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San Francisco • After a long wait, Microsoft says it plans to release a new version of its popular Office software package for Mac computers — but not until next year. Microsoft did release one compon …

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  • This product image provided by CBS Interactive shows the Live TV portion of the CBS All Access app on an iPad. CBS All Access is a digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service for the CBS Television Network. (AP Photo/CBS Interactive) Review: CBS streaming not worth cutting cord, yet
    I dropped my cable TV service more than a year ago and have been relying on Netflix, Hulu and other services to fill my television needs. But I get my...

    Updated Oct 31 2014 11:12 am   |     |   Share
  • Street signs mark the corner of Broadway and Wall Street, in New York's Financial District,  Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Japan's stock benchmark surged 5 percent to the highest level since late 2007 and the yen slid against the dollar Friday Oct. 31, 2014 after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economy.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Wall Street caps a wild month with a rally
    New York • For stock investors, there was no shortage of drama in October. Stocks started the month modestly below a record high, only to cascade to t …
    Updated Oct 31 2014 03:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE- This Sept. 21, 2011, file photo. shows a MasterCard sign on a revolving door in New York. MasterCard reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Online stores fight Amazon for piece of retail pie
    New York • Amazon.com’s low prices and seemingly endless array of goods have made it the biggest online retailer in the U.S., commanding about 20 perc …
    Updated Oct 31 2014 11:09 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 30, 2012 file photo, people ride on a sightseeing bus painted with a Hello Kitty character in Tokyo. When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of Hello Kitty’s 40 years of cuteness and cool
    Tokyo • When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japane …
    Updated Oct 31 2014 11:06 am   |     |   Share


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  • FILE - In this April 20, 2011, file photo commercial fisherman Ted Petrie picks through a pile of shrimp on his boat in Grand Isle, La. An advocacy group, Oceana, conducted a DNA-based survey of shrimp sold at outlets across the country and around the Gulf of Mexico. Results released Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014,  show consumers cannot be sure what kind of shrimp they are buying simply by looking at the grocery store label or restaurant menu. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Study: Mislabeled shrimp at restaurants, grocers
    New Orleans • Ever thought that big, pink Gulf coast shrimp you ordered at the restaurant or bought from the store didn’t taste juicy or salty enough? …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 06:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - Apple chief executive and Alabama native Tim Cook laughs with a group before an Alabama Academy of Honor ceremony at the state Capitol in this Oct. 27, 2014 file photo taken in Montgomery, Ala. In an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, and published Thursday Oct. 30, 2014  Cook says that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) Apple CEO publicly acknowledges he’s gay
    New York • Apple CEO Tim Cook’s declaration that he’s “proud to be gay” wasn’t exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no sec …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 06:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this photo made on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, work continues at a construction site in Pittsburgh. The threat of rising interest rates is raising real fears about real-estate mutual funds. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Real-estate funds needn’t be riled by rising rates
    NEW YORK • The threat of rising interest rates is raising real fears about real-estate mutual funds. Investors have pulled money out of real-estate fu …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 06:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Starbucks plans delivery after sales fall short
    New York • After reporting disappointing quarterly sales Thursday, Starbucks said it will offer a delivery option on its mobile app in select areas of …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 06:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • Puerto Rico government looks to raise tax on oil
    San Juan • Puerto Rico government officials said Thursday they are seeking a 68 percent increase in an oil tax to help sell up to $2.9 billion in bond …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 06:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger, center, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak , left, and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan address the media after they signed an agreement that guarantees Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and, by extension, parts of the EU this winter, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas
    Brussels • Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 06:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kum & Go chain settles disabilities lawsuit
    Des Moines • The Kum & Go convenience store chain agreed Thursday to spend millions of dollars to make changes at more than 400 stores in 11 states t …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 06:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This Tuesday, May 7, 2013 file photo shows LinkedIn's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. LinkedIn reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File) LinkedIn reports 3Q loss but sales climb
    New York • LinkedIn Corp. posted a third-quarter loss on Thursday, but its results were better than expected as revenue grew sharply, sending shares o …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 03:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Chevy makes the best of exec’s nervous speech
    Detroit • A few hours after General Motors regional manager Rikk Wilde committed a major-league blunder on national television, the dreaded call came …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 03:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Museum officially purchases Rosie’s plant
    Ypsilanti Township, Mich. • Rosie the Riveter’s old plant in Michigan has officially avoided the wrecking ball. Yankee Air Museum board chairman Ray H …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • U.S. turns up heat on Takata over air bags
    Detroit • U.S. safety regulators are ordering Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. to provide more information about air bags that can explode and shoo …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 03:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE  - In this June 27, 2012, file photo, pedestrians cross a street near the Bank of Stockton in Stockton, Calif.  Residents in the California city of Stockton will likely learn Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, if they can put more than two years of financial uncertainty behind them. Marking a critical moment in the bankrupt city's financial recovery, Stockton will ask U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein to approve a plan for reorganizing more than $900 million in long-term debt over objections from a lone creditor who says it was treated unfairly. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, File) Judge OKs California bankruptcy plan
    Sacramento • A judge on Thursday approved a debt plan by Stockton, California, one of the largest U.S. cities to declare bankruptcy, allowing it to re …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 03:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This Sept. 30, 2007 file photo shows Not so sweet: Chocolate prices are set to rise
    New York • That bowl of chocolates for ninjas and ghosts won’t cost you more this Halloween. Picking the perfect sweet for your Valentine could. The c …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 03:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • Consumer sentiment index reaches 7-year high in U.S. U.S. consumers expect better economic growth and rising incomes in the coming months, pushing …
    Updated Oct 31 2014 04:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 photo, Dorathy Vargas, foreground, uses a computer to search for a job at the office of CONNECT, a coalition of local organizations that provides employment services in Chelsea, Mass. The U.S. Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) U.S. jobless applications tick up to 287,000
    Washington • The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengt …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 01:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • U.S. average rate on 30-year home loan 3.98 percent
    Average U.S. mortgage rates halted their five-week decline this week but the benchmark 30-year loan remained below 4 percent. Here’s a look at rates f …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 12:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - Apple chief executive and Alabama native Tim Cook laughs with a group before an Alabama Academy of Honor ceremony at the state Capitol in this Oct. 27, 2014 file photo taken in Montgomery, Ala. In an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, and published Thursday Oct. 30, 2014  Cook says that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) Apple’s Tim Cook: ‘I’m proud to be gay’
    New York • Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highes …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 10:09 am   |     |   Share