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CINCINNATI (AP) — The energy giant at the center of a $60 million bribery scheme in Ohio admitted Thursday to using dark money groups to fund the effort, and agreed to pay $230 million and other conditions so prosecutors won't forge ahead with a criminal case against the company.

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As the coronavirus pandemic threatened to overwhelm Chinese hospitals last year, Chinese resellers appear to have colluded to inflate the prices of ventilators and other essential medical equipment from multinational companies including Siemens, GE and Philips, according to a review of recent public records on the sale of medical equipment in China.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A consortium of businesses and nonprofits will run Central Park's Wollman rink, one of four recreational concessions that were operated by Donald Trump's company until the city canceled its contracts with the former president, the city Department of Parks and Recreation announced Tuesday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The criminal tax fraud charges unsealed against Donald Trump’s company Thursday are a blow to a business already reeling from canceled deals following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on hotels and clubs.

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Some 130 countries have agreed on a global minimum tax backed by President Joe Biden as part of a worldwide effort to keep multinational firms from dodging taxes by shifting their profits to countries with low rates.

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GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss executive branch on Wednesday announced plans to purchase three dozen advanced F-35 fighter jets from U.S. manufacturer Lockheed Martin, which beat three rivals to land a contract worth over 5 billion Swiss francs ($5.5 billion).

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Chinese authorities are using detentions and data-driven surveillance to impose a digital police state in the western region of Xinjiang and over its Uighurs (WEE-gurs), a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority that China says has been influenced by Islamic extremism. Through interviews with Uighurs who recently left China, a review of government contracts and unreported documents, and a trip through southern Xinjiang, The Associated Press pieced together a picture of a campaign that's instilling fear.

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The head of Puerto Rico's power company says the agency will cancel its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid increased scrutiny of the tiny Montana company's role in restoring the island's power system following Hurricane Maria. He says it may delay reconstruction work by about two months. The announcement by Ricardo Ramos came hours after Gov. Ricardo Rossello urged the utility to scrap the deal. The company has not commented.

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