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AP Exclusive: Toy co. CEO leads effort to salvage Toys R Us
NEW YORK (AP) -- Toy company executive Isaac Larian says he and other investors have pledged a total of $200 million in financing and hope to raise four times that amount in crowdfunding in order to bid for up to 400 of the Toys R Us stores being liquidated in bankruptcy....

Deadly crash raises questions about Uber self-driving system
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Video of a deadly self-driving vehicle crash in suburban Phoenix shows a pedestrian walking from a darkened area onto a street just moments before an Uber SUV strikes her....

Can Zuckerberg's media blitz take the pressure off Facebook?
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network....

Trump targets China as US businesses await backlash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Farmers, electronics retailers and other U.S. businesses are bracing for a backlash as President Donald Trump targets China for stealing American technology or pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over....

NYC agency investigating more than a dozen Kushner buildings
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's buildings regulator launched investigations at more than a dozen Kushner Cos. properties Wednesday following an Associated Press report that the real estate developer routinely filed false paperwork claiming it had zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings across the city....

Bank of England set to offer clues on possible May rate hike
LONDON (AP) -- The Bank of England is expected to keep its main interest rate unchanged Thursday but indicate that it could hike again in May to keep a lid on inflation as wages start to pick up....

Starbucks offers sparkling Crystal Ball Frappucino for buzz
NEW YORK (AP) -- Starbucks, thirsty for some social media magic, is releasing its latest sugary concoction: the fortune-telling Crystal Ball Frappucino....

Asian shares mixed after Fed raises interest rates
BANGKOK (AP) -- Shares were mixed in Asia on Thursday after U.S. stock indexes finished with small losses following the Federal Reserve's interest rate hike....

Crisis experts say Facebook has mishandled the data scandal
NEW YORK (AP) -- The crisis-management playbook is pretty simple: Get ahead of the story, update authorities and the public regularly, accept responsibility and take decisive action. Crisis-management experts say that until Wednesday, Facebook was 0-for-4....

Global tourism predicted to slow after best year ever
LONDON (AP) -- The travel and tourism sector is set for a modest slowdown in 2018 as a result of higher oil prices and airfares, a year after it experienced its best year on record, according to a leading global industry body....

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