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May aims to rescue Brexit plan; EU says ball's in UK's court

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Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic says European Union leaders could meet in January for a new Brexit summit once Britain clarifies exactly what help it needs to pass the deal in the U.K. Parliament. More>>

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Strong police presence in Paris before planned protests

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A strong police presence has deployed in Paris ahead of planned demonstrations by the "yellow vest" protesters, with authorities repeating calls for calm after previous protests degenerated into violence. More>>

UN climate talks in Poland go into overtime

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Officials from around the world are still working to agree on the fine print of the Paris climate accord after two weeks of talks, even as workers busily dismantle sections of the conferenced venue around them. More>>

Bug may have exposed photos from 7M Facebook users

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Facebook says a software bug may have exposed a broader set of photos to app developers than users had granted permission for. More>>

Federal judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional

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A federal judge in Texas has ruled President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. More>>

Detentions raise fears, cast doubt on China's policies

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China's detentions of Canadians worries executives, raises doubts about commitment to reform. More>>

US, Canada look to ease strains amid 3-way spat with China

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The U.S. and Canada are holding high-stakes talks amid an escalating dispute with China that threatens to further complicate already testy ties between the North American neighbors. More>>

GM says it has 2,700 jobs for workers slated to be laid off

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General Motors says it has 2,700 jobs for the 3,300 U.S. factory workers it plans to lay off next year. More>>

China suspends tariff hikes on US cars, auto parts

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China suspends tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its trade cease-fire with Washington. More>>

Scandal-plagued CBS grants $20M to 18 women's rights groups

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CBS grants $20 million to 18 women's rights groups as it tries to recover from Moonves scandal. More>>

Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on growth fears; J&J nosedives

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Global stocks are down Friday after Chinese authorities said industrial output and retail sales both slowed in November, the latest warning sign from the second-largest economy in the world. More>>

Macron urges calm, Paris police prepare for more violence

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Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris police prefect says thousands of officers and armored vehicles will be deployed again in the French capital on Saturday. More>>

California is first state to mandate zero-emission bus fleet

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California is moving to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 14,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. More>>

States cite climate worries in push to stop US coal sales

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Four states that say burning coal will hurt their residents as it makes climate change worse are trying to stop the Trump administration from selling vast reserves of the fuel that are beneath public lands. More>>

California alleges utility falsified pipeline safety records

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Regulators are accusing one of California's largest utilities of falsifying safety documents on natural gas pipelines. More>>

Climate talks extended as island nations demand action

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Negotiators at the U.N. climate meeting in Poland are gathering to discuss the first comprehensive draft agreement to emerge after almost two weeks of talks. More>>

Trump weighs next move on border wall as shutdown looms

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Congress is racing to avoid a partial government shutdown over President Donald Trump's border, but you wouldn't know it by the schedule. More>>

The Latest: Chile to host next year's UN climate summit

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Germany says failure to curb climate change would cost the world "a lot more" than the trillions of dollars President Donald Trump's claim he's saving by quitting the 2015 Paris accord. More>>

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

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With federal legalization of hemp at hand, the US market is set to boom amid the popularity of CBDs, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp as a health supplement. More>>

Obama-era rule leads to $150M in student loan forgiveness

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The U.S. Education Department says it will start forgiving federal loans for 15,000 former students whose colleges closed before they could graduate. More>>

Apple strikes deal to produce new 'Peanuts' content

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Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the "Peanuts" crew will have a new home on Apple's streaming service. More>>

Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

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Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she defrauded the treasury of more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. More>>

The debt threat: Business debt, and worries about it, are up

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Concerns are building from Washington to Wall Street about the trillions of dollars in debt that U.S. businesses have racked up, particularly by companies with relatively weak finances. More>>

In a plot twist, Spirit tops US airlines in on-time arrivals

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Spirit Airlines, once the tardiest airline in America, tops the latest rankings for on-time flights. More>>

