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Trump's $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts

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Huge cuts to food stamps part of Trump budget proposal targeting benefit programs. More>>

The Latest: Eurozone and Greece fail to agree bailout deal

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The German and French finance ministers say they're confident of an agreement to unlock further aid for Greece. More>>

Greece falls short in efforts to secure deal with creditors

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French President Emmanuel Macron says his administration will push for an international debt relief deal for austerity-weary Greece. More>>

The Latest: Trump budget slashes safety-net programs

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Huge cuts to food stamps part of Trump budget proposal targeting benefit programs. More>>

Insurers seek stability as Trump delays health care decision

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The Trump administration and House Republicans are asking a federal appeals court for a 90-day extension in a case that's casting a shadow of uncertainty over health insurance for millions of consumers. More>>

Ford taps former office furniture executive to be new CEO

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Ford replaces CEO, shakes up executives in new push to transform business. More>>

With catcalls and applause, Cannes debates rise of Netflix

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This year's Cannes Film Festival has been a sprawling, international referendum on Netflix, with votes registered in boos and applause. More>>

Diagnostic equipment thieves hit 3 more hospitals in Greece

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Unidentified thieves are stealing vital medical diagnostic equipment from Greece's austerity-battered hospitals. More>>

Box office Top 20: 'Alien: Covenant' dethrones 'Guardians 2'

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Ridley Scott's space horror film "Alien: Covenant" scared reigning box office champ "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2" out of the No. 1 spot this week _ but just barely. More>>

Clariant, Huntsman, latest chemical makers seeking to merge

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Swiss specialty chemicals maker Clariant and The Woodlands, Texas-based Huntsman Corp. say they are merging to create a company worth some $20 billion. More>>

EU nations set tough negotiating mandate for Brexit talks

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The 27 European Union nations negotiating Britain's exit from the bloc have set a tough mandate for their chief negotiator during the opening part of the two-year proceedings. More>>

Three lawsuits allege foot-dragging by Fox on harassment

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Fox News is hit by three more lawsuits alleging sexual harassment or racial discrimination, which the network says in response has no legal merit. More>>

Justices make it easier for companies to defend patent cases

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The Supreme Court is making it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits. More>>

Arconic allows activist investor to add board members

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Arconic says activist investor Elliott Management will be allowed to nominate members to the precision metal parts maker's board and have a say in naming the next CEO. More>>

Stocks bounce back as technology and defense companies climb

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US stocks climb as defense companies rise after President Donald Trump completes a large sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia. More>>

Puerto Rico seeks court's help to save public pension system

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Puerto Rico's governor says he'll ask a court to restructure the debts of the U.S. territory's public pension system, which is projected to run out of money this year. More>>

Germany, France pledge new efforts to strengthen eurozone

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Germany and France are pledging to seek ways to strengthen the eurozone, with harmonization of corporate taxes among possible measures. More>>

France's Le Pen would accept exit of rival on euro issue

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French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says she would find it natural if the National Front's No. 2 official leaves the party if it drops one of the top issues she defended during her unsuccessful run for the presidency: giving up the euro currency. More>>

Citigroup settles claims over possible money laundering

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Citigroup to pay nearly $100 million to settle claims that negligence in Mexican subsidiary may have allowed money laundering. More>>

Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones

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China's biggest online retailer, JD.com, says it is developing drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance deliveries. More>>

Appeals court strikes down FAA drone registration rule

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A federal appeals court has struck down a federal regulation that required owners of recreational drones and other model aircraft to register the devices with the Federal Aviation Administration. More>>

Experts question North Korea role in WannaCry cyberattack

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Was North Korea really behind the WannaCry cyberattack? Experts say that's far from certain. More>>

Twitter leader laments social media role in Trump's election

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A co-founder of Twitter says he's sorry if the popular social media platform helped put Donald Trump in the White House, as the president has suggested. More>>

Baseball coming June 1 to virtual-reality headsets

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Baseball games will soon arrive on virtual-reality headsets. More>>

Uber threatens to fire key exec in self-driving car dispute

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Uber is threatening to fire a key executive accused of stealing self-driving car technology from a Google spin-off unless he waives his constitutional rights against self-incrimination so the ride-hailing service can comply with a court order. More>>

Frenchmen claim cure for WannaCry-infected computers

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A French researcher has released a free software that he claims can restore some of the computers infected by the WannaCry ransomware. More>>

