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Since the Federal Reserve upped its benchmark interest rates by a notch in mid-March, the skies have grown a shade darker for the world's largest economy.
 
Giving workers a raise, investing in new machinery. Small business owners have long wish lists to choose from if the Trump administration's plan to lower tax rates becomes law -- but most don't expect to go on a hiring binge.
 
United moves to ease criticism with settlement, new policies
United Airlines moved to staunch criticism -- and any customer defections -- by reaching a settlement Thursday with a passenger dragged off one of its planes two weeks ago and issuing new policies designed to prevent similar customer-service failures.
 
U.S. President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.
 
Slash corporate taxes and hope the resulting bounce in economic growth brings in enough government revenue to stop the budget deficit from ballooning.
 
U.S. President Donald Trump has long railed about unfair trade practices of China and Mexico. Now he's drawn a new target -- Canada.
 
The U.S. government doesn't have a clear idea of what NAFTA covers, a business body representing several big North American multinationals said Tuesday after Washington picked a trade fight with Canada.
 
Coca-Cola to cut 1200 jobs
Coca-Cola's sales declined in the first quarter as it restructured its business, and the world's biggest beverage maker said it will cut 1,200 jobs starting later this year as it deepens its cost-cutting.
 
Dozens of major U.S. companies are facing shareholder votes this spring that seek to require more disclosure about political lobbying, as activists demand greater corporate transparency.
 
The U.S. economy has continued to expand with only modest price increases, but companies are increasingly complaining of trouble finding workers, including for low-skill jobs, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.
 
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