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White House calls for domestic cuts to finance border wall
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall....

US official: Trump to meet China's Xi first week in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with President Donald Trump the first full week of April, a senior State Department official said Tuesday....

Wells Fargo to pay $110 million to settle fake account suit
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wells Fargo says it will pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over up to 2 million accounts its employees opened for customers without getting their permission....

US stock indexes close higher as consumer confidence gains
Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stock indexes sharply higher Tuesday, snapping an eight-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average....

FairPoint, Consolidated shareholders approve $1.5B merger
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Telecommunications companies Consolidated Communications and FairPoint Communications say their shareholders have approved a proposed merger....

Elon Musk's latest target: Brain-computer interfaces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tech billionaire Elon Musk is announcing a new venture called Neuralink focused on linking brains to computers....

A look at how Trump's moves on coal will affect the industry
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's move to roll back Obama-era regulations aimed at curbing climate change comes as the coal industry is reeling from job losses, bankruptcies, pollution restrictions and growing competition from natural gas, wind and solar....

Trump tosses Obama's 'clean' energy plan, embraces coal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring "the start of a new era" in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs....

Convenience store magnate, governor candidate Mihos dies
BOSTON (AP) -- A convenience store magnate who twice ran for governor of Massachusetts has died. Christy Mihos (MY-hohs) was 67....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump no factor in Social Security increase
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Widely circulated online reports crediting President Donald Trump for 2017 increases in retirees' Social Security checks don't accurately portray how the system works....

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