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Walmart joins forces with Google on voice-activated shopping
NEW YORK (AP) -- Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it's not doing it alone....

Trump bashes NAFTA in midst of talks to revamp trade deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just a week into talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump is already threatening to abandon the 23-year-old pact with Canada and Mexico....

US new-home sales fell in July, yet still ahead of last year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 9.4 percent in July, the sharpest one-month drop in nearly a year. But the decline followed strong sales in previous months, and sales so far this year are outpacing last year's....

Court upholds insider trading conviction of money manager
NEW YORK (AP) -- The conviction of an Ivy League-educated ex-portfolio manager accused of engineering the most lucrative insider trading scheme of all time while working for billionaire Steven A. Cohen was upheld Wednesday by a divided federal appeals court....

How to tell if the price is right on your next prescription
Filling a prescription is no longer the simple errand you run after a doctor visit....

Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches, shipping routes
LANCASTER SOUND, Nunavut (AP) -- From a distance, the northern shores of Baffin Island in the Arctic appear barren - a craggy world of snow-capped peaks and glaciers surrounded by a sea of floating ice even in the midst of summer....

Whole Foods shareholders say yes to Amazon deal
NEW YORK (AP) -- Whole Foods shareholders voted Wednesday to bless a $13.7 billion union with Amazon that the organic grocery chain's CEO had called "love at first sight."...

Up from the ashes: Samsung unveils successor to Note 7 phone
NEW YORK (AP) -- Samsung is trying to move past last year's disastrous Galaxy Note 7 launch with a successor sporting a dual-lens camera, animated messages, expanded note-taking - and lower battery capacity....

Studies: Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to reduce crashes significantly, according to two studies released Wednesday....

Edmunds: Good deals for car shoppers on Labor Day weekend
Labor Day is the last three-day weekend of summer, so as we go into the end of August and early September, you can expect to see some fairly aggressive deals from car dealerships as they try to wrap up the summer selling season....

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Trump bashes NAFTA in midst of talks to revamp trade deal

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A brief explainer on NAFTA after latest Trump bashing

US new-home sales fell in July, yet still ahead of last year

US new-home sales fell in July yet remained well ahead of last year's pace

Markets Right Now: Stocks fall in early trading

Lowe's not catching the same tail wind Home Depot is riding

How major US stock market indexes fared Tuesday

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