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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 East Coast of the United States Friday, according to analysts and company officials....

US stock indexes are mostly lower in afternoon trading
The major U.S. stock indexes inched mostly lower in afternoon trading Friday, weighed down primarily by a slide in phone and health care companies. Technology and consumer goods stocks were holding on to slight gains. Investors had their eye on earnings from General Electric, McDonald's and other big companies....

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....

Luxury for less: Tourists are winners in pound's drop
LONDON (AP) -- Would you travel halfway around the world for a handbag, or a coat? Maybe if you really loved it - and could get 20 percent off....

Let's toast: Striking Jim Beam workers accept new contract
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Striking Jim Beam workers at two Kentucky distilleries have accepted a contract offer, ending a walkout that lasted nearly a week....

Toy companies break down barriers to be more inclusive
NEW YORK (AP) -- Toy companies are working harder to think outside their usual box, offering more-inclusive items like dolls with disabilities, female superhero figures and characters with a range of skin tones....

Business Video
Captains of industry: Comparing CEO pay and performance
Unemployment by the numbers
Up to the Minute
US rig count up 14 this week to 553; Texas gains 10

Recalls this week: circular saws, lawnmowers

US stock indexes are mostly lower in afternoon trading

McDonald's sales rise 1.3 percent at US stores

Portugal keeps bond rating that ensures continuing ECB help

Markets Right Now: Stocks move lower on Wall Street

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

Tesla may enter ride ride-hailing business next year

Japan overwork deaths among young show lessons unlearned

E-Class sedan, SUVs boost earnings at Germany's Daimler