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  • Aug 20- Departures and primary losses for 28 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have created opportunities for a new wave of conservative and Tea Party- backed candidates. The Republican nominee to replace him is Gary Palmer, a fund raiser for a conservative think tank in Alabama who is backed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth.

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, Aug 20- A few months ago, an innovative partnership between Valeant Pharmaceuticals and billionaire investor William Ackman to buy Botox maker Allergan Inc looked like a blueprint for success.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- As the first U.S. oil condensate exports head to Asia from the Gulf Coast, crude producers and refiners are exploring ways to get around a century-old law that makes it three times more expensive to ship by water between U.S. ports than to sail to a foreign port.

  • China fines 12 Japanese firms in auto price probe Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    BEIJING— China announced Wednesday it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry. Officials said earlier that Mercedes Benz, Audi and Chrysler also violated the law.

  • Prison company pays $8 million in back wages Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The nation's largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in California City, officials with the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Business Highlights Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:12 PM ET

    It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1- year-old in Mountain View, California, "a little uncomfortable." WASHINGTON— U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to an eight-month high and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.

  • Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's former campaign manager and White House senior adviser David Plouffe is joining car service startup Uber as it seeks to expand in cities worldwide. Plouffe was the architect of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and a top White House adviser as Obama won re-election.

  • LOS ANGELES, Aug 19- The California Public Employees' Retirement System, America's largest public pension fund, is expected to approve nearly 100 types of extra pay on Wednesday that will count toward how pensions are calculated for newly hired workers.

  • Prison company pays $8 million in back wages Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:15 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The nation's largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in California City, officials with the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday.

  • Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire. David Plouffe is best known for running President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. Plouffe was the architect of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and a top White House adviser as Obama won re-election.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 19- Uber has enlisted David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager, to devise and run its global political and branding strategy, as the fast-expanding car rides-on-demand startup runs into stiff resistance in some cities.

  • Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:55 PM ET

    The audit by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration says the IRS needs to do a better job policing the tax.

  • Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 2:43 PM ET

    Microsoft published Ballmer's resignation letter on its website Tuesday along with a response from current CEO Satya Nadella thanking him and wishing him well. The 58- year-old says he plans to hold on to his Microsoft stock and will continue to offer feedback on products and strategy.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 19- Uber has enlisted David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign advisor, to devise and run its global political and branding strategy, as the fast-growing car rides-on-demand firm runs into stiff resistance from taxi companies in some cities.

  • AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. In response, the Justice Department said the U.S. will change the process during the next six months.