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US home sales rose in October as hurricane impact wanes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans bought more homes last month, as sales snapped back in hurricane-hit Texas and Florida. Yet the market is still suffering from a dwindling supply of available homes....

After US pushback, AT&T prepares to fight for Time Warner
NEW YORK (AP) -- Seeing an attempt to block its buyout out of Time Warner as a "radical" departure by the U.S. government, AT&T is preparing for a fight to see the $85 billion deal through....

Politics or policy? Behind the dispute over AT&T-Time Warner
NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T is vowing to fight the U.S. government to save its $85 billion bid for Time Warner, after the Justice Department sued to block the deal on grounds it could hike television bills and hamper innovation....

Iran-based hacker charged with trying to extort HBO
NEW YORK (AP) -- An Iran-based hacker plotted to extort HBO out of $6 million by threatening to release stolen episodes and scripts of hit shows, such as "Game of Thrones," at one point taunting the network with a twist on a catch phrase form that series: "Winter is coming. HBO is falling."...

FCC chairman sets out to repeal 'net neutrality' rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday followed through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally, setting up a showdown with consumer groups and internet companies who fear the move will stifle competition and innovation....

Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend - but not by choice....

Disney Animation, Pixar chief John Lasseter taking leave
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pixar co-founder and Walt Disney Animation chief John Lasseter is taking a six-month leave of absence citing "missteps" with employees....

CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations
NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS News and PBS both cut ties to Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them....

Technology gains and solid earnings push US stocks higher
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks are on the verge of more records Tuesday as most industries, including technology and health care companies, post solid gains. Solid quarterly reports are boosting companies including medical device maker Medtronic and construction services company Jacobs Engineering, while Signet Jewelers is tumbling....

Hulu sued for not offering audio service for blind customers
BOSTON (AP) -- Advocacy groups have sued Hulu in an effort to force the subscription streaming service to provide an audio track that helps people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy TV shows and movies....

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