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Bank of Japan redoubles efforts to revive economy
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's central bank surprised the financial world and pleased investors Friday by intensifying its purchases of government bonds and other assets to try to revive a chronically anemic economy....

Gas falling 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....

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....

US, global stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks rose across the globe Friday, capping off a seesaw month for investors, after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost the country's struggling economy. Japan's stock market jumped 4.8 percent to the highest level since 2007....

Exxon defies low oil price with refining strength
NEW YORK (AP) -- ExxonMobil Corp.'s refining and chemical operations rescued the company's third-quarter results amid falling global oil prices and lower oil and gas production....

Coal miners stuck in the middle of Ukraine's war
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Glistening black sweat rolls down the spine of a beefy miner as he jackhammers bedrock along the shaft at the Chelyuskintsev coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland....

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....

Euro inflation creeps up, ECB still under pressure
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....

Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy....

Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool
TOKYO (AP) -- When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty....

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