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Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set 'to rock'

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Republicans working to execute their first major legislative achievement of Donald Trump's presidency appear to have secured the votes to pass a massive tax overhaul that Trump hoped to present to the American people for Christmas. More>>

South Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks off

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South Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks off; delegates to elect Zuma successor. More>>

Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

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Hollywood executives and other major players in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality across the industry. More>>

Tax bill boosts oil, gas drilling _ and renewable energy

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A tax bill moving forward in Congress would boost traditional forms of energy such as oil and gas while also supporting renewable energy such as wind and solar power. More>>

Inflammatory letter sheds light on Uber's alleged misconduct

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A federal judge has unsealed an inflammatory letter sent by a former Uber security specialist alleging the ride-hailing service dispatched a team of spies to steal its rivals' trade secrets and engage in other shady behavior to thwart its competition. More>>

China, Britain pledge cooperation as UK leaves EU

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Britain and China have pledged to cooperate in clean energy research and promote global use of Beijing's currency as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union. More>>

Autopsies underway for Canadian billionaires found dead

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Investigators are awaiting the results of autopsies performed on Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife before determining next steps in the ongoing probe into their suspicious deaths. More>>

Tax bill guts unpopular 'Obamacare' insurance mandate

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Gutting 'Obamacare' coverage mandate is seen as increasing the number of uninsured people. More>>

California lawmakers propose health coverage for immigrants

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California Democratic lawmakers say they want to use the windfall from a growing economy to extend health coverage to immigrants living in the country illegally. More>>

Odebrecht: No sign dealings with Peru's president illegal

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The Brazilian construction giant at the center of Latin America's largest corruption scandal says there is no indication the payments made to a consulting firm owned by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski were illegal. More>>

The Latest: Trump to meet with Cabinet members at Camp David

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President Donald Trump is defending the Republicans' tax cut plan, pushing back against criticism that it will benefit the wealthy more than the middle class. More>>

Homeless man finds $354,000 in room at Paris airport

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French police are looking for a homeless man who found a huge amount of cash last week at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport and was able to leave with 300,000 euros ($354,000). More>>

Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line

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Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's potential defection has put a speed bump into GOP leaders' drive to push their big tax package through the Senate. More>>

The Latest: Estimate says tax bill adds $1.46T to deficit

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President Donald Trump says he's seen the latest version of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package moving through Congress and he predicts it will do "very, very well.". More>>

Dakota Access developer, publication argue over lawsuit

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The Texas-based developer of the Dakota Access pipeline and a Florida-based environmental publication are arguing in federal court in North Dakota over whether something billed as a social movement can be sued. More>>

EPA chemical safety nominee drops out amid strong opposition

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President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn his nomination after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely. More>>

Commuters lose transit, parking, biking benefits in tax bill

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Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week. More>>

Tax bill boosts oil, gas drilling _ and renewable energy

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A tax bill moving forward in Congress would boost traditional forms of energy such as oil and gas while also supporting renewable energy such as wind and solar power. More>>

Facebook: Social media scrolling can make you feel bad

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It's not quite like tobacco companies warning about the dangers of smoking, but Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Passively scrolling through social media can make you feel bad. More>>

Commuters lose transit, parking, biking benefits in tax bill

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Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week. More>>

White House to push merit-based immigration in new campaign

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The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn the public against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push to move toward a more merit-based structure. More>>

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' boasts $45 million opening night

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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is off to a death star-sized start at the box office. More>>

Germany extends facial recognition test at rail station

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Germany's top security official is extending tests of automatic facial recognition technology after an initial six-month trial showed the system had a good success rate. More>>

AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

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"Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. More>>

Amazon making nice, prepares sales of Apple TV, Chromecast

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Amazon is preparing to call a truce in its two-year-old battle with Apple and Google". More>>

Disney-Fox deal may create a new nerdy nirvana

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Disney $52 billion purchase of Fox seals rift in Marvel, 'Star Wars' universes but it will be unavoidable online and in theaters. More>>

US prosecutors move to cash in on $8.5M in seized bitcoin

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Federal attorneys prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring case are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that's exploded in value to $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader's arrest. More>>

Mourners bow, pray over casket of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

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As a string trio played, a long stream of mourners filed past the body of the late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to say goodbye to their leader of seven years. More>>

