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  • The catchall spending bill would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during President Donald Trump's short tenure in the White House. It also rejects White House budget director Mick Mulvaney's proposals to cut popular programs such as funding medical research and community development grants. Details are closely held, but Trump...

  • PARIS, April 30- French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen renewed her attack on the European Union's euro single currency on Sunday, a day after saying that ditching it might not be her top priority. The National Front candidate has a week to overturn the opinion poll lead of pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron before the run-off vote between the two on May 7.

  • CARACAS, Venezuela— Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hiked wages and handed out hundreds of free homes Sunday amid his efforts to counter a strengthening protest movement seeking his removal. It is small solace to workers who seen the buying power of their earnings eroded by a sinking currency and the world's highest inflation— forecast to accelerate to...

  • NEW YORK, April 28- Don't look for the outperformance of growth stocks to fade any time soon, as long as corporate earnings continue to improve and hopes remain for stronger economic growth. Growth stocks- whose profits are expected to grow at a faster pace than the broader market- are also outperforming their value counterparts in Asia and Europe.

  • April 30- Caterpillar Inc shares rose 8 percent over the past week on strong first quarter earnings but could rise another 20 percent over the next year, including the 3- percent dividend, Barron's wrote over the weekend. The manufacturer had made a big bet on mining, paying $8.6 billion including debt for Bucyrus International. Despite the positive results, Wall...

  • NEW YORK— Interested home buyers right now need to be prepared to act quickly. Demand among buyers but fewer properties on the market has encouraged Americans to buy existing homes at the fastest pace in over a decade. Steve Boland is a managing director of consumer lending at Bank of America who oversees the bank's mortgage lending operations and its car loans...

  • NEW YORK— A South India sensation, a Hispanic-focused comedy and the highest-grossing film ever directed by an African American made up the top three films in North America on a culturally diverse box office weekend. The Universal Pictures release also throttled past $1 billion globally, and passed its predecessor, "Furious 7," to become the highest-grossing...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Apparently not content with having the world's tallest building, an indoor ski slope and countless other baubles, Dubai now boasts one more: its own typographic font. The forward-looking Mideast business hub unveiled the new font designed with Microsoft's help on Sunday. Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al...

  • BOSTON— During Aaron Hernandez's double murder trial, the former NFL star's lawyer wanted to drive home his point that the prosecution's star witness was a "three-legged pony" whose testimony could not be believed. With Hernandez's acquittal, Baez burnished his status as one of the most recognized defense attorneys in the U.S., six years after his high-profile...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 30- It has become a familiar story-- "The Fate of the Furious" is, once again, the box office champ. Pantelion's "How to be a Latin Lover" slid into second over Tom Hanks and Emma Watson's not-so-distant future tech-thriller "The Circle. "Led by Mexican star Eugenio Derbez," Latin Lover "attracted $12 million from only 1,118 targeted locations.

  • Chuck McIlhinney, who was walking to his car when he was introduced to her as the senator whose committee oversees how alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania. The embargo is on virtually all imports from and exports to Cuba, including rum. If Pennsylvania is successful, it would be the first import of a product produced entirely by the Communist state.

  • The union is taking its grievances directly to UPS shareholders, running as an advertisement an open letter to David Abney, the companys chief executive, ahead of a Thursday shareholders meeting. The letter, which has been delivered to board members, was signed by nearly 78 percent of members of Local 2727 of the Teamsters union, asking the company to maintain air...

  • JEDDAH, April 30- Saudi Arabia wants German companies Siemens and SAP to play an important role in furthering the kingdom's "digital transformation", company officials said on Sunday during German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the country. Saudi Arabia is pushing a long-term economic transformation dubbed "Vision 2030" to reduce the country's reliance...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on President Donald Trump:. President Donald Trump approaches the week with the threat of a government shutdown still looming as he holds hope for progress on health care. The latest GOP bill would let states escape a requirement under Barack Obama's 2010 law that insurers charge healthy and seriously ill customers the same rates.

  • April 30- Eike Batista, the mining and oil magnate who was once Brazil's richest man, left prison Sunday for house arrest ahead of a trial on corruption charges. Brazilian Supreme Court justice Gilmar Mendes on Friday ordered Batista's release from jail, saying that the crimes the one-time tycoon faces did not involve violence or threats to others.

  • BERLIN— Germany's Welt newspaper reports that a Swiss man arrested for espionage Friday in Frankfurt may have been spying on German tax officials. The Welt newspaper reported Sunday that man had been sent to Germany by Switzerland's NDB intelligence agency to identify German tax investigators involved in the purchase of confidential Swiss bank client...

  • POITIERS, France— Whether or not Emmanuel Macron wins the French presidency in next Sunday's runoff, he has already accomplished the unthinkable. An inside look by The Associated Press at Macron's campaign found a mix of high-tech savvy, political naivete and a jarring disconnect between his multilingual, well-traveled campaign team and a mass of ordinary...

  • DUBAI, April 30- Higher petrochemical share prices helped lift the Saudi Arabian bourse index on Sunday after strong first-quarter earnings in the sector, but other regional market indexes sagged in thin trade. Analysts at NCB Capital had forecast a profit of 121 million riyals, while Aljazira Capital had expected 69.5 million riyals. We believe the variance...

  • NEW YORK, April 30- https://www.wsj.com/articles/target-comes-to-the-lower-east-side-1493551319.

  • LONDON— Britain's prime minister has brushed off calls for her country to settle its "divorce bill" from the European Union before beginning trade talks, saying she was confident she could secure a good Brexit deal. They agreed that key issues including a disputed divorce settlement must be dealt with before the parties can proceed to discussions about...