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AP Top Business News At 12:03 p.m. EDT

NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBCUniversal will pay $6.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by unpaid interns who worked on "Saturday Night Live" and other shows who claim they are owed wages, according to court documents....

US new-home sales close to flat in September
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. sales of new homes were nearly flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying....

Procter & Gamble taking out its batteries
NEW YORK (AP) -- Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company....

P&G matches Street 1Q forecasts
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) on Friday reported net income of $1.99 billion in its fiscal first quarter....

Ford profit falls in third quarter on truck costs
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits....

Amazon's loss makes holidays a question mark
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace....

US stocks rise broadly on earnings; Amazon sinks
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks rose again Friday, putting the market on track for its best week in almost two years. Amazon plunged after the company reported dismal third-quarter results, but that wasn't enough to drag the rest of the market down....

WHO: Millions of Ebola vaccine doses ready in 2015
LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March....

Chiquita holders reject plans to merge with Fyffes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier....

China, 20 other countries initiate new Asian bank
BEIJING (AP) -- Twenty-one Asian nations have signed on to a China-driven initiative to create a new development bank for Asia that's aimed at boosting infrastructure investment of all kinds. Beijing sees that as a way to raise its international standing, but Washington opposes the move as an unnecessary and potentially damaging rival to established institutions such as the World Bank....

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US stocks rise broadly on earnings; Amazon sinks

US new-home sales close to flat in September

Procter & Gamble taking out its batteries

Chiquita holders reject plans to merge with Fyffes

Evenflo recalls infant seats to fix sticky buckles

More earnings gains send US stocks higher

UPS expects double-digit surge in Dec shipments

Ford profit falls in third quarter on truck costs

P&G matches Street 1Q forecasts

British economy grows 0.7 percent