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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....

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....

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 stock markets Wednesday after the S&P 500 had its best day of the year....

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....

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....

5 problems McDonald's is facing in the US
NEW YORK (AP) -- Times are getting leaner for McDonald's....

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place....

FTC names privacy expert as chief technologist
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday named an outspoken Internet privacy expert, Ashkan Soltani, as its chief technologist in a move that signals the agency's focus on protecting consumers' online privacy....

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