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Big swings no cause to ditch stock market

By STEVE ROTHWELL

Investment strategists say many factors that have supported stocks over the five-year bull run remain in place: The U.S. economy and corporate earnings are still growing.



Public college enrollment up in state

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP

Minority enrollment is growing at Washington's public colleges and universities while total enrollment continues its upward trend, school officials reported this week.


Ebola causing a surge in demand for hospital gear

By JULIET LINDERMAN

Manufacturers and distributors of impermeable gowns and full-body suits meant to protect medical workers from Ebola are scrambling to keep up with a surge of new orders from U.S. hospitals.


Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong U.S. hiring

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER

U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.


New rules may help spur U.S. home loans

By MARCY GORDON

But critics say abandoning the 20-percent down payment could bring a return to the dangerous days of borrowers taking on mortgage loans that they can't repay.


Rural areas seek piece of subprime-loan settlement

By HOPE YEN

Subprime loans were distributed in the rural U.S. at even higher rates on average than in metropolitan counties.


Golden Gate could get a sidewalk toll

Golden Gate Bridge officials are again floating the idea of charging bicyclists and pedestrians to use the famed span's sidewalks.


Jobless rates fall in 31 states

Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including many currently embroiled in tough political campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the midterm elections Nov. 4.



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