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U.S. warship challenges South China Sea claims

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since President Trump took office.

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Jobless claims edge up; goods trade deficit widens

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week and the four-week moving average of claims hit a 44-year low, suggesting a further tightening of the labor market that could encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

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