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Big slump is no cause to ditch stock market
NEW YORK (AP) -- After more than five years of stock market gains, investors could be forgiven for worrying that big sell-offs may be the harbingers of bigger slumps....

Rural areas seek piece of subprime-loan settlement
Long seen as having devastated Sun Belt cities, the subprime mortgage crisis unleashed turmoil on Ohio and other rural areas. Now federal officials are pledging regulatory attention and financial help....

Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet
MOSCOW (AP) -- The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark....

Asia stocks gain on US rally, Europe stimulus talk
Hopes for fresh stimulus from the European Central Bank and China's steady growth bolstered Asian stocks Wednesday after the S&P 500 had its best day of the year. European markets drifted lower....

Yahoo CEO defends strategy in face of criticism
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction....

Review: Better cameras, less glare in iPad Air 2
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- If I've seen you taking photos with a tablet computer, I've probably made fun of you (though maybe not to your face, depending on how big you are). I'm old school: I much prefer looking through the viewfinder of my full-bodied, single-lens reflex camera, even though it has a large LCD screen....

McDonald's CEO outlines changes as sales slide
NEW YORK (AP) -- After posting yet another disappointing quarter, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn't been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants....

Asia needs policy coordination amid slower growth
BEIJING (AP) -- Asia-Pacific economies need to recalibrate financial policies in the face of slowing global growth, U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said Wednesday, following a meeting of regional financial officials to prepare for next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum....

German firm wins appeal in Spain thalidomide case
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish court has upheld an appeal by a German pharmaceutical company, ditching a previous ruling that ordered the company to pay compensation to 22 Spaniards who blame their disabilities on the drug thalidomide....

Japan's exports up in September, deficit persists
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade deficit edged higher in September though exports rose more than expected as the yen weakened to a near six-year low, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday....

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