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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014, file photo, a patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at a store in New York. Only two years ago e-cigarettes were viewed as holding great potential for public health: offering a way to wean smokers off traditional cigarettes. But now Juul and other vaping companies face an escalating backlash that threatens to sweep their products off the market. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
October 05, 2019 - 8:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Only two years ago, electronic cigarettes were viewed as a small industry with big potential to improve public health by offering a path to steer millions of smokers away from deadly cigarettes. That promise led U.S. regulators to take a hands-off approach to e-cigarette makers,...
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A protester moves a barricade near to a fire in the entrance to a subway station in Hong Kong on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Masked protesters streamed into Hong Kong streets Friday after the city's embattled leader invoked rarely used emergency powers to ban masks at rallies in a hardening of the government's stance after four months of anti-government demonstrations. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
October 04, 2019 - 8:18 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — All subway and trains services are closed in Hong Kong after another night of rampaging violence that a new ban on face masks failed to quell. After widespread overnight arson attacks, looting, fighting with police and beatings, the government on Saturday called on the public to...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2013, file photo, a motorist fills up with gasoline containing ethanol in Des Moines. The Trump administration says Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
October 04, 2019 - 11:09 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries. The proposal follows months of complaints by Midwest farmers, politicians and the ethanol...
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Wheels of parmesan cheese are on sale with spirits in a deli in Rome, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The U.S. had prepared for Wednesday's ruling and already drawn up lists of the dozens of goods it would put tariffs on. They include EU cheeses, olives, and whiskey, as well as planes, helicopters and aircraft parts in the case _ though the decision is likely to require fine-tuning of that list if the Trump administration agrees to go for the tariffs. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
October 04, 2019 - 10:35 am
CÓRDOBA, Spain (AP) — Olives are harvested the old-fashioned way on Juan Luque's farm in southern Spain, as men thrash the gnarly tree limbs with poles, raining the small green fruit into the motorized collector waiting underneath. But for Luque and thousands of other farmers scattered across...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file photo, the container ship Hansa Augsburg is shown docked at PortMiami in Miami. On Friday, Oct. 4, the Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for August. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
October 04, 2019 - 5:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened in August for the first time in three months as exports increased but imports increased more. The politically sensitive gap with China in the trade of goods narrowed. The Commerce Department said Friday that the gap between what the United buys and...
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Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Asian stocks were mixed Friday after Wall Street rebounded on investor hopes for a U.S. interest rate cut. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
October 04, 2019 - 4:39 am
BEIJING (AP) — World shares were mixed Friday as investors turn their attention to the monthly U.S. jobs report after a series of gloomy economic news dampened investors’ outlook this week. London and Frankfurt opened higher and Tokyo rose, while Hong Kong declined. Chinese markets were closed for...
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President Donald Trump greets supporters after arriving at Ocala International Airport, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Ocala, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 03, 2019 - 11:52 am
THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — As retirees living on a fixed income, Paula Bedner and her husband don’t have a lot of money to spare. But when Democratic House members announced last week they were carrying out an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, her husband, Don, went online to...
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FILE - This May 6, 2016 file photo shows the logo of the Airbus Group in Suresnes, outside Paris. The World Trade Organization says the United States can impose tariffs on up to $7.5 billion worth of goods from the European Union as retaliation for illegal subsidies to European plane-maker Airbus — a record award from the trade body. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
October 03, 2019 - 11:04 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. decision to put tariffs on EU goods (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Exporters of French wines and spirits say they rue Washington’s latest decision to impose trade tariffs on European imports. Federation of French Wines and Spirits Exporters President Antoine Leccia...
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Wine bottle are seen in a wine shop in Paris, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The European Union will retaliate against the U.S. decision to slap tariffs on a range of the bloc's exports - from cheese to wine - that are expected to cause job losses, governments and industry groups said Thursday. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
October 03, 2019 - 10:06 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The trade wars threatening to push the global economy into recession are entering a new phase, with the United States and European Union escalating a dispute that endangers the world’s biggest trade relationship. After the Trump administration slapped steep tariffs on $7.5 billion...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo shoppers make their way through the toy isles at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, announced on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, that it is forecasting that holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% even as uncertainty looms over an escalating trade war with China. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
October 03, 2019 - 9:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, forecasts that holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% even as uncertainty looms over an escalating trade war with China. The holiday sales forecast, announced Thursday, marks an increase from the...
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