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End of the euro? French candidate plots return of the franc
PARIS (AP) -- If Marine Le Pen has her way, the French will soon pay for their baguettes with francs, not euros....

Wal-Mart keeps working to make inroads against Amazon
NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation's largest retailer keeps working to make headway against the largest online seller....

Swiss firm says South Korean exec made off with millions
GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss engineering company ABB says that an executive at its South Korean unit is suspected of leading a "sophisticated criminal scheme" to steal millions of dollars from the company. The scandal could cost it as much as $100 million....

New Apple headquarters to have theater named for Steve Jobs
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- Apple has announced that its new headquarters will open for employees in the spring and will include a theater named for its late co-founder, Steve Jobs....

German optimism up in positive sign for Europe's economy
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German business optimism rose unexpectedly in February as executives appeared to shrug off initial worries about U.S. President Donald Trump's policies, providing another sign that Europe's economy is gaining pace....

Study: Technology trouble dents car and truck reliability
DETROIT (AP) -- Technology glitches including Bluetooth phone pairing and misunderstood voice commands put a dent in car and truck reliability scores in a major survey of automobile owners....

China's thriving SUV-only automaker looks to global growth
BAODING, China (AP) -- Wei Jianjun is the chief matchmaker in China's love affair with the SUV....

Global markets cautious as investors await Fed minutes
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Global stocks were mostly higher in subdued trading Wednesday as investors awaited the publication of minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting, hoping for clues to how quickly it might raise interest rates....

Deal to streamline world trade takes effect
GENEVA (AP) -- The first multilateral trade agreement reached under the World Trade Organization since it was created over a generation ago has taken force, aiming to streamline cross-border trade to the benefit of the developing world in particular....

Yahoo salvages Verizon deal with $350 million discount
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts....

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