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  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The problems for Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp grew after U.S. safety regulators expanded a warning about faulty air bags to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States while two more lawsuits have been filed over accidents in older Honda cars. The news came a day after Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States...

  • Toys R Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' dolls Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:53 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week. The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman.

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The recall crisis is growing involving Takata- made air bags exploding with too much force and spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel, with two more lawsuits filed over accidents in older Honda cars. News of the lawsuits came a day after Toyota Motor Corp on Monday recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States because of potentially...

  • Exactech posts 3Q profit Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 4:27 PM ET

    GAINSVILLE, Fla. _ Exactech Inc. on Tuesday reported net income of $3 million, or 21 cents per share, in its third quarter. For the current quarter ending in December, Exactech said it expects revenue in the range of $62 million to $64 million. Exactech shares have decreased 14 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 21- Raymond James Financial Inc is preparing to offer exchange-traded funds free of transaction fees, ratcheting up its competition for assets against similar programs in place at Charles Schwab Corp and TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.. The St. Petersburg, Florida- based company is to begin offering nearly 120 commission-free ETFs next month to its...

  • Canadian Pacific CEO says rail deal possible Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 2:55 PM ET

    CEO Hunter Harrison said during a conference call Tuesday he doesn't agree with the view that the Surface Transportation Board wouldn't approve any merger. Merging the Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. with CSX Corp. could have improved service by routing traffic around the bottlenecks in Chicago, Harrison said. CSX CEO Michael Ward said last week that...

  • IAPA: Press freedom deteriorating in the Americas Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    SANTIAGO, Chile— Freedom of expression and the press have sharply deteriorated in the Americas over the last six months due to an increase in censorship and physical attacks on journalists, the Inter American Press Association said Tuesday. Journalists suffered violence in almost every country in the region, including Venezuela, where some were attacked by...

  • State: Jimmy John's founder owes taxes on planes Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    The case is pending before the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal, the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reported. Illinois Department of Revenue officials allege that the companies— Jimmy John's Franchise LLC and Liautaud Development Group LLC— owe the money on the 2009 purchases of a Lear jet and a Bombadier BD-100. In 2011 he threatened to...

  • Rural areas seek piece of subprime-loan settlement Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    Long seen as having devastated Sun Belt cities, the subprime mortgage crisis unleashed turmoil on Ohio and other rural areas. Much of it was concentrated in Appalachia and other areas stretching from Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky to Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and the Great Plains, according to government data provided to The Associated Press by...

  • Big slump is no cause to ditch stock market Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    NEW YORK— After more than five years of stock market gains, investors could be forgiven for worrying that big sell-offs may be the harbingers of bigger slumps. Headlines about the spread of Ebola and the deepening conflict with Islamic State fighters in the Middle East also turned investors cautious. Erik Davidson, deputy chief investment officer for Wells...

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The recall crisis involving Takata- made air bags exploding with too much force and spraying occupants with metal shrapnel continues to grow, with two more lawsuits filed concerning accidents in older Honda cars. News of the lawsuits comes a day after Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States because of potentially...

  • Unemployment rates fall in 31 US states last month Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose in 8 states and were unchanged in 11 states. Colorado and Kentucky, two states with hard-fought Senate campaigns, experienced the...

  • Oct 21- Magic Leap Inc, a startup focused on augmented reality technology, said it raised $542 million in a funding round led by Google Inc.. Investors in the latest round included Qualcomm Inc, the world's No.1 mobile phone chipmaker, Andreessen Horowitz, KKR and Legendary Entertainment. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google,...

  • Panama suspends Supreme Court judge for corruption Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:56 AM ET

    PANAMA CITY— A Supreme Court justice linked to former President Ricardo Martinelli was suspended on Monday over corruption charges in a landmark corruption case that has mesmerized much of Panama. Alejandro Moncada has for weeks been battling accusations he profited from his ties to the former conservative leader after documents emerged showing he paid...

  • Brown & Brown misses Street 3Q forecasts Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 5:57 PM ET

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Brown& Brown Inc. on Monday reported third-quarter profit of $68.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 47 cents per share. Analysts expected $424.5 million, according to Zacks.

  • DETROIT, Oct 20- Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States on Monday because of potentially defective front passenger air bag inflators from Japan's Takata Corp that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel, according to U.S. safety regulators. That raised the number of vehicles affected by regional recalls launched in...

  • Vehicles with air bag problem that should be fixed Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million car owners whose air bag inflators have been recalled to get them repaired. The air bags, especially in areas along the coast with high absolute humidity, have inflators that can rupture. —Models: 2002 to 2004 Lexus SC, 2003 to 2004 Toyota Corolla and Matrix, 2002 to...

  • Zalkind and Williams, who have a combined experience of more than 20 years in the securities industry, joined Morgan Stanley on Oct. 14 from JPMorgan Chase& Co.. Morgan Stanley also said Robert Phelps had joined its Downtown Louisville, Kentucky office on Oct. 17 from UBS, while Thomas Forma and Kevin Nichols joined its West Hartford, Connecticut office from...

  • Scotts Miracle-Gro to buy pest control company Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. said Monday that it plans to buy Action Pest Control Inc., a Midwest company that helps rid homes and businesses of bedbugs, termites and other pests. Scotts Miracle-Gro, based in Marysville, Ohio, already has a pest control service in Florida. Shares of Scotts Miracle-Gro added 39 cents to $56.52 in afternoon trading Monday.

  • US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    Multiple automakers have recalled vehicles in the U.S. over the past two years to repair air bag inflators made by Takata Corp., a Tokyo- based supplier of seat belts, air bags, steering wheels and other auto parts. In a statement Monday, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration warned owners of those cars to act right away. The warning covers cars made...