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CEOs of AT&T, Time Warner to sell merger to skeptical Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CEOs of AT&T and Time Warner are heading to Capitol Hill in a bid to convince senators that a merger of their two companies will mean innovative new experiences for consumers....

Trump: Japanese mogul pledges $50 billion US investment
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Winning praise from President-elect Donald Trump for being a "great man of industry," Japanese tech billionaire Masayoshi Son promised to invest $50 billion in new startups in the United States, committing to creating 50,000 new jobs....

German industrial production up only slightly in October
BERLIN (AP) -- German industrial production rose more weakly than expected in October following a significant decline the previous month....

Asian stocks mostly higher on record Dow, telecom news
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian markets were mostly higher Wednesday, cheered by gains on Wall Street and optimism about the telecommunications industry....

Car company offering red light-reading vehicles in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- On the theory that a driver who knows when a red light will turn green is more relaxed and aware, vehicle manufacturer Audi is unveiling this week in Las Vegas a technology that enables vehicles to "read" traffic signals ahead and tell the motorist how long the wait will be....

China fines Medtronic $17 million on anti-monopoly charges
BEIJING (AP) -- The Chinese unit of medical device maker Medtronic has been fined $17 million by anti-monopoly regulators in the latest effort by Beijing to force down what it sees as unreasonably high prices....

Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America's forests
PETERSHAM, Mass. (AP) -- In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it's easy to miss one of the tree's nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree....

Aide says Trump sold stocks in June, provides no evidence
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump sold all of his stocks in June as he plunged into the costly general election campaign, his transition team abruptly announced Tuesday. His advisers provided no proof of the transactions and would not explain the apparent sell-off....

Trump DC hotel attracting foreign envoys and controversy
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump's new luxury hotel in Washington, D.C., has been attracting foreign envoys, special interest groups - and a bit of controversy....

Mindful of Amazon, malls take the Santa experience high-tech
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hop on a virtual sleigh ride to the North Pole. Stand on the "Naughty or Nice O'Meter." Snap a selfie and see your face on a dancing elf. The Santa experience has gotten a makeover as many malls install shows and games they hope will lure shoppers who are buying more online....

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