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AP Top Business News At 5:15 p.m. EDT

Apple's fiscal 3Q earnings top analyst forecasts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen....

Microsoft 4Q earnings hurt by Nokia acquisition
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Microsoft is reporting fourth-quarter earnings that took a hit from the Nokia devices business that it bought in April....

Target debuts an image-recognition shopping app
NEW YORK (AP) -- Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology....

Solid earnings drive more gains in US stocks
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks are closing higher as more companies turn in solid earnings....

Protect yourself from identity theft
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information. The nonprofit agency, which operates 2,900 stores in the U.S., said it is working with federal investigators to look into a possible breach....

Airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear
In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport....

Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday....

Contrarian's case: Why US could dip into recession
NEW YORK (AP) -- Just as the U.S. economy is strengthening, other countries are threatening to drag it down....

China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King
BEIJING (AP) -- A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets....

Ackman goes after Herbalife's nutrition clubs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Activist investor Bill Ackman once again denounced weight loss and nutritional supplements company Herbalife as a pyramid scheme, but Wall Street shrugged off his criticism and sent the company's stock soaring 26 percent Tuesday....

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