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BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived, Saturday, in Saudi Arabia for the first stop of a two-day, three-country visit to the Middle East aimed at striking new energy deals and forging fresh alliances amid the economic and geopolitical turmoil resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge has rejected the Justice Department’s bid to block a major US sugar manufacturer from acquiring its rival, clearing the way for the acquisition to proceed.

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Stocks tumbled worldwide, Friday, on more signs the global economy is weakening, just as central banks raise the pressure even more with additional interest rate hikes.

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NEW YORK — The CEOs of the nation’s biggest banks returned to Capitol Hill for a second day, Thursday, and Senate Democrats strongly urged them to do more to help and protect their customers, while Republicans questioned whether banks should weigh in on hot-button social issues.

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Stocks bounced around and bond yields snapped higher, Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve made its third big interest rate hike in a row and sharply increased its outlook for how high it expects to raise rates in coming months.

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DETROIT — The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all new vehicles in the US be equipped with blood alcohol monitoring systems that can stop an intoxicated person from driving.

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CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines canceled about 18 flights, this week, when it realized that some of its Boeing 777-200 planes had not undergone required inspections of the front edges of the wings.

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A choppy day of trading on Wall Street ended with stocks closing higher, Monday, as investors brace for another big interest rate increase, this week, from the Federal Reserve.

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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive branch recommended Sunday that the bloc suspend around 7.5 billion euros (dollars) in funding to Hungary over concerns about democratic backsliding and the possible mismanagement of EU money.

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said, on Saturday, that it will increase transit fees for vessels, including oil-laden tankers, passing through Suez Canal, one of the world’s most crucial waterways.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Maryland company announced, Friday, it will build a natural gas power plant designed to capture climate-changing carbon in West Virginia. Officials said it was made possible by a recently signed law embraced by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin that gives tax breaks for …

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LONDON — Royal fans have poured into the heart of London to experience the flag-lined roads, pomp-filled processions and, above all, brave a mileslong line for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to bid adieu to Queen Elizabeth II, who died after an unprecedented seven decades on the throne. And w…

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BERLIN — Germany is taking control of three Russian-owned refineries in the country to ensure energy security before an embargo on oil from Russia takes effect next year, officials said, Friday.

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The ride-hailing service Uber said, Friday, that all its services were operational following what security professionals are calling a major data breach, claiming there was no evidence the hacker got access to sensitive user data.

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BRUSSELS — The European Union’s executive branch unveiled plans, Friday, for new laws that it said would help protect media freedom and independence in the 27-nation bloc at a time of mounting concern about the dangers of political influence in several member countries.

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is moving one step closer to developing a central bank digital currency, known as the digital dollar, saying it would help reinforce the US role as a leader in the world financial system.

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NEW YORK — Americans have grown fond of “buy now, pay later” services, but the “pay later” part is becoming increasingly difficult for some borrowers.

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DETROIT — President Joe Biden, a “car guy” with his own vintage Corvette, showcased his administration’s efforts to promote electric vehicles during a visit, Wednesday, to the Detroit auto show.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Lower gas costs slowed US inflation for a second straight month, in August, but most other prices across the economy kept rising — evidence that inflation remains a heavy burden for American households.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s governor said, Tuesday, the federal government is moving ahead too quickly with potential new restrictions on the lobster fishing industry, and isn’t taking the industry’s concerns about the changes into account.

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LYNN, Mass. (AP) — The largest union representing workers for General Electric Co. said, Tuesday, it’s reached an agreement with the company to speed up raises for workers at a Massachusetts aviation plant.

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WASHINGTON — Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, the Twitter whistleblower who is warning of security flaws, privacy threats and lax controls at the social platform, will take his case to Congress, on Tuesday.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The heads of the nation’s two largest rail unions said, Sunday, that the freight railroads’ move to begin delaying some shipments ahead of this week’s looming strike deadline is only an attempt to get shippers to increase the pressure on Congress to intervene and block a w…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Payment processor Visa Inc. said Saturday that it plans to start separately categorizing sales at gun shops, a major win for gun control advocates who say it will help better track suspicious surges of gun sales that could be a prelude to a mass shooting.

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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say the country’s top legislator decried sanctions against Russia during a recent visit to the country, underscoring China’s backing of Moscow in its war on Ukraine despite claims of neutrality.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Rail advocates are dusting off a proposal for passenger train service between Montreal and Boston, riding a renewed interest in train travel to bolster a concept that has been around for more than a decade.

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The United States, on Saturday, announced $40 million in aid to buy fertilizer and other key agricultural inputs in time for the next cultivation season in crisis-hit Sri Lanka.

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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A global search for alternative sources to Russian energy during the war in Ukraine has refocused attention on smaller, easier-to-build nuclear power stations, which proponents say could provide a cheaper, more efficient alternative to older model mega-plants.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina-based semiconductor company announced, Friday, it will build a $5 billion manufacturing plant in its home state to produce silicon carbide wafers, which is emerging as a favored part for renewable energy products. Wolfspeed Inc. said it plans to create 1,800 …