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Gas falling under $3 nationwide: What to know
NEW YORK (AP) -- The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and special meals: The gas station sign, with a price of $2-something a gallon....

Exxon, Chevron shrug off effect of low oil prices
NEW YORK (AP) -- Falling oil prices hardly seem to be bothering the two biggest U.S. oil companies, but things could get tougher in the coming months....

Wall Street caps a wild month with a rally
NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. stock market is capping a seesaw month by jumping to all-time highs just two weeks after enduring its worst slump since 2012....

Bank of Japan redoubles efforts to revive economy
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's central bank surprised the financial world and pleased investors Friday by intensifying its purchases of government bonds and other assets to try to revive a chronically anemic economy....

Q&A: Why Japan's economy needs more juice
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan is pumping more money into its lagging economy, expanding an already lavish stimulus effort. The surprise announcement Friday highlights diverging fortunes among the world's top economies. Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its own unprecedented stimulus in a sign of increased confidence in economic recovery....

Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy....

Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool
TOKYO (AP) -- When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty....

US consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumer cut spending in September for the first time in eight months, as incomes grew at the slowest pace this year. The figures underscore nagging economic soft spots that are expected to ease in the coming months....

US consumer sentiment index reaches 7-year high
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumers expect better economic growth and rising incomes in the coming months, pushing a measure of confidence to a seven-year high in October....

Coal miners stuck in the middle of Ukraine's war
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Glistening black sweat rolls down the spine of a beefy miner as he jackhammers bedrock along the shaft at the Chelyuskintsev coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland....

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