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Walgreens ends yearslong attempt to buy Rite Aid
NEW YORK (AP) -- Walgreens has ended its takeover pursuit of rival Rite Aid following resistance from U.S. regulators and will instead now buy stores, distribution centers and inventory in a new deal....

GOP touts lower premiums, but other insurance costs to rise
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are touting lower premiums under their health care legislation, but that reflects insurance that would cover a smaller share of the cost of medical bills....

The Latest: UK sees public interest concern in Sky takeover
LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.K.'s examination of Twenty-First Century Fox's takeover bid for network Sky (all times local):...

UK government delays Murdoch takeover of Sky
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's government stalled Twenty-First Century Fox's takeover bid of the Sky pay television and broadband network Thursday after media regulators expressed concern about the influence of Rupert Murdoch and his family....

GOP ponders whether Trump helps sell health care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It was a platform most politicians can only hope for: A captivated, 6,000-person crowd and more than an hour of live, prime-time television coverage to hype the Republican vision for a new health care system....

Euro and pound remained buoyed by central bank talk
LONDON (AP) -- The euro and the British pound, Europe's top two currencies, extended gains Thursday as investors focused on recent central bank comments about the possibility of tighter monetary policy. Stocks were mixed ahead of U.S. economic data, including the latest revision to first-quarter growth....

The Latest: McConnell looking to salvage health care plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Obama health care law (all times local):...

Blue Apron prices IPO at low end of expected range
NEW YORK (AP) -- Meal-kit delivery company Blue Apron priced the shares it's selling in its initial public offering at the low end of its expected range, a sign that it might be having trouble attracting investors....

If GOP can't repeal Obamacare, how can they overhaul taxes?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans' struggle to pass a health care bill is jeopardizing another one of President Donald Trump's top priorities: overhauling America's tax system....

Romania to be sued for $4.4 billion over unbuilt gold mine
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources says it will sue Romania for $4.4 billion in losses over a gold mine that Romania's government scrapped following protests....

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