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  • Spot will cost you: Pet rents become apartment fad Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    Now, a monthly rental payment ranging from $10 to $50 is quickly becoming the norm, adding to the cost. With a third of the country's population— 103 million people— living in apartments, according to the Arlington, Virginia- based National Apartment Association, loads of pet owners are facing extra costs. That's something Fred Lopez, of the small Los Angeles suburb...

  • DETROIT, Oct 22- U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday expanded the number of vehicles in the United States that may be affected by recalls for potentially defective Takata Corp air bags that could spray shrapnel at occupants. The NHTSA has urged owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to...

  • Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    DETROIT— In a story Oct. 20 about an auto industry air bag recall, The Associated Press reported an incorrect age for Hien Thi Tran, who died after being severely injured in a Florida crash. DETROIT— The U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill...

  • Ryder meets 3Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 8:06 AM ET

    MIAMI _ Ryder System Inc. (R) on Wednesday reported profit of $83.7 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of $1.63 per share. Analysts expected $1.72 billion, according to Zacks.

  • Oct 22- With the closest known U.S. cases of Ebola diagnosed about 160 miles away in Dallas, Cary Griffin is taking no chances. For many, the three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States so far since late September represent a new potential disaster and a reason to run to the store. Chad Huddleston, an anthropologist at the University of Southern Illinois at...

  • Tupperware misses 3Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:27 AM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Tupperware Brands Corp. on Wednesday reported third-quarter earnings of $32.3 million. Analysts expected $587.9 million, according to Zacks. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $1.70.

  • Hyundai's revamped Sonata yet to rev up key U.S. market Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 5:14 AM ET

    Hyundai is expected to post a 9 percent fall in its third-quarter net profit when it releases its quarterly earnings on Thursday. In contrast, the Sonata's predecessor helped Hyundai expand its U.S. market share after it was launched there in 2010.. But consumers are very much driven by what the vehicle looks like, "said Scott Fink, chief executive of Hyundai of New...

  • B/E Aerospace tops 3Q net income expectations Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, Fla. _ B/E Aerospace Inc. on Wednesday reported net income of $102.2 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.15 per share. B/E Aerospace expects full-year earnings to be $4.45 per share.

  • 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...