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TD Ameritrade to buy Scottrade in $4B cash-and-stock deal

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 8:20am

Online brokerage TD Ameritrade is buying Scottrade in a $4 billion cash-and-stock deal that would significantly expand its branch network at a time when many financial firms are expanding automated adviser programs.

Germany re-opens review of Chinese takeover of Aixtron

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 8:10am

Semiconductor equipment company Aixtron says the German government has re-opened its review of a takeover bid by China's Fujian Grand Chip.

In blow to EU, byzantine politics blocks Canadian trade deal

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 8:10am

In a major embarrassment to the European Union, a small region of Belgium continued to withhold on Monday its necessary support for a landmark free trade deal that the rest of the bloc and Canada wanted to sign this week.

Burger King owner beats expectations, but sees US 'softness'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:51am

Restaurant Brands International reported a rise in third-quarter sales at its Burger King and Tim Horton stores, but the growth was much lower than a year ago. The company also reported better-than-expected adjusted earnings Monday.

HNA Group to buy stake in Hilton in deal worth about $6.5B

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:50am

China's HNA Group is buying an approximately 25 percent stake in hotel operator Hilton from Blackstone affiliates in a deal worth about $6.5 billion.

Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:50am

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For some low-income workers, retirement is only a dream

Maria Ines Zamudio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:20am

It was a striking image. A photo of an 89-year-old man hunched over, struggling to push his cart with frozen treats. Fidencio Sanchez works long hours every day selling the treats because he couldn't afford to retire. The photo and his story went viral and thousands of people donated more than $384,000 for his retirement.

Indian business giant Tata Sons removes chairman Mistry

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:13am

The board of directors of Tata Sons on Monday removed Cyrus P. Mistry as chairman, four years after he took the reins of India's largest conglomerate.

REI to close again for Black Friday

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:12am

Specialty outdoor retailer REI will keep its stores closed on the day after Thanksgiving for the second straight year, even though it's one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It will also again pay employees for the day off in a campaign that encourages people to spend time outdoors.

Ohio museum's sale of antiquities from Egypt draws criticism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:10am

Ohio's Toledo Museum of Art is selling 68 antiquities from its collection, a move drawing criticism from a nationally known archaeologist and Egyptian officials.

Hollywood stars makes unscheduled stop in Little Rock

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:50am

An American Airlines flight from Nashville to Los Angeles with two Hollywood stars on board made an emergency landing in Little Rock after a suspicious odor was reported in the cabin.

Classes resume at 14 Pennsylvania-owned universities

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:40am

Classes have resumed for more than 100,000 students who attend Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit adds 2 stations, grows to 93 miles

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:40am

The longest light rail system in the U.S. just got bigger.

Tilting, sinking San Francisco high-rise raises alarm

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:30am

Pamela Buttery noticed something peculiar six years ago while practicing golf putting in her 57th-floor apartment at the luxurious Millennium Tower. The ball kept veering to the same corner of her living room.

Global stocks up on strong Japanese, European data

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:00am

Stock markets had an upbeat start to the week after stronger-than-expected economic data from Japan and the eurozone. Attention is likely to focus this week on Friday's release of U.S. growth data, as investors adapt to expectations the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in December.

Belfast bakery loses appeal over refusal of gay-rights cake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:50am

A Belfast bakery on Monday lost its appeal of a ruling that it discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to bake a cake decorated with a message supporting same-sex marriage.

Eurozone business activity grows at fastest pace this year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 3:50am

Business activity across the 19 eurozone economies grew in October at its fastest pace so far this year, shrugging off any major concerns about Britain's "Brexit" vote, a survey showed Monday.

527 South Koreans seek Note 7 payback from Samsung

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 3:42am

Hundreds of South Korean Galaxy Note 7 smartphone owners filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics on Monday over its handling of the fire-prone device.

China says hostages held by Somali pirates are freed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 2:40am

Following more than four years in captivity, 26 Asian sailors held hostage by Somali pirates have been released from their captors, China's Foreign Ministry confirmed Monday.

Robots at center of China's strategy to leapfrog rivals

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 2:31am

The Canbot can say its name, respond to voice commands, and "dance" as it plays Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Other robots China is displaying at the World Robot Conference can play badminton, sand cell phone cases and sort computer chips.