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US factory output jumped 1.2 percent in February
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. factory output jumped last month, led by big gains in the production of cars, computers and furniture....

Trump's possible China tariffs bring loud protests _ in US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is considering sweeping tariffs on imports from China, with an announcement possible as early as next week. And that has industry groups and some lawmakers scrambling to prevent the next front in a potential trade war that could reverberate across the U.S. economy....

EU releases list of US products that could face tariffs
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Friday published a list of U.S. products it plans to introduce duties on if the 28-nation bloc is not exempted from President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs....

US stocks inch higher as banks and industrial companies rise
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks edged higher Friday as gains from energy companies, industrial firms and smaller companies helped the market end a modest losing streak....

Appeals court nixes some FCC rules on robocalls
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- A federal appeals court rolled back rules intended to deter irritating telemarketing robocalls, saying they were too broad....

US job openings soar to record high of 6.3 million
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers sharply ramped up their demand for workers in January, advertising 6.3 million jobs at the end of the month, the most on records dating back 17 years....

As rumors of an exodus swirl, White House pushes back
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With whispers of a staffing purge permeating the West Wing, the White House pushed back Friday and insisted that reports of tumult and imminent departures are overblown....

US says Russian hack did not compromise power grid, plants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Russian government hacking operation aimed at the U.S. power grid did not compromise operations at any of the nation's power plants, federal regulators and the industry said Friday....

For some defrauded students, only partial loan forgiveness
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Department of Education has begun notifying some former Corinthian Colleges students that it will forgive only one-half or less of their federal student loans, even though the students were defrauded by the now-defunct schools, The Associated Press has learned....

Trump wildlife protection board defends trophy hunting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Big-game hunters tapped by the Trump administration to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants and lions as trophies defended the practice Friday, arguing that threatened and endangered species would go extinct without the anti-poaching programs funded in part by the fees wealthy Americans pay to shoot some of them....

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