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Stocks end mostly lower as Ukraine tensions flare
More tensions in Ukraine left the stock market slightly lower in quiet trading.
Reid apologizes for Asian jokes at Vegas luncheon
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is apologizing for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon in Las Vegas this week.
Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over Common Core
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says fellow conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core education standards and instead consider the benefits the benchmarks offer students in struggling schools.
Obama offers new accommodations on birth control
The Obama administration will offer a new accommodation to religious nonprofits that object to covering birth control for their employees. The measure allows those groups to notify the government, rather than their insurance company, that birth control violates their religious beliefs.
Yellen: Job-market shifts complicate rate decision
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates.
Study: Wealth gap widened in the last decade
A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.
Ferguson fallout: A call for police 'body cams'
What if Michael Brown's last moments had been recorded?
Dems reframe election-year debate on health care
One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama's health care law. That's a fresh sign the law may be losing some of its political punch heading into the midterm elections.
Venezuela proposes fingerprinting shoppers
Venezuelans soon may need to have their fingerprints scanned before they can buy bread.
Airline group forecasts uptick in Labor Day travel
A trade group for the nation's big airlines predicts that air travel over the Labor Day weekend will rise 2 percent from the same holiday last year.
Hostess closing bakery that created the Twinkie
About 400 people will lose their jobs and a piece of American baking history will shut down when Hostess Brands closes the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented.
Amazon starts selling physical books in Brazil
Online retailer Amazon has started selling physical books in Brazil, two years after it began selling books in digital format in Latin America's biggest country.
Music site SoundCloud to start paying artists
SoundCloud says it will start paying artists and record firms whose music is played on the popular streaming site.
NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier
Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.
United lures top fliers with promise of a hot meal
To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.
US existing home sales rise for 4th straight month
Sales of existing U.S. homes rose for the fourth straight month in July to their highest level in nearly a year, the latest sign that the housing recovery is picking up after stumbling at the start of the year.
New York gets $800M in Bank of America settlement
New York state is getting $800 million as its share of a national $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis.
AAA: Nearly 35 million will travel Labor Day weekend
AAA Travel says some 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend. That's the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over last year.
Honda recalls Fits to boost crash resistance
Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant.
378 people 'pay it forward' at Fla. Starbucks
A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida.
Survey indicates eurozone growing slowly
A survey of business activity indicates the economy in the 18-country eurozone slowed but still grew modestly in August.
Conservationists team up to purchase bayside ranch
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and partners will announce Thursday the purchase of a sprawling ranch 75 miles northeast of Corpus Christi with funds put aside after the BP oil spill.
Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer
Family Dollar is rebuffing Dollar General's takeover bid, citing antitrust issues. The discounter's board remains supportive of its existing deal with Dollar Tree.
California's drought stings bees, honey supplies
California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.
Some Fed officials favor reduced help for economy
Some Federal Reserve officials think the economy is improving fast enough that the Fed will soon need to signal a change in the extraordinary support it's been providing the economy in the form of ultra-low interest rates.
Bank of America reaches $17B settlement
Officials familiar with the deal say Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement with federal and state authorities over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.
Pet-friendly dating sites match up people, pooches
On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love.
Argentina seeks to end default through bond change
Argentina's government plans to change the way it pays holders of the country's debt as a way to end the default triggered by a legal battle with U.S. investors.
Dubai's Nakheel to pay $2.1 billion in debt early
Dubai's developer Nakheel behind the famed man-made palm-shaped islands says it is repaying 7.9 billion dirhams, or roughly $2.1 billion, four years before the last installment is due.
Twitter tries to block images of Foley killing
Twitter is trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers the publicity they crave is also gaining momentum.
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