Supreme Court rejects businesses' challenge to Michigan tax

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The Supreme Court is rejecting challenges by IBM, Goodyear and other businesses seeking more than $1 billion in tax refunds from Michigan. More>>

China, Japan extract combustible ice from seafloor

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Commercial development of the globe's vast reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as "combustible ice" has moved closer to reality after Japan and China successfully extracted the material from the seafloor. More>>

Trump's plan to nix community block grants may be tough sell

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President Donald Trump may have a tough time carrying out plans to kill a popular program that has helped build fire stations, provided meals to needy children and more. More>>

Czechs to build rail network for high-speed trains

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The Czech government has approved a nearly $28 billion plan to build a rail network for high-speed trains. More>>

Romanian court nixes request to put bishop under home arrest

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A Romanian court has rejected a request by anti-corruption prosecutors to place Teodosie, the Archbishop of Tomis, under house arrest for allegedly defrauding the European Union. More>>

Asian stocks track Wall St's rally, Europe opens mixed

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Asian stocks cheered by Wall Street rally, shrug off global political uncertainties. More>>

EU urges members to address inequality as economy recovers

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The European Union is urging member states to take advantage of the bloc's recovering economy to strengthen public finances and push through reforms that tackle social inequality. More>>

AP Exclusive: Strapped UN health agency spends big on travel

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Internal documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the World Health Organization routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel. More>>

Maker of Nathan's hot dogs issues recall over metal concerns

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The company that makes Nathan's and Curtis hot dogs is recalling more than 200,000 pounds of the products after getting complaints of metal found in the packages. More>>

Turkey: Man detained on US plane just wanted 1st class seat

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Turkey's official news agency says the FBI has detained a Turkish citizen who attempted to sit in first-class on board a Los Angeles-Honolulu flight. More>>

Brazilians call for president to resign after graft charges

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Brazilians around the country protested on Sunday to call for their president to step down after the highest court opened an investigation into allegations he endorsed the payment of hush money to a jailed former lawmaker. More>>

Pacific ministers commit to move ahead with pact without US

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The Pacific Rim trade ministers meeting in Vietnam have committed to move ahead with the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact after the United States pulled out. More>>

'Alien: Covenant' edges 'Guardians' at weekend box office

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"Alien: Covenant" edges "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" in weekend box-office space fight. More>>

Huge cuts to food stamps part of Trump's budget proposal

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President Donald Trump's budget hasn't been released yet, but that's not stopping some of Congress' most important Republicans from giving it a cold shoulder. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates record while abroad

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets ahead of developments in citing his record during Saudi Arabia speech. More>>

Hong Kong's Cathay lays off 600 as it faces rising pressure

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Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways says it's laying off nearly 600 staff as it faces rising competition from rival carriers and tough business conditions. More>>

Asian stocks track Wall St's rally despite global worries

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Asian stocks cheered by Wall Street rally, shrug off global political uncertainties. More>>

Saudis welcome Trump with gold medal, receive arms package Video included

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Trump opens his first trip abroad since taking office, visiting Saudi Arabia as he tries to build stronger partnerships to combat terrorism. More>>

Japan exports gain in April; rising oil prices pinch surplus

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Japan reports its exports rose a solid 7.5 percent in April though its trade surplus fell sharply as higher oil prices pushed the value of imports higher. More>>

'Migrant Mother' photographer's images of oppressed resonate

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A California museum is exhibiting photographs by the late Dorothea Lange, whose work highlighted the lives of impoverished migrants, unemployed laborers and Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. More>>

The Latest: Trump budget envisions cuts totaling $1.7T

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Food stamps take 25 percent hit in Trump budget proposal, just one of several benefit programs to face cuts. More>>

LL Bean's newest Bootmobile is kicking it in Japan

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L.L. Bean has created a special "Bootmobile" for Japan, a four-wheeled tribute to the retailer's iconic boot. More>>

Deadly Times Square attack highlights NYC pedestrian safety

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After a car barreled down the crowded sidewalks of Times Square, killing a teenage tourist and leaving 22 people injured, some New Yorkers are calling for the installation of more protective bollards at the ends of city sidewalks. More>>

At WEF, entrepreneurs seen as solution for Mideast troubles

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More than 1,100 politicians and business people have come together in search of ways to transform stagnant economies of the troubled Middle East and North Africa. More>>

