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US stocks waver as investors back away from industrials
NEW YORK (AP) -- Major U.S. indexes are mixed Thursday as investors sell industrial companies, which have surged over the last few months. Stocks that pay big dividends, like utilities, are climbing. Technology companies are trading lower, which could end a 15-day winning streak for the sector....

US, Mexico square off on immigration as top officials meet
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders Thursday that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors....

Lawmakers renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point....

US musician makes mics in Russia using Kalashnikov machinery
TULA, Russia (AP) -- Claims of hacking by the Russian state may be feeding international tensions, but they've given Californian musician David Brown a great icebreaker when selling his line of Russian-made microphones....

Mnuchin says goal is to pass tax reform by August
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. He predicted that President Donald Trump's economic proposals will be able to boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 percent....

Claims for US jobless benefits tick up, level still healthy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but claims remained at a low level consistent with a healthy job market....

Plight of company towns: finding a new identity
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis planned to open this year's State of the City speech by thanking Caterpillar Inc. for its longtime commitment to the central Illinois town, declaring "We wouldn't be Peoria without Caterpillar."...

Low-cost Norwegian Air promises bargain flights to Europe
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) -- Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle is promising to boost traffic at smaller airports on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean when it starts service to Europe this summer from Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York....

When test-driving a new car, take the technology for a spin
DETROIT (AP) -- Car shopping isn't just about kicking the tires anymore. It's also about testing the technology....

Taco Bell pulling popular chicken-shelled chalupa
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- A Taco Bell treat that has a shell made entirely of fried chicken will vanish from the fast food chain's menu despite its popularity....

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