EU sees new 'dramatically difficult' phase in Brexit talks

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EU leaders gathered Friday to launch a new phase in negotiations on Britain's departure from their bloc, as domestic pressure mounts on Prime Minister Theresa May. More>>

Trump reconsiders rules protecting miners from black lung

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Federal mining regulators are reconsidering regulations intended to protect miners from breathing coal and rock dust, the cause of black lung disease. More>>

Tech companies lead US stocks higher as tax plan advances

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U.S. stocks are moving broadly higher in early trading, erasing modest losses from the day before. More>>

Rubio defection threatens GOP's slim majority on tax bill

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Generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans would be delivered in a sweeping overhaul of the tax laws, under a new agreement crafted by Republicans in Congress. More>>

Procter & Gamble agrees to add activist investor to board

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Procter & Gamble is adding Nelson Peltz to its board of directors, ending a proxy battle with the activist investor seeking to shake up the consumer products giant. More>>

As Disney swallows Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood

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After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been forecast to hit Hollywood finally arrived Thursday with Disney's purchase of the 20th Century Fox film studio. More>>

Italy says Amazon will pay $118 million to end tax dispute

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Italian tax authorities say Amazon will pay 100 million euros ($118 million) to end a dispute over its tax payments from 2011-2015. More>>

Poor Venezuelans launch local currency amid cash crunch

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Residents of one neighborhood in cash-strapped Venezuela say they've found a solution to a lack of paper money by creating a quasi-currency called the panal. More>>

Ex-Russian minister jailed for 8 years in sting case

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A court has found a former Russian economic development minister guilty of accepting a $2 million bribe from a top ally of President Vladimir Putin. More>>

Disney buying much of Fox, will help it compete with Netflix

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Disney is buying a big chunk of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal, gaining U.S. cable channels and a major film studio and growing overseas as it tries to meet competition from technology companies. More>>

Court rules for AP in reporter impersonation document fight

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A federal appeals court has sided with reporters in a court fight over documents. More>>

Lithium battery maker to employ hundreds in Kentucky plant

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A California-based battery maker is moving its headquarters to Kentucky and plans to build a manufacturing plant to employ hundreds of workers in economically depressed eastern Kentucky. More>>

Report: Rich will get still richer unless policies change

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World Inequality report says rich bound to get still richer with widening disparities in global incomes, wealth. More>>

Fox looks to wrap up Sky takeover in UK, hand over to Disney

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21st Century Fox says it will continue to pursue its 11.7 billion ($15.4 billion) takeover offer for Sky, even though Disney is buying a large part of the company owned by Rupert Murdoch's family. More>>

'Mannequin Skywalker' rides Blue Origin's new crew capsule

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Blue Origin's 'Mannequin Skywalker' has finally made it to space, just in time for the newest Star Wars movie. More>>

Zimbabwe ruling party seals Mugabe's fall from grace

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Zimbabwe ruling party meets to seal Mugabe's fall from grace, position new leader for election. More>>

Spanish court allows extradition of 121 Taiwanese to China

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A Spanish court has granted China's extradition request for 121 Taiwanese accused of belonging to Spain-based gangs which swindled people in China out of millions of euros (dollars) by telephone. More>>

California issues 1st licenses for legal pot market

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California's legal marijuana market is finally, fitfully, taking shape. More>>

In about-face, Ryanair recognizes unions to avert strikes

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Budget carrier Ryanair is reversing its longstanding refusal to recognize pilots' unions in a bid to avert strikes over the busy Christmas season. More>>

At crunch time for health sign-ups, hold times are growing

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President Donald Trump's administration says it is trying to accommodate consumers as hold times grow for those seeking to enroll in insurance under the federal health care law. More>>

Man with knife at Amsterdam airport is not terror case

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Dutch military police say they have shot a man after he threatened to use a knife at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. More>>

FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality'

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FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality' rules that equalized access to the internet. More>>

Ng aims to bring AI 'electricity' to manufacturing

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The artificial intelligence researcher who called AI the new electricity is now trying to make sure every company is plugged in. More>>

Lawyers clash over impact of Trump's rules on birth control

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California and the Trump administration will square off before a U.S. judge who will decide whether to block new rules allowing more employers to opt out of birth control coverage for women. More>>

