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.


CHIPOTEL-E COLI —An E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in Washington state and Oregon has sickened nearly two dozen people in the third outbreak of foodborne illness at the popular chain this year. By Donna Gordon Blankinship. SENT: 600 words, with AP Video.

VOLKSWAGEN-EMISSIONS CHEATING — The government says Volkswagen rigged emissions tests on an additional 10,000 vehicles. Regulators say the cars — with bigger 3-liter engines — emit up to nine times more nitrogen oxide pollution while being driven than they do when tested. By Tom Krisher and Matthew Daly. SENT: 260 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

EGYPT-RUSSIAN PLANE CRASH-Q&A — Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the sudden and catastrophic breakup of a Metrojet plane Saturday over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, just 23 minutes after the Russian-operated jetliner took off from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Here's a closer look at some of the potential causes of the crash and what investigators will be looking for. By Scott Mayerowitz. SENT: 1,080 words, with photos.

HUNGER GAMES — "Hunger Games" fans in the U.S. and China may get to find out for themselves if the odds are forever in their favor. Lionsgate confirms that the blockbuster movie franchise has been licensed for development in a theme park in Atlanta and an indoor entertainment center in Hengqin, China. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated



NEW YORK — Stocks are rising on Wall Street as the market comes off its biggest monthly gain in four years. Health care stocks were among the early winners as drugmakers Pfizer and AbbVie climbed. SENT: 560 words.

ECONOMY-MANUFACTURING —U.S. factory activity grew last month at its slowest pace since May 2013 as manufacturers pared their stockpiles and cut jobs. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 520 words.

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING — The Commerce Department says U.S. construction spending rose 0.6 percent in September to the highest level since March 2008, pushed up by a surge in apartment building. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 300 words.


The House last week raised hopes for a revival of Export-Import Bank loans after approving a bill reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank's charter, which expired June 30. The agency has been unable to make or guarantee new loans to exporters since then. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 420 words.


SUGAR VS CORN SYRUP— Big Sugar and Big Corn face off in court this week in a bitter, multibillion-dollar battle over sweeteners. By Brian Melley. SENT: 750 words, with photos.

CONAGRA-TREEHOUSE-UNIT SALE — ConAgra Foods Inc. is selling its private label operations to TreeHouse Foods Inc. for about $2.7 billion as part its plan to focus more on name brands including Chef Boyardee and Slim Jim. SENT: 360 words, with photos.

BRISTOL-MYERS-ACQUISITION — Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. is acquiring a private biotech company developing a medicine for one of the most common cause of hospitalizations in senior citizens, in a deal that could be worth up to $2.1 billion. By Linda A. Johnson. SENT: 450 words.

GENERAL ELECTRIC-ALSTOM — General Electric Co. said Monday it has completed a $10.6 billion acquisition of the power and transmission division of French manufacturer Alstom. SENT: 170 words.

CHINA-NEW JETLINER — A state-owned manufacturer on Monday unveiled the first plane produced by a Chinese initiative to compete in the market for large passenger jetliners. SENT: 530 words, with photos.

VISA-VISA EUROPE — Visa plans to buy Visa Europe in a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth more than $23 billion. By Ken Sweet. SENT: 730 words.

SHIRE-DYAX — The Dublin-based drug maker Shire says it will take over U.S. biotechnology firm Dyax in a deal worth an initial $5.9 billion. SENT: 120 words.

MEDASSETS-ACQUISITION PLAN — Private equity fund manager Pamplona Capital Management plans to buy MedAssets in a cash deal valued at about $2.7 billion. SENT: 300 words.

GERMANY-LUFTHANSA STRIKE — A union representing cabin crew for Lufthansa says its members will go on strike for one week in a contract dispute with the airline, Germany's largest. SENT: 110 words.

ELI LILLY-RESEARCH EXPANSION — Eli Lilly and Co. says it is spending $70 million to expand its research-and-development headquarters in Indianapolis. SENT: 120 words.