Ex-coal CEO seeks vindication in blast after year in prison

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After a year in prison, an ex-West Virginia coal CEO is still seeking vindication in the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. More>>

Iran strikes back at US with more reciprocal sanctions

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Iran has sanctioned nine more U.S.-linked businesses, organizations and people over America's sanctions for its ballistic missile program. More>>

Pacific ministers commit to move ahead with pact without US

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The Pacific Rim trade ministers have started their two-day meeting in Hanoi focusing on free trade and regional economic integration amid fears of growing trade protectionism. More>>

Prospect of NAFTA rewrite gives US farmers a case of jitters

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Why Trump's combative trade stance makes US farmers nervous. More>>

The Latest: Trump gets royal treatment from Saudis. Video included

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Trump opens his first trip abroad since taking office, visiting Saudi Arabia as he tries to build stronger partnerships to combat terrorism. More>>

What Twitter's privacy changes mean for you

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Twitter is updating its privacy policy so it can track users' interests better and target advertisements to them, at least in the US. More>>

Volkswagen has fix for more cars in cheating scandal

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U.S. and California regulators have approved a fix for more Volkswagen cars caught up in the company's emissions cheating scandal. More>>

US to announce $110 billion Saudi arms sale as Trump visits

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U.S. officials say the Trump administration plans to announce $110 billion in advanced military equipment sales and training to Saudi Arabia this weekend as President Donald Trump visits the country. More>>

Thousands in Madrid back no-confidence vote against PM Rajoy

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Thousands of Spaniards are rallying in Madrid's city center to support a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy brought by the far-left Podemos party. More>>

Fox News fires Bob Beckel for racially insensitive remark

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Fox News Channel says it has fired commentator Bob Beckel for making a racially insensitive remark to a black employee. More>>

Charges shed light on sea cucumber smuggling at US border

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Charges against a father-son partnership for allegedly smuggling more than $17 million worth of sea cucumbers to the United States and exporting them to Asia sheds light on a growing and lucrative illegal cross-border trade. More>>

Critical Turkish newspaper publishes blank issue in protest

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A Turkish opposition paper has published its Saturday edition left blank to protest detentions. More>>

The Latest: Mogherini warns against US cuts in UN funding

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The EU foreign policy chief says Europe does "not see eye to eye" with the Trump administration on major issues such as trade, climate change and funding of U.N. agencies. More>>

Vaccine may cut HPV infections, an oral cancer risk, in men

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New study finds the HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers. More>>

US stocks close broadly higher; oil rises

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U.S. stocks edge higher in early trading, extending the market's modest gains from the day before. More>>

Taiwan's Tsai keeps domestic focus amid China's isolation

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After a year in office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's administration is shunned by an angry China, but domestic concerns appear to be trumping relations with Beijing. More>>

Trump's pick for deputy treasury secretary withdraws

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President Donald Trump's choice to be deputy treasury secretary, bank executive Jim Donovan, is withdrawing from consideration to be second in command for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. More>>

FCC vote kicks off a battle over regulation of the internet

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A federal agency has voted to kick off the repeal of "net neutrality" rules designed to keep broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with the internet. More>>

9 years after recession began, some states still unrecovered

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Even as the nation has left behind the job-market trauma of 2008 and 2009, some states have been slow to recover. More>>

Acosta, Trump's man on Labor, wants more apprenticeships

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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is telling his counterparts overseas that President Donald Trump's administration wants more apprenticeships to fill gaps in the American workforce. More>>

Google unveils latest tech tricks as computers get smarter

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Google is about to provide the latest peek at its digital services and gadgets as it seeks to become an even more influential force in people's lives. More>>

Indonesia arrests Japanese man in reptile smuggling

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Indonesian authorities have arrested a Japanese man who conservationists says is a major player in the illegal wildlife trade for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 250 reptiles out of the country. More>>

Green Machine is back, Deere posts a big 1Q and ups outlook

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Deere shares hit new heights on a strong quarter and an even stronger outlook. More>>

At a Glance: Some of Google's new features seem ... familiar Video included

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Google announced several new "smart" features for its apps and services _ several of which are already offered by rivals such as Amazon, Apple and Facebook. More>>

The Latest: Familiarity in Google's newly unveiled services

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Google's latest tool lets you point your phone's camera at places and objects to get information about them. More>>

