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Investors breathe sigh of relief at Scottish vote

  LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom shored up British stocks on Friday but worries over future constitutional changes kept a lid on the relief rally. With all 32 Scottish councils having declared, the No campaign won 55.3 percent of the votes cast in Thursday’s referendum against 44.7 percent [...]

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Unemployment rates rise in 24 US states in August

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in nearly half of U.S. states in August, even as employers in two-thirds of the states added jobs. The Labor Department says unemployment increased in 24 states, fell in 15 and was unchanged in 11. Hiring picked up in 35 states, while it fell in 15. Unemployment rates [...]

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US stocks climb higher in early trading

  NEW YORK (AP) — Major market indexes are heading higher Friday as the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba prepares its stock-market debut. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index pushed above the record level reached the day before. KEEPING SCORE: As of 9:55 a.m. Eastern, the Dow Jones industrial ave rage was up 74 points, or [...]

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Asian stocks mostly down after Fed meeting

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets mostly fell Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve increased its estimate for the level of the central bank’s benchmark interest rate by the end of 2015, surprising investors who expected a slower pace of rate hikes. KEEPING SCORE: Most Asian markets went south, with Hong Kong’s Hang [...]

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Review: Ambitious ‘Destiny’ lacks imagination

  Midway through “Destiny,” the new science fiction epic from “Halo” creators Bungie, a smug prince is musing on the hero’s desire to visit a mysterious site on Mars. “You want to turn it into a battleground,” the prince sneers. “How unimaginative.” It’s exactly the thought that nagged me when I was playing “Destiny” (Activision, [...]

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India, China vow cooperation as troops face off

  NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian and Chinese troops faced off at their countries’ unmarked border in the Himalayas on Thursday, September 18th, as their leaders were promising to boost economic cooperation and substantially increase Chinese investment in India’s infrastructure at a rare meeting. The long-festering border dispute is a stark reminder of the complicated [...]

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Stocks up in early trading ahead of Fed statement

  NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in morning trading Wednesday as investors waited for a Federal Reserve statement on interest rates following a two-day meeting. Shares of Dupont and Fedex surged. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose four points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,002 as of 9:55 a.m. Eastern [...]

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Miley Cyrus date barely makes court appearance

  DALLAS, Ore. (AP) — A massively famous celebrity meets a young homeless man in Hollywood and introduces him to an audience of millions. Then, just when it looks like the man is going to triumph, his dark past comes back to haunt him. As in any Hollywood script, there are two possible endings: The [...]

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Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate. Over the summer, Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, provided a revised draft of their chemical regulation bill to committee [...]

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US factory output drops 0.4 percent in August

  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing output declined in August for the first time in seven months, reflecting a sharp fall in production at auto plants. The Federal Reserve says output at manufacturing plants fell 0.4 percent in August after a 0.7 percent rise in July. Total industrial production was down 0.1 percent in August, [...]

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US factory output drops 0.4 percent in August

  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing output declined in August for the first time in seven months, reflecting a sharp fall in production at auto plants. The Federal Reserve says output at manufacturing plants fell 0.4 percent in August after a 0.7 percent rise in July. Total industrial production was down 0.1 percent in August, [...]

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