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  • Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds— $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief— offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners. "It is certainly better than nothing," said Bruce Marks, chief executive of the nonprofit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America.

  • *Expects deal to add 18- 21 cents/ share to 2015 earnings. Aug 18- Sensors and electrical controls maker Sensata Technologies Holding NV said it would buy Schrader International to meet growing demand for sensors to monitor car-tire pressure.

  • Aug 18- Sensors and electrical controls maker Sensata Technologies Holding NV said it would buy Schrader group of companies for an enterprise value of $1 billion to benefit from a growing market for tire pressure monitoring sensors.

  • Sensata to buy Schrader Intl in $1 billion deal Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 8:10 AM ET

    Sensata Technologies plans to inflate its presence in pressure sensing equipment with a $1 billion deal to buy privately held Schrader International, which makes tire pressure monitoring sensors. Sensata said on Monday that the deal will give it better access to the rapidly growing $2 billion low pressure sensor market.

  • Aug 13- Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has pledged to buy an additional $250 billion in U.S.-made goods over the next decade, is hitting a snag as it tries to meet that promise: Some vendors keen to participate in the initiative complain that after decades of offshoring it has become impossible to domestically source even commonplace components for their products.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 13- Investors who wish they were better at buying low and selling high actually have a tool that can force them to do just that. It's called "rebalancing"- the practice of regularly re-allocating a portfolio so the investments in it stay in their originally intended proportions.

  • Health Care REIT buys HealthLease for $950M Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 8:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Health Care REIT said Wednesday it will spend as much as $2.3 billion on a deal that could give it more than 100 additional properties in the U.S. and Canada in the next few years. Health Care REIT Inc. also announced a partnership with Mainstreet Property Group, which manages HealthLease.

  • Wal-Mart: Try, try again Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK— NEW YORK— Wal-Mart thought shoppers would like the opportunity to use a smartphone app to scan items they want to buy as they walk through store aisles. But customers couldn't figure out how to work the "Scan& Go" app during tests in 200 stores, so Wal-Mart nixed it.

  • Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 5:59 AM ET

    The receding shoreline at one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system is raising concerns about the future of a network serving a perennially parched region home to 40 million people and 4 million acres of farmland.

  • Philly history may hold Democratic convention edge Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 1:59 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— One of five cities bidding for the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia appears to hold an early edge with a track record of hosting the major gathering— not to mention that Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden have family ties to the state.

  • Winning $90M Powerball ticket sold in Colorado Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    DENVER— Someone in Colorado is holding the winning Powerball ticket for a $90 million prize. The Colorado Lottery says it's the largest Powerball jackpot ever won in the state. The Colorado Lottery says the $90 million jackpot amounts to an estimated $54.9 million cash payout.

  • DENVER, Aug 4- Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said on Monday he has brokered a deal between environmentalists and the energy industry that could avoid two ballot initiatives that would have curtailed oil and gas drilling.

  • TORONTO, July 31- Shaw Communications Inc will pay $830 million to buy U.S. data center services provider ViaWest Inc, the Canadian media and cable company said on Thursday, in a deal aimed at bolstering its cloud computing credentials. Shares in Shaw slipped 2 percent to C $24.75 in morning trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

  • One vulnerability involves flaws in the way scores of manufacturers of Apple, Google Android and Blackberry devices, among others, have implemented an obscure industry standard that controls how everything from network connections to user identities are managed.

  • TORONTO, July 31- Canadian media and cable company Shaw Communications Inc said it would buy data center services provider ViaWest Inc from Oak Hill Capital Partners and others in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on an enterprise basis.

  • Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, Apple Inc and PepsiCo have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S.

  • U.S. launches $10 billion rural infrastructure fund Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 24- The Obama administration on Thursday launched a $10 billion rural infrastructure fund that it hopes will jump-start investments in a wide range of projects in farm states.

  • EPA chief in hot seat as lawmakers dissect carbon rule Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    The hearing takes place a week before the EPA holds a series of public meetings on its carbon plan in Denver, Pittsburgh, Washington and Atlanta. The group also telegraphed potential legal action, arguing the EPA had overstepped the bounds of the Clean Air Act to draft its complex rule.

  • July 21- Burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc last quarter achieved what many of its rivals could only dream of: It raised prices, yet attracted more diners during a period of sluggish economic growth. Rival Panera Bread Co was on a similar trajectory until last year, when "operational friction" caused it to stumble on speed.

  • Chocolate too bitter? Swap sugar for mushrooms Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK, July 21- An upstart U.S. food technology company has developed a unique fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans that it believes will cut sugar content in chocolate candy.