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Stocks drop ... More health care choices coming up ... Bigger profits on iPhone 6 Plus

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 3:21 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Weak economic news and airstrikes against militants in Syria sent global stock markets lower today. The biggest declines came in Europe, where France's benchmark index fell sharply. The selling was more modest in Asia and the U.S., where the economy remains healthier.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 116 points, or 0.7 percent, to 17,055. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell 11 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,982. The Nasdaq composite fell 19 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,508.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says consumers in most states will have more insurance options next year under the president's health care law. The Health and Human Services department today reported a net increase of 63 insurers joining the market in 44 states. The preliminary figures show 77 insurers entering for the first time, while 14 are dropping out.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's largest iPhone is selling for $100 more than its other new model, but a new report says the more expensive version costs Apple only $15.50 more to make. A report from IHS Technology says Apple will make more profit on the iPhone 6 Plus, which retails for $750 and costs Apple around $215.50 to make. Since Friday, Apple has sold more than 10 million of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama says alarm bells keep ringing and citizens keep marching, and now it's time for the world to answer the call on climate change. Speaking at the United Nations summit on climate change, Obama pledged the U.S. will do its part but adds that no nation gets a free pass. The climate, he says, is changing faster than efforts to address global warming.

NEW YORK (AP) — Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper say they'll work to cut the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks. The announcement was made today at the Clinton Global Initiative and comes as the country's three largest soda makers face public pressure over the role of sugary drinks in fueling obesity.

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