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Stocks rise, helped by results from Microsoft, others; S&P 500's best week since January 2013
NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies....

UPS expects December shipments to jump 11 percent, surprises Wall Street with big 3Q beat
DALLAS (AP) -- UPS might levy surcharges or even turn away some holiday shipments this year if retailers surprise the delivery giant by dropping off more packages than they had planned....

Procter & Gamble to split off its Duracell business as part of overhaul
NEW YORK (AP) -- Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company....

P&G posts 1Q profit, matches Wall Street estimates
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) on Friday reported net income of $1.99 billion in its fiscal first quarter....

Ford profit fall in third quarter on costs for launching new F-150
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits....

Sales of new US homes tick up 0.2 pct. in September; revisions wipe away much of August surge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. sales of new homes were nearly flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying....

Is Amazon still a good buy? Big spending drives sales but major losses too, investors irked
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud - even though its vast range of initiatives ate up all the company's profits....

WHO: Millions of Ebola vaccine doses could be ready in 2015; 5 more vaccines testing in March
LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March....

Chiquita shareholders reject plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier....

NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns from 'Saturday Night Live,' other shows for $6.4M
NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly 9,000 unpaid interns stand to benefit from a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal over back wages....

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