Standard & Poor's raises Indonesia credit rating

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Standard & Poor's has raised Indonesia's sovereign credit rating to investment grade in recognition of a more stable political environment and improved control over government finances. More>>

Toyota, Nissan, others get behind fuel cell push in Japan

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Japan backs push for pollution-free vehicles that run on hydrogen, plans to build more hydrogen fueling stations and boost number of fuel-cell vehicles on roads to 40,000 by 2020. More>>

Correction: Russia-Navalny story

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Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has launched a video attack on opposition leader Alexei Navalny shortly before the trial in Usmanov vs. Navalny defamation case was to begin. More>>

EU fines Facebook over misleading information

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The EU's competition watchdog has fined Facebook 110 million euros ($122 million) for providing misleading information over its buyout of mobile messaging service WhatsApp. More>>

Stocks bounce back after Trump-related losses

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Asian stocks are mixed as investors fret over the U.S. political situation and a crisis brewing in Brazil. More>>

Ailes' political legacy: GOP control in divided America

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Roger Ailes is gone, but the world he created is not. More>>

AP Explains: Voting, governance and clerical power in Iran

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AP Explains: How do presidential power and elections work under a supreme leader in Iran's Islamic Republic. More>>

Wal-Mart sees online sales surge, more shoppers at stores

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Wal-Mart Stores beats 1Q earnings expectations, misses revenue forecasts. More>>

Cisco Systems announces 1,100 more layoffs

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Cisco Systems is laying off 1,100 more workers as the internet gear maker battles declining revenue while it struggles to meet shifting technology markets. More>>

EU moves toward greater freedom for watching online content

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The European Union has taken a major step that will allow subscribers to online movies and television to watch the content throughout the 28 members of the union instead of being blocked once they leave their country. More>>

Reactions to the death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes Video included

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Reactions to the death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, who died Thursday at age 77. More>>

Draft a sign of progress on South China Sea code of conduct

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Analysts say a framework agreement between China and ASEAN menbers on a code of conduct in the South China Sea marks a potentially significant step toward cooling tensions in the strategic waterway. More>>

China's Xi says willing to help end rift with South Korea

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has said he's willing to help ties with South Korea return to a "normal track" amid a rift over Seoul's deployment of a high-tech U.S. missile-defense system to guard against North Korean threats. More>>

Greek parliament approves new creditor-demanded cutbacks

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Despite torrential rain, protest rallies are continuing in Athens for a second day, hours before a major austerity vote in parliament that would impose additional income losses for another three years. More>>

President's 2018 budget to include paid family leave

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President Donald Trump's 2018 budget will include a paid family leave plan. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Russia claims under scrutiny

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump makes some questionable claims about Russia investigation. More>>

Lithuania court delays extradition ruling in phishing case

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A court in Lithuania wants more information from the United States before ruling on the extradition of a local businessman suspected of conning Google and Facebook out of more than $100 million. More>>

French President Macron talks to Putin, faces media uproar

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French President Emmanuel Macron has gathered his newly-named officials for his first Cabinet meeting _ an assembly that looks significantly different than previous French governments. More>>

Canada warns it may cancel US jet buy over Bombardier probe

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Canada's government is warning it could cancel a planned purchase of 18 Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing Co. because of U.S. Department of Commerce anti-dumping investigations against Canadian plane maker Bombardier. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims unearned exoneration on Russia

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims unearned exoneration on Russia. More>>

Trump administration announces plans to renegotiate NAFTA

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Trump administration announces plans to renegotiate trade pact with Canada and Mexico. More>>

Asian shares mostly lower on Trump, Brazil worries

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Stock markets around the world fell sharply Thursday as investors fretted over a drumbeat of worrying developments surrounding President Donald Trump. More>>

Brazil's Temer: 'I won't resign' amid corruption allegations

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Brazilian federal police are searching the office and homes of a top senator and presidential contender. More>>

Colombians seek probe of Chiquita execs for terror funding

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Human rights groups in Colombia are calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate executives from Chiquita Brands for complicity in crimes against humanity as a result of payments made to paramilitary groups. More>>

House speaker promises tax overhaul this year despite chaos

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the United States can achieve a goal of 3 percent economic growth if there are historic changes in taxes and regulation. More>>

Fox News founder Roger Ailes died of complications from fall

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Fox News Channel founder Roger Ailes has died at 77, his wife said. More>>