Survey: New York manufacturers grows at slightly slower pace

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Survey: New York manufacturers grows at slightly slower, but still healthy, pace. More>>

US industrial production rose 0.2 percent in November

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US industrial production rose 0.2 percent in November; gains mostly came from restarting oil and natural gas drilling. More>>

Peru's president fights back against calls to resign

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Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kucyznski is scrambling for his political survival as opponents demand he resign over revelations of decade-old payments from a Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America's biggest graft scandal. More>>

Lebanon: Oil and gas drilling to begin in 2019

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Lebanon's energy and water minister says the country will start exploratory offshore drilling for oil and gas in 2019. More>>

Microsoft updates Bing search to highlight reputable results

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Microsoft updates Bing search to highlight reputable results, summarize opposing sides on contentious questions. More>>

Airbus shakes up top management amid legal woes

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European airplane maker Airbus says chief executive Tom Enders will step down in April 2019. More>>

The Latest: May says UK, EU to start new talks right away

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European Union leaders have given the go-ahead to Brexit talks with Britain to move onto the next stage, which will involve discussions over future relations and trade. More>>

Britain's finance minister in China to promote trade

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Britain's finance minister tells China's premier there are "many opportunities" to expand commercial ties as he starts a visit aimed at developing trade as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union. More>>

Global stocks mixed as investors await US tax deal

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Asian stock markets are mostly lower as uncertainty about the progress of a sweeping U.S. tax revamp outweighed an optimistic Japanese economic survey. More>>

EU nations bicker over migration policy as summit opens

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EU leaders are gathering in Brussels set to move Brexit talks into a new phase as pressure mounts on Prime Minister May over her plans to take Britain out of the 28-nation bloc. More>>

The Latest: Tusk distances himself from anti-migrant views

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Poland's new prime minister is making his foreign debut at a European Union summit, a first test of whether the Western-educated former banker can bridge a deepening rift between his right-wing government and Brussels. More>>

Luxembourg appeals $295 million EU Amazon ruling

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Luxembourg is appealing a European Union decision that it has to claw back some 250 million euros in back taxes from Amazon. More>>

EU's Tusk warns of bruising Brexit battle ahead, urges unity

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Britain's chief Brexit negotiator says a situation in which the U.K. crashes out of the European Union without a deal has become "massively less probable" because of a preliminary agreement reached last week. More>>

California issues 1st licenses for its legal pot market

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California has issued its first business licenses for the state's coming legal marijuana market. More>>

Putin says Trump foes harm US with Russia collusion probes

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will seek to modernize the Russian economy if he's re-elected to another term next March. More>>

What stays, what goes: Disney and Murdoch after the sale

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Disney is buying a large part of Fox, but Fox News Channel and other U.S. television businesses are staying with the Murdoch family. More>>

Men plead guilty to creating 'botnet' used to crash the web

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Men plead guilty to creating Mirai 'botnet' used in 2016 internet attack. More>>

Asian stocks mostly lower as US tax bill uncertainty weighs

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Gains by technology companies and banks are helping to lift U.S. stocks higher in early trading. More>>

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

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As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-games costs and huge financial strain placed on one of its poorest regions. More>>

Trump thanks Putin for remarks on strong US economy

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The White House says President Donald Trump thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for remarks he made "acknowledging America's strong economic performance". More>>

Trump's security paper offers stark vision of global rivalry

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Trump's "America First" vision is a stark worldview that sees rivals battling each other for supremacy or relevance and has little use for alliances, treaties and other international agreements unless they directly benefit the United States. More>>

The Latest: States warming up net-neutrality lawsuits

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The Latest: States warming up net-neutrality lawsuits. More>>

Montana Republican gets behind Yellowstone mining ban

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Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is sponsoring legislation to withdraw land near Yellowstone National Park from future mining after earlier describing an identical Senate measure as "dead on arrival" in the House. More>>

Denver shuts down 26 legal pot businesses, makes arrests

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Denver authorities have shut down 26 legal marijuana businesses and arrested 12 people suspected of illegal distribution of pot after a yearlong criminal investigation. More>>

The Latest: Trump supports Disney's 21st Century Fox deal

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Analysts say Disney's $52.4 billion deal to buy a large part of 21st Century Fox will put it in a better position to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. More>>

