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Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance....

Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer
DWORP, Belgium (AP) -- The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone....

Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults....

Advice to Democrats: Don't say `recovery'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser....

Venture investments highest since 2001
NEW YORK (AP) -- Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday....

Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem
DETROIT (AP) -- Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts....

Chinese trade group to mediate shoe factory strike
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese police hauled away dozens of workers Friday to break up a march on a factory complex targeted by tens of thousands of laborers striking against the world's largest maker of athletic shoes, while a government trade union said it would mediate the labor dispute....

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted
BEIJING (AP) -- Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule....

Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business....

Judge won't order recalled GM cars to be parked
DETROIT (AP) -- A Texas federal judge has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of more than 2 million recalled cars to stop driving them until the ignition switches are replaced....

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