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US stocks finish mostly lower as energy companies fall with the price of oil
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 minutes: Interest rate hike could come 'fairly soon' if economy remains strong
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....

After making money for one quarter last year, electric car and solar cell maker Tesla Inc. returned to a net loss in the fourth 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....

US existing home sales rose 3.3 percent in January to the 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....

What happens to the euro if Marine Le Pen actually gets elected president of France
PARIS (AP) -- If Marine Le Pen has her way, the French will soon pay for their baguettes with francs, not euros....

Many Americans who gained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act may soon have to save for medical bills and shop for care more than they have in the past
The U.S. government may soon lean on someone new to help lower health care costs: you....

Some air travelers are wondering how 11 people could walk through an unattended security checkpoint lane at one of the nation's busiest airports even with the enhanced security measures put in place after the 9/11 attacks
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....

While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, new EPA chief Scott Pruitt was in frequent contact with fossil fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions
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....

A closely watched survey of German business optimism rose by more than expected in February in another sign that Europe's economy is gaining pace
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....

A once-prosperous section of Tulsa that became the site of one of the worst race riots in American history is attempting to remake itself again after decades of neglect
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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US stocks ended mostly lower Wednesday, but the Dow notched its 9th straight gain

The parent company of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls plans to expand even faster and test a new home store that's different from its highly successful HomeGoods chain

After making money for one quarter last year, electric car and solar cell maker Tesla Inc. returned to a net loss in the fourth quarter

Newmont Mining and Papa John's International fall in U.S. trading, while Bristol-Myers Squibb and Garmin surge

U.S. stocks are ending mostly lower, led by drops in energy companies which fell along with the price of crude oil

US indexes take small losses as energy companies fall with the price of oil and technology stocks ease back from some of their recent gains

Fed minutes: Interest rate hike could come 'fairly soon' if economy remains strong

HSN Inc., long a base for home shopping on TV, wants to refashion itself for shoppers more used to mobile phones

McDonald's says it will offer $1 sodas of any size starting in April as it fights to attract more customers to its stores

Fed minutes: Officials discussed need to raise key rate 'fairly soon' if economy remains strong


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