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AP Top Business News at 1:52 a.m. EST

Powell taking over as Fed chairman at time of economic calm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It would seem like a pretty good time to take over as chairman of the Federal Reserve....

Europe takes center stage in Davos ahead of Trump arrival
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- It's day two at the World Economic Forum and there'll be no escaping Europe....

Asian shares mixed on renewed jitters over trade friction
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were mixed on Wednesday, as Japan's benchmark took a rest from a spate of recent jumps. Worries over a resurgence of trade tensions overshadowed regional markets....

Google parent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Google parent Alphabet Inc. outspent all other companies on lobbying Washington bureaucrats and politicians in 2017, a year in which it and other tech giants were hauled before legislators probing Russian influence in the 2016 election....

Johnson & Johnson loses $10.7B after sweeping US tax changes
Johnson & Johnson posted a rare quarterly loss, a whopping $10.71 billion, due to a $13.6 billion charge related to last month's U.S. tax overhaul....

Trump move to tax some imports creates its own risks for US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's move Tuesday to tax imported solar cells and washing machines is meant to make good on his vow to reverse decades of U.S. support for free trade and to protect American jobs from foreign competition....

Pacific Rim trade pact makes step toward new deal without US
TOKYO (AP) -- Leaders of countries in a Pacific Rim trade pact rejected by President Donald Trump are welcoming progress on a final agreement to press ahead without U.S....

Puerto Rico awaits foreclosure wave as moratoriums expire
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Aylsa Torres sighed in relief when she received a letter from her bank two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit. She was among the hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans awarded a three-month moratorium on their mortgage payments as the U.S. territory reeled from the storm's destruction....

China tries to quell protests over failed investment scheme
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities are struggling to quell protests following the collapse of an investment scheme police say took as much as $4.7 billion from millions of depositors....

Court in Vietnam starts 2nd embezzlement trial of executive
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- The embezzlement trial began Wednesday for a former executive at Vietnam's state oil giant who Germany said was kidnapped from there by Vietnamese agents last year....

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Asian shares mixed on renewed jitters over trade friction

Pacific Rim trade pact makes step toward new deal without US

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Japan exports up 12 percent in 2017 in tailwind for growth

United's 4Q profit rises 46 percent, beats Street forecasts

Senate approves Trump nominee Jerome Powell as next chairman of Federal Reserve

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