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AP Top Business News At 8:40 p.m. EDT

Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Companies are finally starting to spend some of the cash they've been sitting on, and that could mean a stronger economy and more jobs are on the way....

FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown....

US proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane on the Internet for movies, music and other services to get to people's homes....

Stocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up
NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market closed mostly higher Thursday, helped by positive earnings out of several large U.S. companies including Apple and construction equipment maker Caterpillar....

GM profit sinks; CEO sees no recall hit to sales
DETROIT (AP) -- The cost of recalling nearly 7 million cars and trucks sank General Motors' first-quarter profit, but the company's CEO said the much-publicized recalls have yet to cut into sales....

United loses money; other airlines post 1Q profits
DALLAS (AP) -- Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring....

Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Results from Microsoft's first quarterly earnings release under new CEO Satya Nadella offered fresh justification for his focus on cloud computing....

Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another....

Amazon 1st quarter net income jumps
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon's first-quarter profit rose 18 percent as shoppers continued to flock to the online mega retailer to buy goods....

Postal workers' unions protest Staples program
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Postal workers in cities big and small protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees....

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