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  • *Investors await Yellen's speech in Jackson Hole. Emerging market stocks were also stronger but investors were beginning to move to the sidelines ahead of speeches by Fed Chair Janet Yellen and ECB President Mario Draghi at the annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • Democrats reframe debate on health care Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 4:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama's health care law, a fresh sign that the unpopular mandate may be losing some of its political punch. In an ad released this week, two-term Arkansas Sen.

  • *ECB's Draghi also due to speak at Jackson Hole gathering. LONDON, Aug 22- The dollar hovered below its 2014 peak against a basket of major currencies on Friday, as investors cautiously trimmed favorable bets and booked profits ahead of a speech by U.S.

  • Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 3:19 AM ET

    HEXIGTEN, China— Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build, mostly in remote parts of the country where ethnic minorities have farmed and herded for centuries.

  • Woman who drank lye-tainted tea suffers nightmares Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    Jim Harding says his wife, Jan Harding, woke up frightened in the middle of the night this week in the burn unit of a Salt Lake City hospital after dreaming about going to a restaurant and ordering the drink that made her say, "I think I drank acid."

  • European shares halt 2-week rally; eyes on Yellen Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    PARIS, Aug 22- European shares were flat in early trading on Friday, taking a breather following a brisk two-week rally, with investors turning cautious ahead of a speech by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Yellen is due to speak later in the day at the annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • Jell-O can't stop slippery sales slide Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Jell-O has lost its jiggle and nobody knows how to fix it. Americans of all ages are familiar with the famous "J-E-L-L-O" jingle and TV ads featuring comedian Bill Cosby. Executives at Kraft Foods, which owns Jell-O, say they're confident they can revitalize the brand.

  • Yellen speech awaited for any hint on rate timing Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Two days after the Federal Reserve revealed an intensifying internal debate over interest rates, Chair Janet Yellen will address the annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with investors seeking any clear hints of when it will start raising rates.

  • Ferguson fallout: A call for police 'body cams' Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— What if Michael Brown's last moments had been recorded? "This is a technology that has a very real potential to serve as a check and balance on police power," says Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union.

  • TOKYO, Aug 22- Japan's Nikkei share average snapped a nine-day winning streak on Friday, as investors booked profits from recent gains although upbeat U.S. economic data limited the losses. The Nikkei reversed earlier rises to end 0.3 percent lower at 15,539.19.

  • *Libya loads 2nd cargo at largest port Es Sider. SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Brent was trading below $103 a barrel on Friday, heading for a second weekly loss as easing geopolitical risks and higher global oil supply pressured prices. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped more oil in July despite conflicts in the Middle East and Africa.

  • Most Asia stocks inch higher ahead of Yellen talk Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 1:43 AM ET

    HONG KONG— Most Asian stock markets inched higher Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 couldn't sustain early gains, retreating 0.2 percent to 15,550.28 by early afternoon as the yen strengthened.

  • New go-to career for New England's young: Farming Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 1:31 AM ET

    CRANSTON, R.I.— Farming is hip in New England. Farmers and industry experts agree New England is bucking a trend toward larger, but fewer, farms because many of its residents want to buy their food locally and its entrepreneurs want to produce it.

  • Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew. But the 34- year-old Tijuana native feels right at home as soon as gets to work at Call Center Services International, where workers are greeted in English.

  • Russian import bans a boon for food tycoons Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Aug 22- In the escalating dispute between Russia and the West over Ukraine, a group of businessmen with Kremlin connections are emerging as likely beneficiaries of the tit-for-tat sanctions.

  • *Gold steady after five-day losing streak. SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Gold held near a two-month low on Friday and was headed for its worst week in five, hurt by strong U.S. economic data and fears that the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates sooner than expected.

  • *ECB's Draghi also due to speak at Jackson Hole. SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, Aug 22- The dollar hovered just below its 2014 peak against a basket of major currencies on Friday, with bulls turning cautious ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • *Libya loads 2nd cargo at largest port Es Sider. *Centurion to send more oil from Permian Basin to Cushing. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped more oil in July despite conflicts in the Middle East and Africa.

  • Nikkei rises for 10th day on strong U.S. shares, data Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:14 PM ET

    *Shinsei rises on report it plans to bid for Citi's Japan retail banking business. TOKYO, Aug 22- Japan's Nikkei share average rose for the 10th consecutive session on Friday morning thanks to a record close on Wall Street after upbeat U.S. economic data.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 21- California detectives are investigating a July computer theft at storied venture capital-firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield& Byers, a spokeswoman for the Menlo Park police said on Thursday. A spokeswoman and a lawyer for Kleiner Perkins did not immediately respond to a request for comment.