NEW YORK (AP) -- September's jobs numbers are lower than expected, but that seems to have boosted stocks. The Labor Department report shows the economy has added an average of 143,000 jobs a month from July through September, down nearly 40,000 from the three prior months. But that has economists at Barclays predicting the Federal Reserve won't trim its bond purchases until March. The S&P appears on track for another record close in afternoon trading, while the Dow and the Nasdaq also are higher.
DENVER (AP) --Two Colorado farmers have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce after cantaloupes from their farm were tied to a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people. Eric and Ryan Jensen entered their pleas in federal court in Denver. They'll be sentenced in January. The Jensens have already filed for bankruptcy.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple is introducing its new Mac computers and its latest operating system, called Mavericks. The company says its new, 13-inch MacBook Pro comes in thinner, lighter and cheaper than it previous version. Meanwhile, the Mavericks operating system is being made available free of charge. Apple made the announcement today at an event in San Francisco, where it is also expected to unveil its latest iPads.
DETROIT (AP) -- Chrysler has begun shipping its new Jeep Cherokee to dealers. The compact crossover SUV will compete against the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape in one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. auto market. The new Cherokees were supposed to arrive as early as July, but engineers had to tinker with the new nine-speed automatic transmissions to make them shift more smoothly.
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba's government says it's eliminating its unique two-currency system. Cuba's tourism sector uses a currency fixed at a rate roughly equivalent to the dollar, while the rest of the country uses pesos worth about 5 cents each that cannot be directly converted into foreign currencies. The system was intended to insulate Cuba's communist system, but because many unsubsidized goods can only be bought in the stronger convertible currency it has created a class of more prosperous Cubans, those with access to the tourist currency.
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