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  • NY commission to support disabled workers Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York is establishing a new commission to support employment of disabled workers. Andrew Cuomo creates the Employment First Commission whose task is to create a state policy for support services that puts competitive, integrated employment first among options.

  • Schumer: Do more to address Social Security theft Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    Charles Schumer is calling for a so-called "bill of rights" for victims of Social Security identity theft. The New York Democrat said Wednesday that he's pushing legislation that would enhance the penalties for thieves who use a person's Social Security number without their consent.

  • Unemployment benefits to increase in New York Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Benefits for the unemployed are set to go up in New York. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the minimum weekly rate will increase from $64 to $100 and the maximum weekly rate will increase from $405 to $420. The state labor department says New York's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in July.

  • *Army has shrunk by 30-50 percent. *Army faced setbacks since June. Western officials believe the Syrian army, already stretched, has been under growing strain since Islamic State staged lightening advances in Syria and Iraq in June: insurgents this week briefly pushed into an area of Damascus that had not seen fighting for 18 months, the Observatory reported.

  • Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 2:26 AM ET

    BEIJING— Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale.

  • Alibaba set to price IPO shares amid investor frenzy Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    Sept 18- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is set to sell some $22 billion of shares on Thursday, capping a two-week road show that drew frenzied interest from investors worldwide and may be the world's largest ever initial public offering.

  • Upgrade to iOS 8 now or wait? Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Apple's iOS 8 software update for iPhones and iPads is worth getting— but not necessarily right away. Those with an older device, such as an iPhone 4 s or an iPad 2, might want to wait to see whether others have difficulties using iOS 8 with slower processors. Some of the new features won't be available on those three-year-old devices anyway.

  • Review: Devices, apps act like one under iOS 8 Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The scores of new features in Apple's software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity. Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too.

  • US economic rebound slow to reach Philadelphia Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The nation's economic recovery has been slow to reach the Philadelphia metropolitan area, hurt in part by an exodus of residents and a continued collapse in mid-wage jobs, new census data show. Philadelphia posted the largest income drop among large metro areas outside the Sun Belt, a sign of its persistently weak job market.

  • Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday. "Borrowers should see the writing on the wall," said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com.

  • Sept 18- The mothballed Hovensa refinery, once the largest in the Western hemisphere, could be the latest "zombie refinery" to come back to life, revived by the U.S. shale boom.

  • Sept 17- California Governor Jerry Brown signed new insurance requirements on ridesharing companies into law on Wednesday, but the regulations come at a far lower cost to the industry than previously written into the bill, officials said.

  • VANCOUVER, Sept 17- The Supreme Court of British Columbia has rejected a local municipality's bid for a temporary injunction to stop survey work for an oil pipeline expansion project proposed by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners.

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept 17- Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's new chief restructuring officer Lisa Donahue said on Wednesday that she is confident of developing a restructuring plan that will have the support of all stakeholders at the embattled government power utility.

  • Amazon debuts new e-readers, kid-friendly Fire Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon keeps rolling out the devices. Once a user has an Amazon device they are more likely to shell out for Amazon's $99- annual Prime loyalty club as well as buy movies, books and apps from the retailer. The devices with a 6- inch screen start at $99, while the 7- inch screen starts at $139, down from $154.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- Amazon.com Inc ramped up its push into hardware on Wednesday with the debut of six new or upgraded devices, including a high-end $199 e-reader called the Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever touch-screen tablet. Amazon also upgraded its 7- inch and 8.9 inch Fire tablets.

  • Journalists criticize White House for 'secrecy' Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:24 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.

  • Sept 17- California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Wednesday new insurance requirements on ridesharing companies, but the regulations come at a far lower costs to the industry than previously written into the bill, officials said.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Sept 30 Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    DALLAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher moderates panel, "Perspectives on the Fed's Role in International Crises" before a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas- 2100 GMT.

  • Boeing's 'space taxi' includes seat for a tourist Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:33 PM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 17- Boeing Co's proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station, the company's program manager said on Wednesday, a first for a U.S. space program.