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AP Top Business News at 6:56 p.m. EDT

Microsoft Windows adapts as its business importance declines
For Microsoft, Windows is no longer a core business so much as a complement to the company's other offerings....

Amazon's quarterly profit more than doubles; shares soar
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon's first-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, blowing past Wall Street expectations. The online retailer's shares soared 6 percent in after-hours trading....

Hope for US trade visit to China: A delay in harmful tariffs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin leads a delegation of American officials to Beijing next week, few analysts expect them to defuse a smoldering trade conflict with China. Rather, the likeliest outcome is a more modest one:...

Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon is raising the price of its annual Prime membership fee to $119 a year, up 20 percent from $99....

US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose 2.6 percent in March, but a key category that tracks business investment spending fell for the third month out of the past four....

Tons of legal marijuana leave regulators awash in data
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- To the beat of electronic dance music, men and women inside a slate-gray building harvested marijuana plants festooned with radio-frequency identification tags. In another room, an employee entered the tag numbers into a government database....

US mortgage rates highest since 2013; 30-year at 4.58 pct.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to climb this week, reaching their highest level in more than four years and denting prospective home purchasers' prospects amid the spring buying season....

MGM sets August opening date for Massachusetts casino
BOSTON (AP) -- The fate of Wynn's glitzy Boston-area casino may still be up in the air, but rival MGM says it is on track to open the first Las Vegas-style casino resort in Massachusetts sooner than expected....

Deutsche Bank steps back from ambition to be global player
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Deutsche Bank will take another step back from its decades-long global expansion, announcing Thursday that it will focus its investment banking business more on Europe and reduce operations in the U.S. and Asia....

Of Mutual Interest: Are stocks on the comeback trail?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Investors have been uneasy since stocks dived 10 percent in just nine days in early February. The market has seen big losses and big gains since, mostly driven by a trade dispute between the U.S. and China, and has yet to return to the record highs of late January....

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