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US stock indexes veer higher as consumer confidence gains
Financials companies led U.S. stock indexes higher in afternoon trading Tuesday as investors drew encouragement from new data showing strong gains in consumer confidence and U.S. home prices. Energy stocks also rose as crude oil prices headed higher. Health care and utilities lagged the broader market....

Elon Musk's latest target: Brain-computer interfaces
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tech billionaire Elon Musk is announcing a new venture called Neuralink focused on linking brains to computers....

A look at how Trump's moves on coal will affect the industry
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's move to roll back Obama-era regulations aimed at curbing climate change comes as the coal industry is reeling from bankruptcies, pollution restrictions and growing competition from natural gas, wind and solar....

Trump to unravel Obama's anti-global warming projects
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday aimed at moving forward on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama's plan to curb global warming....

Trump has casino trademark in Jordan but gambling is illegal
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The president of the United States holds a trademark in Jordan for a Donald Trump casino, despite the fact that gambling is illegal in the kingdom. It is one of four he received before he ran for office, and suggests that the former casino executive may have had wider hopes for businesses across the Middle East than was previously known....

Yellen: Banks play vital economic role in poor communities
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that U.S. banks must do all they can to promote economic development in low-income areas where high unemployment has persisted despite the overall job market's significant gains....

Selling water: Coke, Pepsi look to make water rain money
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bottled water is starting to seem more like soda, and sometimes taste like it, too....

Self-driving car crash comes amid debate about regulations
PHOENIX (AP) -- A crash that caused an Uber self-driving SUV to flip onto its side in a Phoenix suburb serves as a stark reminder of the challenges surrounding autonomous vehicles in Arizona, a state that has gone all-in to entice the company by promising minimal government regulation....

Ford investing $1.2B in 3 Michigan plants, adding 130 jobs
DETROIT (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. is investing $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities, including an engine plant where it plans to add 130 jobs....

US consumer confidence hits 16-year high
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumer confidence climbed to its highest level in more than 16 years, a strong gain for one of President Donald Trump's preferred economic indicators....

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