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Derided by critics, trickle-down economics gets another try
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Does money roll downhill?...

Report shows Takata recall still moving slowly
DETROIT (AP) -- A new report issued Friday says auto companies have replaced only 57 percent of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators, even though recalls have been under way for more than 15 years....

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics....

US stock indexes step back after a big gain; retailers climb
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stock indexes are mostly lower Friday, as technology companies decline a day after the market's biggest gain in two months. Retailers including Ross Stores, Gap and Foot Locker are jumping after they reported strong quarterly results. Smaller companies are also rising....

US home construction reaches strongest pace in a year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Construction of new homes climbed 13.7 percent in October, the biggest jump in a year as builders broke ground on more apartments and single-family houses....

EU leaders warn broadening of Brexit talks could be in doubt
GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) -- European Union leaders warned Britain on Friday that it must do much more to convince them that Brexit talks should be broadened to cover future relations and trade from next month onward....

Nicknames, family: 5 Things To Know about the Sicilian Mafia
MILAN (AP) -- The death Friday of Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the long-time "boss of bosses" of the Sicilian Mafia, puts the spotlight back on Cosa Nostra, which waged a bloody campaign in the 1980s and 1990s of bullets and bombs to counter Italy's crackdown on the Mafia....

Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook
BONN, Germany (AP) -- Global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up Friday, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord....

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny problems await in the Senate, though....

The Latest: Economic adviser talks tax bill with GOP foe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Republican-pushed tax overhaul legislation (all times local):...

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