AP Top Business News at 7:54 a.m. EDT

Despite warnings, extremely dangerous air bags not repaired
DETROIT (AP) -- Owners of more than 300,000 Hondas have yet to get their air bags repaired, despite warnings from the automaker and regulators that the inflators have an extremely high chance of rupturing and causing injury or even death....

GM reports record 3Q earnings despite slowing US sales
DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors reported a record third-quarter profit that doubled the same period a year ago, despite falling sales and market share in the U.S....

Trump brand loses luster with affluent
NEW YORK (AP) -- Event planner Beth Bernstein decided she had had enough with Donald Trump after his 2005 hot-mic boasts about groping women came to light earlier this month. She removed photos of weddings she had thrown at a Trump hotel in Chicago from her website, wrote to hotel staff to remove her from the list of "preferred vendors" and posted a sort of call to arms on her blog....

Merck beats Street 3Q forecasts
KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) -- Merck & Co. (MRK) on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $2.18 billion....

Report: Gunmen still control metals mined for modern gadgets
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Violent gunmen still menace pick-and-shovel miners in eastern Congo, a new report finds, despite years of efforts to loosen their grip by local reformers, Western activists and companies like Apple and Intel that use minerals from the African region in their products....

Plunging solar equipment prices fuel trade complaints
BEIJING (AP) -- Use of solar power is soaring, but Europe's biggest solar panel manufacturer, SolarWorld, took the surprise step last month of cutting 500 jobs from its workforce of 3,000....

UK government wants to expand Heathrow airport, razing homes
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's government gave the go-ahead Tuesday to build a new runway at London's Heathrow airport despite concerns about air pollution, noise and the destruction of homes in the capital's densely populated western neighborhoods....

Pickup trucks score poorly in headlight tests
DETROIT (AP) -- Pickup truck headlights performed poorly in new tests by the insurance industry....

Caterpillar beats 3Q profit forecasts
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $283 million....

Global stocks mostly rise on upbeat economic data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Global stocks mostly rose Tuesday amid upbeat economic reports and relatively strong corporate earnings....

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