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Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top Republican legislative priority in peril, President Donald Trump dangled possible changes to the health care bill Wednesday aimed at placating conservatives threatening to torpedo the legislation. The White House seemed to make progress after GOP opposition had snowballed a day before a showdown House vote....

Hard times for Sears as retailer notes doubt about future
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids, has said that after years of losing money that there is "substantial doubt" it will be able to keep its doors open. But it also insisted that its actions to turn around its business should help reduce that risk....

From mail-order watches to a skyscraper: A look at Sears
Sears got its start more than 130 years ago as a mail-order watch seller. It grew to become the world's largest retailers. But today, it is struggling. It has been closing stores to fight falling sales and this week said it has "substantial doubt " that it can stay in business....

Indexes inch back upward as tech stocks rise; Nike plunges
NEW YORK (AP) -- After a shaky start, U.S. stocks finished mostly higher Wednesday as technology and industrial companies rose. Banks fell with interest rates as the market came off its biggest loss in five months....

Trump's SEC pick, a lawyer for Goldman, to face skepticism
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Goldman Sachs may be about to get another friend in Washington....

Senate votes to block another Obama-era rule
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to block an Obama-era rule that critics said would have led to more citations for workplace safety record-keeping violations....

South Korea to inject $2.6 bln into ailing shipyard Daewoo
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea announced Thursday a fresh capital injection for Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., seeking to prevent the world's second-largest shipbuilder from defaulting on its debts....

Labor nominee says he won't let politics influence hiring
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Labor Department said Wednesday he won't allow potential political pressure from the administration to influence his hiring decisions and regrets he let that happen on his watch at the Justice Department....

AP Interview: Emirates defends security as laptop ban looms
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The president of Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, defended security measures at the carrier's Dubai hub on Wednesday and said the ban on personal electronics onboard U.S.-bound flights came without warning....

Starbucks CEO stands by pledge to hire refugees
NEW YORK (AP) -- Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz presided over his last annual shareholder meeting as head of the company Wednesday by standing by its pledge to hire refugees and expanding on previously announced goals to hire veterans and at-risk youth....

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