Here are AP Business News' latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.

Here are AP Business News' latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.


VOLKSWAGEN-BUY BACK THE CARS? — Volkswagen almost inevitably will have to compensate owners of diesel cars equipped with emissions-rigging software. Some legal experts say the automaker could be forced to buy back the cars altogether. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 830 words, photos.

With: VOLKSWAGEN-BUY BACK THE CARS?-GLANCE — A look at the US models that need to be fixed in Volkswagen emissions cheating case. SENT: 310 words.

AMAZON-BOGUS REVIEWS — The online retailer steps up its war against fraudulent product reviews on its site, a burgeoning business for companies who think testimonials and gold stars from "real people" are worth serious gold. Amazon is suing more than 1,000 people who allegedly offered to write fake reviews for hire, but such crowdsourced fraud is a big issue for many online retailers. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: May be updated.

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: 880 words, photos.

With: CHINA-ECONOMIC IMPACT — China drives nearly a third of global growth, and its deceleration is one reason the world's economic prospects have dimmed. The slowdown has led to lower commodity prices and has complicated matters for the Federal Reserve, which is weighing a long-awaited interest rate hike. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 690 words.

WEIGHT WATCHERS-OPRAH — Oprah Winfrey is going on a diet again, but this time she stands to gain a lot of money from her efforts. Weight Watchers hopes that Winfrey's star power will boost its brand, which has been hurt by the rise of fitness trackers and apps that let users track their activities. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 800 words, photo.


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 waver between small gains and losses in afternoon trading as investors consider company earnings news and a slowdown in China's growth. By Alex Veiga. SENT: 670 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.


UNITED CONTINENTAL-CEO — United Airlines is preparing to release details about how it plans to move forward during the hospitalization of its new CEO, Oscar Munoz. By David Koenig. SENT: 580 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 PRICES-COLLEGES — 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. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 830 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-GET STARTED — The home remodeling industry is regaining its momentum after a year of slower growth, according to a study by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 340 words.

HESS TOY TRUCKS — Hess gas stations are no more, but the annual toy truck is back. Hess Toy Trucks unveils a red firetruck and ladder rescue that it will begin selling Nov. 1. SENT: 120 words, photo pursuing

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


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, photo.

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.


VENEZUELA-ECONOMIC CRISIS — President Nicolas Maduro calls for the prosecution of Venezuela's biggest businessman for allegedly conspiring against his government in a phone call discussing a possible international bailout for the crisis-stricken, oil-dependent economy. By Jorge Rueda. SENT: 470 words, photo.


CENTERPIECE — Soda consumption may be down, but beverage makers are still popping. PepsiCo earlier this month reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings, and Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group will report this upcoming week. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.

COMPANY SPOTLIGHT — Weight Watchers shares skyrocket on news that Oprah Winfrey is paying about $43.2 million for a stake in the company and is joining its board. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.


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