AP Top Business News At 3:13 p.m. EDT

US stock market has best week in nearly 2 years
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 double-digit surge in Dec shipments
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 taking out its batteries
NEW YORK (AP) -- Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company....

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

Ford profit falls in third quarter on truck costs
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....

US new-home sales close to flat in September
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....

Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon
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 ready in 2015
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 holders reject plans to merge with 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 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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