AP Top Business News at 6:58 p.m. EDT

A merged AT&T-Time Warner may not do consumers much good
NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T and Time Warner are playing up how their $85.4 billion merger will lead to innovative new experiences for customers. But analysts, public-interest groups and some politicians are far from convinced....

AT&T's $85.4B deal for Time Warner: A new bet on synergy
NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner represents a new bet on synergy between companies that distribute information and entertainment to consumers and those that produce it....

Attacks on the internet keep getting bigger and nastier
NEW YORK (AP) -- Could millions of connected cameras, thermostats and kids' toys bring the internet to its knees? It's beginning to look that way....

Banking boss says firms preparing to leave UK before EU exit
LONDON (AP) -- The head of the British Bankers' Association has warned that financial firms are planning to start leaving London within weeks because of uncertainty about the U.K.'s exit from the European Union....

AP Sources: Belgium has Monday to end EU-Canada deal impasse
BRUSSELS (AP) -- If Belgium cannot break a deadlock over the European Union's landmark free trade deal with Canada by Monday night, EU leaders will consider canceling a signing ceremony scheduled for later in the week, two officials with knowledge of the negotiations said....

IMF warns of slow growth in Central Asia, Caucasus
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The International Monetary Fund warned Friday of weak growth prospects in Central Asia and the Caucasus and called for active reforms to energize the post-Soviet economies....

Major California river adding key ingredient: water
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California's second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at allowing salmon again to swim up to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn....

West Virginia candidate for governor owes millions in taxes
HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) -- Jim Justice, a coal billionaire running for West Virginia governor, owes millions in back taxes to some of Appalachia's most impoverished counties, including one in Kentucky that is struggling to pay the debt on a new rec center and has turned the lights off in its parks and reduced hot meals for senior citizens....

UN expert urges next UN chief to focus on ending tax havens
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A U.N. human rights expert urged the next U.N. secretary-general on Friday to make the elimination of tax havens a priority to ensure that corporations, billionaires and "kleptocrats" pay their fair share of taxes....

US stocks close mostly lower; eke out gain for the week
The major U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Friday, capping a day spent wavering between small gains and losses....

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