Apple Exerts Power as Privacy Protector

Apple Inc. is flexing its power as a self-appointed privacy protector, punishing Google and Facebook Inc. over violations of its developer policies governing personal data in moves that harden battle lines over one of the technology industry’s most sensitive issues. The iPhone maker on Thursday suspended internal apps used by Google employees on Apple’s iOS…

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On Brink of Arms Treaty Exit, U.S. Finds More Offending Russian Missiles

Russia has expanded its deployment of a missile system the U.S. says violates a 1987 treaty on intermediate-range nuclear forces, widening the differences with Washington over a pact the U.S. is expected to exit on Saturday, Western officials said. The U.S. recently informed Western allies that Russia now has deployed four battalions of the 9M729…

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Trump Says He Is Willing to Move Without Congress on Border Wall

WASHINGTON—President Trump said Thursday that the White House and congressional negotiators were no closer to an immigration deal, five days after he agreed to end the partial government shutdown, and reiterated he is willing to act alone to build a wall on the southern border. “I’m not waiting for this committee,” Mr. Trump said, referring…

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PG&E Filed for Bankruptcy. Why Did Its Shares Then Rise?

Shares of PG&E Corp. have risen since the utility company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, an unusual development highlighting the uncertainty surrounding the firm’s future. Equity investors typically are wiped out in bankruptcy, and PG&E has warned in its public filings it faces “extensive litigation, significant potential liabilities and a deteriorating financial situation.”…

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Polar Vortex Strains Systems; General Motors Halts Factories

Auto makers closed factories, airlines canceled more flights and gas utilities urged customers to turn down their thermostats as the Midwest continued to grapple Thursday with deadly Arctic temperatures. At least 15 deaths have been linked to the cold weather in the Midwest and the East Coast in recent days, according to reports from the…

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Resilient U.S. Economy Fuels January Stock-Market Recovery

Banks and smaller companies propelled stocks to their best January in 30 years, a sign that investors are favoring sectors tied to the U.S. economy. Those groups were among the biggest laggards during the fourth quarter’s steep slide. Their reversal suggests that investors who were bracing for a sharp slowdown in U.S. economic activity have…

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