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AP Top Business News At 7:09 p.m. EDT

Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led bank
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia announced on Sunday that it would join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that has emerged as a potential challenge to United States influence in a part of the world where the Obama administration has tried to forge stronger ties....

Albania gets 266-million-euro loan from World Bank
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- The World Bank has lent 266 million euros ($289.6 million) to Albania for its public finances and investment in road maintenance....

Chinese president promotes regional vision at Boao Forum
BOAO, China (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference....

Boston area expects a flood of claims after record winter
BOSTON (AP) -- After the Big Dig-out, it's time for the Big Payout. Or will it be the Big Denial?...

In NYC, an unusual task force fights home-as-hotel rentals
NEW YORK (AP) -- From an office by the Brooklyn Bridge, a specialized team of investigators tackles a fast-growing concern in the nation's biggest city: apartments being rented like hotel rooms....

Crash victim's father calls for more focus on pilot welfare
SISTERON, France (AP) -- The father of one of the victims of this week's plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care over pilots' welfare....

Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues became a flashpoint in the ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital firms....

Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that's long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don't get gored later....

Obama urges expansion of 'take child to work' day
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the White House will open next month's annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day to children whose parents don't work in the building....

Fitch downgrades Greece amid bailout uncertainty
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The ratings agency Fitch has downgraded Greece's sovereign rating amid growing uncertainty over the new government's pledge to overhaul reforms needed to restart bailout loan payments and avoid default....

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