NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market is closing slightly higher as investors wait for news on the Syrian situation. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 48 points to close at 14,824. The S&P 500 was up four points to 1,634 today. The Nasdaq rose nearly 15. Energy companies were the biggest gainers on the S&P 500 today because of higher oil prices.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Concerns over a U.S.-led attack on Syria is pushing up the price of oil, which reached its highest level in more than two years today. A regional conflict could lead to supply disruptions in an area where half the world's proven oil reserves lie. Benchmark crude for October delivery rose $1.09, or 1 percent, to $110.10 a barrel in New York -- the highest price since May 3, 2011.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries tomorrow might run into striking workers instead. Organizers say thousands of workers are set to stage walkouts in dozens of cities to push McDonald's and other chains to pay higher wages. Organizers expect it to be the largest nationwide strike by fast-food workers.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government's consumer advocate says more than 33 million workers qualify to have student loans forgiven because they work at schools and hospitals, in military and police uniforms. But the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says the system is overly complicated and often confusing. The report recommends Congress examine the loan forgiveness programs.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -- Toyota has two important new vehicles coming in 2015: the next-generation Prius hybrid and the company's first hydrogen fuel cell car. A top Toyota engineer says the new Prius will get significantly better fuel economy than its current 50 miles per gallon. Toyota will reveal more about its zero-emission fuel cell car early next year.
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