

China, Europe jointly test technology for storm satellite

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China and Europe are jointly testing new technology that could help satellites peer through clouds and analyze storms. More>>

How major US stock indexes fared on Friday

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Stocks closed higher Friday, driving several of the major indexes to record highs. More>>

Thorny global issues abound a year into Trump presidency

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In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has made sharp departures from years and even decades of US foreign policy. More>>

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

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US health officials are pushing ahead with an unprecedented plan to make cigarettes less addictive and provide lower-risk alternative products to US smokers. More>>

Brexit costs Britain data center for Europe's satnav system

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Officials have decided to move a data center for the European Union's new satellite navigation system out of Britain because of Brexit. More>>

The Latest: Schumer says Trump 'backed off' deal

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President Donald Trump says Senate Democrats are focused on "illegal immigration and weak borders" as a government shutdown looms. More>>

Los Angeles Times loses publisher, gets union

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Los Angeles Times journalists have voted to unionize for the first time in the paper's 136-year history. More>>

Color galore in Paris as menswear gets bold

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There was color galore at Paris menswear shows Friday, with John Galliano channeling the hues of the rainbow for Maison Margiela and Cerutti 1881 featuring flashes of gold. More>>

Apple banks on tax break to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000

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Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 more workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy. More>>

Senators grill social media companies over terrorist posts

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Senators grill Facebook, Google and Twitter over terrorist propaganda and recruitment. More>>

IBM reports first revenue growth since 2012

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IBM has reported its first quarter of revenue growth since 2012 as the company ramps up its cloud computing business and looks for new opportunities from its investments in artificial intelligence. More>>

Humans will review video from most popular YouTube creators

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Google says humans will now review video from its most popular YouTube creators after recent complaints. More>>

France's Macron pledges big increase in defense budget

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French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged an "unprecedented" hike in defense spending in the coming years to guarantee France's security within its borders and fight "obscurantism" abroad. More>>

French prison guards protest, 2 attacked by inmates

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French justice ministry says two prison guards have been injured in Corsica after an attack by three inmates amid widespread protests outside jails across the country. More>>

SEC letter shows bitcoin funds won't happen soon, if ever

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It may be a while, if ever, before investors can buy an exchange-traded fund with holdings of bitcoin and other digital currencies. More>>

US government proposes new rules for hog slaughter

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The government wants to change how most hogs slaughtered for meat in the U.S. are processed. More>>

He said-he said: 10 times that Trump has contradicted Trump

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It's a he said-he said thing: 10 times President Donald Trump has contradicted himself. More>>

Quarles lays out road map for bank regulations

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Fed's top bank regulator says he wants to focus on efficiency and simplicity in bank rules. More>>

Trump, Theresa May to meet on sidelines of Davos summit

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President Donald Trump will hold a formal meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May next week on the sidelines of the Davos summit. More>>

Good dog, bad dog ... Delta wants to know before you board

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Citing safety, Delta will require animal owners to provide more information before their furry friends can fly. More>>

Winter is here: "Game of Thrones" ice hotel opens in Finland

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A "Game of Thrones"-themed ice hotel complete with a bar and a chapel for weddings has opened in northern Finland in a joint effort by a local hotel chain and the U.S. producers of the hit TV series. More>>

Shutdown? Terrible, say GOP, Dems. But both threatened it

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Shutdown? Terrible, say Republicans and Democrats. But both have threatened it. More>>

France: Unions approve 1,300 job cuts at Peugeot maker PSA

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Unions at Peugeot maker PSA Group have agreed to 1,300 job cuts made possible by new French labor rules imposed by President Emmanuel Macron. More>>

Coke aims to recycle a bottle for each it sells by 2030

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Coca-Cola plans to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for each that it sells by 2030. More>>

Catalan ex-president to risk arrest, travel to Denmark

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Catalonia's fugitive former leader, who wants his old job back, says new technologies would allow him to govern from Belgium. More>>

A year after Jammeh's exit, Gambia emerges from the shadows

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A year after Jammeh's exit, Gambia emerges from the shadows; 'Time to rebuild a country'. More>>

France's Davos? Macron hosting 140 CEOs in investment push

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French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting more than 100 CEOs of major world companies at the chateau of Versailles to try to persuade them to invest _ and especially hire _ in France. More>>

Amazon raises monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

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Amazon raises price of monthly Prime membership plan by nearly 20 percent, annual membership fee isn't changing. More>>