Detroit breaks ground on tallest tower, symbol of resurgence

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An 800-foot-tall (244-meter) centerpiece is coming to Detroit's resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum nearly three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. More>>

Japan survey shows corporate sentiment at 11-year high

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A quarterly business outlook survey by Japan's central bank shows manufacturers upbeat. More>>

New Polish PM seeks understanding for his gov't at EU summit

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A new Polish prime minister makes his foreign debut at a European Union summit Thursday, a first test if the Western-educated former banker can bridge a deepening rift between his right-wing government and Brussels. More>>

California wildfires prompt tougher rules for utilities

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California utility regulators are considering tougher safety rules for power lines, phone lines and utility poles in parts of the state that are prone to fires. More>>

Delta orders 100 Airbus jets valued at over $12.7 billion

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Delta will buy 100 Airbus jets with sticker price over $12.7 billion. More>>

Lawyer: Brazil soccer official 'never joined' in any bribes

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The first U.S. trial stemming from the FIFA (FEE'-fuh) soccer corruption scandal is moving toward the final phase. More>>

Trump relishes progress on rolling back federal rules

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President Donald Trump will trumpet his administration's efforts to roll back federal regulations at the White House on Thursday. More>>

The Latest: States warming up net-neutrality lawsuits

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The Latest: States warming up net-neutrality lawsuits. More>>

Inspector general to review EPA's 2017 hurricane response

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An internal federal watchdog says it will conduct a wide-ranging review of the Environmental Protection Agency's preparedness and response to the major hurricanes that struck the United States this year. More>>

Israeli drugmaker Teva to cut quarter of global work force

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic drugmaker, says it is laying off 14,000 workers as part of a global restructuring. More>>

Germany's VW issues study on role during Brazil dictatorship

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German automaker Volkswagen says a study into its role during Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship has concluded that some site security officials in Brazil cooperated with the regime. More>>

FCC votes to kick off review of broadcaster ownership limit

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The Federal Communications Commission is voting on party lines to kick off a review of how many TV stations one company can own. More>>

NYT publisher stepping down, to be succeeded by son

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The publisher of the New York Times Company is stepping down after 25 years. More>>

Scott M. Mills to become new BET president

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Black Entertainment Television will soon have a new president. More>>

The Latest: States warming up net-neutrality lawsuits

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The Latest: Clyburn blasts FCC net neutrality repeal. More>>

California sues over Corinthian student debt relief claims

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California's attorney general says it has sued the Trump administration because the U.S. Department of Education is refusing to process debt relief claims from tens of thousands of students who had federal loans to attend Corinthian Colleges. More>>

South Africa's famed ANC risks split in choosing new leader

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South Africa's famed ANC risks split in choosing new leader; 'Collapse or begin a renewal'. More>>

Lawsuit challenges cancellation of farmer fair practice rule

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Farmers in Alabama and Nebraska have joined a fair trade group to sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the cancellation of rules that would have made it easier for farmers to demand better treatment when they contract with meatpacking companies. More>>

More than 200 people sickened onboard Ovation of Seas cruise

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More than 200 people sickened onboard Ovation of Seas cruise. More>>

Zimbabwe's new leader begins journey to key 2018 election

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Zimbabwe's new leader begins journey to 2018 election, key tests are economic growth, democracy, reform. More>>

Cellphone company T-Mobile to launch TV service next year

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Cellphone company T-Mobile says it is launching a TV service next year, the latest company to marry wireless and video. More>>

Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google in 2017

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Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google in 2017. More>>

Applications for US jobless aid drop by 11,000 to 225,000

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Applications for US unemployment benefits fell by 11,000 to 225,000. More>>

European Central Bank keeps stimulus measures on track

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The European Central Bank has left its interest rates and stimulus measures unchanged as it looks ahead to the delicate matter of ending its bond-purchase program next year. More>>

US retail sales jump in November on strong holiday sales

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US retail sales jump 0.8 percent in November as consumers spend big for holiday shopping. More>>

US 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rate slips to 3.93 percent

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US 30-year fixed-rate U.S. mortgage rate slips to 3.93 percent; 15-year unchanged at 3.36 percent. More>>

