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  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar. Walgreen provided enough flu shots last season to protect a population roughly twice the size of Los Angeles.

  • Mexican charged in Ohio in $9.6M investment scheme Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    CLEVELAND— Federal authorities say a Mexican citizen who lived in the Cleveland area defrauded investors in four states in a $9.6 million scheme over six years and used the money for a lavish lifestyle. They say the former Gates Mills resident is believed to be in Mexico.

  • Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a 'whitewash' Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:21 PM ET

    Samuel Foote, a former clinic director for the VA in Phoenix, said a report by the department's inspector general appears designed to "minimize the scandal and protect its perpetrators rather than to provide the truth."

  • Pizza Hut testing 'skinny slice' Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Pizza Hut is testing out a lighter pizza in two U.S. markets as it seeks to freshen up its menu and regain its footing against competitors. The pies simply use less of the same dough used for regular pies and are lighter on the toppings, said Doug Terfehr, a Pizza Hut spokesman. The test by Pizza Hut comes as the chain fights to win back market share.

  • SEC obtains order freezing assets in alleged scam Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    MIAMI— The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained a court order freezing the assets of an alleged South Florida fraud scheme operated out of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The SEC said Wednesday the assets of Abatement Corp. Holding Company Ltd. have been frozen.

  • YOUR MONEY-How to whittle down that wireless bill Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    Sept 17- If you're unhappy with your cell phone service- and really, who isn't? Verizon last month began offering a new $60 plan that previously would have cost users $90. T-Mobile countered with a low-price starter plan of $45 that comes with 2 GB of data.

  • US homebuilder confidence soars in September Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new, single-family homes surged this month to the highest level in nearly nine years. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday rose this month to 59, up four points from August.

  • Lennar beats Street 3Q forecasts Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:23 AM ET

    MIAMI— Lennar Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $177.8 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 67 cents per share. Analysts expected $1.94 billion, according to Zacks.

  • Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:25 AM ET

    CLEARWATER, Fla.— It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Petersburg in the south and stretching north to Florida's Big Bend, where the peninsula ends and the Panhandle begins. It's spooky, "said Clearwater fisherman Brad Gorst as he steered the charter fishing boat Gulfstream 2 in waters near Honeymoon Island, where dead fish recently washed ashore.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican considering a 2016 U.S. presidential run, accused the Obama administration on Tuesday of being "science deniers" when it comes to energy, a critique often aimed at his own party.

  • House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 9:26 PM ET

    Republican congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado says the Veterans Affairs Department's oversight of construction projects is dysfunctional and leads to delayed health care. The hospitals are in Las Vegas, Denver, New Orleans and Orlando, Florida.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL/ WASHINGTON, Sept 16- NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides, U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican considering a 2016 presidential run, on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of being "science deniers" when it comes to energy, a critique often lobbed at his own party.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- PODS Enterprises Inc, a U.S. moving and storage company managed by private equity firm Eagle Merchant Partners, is exploring a sale of that could value it at around $1 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida— NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- Eagle Merchant Partners, a private equity firm, is exploring a sale of PODS Enterprises Inc that could value the U.S. moving and storage company at about $1 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Edouard, a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, had top sustained winds of 115 miles per hour by 11 a.m. AST and was swirling 420 miles east of Bermuda, the Miami- based agency said.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- Eagle Merchant Partners, a private equity firm, is exploring a sale of PODS Enterprises Inc that could value the U.S. moving and storage company at about $1 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Self-driving cars now need a permit in California Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years— but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. Google's souped-up Lexus SUVs are the biggest fleet, with 25 vehicles. Google alone is closing in on 1 million miles.

  • Capt. Citrus, face of Florida OJ, gets a makeover Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    TAMPA, Fla.— Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a big, fat talking orange wearing a green cape. The Florida Department of Citrus revealed its made-over mascot Tuesday at a comic book store. The agency paid $1 million to Marvel Comics to create the new character in hopes of bolstering orange juice's reputation as a healthy and wholesome drink.