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Retailers look to woo shoppers from rivals as Amazon grows
NEW YORK (AP) -- Toys and TVs at J.C. Penney, Barbies at Best Buy, kitchen appliances like wine refrigerators at B.J.'s. As the holiday shopping season officially kicks off Thursday, shoppers may find some surprises at their favorite stores....

Shanghai stocks tumble, other Asian stocks clam
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Stocks in Shanghai fell sharply but in rest of Asia, markets were calm Thursday after the Fed minutes largely met investor expectations that it will soon raise interest rates for a third time next month....

The last straw? Uber loyalists tested by string of scandals
DETROIT (AP) -- Uber has managed to hold the title of world's largest ride-hailing service despite its seemingly endless string of scandals....

What happens once 'net neutrality' rules bite the dust?
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission formally released a draft of its plan to kill net-neutrality rules , which equalized access to the internet and prevented broadband providers from favoring their own apps and services....

AP Explains: What the Uber data breach is all about
When Uber paid a $100,000 ransom so that hackers who broke into its data warehouse would destroy the personal information they stole, it allowed the ride-sharing company to keep a massive breach of 57 million user and driver accounts secret for nearly a year....

Credibility at risk, media cuts stars loose over sex claims
NEW YORK (AP) -- The consequences came swiftly after the allegations emerged against Charlie Rose. Within hours, the veteran news host was suspended by CBS and his PBS interview show was pulled off the air. The next day, he was fired....

US durable goods orders fell 1.2 percent in October
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell last month for the first time since July, pulled down by plummeting orders for commercial aircraft. A category that tracks business investment posted the biggest drop in more than a year....

Fed minutes show general support for 3rd rate hike this year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve officials generally believe that it'll soon be time for another increase in the Fed's key interest rate. However, a few felt any further rate hikes should be delayed until they see inflation moving higher, minutes of their last meeting revealed....

Trump SoHo to shed 'Trump' amid reports of sagging business
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Trump SoHo hotel is dropping the name it shares with the U.S. president....

UN: Closing energy gap would help poorest countries develop
BANGKOK (AP) -- The world's least developed countries need access to electricity if they are to break out of poverty, according to a U.N. report that urges wealthy nations to do more to honor their aid commitments to help bridge the energy gap....

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