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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Photo: Amanda Edwards/WireImage

Companies from all sectors — retail, tech, health care, telecommunications, and the auto industry — made an appearance near the top of this year's Fortune 500, but Walmart snagged the pole position for the sixth year in a row.

The big picture: Traditional corporate giants Exxon Mobil and Berkshire Hathaway rounded out the top three, but the most impressive gains came from the tech sphere. Apple had the highest profits of any U.S. company, Amazon romped into the top 10, and relative upstarts like Tesla, Netflix, and Nvidia all notched strong showings for investors.

The top ten (largest U.S. corporations, ranked by revenue for 2017 fiscal year):

  1. Walmart
  2. Exxon Mobil
  3. Berkshire Hathaway
  4. Apple
  5. UnitedHealth Group
  6. McKesson
  7. CVS Health
  8. Amazon
  9. AT&T
  10. GM

Inside the list:

  • "Walmart claimed the top spot in the 500 for a sixth straight year and became the first company in history to generate $500 billion in annual sales."
  • "No. 2 Exxon Mobil: Crude prices rebounded in 2017."
  • "Apple took a small step back, from No. 3 to No. 4, despite a 6% gain in annual sales, but it led the way in profits with more than $48 billion in net income."
  • "Amazon cracked the top 10 for the first time, continuing its remarkable growth run: Sales have jumped some $70 billion in two years."
  • "Elon Musk's electric-car company, Tesla (No. 260), made the biggest leap [from last year] ... moving up 123 spots."
  • "Netflix (No. 261) led all Fortune 500 companies in annual ten-year total return to shareholders through 2017."
  • "A gaming-giant-turned-A.I.-authority, chipmaker Nvidia (No. 306) rocketed up more than 80 spots on this year's list and led all Fortune 500 companies in annual five-year return to shareholders through 2017."

See the full 64th annual list.

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Acting U.S. Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman testified on Thursday that cellphone records show former USCP chief Steven Sund requested National Guard support from the House sergeant-at-arms as early as 12:58pm on Jan. 6, but he did not receive approval until over an hour later.

Why it matters: Sund and former House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving clashed at a Senate hearing on Tuesday over a dispute in the timeline for when Capitol Police requested the National Guard during the Capitol insurrection.

Manhattan prosecutors reportedly obtain millions of pages of Trump's tax records

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The Manhattan district attorney is now in possession of millions of pages of former President Trump's tax and financial records, CNN first reported, following a Supreme Court ruling that allowed prosecutors to enforce a subpoena after a lengthy legal battle.

Why it matters: Trump fought for years to keep his tax returns out of the public eye and away from prosecutors in New York, who are examining his business in a criminal investigation that was first sparked by hush-money payments made by Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen during the 2016 election.

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The U.S. is starting to get serious about a central-bank-backed digital currency, with recent comments from top officials laying out the strongest support yet.

Driving the news: On Tuesday Fed chair Jerome Powell told Congress that developing a digital dollar is a "high priority project for us," but added that there are "significant technical and policy questions."