Trump club is in tax break zone, but is unlikely to benefit

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President Donald Trump's company owns a golf club in an Opportunity Zone offering massive tax breaks, but experts say it is unlikely it could take advantage of them. More>>

Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed Republican-backed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers. More>>

Canada caught between 2 powers, feeling alone in the world

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China has Canada in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the U.S. States. More>>

J&J hammered by report it knew of asbestos in baby powder

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Johnson & Johnson reels on media report that in new for decades about asbestos in its baby powder. More>>

Trump lawyer seeks to send emoluments case to appeals court

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A lawyer for President Donald Trump is challenging a Maryland federal judge's decision to allow a case accusing the president of profiting off his office to proceed in district court. The lawyer wants a federal appeals court to take up the case instead. More>>

Facebook hosts offline privacy 'pop-up' in New York City

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Facebook hosts one-day 'pop-up' event in New York City's Bryant Park. More>>

Verizon loses bet on digital ads, takes $4.6B accounting hit

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Verizon takes a $4.6B hit related to its Oath media business. More>>

Canada says entrepreneur feared detained in China

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Chinese are cheering a Canadian court's decision to release a top Huawei Technologies executive on bail. More>>

Malaysia's Proton launches 1st SUV with China's Geely

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Malaysian national car maker Proton has launched its first SUV in a bid to turn around its fortunes, more than a year after China's Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd. bought a key stake in the company. More>>

EU leaders approve small steps to buttress euro currency

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Leaders of the European Union have agreed to press ahead with a common eurozone budget to help the currency union weather future crises. More>>

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

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The Senate has delivered back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia in an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump's response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

US industrial production climbed 0.6 percent in November

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US industrial production climbs 0.6 percent in November on surge in output at mines, utilities. More>>

Markets Right Now: S&P 500 sinks to lowest level since April

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Stocks are falling sharply on Wall Street on new concerns about slowing growth in China's economic engine and disarray surrounding plans for Britain to exit the European Union. Johnson & Johnson plunged. More>>

Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations

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Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations without a circus-like contest pitting cities against each other. More>>

Belarus' leader slams Russian talk of taking over his nation

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The leader of Belarus is charging that Russia has pondered incorporation of his nation. More>>

Trump asserts China's economy feeling his tariff pressure

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President Donald Trump says China's economy is feeling the pressure of his tariffs, and he thinks a "big and very comprehensive deal" could happen. More>>

California mulls texting fee to help poor people get phones

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California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor. More>>

The Latest: UK minister says Brexit bill can pass Parliament

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Belgium's prime minister says European Union leaders aren't convinced that Britain can respect their Brexit agreement and they are planning for a potentially catastrophic "no-deal" scenario. More>>

Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds

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Apple says it plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas. More>>

Southwestern US states get Jan. 31 deadline for drought deal

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Water managers from seven Southwestern states that depend on the Colorado River say they're close but haven't finalized an unprecedented drought contingency plan they may have to implement in 2020. More>>

Lebanese minister presses for reforms after Moody's report

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Lebanon's finance minister says that the Moody's Investors Service report that downgraded the country's status shows the urgency of forming a new Cabinet and implementing economic reforms. More>>

That 'live check' promises cash, but there's a catch

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Before cashing that live check you got in the mail, do your research. More>>

Etihad sued for $2.3 billion by Air Berlin insolvency admin

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A Berlin court says the insolvency administrator for bankrupt airline Air Berlin has sued its former largest shareholder, Gulf airline Etihad, for 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion) in damages. More>>

Unfinished business: UN migrant pact inked, but foes remain

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Delegates to a U.N. conference are laying out commitments to fight illegal people trafficking and boost economic opportunities in the wake of pledging to cooperate on safe, orderly and humane migration. More>>

Trump administration proposes major rollback of water rules

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The Trump administration is poised to withdraw federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country. More>>

Former Ford Argentina executives sentenced in torture cases

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A court in Argentina has sentenced two former Ford Motor Co. executives to prison for crimes against humanity committed against Argentine union workers during the country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship. More>>