Czech lawmakers lift immunity for PM Babis over fraud claims

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Lawmakers in the lower house of Parliament have agreed to lift the immunity from prosecution for billionaire Andrej Babis over an alleged fraud involving EU subsidies. More>>

Germany halts further arms exports to parties in Yemen war

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Germany won't approve arms exports to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen, a move that could affect sales of military hardware to Saudi Arabia. More>>

Stocks rise despite looming US government closure

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Asian stock markets were muted and the dollar fell following Wall Street's retreat as the threat of a U.S. federal government shutdown loomed. More>>

Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs

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Several not-for-profit hospital groups will address drug shortages and high prices by creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs. More>>

A bridge too far? UK's Boris Johnson suggests span to France

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested that Britain and France should build a bridge across the English Channel to bolster links between the two nations after Brexit. More>>

UK holiday spending squeezed by Brexit-related inflation

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Official figures show that retail sales in Britain in the crucial month of December sank by way more than anticipated in the markets. More>>

The Latest: Catalan president to travel to Denmark next week

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Officials say that former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Brussels to avoid arrest in Spain nearly three months ago, will leave Belgium and travel to Denmark next week to attend a university forum. More>>

A list of the 20 places still vying for Amazon's 2nd HQ

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Here's a list of the 20 places still in contention for Amazon's 2nd HQ. More>>

Wave of lawsuits filed to block net-neutrality repeal

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A group of 22 attorneys general has sued to block the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules. More>>

LA Times CEO under investigation after report on impropriety

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The parent company of the Los Angeles Times is investigating allegations of inappropriate behavior by the newspaper's CEO Ross Levinsohn. More>>

Is it news? Ansari story triggers media ethics debate

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An obscure website's story on Aziz Ansari pushes the boundaries of what makes sexual encounters newsworthy. More>>

Asian shares mixed as US government shutdown threat looms

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U.S. stock indexes are edging lower in early trading, pulling back slightly from the market's latest record highs. More>>

China criticizes US moves on intellectual property, telecoms

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China is criticizing recent moves by the U.S. government and Congress over the sale of fake goods and government procurement of Chinese telecoms equipment. More>>

Amazon sweepstakes is narrowed down to 20 competitors

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Amazon narrows list of second headquarters to 20 contenders, mainly on the east coast. More>>

American Express posts $1.2 billion loss due to new tax law

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Credit card company American Express posts $1.2 billion loss in the fourth quarter, as the company booked large one-time charges related to the new tax law. More>>

Emirates throws Airbus A380 a lifeline with $16 billion deal

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The Middle East's largest airline, Emirates is purchasing 20 A380 aircraft with the option for 16 more in a deal worth $16 billion, throwing a lifeline to the European-made double-decker jumbo jets. More>>

'Very strong' Democratic sentiment to oppose GOP budget bill

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Disgruntled conservatives are threatening to scuttle Republican leaders' plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown. More>>

The Latest: Schumer says very short-term funding would be OK

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President Donald Trump is pushing back against his own chief of staff over the border wall with Mexico. More>>

GoDaddy to sponsor Danica Patrick in 'Danica Double'

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Only On AP: The GoDaddy Girl will be back at both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. More>>

UK and French leaders reach border deal, disagree on Brexit

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Britain says it will pay France tens of millions of pounds (dollars) as part of a deal to maintain a key border agreement between the two countries. More>>

Morgan Stanley's profits fall 59 percent due to tax bill

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Morgan Stanley's earnings fell 59 percent in the fourth quarter as the investment had to book $990 million in charges related to the new tax law. More>>

Luggage limbo: Bags still missing after JFK airport woes

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Over a week after winter weather woes snowballed into a long weekend of dysfunction at New York's Kennedy Airport, some passengers are still waiting for their baggage. More>>

Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel

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Walmart giving pharmacy customers packet that turns leftover opioids into useless gel. More>>

Tax law gives unexpected break to farmers who sell to co-ops

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Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell crops to cooperatives instead of other companies. More>>

Exports, consumers drive China's 6.9 percent growth in 2017

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Official figures show that China's economic growth picked up pace last year, expanding 6.9 percent. More>>

Developer proceeding with long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline

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The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline says it is moving forward with its plans and hopes to begin construction next year. More>>

The Latest: Macron, May differ on UK's Brexit trade deal

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French President Emmanuel Macron says Britain and France have signed a treaty to improve the management of their common border and to deal more humanely with migrants. More>>

