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Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer....

FAA orders fan blade inspections after jet engine explosion
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window....

Russia joins bid to win compensation over US metals tariffs
GENEVA (AP) -- Russia has joined the European Union, India and China in demanding compensation from the United States for its tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum....

Trade issues expose the limits of Trump-Abe 'bromance'
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe courted the new American president with a golden driver not long after Donald Trump won the White House. He's met with the billionaire businessman more than any other world leader, and he is Trump's second-most frequent caller....

Corruption watchdog: G-20 moving slowly against tax havens
BERLIN (AP) -- An international corruption watchdog group says two years after the Panama Papers revealed how the rich have stashed wealth in shell companies, the world's Group of 20 industrialized and developing nations have made only slow progress improving the legal tools to ensure transparency....

P&G reports flat 3Q profit, buys Merck unit
NEW YORK (AP) -- Procter & Gamble Co. reported flat fiscal third-quarter profit as it faces increased competition for consumer products such as shaving cream and household goods....

China: Qualcomm plan 'has difficulty' resolving concerns
BEIJING (AP) -- Qualcomm Inc.'s latest proposal for its $44 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors "has difficulty" resolving concerns of Chinese anti-monopoly regulators, a government spokesman Thursday....

New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years....

'Pharma Bro' arrives at low-security federal prison
FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) -- The pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug has been placed in a low-security federal prison in New Jersey....

Willingness to fix euro's flaws is fading fast
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- When Angela Merkel was re-elected as Germany's leader in March, the way looked open for European nations to finally patch the remaining cracks in the euro - the structural flaws that threatened to break apart the shared currency in 2010-12....

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