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Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly acknowledges that he's gay for first time
NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay....

US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in third quarter, boosted by exports and defense spending
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years....

US indexes are mixed in early trading; Big gain in Visa drives Dow average higher
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks are drifting in early trading Thursday as a parade of big companies turn in quarterly results. A strong gain for Visa pulled the Dow Jones industrial average higher....

Yellen says she wants to raise awareness of need for diversity in economics profession
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she wants to raise awareness of the need for diversity among economists, with relatively few women and minorities still choosing to major in economics in college....

Fukushima sets off green boom and glut as utilities choke on cost, hope for return of nuclear
TOKYO (AP) -- Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry....

MasterCard beats expectations in 3Q as Americans grow more willing to break out the plastic
PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) -- MasterCard's third-quarter net income rose thanks to continued volume growth as Americans grow more confident about the economy and appear less hesitant to use credit cards....

Marlboro maker Altria's 3Q profit up slightly as higher prices offset fewer cigarette shipped
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc.'s profit rose slightly the third quarter as higher prices helped to offset decline in the number of cigarettes it sold....

Applications for US unemployment benefits rise slightly but remain near 14-year low
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market....

Fed sees improved job market but keeps plan to maintain record low rate, ends bond buying
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When the Federal Reserve announced the end of its landmark bond buying program Wednesday, it also signaled the start of something else:...

Construction company says German worker kidnapped in Nigeria has been freed
BERLIN (AP) -- The company that employed a German man kidnapped in Nigeria last week says he has been freed....

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Yellen says she wants to raise awareness of need for diversity in economics profession

US indexes are mixed in early trading; Big gain in Visa drives Dow average higher

Wal-Mart considers matching prices with online rivals like Amazon this holiday season

Marlboro maker Altria's 3Q profit up slightly as higher prices offset fewer cigarette shipped

US indexes are mixed in early trading; Big gain in Visa drives Dow average higher

US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in third quarter, boosted by exports and defense spending

Applications for US unemployment benefits rise slightly but remain near 14-year low

MasterCard beats expectations in 3Q as Americans grow more willing to break out the plastic

Lenovo completes purchase of Motorola smartphone unit in bid to expand in global market

Barclays sets aside $805 million over alleged rigging of foreign exchange markets


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