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Blue Christmas for Amazon?

NEW YORK (AP) — It might be a blue Christmas for Amazon.

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Union Pacific 3Q profit chugs ahead 19 percent

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific Corp. delivered a 19 percent increase in its third-quarter profit as the railroad hauled 7 percent more freight and increased rates.

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Cloud business lifts Microsoft’s quarterly results

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft’s quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella’s push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent.

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Enticing low rates, but impact on refinancing could be limited

WASHINGTON (AP) — With mortgage rates sliding for a fifth straight week, the possibility of locking in a rate below 4 percent is tempting for consumers and could unleash a wave of refinancing. It may even convince some Americans to buy their first home.

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PulteGroup tops earnings outlook

ATLANTA (AP) — PulteGroup Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $140.5 million.

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NEWS FROM BUSINESS WORLD

• CAMEL MAKER REYNOLDS SNUFFS OUT WORKPLACE SMOKING: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings.

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Early Apple computer sells for $905K

NEW YORK (AP) — A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs’ garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year.

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Social Security benefits up an average of $20 a month during 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes.

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McDonald’s new menu plan: Have it your way

NEW YORK (AP) — After posting yet another disappointing quarter, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn’t been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.

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TWEAKER TOYS

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad” after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.

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America says no to cappuccino potato chips

NEW YORK (AP) — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips.

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Apple Pay Q&A

CUPERTINO (AP) — Apple’s mobile payment system, Apple Pay, made its debut Monday. Now you can flash your new iPhone in the checkout line to pay for food, clothing and other goods. There’s no need to pull out your credit card.

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UPS increases some rates by 4.9%

ATLANTA (AP) — UPS says it is raising rates for a number of its shipping services by an average of 4.9 percent for 2015.

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Record iPhone sales drive Apple’s 3Q beat

CUPERTINO (AP) — The iPhone again proved to be the engine behind Apple’s blockbuster financial performance, driving quarterly results well past expectations.

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Not so fast cordcutters: Cable’s far from dead

NEW YORK (AP) — Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there — why would anyone sign up now for cable?

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