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A man shops at a supermarket in Tokyo. Japan's inflation rate and household spending slowed in July, according to data released Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 that will likely raise pressure on the central bank to up its barrage of monetary stimulus.
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A colombians woman shouts in front of the Venezuelan consulate to protest Venezuela's border crackdown, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The two nations' foreign ministers met in Colombia Wednesday, to try to cool tensions roused when Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro closed a major border crossing, declared a state of emergency in six western cities and deported more than 1,000 Colombian migrants.
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A contact lens is displayed in front of a 1-800-Contacts shipping box in Salt Lake City. A legal battle over a hotly contested Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses is set to come before a federal appeals court on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.
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Workers harvest early apples at Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, N.Y. The Commerce Department releases second-quarter gross domestic product on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.
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British author EL James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" and its two companion novels on a book shelf in Chicago. A Texas judge on Wednesday told lawyers for an Australian woman and her publishing company to set aside $10 million for a former business partner who says she was defrauded out of her rightful share from the sale of the best-selling trilogy.
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A Sprint logo is displayed on a smart phone in Montpelier, Vt. Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphone service in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company’s new owner, AT&T. AT&T, which bought DirecTV for $48.5 billion in July, 2015, has been promoting a bundle that knocks $10 a month off a combined bill for video and wireless phone service.
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Texas A.G. Pleads Not Guilty to Securities Fraud
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Firemen and utility workers respond to a gas explosion and massive fire in the Plaza shopping district in Kansas City, Mo. Jurors ruled Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, that Time Warner Cable must pay nearly $6 million as part of a lawsuit alleging it was largely responsible for a fatal natural gas explosion that leveled the upscale Kansas City restaurant, JJ's. Brothers David and Jimmy Frantze's lawsuit was among several that were filed following the February 2013 explosion, which killed restaurant worker Megan Cramer and injured more than a dozen other people.
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NASA: Sea Level Rise Accelerating
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A sold sign is displayed outside a new home under construction in Mechanicsville, Va. Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week of Aug. 24, 2015, to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China.
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A "sale pending" sits atop a realty sign outside a home for sale in Surfside, Fla. The National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for July on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.
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A job seeker fills out an employment application during a job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie, N.Y. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.
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A sign outside a Wal-mart store in Duarte, Calif. Wal-Mart will stop selling the AR-15 rifle and other semi-automatic weapons at its stores because fewer people are buying them, a spokesman said Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.
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A currency trader stretches while working at the foreign exchange dealing room of the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Asian stocks rose Thursday after Wall Street soared overnight, breaking a six-day string of losses.
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One World Trade Center, center right, stands near 200 Liberty St., center left, in New York on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The Associated Press plans to move its global headquarters from Manhattan's far west side to 200 Liberty St. in 2017, the news cooperative's President Gary Pruitt announced Wednesday.
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The solar company Solyndra is seen in Fremont, Calif. Federal investigators say in a new report that officials with Solyndra misrepresented facts and omitted key information in its effort to get a $535 million loan guarantee before filing for bankruptcy protection nearly four years ago.
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A Schlumberger logo on a tower at the entrance to Schlumberger's Sugar Land, Texas campus. Schlumberger is buying Cameron in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $12.71 billion that would create an oilfield equipment and service powerhouse. Cameron International Corp. shareholders will receive 0.716 shares of Schlumberger common stock and a cash payment of $14.44 for each of their shares. That equates to a value of $66.36 per Cameron share. That's a 56 percent premium to the Houston company's Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 closing price of $42.47.
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A Ford Motor Co. employee works on the instrument panel of a 2016 Ford Explorer at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago. The Commerce Department releases durable goods orders for July on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.
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Low clouds move through a valley following a storm near a farmstead in Dubuque, Iowa. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 that it will be a less profitable year for farmers as low grain, milk and hog prices cut farm income. Net farm income is expected to decline 36 percent to $58.3 billion, down from last year’s $91.1 billion _ the lowest net farm income in nine years. (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
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