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Immigrant advocatesare urging retailers to pull a Halloween costume depicting a space creature in orange prison garb emblazoned with the words "illegal alien," while the group Americans for Legal Immigration said efforts to get stores not to sell the costume amounted to an attack on freedom of speech. Since Friday, when the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights in Los Angeles first raised objections, companies including Target, Walgreens and eBay have removed the costume from their inventory.

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Applications for U.S. home buildingpermits, a gauge of future construction, fell in September by 1.2 percent, the largest decline in five months. At the same time, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, construction of homes and apartments rose 0.5 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 590,000 units, a weaker showing than the 610,000 economists had expected.

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China will impose tariffsof up to 36 percent on some imported nylon products to protect its domestic industry from suspected dumping. The decision applies to Nylon 6, used to make many products such as toothbrushes, socks and robes, from the United States, European Union countries, Russia and Taiwan. The tariff rate set on U.S. companies is much higher than that for other countries and comes ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to China next month.

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Barnes & Noble, largest U.S. book store chain, unveiled an electronic-book reader Tuesday to compete with Amazon.com's Kindle. The Nook will sell for $259, the same as the recently reduced Kindle. Billed as the first e-book reader powered by Google's Android technology, the Nook features not only a 6-inch E-ink screen, but a color touch screen that allows users to navigate content, and also turns into a virtual keyboard for searches.

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"He had this hanging over his head despite repeated (legal) victories."

Samuel Buffone, attorney for F. Scott Yeager, a former executive at Enron's failed broadband venture, whose charges related to financial fraud at the onetime energy giant were tossed out by an appeals court.

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1.6

Percent increase in total holiday sales forecast by retail research firm ShopperTrak, after a 5.9 percent decline last year.

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THE BOTTOM LINE: U.S. wholesale prices dropped by 0.6 percent in September due to lower energy costs ...Third-quarter profit falls 53 percent for Caterpillar, maker of construction and mining equipment ...Yahoo third-quarter profit more than tripled to $186 million, even as revenue fell 12 percent to $1.58 billion ...Coca-Cola's third-quarter profit declines less than 1 percent ...Honda may move production of Fit hatchback to U.S.

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