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Health benefit offers from small businesses keep vanishing
By TOM MURPHY
From Associated Press
September 19, 2017 11:41 AM EST

Only half of America's smallest businesses now offer health coverage to their workers because many say steady cost hikes have made it too expensive to afford a benefit that nearly all large employers still provide.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election (all times local): 12:20 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A scheduled private meeting between President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and Senate committee staff was abruptly postponed on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican on the Senate Budget Committee said Tuesday that tax cut advocates on the panel are pressing for cuts that could add $1.5 trillion or more to the deficit over the coming decade.

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they will be shutting down some roads to traffic near Frankfurt Airport after the discovery of a World War II-era bomb during construction work.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised the revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law, giving a public boost to a proposal that's given new life to a drive that seemed all but dead earlier this summer.

Walgreens and Rite Aid have finally devised a combination of the nation's largest and third-largest drugstore chains that will get past antitrust regulators.

HELSINKI (AP) — Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest of its kind, has hit a milestone value of $1 trillion, beating all expectations since its creation over 20 years ago.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The difference between Apple's new iPhone models is a bit like flying first class compared with coach. We envy first class, but coach gets us there without breaking the budget.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuilders slowed their pace of construction by 0.8 percent in August, the second straight monthly decline. A steep drop in multifamily construction more than offset a slight gain in single-family-home building.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bob Evans Farms is being sold to Post in a deal worth about $1.53 billion, giving the cereal maker a stronger presence in the grocery store through Bob Evans' valuable refrigerated sides business.

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys 'R' Us, the toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season — and says its stores will remain open for business as usual.

MOSCOW (AP) — The new statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov cradling his signature AK-47 assault rifle unveiled Tuesday in Moscow commemorates one of Russia's most renowned and reviled inventions.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade rose to the highest level in more than eight years this spring, reflecting in part a drop in fines and penalties paid by foreign companies.

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's telecom regulator has blocked an attempt by international operator Altice to buy control of local company Media Capital, saying it could create "significant obstacles" to competition.

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges Tuesday as investors paused for breath, a day after U.S. stock markets struck a record high and geared up for the latest interest rate decision from the U.S.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — When a former police officer was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black suspect, protesters vowed to show their disdain by disrupting business in downtown St.

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A lawyer in Greece for Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States in a $4 billion bitcoin fraud case, says Russia wants to extradite him as well.

BEIJING (AP) — A business group urged China on Tuesday to carry out promises to open its economy and warned that inaction might fuel a backlash against free trade amid mounting U.S.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pressing two credit monitoring companies to explain what cybersecurity they have in place to protect sensitive consumer information following a recent breach at Equifax that exposed the data of 143 million Americans.

NEW YORK (AP) — The problems keep piling up for Facebook, and it's unclear how long the internet giant will be able to brush them aside as it barrels toward acquiring its next billion users.

NEW YORK (AP) — Producers of the now-closed Broadway musical "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" are keeping enthusiasm in the show going by opening a place to serve pierogis like the ones made for show attendees.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At Dubai's Black Tap restaurant, the Americana doesn't stop at the hamburgers cooking on the grill or hip hop pumping from the speakers.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge overseeing the NFL's $1 billion concussion settlement with former players says she's concerned they're being targeted by claims service providers, lenders and other groups seeking a share of the money.

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Tuesday, as investors awaited comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve, and Japan's benchmark rose on optimism over a weak yen and a record finish on Wall Street.