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WASHINGTON â¿¿ The budget agreement Congress reached Wednesday cheered investors and removed the threat of a catastrophic debt default that could have triggered another recession. Yet the temporary nature of the deal means a cloud will remain over a sluggish U.S. economy that was further slowed by the government's partial shutdown. By Christopher S. Rugaber and Ken Sweet. SENT: 930 words.



NEW YORK â¿¿ Wall Street finally got the deal it's been waiting for. A last-minute agreement to keep the U.S. from defaulting on its debt and reopen the government sent the stock market soaring, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index close to a record high. By Steve Rothwell. SENT: 980 words, photo.


â¿¿BUDGET BATTLE-GLANCE â¿¿ Provisions of bill for reopening the government and averting default.


DETROIT â¿¿ Locked in a fight for supremacy in the red-hot pickup market, it may seem strange that General Motors is raising prices on the Silverado, Sierra and other trucks. Analysts say it's actually a common marketing ploy in the industry. An automaker increases prices and then boosts discounts to give customers the feeling that they're getting a deal. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 670 words, photo.


NEW YORK â¿¿ After some ups and downs, CEO Jim Lentz thinks Toyota is right where it's supposed to be. Five years ago, the company unseated General Motors as the world's biggest automaker and dominated much of the U.S. market. Then came a series of embarrassing safety recalls and a devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan that shuttered the automaker's parts suppliers and left it short of cars to sell. Today, sales have rebounded and Toyota is again making big profits. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 2,020 words, photos.


â¿¿ TOYOTA-CEO INTERVIEW-BIO BOX â¿¿ About Jim Lentz. SENT: 160 words.


LOS ANGELES â¿¿ Microsoft is releasing its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download starting Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.


NEW YORK â¿¿ Small business owners have been flooding health insurance exchanges to see what kind of deals they can get on coverage for their employees. Many have been pleasantly surprised with their options. But so far, while some owners have signed up, many are still shopping around to see what kind of policies they can get elsewhere. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 860 words, photo.



WASHINGTON â¿¿ In the first month alone, the administration was hoping to sign up nearly a half million people for the new health insurance markets, according to an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press. But if the cascade of computer problems persist and frustrated consumers give up trying, that initial goal â¿¿ described as modest in the memo â¿¿ could slip out of reach. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 900 words.

â¿¿ HEALTH OVERHAUL-SIGNUP TARGETS-LIST, a list of goals by state.


DALLAS â¿¿ Mark Cuban wins a years-long fight with the federal government as jurors say that the billionaire basketball team owner did not commit insider-trading when he sold his shares in an Internet company in 2004. By David Koenig. SENT: 550 words, photos.



WASHINGTON â¿¿ JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay a $100 million penalty and admitted that it "recklessly" distorted prices during a series of London trades that ultimately cost the bank $6 billion in losses. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 825 words, photo.

â¿¿ KNIGHT CAPITAL-SEC FINE â¿¿ Financial services company Knight Capital Americas will pay $12 million to settle charges it violated SEC rules in connection with a costly trading glitch in August 2012. SENT: 360 words.

â¿¿ MADOFF FRAUD TRIAL â¿¿ Five ex-employees of imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff aided him in history's biggest Ponzi scheme by helping to "perpetuate Madoff's elaborate fiction," generating millions of pages of fake documents over three decades to fool thousands of investors, government regulators and financial institutions, a prosecutor tells jurors in opening statements. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: xx words by xx pm.


WASHINGTON â¿¿ U.S. homebuilders are feeling less confident in the housing market, reflecting their uncertainty over the budget impasse in Washington. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index fell to 55 in October. That's down from a reading of 57 in September. By Alex Veiga. SENT: 630 words, photo.


WASHINGTON â¿¿ The Federal Reserve says economic growth slowed in a few key regions of the United States from September through early October, as businesses grew worried about a budget impasse that led to a partial government shutdown. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT 360 words.


â¿¿ BEIGE-BOOK-GLANCE â¿¿ How the information in the Fed's Beige Book is compiled, at a glance. SENT: 450 words.

