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Spokesman offers few clues on Trump's pipeline stance
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump isn't offering many clues about how the incoming administration will act regarding the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline....

US productivity up 3.1 percent in third quarter
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The productivity of American workers rose in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in two years while labor costs slowed after a big jump in the spring....

South Korea's Park would leave economy mired in challenges
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The heir to the Samsung empire and other tycoons took a public drubbing by lawmakers Tuesday over deep-rooted ties between politics and business that helped drive South Korea's economic ascent but are central to its political crisis....

Stocks track higher after Wall Street hit another record
HONG KONG (AP) -- Stock markets pushed higher on Tuesday as investors cheered another record day on Wall Street and looked past the political and economic uncertainty buffeting Europe....

Chinese firm buys British pub that state leader visited
LONDON (AP) -- A Chinese firm is buying the landmark British pub where former Prime Minister David Cameron shared a pint with China's leader last year....

Tech companies move to target terrorist propaganda online
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online....

Stopgap spending bill to be unveiled as Congress finishes up
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is quickening its pace toward adjourning late this week, marching toward a final vote on legislation boosting medical research and speeding drug approvals and readying a separate stopgap spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend....

Top UK judges grill government lawyer on Brexit plans
LONDON (AP) -- A British government lawyer said Tuesday that the Supreme Court will fall into a "serious constitutional trap" if it rules that Parliament must have a vote before ministers start the U.K.'s divorce from the European Union....

Teetering Italian bank looks for investors
MILAN (AP) -- Shares in Italy's most troubled bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, are down again amid rising concerns about its ability to remain solvent....

German factory orders beat forecasts, up strongly in October
BERLIN (AP) -- German factory orders were up a far stronger-than-expected 4.9 percent in October compared with the previous month, led higher by orders for cars and vehicle parts....

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