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Report blasts rabbit massages among gov't waste 


(AP) — A maverick Republican senator criticized faulty missile defenses, unneeded airports and golf course repairs among the projects completed on the taxpayers' tab in his annual collection of billions of dollars of government waste, released Wednesday.

FedEx predicts increase in holiday deliveries

(AP) — FedEx expects another record for holiday-season deliveries.

Spot will cost you: Pet rents become apartment fad

(AP) — Man's best friend is taking a bite out of renters' wallets.

US stocks log biggest gain of the year; Apple up

(AP) — The stock market had its best day of the year as investors applauded solid earnings from U.S. companies and economic growth in China.

CVS tacks tobacco payment to prescription network 


First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that sell smokes.

Harley-Davidson tops 3Q net income expectations

(AP) — Harley-Davidson's third-quarter profit fell nearly 8 percent on a planned reduction of motorcycle shipments for the quarter.

New rules adopted in hopes of spurring home loans 


(AP) — Banks will get a break in easier rules for packaging and selling mortgage securities and fewer borrowers will have to make hefty down payments under actions taken by federal regulators.

McDonald's CEO outlines changes as sales slide 


(AP) — McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn't been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.

The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items 


(AP) — There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street.

America says no to cappuccino potato chips 


(AP) — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips.