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With 401(k) accounts booming, what should investors do?

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are at records, and markets are unbelievably calm. That makes it easy to feel comfortable leaving your 401(k) accounts on autopilot. But now is a good time to make sure that stocks have not become an overly large portion of your portfolio. And don’t let the quiet times fool you. Wild swings are part of the market too.


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How realistic are plans to ban new gas and diesel cars?

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Phase out all gas and diesel powered cars. It’s a call that is being heard more and more, and not just from environmentalists but from elected officials in major economies. Scandals and crises have propelled desires to phase out polluting traditional engines. But the political ambition to get rid of these engines runs into hurdles in the real world.


FedEx, in online pivot, backs away from holiday surcharges

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — FedEx will forego special charges for most packages shipped during the chaotic holiday season this year as it squares off against rival UPS in a fight for a larger share of the millions of items now bought online. The announcement Thursday comes two months after UPS announced new surcharges that will affect shipments near Black Friday and the holidays.


Union, feds at odds on countering surge in coal mine deaths

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Deaths in U.S. coal mines this year have surged ahead of last year’s, and federal safety officials say workers who are new to a mine have been especially vulnerable to fatal accidents. But the nation’s coal miner’s union says the mine safety agency isn’t taking the right approach to fixing the problem.


Nissan workers in Mississippi vote on whether to unionize

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Voting has started in Mississippi among 3,700 Nissan Motor Co. workers to decide whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. The ballots are being cast after intense lobbying by supporters and opponents that took on the trappings of a broader electoral campaign. The union has never been able to fully organize a foreign-owned carmaker in the southern United States, but the Japanese carmaker works with unionized employees around the world.


Hacker who helped stop global cyberattack arrested in US

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marcus Hutchins, a young British researcher…

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