AP Top Business News at 7:40 p.m. EDT

IMF warns of slow growth in Central Asia, Caucasus
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The International Monetary Fund warned Friday of weak growth prospects in Central Asia and the Caucasus and called for active reforms to energize the post-Soviet economies....

US internet repeatedly disrupted by cyberattacks on key firm
LONDON (AP) -- Cyberattacks on a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted the availability of popular websites across the United States Friday, according to analysts and company officials. The White House described the disruption as malicious. Members of a hacker group spread across China and Russia claimed responsibility, although their assertion couldn't be verified....

US stocks close mostly lower; eke out gain for the week
The major U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Friday, capping a day spent wavering between small gains and losses....

Greek shipping companies fined $1.5M for pollution, cover-up
SEATTLE (AP) -- A federal judge in Seattle on Friday ordered two companies owned by a Greek shipping magnate to pay $1.5 million after a jury found that a cargo ship deliberately pumped oil-polluted water into the ocean, then repeatedly lied and falsified records in an effort to deceive inspectors with the U.S. Coast Guard....

Russian indicted on charges he hacked LinkedIn
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A Russian man has been charged with hacking and stealing information from computers at LinkedIn and other San Francisco Bay Area companies, federal prosecutors announced Friday....

NY enacts restrictions on Airbnb, with fines of up to $7,500
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York state enacted one of the nation's toughest restrictions on Airbnb on Friday with a new law authorizing fines of up to $7,500 for many short-term rentals....

Unemployment rates rose in 3 of 8 US swing states last month
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates rose in three of eight U. S. swing states last month, fell in two and were unchanged in the remaining three....

$47 billion offer to create world's biggest tobacco company
LONDON (AP) -- British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades....

McDonald's sales rise 1.3 percent at US stores
NEW YORK (AP) -- The launch of all-day breakfast helped McDonald's record higher sales at established U.S. locations for a fifth straight quarter, but the boost from that is shrinking and the company is hoping new menu items and recipe tweaks will keep customers coming back....

Recalls this week: circular saws, lawnmowers
Target is recalling Halloween-themed LED gel decorations that stick to windows and light up because parts can be ingested by children. Other recalled consumer products this week include circular saws, lawnmowers and rice and slow cookers....

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Unemployment rates rose in 3 of 8 US swing states last month

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