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  • WASHINGTON, April 27- The U.S. Congress on Wednesday passed and sent to President Barack Obama legislation strengthening legal protection for companies' trade secrets, including manufacturing processes and computer methods. The House of Representatives voted 410-2 to approve the "Defend Trade Secrets Act" on the heels of it being unanimously passed by the...

  • Anthem Chief Executive Officer Joseph Swedish said the company had picked up more exchange customers than it expected this year and that its planned acquisition of Cigna Corp. would help it expand into more markets in the future. The exchanges were created as part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, but are about half the...

  • WASHINGTON— The House Judiciary Committee took an election-year swipe Wednesday at the nation's growing drug addiction problem, approving federal grants that would bolster state and local efforts against the abuse of opioid painkillers. Its easy approval contrasted with recent clashes between the two parties over President Barack Obama's Supreme...

  • Angel Gurria, secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, said Britain outside the EU would face less access to the bloc's single market, lower investment and companies moving abroad. The global economic policy body warned of further strains on Britain's wide current account gap and a weaker pound, and Gurria accused the "...

  • April 27- Health insurer Anthem Inc on Wednesday said the Obamacare individual insurance exchanges are not as profitable as it originally expected, but it is not planning to exit like competitor UnitedHealth Group. Anthem Chief Executive Officer Joseph Swedish said the company had picked up more exchange customers than it expected during the first quarter...

  • *Trump to address critical issues, campaign says. WASHINGTON, April 27- Donald Trump will set aside his bad-boy antics on Wednesday and, with the help of a teleprompter to keep him on message, outline what his foreign policies would be if he is elected U.S. president in November, campaign aides say. "I'm probably the last on the trigger," Trump told ABC's "Good Morning...

  • LONDON— The head of the global economic forum OECD warned Britain that leaving the European Union would be tantamount to taxing its citizens— another in a growing cavalcade of cautionary advice ahead of a June 23 referendum on membership in the 28- nation bloc. The warning by Angel Gurria, the secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation...

  • LONDON, April 27- Sterling traded near a 12- week high against the dollar on Tuesday as expectations grew that Britain would vote to remain in the European Union. "While sterling/dollar is undeniably bullish as of now, investors should be diligent as data from the UK remains soft," said Lukman Otunuga, analyst at FXTM. Two polls on Tuesday showed those campaigning...

  • *Japan, Taiwan stocks slip, weighed down by Apple-related shares. Japan's Nikkei lost 0.6 percent as Japan- based suppliers of iPhone parts fell after Apple Inc reported its first-ever decline in iPhone sales and its first revenue drop in over a decade overnight. But, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was little changed.

  • TOKYO, April 27- Asian stocks inched up on Wednesday, reflecting hopes that upcoming U.S. and Japanese central bank policy meetings could benefit risk assets, while crude oil prices hovered near 2016 highs. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.1 percent. Japan's Nikkei added 0.2 percent in early trade and Australian shares nudged...

  • NEW YOEK, April 26- The dollar sank on Tuesday after weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data boosted expectations the Federal Reserve would hold interest rates lower for longer, while U.S. Tuesday's economic data "plays into the idea that the Fed need not be in any rush to raise rates," said Richard Franulovich, senior currency strategist at Westpac Banking...

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  • LONDON, April 26- Sterling hit a 12- week high against the dollar on Tuesday on rising expectations that Britain will vote to remain in the European Union, driving the currency back to levels last seen before the setting of a date for the Brexit referendum. Investors worry that a vote for a Brexit in June would leave Britain exposed to a further slide by the pound,...

  • *Lawmakers say Britain will lose all EU benefits. BERLIN, April 26- Britain should not get special treatment from the European Union if it leaves the bloc and should expect tough talks in sealing bilateral deals, lawmakers from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition said on Tuesday. Volker Kauder, the leader of Merkel's conservatives in...

  • A U.S. Air Force munitions team member uncases the laser-guided tip for a 500 pound bomb to be loaded onto an unmanned aerial vehicle, for airstrikes on ISIL targets on January 8, 2016 at a base in the Persian Gulf Region.

    As President Obama announces a military expansion in Syria, an analyst says the U.S. is running through its supply of bombs.

  • LONDON, April 26- Sterling jumped above $1.45 to its highest since mid-February on Tuesday, extending a week of gains, as expectations grew that Britain will vote to remain a member of the European Union. Investors worry that a vote for a Brexit in June would leave Britain exposed to a further slide by the pound- already weak compared with its historical average-...

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  • LONDON, April 26- World stocks climbed for the first time in four days on Tuesday and a weaker dollar helped oil prices gain too, as investors fine-tuned their expectations for monetary policy meetings in the United States and Japan. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 stock index climbed half a percent, while Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.4 percent.

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    The Fed begins its two-day meeting Tuesday, but earnings from Apple after the closing bell may create a bigger trading event.

  • Asian stock markets are falling Tuesday ahead of U.S. Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan policy meetings, as commodity prices run out of steam, dragging on big miners. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 1.1 percent to 17,253.54 and South Korea's Kospi was down less than 0.1 percent at 2,014.15. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dropped 0.8 percent to 21,131.45 and Australia's...