Trump, Democrats dig in for fight over border-wall funding

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President Donald Trump is citing a shooting attack in France as he calls on Democratic congressional leaders to support funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Detention of Nissan's Ghosn extended through Dec. 20

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Tokyo court rules Nissan's Ghosn to be detained through Dec. 20. More>>

World stocks slip on China-US tensions, Brexit uncertainty

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Asian shares fall as Huawei arrest imperils China-US tariffs truce. More>>

Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

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Kansas' new Democratic governor has promised not to raise taxes to boost state spending, but Republicans who control the Legislature argue that one is already coming. More>>

The Latest: Pelosi: Trump thinks Mexico will pay for wall

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President Donald Trump says the military will build his promised border wall "if Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country.". More>>

Trump resort worker: No regrets speaking out about abuse

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A Guatemalan living in the U.S. illegally who says she faced abusive working conditions as a maid at Donald Trump's New Jersey golf club doesn't regret speaking out, even though she might lose her job and be deported. More>>

Venezuela's El Nacional newspaper to cease print edition

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Venezuela's last nationally circulated, opposition newspaper will stop publishing its print edition amid unrelenting government pressure and paper shortages, editors said Thursday. More>>

Taiwan mulls expanding ban on Huawei network equipment

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Taiwan is reinforcing its ban on Huawei equipment due to security concerns. More>>

US energy secretary urges Iraq to quit dependency on Iran

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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has urged Iraq to reduce its energy dependence on Iran and open its own energy sector to American investment instead. More>>

Lease sale in Alaska petroleum reserve draws modest interest

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The federal government's attempt to sell oil leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska has again drawn a modest response. More>>

Starbucks to expand delivery in US, China

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Starbucks to expand delivery in effort to accelerate growth in US and China. More>>

China summons US envoy to protest detention of Huawei exec

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China demands release of Huawei executive, summons US ambassador. More>>

The Latest: CBS meeting wraps up with no mention of Moonves

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The twice-postponed CBS shareholders meeting has wrapped up in less than 30 minutes, with no mention of the scandal enveloping former CEO Les Moonves. More>>

The Latest: Huawei awaits 'right conclusion' in CFO's arrest

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A Japanese official has cast doubt over reports that Japan plans to exclude Chinese telecoms equipment makers Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. from government purchases due to security concerns. More>>

Chao announces $1.5 billion in infrastructure grants

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The Transportation Department announces $1.5 billion in grants to support 91 infrastructure projects in 49 states plus the District of Columbia. More>>

Report: Uber files preliminary papers for Wall Street debut

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Report: Ride-hailing giant Uber has filed confidential preliminary paperwork for selling stock to the public. More>>

Press group says reporters are being harassed in Poland

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A leading press freedom group is calling on Polish authorities to "end their harassment and attempts to intimidate independent journalists," after a string of incidents that have raised concerns about media freedom. More>>

Hertz, Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans

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Hertz partners with Clear to speed car rental process with biometric scanning. More>>

The Latest: Low rates expected to support European economy

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The European Central Bank has lowered its economic growth projections for this year and next year. More>>

Prosecutors indict Nissan's Ghosn for underreporting pay

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Reports say Tokyo prosecutors have charged Nissan former chairman Ghosn, another executive and Nissan of underreporting income. More>>

Wall Street's Fearless Girl statue gets new place of honor

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The "Fearless Girl" statue that inspired millions with a message of female empowerment has a new home in front of the New York Stock Exchange. More>>

Business owners need to teach staffers about password safety

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It may seem obvious: Companies' computers, mobile devices and accounts need very secure passwords. More>>

China says no information on detained ex-Canadian diplomat

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China's Foreign Ministry says it has no information about the detention of a former Canadian diplomat. More>>

US retail sales rose 0.2% in Nov., helped by holiday boost

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US retail sales increased a slight 0.2% in November, as strong sales tied to holiday shopping were offset by lower gasoline prices. More>>