Splurged on an expensive gift? Don't forget to insure it

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If you're buying an amazing gift this year, it makes sense to protect the investment with insurance. More>>

The Latest: ECB did not discuss sudden end to stimulus

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European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the economic upswing is "stronger in Europe than the United States" but that the ECB is still far from raising interest rates as the Fed has done. More>>

Global stock markets drop after Fed rate hike

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Asian stocks mixed after Fed rate hike; China follows with increase in short, medium-term lending rates. More>>

The Latest: Putin backs efforts to find kids of IS fighters

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia is concerned about the U.S. considering a pullout from key nuclear arms control pacts, adding that Moscow will stick to them. More>>

Bank of England holds rates after first hike in decade

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The Bank of England is set to keep its main interest rate unchanged at 0.50 percent on Thursday, a month after increasing borrowing costs for the first time in a decade to contain a rise inflation stoked by last year's Brexit vote. More>>

South Korean President Moon in China on visit to repair ties

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in is in Beijing on a visit to repair ties frayed by a dispute over the deployment of an anti-missile system. More>>

China suffers natural gas shortage as coal ban backfires

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Chinese authorities commandeer natural gas supplies to heat homes, disrupting supplies to industry, after efforts to clear smog-choked air by banning coal use led to energy shortages in frigid weather. More>>

Turkey summons FBI attache over testimony in US trial

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Turkey's official news agency says police have summoned an FBI official stationed in Turkey, in connection with testimony in a U.S. federal corruption case against a Turkish banker. More>>

Greek unions strike as bailouts to end with austerity blitz

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Greek workers walk off the job in 24-hour general strike that shuts down services across the country. More>>

Thousands of passengers affected by Niki airline's grounding

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Thousands of European travelers could be left stranded by the bankruptcy of Austrian budget carrier Niki, which has ceased flight operations. More>>

China reacts to Fed rate hike by nudging up key policy rate

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China's central bank has reacted to the U.S. Federal Reserve's interest rate increase by nudging up its own rate for lending to commercial banks but left rates for borrowing by companies and the public unchanged. More>>

Australian bank faces more charges from financial watchdog

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Australia's financial crime intelligence agency has widened its allegations against the country's largest bank, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, of failing to comply with measures to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing. More>>

Trump condo prices falling in Manhattan, report finds

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A report from a real estate company says prices for condos in Trump buildings with his gilded name above the door are falling in the first year of his presidency. More>>

Fed rate increase is 3rd this year; foresees 3 more in 2018

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Fed boosts key interest rate for third time this year to range of 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent. More>>

GOP says it's got a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year Video included

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A massive Republican tax package swiftly taking shape would pull down the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the tax rate for corporations to a level slightly above what businesses and conservatives wanted. More>>

The Latest: China raises key policy rate after Fed's hike

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World stock markets are subdued ahead of an expected interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve. More>>

The Latest: IRS says bill could benefit taxpayers by Feb

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House and Senate GOP leaders have forged an agreement on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws. More>>

Walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlier

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Walmart is providing workers with an app that will help them budget their money and get paid earlier. More>>

Republican higher education bill clears first hurdle

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Republican higher education bill that eliminates key student loan subsidies and boosts for-profit colleges passes first major hurdle in House. More>>

Some of Facebook's early friends now its sharpest critics

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Some of Facebook's early friends are now its sharpest critics, accusing it and other social media giants of addicting their users and undermining democracy. More>>

Justice Department confirms criminal probe in Uber case

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A recent letter from the U.S. Attorney's office confirms the U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation connected to allegations that former Uber executive Anthony Levandowski stole self-driving car technology from a Google spin-off. More>>

Asian shares mixed as Fed hike gives investors few surprises

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U.S. stocks are edging higher in early trading ahead of an expected interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. More>>

Hurricane state Republicans demand disaster aid by Christmas

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Lawmakers from hard-hit states such as Florida are demanding tens of billions of dollars of hurricane relief and rebuilding funds as part of another temporary Washington spending bill to keep the government from shutting down over Christmas. More>>

Gossip editors face HR training after harassment allegations

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The company that publishes Us Weekly, the National Enquirer and other gossip publications will hire outside experts for sexual harassment prevention training, after revelations that its top editor was twice the subject of sexual harassment investigations. More>>

