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US consumer spending up 0.2 percent in October
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumers spent modestly more in October, but the small uptick suggests that they're still wary of buying too much ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season....

US consumer sentiment rises for 4th straight month
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Greater optimism about income growth and future spending pushed U.S. consumer sentiment to a fresh 7-year high in November....

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

US agency threatens to act against air bag maker
DETROIT (AP) -- A dispute between U.S. safety regulators and air bag maker Takata Corp. escalated Wednesday when the government threatened fines and legal action if the company fails to admit that driver's side air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall....

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....

US stock indexes hold near record; Deere slumps
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, keeping the major indexes near record levels, as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy....

Sloppy weather slows Thanksgiving travelers
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- Rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday as millions of Americans made the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways sloppy along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor....

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....

Obama administration sets stricter smog standard
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry....

Boston Market CEO on Thanksgiving, food courts
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thanksgiving is a big day for Boston Market, which every year sells turkeys, stuffing, mashed potatoes and other dishes for those who don't want to cook....

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