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AP Top Business News at 11:57 a.m. EDT

Pending US home sales strengthened in July
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in July, a sign that demand for home ownership remains strong despite a shortage of listings on the market....

The quest to end lost airline luggage
LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) -- Victor DaRosa stands under a scorching afternoon sun, loading bags onto a jet heading to Detroit....

Survey: US companies add a solid 177,000 jobs in August
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. businesses added a solid 177,000 jobs in August, according to a private survey, suggesting that hiring remains healthy after two months of strong gains....

Africa's biggest economy officially enters recession
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Africa's biggest economy is officially in recession....

Weak eurozone inflation bolsters case for more stimulus
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Consumer price inflation in the eurozone was stuck at 0.2 percent in August, a low rate that could encourage the European Central Bank to offer more stimulus sooner rather than later....

iRobot CEO says vacuum cleaners clear path to robot future
BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- The clash this year over the future of iRobot pitted visionary robotics against the retail success of the company's Roombas, the circular-shaped domestic helpers that have cleaned millions of living rooms around the world....

Lew says Apple's tax fight could spur congressional action
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is criticizing a European ruling that Apple owes more than $14.5 billion in back taxes. He says the decision may spur Congress to finally address the stalled effort to reform America's corporate tax structure....

Slim pickings: Without EU laborers, who'll harvest UK fruit?
LONDON (AP) -- Ismigyul Ismetova wraps her muddy fingers around a plump raspberry, plucks it from the stalk and drops the fruit into a tray in a field in Suffolk, deftly completing a task that is too delicate for a machine....

More Mitsubishi models in Japan found with inflated mileage
TOKYO (AP) -- The mileage scandal at Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is widening after the Japanese government ordered sales of eight more models halted after finding their mileage ratings were falsely inflated....

No-tipping trend now at more restaurants, with mixed results
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- When the bill comes after a meal, there's no crunching numbers for the tip - just pay and go....

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US stocks inch lower despite solid jobs data

Pending US home sales strengthened in July

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Survey: US companies add a solid 177,000 jobs in August

David's Bridal says its CEO has stepped down

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Business Highlights

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How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Tuesday