Volkswagen on track to break last year's sales record

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Automaker Volkswagen says it is on track for a new annual sales record despite troubles getting vehicles certified for new European emissions tests. More>>

World markets fall on Chinese growth concerns

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Asian shares slip on slowing Chinese industrial output, retail sales. More>>

Detention of Canadians raises stakes in China-US-Canada row

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The apparent detentions of two Canadian men in China this week have raised the stakes in a three-way international dispute with the United States. More>>

Japan's 'tankan' economic survey shows sentiment flat

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A key quarterly economic survey by the Bank of Japan shows sentiment among large manufacturers remained unchanged, as worries about global trade tensions persisted. More>>

Asian shares fall on poor Chinese economic data

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US stocks are broadly higher for the third time in four days as technology companies rebound from their losses in recent months, and high-dividend real estate and utility companies also rise. More>>

EU leaders wary of May's plea for help selling Brexit deal

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a lifeline from European Union leaders after winning a no-confidence vote triggered by Conservative lawmakers unhappy with her Brexit plan. More>>

The Latest: Climate delegate: 'What's the point?' of talks

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Vulnerable countries are warning against a "mediocre" outcome at the U.N. climate talks in Poland. More>>

Trump, new Mexican president discuss migration but not wall

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The White House says President Donald Trump and the new leader of Mexico have discussed the "positive relations" between the countries in a phone call. More>>

Hints of Democratic agenda as Google CEO testifies

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Google's CEO faces grilling from U.S. House lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands in tailoring search results. More>>

Michigan governor reaches final deal on Great Lakes pipeline

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration has wrapped up negotiations with Enbridge Inc. on building a tunnel to contain an oil pipeline beneath a Great Lakes waterway. More>>

Republican senator distances himself from Raytheon stock buy

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The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has quickly unloaded Raytheon stock. More>>

Feds: US fishermen had good year aided by lobsters, scallops

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The federal government says U.S. commercial fishing generated more than $144 billion in sales in 2016, a total about in line with trends of recent years. More>>

Boy Scouts' money struggles: Is bankruptcy an option?

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The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring "all options" to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection. More>>

The Latest: EU chief says May had no plan for help on Brexit

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German minister glad Britain avoided 'total chaos' in Brexit process. More>>

Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

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Health insurance sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act are down with just a few days left to enroll, and it's happening even though premiums are stable, consumers have more choice and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. More>>

Correction: Los Angeles Housing Development story

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Los Angeles County supervisors approved a massive housing project in fire-prone mountains as the state continues to recover from devastating wildfires. More>>

Eurozone stimulus program to end as growth worries resurface

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The European Central Bank is expected to halt the stimulus program that it deployed nearly four years ago to nurture a teetering eurozone economy back to health. More>>

Walker uses power next governor may not have to seal deal

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker executed a $28 million deal to save nearly 400 jobs at a Kimberly-Clark Corp. plant using powers that his Democratic successor would no longer have under a bill passed during a lame-duck session last week. More>>

US budget deficit hits record $204.9 billion for November

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US budget deficit hits record $204.9 billion for the month of November. More>>

Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves

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Jersey City is teaming up with Amazon to try and thwart the thefts of packages during the Christmas season. More>>

Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores Video included

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Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores and head to the suburban malls. More>>

The Latest: Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight

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Branson's Virgin Galactic rocket ship takes off on test flight to reach the edge of space. More>>

Trump's new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

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Trump administration wants to see an increase in U.S. investment and trade in Africa as part of a new strategy aimed at countering China's growing influence on the continent. More>>

Google grilled in Congress: What's ahead for tech companies

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Lawmakers pepper Google CEO with questions that give inkling of the issues facing tech next year. More>>

EU leaders agree to prolong Russia sanctions over Ukraine

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A top European Union official says EU leaders have agreed to prolong economic sanctions against Russia over its destabilization of Ukraine. More>>

AP Interview: Jones says farmers scared by Trump's tariffs

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AP Interview: Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama tells AP Trump's tariff talk is spooking farmers and others in the deep-red state. More>>

US mortgage rates fall to 3-month low; 30-year at 4.63 pct.

