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Ryan pitches tax reform at shoe factory as protesters gather
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday pitched Republican plans for overhauling the nation's tax code at a shoe factory, as demonstrators outside protested the GOP agenda of scrapping former President Barack Obama's health care law and tax cuts....

US stocks waver as earnings and central banks dominate
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stock indexes essentially hit the snooze bar Thursday as investors were relieved the European Central Bank didn't announce any changes to its stimulus policies....

China's 'intervention' not main culprit in US trade deficit
BEIJING (AP) -- Is the outsize role played by China's government in its economy to blame for its multibillion-dollar trade surpluses with the United States?...

US buildings, NFL stadium check panels amid fears of fire
In promotional brochures, a U.S. company boasted of the "stunning visual effect" its shimmering aluminum panels created in an NFL stadium, an Alaskan high school and a luxury hotel along Baltimore's Inner Harbor that "soars 33 stories into the air."...

Trump administration pulls health law help in 18 cities
CHICAGO (AP) -- President Donald Trump's administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage....

GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain's potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar....

Senate panel rejects Trump cuts to foreign aid, domestic
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rebuffing a Republican president, a GOP-led Senate panel on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to foreign aid and deep reductions in spending on domestic programs such as education, housing and energy....

Cops wage psychological warfare against online drug bazaars
HOUSTON (AP) -- In an innovative blow to illicit internet commerce, cyberpolice shut down the world's leading "darknet" marketplace - then quietly seized a second bazaar to amass intelligence on illicit drug merchants and buyers....

Honorably discharged veterans will soon get to shop tax-free
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) -- Hey veterans, you can soon shop tax free....

Microsoft 4Q gets boost from cloud computing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Microsoft's cloud computing business helped boost its fourth-quarter revenue and earnings above Wall Street's expectations, further validating a strategy pushed by CEO Satya Nadella since he took over in 2014....

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