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Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 pct

FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, photo, Wal-Mart employees Jon Christians and Lori Harris take job applications and answers questions during a job fair at the University of Illinois Springfield campus in Springfield, Ill. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire...
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Stocks creep higher on encouraging news

Trader Patrick Forbes, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher a day after the Federal Reserve made clear it would keep interest rates at record lows for a while. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Trader Patrick...
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Scots decide future amid excitement, apprehension

Chris McAleese holds a Saltire flag as he walks past Bannockburn Polling Station in Scotland, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. People are voting across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent...
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Brighter economy driving up holiday hiring plans

FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, photo, Wal-Mart employees Jon Christians and Lori Harris take job applications and answers questions during a job fair at the University of Illinois Springfield campus in Springfield, Ill. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire...
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Ellison gives up Oracle CEO role, becomes chairman

FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison gestures while giving a keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. Oracle says Ellison is stepping aside as CEO of the company he founded. The business software maker promoted Safra Catz and Mark...
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Home Depot says malware affected 56M payment cards

FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2010 file photo, shoppers walk through the aisles at the Home Depot store in Williston, Vt. The Home Depot on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 said it has eliminated malware from its U.S. and Canadian networks that affected 56 million unique payment cards...
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Good news on economy pushes stocks to record highs

Trader Patrick Forbes, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher a day after the Federal Reserve made clear it would keep interest rates at record lows for a while. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Trader Patrick...
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Alibaba prices IPO at $68 per share

People walk past an advertising billboard showing the mobile app of Alibaba’s Taobao consumer-to-consumer site at a subway station in Beijing Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Alibaba Group’s U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants...
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Facebook CEO wants more students to explore tech

Students at Sequoia High School in Redwood City Calif. make their way bak to class after a special assembly on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. During the assembly Facebook gifted 50 laptops to the school and CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered questions in front of hundreds of students as...
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End of era: Ellison steps aside as Oracle CEO

FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison gestures while giving a keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. Oracle says Ellison is stepping aside as CEO of the company he founded. The business software maker promoted Safra Catz and Mark...