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Chinese investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Shares were mixed in Asia on Thursday, with Tokyo and Sydney logging modest gains after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for a second time this year, citing slowing global economic growth and uncertainty over U.S. trade conflicts. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 19, 2019 - 4:11 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares opened higher in Europe on Thursday after a mixed session in Asia following the Federal Reserve's decision to cut its benchmark interest rate for a second time this year. Germany's DAX edged 0.1% higher to 12,406.82 while the FTSE 100 in Britain advanced 0.2% to 7,331.84. In...
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Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda attends a meeting at its headquarters in Tokyo Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Japan’s central bank has opted to keep its monetary policy unchanged despite growing signs of trouble that prompted the Federal Reserve to cut its benchmark rate. (Muneyuki Tomori/Kyodo News via AP)
September 19, 2019 - 2:17 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's central bank opted Thursday to keep its monetary policy unchanged despite the growing signs of trouble that prompted the Federal Reserve to cut its benchmark rate. The Bank of Japan said in its policy statement that exports, industrial output and business sentiment had been...
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September 18, 2019 - 7:30 pm
A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked enforcement of some new South Dakota laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. A lawsuit spearheaded by the American Civil Liberties Union against Gov. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined at right by Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., pauses during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 18, 2019 - 7:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats Wednesday blocked debate on the almost $700 billion Pentagon budget and other spending bills amid a feud between the chamber's leaders over the rules of engagement for translating this summer's hard-won budget deal into binding legislation. Minority Leader Chuck...
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FILE -- In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, speaks at rally calling for passage of her measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Gov Gavin Newsom signed the bill, AB5, aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to ride share drivers and workers in other industries on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
September 18, 2019 - 7:17 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor on Wednesday signed sweeping labor legislation that aims to give wage and benefit protections to rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft and to as many as a million workers across other industries. The closely watched proposal could have...
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September 18, 2019 - 6:51 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be in Washington Thursday to meet with lawmakers and talk about internet regulation. The company said the meetings are not public and it did not give details on whom Zuckerberg is meeting with and what, exactly, he'll discuss. Facebook is under...
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The headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency is seen in Washington as President Donald Trump announces that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Critics say the move would result in less fuel efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 18, 2019 - 6:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel-efficient cars that create more planet-warming...
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Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 18, 2019 - 4:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year but declined to signal that further rate cuts are likely this year. The Fed's move reduced its key short-term rate — which influences many consumer and business loans — by an...
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Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 18, 2019 - 4:03 pm
The Federal Reserve has cut its benchmark interest rate again, big news for the U.S. economy but something that will likely have a muted impact on Americans' personal finances, experts say. That's because the reduction doesn't offset the increases of recent years. And as the key rate creeps closer...
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Stock traders John Santiago, left, and Paul Cosentino work at the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The Federal Reserve is expected to announce its benchmark interest rate later in the day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
September 18, 2019 - 2:56 pm
Stocks declined broadly on Wall Street Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for a second time this year. Investors expected the rate cut, but may have been disappointed by apparent disagreement among Fed officials about their future rate policy. In a...
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