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  • Congress sends VA overhaul to White House Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 8:44 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress passed a landmark bill Thursday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. A 91-3 vote in the Senate sent the $16.3 billion measure to President Barack Obama for his signature. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

  • U.S. conservative lawmaker crafting Ex-Im reform plan Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:13 PM ET

    Representative Stephen Fincher, a Tennessee Republican, said on Thursday he was very close to finalizing a bill reforming the bank, which many fellow Tea Party lawmakers would like to close.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 9:17 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid increased 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. The less volatile four-week moving average dipped to 297,250, the lowest reading since April 2006. New York: Down 18,663, due to fewer layoffs in education, transportation and warehousing, and health care and social assistance.

  • Judge orders end to Memphis Kellogg lockout Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 7:39 AM ET

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.— A judge has ordered the Kellogg Co. to put employees at its Memphis, Tennessee, cereal production facility back to work. Contract negotiations between the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union and Kellogg failed in October.

  • Report: Jet hit unlisted pole in fatal Ga. crash Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 5:24 PM ET

    National Transportation Safety Board investigators say the plane with Vein Guys medical practice employees aboard hit the unlighted pole at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport near Augusta the night of Feb. 20, 2013.

  • Correction: Debt Study story Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a story July 29 about consumer debt reported to collection agencies, The Associated Press erroneously indicated that 80 percent of Americans have no debt on file. The study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute found that 20 percent of Americans with credit records have no debt on file.

  • Westport Petroleum Inc, the Franklin, Tennessee- based shipping arm of Japanese trader Mitsui& Co, chartered the BW Zambesi, an LR1 tanker, also known as a Panamax class vessel, in mid-July for the voyage. The tanker, owned by BW Group, docked at the Galveston terminal in Texas on Tuesday, AIS data on Reuters showed.

  • Processing issue delays bar exam submissions Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    The Florida- based software provider ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. said the processing problem created a six-hour backlog that had been cleared by early Wednesday morning.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- More than 17,000 U.S. military personnel and other consumers will receive about $92 million in debt relief as part of a settlement over a lender's alleged improper practices, the U.S. consumer watchdog and 13 states announced on Tuesday.

  • Lawmakers employ gimmicks to pay for highway funds Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House and Senate have passed competing versions of legislation to prevent the federal trust funds providing highway and transit funds from running dry next month and to buy more time for Congress to draft a new highway bill.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. Thirty-year bond yields fell as low as 3.22 percent, the lowest since June 7 of last year. "The theme has really been the flattening," said Justin Lederer, an interest rate strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York.

  • Soldiers get $92M in debt relief under settlement Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    Deceptive practices by Rome Finance Co., more recently doing business as Colfax Capital Corp. and Culver Capital LLC, based in California and Georgia, included failing to accurately disclose charges and interest rates, New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. Ten-year German government bond yields, the benchmark for euro zone borrowing costs, hit record lows of 1.12 percent, as the prospect of a fresh round of long-term loans to banks from the European Central Bank from September supported euro zone debt.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. Ten-year German government bond yields, the benchmark for euro zone borrowing costs, hit record lows of 1.12 percent, as the prospect of a fresh round of long-term loans to banks from the European Central Bank from September supported euro zone debt.

  • Highway, bridge money at risk: Senate to vote Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:19 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Racing to adjourn for the summer, the Senate scheduled major votes Tuesday on proposals to keep federal highway funds flowing across the nation— billions of dollars to avert layoffs for construction workers and shutdowns of road and bridge projects just before the November elections.

  • Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

  • Idaho officials: Prison takeover had 'challenges' Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 5:44 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— Idaho prison officials say they had to have thousands of dollars' worth of medications shipped overnight to the state's largest prison after the former operator, Corrections Corporation of America, left the facility without a promised eight-day supply of inmate drugs.

  • FedEx charges raise online pharmacy issues Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— FedEx Corp., the latest company accused in a federal probe involving illegal online pharmacies, says it will fight the charges that it knowingly shipped drugs to people who lack valid prescriptions.

  • *30- year rises over 1 point; 10- year yields below 2.5 percent. NEW YORK, July 25- U.S. "We saw some flattening as a function of upcoming supply," said Kim Rupert, managing director at Action Economics in San Francisco.

  • Great River to expand, move head office to Miss. Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:21 PM ET

    NATCHEZ, Miss.— Great River Industries will expand in Natchez, Miss. and move its corporate headquarters there from Memphis, Tennessee, creating 25 jobs. Great River Industries makes storage tanks and industrial pressure vessels from steel plate.