Among the stories Monday from The Associated Press:

Among the stories Monday from The Associated Press:


VOLKSWAGEN-BUY BACK THE CARS? — As claims of fraud mount, and Volkswagen says a fix to its emissions-rigging software is at least a year away, lawyers are calling on the German automaker to buy back the affected cars. Such a move could cost billions. By Tom Krisher. UPCOMING: 750 words by 11 a.m., photos.

GOOGLE-ATTACKING MICROSOFT — Google is escalating an attack on Microsoft's lucrative Office software in an attempt to hit its longtime rival where it will hurt the most. By Michael Liedtke. SENT: 500 words.

WEIGHT WATCHERS-OPRAH — Oprah Winfrey is taking a 10 percent stake in Weight Watchers for about $43.2 million and is joining the weight management company's board. SENT: 300 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


BUILDER SENTIMENT — U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about the housing market, lifting their confidence this month to the highest level in 10 years. By Alex Veiga. SENT: 400 words.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — U.S. stocks move mostly lower in early trading as investors sized up the latest batch of company earnings and new data indicating China's economy grew at the slowest pace in six years. By Alex Veiga. SENT: 460 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.


EARNS-MORGAN STANLEY — Morgan Stanley's earnings drop 42 percent in the third quarter, more than analysts forecast, as the bank's bond trading business weakened. By Ken Sweet. SENT: 420 words.


JOHNSON & JOHNSON-IMMUNE DRUG — Johnson & Johnson's immune disorder drug Stelara significantly reduced symptoms of the inflammatory bowel condition Crohn's disease with just one infusion in about half the patients tested, according to the company. By Linda A. Johnson. SENT: 480 words.

OIL-UNIVERSITY IMPACT — Tuition hasn't budged at the University of Texas in three years thanks to gushing oil wells in the Permian Basin. But the latest bust and tumbling crude prices are now pinching off the largesse that helps this university and others in oil-rich states afford what they want. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS-CEO — Sherwin-Williams names longtime insider John Morikis as its ninth CEO. SENT: 100 words.


CHINESE HACKING-US COMPANIES— Chinese hacking attempts on American corporate intellectual property have occurred with regularity over the past three weeks, suggesting that China almost immediately began violating its newly minted cyberagreement with the United States, according to cybersecurity company with close ties to the U.S. government. By Ken Dilanian. SENT: 690 words, photo.

GERMANY-FACEBOOK — German prosecutors are examining a criminal complaint against three people alleging that Facebook facilitates incitement. SENT: 130 words.


CHINA-ECONOMY — China's economy decelerates in the latest quarter but stronger spending by consumers who are emerging as an important pillar of growth helped to avert a deeper downturn. Joe McDonald. SENT: 800 words, photos.