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AP Top Business News at 3:48 p.m. EDT

Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene....

Questions and answers on proposed ban on lap
WASHINGTON (AP) -- First the U.S. government temporarily banned laptops in the cabins of some airplanes. Now it is looking to ban them from checked luggage on international flights, citing the risk of potentially catastrophic fires....

Q&A on the GOP effort to overhaul the nation's tax system
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Divided Republicans in Congress are tackling an ambitious overhaul of the nation's tax system that would deeply cut levies for corporations and double the standard deduction used by most average Americans....

Governor says change-resistant Indiana should think globally
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Factory work dwindled as companies moved operations overseas. Indiana, a manufacturing powerhouse where you once could get a good-paying job even without a high school education, was falling behind....

Unforgiving wildfires affect vineyard workers and owners
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety....

Medical students in limbo as young immigrant program ends
CHICAGO (AP) -- Medical student Alejandra Duran Arreola dreams of becoming an OB-GYN in her home state of Georgia, where there's a shortage of doctors and one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the U.S....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on military death, and taxes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's boast that he surpasses his predecessors in consoling families of the fallen proved empty this past week as many stepped forward to say they'd never heard from him after losing their loved ones in military service. The suddenly fraught and politically charged subject overshadowed other misfires from the president, on taxes, hurricane relief and more....

Trump: Considering Powell and Taylor for Fed's top 2 posts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he is considering dual nominations for the Federal Reserve's top two jobs....

Yellen says Fed's extraordinary policies may be needed again
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday defended the central bank's extraordinary efforts to fight the Great Recession and said they might be needed again....

End of an era as Hong Kong stock trading floor set to close
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's last remaining stock market floor traders are taking their final orders as the exchange prepares to shut its trading hall....

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US rig count declines by 15 this week to 913; Texas loses 8

CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue parent to step down

At GE, a new urgency to return to industrial roots

How major US stock indexes fared on Friday

US stocks end higher; S&P 500, Dow on 6-week winning streak

PayPal and Skechers jump while Celgene tumbles

Markets Right Now: Banks, technology lead gains for stocks

Letters from regulators go unanswered, Axon slides


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