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  • NEW YORK, Oct 31- The euro drifted higher against the dollar and yen on Wednesday and posted its third straight month of gains, but uncertainty about the heavily indebted euro-zone economies could limit further strength.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 31- Applications for U.S. home mortgages fell last week as demand for refinancing tumbled for the fourth week in a row, an industry group said on Wednesday, although other recent data has indicated the housing market is improving.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 31- It is no surprise that as the baby boom approaches its Social Security years, it is turning the decision about when to start collecting benefits from an automatic move into a major planning and research opportunity.

  • Oct 31- JPMorgan Chase& Co, Citigroup Inc and Wells Fargo& Co said on Wednesday they have reopened more than half of the branches that were closed as Hurricane Sandy battered the U.S. East Coast early this week. JPMorgan said it had reopened 587 Chase branches, about 55 percent of the total in the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 31- The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that some banks continued to ease lending standards for businesses and consumers in the last three months, while a number reported better bo r rower appetite for real estate and auto loans.

  • ``This trade deal will guarantee access to Panama's $20.6 billion services market and more than $15 billion in infrastructure projects...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 31- The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that some banks continued to ease lending standards for businesses and consumers, while a number reported improved borrower appetite for real estate and auto loans in the last three months.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 31- The Obama administration said on Wednesday that the nation would hit the legal limit on its debt near the year's end, although it can tap emergency measures to stave off a default and keep the government running into early 2013..

  • WASHINGTON-- Amtrak says it plans to restore some service on Friday to and from New York City, which has been without intercity train service since it was walloped by superstorm Sandy.

  • Gains in equity markets early in the day had lifted the euro above $1.30, but momentum faded as Wall Street turned negative and uncertainty remained about how to keep Greece afloat and when Spain may ask for a bailout.

  • The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, was down 4.8 percent in the week ended Oct 26.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 31- The U.S. government's report on employment in October will be released on Friday as scheduled, the Labor Department's statistical arm said on Wednesday in a statement on its website.

  • Northeast recovers from Hurricane Sandy, the following is a list of transportation service updates for New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia:.

  • *U.S. stocks higher as Wall Street reopens after 2- day closure. LONDON, Oct 31- World shares and the euro edged up on Wednesday as a storm-hit Wall Street began trading after its two-day closure and investors looked ahead to economic data later in the week.

  • KETTERING, Ohio- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney briefly put aside their fierce battle for the White House on Tuesday, avoiding politics to focus on relief efforts after mammoth storm Sandy left millions of Americans struggling to recover.

  • HENDERSON, Nev.-- This suburb in a battleground state is pockmarked with half-built subdivisions, foreclosed homes and voters like Leslie Levin. But here and in hotly contested Florida, the damage to the housing market is still painfully visible.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- World shares and the euro edged up on Wednesday as investors braced for a storm-hit Wall Street to reopen after its two-day closure and looked ahead to economic data later in the week. Equity futures are higher, so people are expecting a positive opening,'' said Arne Lohmann Rasmussen, head of currency research at Danske Bank in Copenhagen.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.-- High-profile North Carolina Republicans are benefiting from a marked fundraising advantage over Democratic rivals entering the fall campaign's final days, led by gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory.

  • KETTERING, Ohio- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney briefly put aside their fierce battle for the White House on Tuesday, avoiding politics to focus on relief efforts after mammoth storm Sandy left millions of Americans struggling to recover.

  • NEW DELHI/ HONG KONG, Oct 31- Under-fire Chinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is reaching out to one of its sternest critics: a hacker who accused it of making shoddy products.