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US mortgage rates fall to 3-month low; 30-year average at 4.63 percent. More>>

Virgin Galactic aims to reach space soon with tourism rocket

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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. More>>

China suspected in huge Marriott data breach, official says

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U.S. national security officials say China's cyber threats and the theft of intellectual property from American companies poses one of the largest economic and national security challenges. More>>

Renault: no wrongdoing by Ghosn in compensation

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Renault says the preliminary results of an internal investigation has found no wrongdoing in the compensation of chief executive Carlos Ghosn, who has been indicted in Japan on charges of falsifying financial reports. More>>

Veteran investigative journalist Ron Nixon joins AP

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Ron Nixon, an acclaimed reporter, editor and data journalist, will join The Associated Press as its international investigations editor. More>>

Markets steady after solid run as focus turns to ECB

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Asian shares advance after Wall St buoyed by report on possible China changes to development plan. More>>

EU court upholds German public broadcasting fee system

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The European Union's highest court has ruled that a fee all German households have to pay to finance the country's public broadcasters complies with EU law. More>>

Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor

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The House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid. More>>

The Latest: China confirms holding 2 Canadians

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China has confirmed it has detained two Canadian men, saying they were being detained on suspicion of "endangering national security.". More>>

For retailers, the smartphone is future of store experience

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Retailers give shoppers more control of the store experience with high tech features on mobile apps, but there's still room for improvement. More>>

Tencent Music shares rise on first trading day

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Shares in Chinese streaming music giant Tencent Music Entertainment rise 8 percent on first day of trading. More>>

United CEO: No more pilot training needed on new Boeing jet

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United CEO says pilots don't need additional training on Boeing jet involved in Indonesian crash investigation. More>>

UK's May wins no-confidence vote by MPs unhappy over Brexit

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A British Conservative Party official says Prime Minister Theresa May will face a no-confidence vote from party lawmakers. More>>

The Latest: Official IDs Canadian missing in China

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An official familiar with the matter says the Canadian man missing in China and feared detained is entrepreneur Michael Spavor. More>>

In airline-business rarity, Air France picks a woman CEO

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Air France promotes female executive to become its CEO, a rarity in the male-dominated airline business. More>>

The Latest: UK's May grateful for vote keeping her in office

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U.K. leader Theresa May is vowing to fight a no-confidence vote "with everything I've got," appealing to party colleagues to support her leadership. More>>

Wall Street ends higher with help from tech and health care

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Global stock indexes are climbing as the market changes course again, reversing some of its losses from last week. More>>

New Jersey sports betting market closing in on $1B mark

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New Jersey's sports betting market is closing in on the $1 billion dollar mark after less than six months of operation. More>>

Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas

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California's top firefighter: Wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in particularly vulnerable areas. More>>

With new board in place, CBS to decide Moonves' exit pay

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The investigation into sexual-misconduct claims against former CBS CEO Les Moonves will loom large over the network's annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday. More>>

Google accelerates Plus closure after another privacy lapse

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Google to close Plus service earlier planned after privacy flaw exposed personal information of 52.5 million users. More>>

US consumer prices flat in November as energy plunges

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US consumer prices flat in November, lowest reading in 8 months, reflecting big drop in energy. More>>

Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get color boosts

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Artificial dyes are falling out of favor, but foods get color boosts in other unexpected ways. More>>

Malaysian ex-PM slapped with new charge over 1MDB scandal

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been charged with tampering with the final audit report into a defunct state investment fund, adding to a long list of corruption allegations against him since his ouster in May elections. More>>

Hungary: Lawmakers OK labor code changes seen as 'slave law'

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Hungary's parliament has approved amendments to the labor code that trade unions and opponents have criticized as "slave law" benefiting employers. More>>

Chinese court bans some iPhones over Qualcomm dispute

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U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm says it's won an order in a Chinese court banning some Apple phones in China over alleged patent infringements. More>>

