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  • Dolls, games, pots, pans up for toy hall of fame

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Pots and pans and paper airplanes are among the 12 finalists for induction this year into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The humble contenders are up against American Girl dolls, the game Operation and several return nominees including little green Army men and bubbles. The hall of fame at The Strong museum in Rochester...

  • Investors fret Yahoo's future, stock dips

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo's stock fell Monday as investors grappled with uncertainty about the Internet company's future in the wake of last week's record-setting Wall Street debut by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Silicon Valley-based Yahoo reaped more than $9 billion from selling some of its shares in Alibaba's initial public...

  • Protesters stage Wall Street climate crisis sit-in

    NEW YORK (AP) — A day after 100,000 people marched to warn that climate change is destroying the Earth, hundreds of activists gathered Monday in lower Manhattan's financial district, chanting, carrying signs and — in some places — sitting down in the street to protest what they said was corporate and economic institutions' role in the climate...

  • A Closer Look: Ways to hide, secure data on phones

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple got a lot of attention last week when it released a new privacy policy along with a declaration that police can't get to your password-protected data. Essentially, your photos, messages and other documents are automatically encrypted when you set up a passcode, with or without a fingerprint ID to unlock the phone. Apple...

  • Native Americans seek dismissal of Redskins' suit

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Five Native Americans are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit the Washington Redskins filed against them over the team's nickname. The Native Americans, who are members of five different tribes throughout the U.S., earlier won a trademark dispute with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The agency ruled that...

  • SPIN METER: Those changing health law numbers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it health care law numerology. The Obama administration has had to revise and refine some initial enrollment numbers for health insurance sign-ups after they turned out to be too optimistic. At other times, metrics less favorable to the president's overhaul leaked out after officials claimed not to have such data....

  • GM expert says 21 deaths eligible for compensation

    DETROIT (AP) — The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by the company to compensate victims, said Monday in an Internet posting that he received 143 death claims as of Friday, and 21 of those have been deemed eligible for payments. A...

  • LA attorney faces suspension over doctored photos

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has recommended a six-month suspension for a Los Angeles attorney who posted doctored photos on her firm's website that show her arm-in-arm with high-profile people like President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney. During a July trial, experts testified that dozens of photos were...

  • Workers are a little tougher for Aspen Skiing Co. to find

    Aspen Skiing Co. anticipates a tougher time filling its positions this winter than in recent winters — but how much tougher isn’t clear yet. “I think we’re seeing the pendulum swinging back,” said Jim Laing, vice president of human resources and retail operations, referring to the job market. “All resorts are seeing a shift.” Aspen and...

  • AutoZone shares drop after 4Q results

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — AutoZone Inc. shares dropped more than 4 percent Monday afternoon after reporting fourth-quarter revenue that missed Wall Street expectations. The auto parts retailer posted revenue of $3.05 billion for its fiscal fourth quarter, falling short of Street forecasts. Analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected...

  • UPS expands 3-D printing to 100 more stores

    ATLANTA (AP) — UPS says it will put 3-D printers in nearly 100 more stores as it seeks to lure small businesses. United Parcel Service Inc. said Monday that it has been testing the printers at six stores. The company said they have been used by businesses, inventors and artists to make architectural models, prototypes and other items. UPS...

  • Plosser, a leading Fed 'hawk,' to retire in March

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Charles Plosser, a leading inflation "hawk" at the Federal Reserve, announced Monday that he plans to retire March 1. Plosser, who has been president of the Fed's Philadelphia regional bank since August 2006, has been a leader of the officials known as hawks for their concerns that a continuation of low-interest rate policies...

  • US stocks fall as China weighs on markets

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are falling as investors worry about new signs of weakness in China's economy. Worries about slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy pushed the down the price of oil, weighing on energy stocks. The Standard & Poor's 500 dropped 16 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,994 as of noon Eastern time Monday. The...

  • US existing home sales fall in August

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans bought homes in August, as investors retreated from real estate and first-time buyers remained scarce. Sales of existing homes fell 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. That snaps a four-month streak of gains. August sales are down...

  • Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models. The iPhone is available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan,...

  • JGWPT will change name to JG Wentworth Co.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Finance company JGWPT Holdings said Monday it will change its name to The J.G. Wentworth Co. on Sept. 30. JGWPT Holdings Inc. buys structured settlement payment streams under the J.G. Wentworth and Peachtree brands. The company said it is adopting the J.G. Wentworth name because that is its best-known brand, and said Peachtree...

  • US existing home sales drop 1.8 percent in August; slowdown in investors buying homes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US existing home sales drop 1.8 percent in August; slowdown in investors buying homes.

  • Clorox exits Venezuela citing govt restrictions

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Clorox is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty. Shares jumped 3 percent before the opening bell Monday. The consumer products company said that for almost three years its affiliate, Corporación Clorox de Venezuela S.A., had to sell...

  • US stocks open lower on weakness in China

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening lower as investors worry about some soft economic data from China and a profit warning by the British retailer Tesco. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 19 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,259 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell three points, or 0.2 percent, to...

  • TTM to buy rival circuit board maker Viasystems

    NEW YORK (AP) — TTM Technologies Inc. said Monday that it plans to buy rival circuit board maker Viasystems Group Inc. for about $368 million in cash and stock. TTM, which makes circuit boards used in cellphones, medical devices and tablets, said it is buying Viasystems to expand into the auto industry. The deal is expected to close in the...

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