Kochs unveil campaign to 'jolt' stalled tax debate

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The Koch Brothers' political network is preparing to spend millions of dollars to inject new urgency into the stalled tax debate. More>>

Toyota, 3 other automakers settle suit over Takata air bags

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Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW reach settlement in Takata air bag lawsuit. More>>

Ralph Lauren posts quarterly loss a day after naming new CEO

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Ralph Lauren reports quarterly loss; reports another round of sales declines for a key measure. More>>

Gap shares climb after profit exceeds expectations

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Shares of Gap climb after the retailer reports a quarterly profit that topped Wall Street expectations. More>>

The Latest: French media voice access concerns to Macron

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The Kremlin says the leaders of Russia and France have discussed possible cooperation on international issues, including the fight against terrorism. More>>

Talks on airplane laptop ban end with no ban, more talks

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European Union and U.S. transport and security officials will meet in Brussels Wednesday to discuss U.S. plans to broaden an in-flight ban on laptops and tablets to include plans from Europe. More>>

The Latest: NAFTA critic calls Trump plans "markedly vague"

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Congressional leaders promise to work with Trump administration to renegotiate NAFTA. More>>

Trump's Japan envoy pick says he's optimistic on trade deal

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The businessman in line to be U.S. ambassador to Japan says he's optimistic about reaching deal with Japan that could mean equal or better results than the Asia-Pacific pact that President Donald Trump pulled the United States from after taking office. More>>

McDonald's says it removed artificial flavor from soft serve

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McDonald's says it soft serve is now being made with natural vanilla flavor instead of artificial vanilla flavor. More>>

Global tailpipe tests vastly underestimate diesel pollution

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Researchers find government lab tests don't accurately measure real-world tailpipe pollution from diesel trucks, buses and cars. More>>

Poll says blacks less likely to have enough for retirement

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A new poll shows that older white Americans are nearly twice as likely as African Americans to say they've saved enough for retirement, a new poll found. More>>

Applications for US jobless aid fell to 3-month low of 232K

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Applications for US unemployment benefits fell last week to 3-month low of 232,000. More>>

Canada-European Union pact worries US lobster industry

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Members of the U.S. seafood industry are fearful that Canada's approval of a new trade deal with the European Union will cause big problems for the American lobster business, just as catch is hitting historic highs. More>>

Tests for lead poisoning may be faulty, US regulators warn

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Federal health agencies are warning that some tests of lead levels in the blood produce inaccurate results, so children under six years and pregnant and nursing women may need to be retested. More>>

Trump developments weigh on global stocks once again

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Asian stocks slide after big Wall Street losses as Trump's mounting political woes rattle investors. More>>

Donald Trump Jr., Dubai business partner discuss 'new ideas'

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Donald Trump Jr. traveled recently to Dubai to discuss 'new ideas' with a billionaire business partner. More>>

Conquer fear of credit cards now, reap benefits later

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Fear of debt has many young Americans avoiding credit cards, consumer credit experts say, which is hampering their ability to build a credit history required for loan approvals. More>>

ECB could start considering stimulus exit at next meeting

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Officials at the European Central Bank have indicated that their next meeting would be a good time to consider shifting toward an exit from stimulus efforts that have boosted a strengthening recovery. More>>

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.02 percent

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Long-term U.S. mortgage rates inched lower this week, with average 30-year mortgage slipping to 4.02 percent. More>>

Another round of premium hikes: blame Trump or Obama?

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Another year of big premium increases and dwindling choice is looking like a distinct possibility for many consumers who buy their own health insurance _ but why, and who's to blame?. More>>

APNewsBreak: Sesame Street, SeaWorld plan more joint parks

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SeaWorld and Sesame Street, two decades-old educational and entertainment brands trying to adjust to 21st century tastes, are expanding their partnership to build another theme park in the next four years, and possibly more parks in the years beyond. More>>

2 US private equity firms bid for Australia newspaper empire

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Australia's second largest newspaper empire, Fairfax Media, says it has received rival takeover offers from two U.S. private equity investment firms. More>>

Royal Jordanian diverts flight after suspicious object claim

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Jordan's national carrier says it diverted flight following claim of suspicious object; search showed claim to be bogus. More>>

Chevrolet to pull out of India, South Africa

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General Motors pulls Chevrolet brand out of India, South Africa to cut costs. More>>

Spain's parliament passes port reform to avoid EU fines

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Spain's parliament has approved a new government bill that aims to liberalize the country's port operations in line with European Union directives and avoid hefty fines. More>>

