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US official: Auto safety agency under review 


(AP) — Transportation officials are reviewing the "safety culture" of the federal agency that oversees auto recalls, a senior Obama administration official said Friday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been criticized by lawmakers and safety advocates for not acting aggressively enough regarding millions of vehicles with defective air bags or faulty ignition switches.

Earnings from Microsoft, others drive stocks up

(AP) — The stock market is closing out its best week in almost two years as earnings gains from Microsoft and others got investors in a buying mood.

NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M

(AP) — Nearly 9,000 unpaid interns stand to benefit from a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal over back wages.

US halal food supplier indicted over beef exports 


(AP) — The founder of a popular line of food products for observant Muslims has been charged with fraudulently shipping beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet the countries' import requirements, federal prosecutors in Iowa said Friday.

Pesky? Effective? Campaign signs spread like weeds 


(AP) — Pesky. Illegal. Effective?

WHO: Millions of Ebola vaccine doses ready in 2015

(AP) — The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March.

Procter & Gamble taking out its batteries 


(AP) — Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company.

Amazon's loss makes holidays a question mark 


 (AP) — Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace.

Evenflo recalls infant seats to fix sticky buckles

(AP) — Evenflo is recalling more than 202,000 rear-facing infant seats because the buckles can become difficult to unlatch.

UPS expects double-digit surge in Dec shipments

(AP) — UPS is expecting an 11 percent jump in December shipments as the holiday shopping season heats up.