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Unemployment rates fall in 31 US states last month
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including many currently embroiled in tough political campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the midterm elections Nov. 4....

Stocks rise, helped by Chinese data, Apple results
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks were solidly higher in early trading Tuesday, the market's fourth straight day of advances, following an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly earnings from Apple and other big companies....

US existing home sales rise in September
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. homes sold in September at their fastest clip this year, a sign that the housing market is shaking off a slowdown that began in the middle of 2013....

New rules on banks' risk in mortgage bonds eased
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New U.S. rules aimed at getting banks to take on more of the risk when they package and sell mortgage securities are being relaxed with an eye to spurring broader home lending....

Kimberly-Clark to cut up to 1,300 jobs
DALLAS (AP) -- Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient....

Total CEO dead in runway crash; plow driver drunk
MOSCOW (AP) -- Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday....

Customer decline hits McDonald's sales, profit
NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's says its profit and sales declined as the world's biggest hamburger chain saw customer traffic fall around the world....

5 problems McDonald's is facing in the US
NEW YORK (AP) -- Times are getting leaner for McDonald's....

Coke profit, revenue fall on flat soda market
ATLANTA (AP) -- Coca-Cola reported a lower profit and revenue in the third quarter as global soda volume remained flat....

America says no to cappuccino potato chips
NEW YORK (AP) -- America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips....

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