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Court-ordered anti-smoking ads challenged by firms

(AP) — The nation's largest tobacco companies are challenging court-ordered advertisements requiring the cigarette makers to say they lied about the dangers of smoking.

Toyota recalls 690,000 pickups to fix rear springs

(AP) — Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire.

US stocks slip following drops overseas

(AP) — U.S. stocks are closing slightly lower after recovering most of an early slide.

Macy's joins others in a big holiday hiring spree

(AP) — Macy's plans to hire about 86,000 seasonal holiday workers nationwide to bolster its stores, call centers and distribution hubs, a 3.6 percent increase from last year.

Icahn weighs $100M bid to save Taj Mahal casino

(AP) — Billionaire Carl Icahn is considering spending $100 million to save Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal casino from closing.

Report: Gambling industry paid out $38B in taxes

(AP) — The gambling industry nationwide paid out a jackpot-worthy $38 billion in federal, state and local taxes in 2013, according to a report from the American Gaming Association.

Survey: ATM, checking account overdraft fees surge

(AP) — Banks are reaping bigger fees whenever customers overdraw their checking accounts or use ATMs that are not affiliated with their lender, a new survey shows.

US stocks end rocky week with a surge; Nike gains

(AP) — U.S. stocks are closing out a turbulent week with a solid gain.

Constant phone calls allowed on European flights 


(AP) — European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights.

US consumer sentiment index reaches 14-month high 


(AP) — A measure of U.S. consumer confidence reached its highest level since July 2013, led by greater optimism that the economy will grow and incomes will rise.