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Stocks slip from highs as energy companies sink; Dow gains
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks slipped Wednesday after their recent record-setting run. Energy companies stumbled, but basic materials makers rose as investors hoped two large deals will win approval from regulators....

Fed officials discussed possible rate hike 'fairly soon'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve officials earlier this month discussed the need to raise a key interest rate again "fairly soon," especially if the economy remains strong....

Tesla swings to lost in 4Q after profitable third quarter
DETROIT (AP) -- Unable to string together profitable quarters, electric car and solar cell maker Tesla Inc. is reporting a loss for the last three months of 2016....

Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. That has set off bidding wars that have pushed up prices as the supply of available homes has dwindled to record lows....

End of the euro? French candidate plots return of the franc
PARIS (AP) -- If Marine Le Pen has her way, the French will soon pay for their baguettes with francs, not euros....

Health care's future: Turning patients into savers, shoppers
The U.S. government may soon lean on someone new to help lower health care costs: you....

Security breach at Kennedy Airport unnerves some travelers
BOSTON (AP) -- A breach that allowed 11 people to walk through an unattended security checkpoint lane at one of the nation's busiest airports has some travelers scratching their heads about how this could happen even with the enhanced security measures put in place after the Sept. 11 terror attacks....

Emails: EPA's Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry
WASHINGTON (AP) -- While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, newly released emails show....

German optimism up in positive sign for Europe's economy
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German business optimism rose unexpectedly in February as executives appeared to shrug off initial worries about U.S. President Donald Trump's policies, providing another sign that Europe's economy is gaining pace....

Tulsa's former Black Wall Street tries to remake itself
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Not far from a gleaming $183 million arena and other signs of a midsize city striving to become something more, smooth pavement gives way to potholes, rusted fences and shuttered storefronts. They're the remnants of what was once known as Tulsa's Black Wall Street, before one of the worst race riots in U.S. history....

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