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Report: Gunmen still control metals mined for modern gadgets
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Violent gunmen still menace pick-and-shovel miners in eastern Congo, a new report finds, despite years of efforts to loosen their grip by local reformers, Western activists and companies like Apple and Intel that use minerals from the African region in their products....

Apple's quarterly sales fall, but forecast calls for gains
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After stumbling in 2016, Apple is betting on a better year ahead....

Senate Democrats aim to block LGBT measure from defense bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats are intent on scuttling a House-passed provision that they say would undercut protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual or gender orientation....

Trump brand loses luster with affluent
NEW YORK (AP) -- Event planner Beth Bernstein decided she had had enough with Donald Trump after his 2005 hot-mic boasts about groping women came to light earlier this month. She removed photos of weddings she had thrown at a Trump hotel in Chicago from her website, wrote to hotel staff to remove her from the list of "preferred vendors" and posted a sort of call to arms on her blog....

Asian shares hit by gloom on Wall Street, lower oil prices
TOKYO (AP) -- Shares fell broadly in Asia on Wednesday after a gloomy session on Wall Street, where shares of household names like appliance maker Whirlpool and athletic apparel maker Under Armour suffered their worst declines in years. Weaker oil prices also cast a pall....

New Wells Fargo CEO to employees: 'We're sorry'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Newly appointed Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan told employees Tuesday that he is "sorry for the pain" that the bank's employees have suffered as a result of the company's sales practices scandal....

Hyundai Motor 3Q net profit hits 7-year-low
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Hyundai Motor says its third-quarter profit fell to the lowest level in nearly seven years, well below forecasts....

Google Fiber halts expansion plans as chief steps down
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google's parent company is halting operations and laying off staff in a number of cities where it once hoped to bring high-speed internet access by installing new fiber-optic networks....

Tourism overtakes dairy as New Zealand's top overseas earner
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- In New Zealand there are twice as many cows as people, but it's the hobbits that are really making hay....

US home prices rose in August, lifted by dwindling supply
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. home prices climbed at a solid pace in August as more home buyers competed for fewer available properties....

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