US economic growth in Q1 upgraded to 1.4 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy got off to a lackluster start during the first three months of 2017, though it enjoyed more momentum than earlier estimates indicated.

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Online hate speech may soon incur a hefty bill in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers are poised to pass a bill designed to enforce the country's existing limits on free speech — including the long-standing ban on Holocaust denial — in social networks. Critics including tech giants and human rights campaigners say the legislation could have drastic consequences for free speech online.

  • Written by By FRANK JORDANS , Associated Press

In Mosul, Iraqi forces take landmark mosque blown up by IS

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces on Thursday captured the compound of a landmark mosque in Mosul that was blown up last week by the Islamic State group — a hugely symbolic site from where the top IS leader declared an Islamic "caliphate" nearly three years ago.

  • Written by By SUSANNAH GEORGE , Associated Press

Walgreens ends its attempt to buy Rite Aid

NEW YORK (AP) — Walgreens has ended its takeover pursuit of rival Rite Aid following resistance from U.S. regulators and will instead now buy stores, distribution centers and inventory in a new deal.

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