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Cattle occupy a feedlot in Columbus, Neb. Frustrated with persistently low prices, ranchers and others in the beef industry are moving to reverse decades of consolidation and planning to open new slaughterhouses. The plants will be smaller than those owned by the four beef company giants that now slaughter over 80% of the nation's cattle. That has led to some skepticism about whether the new plants will succeed.
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Demonstrators take part in a march organized by Italy's main labor unions, in Rome's St. John Lateran square, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. The march was called a week after protesters, armed with sticks and metal bars, smashed their way into the headquarters of CGIL, a left-leaning union, and trashed its office, during a demonstration to protest a government rule requiring COVID-19 vaccines or negative tests for workers to enter their offices.
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People walk by a map showing Evergrande development projects in China at an Evergrande new housing development in Beijing on Sept. 22, 2021. China's central bank said Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 that financial risks from China Evergrande Group's debt problems are "controllable" and unlikely to spill over, amid growing investor concerns that the crisis could ripple through other developers.
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The New York Stock Exchange operates during normal business hours in the Financial District, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in the Manhattan borough of New York. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street Friday, Oct. 15, setting the market up to end the week on a strong note after a sluggish start.
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UN claims millions more people are hungry
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Fabio Lazzerini, left, CEO of new national carrier ITA, poses with President Alfredo Altavilla during the presentation in Rome, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Italy’s new national carrier ITA made its inaugural flight Friday and unveiled its new name and logo, recycling the red-white-and-green brand of its Alitalia origins but trying to chart a new future. ITA, or Italy Air Transport, officially launched Friday after the bankrupt Alitalia made its last flights Thursday night, ending a 74-year business history. (Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)
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The logo for Goldman Sachs appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Goldman Sachs' profits jumped 60% in the third quarter, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, as the deal-making bonanza that dominated financial markets this summer brought in hundreds of millions of dollars in fee revenue for the investment bank.
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Afghan village faces bleak future after war
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Social Democratic Party, SPD, chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz, center, the Green party leader Annalena Baerbock, left, and the Free Democratic Party, FDP, chairman Christian Lindner, right, attend a joint news conference in Berlin, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. After the parliamentary elections on September 26, the leaders of the three parties announced that they would recommend coalition talks for a new German government. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
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Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Asian shares were higher Friday after technology companies powered the biggest gain on Wall Street since March.
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Former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCabe, who was fired by President Donald Trump after allegations that he misled the Justice Department's inspector general, has won his pension back under a settlement with the federal government.
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John Deere workers begin strike
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The Federal Trade Commission building in Washington. Federal regulators say they are cracking down on “an explosion” of businesses' use of fake reviews and other misleading messages to promote their products and services on social media. The Federal Trade Commission said, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, it has warned hundreds of major corporations and smaller businesses that they could face fines if they use bogus endorsements to deceive consumers.
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A Bank of America ATM is seen, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, in Winchester, Mass. Bank of America topped Wall Street expectations for the third quarter Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Bank of America said net income rose 58% to $7.26 billion, or 85 cents a share. That topped the estimates of Wall Street analysts who were looking for earning per share of 70 cents, according to FactSet.
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Armed clash in Beirut in protest over blast probe
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Forest burns in the mountains after shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict outside Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia accused neighboring Azerbaijan of systematically promoting ethnic hatred against Armenia citizens, as the two nations that fought a six-week war last year faced off at a United Nations court on Thursday Oct. 14, 2021.
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Shown are pork products at a grocery store in Roslyn, Pa., Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The Labor Department reported Thursday Oct. 14, that the monthly increase in its producer price index, which measures inflationary pressures before they reach consumers, was 0.5% for September compared to a 0.7% gain in August.
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The European Central Bank, right, is seen as clouds drift over Frankfurt, Germany. Germany’s leading economic institutes has downgraded their forecast for Europe’s biggest economy saying it is still shaped by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and that global supply bottlenecks also hamper the country’s recovery.
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Amber Cox shovels snow from the porch roof at her home in Auburn, Maine, on March 8, 2018. With prices surging worldwide for heating oil, natural gas and other fuels, the U.S. government said Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 it expects households to see jumps of up to 54% for their heating bills compared to last winter. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal via AP)
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Biden announces plan to ease supply chain jams
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Activists holding a cardboard cutouts of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison protest outside of the International Monetary Fund headquarters during the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.
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A Social Security card in Tigard, Ore. Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022. The biggest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years follows a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the CARES Act on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Washington. Powell is defending the ultra-low interest rate policies he has pursued since the pandemic decimated the economy more than 18 months ago. He acknowledges, however, that inflation has stayed higher for longer than he expected. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)