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Hong Kong shops, workers in rare strike to 'defend freedom'

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong retailer Alan Li shut up shop on Wednesday, joining about 100 businesses and numerous workers in a rare strike to protest against an extradition bill that many fear will undermine freedom and confidence in the commercial hub.

“Even though we can’t do bu...

Minnesota governor signs law making marital rape illegal

In Minnesota, the repealed law protected a rapist if he or she cohabited and had a voluntary sexual relationship with the victim or if he or she was the victim’s spouse. If the couple lived apart and one of them has filed for legal separation or dissolution of the marriage, the law did not app...

U.S. government posts $147 billion deficit in March

The U.S. federal government posted a $147 billion budget deficit in March, according to data released on Wednesday by the Treasury Department.

Analysts polled by Reuters had expected a $180 billion deficit for the month.

The Treasury said federal spending in March was $376 bill...