Venezuelans seeing bitcoin boom as survival, not speculation

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As inflation in Venezuela reaches catastrophic heights, thousands have begun turning to the world of cryptocurrency to salvage what little value remains from their increasingly worthless bolivars. More>>

Paris hosts major climate summit _ and it's all about Trump

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More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes gives new momentum to the fight against global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. More>>

EPA chief jets to Morocco to help promote fossil fuel use

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt flew to Morocco to help encourage the North African kingdom to import liquefied natural gas from the United States. More>>

NTSB investigates Delta plane that nearly landed on taxiway

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Federal investigators say they probing an incident in which a Delta Air Lines plane nearly landed on a taxiway that was occupied by another plane at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. More>>

As 'net neutrality' vote nears, some brace for a long fight

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With 'net neutrality' rules set for termination, some advocates are bracing for a long fight. More>>

Study: Almost 45 million tons of e-waste discarded last year

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A new study claims 44.7 million metric tons (49.3 million tons) of TV sets, refrigerators, cellphones and other electrical good were discarded last year, with only a fifth recycled to recover the valuable raw materials inside. More>>

Greek court backs extraditing Russian bitcoin suspect to US

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Greece's Supreme Court will rule on whether to allow the extradition of a Russian cybercrime suspect to the United States to stand trial for allegedly laundering billions of dollars using the virtual currency bitcoin. More>>

The Latest: Jerry Brown to Trump: "Get out of the way"

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Activists pretending to represent a massive wave of oil are holding a protest in Paris at the start of an international climate summit. More>>

Gold company expands Alaska operations north of Fairbanks

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A gold company has acquired mineral rights to land north of Fairbanks that is believed to contain millions of ounces of gold. More>>

Saudi king prioritizes economic reforms for coming year

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Saudi King Salman delivers annual speech outlining government's priorities for coming year, focusing on economy and emphasizing anti-corruption crackdown. More>>

3 things to watch for from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday

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3 things to watch for from the Fed in its statement, updated forecasts and Yellen news conference. More>>

CNN says Anderson Cooper's Twitter account apparently hacked

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CNN is claiming Anderson Cooper's Twitter account was hacked after a tweet from his handle called the president a "pathetic loser" following Democrat Doug Jones winning Alabama's special Senate election. More>>

That new store card could torpedo your credit score

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Saving money on holiday purchases now by opening a store credit card could cost you later in credit score points. More>>

The Latest: UK lawmakers defeat government on Brexit bill

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British lawmakers have delivered a defeat to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans by giving Parliament the final say on any exit agreement with the European Union. More>>

Target aims to boost same-day delivery by acquiring Shipt

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Target plans to boost same-day delivery by paying $550 million for Shipt, its latest move to try to catch up with Amazon. More>>

EU Parliament votes against banning key kebab additive

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The European Parliament narrowly defeated plans to ban an additive which is considered key in industrial meats for the ubiquitous doner kebab. More>>

Comcast reportedly no longer in deal talks with Fox

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Comcast reportedly no longer in deal talks with Fox, opening the door for a possible Disney bid. More>>

Apple orchestrates deal for song-recognition app Shazam

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Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple's digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones. More>>

Spirit Airlines picks insider to become next CEO in 2019

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Spirit Airlines' chief financial officer will become the budget carrier's next CEO in 2019. More>>

Gasoline prices lift US consumer inflation 0.4 percent

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Rising gasoline prices lift US consumer inflation 0.4 percent in November. More>>

Collision in Switzerland's Gotthard road tunnel kills 2

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Police say a head-on collision between a car and a truck in Switzerland's Gotthard tunnel has left two people dead and forced the temporary closure of the tunnel, a key transit route through the Alps. More>>

US-based climate scientists to take research to France

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Two U.S.-based climate scientists say it's a dream come true _ the offer of all-expenses-paid grants to advance their research in Europe instead of the United States under climate skeptic President Donald Trump. More>>

Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

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Administration asserts GOP-backed tax overhaul will deliver a swift adrenaline shot to the economy that will send hundreds of billions pouring into federal tax coffers. More>>

Polish top journalists oppose fine on US-owned broadcaster

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The jury of Poland's main journalism award has condemned the imposition by a state regulator of a heavy fine on a private American-owned television for its coverage of 2016 anti-government protests. More>>