Trump claims credit for what is still mostly Obama's economy

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One year later, Trump claims credit for what is still mostly Obama's economy. More>>

Venezuela talks stalled over remark on slain rebel policeman

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A top official's claim that Venezuelan opposition leaders helped reveal the hideout of a rebel police officer who was later killed by security forces have stalled talks that aim to resolve the country's deep political and economic crisis. More>>

The Latest: 6 dead as high winds sweep across western Europe

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Dutch flag carrier KLM has cancelled 220 flights to and from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport as a powerful westerly storm lashes the Netherlands and other parts of Europe. More>>

EU official: Greece closing in on end of bailout years

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A senior EU official says Greece is getting within reach of ending its Herculean bailout program which saved it from the brink of bankruptcy. More>>

Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no Video included

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Congressional Democrats aren't backing down from their threats to reject any government funding bill that isn't paired with protection for thousands of young immigrants. More>>

Mulvaney requests no funding for consumer agency in 2Q

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Trump-appointed acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau requests zero dollars of funding for the federal consumer watchdog agency's quarterly budget, saying he intends to spend down the agency's rainy day fund first. More>>

Global stocks mostly higher on strong Chinese growth

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Asian shares are mixed with some indexes erasing earlier gains that had echoed a rally on Wall Street. More>>

Long-term mortgage rates rise: 30-year hits 4.04 percent

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Long-term mortgage rates rise: 30-year hits 4.04 percent; 15-year 3.49 percent. More>>

Romney mentor, Bain & Co. founder, William Bain Jr. dies

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William Bain Jr., who founded global consulting and private equity businesses that helped drive the career of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, has died. More>>

US home construction tumbled 8.2 percent in December

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Groundbreakings on new homes fell 8.2 percent in December, with builders ending 2017 by slowing down their construction of single-family houses. More>>

EU urged to publish commitments from suspected tax havens

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The European Union's top tax official is urging member states to make public any commitments given by non-EU countries wanting to get off the bloc's watch lists of suspected tax havens. More>>

Merkel still in charge of her future amid impasse in Germany

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Angela Merkel has defied many forecasts of her looming political demise in 12 years as German chancellor. More>>

Searches at French baby milk maker after salmonella scare

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French authorities are searching five sites run by dairy giant Lactalis in an investigation into the botched recall of baby milk products after a salmonella scare. More>>

Italian prosecutors break up Chinese transport mafia

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Anti-mafia prosecutors say they have broken up a Chinese organized crime ring that used money from criminal activities to force their way into the transport sector, not only in Italy but elsewhere in Europe. More>>

Turkey uses large crane to remove skidded plane from slope

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Turkish authorities are using a large crane to lift a passenger plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope meters away from the Black Sea. More>>

China says cross-border cash flows hit turning point in '17

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Financial regulators in China say cross-border capital flows hit a turning point in 2017 as foreign currency reserve levels stabilized after two years of declines. More>>

Wyndham Worldwide buying La Quinta for $1.95 billion

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Hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide buying La Quinta for $1.95 billion. More>>

Iraq, BP sign initial deal to develop Kirkuk oil fields

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Iraq and British energy giant BP have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop lucrative oil fields in the country's north. More>>

DOE staffer claims retaliation over photos of secret meeting

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A former photographer at the Energy Department says he lost his job in retaliation for making public photos of a meeting between Secretary Rick Perry and coal baron Bob Murray. More>>

Pakistan, India trade fire in Kashmir, killing 4

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Officials say Pakistani, Indian troops trade gunfire in disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing 3 civilians and a soldier. More>>

Entire operation of federal consumer regulator under review

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Acting director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau calls for review of entire operational structure and philosophy of federal government's consumer watchdog agency. More>>

Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source

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A Milwaukee-based startup has developed floor sensors to give retailers insights on customers as they move through their stores. More>>

Asian shares advance after Wall Street rally; eyes on China

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

Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no Video included

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Liberal activists are shrugging off the prospect of a government shutdown and demanding that Democrats protect thousands of young immigrants from deportation. More>>

Saudi Arabia to transfer $2 billion after urgent Yemen plea

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Saudi Arabia to transfer $2 billion to Yemen following appeal to save the local currency from 'complete collapse'. More>>

CVS Pharmacy promises to end touchups of its beauty images

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CVS Pharmacy promises to end touch ups up its beauty images in its marketing campaigns. More>>

