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Voters weigh expansion of bottle deposit law
Both sides in the debate over Question 2 say much has changed in the more than three decades since Massachusetts first passed a bottle deposit law.
Paul Allen giving at least $100M to Ebola fight
Billionaire Paul Allen says he'll contribute at least $100 million to the fight against Ebola.
Earnings from Microsoft, others drive stocks up
The stock market is closing out its best week in almost two years as earnings gains from Microsoft and others got investors in a buying mood.
Hacker gets prison for cyberattack stealing $9.4M
An Estonian man who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a 2008 cyberattack on a credit card processing company that enabled hackers to steal $9.4 million has been sentenced to 11 years in prison by a federal judge in Atlanta.
US new-home sales close to flat in September
U.S. sales of new homes were essentially flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying.
Paintings in national parks spark probe, furor
A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online.
Amazon's loss makes holidays a question mark
Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace.
BP, Chevron strike oil at deepwater Gulf site
Chevron and BP have hit oil at a key exploration site in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. This is BP's second major discovery in the deepwater Gulf since the 2010 oil spill.
Stocks surge as US companies report higher profits
Stocks are closing with big gains after several major U.S. companies reported higher profits.
Tech firm fined for paying workers $1.21 per hour
A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees imported from India were being treated like they were in an overseas sweat shop while they were working on a special project in the U.S.
US airline profits soar as fuel costs ease
Profits are soaring at the biggest U.S. airlines, and much of the credit goes to the falling cost of fuel.
Bear cub strolls through Ashland drug store
Some shoppers at an Ashland drug store were surprised by a bear cub walking down the aisles.
Fake classes reported at UNC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A report by a former Justice Department official finds that about 3,100 students attended fake classes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill over nearly two decades, about half of them athletes.
HealthCare.gov's EZ form not for legal immigrants
HealthCare.gov's new EZ application for coverage can't be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens.
Corporate giants funding state ballot initiatives
Voters may not know it, but large companies and national advocacy groups are paying for the millions of dollars in ads about ballot measures they will consider on Election Day.
Zuckerberg speaks Chinese; Beijing students cheer
China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and he entertained an audience of students with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese at a prestigious Beijing university.
US jobless aid applications rise to 283,000
The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam.
European economic survey shows surprise improvement
A stronger than anticipated European economic survey has raised hopes in the markets that the recent slowdown may be coming to an end.
Slide in energy sector drags US stock market lower
Stocks are ending lower, breaking a four-day winning streak, as a drop in the price of oil dragged energy companies lower.
San Francisco inmates getting computer tablets
Some San Francisco jail inmates are getting computer tablets that they will be able to use to do homework, read novels and prepare for their criminal cases.
Expert says Detroit bankruptcy plan feasible
A financial expert appointed to advise Detroit's bankruptcy judge says the city's plan to return to solvency is feasible.
Google unveils app for managing Gmail inboxes
Google is introducing an application designed to make it easier for its Gmail users to find and manage important information that can often become buried in their inboxes.
At a glance: List of models with problem air bags
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded the number of vehicles and manufacturers covered by a warning about air bags. Ten automakers and almost 8 million vehicles are covered.
Camel maker Reynolds snuffs out workplace smoking
Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings.
5 problems McDonald's is facing in the US
Times are getting leaner for McDonald's.
Review: Better cameras, less glare in iPad Air 2
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.
Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles
The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash.
Take a look at the top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store
App Store Official Charts for the week ending October 20, 2014:
Slovakia bans exports of drinking water
The Slovak Parliament has voted to approve a constitutional amendment that bans exports of water from Slovakia.
McDonald's profit, sales decline
McDonald's says its profit and sales declined as the world's biggest hamburger chain saw customer traffic fall around the world.
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