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EU says Apple gets illegal tax benefits in Ireland

  BRUSSELS (AP) — Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union’s competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal tax deals there. In a preliminary report into the company’s overseas tax practices, the 28-nation bloc’s executive Commission said the low tax treatment [...]

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US stocks turn higher in midday trading

  NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market flipped between slight gains and losses on Tuesday, keeping the Standard & Poor’s 500 index on course for its third monthly loss this year. Ford Motor sank after cutting its profit forecast, while eBay jumped. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 27 points, or 0.2 [...]

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Pediatricians urge IUDs or implants for teen girls

  CHICAGO (AP) — Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation’s most influential pediatricians’ group recommends. In an updated policy, the American Academy of Pediatrics says condoms also should be used every time teens have sex, [...]

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US stocks head lower, following drops overseas

  NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market slid lower to start the week, following declines in European markets. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 139 points, or 0.8 percent, to 16,974 as of 10:02 a.m. Eastern time Monday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 16 points, or 0.8 percent, to [...]

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Anti-addiction groups call for new FDA chief

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Anti-addiction activists are calling for the Food and Drug Administration’s top official to step down, saying the agency’s policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. In a letter released Wednesday, September 24th, more than a dozen groups ask the Obama administration’s top health official to replace FDA [...]

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US, California release road map for solar projects

  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California’s boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals. [...]

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‘Maze Runner’ races past ‘Tombstones’ with $32.5 M

  NEW YORK (AP) — The young-adult adaptation “The Maze Runner” raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate. The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson’s hardboiled private eye thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones” [...]

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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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