Is it news? Ansari story triggers media ethics debate

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An obscure website's story on Aziz Ansari pushes the boundaries of what makes sexual encounters newsworthy. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump presidency creates an alternate reality Video included

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump fraught relationship with facts marks his presidency. More>>

Tillerson blames North Korea for its sanctions suffering

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is confident North Korea eventually will want negotiations with the United States. More>>

The Latest: Tillerson says NK responsible for suffering

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South Korea says the rival Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in the South. More>>

Bank of America 4Q profits fall by 48 percent due to tax law

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Bank of America's 4Q profits fell by nearly half from a year ago, as the bank had to book $2.9 billion in charges related to the new tax law. More>>

France abandons plans to build new airport in the west

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Police are deploying extra forces to western France as the government prepares to decide whether to build an airport that has mobilized nearly a decade of sometimes violent protests. More>>

Big swings continue as bitcoin briefly dips below $10,000

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The price of bitcoin is tumbling as South Korea's finance minister says trading in digital currencies may still be banned. More>>

Judge rules for McClatchy officials accused of mismanagement

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A California judge is siding with a former chief executive of the McClatchy newspaper chain and other company officials in a lawsuit alleging they mismanaged funds by buying a rival newspaper publisher and failing to diversify investments. More>>

Rupert Murdoch suffered back injury during sailing accident

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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has told senior managers at 21st Century Fox that he will be working from home for a few weeks after a recent back injury in a sailing accident. More>>

Florida driver died because of faulty air bag, report says

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The Florida Highway Patrol says a woman died because a faulty air bag ruptured and fired shrapnel into her head during a crash she should have survived. More>>

Schools, groups plan for ways to help young immigrants

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Amid uncertainty over protections for young immigrants in the U.S. illegally, a scholarship group that recently got its biggest donation yet from Amazon chief Jeff Bezos says it's exploring ways to help students if they're deported. More>>

Fed survey finds solid growth and rising wages

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Fed says latest survey finds solid growth nationwide and growing signs of wage gains. More>>

Kucinich frames Ohio governor bid around 'We the People'

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Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich is preparing to make the Democratic primary for Ohio governor a five-way race. More>>

France vs. fake news offers test case for democratic dilemma

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French President Emmanuel Macron's plan for a law against false information around election campaigns is drawing criticism from media advocates, tech experts and others. More>>

US industrial production rose 0.9 percent in December

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US industrial production climbed 0.9 percent in December on utility surge. More>>

New eurozone chief urges speed in strengthening euro

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The eurozone finance ministers' new leader says Europe needs to use a "unique window of opportunity" in the coming months to strengthen the continent's common currency. More>>

Senate committee approves nomination of Powell for Fed chair

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Senate Banking Committee approves nomination of Jerome Powell as Fed chairman for second time. More>>

France wants tougher rules on bitcoin to avoid criminal use

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France's finance minister says he wants new regulation targeted at bitcoin and other virtual currencies, to stop them from being used for tax evasion, financing terrorism and other crime. More>>

'Superfast' internet cable to cross Mediterranean sea

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A Cyprus company has signed an agreement to lay a sub-sea internet cable connecting Israel with Spain, which an official says will be powerful enough to handle up to 60 percent of the world's internet traffic at peak time. More>>

Goldman Sachs posts $1.9 billion loss due to new tax law

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Goldman Sachs loses $1.93 billion in the fourth quarter, as bank takes $4 billion in charges related to the new tax law. More>>

US homebuilder sentiment slips; outlook remains positive

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U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less optimistic about their sales prospects, even as their overall outlook remains favorable. More>>

The Latest: French airport activists refuse order to leave

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France's prime minister says that the government has decided against building an airport in western France that has mobilized nearly a decade of sometimes violent protests and he told protesters occupying the site that they must leave. More>>

Global stocks slip as investors digest US bank earnings

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Asian shares track weakness on Wall Street; China shares higher. More>>

Volkswagen sells record 10.74 million vehicles in 2017

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German automaker Volkswagen recorded record sales of 10.74 million vehicles last year, boosting its bid to hold onto the title of world's largest automaker. More>>

Conflict among world powers a growing concern, experts say

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The World Economic Forum says a new survey found more than nine in 10 experts are expressing concerns about worsening economic or political confrontation between world powers in 2018. More>>

US review shows pesticides harm threatened salmon, whales

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Federal scientists have determined that a family of widely used pesticides poses a threat to dozens of endangered and threatened species, including Pacific salmon, Atlantic sturgeon and Puget Sound orcas. More>>

