Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

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Oscar de la Renta, a renowned American fashion designer famed for his glamorous red-carpet gowns and smart suits for ladies who lunch, died Monday at the age of 82.

Akzo Nobel Lifted by Cost Cutting

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Akzo Nobel said third-quarter profit rose 32% driven by cost savings and lower restructuring and financing costs, adding that it was on track to meet its 2015 targets despite a fragile economy.

Actelion Boosted by New Drug

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Strong sales of a new drug helped push Actelion’s earnings higher in the third quarter, prompting Europe’s biggest biotech to upgrade its full-year guidance.

IPhone 6 Recharges Apple's Growth

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Apple said its quarterly profit rose 13%, and it predicted record holiday sales, as strong demand for its new larger-screen iPhones helped to overcome sluggish iPad sales.

Africa's Sugar Ambitions Sour

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African sugar producers are shelving ambitious expansion plans and cutting output as an expected boom from an expanding middle class fails to materialize amid cheap imports and falling global prices.

CEO of French Oil Giant Total Dies in Moscow Plane Crash

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French oil company Total SA said Chairman and Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie died Monday in a plane crash at a Russian airport.

NSA Clears Samsung Devices

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Samsung said the NSA approved some of its mobile devices for use by government officials to carry classified information, a positive step for the smartphone maker’s struggling mobile division.

Adidas CEO Faced With Choice on Reebok

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Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer needs to decide if it’s better to welcome an unsolicited bid for the Reebok unit and cash out now on a nascent recovery in the brand or double down on a more pronounced rebound.

How Big Data Is Tracking City Life

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Researchers are bringing big data into the public sphere, aiming to improve quality of life, save money, and understand cities in ways that weren’t possible only a few years ago.

Japanese Electronics Get Lift From China

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China’s smartphone boom is being fueled by Japanese parts makers, a rare bright spot in Japan’s gloomy electronics industry.

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