Elderly man evicted over medical marijuana hits another snag

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A 78-year-old New York man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana says the conflicting state and federal marijuana rules that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care. More>>

Croatia's purchase of Israeli jets stalled over US approval

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Croatia says a deal to buy 12 used F-16 jets from Israel worth $500 million could be in jeopardy if the US does not give its approval of the sale. More>>

Report: China could allow more access for foreign companies

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Report: Beijing to scrap "Made in China" industrial program and allow more foreign competition. More>>

Slovakia inks deal to buy 14 F-16s from US Lockheed Martin

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Slovakia has signed a $1.8 billion deal with U.S. company Lockheed Martin to purchase F-16 military jets. More>>

US-China trade hopes help shore up global stock markets

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Asian shares are rising amid hopes for U.S.-China trade talks. More>>

Lawyers protest detention of Kelly, Ghosn's co-accused

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Lawyers for Greg Kelly, the executive arrested last month with Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn on suspicion of underreporting Ghosn's pay, are protesting his prolonged stay in Japanese detention. More>>

Big shareholder at Yelp wants a board reshuffle

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Large shareholder at Yelp, citing missteps, wants seeks a board reshuffling. More>>

China and US discuss plans for trade talks

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China, US discuss plans for trade talks in sign negotiations going ahead despite tension over Huawei arrest. More>>

UK's May hits narrowing road for help rescuing Brexit deal

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is launching her fight to save her Brexit deal over breakfast with her Dutch counterpart, the first of a string of meeting with European leaders in coming days. More>>

Christmas tree farmers aim to boost sales via social media Video included

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Christmas tree farmers nationwide are fighting back against the growing popularity of the artificial Christmas evergreen with a social media ad campaign. More>>

Stumbling bloc: How did Brexit become such a mess?

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The road out of the European Union has been anything but smooth for Britain. More>>

GoPro to move production out of China over tariff concerns

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Action-camera maker GoPro says it will move production of U.S.-bound cameras out of China by the summer over tariff-related concerns. More>>

Ex-Bloomberg LP executive among those arrested in fraud case

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A former Bloomberg LP executive is among 13 people charged in a pay-to-play scheme involving construction work at two of the company's Manhattan offices. More>>

Huawei CFO gets bail; China detains ex-Canadian diplomat

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China's foreign minister vows to defend its citizens as Huawei executive arrested in Canada awaits bail decision. More>>

The Latest: German minister stresses future for coal workers

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Scientists are increasingly finding the fingerprints of climate change in droughts, storms and heatwaves, according to research published Tuesday. More>>

Hopes for US-China trade talks help push Asian shares higher

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World markets mostly higher after US, China broach plans for talks to soothe trade dispute. More>>

Study finds female-led films outperform male ones

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A new study organized by Time's Up, the Hollywood-based organization formed to promote gender equality, finds that female-led films outperform male-led movies at the box office. More>>

The cost of France's protests running into billions

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The French government says tax relief and other fiscal measures announced by President Emmanuel Macron to try to calm nationwide protests will cost between 8 billion and 10 billion euros ($9 billion and $11 billion). More>>

Senate votes overwhelmingly to renew farm programs

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After months of negotiations lawmakers have reached a deal on the massive $867 billion farm bill. More>>

New head of watchdog agency vows consumers will be top focus

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New head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau promises to put consumers first. More>>

The Latest: May doesn't answer reports of office challenge

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is ruling out any renegotiation of the divorce agreement with Britain but says elements of the Brexit deal could still be clarified. More>>

Lawsuit filed over Trump plans for offshore drilling tests

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Environmental groups are suing President Donald Trump's administration over plans to conduct offshore drilling tests. More>>

US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

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The Trump administration is advancing plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activities on huge swaths of land in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species. More>>

CBS sells Television City for $750M to LA developer

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CBS says it has sold Television City, its Los Angeles headquarters and production facility, to a real estate developer for $750 million. More>>

The Latest: Google CEO says no plans 'right now' for China

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Google's CEO faces grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands. More>>

