Asia Markets: Asian shares rise, but report of U.S. probe into Huawei mutes gains

Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday after strong earnings reports lifted indexes on Wall Street. But a report that the U.S. was investigating China’s Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from American companies limited gains.

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Key Words: Giuliani doesn’t deny Trump campaign may have colluded with Russia

Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, said he doesn’t deny that the Trump campaign may have colluded with Russians in the 2016 election — only that Donald Trump himself did not..

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The Wall Street Journal: Shutdown could delay trade talks with EU, Japan, Grassley warns

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said Wednesday that the Trump administration’s trade negotiations may be delayed as a result of the partial government shutdown, which is now on day 26.

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Microsoft pledges $500 million toward affordable housing in Seattle area

For years, tech companies have been under fire for causing soaring housing prices in certain areas. Now, Microsoft Corp. is doing something about it.

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Capitol Report: Congressional Democrats roll out $15 minimum wage legislation

Congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

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The Wall Street Journal: U.S. sanctions against Russia’s Rusal set to be lifted after Senate rejects bid to block

A Democratic-led effort to block the Trump administration from easing Russian sanctions failed in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, clearing the way for the Trump administration to lift restrictions on companies controlled by an oligarch close to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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Betting odds on Brexit strongly indicate that it will be delayed (or even never happen)

Bookies in the U.K. predict second Brexit shock

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Who donates more time and money to charity — men or women? Here’s your answer

There’s a significant gender gap in philanthropy.

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The Tell: Goldman’s $467 million tax refund powers fourth-quarter outperformance, analysts says

Without the refund, profits would have been 20% lower.

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John Bogle, Vanguard founder and low-cost investing pioneer, dies at 89

John Bogle, whose family's struggles during the Great Depression led him to pioneer low-cost investing and to found Vanguard Group, now the world's biggest mutual fund firm, died on Wednesday at the…

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