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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are extending yesterday's gains this morning. They've been moderately higher in early trading. The government reported today that the economy expanded at a 2 percent annual rate in the third quarter. That's just a bit lower than its previous estimate of 2.1 percent. And the expansion was significantly below the 3.9 percent annual GDP growth in the second quarter.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq says its troops have made the most significant incursion into the city of Ramadi since it fell into the hands of Islamic State militants in May. Losing Ramadi was a major blow to the Iraqi government this year, and it was the biggest defeat since the militants swept through areas in the country's north and west in the summer of 2014. A government spokesman says troops are having to remove roadside bombs that the extremists planted as they push forward.

SEMINOLE, Fla. (AP) — A congressman says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is changing its procedures to avoid wrongly declaring veterans deceased and cutting off their benefits. Republican David Jolly of Florida says that in response to a letter he sent in November, the VA said it erroneously stopped benefits to 115 people between July 7, 2014, and April 1, 2015, because the department had wrongly declared them dead.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is announcing a $2 billion annual effort to cure Alzheimer's disease by 2025. She says her plan will "prevent, effectively treat and make a cure possible" for Alzheimer's. Clinton says it would guarantee consistent funding for treatment so researchers can work toward advancing treatment. Clinton will pay for her plan by closing tax loopholes, though her campaign did not specify which ones. Clinton is campaigning in Iowa today with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford is recalling about 313,000 older large cars in North America because the headlights can go dark and cause a crash. The recall covers some Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis cars from the 2003 to 2005 model years. The company says joints in the lighting control module can crack and cut off power to the headlights. Ford says it knows of 11 crashes and one minor injury because of the problem.

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