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  • HAVANA— Fashionistas and celebrities from around the world flocked beneath klieg lights on a grand Havana colonial avenue transformed into a private runway for French fashion house Chanel. With hundreds of security agents holding ordinary Cubans behind police lines blocks away, actors Tilda Swinton and Vin Diesel, supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Cuban...

  • *Chanel is first major fashion house to hold runway show in Cuba. HAVANA, May 3- French fashion house Chanel brought glamour back to Communist-ruled Cuba on Tuesday in a runway show on one of Havana's main boulevards, featuring glittering gowns, tulle cocktail dresses and models in Panama hats smoking cigars. Celebrities, including actress Tilda Swinton and...

  • HAVANA— Wealthy fashionistas and celebrities from around the world flocked beneath klieg lights Wednesday night on a grand Havana colonial avenue transformed into a private runway for French fashion house Chanel. With hundreds of security agents holding ordinary Cubans behind police lines blocks away, actors Tilda Swinton and Vin Diesel, supermodel...

  • HAVANA, May 3- First came U.S. Chanel will be the first major fashion house to send models down the catwalk in Cuba, highlighting warming relations with the West. Chanel goods are not sold in Cuba and most locals could not even dream of affording them, given even a small handbag costs thousands of dollars.

  • In the first three months of the year, Argentina exported 19.97 million tonnes of farm products versus 11.91 million in the first quarter of 2015, the government said in a statement. Free-markets proponent Mauricio Macri took office as president in December, promptly ditching the trade and currency controls applied by his leftist predecessor Cristina...

  • "The first quarter was another quarter of solid volume growth for the company," HCA Chief Operating Officer Sam Hazen said on a conference call. Newly insured patients stepped up visits to the doctor following the creation of insurance marketplaces and the expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor under President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare reform...

  • *Israel seeks more than U.S. offers five months into talks. JERUSALEM/ WASHINGTON, May 3- Negotiations meant to enshrine U.S. defense aid for Israel over the next decade have snagged on disputes about the size, scope and fine print of a new multibillion-dollar package, officials say. Israel is seeking up to $10 billion more than the current 10- year package and...

  • HAVANA, May 3- First came U.S. President Barack Obama and the Rolling Stones. Chanel will be the first major fashion house to send models down the catwalk in Cuba, highlighting warming relations with the West.

  • The slowdown followed a busy period for doctors tied to the creation of insurance marketplaces and the expansion of Medicaid coverage for the poor under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, known as the Affordable Care Act. Net income attributable to HCA rose to $694 million, or $1.69 per share, in the three months ended March 31, from $591 million, or...

  • PARIS— France is threatening to reject a huge free-trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union, saying it's too friendly to U.S. business and probably doomed. President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that France "will never accept" challenges to its farming and culture in exchange for better access to U.S. markets. "That's why at this stage, France says no," the...

  • PARIS, May 3- A halt to trade talks between the European Union and the United States is now likely, French Trade Minister Matthias Fekl said on Tuesday. "Given the approach being taken by the United States today, is the most likely option," Fekl said on Europe 1 radio. His intervention comes a day after Greenpeace called for the talks to stop, citing concerns a deal would...

  • The slowdown followed a busy period for doctors tied to the creation of insurance marketplaces and expansion of Medicaid coverage for the poor under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, known as the Affordable Care Act. We still have tailwinds, "Tenet Chief Executive Trevor Fetter said in an interview. No. 2 U.S. hospital operator Community Health...

  • Tenet's hospitals have seen a boost in business from the influx of newly insured patients who bought coverage through the exchanges, created as part of President Barack Obama's national healthcare law. Daniel Waldmann, Tenet's senior vice president of public affairs, downplayed the impact of UnitedHealth's decision, saying insurers can be expected to make...

  • CHICAGO— Seven of the 10 most profitable U.S. hospitals are nonprofits, according to new research, including one in Urbana, Illinois, where hospital tax exemptions are headed for a contentious court battle that soon could determine whether medical facilities are paying their fair share of taxes. The research comes as cities in New Jersey, Michigan and Wisconsin...

  • *Greenpeace says documents show talks should be stopped. BERLIN, May 2- A sweeping free trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States would lower food safety and environmental standards, Greenpeace said on Monday, citing confidential documents from the talks. Greenpeace opposes the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court is leaving in place a court ruling that found advertising claims of the health benefits of POM Wonderful juices were deceptive. The Federal Trade Commission and the federal appeals court in Washington faulted POM for asserting that its products curb the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction and are...

  • BRUSSELS— Talks to create a massive free trade zone between the United States and the European Union continue to be held back because of disagreements on key issues, making success under President Barack Obama's administration ever less likely. Worsening the climate was Monday's release by Greenpeace of confidential negotiating texts that the...

  • HAVANA— The first U.S. cruise ship in nearly 40 years crossed the Florida Straits from Miami and pulled into Havana Harbor on Monday, restarting commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility. The ship stopped off the city's cruise terminal and began slowly turning into a docking position, the first U.S. cruise ship in...

  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— Jonathan Mossberg is among a small number of pioneers looking to build a safer gun. But unlike many others, he was in the gun business when he started down that path. Mossberg's iGun Technology Corp., based in Daytona Beach, Florida, relies on a simple piece of jewelry— a ring— that "talks" to a circuit board imbedded in a firearm to let it know the user is...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress accomplished relatively little in a short work period, missing deadlines on the budget and on helping Puerto Rico with its financial crisis as lawmakers began a weeklong break. "It's very, very hard to get anything done if you are a drive-by Congress," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., said Friday. Over the past month, the Senate...