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Doubts over merger of London Stock Exchange, Deutsche Boerse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:45am

The London Stock Exchange's merger with Deutsche Boerse has been thrown into doubt after the LSE decided it couldn't comply with last-minute conditions imposed by European regulators.

Billionaire heads toward confirmation as Commerce secretary

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:06am

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross is headed toward confirmation as Commerce secretary in President Donald Trump's administration.

GOP tax plans could eliminate popular tax breaks

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:37am

When Republicans say they want to lower taxes and get rid of loopholes to make up the lost revenue, they're talking about eliminating some very popular tax breaks enjoyed by millions of people.

Health care, Supreme Court on agenda as Congress returns

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:37am

Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump's presidency.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump makes his points with overstated flair

Calvin Woodward and Jim Drinkard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:26am

In President Donald Trump's estimation, the U.S. border isn't merely porous, it's "wide open." Darkness and danger are everywhere, even Sweden. American infrastructure isn't just in need of improvement but it's in "total disrepair and decay." The health law is not only flawed, but it's an "absolute and total catastrophe."

AP sources: White House to propose boosting defense spending

Andrew Taylor and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 1:16am

The White House will propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Takata guilty plea expected in cover-up of air bag troubles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:56pm

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. is expected to plead guilty Monday to a criminal charge and agree to a $1 billion penalty for concealing a deadly air bag inflator problem.

Asia economies hold trade pact talks after Trump dumps TPP

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:21pm

Negotiators from 16 Asian countries are meeting in the Japanese port city of Kobe this week for talks on a regional trade pact seen as a rival to the Trans-Pacific Partnership rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Counterfeiters, hackers cost US up to $600 billion a year

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:14pm

A private watchdog says counterfeit goods, software piracy and the theft of trade secrets cost the American economy up to $600 billion a year.

Japan emperor's Vietnam visit a sign of improved ties

Tran Van Minh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:58pm

When Nguyen Thi Xuan said goodbye to her Japanese husband in 1954, she thought he was going off for a year or two on another long assignment. She never imagined it would be more than half a century before she'd see him again.

Pioneer Valley or West Mass? Regional rebranding is fraught

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:41pm

A new nickname for the river valley in western Massachusetts isn't sitting well with some residents.

Asian markets lower as investors look to Trump speech

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:23pm

Asian stock markets were lower Monday as investors looked ahead to U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to Congress this week for details of promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending.

The Latest: Trump to sign new travel order on Wednesday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:16pm

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AP sources: White House to propose boosting defense spending

Andrew Taylor and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:08pm

The White House will propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Samsung delays its new phone, and showcases tablets instead

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 8:29pm

Samsung's product showcase Sunday is notable for what's missing: a new flagship phone.

Boscov's chairman remembered as energetic businessman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 6:12pm

Late department store chairman Albert Boscov was remembered as an energetic businessman, a caring person and a tireless cheerleader for the city he loved.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Hrvoje Hranjski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 6:06pm

A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

Report: Patients should know about unsterile surgical tools

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 2:10pm

A hospital in Lander should inform patients who had surgery between December 2013 and October 2016 that they could have been exposed to non-sterile surgical instruments, the state health department said.

Sheriff: Gunman killed after firing at Florida pipeline site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 1:33pm

A man who fired shots at a central Florida construction site died during a shootout with sheriff's deputies following a chase.