AP Top Business News at 8:19 p.m. EDT

Microsoft Windows adapts as its business importance declines
For Microsoft, Windows is no longer a core business so much as a complement to the company's other offerings....

Amazon's quarterly profit more than doubles; shares soar
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon's first-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, fueled by the growth of online shopping and the cloud-computing service it provides to businesses and government agencies....

Hope for US trade visit to China: A delay in harmful tariffs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin leads a delegation of American officials to Beijing next week, few analysts expect them to defuse a smoldering trade conflict with China. Rather, the likeliest outcome is a more modest one:...

Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon is raising the price of its annual Prime membership fee to $119 a year, up 20 percent from $99....

US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose 2.6 percent in March, but a key category that tracks business investment spending fell for the third month out of the past four....

After tax cuts many saw as a failure, Kansas may cut again
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas has some financial breathing room less than a year after legislators reversed past income tax cuts to deal with persistent budget woes that followed what many voters saw as a failed fiscal experiment. Now some Republicans want to go back to slashing taxes....

Tons of legal marijuana leave regulators awash in data
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- To the beat of electronic dance music, men and women inside a slate-gray building harvested marijuana plants festooned with radio-frequency identification tags. In another room, an employee entered the tag numbers into a government database....

US mortgage rates highest since 2013; 30-year at 4.58 pct.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to climb this week, reaching their highest level in more than four years and denting prospective home purchasers' prospects amid the spring buying season....

MGM sets August opening date for Massachusetts casino
BOSTON (AP) -- The fate of Wynn's glitzy Boston-area casino may still be up in the air, but rival MGM says it is on track to open the first Las Vegas-style casino resort in Massachusetts sooner than expected....

Deutsche Bank steps back from ambition to be global player
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Deutsche Bank will take another step back from its decades-long global expansion, announcing Thursday that it will focus its investment banking business more on Europe and reduce operations in the U.S. and Asia....

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