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Japan stocks soar 5 percent, yen falls on stimulus
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Japan's stock benchmark surged 5 percent to the highest level since late 2007 and the yen slid against the dollar Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economy. Expectations Japan's $1.1 trillion public pension fund would boost its equity holdings gave a further boost to the market....

Gas almost under $3 nationwide: What to know
NEW YORK (AP) -- The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and special meals: The gas station sign, with a price under $3 a gallon....

Omega to buy out rival Aviv in $3B all-stock deal
Omega Healthcare will buy rival real estate investment trust Aviv in a $3 billion all-stock deal combining two companies that each run hundreds of nursing homes....

Russia central bank in surprisingly big rate hike
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's central bank has raised its main interest rate by more than anticipated as it tries to stem the ruble's fall....

Japan expands stimulus to spur recovery
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move Friday to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy....

Q&A: Why Japan's economy needs more juice
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan is pumping more money into its lagging economy, expanding an already lavish stimulus effort. The surprise announcement Friday highlights diverging fortunes among the world's top economies. Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its own unprecedented stimulus in a sign of increased confidence in economic recovery....

Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Following large-scale protests, Hungary's prime minister said Friday that the government would suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year....

Not so sweet: Chocolate prices are set to rise
NEW YORK (AP) -- That bowl of chocolates for ninjas and ghosts won't cost you more this Halloween. Picking the perfect sweet for your Valentine could....

APNewsBreak: Medicare bought meds for dead people
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead....

Eurozone inflation creeps up to 0.4 percent
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Inflation crept higher in the 18 countries that use the euro in October - but the rise to an annual 0.4 percent offered little relief to the European Central Bank as it tries to boost a weak economy....

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Omega to buy out rival Aviv in $3B all-stock deal

Gas almost under $3 nationwide: What to know

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Q&A: Why Japan's economy needs more juice

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Citi cuts earnings due to regulatory probes

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