South Korea to remove Japan from preferred trade list. Stocks fall again on trade-war worries, capping a wild week. What's on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation.
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South Korea to remove Japan from preferred trade list
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South Korea to remove Japan from preferred trade list

South Korea said Monday that it has decided to remove Japan from a list of nations receiving preferential treatment in trade in what was seen as a tit-for-tat move following Tokyo's recent decision to downgrade Seoul's trade status amid a diplomatic row. It wasn't immediately clear ho...

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Tommy Kalikas
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Stocks fall again on trade-war worries, capping a wild week

Stocks stumbled Friday as worries flared yet again that President Donald Trump's trade war with China may be worsening. It was a fitting end to a wild week where markets zoomed down, up and down again as investors recalibrated by the minute how much the tensions will hurt the global economy. ...

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What's on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation
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What's on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation

School lunch menus already have Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. Now some may get Trade Mitigation Thursdays. This fall, some U.S. school cafeterias are expecting shipments of free food, one little known consequence of President Donald Trump's trade disputes. The products are comin...

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Asian stocks rise as trade war worries worsen

Asian stocks gained Monday amid investor jitters the U.S.-China trade war might be worsening. Benchmarks in Shanghai and South Korea rose while Hong Kong and Australia were unchanged. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. Investors were encouraged by hopes global ...

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Democratic hopefuls take aim at insurer and pharma profits
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Democratic hopefuls take aim at insurer and pharma profits

Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressives seeking the Democratic presidential nomination are zeroing in on pharmaceutical and insurer profits, money they say would be better spent providing health care for everyone under "Medicare for All." Their idea: Health care dollars from govern...

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Venezuela's moribund economy shows a pulse amid US sanctions
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Venezuela's moribund economy shows a pulse amid US sanctions

Venezuela's moribund economy is showing a surprise bounce from the government's little-noticed decision to dismount a decade of rigid currency controls, though economists caution that the dose of new life is unlikely to last

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Mass shootings give rise to bullet-resistant backpacks
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Mass shootings give rise to bullet-resistant backpacks

Companies like Guard Dog Security, TuffyPacks and Bullet Blocker are peddling bullet-resistant backpacks for children in time for the back-to-school shopping season. But critics argue they are using tragedy as a marketing opportunity and exploiting parents' worst fears. Safety is high...

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Fiat Chrysler deal gives Detroit residents 1st crack at jobs
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Fiat Chrysler deal gives Detroit residents 1st crack at jobs

Marie Davis wants better medical insurance coverage. Jimmie Pleasant has been out of work for six months. Both are among the thousands of people who are looking for jobs with Fiat Chrysler under a city program that gives Detroit's residents first crack at the application process. It's...

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Universal cancels controversial 'Hunt' in wake of shootings
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Universal cancels controversial 'Hunt' in wake of shootings

Universal Pictures has canceled the planned September release of its controversial social satire "The Hunt," in the wake of recent mass shootings and amid criticism from President Donald Trump. The move came several days after the studio suspended the ad campaign for the film, a gory,...

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Mining region struggles as it faces loss of biggest employer
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Mining region struggles as it faces loss of biggest employer

Times are tough in a rural county in northeast Washington state because one of the region's biggest employers is shutting down. The Pend Oreille Mine, just north of Metaline Falls, closed on July 31, at a cost of about 200 family wage jobs in an area of less than 1,000 residents. ...

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Alaska Legislature
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Oil unease: Alaska faces tough budget decisions

Daniel Bowen came to Alaska in 2011, looking for adventure and opportunity. He and his wife eventually settled on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, a salmon fishing haven calling itself "Alaska's Playground." But the Bowens, both teachers, recently returned to their native Michi...

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Walmart pulls violent game displays but will still sell guns
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Walmart pulls violent game displays but will still sell guns

Walmart has ordered workers to remove video game signs and displays that depict violence from stores nationwide after 22 people died in a shooting at one of its Texas stores, but the big box retailer will continue to sell guns. In an internal memo, the retailer told employees to remov...

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EPA won't approve warning labels for Roundup chemical
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EPA won't approve warning labels for Roundup chemical

The Trump administration says it won't approve warning labels for products that contain glyphosate, a move aimed at California as it fights one of the world's largest agriculture companies about the potentially cancer-causing chemical. California requires warning labels on glyphosate ...

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Telecom Italia S.p.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides fixed and mobile telecommunications services in Europe, South America, and the Mediterranean Basin. The company operates through Domestic, Brazil, and Other Operations segments. It offers fixed and mobile voice and Internet, and public telephony services, as well as products managed and developed for individuals and families; and voice, data, and Internet services and products, and information and communications technology solutions for small and medium-size enterprises, small offices/home offices, the public sector, large accounts, and enterprises in the fixed and mobile telecommunications markets. The company also manages and develops a portfolio of regulated and unregulated wholesale services for fixed and mobile telecommunications operators; provision of infrastructure for housing radio transmission equipment of mobile telephone networks; and development, engineering, building, and operation of network infrastructures, information technology (IT), real estate properties, and plant engineering. In addition, it engages in customer care, operating credit support, loyalty, and retention activities; and staff functions and other support activities. Further, the company offers office products and services for IT sector. The company was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Rome, Italy.

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