â¿¿ OIL PRICES â¿¿ The price of oil rises 1 percent as the U.S. Senate announces a deal that would avoid a potentially catastrophic default on its debt and reopen the government. SENT: 330 words.



WASHINGTON â¿¿ To big sighs of relief, the Senate prepares to approve legislation to avoid a Treasury default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, signaling an end to the latest episode of government-by gridlock and sending the stock market soaring. By Special Correspondent David Espo. SENT: 1,370 words, photos, audio, video.


WASHINGTON â¿¿ In the space of a week, Chris Vaccaro was furloughed from his government post, called back to work and then furloughed again in head-spinning events that left him feeling like a human yo-yo. Vaccaro is among thousands of federal employees whose status changed from nonessential to essential at some point over the course of the partial government shutdown, now in its third week. By Sam Hananel. SENT: 1,060 words, photo.

â¿¿ SHUTDOWN-LETTERS TO CREDITORS â¿¿ Furloughed federal workers who have trouble paying bills can send their creditors a letter from the government pleading for patience. SENT: 130 words.

â¿¿ SHUTDOWN IMPACT-GLANCE â¿¿ SENT: 2,400 words, photos.


WASHINGTON â¿¿ Hold the champagne. Even if Congress reaches a last-minute or deadline-busting deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, elected officials are likely to return to their grinding brand of brinkmanship â¿¿ perhaps repeatedly. By Charles Babington. SENT: 1,270 words, photo.

â¿¿ BUDGET BATTLE-AUTO SALES â¿¿ Auto sales tailed off last week, and some dealers and experts are pointing the finger at bickering politicians in Washington. SENT: 680 words, photo.

â¿¿ BUFFETT-BUDGET BATTLE â¿¿ Billionaire Warren Buffett says it would be idiocy for the nation's leaders to allow the United States to default on its bills. Congressional leaders were still working Wednesday morning on a deal to end the partial government shutdown and prevent default. SENT: 420 words.

â¿¿ BUDGET BATTLE-TIMELINE â¿¿ Timeline of action on partial government shutdown, expiring federal borrowing authority. SENT: 500 words, photo.



SEATTLEâ¿¿ Washington state approves rules for its new legal marijuana industry. After nearly a year of research, planning and public hearings, the three-member state Liquor Control Board adopts the rules. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. â¿¿ The San Francisco Bay Area's main commuter rail line is up and running after a potential transit strike was averted for the third straight day. By Terry Collins. SENT: 680 words, photos, audio, video. UPCOMING: Will be updated with developments from talks.


BISMARCK, N.D. â¿¿ Scientists who helped calculate oil spilled from a broken BP well into the Gulf of Mexico are questioning the methodology used to estimate the amount of crude that recently leaked from a ruptured pipeline into a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota. By James MacPherson. SENT: 890 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES â¿¿ The life-size dummies used to test dog restraint harnesses for the Center for Pet Safety are believed to be the nation's first instrumented, weighted and correct canine prototypes. Thousands of dollars went to the dogs. Center founder Lindsey Wolko spent 10 years planning the center after her real-life dog went flying when she braked â¿¿ despite a safety restraint. Wolko delivered the results of the first test completed by the center and six out of seven failed. By Sue Manning. SENT: 640 words, photos.


JERUSALEM â¿¿As the world's leading maker of generic drugs, Teva has been a glowing source of pride for Israel. After an announcement of massive layoffs and revelations of the sweeping tax exemptions it enjoys, this homegrown jewel of the Israeli economy is fighting to save its reputation. By Aron Heller. SENT: 900 words, photo.

â¿¿ ADVANCE AUTO PARTS-GENERAL PARTS â¿¿ Advance Auto Parts Inc. says it is buying General Parts International Inc. for $2.04 billion in cash, which the companies say will create the biggest automotive replacement parts provider in North America. SENT: 410 words.

â¿¿ LAX EXPLOSION â¿¿ A baggage handler has been arrested following a police investigation into two dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport. SENT: 430 words, photo, audio, video.

