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US stocks end a turbulent month at a record high

For stock investors, there was no shortage of drama in October.

Nixon unveils jobs program in St. Louis County

Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to not immediately visit Ferguson after an initial wave of violent protests that followed Michael Brown’s shooting death made him a target of critics, who called Nixon “silent Jay” and toted an oversized cardboard cutout of the two-term Democrat’s face to demonstrations.

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Not so sweet: Chocolate prices are set to rise

That bowl of chocolates for ninjas and ghosts won’t cost you more this Halloween.

FTC accuses Gerber of false claim on baby formula

Baby-food maker Gerber is being accused by the government of claiming falsely that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children.

Applications for US jobless aid tick up to 287,000

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market.

US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in Q3

The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.

Identity theft victims lose more than money

Personal data was stolen from 100 million Americans this year in cyber-attacks and thefts from retailers, banks and hospitals. Many of them will become victims of identity theft. While the financial hit to people and companies is real, the emotional impact can be “life-altering,” says Terrell McSweeny, a member of the Federal Trade Commission, at a conference Wednesday.

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Now in aisle 3 at Lowe’s: robots

The robots are coming. Lowe’s is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.

Health care overhaul doubts ease for insurers

What a difference a year makes. The nation's biggest health insurers entered last fall cautious about a major coverage expansion initiated by the health care overhaul, the federal law that aims to cover millions of uninsured people.

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Gov't pushes air bag maker on replacement parts

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem.

Fed ends bond buying and cites brighter job market

The Federal Reserve cited an improving economy Wednesday as it ended its landmark bond-buying program and pointed to gains in the job market — a key condition for an eventual interest rate hike.

Stocks slip after Fed statement

An optimistic statement from the Federal Reserve sent the dollar up and gold prices down Wednesday as traders prepared for rising interest rates.

Panera misses Street 3Q forecasts

Panera Bread Co. on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $39.2 million.

Express Scripts meets 3Q profit forecasts

Express Scripts Holding Co. on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $582.3 million.

Facebook’s advertising revenue soars in 3Q

Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly large chunk of the social networking giant’s overall advertising business.

St. Louis company fined 52K for workplace hazards

A St. Louis steel fabricator has been fined more than $50,000 by a federal agency for 15 workplace safety violations.

Stocks rise as profits, confidence index climb

Strong corporate earnings pushed up stocks across industries on Tuesday, with the energy sector and small companies leading the gains.

Fed will likely signal no rate hike anytime soon

The global economy has slumped. Turmoil has gripped financial markets. And the U.S. job market, despite steady gains, still isn’t fully healthy.

13 Europe banks flunk test, must find 10 billion euros

The European Central Bank says 13 of Europe’s 130 biggest banks have flunked an in-depth review of their finances and need an extra 10 billion euros ($12.5 billion) to cushion themselves against any future crises.

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Gender gap narrowing, but it's still a career step to watch for women

As women’s earnings and professional advancement improve, the gender gap in the modern workplace is narrowing, but slowly.

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