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  • US safety agency offers online recall check Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    DETROIT— The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the service started Wednesday on its website, www.safercar.gov. Drivers can key in their vehicle identification number to get the results.

  • Late-payment rate on US mortgages declines in 2Q Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Fewer U.S. homeowners are falling behind on their mortgage payments, a trend that has reduced the late-payment rate on home loans to the lowest level in six years, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion.

  • Brent holds near 14-month low on plentiful supply Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 11:32 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Aug 20- Brent crude futures steadied near 14- month lows above $101 a barrel on Wednesday, with ample supplies putting prices at risk of further losses as worries over geopolitical tensions ease.

  • Argentina slid into default last month after a New York court blocked an interest payment of $539 million owed to holders of debt that was restructured after the country's record 2002 default.

  • TOKYO, Aug 20- Asian stocks were steady on Wednesday after strong U.S. housing data lifted Wall Street shares, helping nudge Treasury yields higher and keeping the dollar well bid against the euro and yen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat.

  • TOKYO, Aug 20- Japan's Nikkei share average rose for an eighth day on Wednesday morning as the yen weakened, but gains were subdued as many investors stuck to the sidelines ahead of the U.S.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Aug 19- President Cristina Fernandez said on Tuesday her government will move to service its defaulted debt in Argentina or allow bondholders to swap their bonds for new bonds governed by national law in order to get around a U.S. court order.

  • Aug 19- Kroger Co, the largest U.S. supermarket operator, is the latest high-profile company caught in the battle over gun rights and gun control in the United States.

  • PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR ESTIMATES NEBRASKA AVERAGE SOYBEAN POD COUNT AT 1,103.26 PODS IN 3- BY-3 FOOT AREA, DOWN FROM 1,138.94 LAST YEAR AND THE THREE-YEAR TOUR AVERAGE OF 1,106.62 PODS.

  • PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR ESTIMATES NEBRASKA CORN YIELD AT 163.77 BUSHELS PER ACRE, UP FROM TOUR ESTIMATE OF 154.93 BPA LAST YEAR AND THE THREE-YEAR TOUR AVERAGE OF 146.81.

  • *Liberia records most new deaths, worries over Monrovia. The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 20- Gold was stuck firmly below $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday and looked likely to extend losses to a fourth session as strong U.S. economic data bolstered stock markets, dimming bullion's appeal as a safe haven. *Spot gold had slipped about 70 cents to $1,294.60 an ounce by 0026 GMT, after dropping 1.3 percent in the last three sessions.

  • Singer Ray J denies crimes at Beverly Hills hotel Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:38 PM ET

    BEVERLY HILLS, California— Singer Ray J has pleaded not guilty to groping a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel bar and resisting arrest afterward. Los Angeles County prosecutors say Ray J— whose legal name is William Ray Norwood— entered the plea Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of sexual battery, vandalism, battery on a police officer and resisting a peace officer.

  • TOKYO, Aug 20- Asian stocks were steady on Wednesday after strong U.S. housing data lifted Wall Street shares, helping nudge Treasury yields higher and keeping the dollar well bid against the euro and yen. Tokyo's Nikkei gained. 0.2 percent and South Korea shares rose 0.4 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- When calm and order is finally restored to Ferguson, Missouri, the city's leaders may find little room to maneuver to resolve an issue that has long inflamed racial tensions: traffic tickets.

  • Plans for gambling aired around New Jersey Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 7:28 PM ET

    Developments about the future of gambling in New Jersey came out of Atlantic City, Trenton and the Meadowlands on Tuesday. Jim Kirkos, head of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the goal isn't to build a new Atlantic City.

  • Eatery that served toxic tea had labeling citation Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 7:19 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah restaurant where a woman unknowingly drank iced tea mixed with chemicals, and nearly died, was cited seven months earlier for improper food labeling. County officials issued seven violations to Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan following a January inspection, Salt Lake County Health Department records show.

  • Hertz withdraws 2014 outlook, and shares skid Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 7:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Rental car company Hertz on Tuesday said it was withdrawing its annual profit guidance because of "operational challenges" posed by auto recalls, an accounting review and other problems. Earlier this month, Hertz delayed filing its second-quarter results because of that review.

  • Aug 19- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a report by a U.S. cybersecurity firm that it uncovered some 1.2 billion Internet logins and passwords amassed by a Russian crime ring, the largest known collection of such stolen data.

  • Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses bid for millions Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:43 PM ET

    A federal judge in Orange County on Monday rejected the effort to obtain about $44 million from the estate of Texas billionaire J. Howard Marshall, whom Smith married in 1994 when he was 89 and she was 26. The oil tycoon died the next year.