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Stocks rise, boosted by Asia, German news
U.S. stocks rose in early trading in line with gains from Asian markets and thanks to improvement in German business confidence....

United Technologies CEO retires, succeeded by CFO
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Aerospace and building systems giant United Technologies announced Monday the abrupt retirement of CEO Louis Chenevert, and named Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes to succeed him....

Japan's young fret as unexpected recession hits
TOKYO (AP) -- When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country's economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now could make the future even worse....

Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone?
NEW YORK (AP) -- It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens - and their top-end price tags - and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost....

Review: 3 cheap smartphones to consider
NEW YORK (AP) -- The cheapest smartphones don't have all the gizmos of Apple or Samsung models, but I'm impressed by how many features you do get for roughly a third of the price....

Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance....

German business confidence up after long decline
BERLIN (AP) -- A closely-watched survey shows German business confidence rose in November, putting an end to six consecutive months of declines....

Health care M&A leads global deal surge
In a big year for deal making, the health care industry is a standout....

Questions, answers about Detroit's bankruptcy
DETROIT (AP) -- A judge on Nov. 7 signed off on Detroit's plan to emerge from bankruptcy, but he didn't specify when that would happen. A specific date is expected to be discussed during a court hearing Monday....

ECB official calls for gov't action to help growth
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- A member of the European Central Bank's rate-setting council has said monetary policy cannot boost long-term growth and called for reforms by governments to make the weak economy more investment-friendly....

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