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Afterpay: buy-now pay-later scheme soars in popularity but experts sound warning

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Consumer advocates have sounded a warning over the growth of the buy-now pay-later scheme Afterpay, saying people are being allowed to overcommit because company is not obliged to check whether users can actually afford to make repayments. Low-cost carrier


Fed announces a start to modestly reducing its bond holdings

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve will begin shrinking the enormous portfolio of bonds it amassed after the 2008 financial crisis to try to sustain a frail economy. The move reflects a strengthened economy and could mean higher rates on mortgages and o


Strip club wants spot in old Trump casino when it reopens

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Trump Taj Mahal casino has been shuttered for a year, but a strip club that used to be inside says it has the right to return when the property reopens next year. In a lawsuit filed Monday, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlant


The Latest: Defense says Menendez took trips at own expense

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy donor (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Sen. Bob Menendez's defense team contends the New Jersey Democrat took numerous trips at his own expense to visit a wealthy


Report: Graham-Cassidy health bill would cut state funding by $215B

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New Republican legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act would cut funding to states by $215 billion over six years, a new analysis projected Wednesday. Washington-based Avalere Health, a health policy consulting firm, determined that legislation spons


Success rates for people quitting smoking hit record high

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Success rates for smokers trying to give up have hit a record high in part thanks to the increasing use of e-cigarettes, figures reveal. Nearly 20% of those who attempted to quit in the first half of 2017 managed to kick the habit, a University College Lon


Power is back on in Florida, but utilities still under fire

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After a massive restoration effort, most of Florida has power 10 days after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly two-thirds of the state. Experts say improvements made to the power grid since Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago have meant less time fo


Nest Labs adds doorbell that can recognize familiar faces

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Home device maker Nest Labs is adding Google's facial recognition technology to a camera-equipped doorbell and rolling out a security system in an attempt to end its history of losses. The products announced Wednesday expand upon the i


North Dakota settles with Dakota Access pipeline builder

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have approved an agreement settling allegations that the Texas-based builder of the Dakota Access pipeline violated state rules during construction. North Dakota's Public Service Commission last year accused En


Groups demand Duke Energy show coal ash disaster maps

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country's largest electric company is refusing online access to federally mandated maps showing the scope of disaster resulting if a coal-ash pit burst and spilled its toxic muck onto neighboring properties. Advocacy groups Souther


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