Japan economy expands at 2.2 percent annual pace in Jan-Mar

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Japan reports its economy expanded at a 2.2 percent annual pace in the first quarter of the year, faster than expected. More>>

Asian stocks slide as Trump's mounting woes rattle investors

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Financial companies are leading U.S. stocks sharply lower in early trading as investors fret over the potential fallout roiling the Trump administration. More>>

What we currently know about the global cyberattack

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As danger from the global cyberattack continues to fade, analysts are starting to assess the damage. More>>

Qualcomm: Apple is pressuring contractors in patent dispute

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Manufacturers that build Apple's iPhone and iPad are now being drawn in to an escalating dispute with the chipmaker Qualcomm. More>>

Deutsche Bank chairman expects former execs to pay

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Deutsche Bank's board chairman is telling shareholders the bank is seeking "substantial" amounts of money from former executives who were in charge when the bank engaged in costly misconduct. More>>

With waiver, US lets Iran keep getting benefits of nuke deal

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The Trump administration is extending nuclear sanctions relief for Iran but also slapping Iran with more non-nuclear sanctions over its ballistic missile activity. More>>

New Las Vegas casino-resort pushes opening date to 2020

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A long-delayed casino-resort project on the Las Vegas Strip that would cater to Chinese tourists is delaying its opening date another year. More>>

House chairman pushes privatizing air traffic control in US

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The Republican chairman of a House panel is urging lawmakers to turn the nation's air traffic control operations over to a new non-profit corporation. More>>

In reversal, radio host Alex Jones apologizes to Chobani

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Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says he has settled a lawsuit filed by Greek yogurt giant Chobani, reversing course from previous claims he would never back down in the defamation case. More>>

Amazon refreshes lineup of low-cost tablets, new kids model

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Amazon is offering a thinner and lighter version of its cheapest, 7-inch tablet, while shaving $10 off the price of an 8-inch model. More>>

US households owe record amount, topping pre-recession peak

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US household debts reach record high, topping pre-recession peak, New York Fed says. More>>

Ford to cut jobs as sales level off, stock price lags

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Ford says it will cut 1,400 salaried jobs by September in North America, Asia. More>>

Ralph Lauren names Procter & Gamble executive as CEO

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Ralph Lauren Corp. says its next CEO will be Procter & Gamble executive Patrice Louvet. More>>

AP Interview: Surfer worked from bedroom to beat cyberattack

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As a vast "ransomware" cyberattack raced from computer to computer, infecting tens of thousands around the world, a young tech expert working in his bedroom in England brought the rampage to a halt. More>>

Target locked in game of shipping tag with Wal-Mart, Amazon

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Target's 1Q profits up 7.7 percent; sales better than expected. More>>

Heart-shaped diamond sells for $13M, under auction estimate

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A heart-shaped diamond billed as the largest of its kind to be auctioned off has sold for less than the pre-sale estimate, fetching a hammer price of 13 million Swiss francs. More>>

No need to schlep wallet, keys at Universal's new water park

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When Universal Orlando opens its new water park later this month, it will debut a new wristband that eliminates lines and the need for wallets. More>>

Bee industry buzzing: Stolen hives recovered in California

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The bee industry is buzzing over the arrest of a California man accused in one of the biggest thefts of beehives on record. More>>

Progress reducing US uninsured rate comes to a halt

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says progress in reducing the number of uninsured Americans stalled last year. More>>

NASA nixes crew for test flight of new megarocket in 2019

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NASA says the test flight of its new megarocket will fly without a crew. More>>

Trump officials reach out to Democrats on tax overhaul

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Trump officials are reaching out to Senate Democrats as they craft a tax overhaul package. More>>

The Latest: Law enforcement officials flag North Korea link

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Saudi Arabia says the WannaCry "ransomware" attack has affected some government computers as well as those of Saudi Telecom Co., which provides landline, mobile and internet services for millions in the country. More>>

AP names Hennessey, Klapper to Washington leadership roles

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The Associated Press has promoted reporters Kathleen Hennessey and Bradley Klapper to a pair of key leadership positions in its Washington bureau. More>>

Vistaprint planning a 125-person Rhode Island sales office

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A company known for selling business cards and other customized publishing products is planning a 125-person sales office in Rhode Island. More>>

