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AP Top Business News at 5:57 p.m. EDT

Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After seven years of fervent promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders buckled at a moment of truth Thursday, putting off a planned showdown vote in a stinging setback for the young administration....

Death rates up for middle age whites with little education
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" - suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases....

Trump SEC pick assures that his Wall St. work not problem
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, attorney Jay Clayton, sought to assure lawmakers that he'll show no favoritism and act only in the public interest, as his Wall Street connections were scrutinized at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday....

Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else....

Stock rally sputters after vote on health bill is delayed
NEW YORK (AP) -- After a promising start, U.S. stock indexes gave up an early rally and ended mostly lower Thursday after Republicans delayed a vote on their health care bill and left investors concerned about delays for the business-friendly agenda of President Donald Trump....

WikiLeaks: CIA hacked Apple devices in ways users can't fix
NEW YORK (AP) -- New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple's iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that users couldn't disable by resetting their devices....

US new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans responded to higher mortgage rates by snapping up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July....

Feds: Trump DC hotel not in violation of government lease
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal agency overseeing Donald Trump's lease for a luxury hotel in Washington ruled Thursday that his inauguration as president doesn't violate terms of the agreement barring government officials from profiting from the property....

Coal ash: 'Why in the world would we be importing it?'
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Shipping containers full of coal ash from China, Poland and India have come into the U.S. through the Port of Virginia as foreign companies find a market for the same industrial waste that America's utilities are struggling to dispose of....

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