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FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk leaves Manhattan Federal Court, in New York. In a letter filed on Thursday, April 18, 2019, lawyers for Musk and the U.S. government asked for another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 18, 2019 - 6:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Tesla CEO Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators are getting another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court. Both sides say in a letter filed Thursday with a federal court in New York that they talked for over an hour this week and...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 18, 2019 - 2:57 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally, rating the health initiative as one of his top priorities. The Senate leader said his bill will cover all tobacco...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, a client leaves PrivatBank as other clients take money from PrivatBank's cash machine in Kiev, Ukraine. A Ukrainian court has ruled that the 2016 nationalization of the major bank PrivatBank, owned by a powerful tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskyi, was illegal. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)
April 18, 2019 - 9:17 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian court on Thursday ruled that the 2016 nationalization of a major bank owned by a tycoon was illegal, sending shockwaves through the country's financial community. Privatbank, Ukraine's biggest lender, was nationalized in 2016 after authorities discovered a capital...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo morning clouds cover Capitol Hill in Washington. On Thursday, April 18, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
April 18, 2019 - 9:14 am
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century. The Labor Department says claims for jobless aid fell by 5,000 last week to 192,000, lowest since September 1969. The four-week average, which is less volatile, dropped by 6,000 to 201,250...
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In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019 photo, destroyed grain silos, a result of flooding, spill corn onto a muddy field, are seen on a farm in Bellevue, Neb. Extensive flooding along the Missouri River has led to blistering criticism of the Army Corps of Engineers' management of dams and levees that control conditions along the waterway. A Wednesday, April 17, 2019, field hearing in Glenwood, Iowa, before a U.S. Senate panel likely will be dominated by calls to change the Corps' priorities to put greater emphasis on protecting people and property. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
April 17, 2019 - 2:28 pm
GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — The federal agency that manages dams along the Missouri River received stern criticism from several U.S. senators Wednesday during a hearing held in Iowa to examine the massive spring flooding this year that caused more than $3 billion in damage in the Midwest. The flooding...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo specialist Peter Mazza, left, and trader Jonathan Corpina, center, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 17. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 17, 2019 - 2:27 pm
Major U.S. stock indexes wavered between small gains and losses Wednesday afternoon as a sharp slide in health care companies outweighed gains elsewhere in the market. Anthem, Cigna and UnitedHealth Group were among the biggest decliners in the health care sector for the second straight day...
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In this Tuesday, April 9, 2019, photo, workers sewing clothing for export at an garment factory in Donghai county in east China's Jiangsu province. China's economic growth held steady in the latest quarter despite a tariff war with Washington, suggesting Beijing's efforts to reverse a slowdown might be gaining traction. (Chinatopix via AP)
April 17, 2019 - 5:39 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — China's economic growth held steady in the latest quarter despite a tariff war with Washington as Beijing's efforts to reverse a slowdown started to gain traction. The world's second-largest economy expanded by 6.4% over a year before in the three months ending in March, the...
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April 16, 2019 - 9:20 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's legislature gave final passage Tuesday to a bill to require doctors and nurses to care for babies born alive during a failed late-term abortion or face big penalties, a measure opponents deemed legally unnecessary and a threat to abortion providers. House...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2019, file photo, national security adviser John Bolton speaks to the Venezuelan American community in Miami. The Trump administration is poised to step up pressure on Cuba by allowing lawsuits against foreign companies doing business in properties seized from Americans after the island’s 1959 revolution. The move marks a change in more than two decades of U.S. policy on Cuba. It could deal a severe blow to Cuba’s efforts to draw foreign investment, and spawn international trade disputes between the U.S. and Europe. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)
April 16, 2019 - 6:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Cuba, the Trump administration will allow lawsuits against foreign companies doing business in properties seized from Americans after the island's 1959 revolution, a senior administration official said Tuesday. The move marks a change in more than two...
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FILE - This Nov. 28, 2018 file photo shows Clifford Goff, a bezel assembler, transferring a front end of a General Motors Chevrolet Cruze during assembly at Jamestown Industries, in Youngstown, Ohio. On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, the Federal Reserve reports on U.S. industrial production for March. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
April 16, 2019 - 10:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell in March, pulled down by a drop in mining output. Factory output remained weak amid a slowing global economy and trade tensions with China. The Federal Reserve says industrial output — combining production at factories, utilities and mines — slipped...
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