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A sign stands at the construction site for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new headquarters in Washington. The nation’s financial watchdog has opened a formal investigation into writings and comments by Eric Blankenstein, a Republican appointee overseeing the agency’s anti-discrimination efforts, which he alleged that most hate crimes were fake and argued that using racial epithets did not mean a person was racist.
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A Turkish forensic officer arrives at the Saudi consulate to conduct a new search over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, in Istanbul, early Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak on Wednesday said it had obtained audio recordings of the alleged killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. EU leaders meet for a second day on Thursday to discuss migration, cybersecurity and to try and move ahead on stalled Brexit talks.
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Pencils are at the ready on a teachers desk at Bruns Academy in Charlotte, N.C. The Educator Expense Deduction is a $250 tax deduction to help recoup out-of-pocket costs for outfitting a classroom, getting training or buying teaching materials. (Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP, File)
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People stand in front of an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Shares fell Thursday in Asia after a retreat on Wall Street driven by a sell-off of technology shares, homebuilders and retailers. A report of weaker Japanese exports in September underscored uncertainties over the outlook for trade.
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Port workers chat each other next to a pile of cargo at a container terminal in Tokyo. Japan has recorded a trade surplus for September of 139.6 billion yen ($1.2 billion), but exports fell 1.2 percent from the previous year, marking the first decline since 2016, after several natural disasters. September imports rose 7 percent, according to data released Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, by the Ministry of Finance.
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A few people walk through main plaza entryway to the closed Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco. The general contractor that managed San Francisco's troubled $2.2 billion transit terminal is suing the agency in charge of the project, alleging faulty design and and mismanagement led to construction delays and costs overruns that cost the company $150 million. AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
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President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Honor to U.S. Marine Corps retired Sgt. Maj. John Canley, during an East Room ceremony at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Canley is the 300th Marine to receive the nation's highest military medal.
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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announces a ban on mining claims north of Yellowstone National Park as K.C. Walsh, left, president of Simms Fishing Products, listens near Emigrant, Mont. The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of U.S. coal and natural gas to Asia as officials seek to bolster the domestic energy industry and circumvent environmental opposition to fossil fuel exports, according to Zinke and two Republican lawmakers.
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President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Washington.
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A workers toil on a new home under construction in Denver. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in September.
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The Netflix app on an iPad in Baltimore. Netflix, Inc. reports earnings Tuesday, Oct. 16.
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Betty L. Petty of Sunflower County Parents and Students United, addresses a meeting of the Black Voters Matter Fund and several Mississippi grassroots organizations at MACE, Mississippi Action for Community Education, headquarters in Greenville, Miss. Democrats and Democratic-affiliated groups are making strategic shifts to ensure that in November the party avoids a problem that has bedeviled it in years past: low turnout in off-year elections.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, greets Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, during their meeting on embankment of the Olympic Park in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Egypt's president urged Russia on Tuesday to resume direct flights to Egyptian resorts as he discussed ways to bolster ties with Russian officials and lawmakers. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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A small weed grows in the parking lot outside a Sears retail store in north Dallas. Sears’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, will have rippling effects on everything from its workers to suppliers. The restructuring plan, which calls for another 142 store closures by year-end, will reduce the company to a little over 500 stores, a dramatic drop from its peak of 4,000 stores in 2012.
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People gather after train derailed Tuesday Oct.16, 2018 near Sidi Bouknadel, Morocco. A shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital Rabat to a town further north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, killing several people and injuring dozens, Moroccan authorities and the state news agency said.
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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, right, speaks with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, at the start of a meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at the Treasury Department in Washington.
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A shopper loads her car after shopping at a Walmart in Pittsburgh. Walmart trimmed its annual profit outlook citing the $16 billion acquisition of the Indian online retailer Flipkart, its biggest deal ever. The company said on Tuesday, Oct. 16, however, that online sales growth would slow to 35 percent, from last quarter’s 40 percent growth.
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The Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York. Morgan Stanley reports earnings Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.
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A sign outside a business in Salem, N.H. says "Now Hiring." On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover for August.
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Trader Thomas Ferrigno works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
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A selection of Johnson & Johnson brand first aid products arranged for a photo in Surfside, Fla. Johnson & Johnson reports earnings Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.
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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, right, and Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng attend a meeting of China and 16 countries of central and eastern Europe in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. The gathering focusing on transport is part of China's "New Silk Road" initiative to increase global influence through economic links and investment.
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Robots weld the bed of a 2018 Ford F-150 truck on the assembly line at the Ford Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Federal Reserve reports on U.S. industrial production for September.
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Italy's Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini, right, and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte attend a press conference on Italy's budget law, at Chigi Palace Premier office, in Rome, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)