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Wall St. rallies 1 percent; S&P up for fourth straight day
By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rallied on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 on track for a fourth straight session of gains as Apple and Texas Instruments jumped following their results. The results gave an outsized boost to the tech-heavy Nasdaq index, but the Dow's gains were limited by a selloff in Coca-Cola shares. The S&P 500 has gained 3.5 percent over the past four sessions, rebounding after a four-week decline that took the benchmark index down nearly 10 percent from its intraday record. ...

Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plow
By Vladimir Soldatkin and James Regan MOSCOW/PARIS (Reuters) - Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic and outspoken chief executive of the French oil company Total , was killed when his private jet hit a snow plow as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. His death leaves a void at the top of one of the world's biggest listed oil firms at a difficult time for the industry as oil prices fall and state-backed competitors keep them out of some of the best oil exploration territory. ...

Total’s Big Mustache- bon vivant, deal-maker and risk-taker
By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) - Christophe de Margerie, the head of French oil and gas giant Total who died when his jet crashed in Moscow, was a gregarious bon vivant with a passion for risk-taking and deal-making. Known as "The Big Mustache" for his bushy, gray mustache, de Margerie, 63, was the most charismatic and outspoken oil executive of his generation who cultivated relationships with leaders across Africa, the Middle East and Europe. ...

Coca-Cola announces growth plan as profit falls 14 percent
By Anjali Athavaley (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co on Tuesday announced new cost-cutting measures and a timeline for selling its bottling operations after its quarterly profit slumped 14 percent and the world's largest beverage maker struggles to find growth amid a soft market for soda. The Atlanta-based company said it would hand back, or refranchise, about two-thirds of its North American bottling territories by the end of 2017, and a substantial portion of the remaining territories no later than 2020. ...

U.S. existing home sales hit one-year high, prices up
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales jumped to their highest level in a year in September, the latest indication that the housing market recovery is gradually getting back on track. The National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday existing home sales rose 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.17 million units, the strongest reading since September of last year. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast sales rising to a 5.10 million unit pace last month from August's 5.05 million unit pace. Sales, however, were down 1.7 percent compared to September of last year. ...

Staples says probing possible payment card data breach
(Reuters) - Staples Inc is investigating a possible breach of payment card data and has contacted law enforcement about the matter, making it the latest U.S. retailer to become a possible victim of a cyberattack. "Staples is in the process of investigating a potential issue involving credit card data and has contacted law enforcement," company spokesman Mark Cautela said in a statement late Monday. The office-supply retailer disclosed the investigation after security reporter Brian Krebs reported on his blog Krebsonsecurity. ...

Two more lawsuits filed against Honda, Takata for air bag defect
By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - The recall crisis involving Takata-made air bags exploding with too much force and spraying occupants with metal shrapnel continues to grow, with two more lawsuits filed concerning accidents in older Honda cars. News of the lawsuits comes a day after Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States because of potentially defective air bags made by Takata Corp . Also on Monday, U.S. safety regulators urged consumers affected by similar recalls to have their cars' air bags replaced as soon as possible. ...

EU fines JPMorgan, UBS, Credit Suisse for taking part in cartels
By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - JPMorgan , UBS and Credit Suisse were fined a total of 94 million euros ($120 million) by the European Commission for taking part in cartels in the financial sector. The Commission handed JPMorgan a 61.7-million-euro fine for rigging the Swiss franc Libor benchmark interest rate between March 2008 and July 2009. It was also fined 10.5 million euros for participating in a cartel on Swiss franc interest rate derivatives. UBS' penalty in the derivatives cartel came to 12.7 million euros and that of Credit Suisse was 9.2 million euros. ...

Tough U.S. rivalries, China food scandal pound McDonalds
(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp's - which has not given investors many reasons to sing the fast-food chain's "I'm lovin' it" jingle - on Tuesday said quarterly profit dropped by nearly one-third and warned that global restaurant sales will fall again in October. Stock in the company, which attracted fewer customers during the third quarter, was off 0.6 percent at $91.05 in early trading. McDonald's net income slid 30 percent to $1.07 billion, or $1.09 per share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30. ...

NY Fed spotted JPMorgan Whale risks four years before scandal: report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The New York Federal Reserve knew about risks J.P. Morgan faced from certain credit derivative exposure as early as 2008, but failed to act properly to head them off, the central bank's inspector general said on Tuesday. The Fed's Office of Inspector General said one of the key flaws it uncovered in its probe of the so-called London Whale case was the New York Fed's over-reliance on certain personnel, who left the supervisory team in 2011. That created a "significant loss of institutional knowledge" within the New York Fed team assigned to inspecting J.P. ...

Future iPhone could become a cool remote control for your car
In a newly published patent filing, Apple describes how to start your car, adjust the temperature, automatically open the hood and perform other tricks via your iPhone.>

Are You Crazy Enough To Work For a Startup?
Startups are all the rage these days, right? Glorified in movies and media, pictured as a bunch of guys and girls in jeans and thick-rimmed glasses with witty personalities and the latest Apple technologies. Or as the movie The Internship describes them, startups are "ugly people and free cereal". Now it seems like every time I go to my daily...

Samsung donates 3,000 smartphones to help Ebola fight
The company says that the phones, worth about $1 million, will be used in 60 Ebola medical clinics in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.>

Telling Stories
Stories are powerful. They tell us so much more than facts.For instance, here are facts: A woman died. Six months, later her husband died.Here is a story: A woman died. Six months later, her husband died of a broken heart.See the difference? Stories convey information in a very unique way. Plus, they're so much more interesting and engaging...

Get a 39-inch LED HDTV for $199.99
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