â¿¿ WINE HARVEST â¿¿ The grape harvest in the European Union has picked up from the extremely bad 2012 season but still left key wine regions such as France's Bordeaux and Bourgogne struggling because of inclement weather. SENT: 430 words, photos.

â¿¿ LEGALIZING MARIJUANA â¿¿ After nearly a year of research, planning and public hearings, Washington state is poised to approve the rules for its new legal marijuana industry. SENT: 220 words.

â¿¿ FRANCE-DANONE â¿¿ Revenue at French dairy company Danone was flat in the third quarter after an infant formula recall over fears of botulism contamination. SENT: 210 words.

â¿¿ LISTERIA-CANTELOUPE â¿¿ Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers charged in a deadly listeria outbreak plan to plead guilty under a deal with federal prosecutors. SENT: 330 words.

â¿¿ BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY ACQUISITION â¿¿ Warren Buffett's company is buying the beverage-dispensing machine business of Britain's IMI PLC for $1.1 billion. SENT: 120 words.

â¿¿ EUROPE-AIRLINE EMISSIONS â¿¿ The European Commission wants to impose carbon emission charges for all flights using Europe's airspace. SENT: 140 words.

â¿¿ SIX FLAGS-WOMAN DIES â¿¿ Court documents indicate Six Flags denies any liability in the death of a rider on one of its roller coasters in part because it was not the manufacturer or designer. SENT: 120 words.

â¿¿ CSX-OUTLOOK â¿¿ CSX Corp. remains optimistic the railroad's profits will improve over the next two years even though coal demand has remained stubbornly weak. SENT: 500 words.

â¿¿ VEEVA SYSTEMS-IPO â¿¿ Shares of Veeva Systems Inc. are soaring in their trading debut Wednesday after the cloud-based software company raised about $261 million in its initial public offering. SENT: 180 words.

â¿¿ SPAIN-FAGOR-BANKRUPTCY â¿¿ Spanish appliance maker Fagor Electrodomesticos has filed for bankruptcy protection after years of economic crisis caused a dramatic drop in sales. SENT: 120 words.



WASHINGTON â¿¿ Bank of America Corp. says its third-quarter profit surged as it saw increases from investments and interest charged on loans. SENT: 270 words.


NEW YORK â¿¿ PepsiCo Inc. is reporting a higher quarterly profit, as stronger sales of its Frito-Lay snacks helped offset weaker results in its North American beverage unit. SENT: 380 words, photo.

â¿¿ EARNS-IBM â¿¿ IBM said Wednesday that its third-quarter net income rose 6 percent, but its revenue fell and missed Wall Street's expectations by more than $1 billion. The company's stock fell in extended trading. SENT: 425 words, photo.

â¿¿ EARNS-EBAY â¿¿ EBay's third-quarter earnings edged past analysts' expectations, but revenue rose just short of estimates. The company's profit and revenue outlook for the current quarter through December was also weaker than expected. SENT: 245 words.

â¿¿ EARNS-AMERICAN EXPRESS â¿¿ American Express says its net income rose 9 percent in the third quarter, as cardholders spent more in the U.S. and elsewhere. The results trumped Wall Street estimates. SENT: 240 words.

â¿¿ EARNS-MATTEL â¿¿ Mattel's third-quarter net income rose 16 percent, buoyed by higher sales of American Girl and Monster High products and strength in all regions. Its results beat Wall Street expectations. SENT: 380 words, photo.



WASHINGTON â¿¿ Welcome to the measured life. A growing category of devices and software applications promises to measure the mundane details of our daily lives: calories burned, diaper changes, how much we sleep, even whether a baby is nursing more frequently on Mom's left breast versus her right. By Anne Flaherty. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.


SEOUL, South Korea â¿¿ The G2 and the G Pad 8.3, the flagship smartphone and tablet from LG Electronics Inc., are great mobile devices that have fantastic screens, top-end cameras and ample processing power. But making an impressive device is not enough to stand apart from the crowd in the ultra-competitive mobile phone market, which probably pushed LG to make some bold design decisions in a bid to differentiate its G series from Samsung's Galaxy line and Apple's iPad mini. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 650 words, photos.

