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Haier boss looks far beyond appliances
QINGDAO, China (AP) -- After Haier Group bought the General Electric Co. appliance unit last year, the Chinese company's chairman says he gave its American managers unusual orders: Ignore me....

Asian markets fall as China liquidity concerns intensify
HONG KONG (AP) -- Most Asian stock markets fell Thursday, led by a slide in Chinese shares as investors' concerns about liquidity intensified....

AP EXPLAINS: Could Pell Grants work year-round?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pell Grants have been a fixture of federal financial aid since the 1970s, helping about 8 million low-income students attend college each year....

Samsung's Galaxy S8 phone aims to dispel the Note 7 debacle
NEW YORK (AP) -- Samsung seems to be playing it safe -at least with its battery - as it unveils its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7....

Investment from China in Kushner Manhattan property is off
NEW YORK (AP) -- Talks with a Chinese company seeking a stake in a Fifth Avenue skyscraper owned by the family of Jared Kushner are over....

Dirty air from global trade kills at home and abroad
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A study that measures the human toll of air pollution from global manufacturing and trade shows how buying goods made far away can lead to premature deaths both there and close to home....

Living by the sword: Carving a niche making warrior blades
NEW HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Through smoke and sparks and staccato banging from his anvil, John Lundemo forges swooping swords that look like they should be pulled from a stone, swung by a samurai or thrust on "Game of Thrones."...

UK negotiator denies govt is blackmailing EU on security
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's chief negotiator in the country's divorce from the European Union is rejecting the suggestion that the government has threatened to end security cooperation unless it gets the trade deal it wants....

For Ivanka Trump, rising profile comes with backlash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- She has a West Wing office, facetime with world leaders and unrivaled access to the president. And as Ivanka Trump's White House role grows, so does the backlash....

US fishing magnate dubbed 'The Codfather' set to change plea
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- A leading U.S. fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges of evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal....

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