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Less-educated middle-age US whites dying younger than others
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found....

Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else....

GOP health bill on the brink hours from House showdown vote
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP's long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare" stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support, GOP leaders looked to President Donald Trump to close the deal with a crucial bloc of conservatives, in the first major legislative test of his young presidency....

A winner in GOP plans to repeal Obamacare: tanning salons
As Republicans try to shore up support for their health care overhaul, one group can't wait for the replacement: owners of tanning salons....

European shares fall, Asia gains as US healthcare vote looms
TOKYO (AP) -- Global shares were mixed Thursday, as European benchmarks edged lower after a day of gains in Asia. Investors are awaiting a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether President Donald Trump's ability to deliver on campaign promises of tax and regulatory reforms....

Hard times for Sears as retailer notes doubt about future
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids, has said that after years of losing money that there is "substantial doubt" it will be able to keep its doors open. But it also insisted that its actions to turn around its business should help reduce that risk....

From mail-order watches to a skyscraper: A look at Sears
Sears got its start more than 130 years ago as a mail-order watch seller. It grew to become the world's largest retailers. But today, it is struggling. It has been closing stores to fight falling sales and this week said it has "substantial doubt " that it can stay in business....

Trump's SEC pick, a lawyer for Goldman, to face skepticism
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Goldman Sachs may be about to get another friend in Washington....

Senate votes to block another Obama-era rule
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to block an Obama-era rule that critics said would have led to more citations for workplace safety record-keeping violations....

Royal Jordanian rhymes about laptop ban to cheer customers
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's national airline has taken up rhyming to cheer up customers following the new U.S. aviation restrictions - and entice them to book flights before more rules are imposed....

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