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U.S. stocks rise again as technology and consumer-focused companies climb, with Netflix soaring after it gained more than 8 million subscribers in the fourth quarter
NEW YORK (AP) -- Technology and consumer-focused companies led U.S. stocks to more records Tuesday. Netflix, at the center of both groups, soared after saying it gained more than 8 million subscribers at the end of 2017....

Senate approves Jerome Powell as next chairman of Federal Reserve
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump's selection of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve beginning next month....

Johnson & Johnson reports 4th-quarter loss of $10.71 billion due to charge for tax law changes, higher spending
Johnson & Johnson posted a rare quarterly loss, a whopping $10.71 billion, due to a $13.6 billion charge related to last month's U.S. tax overhaul....

Trump's move to tax imported solar cells and washing machines creates its own risks for US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's move Tuesday to tax imported solar cells and washing machines is meant to make good on his vow to reverse decades of U.S. support for free trade and to protect American jobs from foreign competition....

P&G says it's working to stop the "Tide Pod challenge," calls trend dangerous
NEW YORK (AP) -- Procter & Gamble says it's working to stop the "Tide Pod challenge," a social media-fueled trend in which teenagers eat single-load laundry detergent packets....

President Donald Trump's nominee to oversee chemical safety is departing EPA after failing to win Senate confirmation over his close ties to the chemical industry
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's nominee to oversee chemical safety is departing the Environmental Protection Agency a month after withdrawing his nomination in the face of concerns over his ties to the chemical industry....

Elon Musk would remain at Tesla under a 10-year pay package that sets massive growth targets
Elon Musk is known for his bold predictions on electric and self-driving cars. Now his pay could depend on whether those predictions come true....

President Donald Trump says he is imposing new tariffs to "protect American jobs and American workers."
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. plan to impose new tariffs on certain imports (all times local):...

A new lawsuit alleges Motel 6 discriminated against some of its Latino customers in Phoenix by giving their personal information to U.S. immigration agents who later arrested at least seven guests
PHOENIX (AP) -- A civil rights group sued Motel 6 on Tuesday, alleging it discriminated against some Latino customers at two locations in Phoenix by giving their whereabouts and personal information to U.S. immigration agents who later arrested at least seven guests....

69-hour shutdown: Trump signs bill re-opening government after lawmakers agree to a deal giving immigration, other issues their day in Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant "dreamers" and other contentious issues....

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Senate approves Jerome Powell as next chairman of Federal Reserve

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Uber has hired a new chief diversity officer, creating a senior position recommended by former Attorney General Eric Holder, who investigated sexual harassment at the company

Technology and consumer-focused companies led U.S. stocks to more records Tuesday

Netflix and Whirlpool rise while Twitter and Johnson & Johnson take losses

Johnson & Johnson reports 4th-quarter loss of $10.71 billion due to charge for tax law changes, higher spending

Stocks are closing mostly higher as gains in technology companies and retailers are partly offset by losses in consumer goods makers.

Trump's move to tax imported solar cells and washing machines creates its own risks for US

U.S. stocks are mostly higher as technology and consumer-focused companies rise but consumer goods makers like Johnson & Johnson take losses


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