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APNewsBreak: Senate panel probing VW's use of tax credits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Finance Committee opened a probe Tuesday into Volkswagen's use of a federal tax credit intended for fuel-efficient cars as the company's emissions-rigging scandal widened....

Ex-UN General Assembly head among 6 held in bribery scheme
NEW YORK (AP) -- A former president of the United Nations General Assembly turned the world body into a "platform for profit" by accepting over $1 million in bribes from a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople to pave the way for lucrative investments, a prosecutor charged Tuesday....

A rally in energy stocks doesn't lift broader market
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks paused Tuesday, closing moderately lower after five straight days of gains. DuPont and energy companies rose sharply, but the overall market was weighed down by health-care stocks, especially biotechnology companies....

New auto safety technologies leave some drivers bewildered
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many Americans buying new cars these days are baffled by a torrent of new safety technology....

UAW threatens strike in contract talks with Fiat Chrysler
DETROIT (AP) -- The United Auto Workers union is threatening to go on strike against Fiat Chrysler after its membership rejected a tentative contract deal with the company....

Express Scripts to cover pricey new cholesterol treatments
The nation's biggest pharmacy benefits manager has decided to cover two new drugs that lower artery-clogging cholesterol but raise concern over prices that can top $14,000 a year....

US trade deficit widens to $48.3 billion in August
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. trade deficit jumped sharply in August as exports fell to the lowest level in nearly three years while imports increased, led by a surge in shipments of cellphones from China....

Neiman Marcus publishes the ultimate gift catalog (its 89th)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Out of ideas for the perfect six-figure gift? Then today (even more than most other days) is your day with the arrival of the 89th annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. The catalog may prove to be wistful window shopping for 99 percent of shoppers, but for the remainder, you may find just the thing you didn't know you had to have....

Competition for Microsoft lineup, which targets high end
NEW YORK (AP) -- The success of Microsoft's fall lineup of devices will ride on the company's ability to convince people who got free Windows 10 software upgrades this summer to spring for new devices - specifically, Windows devices....

California governor signs law targeting gender wage gap
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Female workers in California will get new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation signed into law Tuesday that supporters say offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation....

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