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Now Roquefort: US eyes tariffs on $2.4B in French imports

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is proposing tariffs on up to $2.4 billion worth of French imports — including Roquefort cheese, handbags, lipstick and sparkling wine — in retaliation for France’s tax on American tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The Office of the ...

Head start on holiday deals tempers Black Friday frenzy

NEW YORK — Black Friday enthusiasts woke up before dawn and traveled cross-state to their favorite malls in search of hot deals, kicking off a shortened shopping season that intensified the scramble between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But the ever-growing popularity of online shopping and ...

Ad business a boon for Amazon but a turn-off for shoppers

NEW YORK — Mike Maddaloni went to Amazon.com knowing exactly what he wanted to buy. But instead of showing him the Synology router he was searching for at the top of his results, Amazon bombarded him with ads for hard drives and routers that he didn’t want. Maddaloni, a web strategist ...

Jerome meets Jasmine: Fed chief observes economic struggles

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell normally spends his days in the marble halls of Washington, meeting with senators and Fed economists. On Monday, he learned about the job market from an 18-year-old named Jasmine. A recent high school graduate, Jasmine ...

An emerging priority for Powell Fed: The plight of the poor

WASHINGTON — Testifying to Congress this month, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell sent a message seldom heard from his predecessors: That the Fed should consider the struggles of the lowest-income Americans in setting its interest-rate policies. “We want to remind ourselves,” Powell ...

Trump hears opposing viewpoints in debate over youth vaping

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday heard opposing viewpoints in the debate over youth vaping but offered no insight into where he would ultimately come down on the issue after promising two months ago that he would ban most flavored e-cigarettes but later backtracking. He said ...