Treasury poised to ease sanctions tied to Russian oligarch
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department appears set to lift sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska despite concerns from lawmakers in both parties who say the Trump administration should be tougher on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies.
Grand jury charges 4 Audi managers in emissions case
DETROIT (AP) — A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted four Audi engineering managers from Germany in a widening diesel emissions cheating scandal.
Sears creditors challenge hedge fund chairman's winning bid
NEW YORK (AP) — A group of Sears creditors are challenging Chairman Eddie Lampert's hedge fund's winning $5.2 billion bid to buy the business in a bankruptcy auction and wants to air their grievances in court.
American Express posts 4Q profit that tops forecasts
NEW YORK (AP) — American Express swung to a fourth-quarter profit, the credit card company said Thursday, helped by a lower tax rate and more spending on the company's namesake credit cards.
Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit
PARIS (AP) — One by one, European Union nations are spending millions, hiring thousands of workers and issuing emergency decrees to cope with the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the bloc on March 29 without a plan.
Cohen says he rigged online polls for Trump in 2014, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's estranged former lawyer acknowledged Thursday that he paid a technology company to rig Trump's standing in two online polls before the presidential campaign.
Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis
SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area.
Ex-CBS CEO Les Moonves to challenge severance denial
NEW YORK (AP) — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves is fighting the company's decision to deny his $120 million severance package following his firing over sexual misconduct allegations.
TSA absentee rate still high, but down from Sunday's peak
TSA officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized — but still at unusually high numbers — just before a three-day holiday weekend that is likely to bring bigger airport crowds.
Trump weighs dramatic tightening of US embargo on Cuba
HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is weighing what could become the most serious tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in more than two decades — a move that could unleash a flurry of lawsuits against foreign companies that have invested on the island.
Brexit talks by UK's May called a 'stunt' by opposition
LONDON (AP) — A weakened but defiant Prime Minister Theresa May met lawmakers from Britain's rival Brexit factions Thursday to try to forge a replacement for her rejected European Union exit plan.
US average mortgage rates steady; 30-year stays at 4.45 pct.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates held steady this week, after falling for six straight weeks to reach their lowest levels in nine months.
Number of federal workers seeking US jobless aid doubles
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits jumped in the first two weeks of the shutdown, topping 10,000 during the week of Jan.
3 colleges that help you handle student debt
With collective U.S. student loan debt nearing $1.5 trillion, some colleges are testing innovative solutions to help reduce student borrowing.
Tunisia hit by general strike, amid economic tensions
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Workers around Tunisia went on strike Thursday to demand higher pay in a standoff with a government struggling to reduce unemployment, poverty and social tensions.
Renewed worries over U.S.-China trade spat stalk markets
LONDON (AP) — Renewed worries over the U.S.-China trade spat weighed on global stock markets on Thursday. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX fell 0.5 percent at 10,880 and France's CAC 40 retreated 0.5 percent to 4,787.
Morgan Stanley 4Q profit, revenue hit by volatile markets
NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Stanley says fourth-quarter profit totaled $1.53 billion, more than double from the year-ago quarter. The New York-based company said Thursday that it had earnings of 80 cents per share, up from 26 cents a year ago.
Thousands skip school again to go to Belgium climate protest
BRUSSELS (AP) — More than 10,000 students skipped school again in Belgium to join a march demanding better protections of the globe's fragile climate.
Work on UK nuclear power plant halted over financing impasse
LONDON (AP) — Work on a major new nuclear power station in Britain was suspended after the developer, Japan's Hitachi, said Thursday it had been unable to agree on financing with the U.K.
China says economy czar to visit Washington for trade talks
BEIJING (AP) — The top U.S. and Chinese trade envoys will hold talks in Washington this month in a possible sign of progress toward ending a costly tariff battle over Beijing's technology ambitions.
BOJ warns Japan faces new risks as population shrinks
TOKYO (AP) — Japan faces unforeseen risks in guiding economic policy as its population of about 126 million ages and declines, the governor of its central bank said Thursday.
Battle lines forming ahead of a looming US privacy law fight
Consumer advocates and the data-hungry technology industry are drawing early battle lines in advance of an expected fight this year over what kind of federal privacy law the U.S.
Asian shares track Wall Street gains on robust US earnings
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday after strong earnings reports lifted indexes on Wall Street. But a report that the U.S.
Pot deliveries OK'd into Calif. communities that ban sales
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.
Outpouring of generosity for TSA workers, others without pay
The partial government shutdown is a double-whammy for Cara and Philip Mangone, a married couple from Philadelphia. Both are agents with the Transportation Safety Administration, both working full time at the Philadelphia airport.

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