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Clinton seeks crackdown for those breaking Wall Street rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just days before the first Democratic debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton released a series of proposals aimed at cracking down on bad behavior by Wall Street, vowing that individual bankers who violate the law will be "prosecuted and imprisoned."...

Amazon challenges Etsy with Handmade at Amazon
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon is launching its site for handcrafted goods called Handmade at Amazon on Thursday, hoping to capitalize on shoppers' appetite for homemade goods ahead of the holiday season....

Average US rate on 30-year mortgages falls to 3.76 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell sharply this week amid concern over a labor market that has shown recent signs of weakness....

Global worries kept Fed from hiking rates in September
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve officials were almost ready to raise interest rates in September but held off because of China's economic slowdown and its potential to derail U.S. growth and inflation....

Airlines post better on-time rate but get more complaints
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More flights are arriving on time but consumer complaints about the airlines have risen sharply....

The Latest: Lawmakers press EPA on its response to VW case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest on the congressional hearing on Volkswagen's emissions-rigging (all times local):...

VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker. He asserted that he and other top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars....

High-tech firm's plans to make drones in NY spark questions
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- A plan to manufacture solar-powered drones at a suburban New York site that once made fighter jets for the U.S. military is sparking questions about whether the aircraft will be used to beam Internet service. So far, company officials are staying mum....

Beyond 'Like:' 5 ways you might soon emote on Facebook
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sometimes "Like" just doesn't cut it. So how about Love or Angry? Haha or Sad? Or just Yay or Wow?...

Holiday sales seen rising 3.7 percent
NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans are expected to spend at a slower pace than last year during the crucial winter holidays, weighed down by sluggish wage growth and other factors, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group....

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Global worries kept Fed from hiking rates in September

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Deutsche Bank shares slip on dividend warning

US average rate on 30-year home loans eases to 3.76 percent

Airlines post better on-time rate but get more complaints