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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies added 227,000 jobs in October, according to a private survey, a healthy gain that suggests businesses can still find workers even with the unemployment rate striking 49-year lows.

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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will ask the federal government for one national gas mileage standard, including a requirement that a percentage of auto companies' sales be zero-emissions vehicles.

MAQUOKETA — Ohnward Bancshares, Inc., a $1.2 billion holding company with 19 financial offices in Eastern Iowa, announced that it has appointed Nicholas Hahn to the role of chief financial officer.

MORRISON, Ill. — The Whiteside County Economic Development Department has received an invitation, for the region’s businesses involved in international trade, from Jose Murillo, the Consul General of Costa Rica in Chicago.

DALLAS — Motorists are saving billions on cheaper gasoline, but the long slump in oil prices is taking a heavy toll on companies that find and produce crude.

NEW YORK (AP) — The sigh of relief a business owner heaves after filing an income tax return may be quickly followed by an unsettling thought: What if I’m audited?

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended a strong week on a flat note as lower oil prices and utility stocks offset encouraging economic news.

NEW YORK — Target’s efforts to draw shoppers back into its stores are paying off.

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo’s long-running identity crisis is spiraling in a new direction now that the company is abandoning a year’s work on a tax-dodging spinoff to pursue an alternative path that will carve off its Internet business instead.

DETROIT — Volkswagen, in an effort to appease owners of small diesel-powered cars involved in an emissions cheating scandal, is offering them $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers, the company said.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Investors and regulators piled more pressure Wednesday on Volkswagen after the company said it had understated the carbon dioxide emissions for 800,000 cars, widening its scandal over cheating on U.S. engine tests.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seems split along ideological lines as it considers whether websites that collect and sell personal data can be sued for posting false information if the errors don’t cause any specific harm.

NEW YORK (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. is selling most of its private label operations to TreeHouse Foods Inc. for about $2.7 billion as part its plan to focus more on name brands including Chef Boyardee and Slim Jim.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Figures have plunged in a third straight monthly survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states, providing more evidence of a slowdown in the region’s economy.

NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup said Thursday its earnings jumped 36 percent in the third quarter as the bank continued to cut expenses and clean up its books in the wake of the financial crisis.

NEW YORK — JPMorgan Chase & Co. saw its third-quarter profits rise 22 percent from a year earlier, helped by a tax benefit. But the bank’s core results still missed analysts’ expectations as revenue declined in most of JPMorgan’s businesses.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in September and added fewer jobs in July and August than previously thought — a sour note for a labor market that had been steadily improving.

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors admitted it failed to disclose to the public a deadly problem with small-car ignition switches as part of a $900 million deal reached with federal authorities to avoid criminal charges, authorities announced Thursday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — United Airlines abruptly replaced its CEO as a federal investigation continued into whether the airline gave preferential treatment to a former chairman of the agency that operates the New York-area airports who has political ties to New Jersey Gov. and presidential candidate…

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett is making the biggest bet of his long investment career, a $32.36 billion buyout of Precision Castparts in a deal that will continue to reshape his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — MasterCard Inc. on Wednesday said that its second-quarter profit edged down 1 percent as a strong dollar weighed on the company’s results.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar’s says it’s looking to manage costs as ongoing economic weakness in countries like China and Brazil and soft commodity prices pressure sales. While second-quarter profit topped Wall Street expectations, revenue fell short and the construction equipment company…

DEWITT — A DeWitt business has added a second Realtor and is hoping that will lead to increased business.

NEW YORK (AP) — A new agreement between Greece and its lenders helped lift the stock market on Monday, extending the market’s winning streak to a third day. The deal for a new loan package is aimed at keeping the country in the euro, but many hurdles remain.

NEW YORK — Stocks ended a tumultuous trading week with slight losses Thursday as investors sought safety ahead of an extended holiday weekend.

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