â¿¿ APPLE-NEW CAMPUS â¿¿ Apple's plans for a massive new campus in Silicon Valley that co-founder Steve Jobs likened to a spaceship have cleared a major hurdle. SENT: 160 words.



LONDON â¿¿ Demand for emergency food aid spikes in Britain, suggesting low-income households' living standards are still sliding due to the impact of government austerity measures, despite the end of the recession. With winter approaching, the worst may be yet to come. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 640 words, photos.


PYONGYANG, North Korea â¿¿ In a bid to bolster its laggard economy, North Korea plans to set up new special economic zones and has created a group to assist potential foreign investors. North Korea is still regarded as too risky by many businesses but has had its eye on expanding its use of economic zones since at least June, when it announced foreign investors would be given preferential treatment for land use, labor and taxes. SENT: 500 words, photos.


GENEVA â¿¿ Reflecting signs of progress at ongoing Iran nuclear talks, the country's foreign minister says his country would meet again with six powers within weeks to further discuss ways to ease fears his Iran may want atomic arms. By George Jahn and John Heilprin. SENT: 600 words, photos.


TOKYO â¿¿ A prominent Japanese architect is campaigning to reduce the size of the spaceship-like main stadium approved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, saying it's too expensive and would clash with its surroundings. Fumihiko Maki says he's not criticizing the design of the stadium by award-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, just the size. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 550 words, photos.

â¿¿ GREECE-FINANCIAL CRISIS â¿¿ Greece's largest labor union calls a new general strike for Nov. 6, warning that unemployment has reached "nightmare" levels and that working rights are continually being eroded by austerity measures. SENT: 230 words.

â¿¿ BRITAIN-UNEMPLOYMENT â¿¿ Official figures show Britain's unemployment rate dropped slightly to 7.7 percent for the three-month period to August, further evidence that Europe's third-largest economy continues to strengthen. SENT: 260 words.

â¿¿ PORTUGAL-FINANCIAL CRISIS â¿¿ Portuguese opposition parties and labor groups vow to fight the government's latest austerity measures, which are being adopted in return for a 78 billion-euro ($105.6 billion) bailout agreed on in 2011. SENT: 330 words.

â¿¿ INDONESIA-MONORAIL â¿¿ Construction of a monorail for the Indonesian capital has resumed after years of wrangling that left parts of the city dotted with unfinished concrete pillars. SENT: 140 words.

â¿¿ EUROPE-GIBRALTAR-TAX PROBE â¿¿ The European Commission has opened a probe of Gibraltar's corporate tax regime on suspicion it might selectively favor some businesses such as offshore companies. SENT: 130 words.

â¿¿ GERMANY-NEW-GOVERNMENT â¿¿ German Chancellor Angela Merkel's options for forming a new government are narrowing after talks with the Greens ended with both sides unable to agree on how they might form a coalition together. SENT: 140 words.

â¿¿ CANADA-EU-FREE TRADE â¿¿ Canada's prime minister says his country will "soon" complete negotiations on a free trade deal with the European Union. SENT: 290 words.



Several automakers are offering aggressive lease deals on plug-in electric cars, taking advantage of federal tax incentives that help bring down monthly payments. For some drivers, the terms open the possibility of saving enough on gas to cover most if not all of the monthly costs of leasing. Here are some tips to keep in mind when considering leasing a plug-in hybrid. By Alex Veiga. UPCOMING: 950 words by 6:00 p.m.

â¿¿ STUDENT LOANS â¿¿ Federal officials have received more than 3,800 complaints in the last year from borrowers of private student loans, with common problems related to payment processing and requests for loan modifications. SENT: 500 words.


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Show me the revenue

Financial analysts have modest expectations for corporate revenue growth in the third quarter and only expect to see pockets of strength this reporting season. They're forecasting a 21 percent jump in revenue for consumer discretionary companies, more than triple that of any other sector in the Standard & Poor's 500 index. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.


Barbie boosts Mattel earnings

Barbie, the No. 1 doll brand, helped lift Mattel's third-quarter results. The largest U.S. toy maker reported that its net income rose 16 percent.

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