OBIT-MIKE HAMMOND — Mike Hammond, who co-founded computer maker Gateway Inc. in a northwest Iowa farmhouse in 1985, has died at age 53. SENT: 130 words.

HEALTHBEAT-KIDS MEDICAL DEVICES — Improvise isn't a word parents want to hear from their kid's doctor. Yet pediatric specialists too often have to jury-rig care because many of the medical devices needed to treat sick children were built for adults. By Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 880 words.


OBAMA-BUDGET — President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law a bipartisan budget bill that avoids a catastrophic U.S. default and puts off the next round of fighting over federal spending and debt until after next year's presidential and congressional elections. SENT: 630 words.

SUPREME COURT-S&P MORTGAGE RATINGS — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from shareholders who claim the Standard & Poor's ratings firm made false statements about its ratings of risky mortgage investments that helped trigger the financial crisis. SENT: 120 words.

SUPREME COURT-SECURITIES FRAUD EVIDENCE — The Supreme Court turned away an appeal from a former Toronto stockbroker convicted in a multimillion-dollar securities fraud who says federal prosecutors should have turned over documents that might have helped his defense. SENT: 140 words.

SUPREME COURT-CONSUMER PROTECTION — The Supreme Court seems divided over whether Internet search sites can be sued for publishing false information about people if the errors don't cause any real harm. SENT: 130 words.

SUPREME COURT-BOB MARLEY-IMAGE — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from clothing companies that claim they have legal rights to sell shirts with the image of reggae icon Bob Marley. SENT: 140 words.


EARNS-VISA — Payment processor Visa Inc. on Monday reported a 41 percent rise in fiscal fourth-quarter earnings, helped by lower legal expenses and higher payment processing volumes on the company's namesake network. SENT: 400 words.

JAPAN-EARNS-NISSAN — Nissan's profit for the July-September quarter zoomed 38 percent higher on healthy sales in China, the U.S. and Europe, prompting the automaker to raise its full-year projection. SENT: 430 words.

HONG KONG-EARNS-HSBC — HSBC's pre-tax profit has jumped by a third in the latest quarter as it paid out less in fines, settlements and British customer compensation ordered by regulators, the bank says. SENT: 700 words.


SKOREA-CHILD SURVEILLANCE — The most widely used child surveillance app in South Korea has been pulled from the market after security specialists raised serious concerns about the program's safety. SENT: 600 words.

FINLAND-SUPERCELL — Mobile gaming company Supercell is now reportedly Finland's biggest money-maker, with a taxable income nearly 10 times that of one-time cellphone powerhouse Nokia. SENT: 140 words.

NEW YORK TIMES-NEW PUBLISHER — New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger says a successor will be chosen within two years. By Tali Arbel. SENT: 270 words, with photos.


CHINA-ECONOMY — China's government expects to achieve annual economic growth of "at least 6.5 percent" through 2020, the top economic official said, in the first indication of a growth target since a high-level planning meeting last week. SENT: 380 words.

GREECE-FERRY STRIKE — Greece's ferries have stopped running for 48 hours as seamen walked off the job to protest growing unemployment in their sector, falling income and new austerity measures as part of the country's third bailout. SENT: 140 words.

CLIMATE-COUNTDOWN — The Chinese and French presidents announced Monday they have agreed that a global climate change pact should require countries to increase their emissions cuts every five years, in an important signal four weeks before world leaders meet in Paris. SENT: 400 words.

UPENN-VPS HEALTHCARE — The University of Pennsylvania Health System has entered a partnership with Abu Dhabi-based VPS Healthcare. SENT: 100 words.



COMPANY SPOTLIGHT — Chipotle Mexican Grill shares fell Monday after an E. Coli outbreak at some of its restaurants caused illnesses and forced a number of stores to shut. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.

CENTERPIECE — Analysts are paring back their growth forecasts for sales of new homes next year, but stocks of homebuilders likely already reflect that. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.


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