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Consumer companies lead indexes higher; energy drops
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks are higher Tuesday as solid quarterly results from cruise line operator Carnival give travel-related companies a boost. Technology companies are also gaining. Energy companies are falling as the price of oil returns Monday's gains. A survey showed consumer confidence is at a nine-year high....

US consumer confidence jumps in September
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumer confidence in September rose to the highest level in nine years, a hopeful sign that economic growth will accelerate in coming months....

Unhappy Target customers send strong message on pill bottles
Longtime customers of Target's pharmacies are finding a change in pill bottle design hard to swallow....

US home prices climbed again in July
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. home prices rose again in July, pulled up by strong gains in Portland, Seattle and Denver....

Shell: Fire forces closure of key oil pipeline in Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A fire has forced the closure of a key oil pipeline in Nigeria, Shell said Tuesday, amid ongoing challenges including militant attacks that are losing oil multinationals billions of dollars in what used to be Africa's biggest petroleum producer....

Password breach could have ripple effects well beyond Yahoo
LONDON (AP) -- As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo's massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web....

Putin praises farmers for Russia's strong grain harvest
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin praised farmers Tuesday for making Russia's grain harvest this year the highest in post-Soviet times....

No diesels need apply: Electric cars rule at Paris show
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Carmakers are finding the Paris auto show , held in a city whose mayor wants to ban diesels to reduce pollution, as a fine place to show off new zero-emission electric vehicles....

WHY IT MATTERS: Social Security
WASHINGTON (AP) -- THE ISSUE: More than 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children rely on monthly Social Security benefits. That's nearly one in five Americans. The trustees who oversee Social Security say the program has enough money to pay full benefits until 2034. But at that point, Social Security will collect only enough taxes to pay 79 percent of benefits. Unless Congress acts, millions of people on fixed incomes would get an automatic 21 percent cut in benefits....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on discrimination in his business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A claim from the presidential debate and how it stacks up with the facts:...

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