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Fed keeps key rate unchanged and provides no timing hints
The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged against the backdrop of a global economic slump and providing no hint of when its next rate hike may occur.
 
Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in March, but a key category that tracks business investment plans was weak for a second month.
 
Newspaper publisher Gannett said Monday that it wants to buy rival Tribune Publishing for more than US$388 million, in a deal that would give the owner of USA Today control of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers.
 
Alaska aquarium replaces fossil fuel with seawater energy extraction system
Thousands of people visit the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward for a look at Steller sea lions or harlequin ducks. What's in the basement is almost as interesting.
 
Volkswagen owners will get a choice: a buyback or repairs
SAN FRANCISCO -- The owners of nearly half a million polluting Volkswagens in the U.S. will have the option of selling them back to the company or getting them repaired at VW's expense, under a deal announced Thursday by a federal judge.
 
The one-time slave turned abolitionist Harriet Tubman was named Wednesday as the new face of the US$20 banknote, the first time an African American has featured on U.S. currency.
 
Earnings from large U.S. banks in the first quarter revealed more oil-bust pain, with banks raising reserves for additional bad energy loans and for defaults from related industries, like shipping.
 
Argentina made its return to international financial markets Monday, receiving offers from investors for its sovereign bonds ahead of its first debt sale in 15 years, a government source said.
 
Things in Venezuela keep finding ways to get worse. Because of acute shortages, people can't find basics like toilet paper. Now, it will be harder to make overseas calls or watch pay TV.
 
Tourists spending more in Las Vegas: report
Tourists are spending more money on their trips to Sin City, according to a new report by the Las Vegas tourism board.
 
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