Japan Workers Unleash Their Inner Slacker---for a Day

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Premium Friday’s goal is to improve productivity, reduce employee overwork and increase consumption. But will Japanese people take the bait?

Modifying Fed Stock Rules Could Diminish Reserve Banks' Autonomy

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The Government Accountability Office warned further changes to the Fed’s stock ownership requirement could have “wide-ranging policy implications” for the Fed’s structure, and could diminish the autonomy and independence of the 12 regional Fed banks.

U.S. Consumer Sentiment Falls But Remains Near Decadelong High

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A gauge of consumer sentiment fell slightly in February, but remained near a decadelong high, as self-identified Republicans and Independents remain confident in the economy after the election of Donald Trump.

U.S. New-Home Sales Rose 3.7% in January

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New home sales rebounded in January after a steep decline in December, an indication that the new-construction market remains on the path to recovery despite bumps along the way.

British Airways Parent Jump-Starts Plans for Budget Trans-Atlantic Flights

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British Airways parent IAG said flights from Barcelona would start in June, a day after Norwegian Air Shuttle expanded its service with fares from $65. IAG also reported a 29% rise in profit and announced a share buyback.

GM, Tech Industry at Loggerheads Over Self-Driving Cars

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General Motors is backing legislation in numerous states that tech companies say is designed to put them at a disadvantage in the nascent market for autonomous vehicles. GM denies the claim.

Stocks are Frothy, but There's No Bubble

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Stocks have soared but except for valuation there are few signs of a bubble. That doesn’t mean the market can’t fall.

Michael Levine Helped End Regulation of Airfares in the U.S.

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Michael Levine was a top official at the Civil Aeronautics Board in the late 1970s and helped phase out that regulatory body as airfares were deregulated. He died Feb. 3 at the age of 75.

Vale CEO to Step Down in May

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Brazilian mining giant Vale said its chief executive plans to step down when his term ends in May, amid reports of pressure to replace him with a political appointee.

Michael Novak Crafted a Moral Defense of Democratic Capitalism

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Michael Novak wrote more than 50 books, including the acclaimed “Spirit of Democratic Capitalism,” a 1982 work that made a moral case for capitalism. Mr. Novak died Feb. 17 at 83.

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