Autonomous cars loom, but the Detroit auto show goes on

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Autonomous cars loom, but the North American International Auto Show in Detroit goes on, with the introduction of new small cars, SUVs and the all-mighty pickup truck, which dominated the show. More>>

EU maintains offer to keep Britain in despite vote to leave

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European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has maintained the offer for Britain to remain in the EU even after both sides have entered the second phase of Brexit negotiations. More>>

Conservatives balk at GOP plan to avert government shutdown

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A deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation remains distant. More>>

Apple supplier denies charges of unsafe, unclean conditions

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Apple supplier in eastern China denies labor group allegations that workers toil for ten-hour shifts in loud, polluted conditions. More>>

Ritz Carlton, a luxury Saudi prison, takes Feb. 14 bookings

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Ritz Carlton in Riyadh, which has served as luxury Saudi prison, now accepting Valentine's Day bookings. More>>

Burberry shares down sharply on disappointing holiday sales

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Burberry shares are down 6.6 percent in early trading after the luxury fashion house reported disappointing retail sales for the holiday season.The company says same-store sales for the three months ended Dec. 31 rose 2 percent from a year earlier. More>>

Consumer watchdog considering repeal of payday lending rule

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reconsidering a payday lending protections it enacted last year. More>>

Tax law brings big paper losses, long-term gains to US banks

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Big U.S. banks post billions in paper losses because of accounting charges related to the new tax law, but they say the changes will benefit them as well as the broader economy over the long term. More>>

New small cars unveiled at auto show but will anyone buy?

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Small cars like the revamped Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Veloster and Kia Forte are vying for attention at Detroit's North American International Auto Show but they must compete with more popular SUVs. More>>

Concept cars from Japan automakers offer glimpse into future

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Japanese automakers offer a glimpse into the future with concept cars at the Detroit auto show. More>>

Asian shares track weakness on Wall St; China shares higher

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U.S. stocks are moving broadly higher in early trading, sending the Dow Jones industrial average past the 26,000-point mark for the first time. More>>

Tillerson warns military action on NK unless diplomacy works

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson huddles Tuesday with nations that fought on America's side in the Korean War, looking to tighten the economic noose around North Korea over its nuclear weapons even as hopes rise for diplomacy. More>>

GE to pay $15B for past mistakes amid breakup speculation

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GE says it'll take a $6.2B after-tax charge in 4Q related to its review and reserve testing of GE Capital's run-off insurance portfolio. More>>

Recall of French baby milk products extended to 83 countries

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The head of French dairy giant Lactalis says that a recall of baby milk products due to a salmonella scare has been enlarged to 83 countries, far more than the previous recall in some 30 nations. More>>

Autonomous cars loom, but the Detroit auto show goes on

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Autonomous cars loom, but the North American International Auto Show in Detroit goes on, with the introduction of new small cars, SUVs and the all-mighty pickup truck, which dominated the show. More>>

Panama Hotel votes to drop Trump _ but his company won't go

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An attempt to oust President Donald Trump's hotel business from managing a luxury hotel in Panama has turned bitter, with accusations of financial misconduct. More>>

The Latest: GOP lacking votes to keep government open

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House GOP leaders are looking to delay implementation of unpopular taxes on medical devices and generous employer-subsidized health care taxes as sweeteners for a stopgap spending bill that's needed to avert a government shutdown this weekend. More>>

Jeep updates Cherokee compact SUV to compete in hot market

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Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand is giving the Cherokee compact SUV a major facelift so it can better compete in one of the hottest parts of the U.S. automotive market. More>>

The Latest: Tillerson says US seeks diplomacy with NKorea

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson huddles Tuesday with nations that fought on America's side in the Korean War, looking to tighten the economic noose around North Korea over its nuclear weapons even as hopes rise for diplomacy. More>>

Watchdog: Foreign groups among spenders at Trump properties

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Watchdog group finds foreign governments, political campaign among big spenders at Trump properties in 2017. More>>

CSX 4Q profit up 25 percent and railroad gets tax-cut boost

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CSX Corp. says its fourth-quarter profit grew 25 percent as it continued to cut expenses, and the railroad recorded a $3.6 billion benefit from the corporate tax cut Congress approved last year. More>>

Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers' crosshairs

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A cybersecurity firm says the same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the U.S. Senate. More>>

