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Business Briefing: Truckers urge holiday drivers to be safe on the road

As almost 47 million Americans take to the roadways within the next day or two, the American Trucking Association is urging motorists to drive safely.

The ATA, which prides itself for its staff of professional truck drivers, is offering drivers a few simple driving tips, such as leaving early to avoid risks, avoiding extreme weather conditions and preparing your vehicle for long road trips.

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U.S. home prices were up by 5.5 percent in September, the fastest increase in 13 months. Analysts point to the lack of inventory, which has forced buyers to bid up available properties. Read more here.

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The U.S. economy increased by 2.1 percent during the summer, a pace that was faster than anticipated. The Commerce Department had previously estimated growth of 1.5 percent between July and September. Learn more here.

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An investigation into Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating software has widened to include a look into possible tax evasion. The German auto maker has already acknowledged that it manufactured 11 million vehicles that contained software that purposefully gave inaccurate nitrogen oxide readings that were favorable to VW. Find out more here.

-Will Buss, BND business writer

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