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February 23, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says it expects that the ongoing strength of the U.S. economy will warrant gradual increases in interest rates this year, delivering the same steady-as-it-goes message under new leader Jerome Powell as it had provided under Janet Yellen.

The Fed’s projection on…

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February 23, 2018

BERLIN (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen AG says its net profit increased by more than half last year, while revenue climbed more than 6 percent.

The company said Friday it earned 4.35 billion euros ($5.35 billion) in 2017, a 55.5 percent increase over the previous year’s 2.8 billion euros. Revenue rose…

February 23, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the National Rifle Association, after the latest school massacre.

Petitions are circulating online targeting companies that offer discounts to NRA…

NRA Reaction

February 23, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A measure that would legalize the production of industrial hemp in Alaska has passed the state House and Senate.

The bill awaits Gov. Bill Walker’s signature before becoming law, Alaska Public Media reported Wednesday.

The legislation would allow registered participants…

February 23, 2018

Wall Street capped several days of choppy trading Friday with a broad rally that gave the stock market a modest gain for the week.

Technology companies, banks and health care stocks accounted for much of the market’s gains. Energy companies also rose along with crude oil prices.

The rally came as…

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February 23, 2018

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are unlikely to agree this year on a new multiyear budget that will plug a huge funding gap caused by Britain’s departure from the bloc, European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday.

Speaking after a summit of EU leaders — minus Britain’s prime minister…

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February 23, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they’re done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles.

For customers, scanning as they go can be faster and make it simpler…

Shopping Scan & Go

February 23, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Foreign Exchange, New York prices.

Rates for trades of $1 million minimum.

Fgn. currency US$ in in US$ fgn. currency Fri. Thu. Fri. Thu. Argentina (Peso) .0501 .0501 19.9521 19.9442 Australia (Dollar) .7813 .7844 1.2800 1.2748 Bahrain(Dinar) 2.6529 2.6529 .3769 .3770…

February 23, 2018

COLUMBIA, SC Friday, February 23, 2018 South Carolina State Farmers Market - Prices to Growers Provided by: Specialty Crops Market News Federal State Market News Office Columbia, SC CA—FV001 Columbia Farmers Market - Wholesale prices paid to Growers until 9:00 a.m. for South…

February 23, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration hit more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses with sanctions Friday, escalating pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program.

The administration billed it as the largest installment of North Korean economic restrictions to date.…

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