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Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay....

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....

US turns up heat on Takata over air bag problem
DETROIT (AP) -- U.S. safety regulators are ordering Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. to provide more information about air bags that can explode and shoot shrapnel toward drivers and passengers....

US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in Q3
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years....

US stocks rise in afternoon trade; Visa soars
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks turned higher Thursday as MasterCard and other big companies turned in stronger quarterly results. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed more than 200 points, thanks largely to Visa, the Dow's highest-priced stock....

Chevy makes the best of exec's nervous speech
DETROIT (AP) -- Shortly before 9 a.m. on the day after the worst night of his life, Rikk Wilde got the phone call from his big boss at General Motors....

Wal-Mart tests matching prices with online rivals
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season....

Study: Mislabeled shrimp at restaurants, grocers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Ever thought that big, pink Gulf coast shrimp you ordered at the restaurant or bought from the store didn't taste juicy or salty enough?...

FTC sues Gerber over claims on infant formula
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators announced Thursday they were suing Gerber, the well-known baby food maker, for claiming that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children....

For-profit programs face 'gainful employment' rule
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For-profit colleges with graduates unable to pay back their student loans could soon face scrutiny by the federal government....

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