Global stocks steady ahead of expected Fed rate hike

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Asian stock markets are mostly higher after Wall Street gained as investors look ahead to a likely U.S. interest rate hike. More>>

Germany's Lufthansa drops bid for Air Berlin's Niki unit

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Germany's Lufthansa says it has withdrawn its bid for the Niki division of bankrupt Air Berlin as it tries to secure European Union approval for its planned takeover of much of what was once the country's second-biggest airline. More>>

Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over virtual currency

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A major security based on bitcoin, the digital currency that has exploded in popularly and volatility this year, will begin trading on a major U.S. exchange for the first time on Sunday. More>>

Baby formula maker calls global recall over salmonella fears

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French baby milk maker Lactalis has ordered a global recall of millions of its products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. More>>

EU approves Poland's program to develop clean energy

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The European Union's executive body says it has approved Poland's 9.4 billion euro plan for developing renewable energy sources. More>>

Toshiba, Western Digital make peace on sale of chip unit

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Toshiba, Western Digital deal clears way for sale of chip unit. More>>

Value Village sues Washington attorney general over demands

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The company that operates 300 Value Village, Savers and other thrift stores is suing Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, saying his office has violated its rights by demanding $3.2 million to settle a three-year investigation. More>>

NBC's 'Today' in ratings lead after Matt Lauer's firing

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NBC's 'Today' show beats ABC's 'Good Morning America' in the ratings for the second week in a row for the first time in a year. More>>

UK pay rates up but still lagging behind price rises

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Major global companies snared in growing South African corruption scandal around president. More>>

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US wholesale prices up 0.4 percent in November, led by big spike in gasoline prices. More>>

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US budget deficit totals $138.5 billion in November

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US government records $138.5 billion deficit in November, up 1.4 percent from a year ago. More>>

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The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Mayor Edwin Lee has died at the age of 65. More>>

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House and Senate negotiators are rushing to finalize the Republican tax legislation for a vote next week, to deliver the promised measure to President Donald Trump before Christmas. More>>

UK inflation rises to highest level since March 2012

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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will have to write a letter to Britain's Treasury chief explaining why inflation in the country is running by more than a percentage point above target. More>>

Poland's PM: we don't want a divided Europe of 2 speeds

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Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in his policy speech Tuesday that Poland "fits the European puzzle" and should be allowed to protect its national interests and character. More>>

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    Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and avoided mistakes, allowing the Detroit Lions to stay in the playoff picture with a 20-10 win over Chicago.
    Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and avoided mistakes, allowing the Detroit Lions to stay in the playoff picture with a 20-10 win over Chicago.
  • Silvers lifts Troy over UNT, 50-30, in New Orleans Bowl

    Silvers lifts Troy over UNT, 50-30, in New Orleans Bowl

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    Brandon Silvers passed for four touchdowns and ran for another, Troy's defense produced five turnovers, and the Trojans defeated North Texas 50-30 in the New Orleans Bowl.
    Brandon Silvers passed for four touchdowns and ran for another, Troy's defense produced five turnovers, and the Trojans defeated North Texas 50-30 in the New Orleans Bowl.
  • No. 25 Boise State beats Oregon 38-28 in Las Vegas Bowl

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    Cedrick Wilson caught 10 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown, Kekaula Kaniho returned an interception 53 yards for a score and No. 25 Boise State beat Oregon 38-28 in the Las Vegas Bowl.
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    A four-bedroom farmhouse in southern Iowa listed online for free comes with a catch: The new owner must move the building from the current owners' land.
    A four-bedroom farmhouse in southern Iowa listed online for free comes with a catch: The new owner must move the building from the current owners' land.
  • A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport

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    Many airports have problems dealing with bird strikes, but the one in America's farthest north community is having issues lately with marine mammals.
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    Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright charged with murder in 2010 death

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    Authorities say the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in his death more than seven years ago.
    Authorities say the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in his death more than seven years ago.
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    The fourth-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft.
    The fourth-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft.
  • Tribes oppose planned bioterror tests near Oklahoma graves

    Tribes oppose planned bioterror tests near Oklahoma graves

    Saturday, December 16 2017 10:56 AM EST2017-12-16 15:56:14 GMT
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    Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan.
    Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan.
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