Clashes in Greece as thousands protest austerity

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Greek workers walk off job in nationwide 24-hour general strike against new austerity measures. More>>

UK court rejects Nestle's bid to trademark KitKat shape

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A court has rejected an attempt by Nestle to trademark the distinctive four-fingered shape of the KitKat chocolate bar in Britain. More>>

Cracker Barrel settles federal suit over handicapped parking

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores has settled a class-action lawsuit brought by a Pittsburgh woman who claimed handicapped parking spaces at some restaurants were too steep or otherwise violated federal law. More>>

German prosecutors investigating VW's Mueller over scandal

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Prosecutors say they're investigating Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller and other current and former top executives at Porsche Automobil Holding SE on accusations they manipulated markets by not releasing information about VW's diesel cheating soon enough. More>>

Trump reports weigh on global stocks and the dollar

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Asian shares fall as uncertainties over US politics loom. More>>

Federal appeals court upholds Google trademark

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A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that aimed to cancel Google's trademark by arguing that "google" is now synonymous with searching the internet. More>>

Amazon's streaming software powers new smart TVs

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Amazon's streaming TV software will appear on a new line of smart TVs designed to blend streaming TV services and over-the-air channels, but not cable packages. More>>

AP Explains: How lawmakers get their health care

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Members of Congress looking to rewrite former President Barack Obama's health care law have a unique perspective, since many of them are signed up for the health care it created. More>>

Sotheby's sells pink, blue diamond earrings for about $51M

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Sotheby's sold a pair of pear-shaped diamond earrings at a hammer price of about $51 million, but the 14.54-carat flawless Fancy Vivid Blue diamond that was the auction's highlight fell short of the expected range. More>>

The Latest: Tear gas fired at Greek anti-austerity protest

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Greek riot police in central Athens have fired tear gas at protesting youths as anti-austerity protests turned violent. More>>

Goya Foods ending sponsorship of NYC parade after 60 years

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Goya Foods has decided not to sponsor New York City's annual Puerto Rican Day parade, saying it was a business decision. More>>

South Korea names 'chaebol sniper' as antitrust chief

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South Korean president names long-time shareholder rights advocate to lead the country's antitrust regulator. More>>

California utility sued by warehouse fire victim relatives

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Attorneys representing the families of people who died in a Northern California warehouse fire that broke out during an unlicensed concert plan to file a consolidated lawsuit against the building's owner and manager. More>>

Asian stocks mostly lower amid political uncertainties

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U.S. stock indexes were little changed in early trading Tuesday, a day after the market closed at record highs. More>>

US hits Syria with new sanctions

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The Trump administration has hit a new group of Syrian companies and people, including cousins of President Bashar Assad, with sanctions over human rights abuses. More>>

Frontier attendants say they couldn't breastfeed on the job

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Two Frontier Airlines flight attendants who are breastfeeding mothers have filed discrimination complaints against the Denver-based discount carrier. More>>

US housing starts fell 2.6 percent in April

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US home construction fell again in April to lowest level in 5 months. More>>

New Alaska handbook provides how-to on heated greenhouses

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Alaska has released a handbook that shows schools and community groups how to build greenhouses heated with a plentiful local resource: wood. More>>

What we currently know about the global cyberattack

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A South Korean cyber security expert says there is more circumstantial evidence that North Korea may be behind the global "ransomware" attack. More>>

China's fondness for pirated software raises risks in attack

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China's fondness for pirated software left it especially vulnerable to the latest global cyberattack. More>>

Grisly 24-hour period leaves 4 dead in Venezuela unrest

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Chaos has erupted in western Venezuela during another round of protests against the socialist government, with buildings set afire, tear gas swirling around protesters and at least two people killed. More>>

An alert researcher, teamwork helped stem huge cyberattack

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An alert researcher, a cheap domain name, cross-ocean cooperation helped stem effects of cyberattack. More>>

Trump, Turkish leader hail ties despite US arming of Kurds

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President Donald Trump is welcoming Turkey's president to the White House in a high-stakes meeting that could set the tone for how his administration deals with authoritarian leaders. More>>

The Latest: 29,000 Chinese institutions hit by cyberattack

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Chinese media are reporting that the global "ransomware" virus attacked many university networks in China. More>>

Delta tops in on-time flights, Spirit worst for complaints

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Led by Delta, biggest US airlines score best for on-time flights; Spirit records worst complaint rate. More>>

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