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  • Can you avoid Amazon and still get deals?

    If you’re searching online for anything from beauty products to books, it is hard to avoid Amazon. Still, it can be done. Here are ways to have an Amazon-like shopping experience while avoiding the behemoth itself.

  • Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein, whose Loop business drew stars, dead at 65

    Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein’s Loop business, International Importing Bead & Novelty Company, often provided accesories for actors and musicians. Cher, Sally Rand and Eric Clapton were among tose who came to stock up on beads, crystals, sequins and feathers. Mr. Klein, 65, died of a heart attack Oct. 12 at Skokie Hospital.

  • Big gain in Visa drives Dow average higher

    U.S. stock indexes closed higher as big companies turn in encouraging quarterly results. The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 200 points Thursday, thanks in large part to a big gain in Visa, the Dow’s highest-priced stock.

  • US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in 3rd quarter

    The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.

    Tim Cook: ‘I’m proud to be gay’


    Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay.

    Samsung vows changes after mobile profit plunges


    Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed Thursday to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years.

    Chrysler recalls over 566,000 trucks, SUVs

    Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 SUVs and trucks because malfunctioning fuel heaters can cause fires, or a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control.

    Hyatt 3Q results hurt by climbing expenses

    Hyatt Hotels Corp. said Wednesday its third-quarter net income dropped 42 percent, hindered by rising expenses.

    LG Electronics profit surges on smartphone sales


    South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday its third-quarter profit jumped 87 percent over a year earlier as smartphone sales set a record high.

    US durable goods fell 1.3 percent in September

    Orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second straight month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months.

    Macy’s to head overseas with branch in Abu Dhabi

    The Middle East will be getting the world’s first Macy’s department store outside the United States, and just for good measure, its second Bloomingdale’s, too.

    Honda lowers earnings forecast


    Honda’s net profit for the July-September quarter surged nearly 18 percent but the Japanese automaker lowered its earnings forecast for the full year Tuesday, pointing to difficulties in China and its home Japan market.

    BP profits hit by drop in oil prices

    British oil company BP says its earnings have fallen in the third quarter as the price of crude oil dropped globally.

    GM to move production of Volt part to US

    General Motors is moving production of the Chevrolet Volt’s electric drive unit from Mexico to a Detroit-area factory as it updates the slow-selling car to increase its electric range and make it perform better.

    United begins direct South Bend-Newark flights

    Northern Indiana officials are celebrating the start of direct air service between South Bend International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.