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  • Stocks slip, leaving S&P 500 down for September

    A suddenly stormy month on the stock market came to a quiet end on Tuesday. Major indexes drifted to a slight loss, leaving the Standard & Poor’s 500 down 1.6 percent for September, its third monthly drop this year.

  • EU says Ireland grants Apple illegal tax benefits

    Ireland appears to be granting Apple illegal tax rebates that may have to be recouped, the European Union’s competition watchdog said Tuesday as it pressed on with an inquiry into the iPhone maker’s overseas tax practices.

  • Walgreen posts 4Q loss on Alliance Boots charge

    Walgreen booked a $239 million loss in its fiscal fourth quarter after swallowing a huge accounting charge from its Alliance Boots acquisition, but the drugstore chain’s results still met Wall Street expectations.

  • Ford shares fall as company lowers Europe outlook

    Ford shares tumbled Monday after the automaker said it will fall short of its full-year profit goals.

  • Toyota recalls 690,000 pickups to fix rear springs

    Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire.

  • Honeywell, Tata to make navigator for India’s army

    Honeywell International Inc. said Monday that it is partnering with Tata Power to help make navigation systems for India’s military.

  • Safety agency studying Toyota acceleration problem

    U.S. safety regulators are looking into a consumer’s petition alleging that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes.

    US stocks head lower, following drops overseas


    Concerns over high stock prices and global politics continued to plague markets Monday as major stock indexes ended with slight losses in another day of choppy trading. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major world financial center, added to the host of political concerns on investors’ minds.

  • Sue Gin dies; chief of airline catering empire, real estate mogul

    Sue Gin, who vastly improved the quality of airline food with her company Flying Food Group, died Friday morning. She had suffered a stroke Tuesday.

  • Chrysler recalls vehicles to fix ignition switches

    Chrysler is recalling nearly 350,000 older cars and SUVs to fix defective ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall.

  • Applications for US unemployment rise 12K to 293K

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Despite the rise, the level of applications remains near pre-recession levels, a sign that hiring will likely remain healthy. READ MORE …

  • Sales of US new homes soar in August


    U.S. sales of new homes surged in August, led by a wave of buying in the West and Northeast. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales climbed 18 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000. The report also revised up …

    Evelyn Echols, travel school founder, business pioneer, dead at 99


    Before Orbitz and Expedia, there was Evelyn Echols, who trained tens of thousands of travel agents in the days before the Internet. The pioneering businesswoman and founder of the Echols International Travel and Hotel Schools died Wednesday at her Chicago home. She was 99.

    Colleges, businesses face challenge of helping workers with limited English skills

    Oakton Community College will offer an online dictionary to students in certain manufacturing classes this spring after seeing the numbers of students needing English-language help soar to four times the numbers from eight years ago.

    McDonald’s Corp. has seen the numbers of its Chicago-area restaurant …