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  • WASHINGTON— The Senate will move forward with a key vote this week on a Republican health bill but it's not yet known whether the legislation will seek to replace President Barack Obama's health care law or simply repeal it. John Thune of South Dakota, the third-ranking Republican, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will make a decision soon on which...

  • WASHINGTON— The White House has indicated that President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure that requires him to get Congress' permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow. "We support where the legislation is now, and will continue to work with the House and Senate to put those tough sanctions in place on...

  • WASHINGTON— There are many reasons why the Senate will probably reject Republicans' crowning bill razing much of former President Barack Obama's health care law. There are fewer why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might revive it and avert a GOP humiliation. In an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll this month, 51 percent...

  • TOKYO— Asian shares meandered Monday as market attention turned to the U.S. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.6 percent to finish at 19,975.67. India's Sensex added 0.6 percent to 32,220.32, while shares in Southeast Asia were mixed.

  • New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and California top the list of states where taxpayers get the biggest deductions. Proposals by House Republican leaders and President Donald Trump would repeal the tax break as part of their packages to overhaul the American tax code. The standoff illustrates how hard it is for Congress to eliminate any popular tax break, even...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, July 24- The International Monetary Fund kept its growth forecasts for the world economy unchanged for this year and next, although it revised up growth expectations for the eurozone and China. "While risks around the global growth forecast appear broadly balanced in the near term, they remain skewed to the downside over the medium term," the IMF said...

  • TOKYO— Asian shares mostly slid Monday, with Chinese benchmarks countering the trend, as market attention turns to the U.S. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.9 percent in morning trading to 19,927.29. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was down 1.2 percent to 5,654.40.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, July 24- The International Monetary Fund on Monday kept its growth forecasts for the world economy unchanged for this year and next, although it slightly revised up growth expectations for the eurozone and China. In its updated World Economic Outlook, the IMF said global gross domestic product would be 3.5 percent in 2017 and 3.6 percent in 2018.

  • MONDAY, JULY 24 TOKYO- Bank of Japan releases minutes of Monetary Policy Meeting held on June 15 and 16 2350 GMT. **BERLIN- ECB's Executive Board Member Sabine Lautenschlager gives speech at book presentation "100 Years of Women's Vote" organised by Juristinnenbund and Bundesministerium der Justiz in Berlin, Germany 1530 GMT. TOKYO- Bank of Japan Deputy Governor...

  • MONDAY, JULY 24 TOKYO- Bank of Japan releases minutes of Monetary Policy Meeting held on June 15 and 16 2350 GMT. **BERLIN- ECB's Executive Board Member Sabine Lautenschlager gives speech at book presentation "100 Years of Women's Vote" organized by Juristinnenbund and Bundesministerium der Justiz in Berlin, Germany 1530 GMT. TOKYO- Bank of Japan Deputy Governor...

  • *China made major contribution to global post-crisis leveraging. Federal Reserve tightening a risk to China. *Fed must take China into account in policy decisions.

  • *China made major contribution to global post-crisis leveraging. Federal Reserve tightening a risk to China. *Fed must take China into account in policy decisions.

  • CARACAS, July 23- Defying pressure from abroad and at home, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that a controversial election would go ahead next weekend for a new congress his foes fear will institutionalize dictatorship. Venezuela's opposition has been protesting in the streets since April against the unpopular Maduro whom they accuse of...

  • CARACAS, July 23- Defying pressure from abroad and at home, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that an election would go ahead next weekend for a controversial new congress his foes fear will institutionalize dictatorship. Venezuela's opposition has been protesting in the streets since April against the unpopular Maduro whom they accuse...

  • CARACAS, July 23- Defying pressure from abroad and at home, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that an election would go ahead next weekend for a controversial new congress his foes say will institutionalize dictatorship. Venezuela's opposition has been protesting in the streets since April against the unpopular Maduro whom they accuse of...

  • NEW YORK, July 23- A small group of companies and individuals are looking to register racially charged words and symbols for their products, including the N-word and a swastika, based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision on trademarks last month. Patent and Trademark Office since the unanimous June 19 ruling throwing out a federal law prohibiting disparaging...

  • WASHINGTON— A House committee has unveiled a disputed plan to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall that could threaten medical care for thousands of patients in the coming weeks. Friday's proposal by the House Veterans Affairs Committee would provide a six-month funding fix to...

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner "inadvertently omitted" more than 70 assets worth at least $10.6 million from his personal financial disclosure reports, according to revised paperwork released Friday. Among the new set of assets Kushner disclosed, which could be worth as much as $51 million, he reported...

  • WASHINGTON— White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday over President Donald Trump's decision to tap a camera-ready financier to lead the beleaguered White House communications team. Spicer, whose daily briefings once dominated cable television and delighted late-night comics, quit in protest over the hiring of Anthony...

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner "inadvertently omitted" more than 70 assets worth at least $10.6 million from his personal financial disclosure reports, according to revised paperwork released Friday. Among the new set of assets Kushner disclosed, which could be worth as much as $51 million, he reported...