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With a $6B charge comes new thoughts about GE's future
BOSTON (AP) -- After a decade breaking off substantial pieces of the multinational conglomerate in bid to a return to its industrial roots, a more comprehensive reshaping of General Electric Co. may be on the way....

Panama Hotel votes to drop Trump _ but his company won't go
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An attempt to oust President Donald Trump's hotel business from managing a luxury hotel in Panama has turned bitter, with accusations of financial misconduct....

Jeep updates Cherokee compact SUV to compete in hot market
DETROIT (AP) -- Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand is giving the Cherokee compact SUV a major face-lift so it can better compete in one of the hottest parts of the U.S. automotive market....

NYC sets affordable homes record: 24,500 financed in 2017
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City created or preserved over 24,500 affordable homes last year, breaking a record for the nation's biggest city, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday....

Bitcoin prices fall as South Korea says ban still an option
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Prices of bitcoin and other digital currencies have skidded after South Korea's top financial policymaker said Tuesday that a crackdown on trading of crypto currencies was still possible....

Dow Jones industrial average crosses 26,000 points
U.S. stocks climbed in morning trading Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average past the 26,000-point mark for the first time. Technology, health care and financial stocks accounted for much of the market's gains. Energy companies were the biggest laggard. Investors were sizing up the latest company earnings and deal news after returning from a long holiday weekend....

Bahrain radar shows Qatar jets near UAE planes; Doha denies
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Bahrain released radar tracks on Tuesday it said showed Qatari fighter jets passing by Emirati commercial airliners bound for the island nation, encounters which set off a new dispute pitting Qatar against the Gulf nations that have been boycotting it since last summer....

Race is on for succession to Europe's top economic posts
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Europe is preparing to find successors for many of its most powerful economic officials, including the influential head of the European Central Bank. Those chosen will make decisions affecting the jobs, savings and pay of 340 million people living in the 19 countries that share the euro....

Tax break helps UnitedHealth 4Q earnings, 2018 guidance soar
UnitedHealth Group's earnings more than doubled in the final quarter of 2017, and the nation's largest insurer hiked its forecast well beyond expectations largely due to help from the federal tax overhaul....

Davos organizers: Trump to make last-day address at forum
GENEVA (AP) -- U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver the closing address at the elite World Economic Forum conference in Davos next week, which focuses on "finding ways to reaffirm international cooperation on crucial shared interests," forum organizers announced Tuesday....

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Insurer UnitedHealth's 4Q earnings, 2018 guidance soar