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Something completely different at McDonald's: Fresh beef
NEW YORK (AP) -- Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef....

US economy grew at steady 2.1 percent rate in Q4
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than earlier estimates, as consumers ramped up spending that's expected fuel growth throughout 2017....

History points to protracted and tough Brexit negotiations
LONDON (AP) -- It took Britain more than a decade of trying to join the European club. It's now got just two to get out and strike a new relationship....

Ford hires 300 for Canadian connected car research
TORONTO (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. is hiring more than 300 engineers for a new connected-vehicle research center in Ottawa, Ontario, the automaker said Thursday....

US stock indexes move higher in midday trading; oil rises
Banks and other financial companies led U.S. indexes modestly higher in midday trading Thursday as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings, deal news and economic data. Energy stocks also rose, getting a boost from rising crude oil prices. Utilities, real estate companies and other high-dividend paying stocks fell as bond yields headed higher....

Amid Brexit, Lloyd's of London sets up office in Brussels
LONDON (AP) -- Lloyd's of London is setting up a subsidiary in Brussels so that it can continue to write insurance in Europe once Britain leaves the European Union....

Pelosi backs Trump administration on debt ceiling increase
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi says she supports the Trump administration's request to increase the government's borrowing limit....

'Bathroom bill' could cost North Carolina more NCAA events
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Basketball-mad North Carolina is bracing for what could be another costly hit from its "bathroom bill" as the NCAA selects four years of championship sites for a variety of sports....

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.14 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, slipping further from their highest levels of the year reached two weeks ago....

Acosta, Trump's choice for Labor, advances to full Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Florida law school dean Alexander Acosta has moved a step closer to becoming President Donald Trump's secretary of labor....

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