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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 15- Developers of apps for mobile devices are asking a U.S. agency to clarify its rules for protecting patient health information to reflect the fast-evolving technology.

  • *Russia to meet with OPEC as low prices pressure budget. "The Chinese data was sufficiently negative to create real worry again about the outlook for demand there and globally," said John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital LLC in New York.

  • Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:43 PM ET

    Industry analysts expect strong growth as the housing market improves, particularly in once hard-hit Sun Belt areas including Phoenix, Miami and San Diego, California, and aging Americans find value in growing old in their homes. They are also being boosted by high-appreciation, gentrifying neighborhoods in older cities such as New York's Brooklyn borough.

  • Russia to meet with OPEC as low prices pressure budget. "The Chinese data was sufficiently negative to create real worry again about the outlook for demand there and globally," said John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital LLC in New York.

  • Speculation swirls over Fed language on rate hike Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— When the Federal Reserve issues a policy statement after it meets this week, the financial world will be on high alert for two words:. The presence or absence of that phrase will trigger a rush to assess the likely timing of the Fed's first increase in interest rates since it cut them to record lows in 2008..

  • Sept 15- Chevron Corp said Monday a blast on a natural gas gathering pipeline into the Henry Hub supply hub in Louisiana on Saturday that killed one worker interrupted "minimal gas production." Chevron said workers were performing routine maintenance on a Chevron Midstream Pipeline gas gathering line in offshore Louisiana waters when the accident occurred.

  • *Yahoo gives up near 3 pct jump, volume high. Alibaba Group plans to increase the size of its U.S. initial public offering because of "overwhelming" investor demand, people familiar with the deal said, giving a short-lived push to shares of Yahoo, who owns a 23 percent stake.

  • Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:34 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels.

  • Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:11 AM ET

    DENVER— The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family. A third caller on New York's Long Island claimed to have killed his mother and threatened to shoot first responders.

  • US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments. "Rising income inequality is not just a social issue," said Gabriel Petek, the S&P credit analyst who wrote the report. Stagnant pay for most people has compounded the pressure on states to preserve funding for education, highways and social programs such as Medicaid.

  • US rig count up 6 to 1,931 Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by six this week to 1,931.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained three rigs; Kansas, New Mexico and North Dakota each increased by two; and Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania were up one apiece.

  • 2 Rothko paintings among Mellon auction items Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Two Mark Rothko paintings are among the objects that will be auctioned in the fall from the estate of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a noted horticulturist, philanthropist and heir to the Listerine fortune, Sotheby's announced Friday. Among the jewelry is a Fancy Vivid Blue pear-shaped diamond estimated to bring $10 million to $15 million on Nov. 20.

  • Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 3:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it's needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs.

  • Alcoa lands $1 billion-plus contract with Boeing Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Alcoa Inc. said Thursday that it won a multi-year contract worth more than $1 billion to supply aluminum products to aircraft maker Boeing Co.. The deal makes Alcoa the only supplier for wing skins on Boeing metallic planes, and Alcoa will also supply aluminum plate used in wing ribs and other structural parts of planes.

  • Eastman Chemical buying Taminco for about $1.73B Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    ALLENTOWN, Pa.— Eastman Chemical Co. is buying specialty chemical company Taminco for approximately $1.73 billion. Eastman Chemical said in a statement that the acquisition will strengthen Eastman Chemical's presence in markets such as food, feed and agriculture.

  • NJ Transit expands mobile tickets to south Jersey Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

    The agency has expanded its My Tix application to 59 bus routes in the south Jersey and Philadelphia area. Customers must download the free My Tix application at the App Store for iOS phones and the Google Play Store for Android devices. My Tix is available on all NJ Transit rail lines.

  • Ex-Florida prison chief monitors Michigan contract Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    Rick Snyder's administration has hired the former chief of prisons in Florida and Indiana to oversee Michigan's troubled three-year, $145 million contract with a company supplying inmates with food. Ohio also has fined Aramark for similar contract violations.

  • Five Below tops 2Q profit expectations Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 5:35 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— Five Below Inc. on Wednesday reported profit of $8.3 million in its fiscal second quarter. Analysts expected $152.6 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in October, Five Below said it expects revenue in the range of $136 million to $138 million.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 10- Until a few months ago, the part of New York City where crowds will gather on Thursday morning to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States had been mostly fenced off to the public.

  • Fall tourism rising: Fewer crowds, nice weather Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Fall used to be off-peak for tourism everywhere except New England and other fall foliage destinations. Lara Berdine and Mark Petrella, New Yorkers in their 40 s, visit Italy each fall because "it's cheaper, the weather is cooler and we can see the country as it really is, rather than in high season when it's inundated with tourists," said Berdine.