Weekend derailment is latest black eye for DC subway system

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A derailment over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is only the latest problem for the dysfunctional D.C. subway system that Washingtonians love to hate. More>>

NYC sets affordable homes record: 24,500 financed in 2017

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Officials say New York City created or preserved over 24,500 affordable homes last year, breaking a record for the nation's biggest city. More>>

North Dakota oil output cut back to meet gas capture rules

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Fearing sanctions by the state, some North Dakota oil drillers have begun cutting output to control the amount of wasted natural gas. More>>

Trump ends 1st year with lowest average approval rating

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This is a record not to be coveted: Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first term. More>>

Bitcoin prices fall as South Korea says ban still an option

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Bitcoin, other digital currencies tumble as South Korean official says ban on trading still an option. More>>

Romney declines to say whether he'd run for Utah Senate seat

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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has declined to say whether he would run for a Utah Senate seat being vacated by Republican Orrin Hatch. More>>

US OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

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U.S. regulators have approved the first drug aimed at breast cancer patients who have an inherited mutation in the BRCA gene. More>>

US travel industry launches plan to reverse tourism decline

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Travel industry representatives sounded an alarm Tuesday over a long-term decline in international tourism to the U.S. and announced efforts to reverse the trend. More>>

Bahrain radar shows Qatar jets near UAE planes; Doha denies

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Bahrain releases radar tracks it says show Qatari fighter jets passing by Emirati commercial airliners flying to Bahrain. More>>

French prison guards protest violent working conditions

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Protesting French prison guards pushed back against riot police and shouted down the justice minister amid demonstrations at several prisons over violent inmates and overcrowding. More>>

Nestle selling US candy business for $2.8 billion

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Swiss food and drink giant Nestle is selling its U.S. candy business to Italy's Ferrero for about $2.9 billion in cash. More>>

Trump talks North Korea, trade with Chinese President Xi

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The White House says President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are hopeful that talks between North Korea and South Korea "might prompt a change in North Korea's destructive behavior.". More>>

Some fans of Trump and pot feel allegiances go up in smoke

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Fans of President Donald Trump who use marijuana say Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to tighten federal oversight of the drug is the first time they've felt let down by the man they helped elect. More>>

The Latest: Fiat Chrysler CEO says 3 new SUVs in the works

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Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand gives Cherokee compact SUV a face-lift. More>>

Race is on for succession to Europe's top economic posts

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Europe is getting a new economic team in a complex and politically fraught game of musical chairs that will help determine the balance between austerity and spending, tight money and more central bank stimulus. More>>

Tax break helps UnitedHealth 4Q earnings, 2018 guidance soar

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UnitedHealth Group's earnings more than doubled in the final quarter of 2017, and the nation's largest insurer hiked its forecast for the new year due in part to a gain from the federal tax overhaul. More>>

Davos organizers: Trump to make last-day address at forum

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World Economic Forum organizers say U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver a closing address at the Davos conference next week, which will focus on "finding ways to reaffirm international cooperation on crucial shared interests.". More>>

Sandberg, Dorsey to leave the Disney board

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Facebook's Sandberg and Twitter's Dorsey won't stand for re-election to Disney board in increasing conflict with overlapping businesses. More>>

New Czech minority government fails to win confidence vote

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The new Czech minority government led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis has failed to win a mandatory confidence vote in the lower house of Parliament and has to resign. More>>

Citigroup reports $18.3 billion loss, caused by new tax law

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Accounting charge related to tax law sends Citigroup to a $18.3 billion loss in the fourth quarter. More>>

EU Parliament calls for ban on electric pulse fishing

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The European Union's legislature is calling for a ban on electric pulse fishing by which some fish are startled up from the seabed and easily scooped up in nets. More>>

Global stocks advance as investors look ahead to US earnings

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Asian stock markets have risen following a holiday for US markets as investors look ahead to American corporate earnings reports. More>>

Death on French railway halts Eurostar London-Paris traffic

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A person has been crushed to death by a Eurostar train in northern France in what officials say was an apparent suicide attempt. More>>

Russian government considers boost to social spending

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President Vladimir Putin's economic adviser says the government is considering a possible boost in social spending. More>>

UK business secretary seeks fast-tracked Carillion probe

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U.K. leaders are discussing the fallout of the collapse of construction and outsourcing firm Carillion. More>>

Energizer spends $2 billion to add Rayovac brand

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Energizer lays out $2 billion to add Rayovac batteries to its stable. More>>