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Perhaps seeking to quell a flood of reporting on potential conflicts of interest in a Donald Trump administration, the President-elect announced Wednesday that he would soon separate “in total” from the business conglomerate that bears his name.

Yet in the series of tweets publicizing this upcoming move, Trump said only that he would remove himself from the Trump Organization’s “business operations,” leaving open the possibility that he would retain a financial stake in the company while in the White House. His advisors suggested that he still plans to hand management of the company over to his three adult children in what he refers to as “blind” trust that ethics experts argue defies the definition.

Those experts say there are certain steps Trump can take now to dispel the cloud of impropriety already looming over his administration, though, like ditching his Washington, D.C. hotel lease and removing his children from his presidential transition team.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks says CEO Howard Schultz, who transformed the chain into a global coffee brand, is stepping down from that role at the coffee chain that he joined more than 30 years ago.

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PELLA, Iowa (AP) — A pickup smashed into an Iowa Wal-Mart store on Thursday, killing three people, scattering merchandise on the floor and stopping at the fresh produce section in what authorities believe was a tragic accident.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) —Buoyed by Republicans' expanded majorities in the Legislature and Donald Trump's presidential victory, abortion opponents in Arkansas are pushing for bans on a commonly used second trimester procedure, terminating a pregnancy based on the fetus' sex and other restrictions next year.

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