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FINANCIAL MARKETS

NEW YORK U.S. stocks rebound in afternoon trading after slumping for six straight days on concern that growth in China was slowing more quickly than previously thought. By Alex Veiga. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

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FINANCIAL MARKETS-VOLATILITY-Q&A The stock market's measures of fear and volatility are trading at multi-year highs. A Q&A on how these measures work and what they are telling investors. By Ken Sweet. UPCOMING: 400 words.

FEDERAL RESERVE-DUDLEY The head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank says recent global developments, including a fall in oil prices and a slowdown in China, make the argument for a September Fed rate hike "less compelling" than a few weeks ago. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

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CHINA-ECONOMY-POLITICS

BEIJING What does China's leadership lose politically as a result of the country's precipitous stock market decline? A bit of international swagger, but probably not much else for now. Despite growing anger among retail investors and a strong sense of economic decline, a major shakeup is unlikely, given the rigidity of the political system, the leadership's need to exude calm and the idea that changes could be perceived as signs of weakness or error. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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CHINA-STOCK MARKET INVESTIGATIONS Employees of one of China's biggest securities firms and one current and one former employee of its market regulator are under investigation on suspicion of illegal stock trading, state media report, amid the collapse of a stock price boom. Three other brokerages announce they are under investigation for possible violations of rules on confirming the identities of customers. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 540 words, photos.

AIRLINES-CHEAP FARES

ABOARD AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 1223 Don't expect cheap flights for Thanksgiving, but airline fare wars are making a comeback thanks in part to a plunge in fuel prices. A number of cities are seeing ridiculously low prices at off-peak hours Chicago to Boston for $80 roundtrip, for example prices the industry has spent the last decade trying to eliminate. By Scott Mayerowitz. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, video.

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AIRLINES-CHEAP FARES-TIPS Advice on how to find cheap fares, including best days to fly and which airlines to look for. SENT: 150 words.

BURGER KING-MCWHOPPER

NEW YORK In full-page newspaper ads, Burger King says it's calling for a truce with McDonald's so that they can create a mashup of their most famous burgers the Big Mac and the Whopper. By Candice Choi. SENT: 360 words, photos.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

DURABLE GOODS

WASHINGTON Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rise in July, and demand in a key category that tracks business investment plans jumps by the largest amount in 13 months. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 470 words, photo.

EARNINGS:

EARNS-ABERCROMBIE & FITCH Abercrombie & Fitch's fiscal second-quarter results tops analysts' estimates as a key sales metric improved. SENT: 330 words.

INDUSTRY:

NOVO NORDISK-JOBS

RALEIGH, N.C. Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk says it will open new factories in North Carolina and Denmark as pharmaceutical companies seek to keep up with demand for diabetes medications in an increasingly overweight world. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 470 words.

MONSANTO-SYNGENTA Agricultural business giant Monsanto is abandoning its takeover bid for competitor Syngenta AG after the Swiss chemical producer rejected its latest offer of roughly $47 billion. SENT: 340 words.

EXXON MOBIL-SETTLEMENT While a New Jersey judge approved the state's $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil, he expressed concern over delayed cleanup at a polluted creek, which a state lawmaker says could open up a route to appeal the decision. By Michael Catalini and Josh Cornfield. SENT: 560 words.

RADIOSHACK BANKRUPTCY RadioShack reaches a tentative settlement in a dispute over the treatment of gift card holders in the electronics retailer's bankruptcy case. By Randall Chase. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

TURKEY BACON-RECALL Kraft Heinz Foods Co. is recalling more than 2 million pounds of turkey bacon products that may be unsafe because they could possibly spoil before the "Best When Used By" date. SENT: 260 words.

SCHLUMBERGER-ACQUISITION Schlumberger is buying Cameron in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $12.71 billion that would create an oilfield equipment and service powerhouse. SENT: 300 words.

BRITAIN-GAMBLING MERGER Paddy Power and Betfair agree to merge, creating one of the world's largest online betting and gaming companies by revenue. SENT: 140 words.

BEHIND THE WHEEL-2015 AUDI A3 CABRIOLET Those looking for a luxury-branded convertible with a low price tag should turn toward Audi's A3 Cabriolet. By Ann M. Job. SENT: 530 words, photo, box.

WATERPARK PERILS

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. The huge slides, cascading falls, lazy rivers and shallow water that attract millions of waterpark visitors each year are extremely fun, but also can be extremely dangerous. "We pretty much have an ambulance call every weekend," says the operator of one Michigan park. By Roger Schneider. SENT: 790 words, photos, video.

TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:

MICROSOFT WINDOWS

SAN FRANCISCO Microsoft says its new Windows 10 software is running on more than 75 million computers, tablets and other devices less than a month since the operating system was released. By Brandon Bailey. SENT: 320 words.

SOLYNDRA INVESTIGATION A four-year investigation concludes that officials of the solar company Solyndra misrepresented facts and omitted key information in their efforts to get a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 400 words.

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT-JOURNALISTS

WASHINGTON New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as "unprivileged belligerents" if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy. By Wendy Benjaminson. SENT: 990 words, photo.

DISH-CHANNEL BLACKOUT Dish says that 129 local stations in 79 different markets have gone dark for its customers because of a fight with the channels' owner, Sinclair Broadcasting. By Tali Arbel. SENT: 250 words.

FINLAND-ROVIO-LAYOFFS Popular mobile game maker Rovio Entertainment says it plans to restructure its business and lay off up to 260 people because the company took on "too many things" during the past few years. By Matti Huuhtanen. SENT: 270 words.

NKOREA-AIRPORT INTERNET Pyongyang's shiny new airport building has a small but revealing glitch: an Internet room with no Internet. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 400 words, photos.

INTERNATIONAL:

CHINA CORRUPTION State media say China's top official on work safety has been fired and is a suspect in a corruption investigation. The fall of Yang Dongliang coincides with one of the worst industrial accidents in China in years. SENT: 200 words.

PERSONAL FINANCE:

ON THE MONEY-FLU VACCINES

People who are thinking of getting flu shots this year have lots of new options to discuss with their doctors. By Linda Johnson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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CENTERPIECE

Mortgage outlook

Enticing prospective homebuyers, mortgage rates have fallen over the past year. But a big question looms. Will the Federal Reserve raise a key interest rate for the first time in nearly a decade? UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.

COMPANY SPOTLIGHT

Cameron Int'l being acquired

Cameron International, the maker of the blowout preventer on the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon oil rig, is being acquired in a $12.71 billion deal. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.