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Markets Right Now: Stocks lower after an early gain fades

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:04am

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:02am

If you've ever wondered exactly what sorts of things Facebook would like you not to do on its service, you're in luck. For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn't belong on its service — 27 pages worth of them, in fact.

Consumer watchdog becomes alphabet soup of controversy

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:52am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is dead. Long live the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

US agency cracks down on Juul e-cigarette popular in schools

Mattthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:51am

Federal health officials are cracking down on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators.

Columbia teaching assistants strike, seek union contract

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:50am

Graduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University have walked off the job to try to pressure the university to recognize their decision to unionize.

France's train standoff, through the eyes of striking worker

Alex Turnbull and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:42am

French train mechanic Jonathan Seigneur says President Emmanuel Macron has it all wrong.

Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek

Josh Lederman and Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:41am

It landed with a thud on newsstands at Walmart and rural supermarkets last month: Ninety-seven fawning pages saluting Saudi Arabia, whose ambitious crown prince was soon to arrive in the U.S. on a PR blitz to transform his country's image.

Ireland to collect billions from Apple in back taxes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:41am

Ireland says it will begin collecting more than 13 billion euros ($15.9 billion) of back taxes from Apple, 19 months after the European Commission ruled that a tax deal with the tech giant amounted to illegal state aid.

Stocks give up an early gain; 10-year yield hits 3 percent

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:39am

Major U.S. stock indexes gave up an early gain Tuesday, but smaller and more domestically-focused companies are rising. Investors are applauding strong first-quarter results from companies including heavy machinery maker Caterpillar and appliance maker Whirlpool. Bond yields continue to rise and the 10-year Treasury note reached 3 percent for the first time in more than four years. Alphabet, Google's parent company, slid after it reported greater revenue but also an increase in spending.

Court weighs punishment for judge for courthouse affair

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:38am

An attorney says a Massachusetts judge should not lose his job for a relationship with a social worker that included sexual acts in his chambers.

Trump's tariffs risk jobs and profits in working-class areas

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:26am

President Donald Trump's escalating dispute with China over trade and technology is threatening jobs and profits in working-class communities where his "America First" agenda hit home.

Diet Coke grows for first time in 8 years after makeover

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:18am

Diet Coke's makeover, which put the sugar-free drink in skinny colorful cans, helped the low-calorie brand sell more soda in North America for the first time in nearly eight years.

US consumer confidence rebounds in April

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:04am

American consumers were feeling more confident in April, rebounding to a level close to the 18-year high it had reached two months ago.

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower arrives on Capitol Hill

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:51am

Former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie has arrived on Capitol Hill, where he is talking to House Democrats about his time with the data mining firm affiliated with President Donald Trump's campaign.

Spain: Mallorca to ban renting apartments to tourists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:49am

Palma on the island of Mallorca plans to become the first Spanish city to prohibit the rental of apartments to tourists.

Audi recalls about 1.2M vehicles; coolant pumps can overheat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:32am

Audi is recalling about 1.2 million cars and SUVs worldwide because the electric coolant pumps can overeat and possibly cause a fire.

Comey book sells more than 600,000 copies in first week

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:28am

James Comey's "A Higher Loyalty" had a very big opening week.

US sales of new homes shot up 4 percent in March

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:23am

Sales of new U.S. homes jumped 4 percent in March, propelled by a surge of buying in the West.

Supreme Court upholds challenged patent review practice

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:13am

The Supreme Court has upheld a challenged practice that is used to invalidate patents without the involvement of federal courts.

Syrian troops target IS tunnels, trenches in Damascus

Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:09am

The Syrian government launched a new operation Tuesday targeting tunnels used by the Islamic State group in the capital, state TV said, while shelling by the extremists on a government-held neighborhood left at least four dead.