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Senate Republicans cruise toward passage of budget plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans are on track to pass a $4 trillion budget plan that shelves GOP deficit concerns in favor of the party's drive to cut taxes....

China's conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party is expanding its role in business even as it promises freer markets and support for entrepreneurs on the eve of President Xi Jinping's second five-year term as leader....

The Latest: Parties respond to government push in Catalonia
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local):...

Have we seen this story before? Black Monday 30 years later
NEW YORK (AP) -- How long can this nirvana last for investors?...

China's economic growth stays stable as ruling party meets
BEIJING (AP) -- China's economic growth stayed relatively stable in the latest quarter, buoyed by strength in retail spending and exports, giving the ruling Communist Party a boost as President Xi Jinping prepares for a new term as leader....

The Latest: Trump gives GOP pep talk on $4.1T budget plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Trump, Congress and $4.1 trillion budget plan (all times local):...

Oil company proposes Arctic drilling from artificial island
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- America within a few years could be extracting oil from federal waters in the Arctic Ocean, but it won't be from a remote drilling platform....

UK probes alleged money laundering link to South Africa
LONDON (AP) -- U.K. authorities are investigating allegations that British banks inadvertently acted as conduits for money laundering linked to corruption in South Africa....

US unemployment claims fall to 222,000, lowest in 44 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since Richard Nixon was president....

Australian car making to end soon with GM plant closing
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian auto manufacturing era is about to end after more than 90 years when General Motors Co.'s last Holden sedan rolls off the production line in the industrial city of Adelaide on Friday....

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US unemployment claims fall to 222,000, lowest in 44 years

Claims for US unemployment benefits fall by 22,000 to 44-year low 222,000

Swiss biotech group Roche sees 5 pct rise in 9-month sales

Asian markets mixed as data shows China growth slowed

LG, Qualcomm join hands for autonomous driving

Australian car making to end soon with GM plant closing

Bank of Korea raises South Korea's outlook on strong exports

Japan trade surplus leaps on strong exports to rest of Asia

China's conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control

China's economic growth stays stable as ruling party meets