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Amid US woes, Chinese telecom giant turns to Europe, Asia

Huawei, the No. 3 smartphone brand, has repeatedly been stymied trying to enter the American market. The US has cited national security concerns. 

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The tax that binds? For many, Tax Day symbolizes civic duty.

Plenty of Americans have concerns about taxes, but overall, most view their returns through a lens of communal responsibility. It's a view that underpins democracy, some experts say.

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US versus China: How a tussle for advantage fuels risk of a trade war

China's tactics include using industrial policies and state support in a bid for rapid modernization. The Trump administration wants to use American market power to get better deals from trading partners. At risk in the shuffle is a hard-won system of global trade rules.

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Zuckerberg testimony: a tipping point for new privacy regs?

Even Facebook's founder says regulation of social media platforms is 'inevitable.' A new EU privacy law may also push corporations to adopt similar practices universally. 

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What's behind the plunge in bitcoin?

Cryptocurrency – that hip computer-software money that was supposed to sweep cash into the dustbin of history – is having its comeuppance in 2018. Its price is plunging, and governments are beginning to rein it in.

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In US-China trade spat, soybeans symbolize two economies intertwined

A trade dispute escalated this week, as China pledged to respond in kind to proposed US tariffs. One target, soybeans, would hit US farmers particularly hard. But it also hurts Chinese consumers. Both sides have incentives to cut a deal.

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Hawaii's low unemployment presents unique challenges

In a state famous for its bustling tourism industry, many hospitality companies are struggling to fill open positions. Hawaii has the lowest unemployment rate in the US and is now strategizing how to attract a young labor force and foster a higher demand for jobs.

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Trump’s challenge to fuel-efficient car standards: an uphill battle

Carmakers haven't issued a unified call to roll back regulation to improve fuel economy, yet the EPA appears headed in that direction. With high stakes surrounding climate change, the courts could have the final say.

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Facebook under fire, but it’s just part of ‘surveillance economy’

Google, Amazon, and social media platforms track and analyze people's personal data so they can predict what they'll buy and even how they'll vote. Privacy advocates want Congress to set limits on the practice. 

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In good times, safety net for the jobless frays

Since the Great Recession, nine states have cut unemployment benefits below the longtime norm of 26 weeks. Some say it's a way to rebuild reserves ahead of the next recession. But it carries risk for both the unemployed and the overall economy.

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Yes, a trade war could hurt everyone. But we're not there yet.

President Trump announced sizable trade sanctions against China Thursday, and retaliatory moves by Beijing are expected. But it may lead toward negotiation and some resetting of rules, not a full-blown trade war that imposes severe hardship on the world economy. 

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Facebook uproar: Should personal data drive political ads?

Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data on 50 million Americans for the Trump campaign. The revelation offers a glimpse into how 'big data' is eroding privacy and reshaping politics.

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Congress moves to ease bank rules: a needed update or a slippery slope?

Lighter regulation could make loans more accessible and help level the playing field for small banks against big ones. But critics warn of risks in legislation rolling back Dodd-Frank protections against a financial crisis.

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Toys R Us to liquidate all of its US stores

After struggling with debt and online shopping trends that undermined its sales, the former toy store giant is planning to either shut down or sell all of its US operations over the next few months. 

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In blue states, 'tax the rich' isn't so simple anymore

President Trump's tax reform has put high-tax Democratic states in a quandary: Should they tax more as Uncle Sam taxes less? Or will that push the rich to leave?

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Global regulators crack down on digital currency sales

Around the world, regulators are setting rules for the cryptocurrency market, as concerns about virtual currency sales' transparency and the potential for scams grows. One crypto-investment expert calls virtual currency 'a volatile transformation of the world.'

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Tipped workers push states for higher minimum wage to fight harassment

Workers in the service industry are tapping into the #MeToo movement to raise chronic low wages and end having to tolerate abusive behavior from customers in order to earn tips.

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A return to the 1990s? Why outlook brightens for lower-wage workers.

Historically one of the best opportunities for low-wage workers to get pay raises is when the job market tightens. Often that 'late-in-the-cycle' phenomenon doesn't last long. This could be an exception.

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Changes in sick-leave laws allow workers to care for 'chosen family'

The terminology has quietly been gaining political recognition over the past two years as a number of US states and cities have passed laws allowing workers to use sick days to care for anyone who's like family to them.

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Why Trump takes a hard line on steel and aluminum

A global glut of steel and aluminum puts pressure on a domestic industry that the president says is vital for national security. He says tariffs will push back against unfair trade practices, but critics worry about 'trade war' risk.

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