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Gauge of US economy's health edges up 0.2 percent

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of the U.S. economy's health increased in October, suggesting consumers and businesses mostly shrugged off the 16-day partial government shutdown. The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators rose 0.2 percent in October to a reading of 97.5. It was the sixth gain in seven months and followed large gains in the previous two months. The index is designed...

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