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.

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— EARNS-AMGEN: Developing from after-market earnings release.



WALGREENS-RITE AID-CUSTOMER IMPACT — Walgreens will use its $9.41 billion takeover of rival Rite Aid to spread its philosophy on making drugstores destinations for customers looking to stay healthy or buy beauty products. It's also expected to flex its beefed-up negotiating muscle to wring better deals from drugmakers, but experts say those discounts won't automatically trickle down to consumers. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 700 words, photo.


EARNS-WALGREENS — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. reports fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $26 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. SENT: 300 words.

DRUG PRICES-POLL — Americans from across the political spectrum are worried about the cost of prescription drugs for serious diseases, following weeks of news coverage about companies hiking prices for critical medicines. By Matthew Perrone. SENT: 600 words, photo.

ECONOMY-GDP — The U.S. economy has resembled an especially dizzying roller-coaster ride this year, with a hurtling dive followed by a steep climb leading to yet another slide. On Thursday, when the government issues its first of three estimates of growth in the July-September quarter, it's expected to show an economy slumping from global weakness and reduced corporate stockpiling — but poised to rise again. SENT: 780 words, photos. By Martin Crutsinger.


FEDERAL RESERVE —The Federal Reserve is keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of persistent threats from a weak international economy and excessively low inflation. But it suggests the possibility of a rate hike as early as December. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 800 words.

FEDERAL RESERVE-COMPARING — Comparing Feds views on the economy, jobs. SENT: 300 words.

FEDERAL RESERVE-STATEMENT TEXT — Text of the Federal Reserve's statement. SENT: 600 words.

FEDERAL RESERVE-QUOTE BOX — Fed watchers weigh the likelihood of a rate increase in December. SENT: 550 words.

VOLKSWAGEN-EARNS — Volkswagen loses 1.67 billion euros in the third quarter as it set aside 6.7 billion euros to pay for recalling and fixing cars that were rigged to evade U.S. diesel emissions tests. But while the German carmaker warned that operating profit this year would be "down significantly," it indicated that sales would prove resilient. By David McHugh. SENT: 690 words, photos. Incorporates JAPAN-VOLKSWAGEN.

With: EUROPE-CAR EMISSIONS — European Union nations agree on tougher real driving emissions tests for diesel cars after the Volkswagen scandal showed previous testing methods could be cheated on. SENT: 300 words.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK — Don't look for a small business boom anytime soon. Many company owners aren't interested in expanding, and many have no plans to hire. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.


AFFORDABLE RENTS — Higher incomes for the tech gurus increasingly populating San Francisco make its renters the least financially burdened of the 50 largest U.S. cities, according a new analysis of Census Bureau data by ApartmentList. By Josh Boak. SENT: 630 words.

FINANCIAL MARKETS —The stock market ends solidly higher, recovering from an afternoon wobble, after the Federal Reserve indicates that it will consider raising its benchmark interest rate at its December meeting. Bond yields rise and the dollar climbs against other currencies as traders anticipate that higher rates were on the way. By Marley Jay. SENT: 740 words, photo.


ON THE MONEY-SOCIAL SECURITY — Millions of Social Security beneficiaries won't be getting an annual cost-of-living benefits increase next year. While that will crimp some budgets, there are steps retirees and those nearing retirement should consider to make sure they're getting the most out of their Social Security benefits. By Alex Veiga. SENT: 950 words.


EARNS-ANTHEM — Anthem reports a 4 percent increase in third-quarter profit and beat Wall Street forecasts as the number of people the health insurer covers edges slightly higher. By Linda A. Johnson. SENT: 580 words, photo.

EARNS-FIAT CHRYSLER — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV says it swung to a net loss of 306 million euros ($339 million) in the third quarter as it recalculated the cost of a huge recall campaign in North America. By Colleen Barry. SENT: 550 words.

EARNS-AMGEN — Amgen trounces Wall Street expectations with a 50 percent jump in third-quarter profit, due to lower expenses and higher sales for nearly all the biologic drugmakers' medicines. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5:30 p.m.


BRITAIN-BEER MERGER — Budweiser maker Anheuser Busch InBev's $106 billion bid for SABMiller is delayed as the world's two biggest brewers iron out details of the complex deal that ultimately needs the approval of regulators stretching from the United States to South Africa. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 280 words.

SNYDER'S-LANCE-DIAMOND FOODS — Snyder's-Lance is buying Diamond Foods in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.27 billion, adding to its roster of healthier snacks. SENT: 280 words.

PETS HALLOWEEN — These days, dogs with busy social lives — especially those who are up-and-coming social media celebs — are dressing up for many more events than just Halloween. By Sue Manning. SENT: 770 words, photos.

SUPERSTORM-THE MONEY SQUABBLE — Many people who complained a federal insurance program shortchanged them after Superstorm Sandy swamped their homes are getting some validation three years later in the form of cash. By David B. Caruso. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

With: SUPERSTORM-REPORT CARD — A look at where things stand three years after the Oct. 29, 2012, storm. SENT: 730 words, photos.


JAPAN-AUTO SHOW — Japan, home to the world's top automaker, has a younger generation utterly disintereted in buying, owning or driving cars: The Tokyo Motor Show is about wooing them back. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 770 words, photos.

FORD-RECALL — Ford is recalling 129,000 midsize SUVs in parts of the U.S. and Canada to fix potential fuel leaks. SENT: 170 words, photo.

MINI-RECALL — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, BMW's Mini brand is recalling more than 86,000 cars because the power steering could fail. SENT: 180 words, photo.

BEHIND THE WHEEL-2016 MAZDA CX-3 — Mazda's smallest sport utility vehicle, the new CX-3, is a nimble five-seater with fresh styling, an affordable starting price, generous standard equipment and noteworthy fuel economy. By Ann M. Job. SENT: 600 words, photo, box.


GOOGLE-HIGH SPEED INTERNET — Google is adding Oklahoma City and two cites in Florida to the list of communities in line for its ultra-fast Internet service. SENT: 130 words.


UKRAINE-ECONOMIC LIMBO — As Ukraine severs its centuries-old trade relations with Russia, it is hoping to become an integral part of the West. That dream is a long way off. Its economy is still in shock from the war, and will likely remain on financial life support from the U.S. and Europe for years. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

INDIA-COURTING AFRICA — African leaders are in New Delhi for a summit to explore how Indian investment and technology can help a resurgent Africa face its development challenges, while India makes a play for a share of Africa's vast natural resources to power its own growth. By Nirmala George. SENT: 900 words, photos.


CENTERPIECE — Holiday spending isn't growing like it used to, despite efforts by retailers to get shoppers in the gift-giving mood. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.

COMPANY SPOTLIGHT — Snyder's-Lance is buying Diamond Foods in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.27 billion, adding to its roster of healthier snacks. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.


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