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A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index and other country's market prices at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors stepped back after several days of advances, erasing early gains. Markets are awaiting the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday and the outcome of a major Chinese planning conference. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
December 12, 2017 - 7:29 am
TOKYO (AP) — World stocks turned higher in European trading hours on Tuesday as investors looked ahead to a slew of central bank decisions, including the Federal Reserve, which was expected to raise interest rates. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX rose 0.2 percent to 13,146 and the CAC 40 of France...
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Poland's President Andrzej Duda, second left, hands new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, and Beata Szydlo talk during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Morawiecki is to focus on developing Poland's economy and improving the government's image abroad. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
December 12, 2017 - 6:37 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is to outline his foreign and home policy goals, a day after he was sworn in and tasked with boosting the economy and Poland's image abroad. Morawiecki, who will deliver a policy speech later Tuesday, succeeds Beata Szydlo who for...
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President Donald Trump listens to Vice President Mike Pence speak before signing a policy directive to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
December 11, 2017 - 8:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday will try to sell the American people on an unpopular Republican tax overhaul that his administration claims will generate a large part of $1.8 trillion in new revenue — a figure that a top Democratic lawmaker dismissed as "fake math." Trump's...
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This Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, photo shows the Chicago Board Options Exchange website announcing that bitcoin futures will start trading on the CBOE on Sunday evening, Dec. 10. Bitcoin futures will start trading a week later on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
December 11, 2017 - 4:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street got its first taste of bitcoin on Monday, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the digital currency jumping 20 percent. It's a step forward for the bitcoin, which has soared this year despite concerns that the surge of investor interest has transformed...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 file photo, a general view of the headquarters of the TVN independent and popular tv network in Warsaw, Poland. Poland's media regulator has imposed a fine of nearly 1.5 million zlotys ($420,000) on a private news channel for what it alleges was unfair reporting during street protests last year, it was reported on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)
December 11, 2017 - 4:04 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's media regulator fined a private news channel nearly 1.5 million zlotys ($420,000) Monday for what it alleged was unfair reporting during a political crisis last year, but some saw the penalty as an attack on press freedom. The National Broadcasting Council said in a...
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December 11, 2017 - 2:43 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, consumer advocates and others have reached a settlement with Xcel Energy over the utility's plans to add more wind power for customers in New Mexico and parts of Texas. The proposed agreement was filed Monday with New Mexico...
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FILE- In this Nov. 30, 2017, file photo, with reporters looking for updates, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and other senators rush to the chamber to vote on amendments as the Republican leadership works to craft their sweeping tax bill in Washington. Collins said she is confident President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will ensure passage of two bills aimed at shoring up the insurance markets, a demand she made before supporting the Republican tax overhaul. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 11, 2017 - 1:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department just gave Republicans ammunition that their tax cuts would pay for themselves. But the one-page memo relies on a mathematical gimmick: It includes an assumption that tax cuts and other Trump administration policies would cause the economy to expand at a 2.9...
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December 11, 2017 - 11:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican tax plan (all times local): 12:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is making his final pitch for the Republican tax plan in a speech to the American people. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says Trump will deliver a speech Wednesday on how tax reform...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2017 file photo, U.S President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron after a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Macron announced a competition for the grants hours after Trump declared he would withdraw the U.S. from the global accord reached in Paris in 2015 to reduce climate-damaging emissions. Macron is unveiling the winners Monday Dec.11, 2017 evening ahead of a climate summit. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
December 11, 2017 - 10:50 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top five economies are warning the United States that its massive tax overhaul could violate some of its international obligations and risks "having a major distortive impact" on trade. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, the finance...
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Supporters stand outside encouraging for people to vote after Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones spoke at a campaign rally Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
December 11, 2017 - 5:11 am
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PUTIN MAKES SURPRISE STOP IN SYRIA EN ROUTE TO CAIRO The Russian president visits a Russian military air base in Latakia and announces a partial pullout of his forces from the country. 2...
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