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Charter nears deal for Time Warner Cable
Charter Communications Inc. is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, according to two people familiar with the negotiations....

In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- As President Barack Obama pushes for a federal law to get paid leave to care for a new baby or an ailing relative, residents of one of the three states that already provide it sing its praises, hinting at the reception it could receive if rolled out nationally....

Anonymous threats against airliners prompt searches; all OK
NEW YORK (AP) -- Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners on Monday, possibly from the same source, caused a scare involving at least six international flights at airports in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts....

Global stocks mostly higher in quiet trading day
BEIJING (AP) -- Global stocks mostly rose Monday on a quiet trading day with Wall Street, London and Hong Kong closed for holidays....

Woman hanging on Shell ship since Friday ends drill protest
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north of Seattle on Monday morning....

Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) -- With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region....

UK airport expansion threatens to take out entire villages
LONDON (AP) -- With its classic red phone booth, pub, and medieval church, Harmondsworth's center looks quintessentially British. But the search for a twee English village isn't what brings millions of people within a stone's throw of its boundaries....

Death toll from defective GM ignition switches rises to 107
DETROIT (AP) -- The death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has reached 107....

China cuts import tax on clothes, other goods
BEIJING (AP) -- China announced Monday it will cut import taxes on clothing, cosmetics and some other goods by half in a new tactic to spur consumer spending and economic growth....

Japan trade gap returns to deficit in April, more red ahead
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan posted a trade deficit in April following a single-month's surplus in March, and economists said shortfalls were likely to persist given the weakness of the yen....

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