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  • Strong dollar hurts profits of U.S. companies Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 5:49 PM ET

    Coca Cola Co and McDonald's Corp on Tuesday became the latest multinationals to get sideswiped by the surging U.S. currency, which typically crimps demand for U.S. exports and reduces the value of overseas sales when they are translated back into U.S. dollars. McDonald's forecast currency to cut fourth-quarter earnings per share by 5 cents to 6 cents, after...

  • Lewinsky calls for end to culture of cyberbullying Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 4:18 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— Monica Lewinsky says she was "patient zero" in a cyberbullying epidemic that has since been blamed for teen suicides and celebrity exploitation. The former White House intern spoke in Philadelphia at Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 Summit. She says she was inspired to act after the 2010 suicide of a Rutgers University student whose roommate used a...

  • Urban Outfitters struggles with sales slump Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 7:06 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— Urban Outfitters Inc. said Thursday that an ongoing sales slump could hurt its third-quarter earnings, which sent its shares plunging in extended trading. The Philadelphia- based retailer has delivered strong sales gains at its Anthropologie and Free People brands recently, but its namesake brand has floundered. Shares of the Philadelphia-...

  • Inquirer, Daily News sites merging with Philly.com Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 7:04 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News will shutter their individual websites and refocus attention on their joint Philly.com portal. In a letter to staff Thursday, the company says the Inquirer and Daily News replica edition apps will remain premium products for subscribers. Staff members have endured a quick succession of...

  • *Industrial output posts biggest gain since November 2012. WASHINGTON, Oct 16- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell to a 14- year low last week and industrial output rose sharply in September, positive signals that helped ease fears over the economic outlook. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to...

  • Crown beats Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 5:24 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA _ Crown Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter profit of $244 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.20 per share. Analysts expected $2.58 billion, according to Zacks.

  • WRAPUP 3-Data show U.S. economy's pulse is still strong Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    *Industrial output posts biggest gain since November 2012. WASHINGTON, Oct 16- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell to a 14- year low last week and industrial output rose sharply in September, positive signals that could help ease fears over the economic outlook. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to...

  • Factories in Philadelphia area grow more slowly Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A measure of factory activity in the Philadelphia region slipped last month, but remained at a healthy level, evidence that U.S. manufacturing output is holding up despite signs of a global slowdown. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said Thursday that its index of regional factory activity slipped to 20.7 from 22.5 in September.

  • Too soon? How about not at all for Ebola Halloween Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 12:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— No holiday screams pop culture controversy quite like Halloween. The idea of riffing on the crisis for Halloween "definitely rubs me the wrong way," said McKenna, who works with post-surgical patients at a hospital. Like it or not, some costume sellers have leftover yellow jumpsuits, rubber gloves and masks from the "Breaking Bad" craze last Halloween.

  • Liquid nicotine exposures up sharply among kids Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:52 AM ET

    "With kids, the exposure we're seeing is usually parents or family members leave out refill bottles that they try and open," said Ashley Webb, director of the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center. The number of e-cigarette users has climbed to several million worldwide, and the devices have become the center of an industry that has grown in the last four years...

  • Commuter train engineers reach deal with SEPTA Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 3:09 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— Engineers who operate commuter trains in the Philadelphia area reached a tentative contract with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, union and transit officials said Monday, meaning passengers can continue riding the rails without fear of another strike if the pact is accepted. "This agreement keeps the trains rolling...

  • Casino woes bring deep discounts in Atlantic City Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    —THE PIER SHOPS AT CAESARS: Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein is buying the multi-level shopping and entertainment pier that juts out over the ocean for $2.8 million, according to a source with knowledge of the deal, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss it publicly.

  • Pier Shops latest Atlantic City discount sale Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 12:31 PM ET

    The Pier Shops at Caesars is the latest Atlantic City attraction to sell at a whopping discount. A source with knowledge of the deal, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss it publicly, puts the price at $2.8 million; the shops cost $200 million to build. I see Atlantic City as an incredible buy. "

  • Developer says he's buying Pier Shops at Caesars Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 8:51 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein says he plans to buy the Pier Shops at Caesars in Atlantic City. Blatstein tells the Press of Atlantic City on Sunday that he has an agreement to buy the high-end shopping center along the Atlantic Ocean. The four-level shopping center was designed to put new glitz and glamour into Atlantic City, but its...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- The missteps in Dallas's handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States have revealed an uncomfortable reality: state and city plans for handling the deadly virus are based on generic recommendations for everything from measles to floods, to hurricanes and dirty bombs. Reuters checks with health departments in six states and...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- The missteps in Dallas's handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States have revealed an uncomfortable reality: state and city plans for handling the deadly virus are based on generic recommendations for everything from measles to floods, to hurricanes and dirty bombs. Reuters checks with health departments in six states and...

  • *U.S. war funds finally approved to fight Ebola in West Africa. Oct 10- A commercial plane was briefly quarantined on a Las Vegas airport tarmac on Friday, sending airline shares down as worldwide fears increased that Ebola could spread outside West Africa, where it has killed more than 4,000 people. Airline and hospital officials said a Delta Air Lines plane was...

  • Taylor Swift, Pharrell to perform at Jingle Ball Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 6:59 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Taylor Swift, Pharrell and Maroon 5 are among the acts set to perform at radio station Z100's Jingle Ball 2014 concert in New York City. Other performers announced Thursday for the Dec. 12 concert at Madison Square Garden include Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Meghan Trainor and Rixton. The national iHeartRadio...

  • Man stabbed in store, customers keep shopping Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— A Philadelphia supermarket stabbing that left a man with wounds in his face and neck didn't deter some customers, who continued to shop. Police Chief Inspector Scott Small says the attacker stabbed the man on Tuesday evening. Small says the victim's wounds left a "heavy blood trail" but about 20 customers continued to shop near it even after they...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- U.S. short- and intermediate-dated Treasuries yields fell Wednesday after traders viewed the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting as suggesting a continued accommodative stance on monetary policy. "That seems to be the new mantra from the more dovish members of the FOMC: that while, by some headline metrics, it might make sense...