Bank of America 3Q profits rise 32 percent, beats forecasts
NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America said Monday that its third-quarter profits rose by 32 percent from a year ago, as higher interest rates allowed BofA to charge more for loans, and lower corporate tax rates helped it save hundreds of millions on taxes.
US retail sales gain a weak 0.1 percent in August
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending edged up a slight 0.1 percent in September, a disappointing performance in which rebounding auto sales were offset by weakness in other areas.
Merkel vows to restore Germans' confidence in government
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Monday to do more to restore Germans' confidence in her unhappy coalition after a battering for both of her governing partners in Bavaria's state election added to tensions in the alliance.
Hopes for Brexit deal foiled by Irish border issue
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Days ahead of a summit once seen as the moment Britain and the European Union would have to reach a Brexit deal, both sides are still staring at each other over the question of the Irish border, refusing to blink.
Global stocks mostly slip on continuing global trade worries
TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks mostly slipped Monday as investors continued to worry about global trade and prospects for economic growth.
Overextended: Why schools rush to extend coach contracts
Coming off a division title that included a victory against its archrival, Auburn faced the prospect of losing its coach. Who knows whether Gus Malzahn really wanted to return to his home state and become the head football coach at Arkansas, another SEC school, but Auburn's leadership decided it did not want to chance it.
Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt
NEW YORK (AP) — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses.
The Latest: UK says Irish border issue holds up Brexit talks
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local): 12:40 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman says Brexit talks are stuck because the European Union "continues to insist on the possibility of a customs border down the Irish Sea."
Sears through the years: From watch seller to tower builder
NEW YORK (AP) — Sears got its start as a watch seller more than 130 years ago and grew to become one of the world's largest retailers.
Democratic candidates focus on health care as midterms near
PHOENIX (AP) — In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: "I want to ask you a question about health care."
AP FACT CHECK: Trump's tall tale on 'record' judges, income
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is exaggerating his record when it comes to federal judges and the economy. With midterm elections three weeks away, he is claiming a "record" 84 judges confirmed to the federal bench and suggests he will fill 50 percent of the seats in the judiciary.
Asian stocks slip on continuing global trade worries
TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks slipped Monday, as investor worries continued about global trade tensions and prospects for economic growth.
Saudis reject threats as stocks plunge after Trump comments
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Sunday threatened to retaliate for any sanctions imposed against it after President Donald Trump said the oil-rich kingdom deserves "severe punishment" if it is responsible for the disappearance and suspected murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.
Defense contractors Harris, L3 Technologies to merge
NEW YORK (AP) — Defense contractors Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies are combining to form one of the world's largest defense companies.
Round of talks don't resolve Brexit problems ahead of summit
BRUSSELS (AP) — A flurry of talks between Britain and the European Union ended Sunday without a Brexit agreement, leaving the two sides three days to close a gap in their positions before a make-or-break summit.
Calls for new regulation mount as limo crash victims mourned
AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — The day after a mourning community said last goodbyes to eight of 20 victims of a limousine crash — four sisters and four other relatives — the Senate's top Democrat called on federal regulators to formulate new safety standards for the vehicles.
Who's Trump listen to on trade? Chinese ambassador at a loss
WASHINGTON (AP) — China's ambassador to the United States says he and other foreign diplomats in Washington are having a difficult time figuring out which trade advisers President Donald Trump listens to in his administration.
The Latest: 'Intense effort' didn't seal UK-EU Brexit deal
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local): 7:50 p.m. The European Union's top Brexit negotiator says urgent talks with Britain's point person did not result in their reaching agreement on outstanding issues.
Online natural and organic grocery Thrive aims to fill niche
NEW YORK (AP) — Thrive Market, a four-year-old online membership-based natural and organic food retailer, has successfully filled a niche modeled after Costco but just for healthy items.
Irish border riddle confounds EU, UK as Brexit end nears
CARRICKCARNAN, Ireland (AP) — The land around the small Irish town of Carrickcarnan is the kind of place where Britain's plan to leave the European Union runs right into a wall — an invisible one that's proving inordinately difficult to overcome.
Analysts: Florida insurers will survive hit from Michael
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's disjointed property insurance system that relies almost exclusively on small and midsize companies will take a multibillion dollar loss from Hurricane Michael, but has sufficient reserves and backups that providers should be able to pay claims without problems, analysts say.
Britain to introduce new, more secure 50-pound notes
LONDON (AP) — Britain plans to keep the 50-pound ($65) note part of its currency by introducing a new more secure version of its highest value bill.
Trump's business ties to kingdom run long and deep
NEW YORK (AP) — He's booked hotel rooms and meeting spaces to them, sold an entire floor in one of his buildings to them and, in desperate moments in his career, gotten a billionaire from the country to buy his yacht and New York's Plaza Hotel overlooking Central Park.
The Latest: IMF's Lagarde planning to attend Saudi meeting
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Bali, Indonesia (all times local): 3:55 p.m.
How to check what Facebook hackers accessed in your account
NEW YORK (AP) — Could hackers have been able to see the last person you cyberstalked, or that party photo you were tagged in? According to Facebook, the unfortunate answer is "yes."

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