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Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement
CHICAGO (AP) -- As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions....

Warren Buffett sticks to business, avoids politics in letter
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett reiterated his rosy long-term outlook for the U.S. economy and his distaste for high Wall Street fees in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders that always draws a big audience....

Appealing to millennials, Las Vegas gets e-sports arena
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast platform for commentators. But what distinguishes this new Las Vegas arena is its dozens of video game consoles....

Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market, which is expected to explode after voters legalized the recreational use of weed....

Buffett's firm says 4Q profit up 15 percent on investments
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Warren Buffett's company says fourth-quarter profit improved 15 percent, but most of the gains came from the paper value of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s investments and derivatives contracts....

Final cleanup begins at Dakota Access pipeline protest camp
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has moved into the evacuated Dakota Access pipeline protest camp to finish the cleanup started weeks ago by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe....

Italy vows to be ready in time to host G-7 in Sicilian town
TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) -- Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave miles of road, but a top government official promised Friday that everything will be ready for the May 26-27 G-7 summit being held in a stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea....

Doubts grow over stock market's Trump-inspired surge
NEW YORK (AP) -- How much more can the "Trump Bump" lift the stock market?...

Gorsuch sympathizes with workers, often sides with bosses
The case tugs at the heartstrings: A popular Kansas State University professor battles breast cancer, then leukemia. The school won't extend her six-month sick leave, she loses her job and she cannot get rehired. She sues for discrimination based on disability....

Notable workers' rights cases heard by Neil Gorsuch
President Donald Trump's pick to fill a Supreme Court vacancy has heard dozens of workers' rights cases on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Many conservatives hail Neil Gorsuch for sticking to the letter of the law and not letting personal views influence his rulings. Detractors note that he has, more often than not, sided with employers....

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