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AP Top Business News At 11:45 p.m. EST

Weak consumer, business demand may slow US growth
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumers and businesses spent cautiously last month, a sign that strong growth during the spring and summer may decelerate in the final three months of the year....

US agency threatens to act against air bag maker
DETROIT (AP) -- U.S. safety regulators threatened fines and legal action against Takata Corp. Wednesday unless the company admits that its driver's air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall....

3 Reasons holiday shoppers will spend cautiously
Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low....

Asian shares mostly higher on China stimulus hopes
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday on hopes for more stimulus in China. Hong Kong's market was steady after the arrests of dozens of pro-democracy protesters as police acted on court orders to clear barricades from major streets....

Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday....

Saudis suggest no need for OPEC output cut
VIENNA (AP) -- Top OPEC producer Saudi Arabia suggested Wednesday there is no need for the cartel to cut its output ceiling despite a plunge in prices that has poorer members of the organization hurting....

Snow makes Thanksgiving travel `a little hairy'
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor....

Thanksgiving Eve: Very busy, but not busiest
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is often called the nation's busiest travel day of the year, and it surely feels that way sometimes. But it's probably not entirely true....

Holiday travelers greeted by cheap gas, storms
Some holiday travelers are giving thanks for the cheapest gas prices in years. But that's cold comfort to those beating a path through stormy weather, including a nor'easter affecting a wide swath of the East Coast....

South Asian leaders don't sign expected agreements
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- South Asian leaders flew to a mountain resort near Nepal's capital Thursday for a last effort to reach agreements on roads, railways and energy, and for a much-anticipated meeting between Pakistan and Indian leaders....

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