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Wall Street hits record highs, helped by consumer stocks

NEW YORK The S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record closing highs on Thursday, with the market propped up by gains in the consumer discretionary sector after strong reports from Best Buy and other retailers.

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Jobless claims edge up; goods trade deficit widens

WASHINGTON 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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Exclusive: Bankrupt Westinghouse ends pensions for ex-CEOs, executives

WILMINGTON, Del Bankrupt Westinghouse Electric Co LLC, the U.S. nuclear technology firm owned by Toshiba Corp , has stopped making pension payments to former executives, according to a letter seen by Reuters, removing a benefit that has helped the company retain top talent.

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GM is accused in lawsuit of cheating on diesel truck emissions

General Motors Co was accused in a lawsuit on Thursday of rigging hundreds of thousands of diesel trucks with devices similar to those used by Volkswagen AG , to ensure they pass emissions tests.

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Viacom networks to return to Suddenlink customers

NEW YORK A number of Viacom Inc's networks, which include Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV, will be available to Altice NV's Suddenlink subscribers more than two years after the cable provider dropped them in a carriage dispute, the companies said on Thursday.

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Ballooning Chinese dollar borrowing a dilemma for index trackers

LONDON/HONG KONG Record-breaking dollar bond sales from Chinese companies are steadily increasing China's weight in global indexes, raising concerns about overexposure among investors who track them.

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