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Citing cautious optimism about the home-improvement landscape, Lowe's Cos. slightly lifted its sales outlook on Wednesday, as earnings edged past Wall Street forecasts.
The Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in October.
Lowe's third-quarter earnings jumped 17 percent and the home improvement retailer raised its annual forecast after turning in a performance that edged out most expectations Wednesday The company earned $585 million, or 59 cents per share, in the quarter that ended Oct. 31.
A Dallas nurse who survived Ebola has a new engagement ring to replace the one destroyed as part of decontamination of her apartment.
A British couple says they were charged 100 pounds ($156) by a hotel in northwestern England after they described it as a filthy hovel in an online review.
More than 170 governments have pledged to do more to prevent malnutrition around the globe, adopting a new voluntary set of guidelines to promote healthy diets and reduce levels of obesity.
Hair salons do it, dry cleaners do it, and so do department stores selling health and beauty products.
The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted 7-2 at its November meeting to keep rates on hold, according to minutes
Known for its liberal politics, Berkeley has racked up a long line of firsts over the years, from taxing sugary drinks to ditching Styrofoam takeout containers.
Divisions remain at the Bank of England on whether to raise interest rates, with policymakers voting 7-2 at their last meeting to keeping the main rate at a record low 0.5 percent.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.
Acknowledging California's parched new reality, the city of San Diego has embraced a once-toxic idea: turning sewer water into drinking water.
Sony's PlayStation 4 video-game console has built an impressive lead over its competitors.
Asian stock markets were lackluster Wednesday as investors digested a fall in Chinese home prices and Japan's scramble to overcome its economic malaise.
Financial planning usually involves lots of spreadsheets, pie charts and eyes glazing over.
A coalition of companies and aid groups announced plans Tuesday to test experimental drugs and collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors to treat new victims of the disease in West Africa.
Hong Kong stocks dropped further Wednesday morning, heading for a third straight day of declines, as the Hang Seng Index lost 0.3%.
Here are the latest trading levels for Asia's major stock markets: Tokyo (Nikkei Average) up 0.1% ; Hong Kong (Hang Seng Index) down 0.2% ; Shanghai (Shanghai Composite Index) down 0.1% ; Sydney (S&P/ASX 200) down 0.3% ; Seoul (Kospi) down 0.3% Taipei (Taiex) up 1% Copyright © 2014 MarketWatch, Inc.
Japanese stocks started modestly higher Wednesday but quickly added to gains as the yen trudged further downhill.