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US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

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The world's two biggest economies are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after making...

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Kansas regulators approve merger of Westar, Great Plains

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas utility regulators have approved the merger of the two largest electric companies operating in the state. The Kansas Corporation Commission’s decision Thursday that means Topeka-based Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy of Kansas City, Missouri, will become subsidiaries...


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Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

Amazon Echo Private Conversation

SEATTLE (AP) — An “unlikely” string of events prompted Amazon’s Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family’s private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the company said Thursday. The woman told KIRO-TV that two weeks ago an employee of...


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Study: Some public pensions funds could run dry in downturn

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Many pension funds for public workers already owe far more in retirement benefits than they have in the bank, and the problem will only grow worse if the economy slows down, according to a report released Thursday. The study from The Pew Charitable Trusts found that the New...


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Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

Sexual Misconduct-Weinstein

NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday to face charges involving at least one of the women who have accused him of sexual assault, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. It would be the first criminal case against Weinstein...


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Jury recommends $25M in Johnson & Johnson lawsuit

Talcum Powder-Cancer Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California jury delivered a $25.7 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she developed cancer by using the company’s talc-based baby powder. Jurors in Los Angeles recommended $4 million in punitive damages Thursday after finding...


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Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian, did not brake

Uber-Autonomous Vehicle

DETROIT (AP) — The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, according to federal...


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Trump administration explores tariffs on autos, auto parts

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled. President Donald Trump predicted earlier that U.S. automakers...


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BC-Composite Updates

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT NEW YORK (AP)_Sales, closing price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally. Name VolumeLastChg. GenlElec 107,643,740 16.26 Petrobras 97,589,291 12.16 iShEMkts 79,762,933 46.24 —.25 S&P500ETF 76,008,427 272.80 —.56 BankofAm 63,...


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The Latest: Auto workers head cautious about tariff proposal

China US Trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration’s interest in putting tariffs on auto imports (all times local): 3:50 p.m. United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams cautiously backed the U.S. decision to explore raising tariffs on imported vehicles. He says Thursday that the nation...


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Trump administration defends Keystone XL pipeline in court

Keystone Pipeline Lawsuit

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Trump administration attorneys defended the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in federal court on Thursday against environmentalists and Native American groups that want to derail the project. President Barack Obama rejected the 1,179-mile (1,800-kilometer) line...


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