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Tax law gives unexpected break to farmers who sell to co-ops

Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives rather than regular companies.Lawmakers say they didn't intend to give a competitive...

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UK and French leaders reach border deal, disagree on Brexit

The leaders of Britain and France met Thursday against a military backdrop to pledge closer cooperation on defense, security and borders after Britain leaves the European Union.But President Emmanuel Macron also delivered a firm message: the U.K....

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The Latest: Macron, May differ on UK's Brexit trade deal

The Latest on the meeting Thursday between French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May (all times local):7:30 p.m.French President Emmanuel Macron warns the U.K. that a future trade deal with the European Union after Brexit...

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Recovering loved one’s data after death likely won’t be easy

A reader, Rick, asks, “A friend’s brother died suddenly. The family needs access to his iPhone and MacBook but have no idea what his passwords are. Is there a procedure to request Apple to unlock the devices? Is there a third party that can do this?”...

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Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs

Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs.The plan, announced Thursday, follows years of shortages of generic injected medicines that...

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Luggage limbo: Bags still missing after JFK airport woes

Newlywed Ziad Dallal and his wife arrived home in New York, with wedding keepsakes in their bags, to find John F. Kennedy International Airport paralyzed by winter weather woes that canceled flights, froze equipment and separated thousands of passengers...

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EU official: Greece closing in on end of bailout years

A senior EU official says Greece is close to passing its next bailout review, putting the country within reach of ending its eight-year rescue program that saved it from bankruptcy but required hugely painful austerity cuts.The official said that...

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Mulvaney requests no funding for consumer agency in 2Q

The Trump-appointed acting director of the federal government's consumer watchdog agency requested zero dollars of funding for its second-quarter budget, saying he intends to first spend down the agency's rainy day fund.In a letter to the Federal...

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Long-term mortgage rates rise: 30-year hits 4.04 percent

Interest rates on long-term home loans rose this week to the highest level in months.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages rose to 4.04 percent this week, highest since May and up from 3.99 percent...

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Amazon sweepstakes is narrowed down to 20 competitors

Amazon's second home could be in an already tech-heavy city, such as Boston, New York or Austin, Texas. Or it could be in the Midwest, say, Indianapolis or Columbus, Ohio. Or the company could go outside the U.S. altogether and set up shop in Toronto...

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