AP Top Business News at 1:58 p.m. EDT

Trump signs order aimed at opening Arctic drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at expanding drilling in the Arctic and opening other federal areas to oil and gas exploration....

Exxon's 1Q profit more than doubles on higher oil prices
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Exxon more than doubled its profit in the first quarter as rising crude prices magnified the cost cuts made by the company as energy prices tumbled....

Orchard owners look to robots as labor shortage worsens
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States....

Court agrees to hold off ruling on carbon restrictions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At the Trump administration's request, a federal appeals court agreed Friday to postpone a ruling on lawsuits challenging Obama-era restrictions on carbon emissions....

Acosta sworn in as 27th US labor secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence has sworn in Alex Acosta as the nation's new labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office....

US economy expanded at weakest pace in 3 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result fell far short of President Donald Trump's ambitious growth targets and underscores the challenges of accelerating economic expansion....

Congress OKs bill averting Saturday gov't shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump's 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he's coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year....

Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem's bid to buy rival Cigna, saying that a bigger company is not better for consumers....

Beyond 'fake news:' Facebook fights 'information operations'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is acknowledging that governments or other malicious non-state actors are using its social network to sway political sentiment, including elections....

US stock indexes mixed in afternoon trading; oil rising
U.S. stock indexes were mostly lower in afternoon trading Friday as investors sized up the latest batch of company earnings. Phone company stocks were down the most, followed by banks and materials companies. Technology stocks led the gainers. Energy companies also rose as the price of crude oil headed higher....

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