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    Japan logs trade deficit in January, as imports jump 8 pct

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan has reported a trade deficit for January, its first in eight months, mainly due to seasonal factors. Customs data released Monday showed imports rose 8 percent from a year earlier to 7.03 trillion yen ($66 billion). Exports jumped 12 percent to 6.09 trillion yen ($57.1 billion), leaving a deficit of 943.4 […]
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    Asian markets move higher as investors’ jitters ease

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets were higher on Monday following Wall Street gains last week, as investors’ jitters showed signs of easing. Many major markets were closed on holidays. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 jumped 2 percent to 22,149.21. The Tokyo benchmark was just 2.7 percent lower than the year’s start, recouping much […]
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    Where to turn for tax help

    Tax returns surge over Presidents Day weekend, with the IRS saying it receives more phone calls on the day after Presidents Day than on any other day of the year. That can mean long waits for filers trying to get through on the phone. So where should you turn if you have a question? ONLINE […]
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    Q&A: Ken Chenault, former CEO of American Express

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kenneth Chenault was chief executive officer and chairman of American Express until January 31. He had a 37-year career at the credit card company, including 17 years as CEO. In his last interview before retiring, Chenault talked to The Associated Press about the new tax law, being a black CEO, and […]
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    Even as markets shook, many investors held steady

    NEW YORK (AP) — This month’s sell-off for stocks marked the first big test of investors’ mettle in years. And many ended up doing exactly what the experts were recommending: hold steady. Even as stock markets tumbled around the world, putting a halt to an unusually calm and strong ride upward, many investors resisted the […]
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    Business Highlights

    ___ Trump decries ‘far-fetched’ collusion theories WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says “far-fetched theories” about collusion in the 2016 election “only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia.” Trump is reacting to news that special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for plotting to influence the […]
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    Hovnanian and Deere rise while Kraft Heinz and VF slide

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday: Kraft Heinz Co., down $1.91 to $70.80 The food conglomerate had a weak quarter as cheese sales declined. Deere & Co., up $2.63 to $169.44 The farm equipment maker raised its annual profit and sales forecasts. V.F. Corp., down $9.30 up $74.64 The […]
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    How major US stock indexes fared Friday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks powered higher for the sixth day in a row Friday as the market wrapped up its best week in five years. Investors fled the market early this month, but they’ve recovered most of those losses as a combination of lower prices and rising company profits have them buying stocks again. […]
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    Recalls this week: bicycles, children’s rompers

    A line of children’s rompers with snaps that pose a choking hazard to young children are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Others include glass tables and hair dryers. Here’s a more detailed look: CHILDREN’S ROMPERS DETAILS: Two styles of children’s rompers sold in sizes 0-3 months and 18-24 months. They are Vermillion Painted OPP […]
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    US rig count remains unchanged at 975

    HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. didn’t increase this week, remaining at 975 for the second week in a row. That exceeds the 751 rigs that were active this time a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 798 rigs drilled […]