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China reports economic growth accelerated to 6.9 percent in 2017
HONG KONG (AP) — China reports economic growth accelerated to 6.9 percent in 2017.
China criticizes US moves on intellectual property, telecoms
BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized recent moves by the U.S. targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment, saying Washington lacked "objectivity" in its approach to Chinese businesses. Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng told reporters the U.S. Trade Representative lacked direct conclusive evidence and supporting data in listing three Chinese online commerce platforms and six physical bazaars within China as "notorious markets" engaging in commercial-scale copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. "We have to question the objectivity and credibility of the relevant U.S. department in issuing its report," Gao told reporters at a news conference.
Lawmakers ask if states or feds should alert about missiles
HONOLULU (AP) — Nearly 40 terrifying minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off a bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was canceled. The state was slow to contain the situation, waiting 23 minutes to call officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get unnecessary approval to send a retraction. That call lasted for about one minute, a state emergency official said Wednesday, but residents and visitors still didn't receive the corrected alert until about 14 minutes later.
China says cross-border cash flows hit turning point in '17
HONG KONG (AP) — China's cross-border capital flows hit a turning point in 2017 as foreign currency reserve levels stabilized after two years of declines, the country's foreign exchange regulator said Thursday. The supply and demand of foreign exchange "have shifted to a basic equilibrium" thanks to calmer domestic and global market conditions, Wang Chungying, a spokeswoman for China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange, told reporters in Beijing. China's foreign exchange reserves rose for 11 straight months from January-December, expanding by a total of $129.4 billion last year to $3.1 trillion dollars, Wang said at an annual briefing.
Cool geodesic dome house asks $525K in Friday Harbor

Homes come in all shapes and sizes, but they don't usually come with this many angles.

How major US stock indexes fared on Wednesday
Stocks closed broadly higher Wednesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to its first close above 26,000 points. The rally also delivered record highs for the Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Nasdaq composite, wiping out the market's modest losses from a day earlier. Technology and health care companies accounted for much of the gains. On Wednesday: The S&P 500 index rose 26.14 points, or 0.9 percent, to 2,802.56. The Dow gained 322.79 points, or 1.3 percent, to 26,115.65. The Nasdaq added 74.59 points, or 1 percent, to 7,298.28. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 13.69 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,586.66. For the week: The S&P 500 is up 16.32 points, or 0.6 percent. The Dow is up 312.
Business Highlights
___ Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall from the country's new tax law. The pledge announced Wednesday comes less than a month after Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code championed by President Donald Trump that will increase corporate profits. ___ Trump claims credit for what is still mostly Obama's economy WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump relentlessly congratulates himself for the healthy state of the U.S.
Rupert Murdoch suffered back injury during sailing accident
NEW YORK (AP) — Media mogul Rupert Murdoch hurt his back in a recent sailing accident, according to a note provided to The Associated Press. The 86-year-old sent a note last week to senior colleagues at his companies, 21st Century Fox and News Corp., saying he will be working from home for weeks because of the injury, according to a person with knowledge of the email who was not authorized to share it. Vanity Fair reported Murdoch had been hospitalized in Los Angeles after the accident, citing unidentified people. The Murdoch family owns Fox, which is home to Fox News, the Fox broadcast network and a major movie studio, among other assets.
Recently discovered Colonial-era pottery on display in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Recently unearthed examples of Colonial American pottery will be unveiled to the public at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair this week. The 18th century pottery was found buried in a shaft in Philadelphia’s Old City — discovered during excavation on the grounds of the city’s new Museum of the […]
52 people die in bus fire in Kazakhstan

MOSCOW (AP) — Emergency officials in Kazakhstan say 52 people have died when a bus carrying them caught fire. The Emergencies Ministry of the former Soviet nation in Central Asia said Thursday’s tragedy happened in the northern Aktobe region. The ministry said that only five of 57 people in the bus have managed to get […]
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