Target to pay $3M to resolve Massachusetts Medicaid claim

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Target Corp. has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it violated rules of Massachusetts' Medicaid program. More>>

US wholesale prices rise 0.1 pct., a sign inflation in check

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US wholesale prices inch up 0.1 percent in November as gas costs fall. More>>

China's auto sales fall in November for fifth month

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China's auto sales fall in November for fifth month as cooling economy, tariff fight with Washington weigh on demand. More>>

Tech execs at White House field ideas for US dominance

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Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm are planning to meet at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump's administration and the tech industry. More>>

Global stocks buoyed by US-China trade talks

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Asian markets mixed on concerns over US-China trade row, economic outlook. More>>

China ups pressure as tech exec's hearing goes into Tuesday

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China ups pressure on US, Canada for release of top Chinese technology executive. More>>

Protesters disrupt US fossil fuel event at UN climate talks

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More than 450 asset managers, including major pension funds and insurance companies, are calling on governments to phase out coal-fired power plants and put a meaningful price on carbon to help tackle climate change. More>>

UK wages rising at decade high while employment hits record

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Official figures show that wages in Britain are rising at their fastest rate in a decade while employment has hit a record high. More>>

GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars

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General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers. More>>

Macron vows tax cuts, pay rise; will France's anger subside? Video included

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French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to speak to the nation at last, after increasingly violent protests against his leadership. More>>

Australia anti-encryption law rushed to passage

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Australian leader says new cybersecurity laws urgently needed. More>>

Brexit deal in turmoil as May postpones Parliament vote

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The European Union's top court has ruled that Britain can change its mind over Brexit, boosting the hopes of people who want to stay in the EU that the process can be reversed. More>>

Presidential hopefuls pushed to go big on climate change

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Environmental activists are ramping up a pressure campaign aimed at stoking Democratic support for an ambitious environmental plan known as the Green New Deal ahead of the 2020 presidential race. More>>

The Latest: Theresa May postpones vote on Brexit deal

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British Prime Minister Theresa May will make an emergency statement to Parliament about Brexit, amid reports that a crucial vote on her EU divorce deal will be postponed. More>>

Musk suggests Tesla's new chairwoman won't rein him in

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Elon Musk dismisses the idea that Tesla's new chairwoman will have much control over his behavior. More>>

US job openings in October rise to 2nd-highest on record

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US job openings in October rise to 2nd-highest on record. More>>

Asian shares mixed on concerns over trade, economic outlook

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Major global stock indexes are mostly lower Monday morning following steep losses the week before. More>>

US backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

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Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches are establishing a presence at the U.N. climate talks to show many Americans remain committed to curbing global warming. More>>

Sunday night baseball games an hour earlier in 2019

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APNewsBreak: Baseball players may get a little more sleep when traveling after Sunday night games next year, with the ESPN start time moved up by an hour to shortly after 7 p.m. EDT. More>>

The Latest: Catholic pilgrims bear climate change warning

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An environmental group says at least 14 foreigners have been detained or deported by Poland's Border Guard since the start of the U.N. climate conference in the Polish city of Katowice. More>>

EU eyes ways to bolster Ukraine economy amid Russia tension

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The European Union's top diplomat says the bloc is studying ways to help bolster the economy in strife-torn eastern Ukraine amid tensions with Russia over a naval confrontation in the Black Sea last month. More>>

Nearly 85 percent of UN nations back migration deal; not US

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Top U.N. officials and government leaders from about 150 countries are uniting around an agreement on migration, while finding themselves on the defensive about the non-binding deal amid criticism and a walkout from the United States and other countries. More>>

Lyft aims to beat Uber to US stock market with IPO

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Lyft says it's confidentially submitted a draft registration statement for a proposed IPO of its shares. More>>

Goodyear halts tire production in Venezuela as economy slips

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U.S. tire company Goodyear has announced it will no longer continue production in Venezuela as economic conditions in the South American nation continue to deteriorate. More>>

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