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  • NEW YORK, Oct 21- If your kids are chattering non-stop about things like emeralds, pickaxes and creepers, you may have a unique opportunity to turn a video game addiction into a life lesson about money. Minecraft, a video game phenomenon with over 100 million users, is such a hot property that Microsoft Corp recently forked out $2.5 billion for its maker, Mojang AB.

  • US orders new screening for Ebola Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Everyone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease at one of five airports, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday. Earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection officers at New York's Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Washington's Dulles,...

  • Rural areas seek piece of subprime-loan settlement Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    Long seen as having devastated Sun Belt cities, the subprime mortgage crisis unleashed turmoil on Ohio and other rural areas. Much of it was concentrated in Appalachia and other areas stretching from Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky to Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and the Great Plains, according to government data provided to The Associated Press by...

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The recall crisis involving Takata- made air bags exploding with too much force and spraying occupants with metal shrapnel continues to grow, with two more lawsuits filed concerning accidents in older Honda cars. News of the lawsuits comes a day after Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States because of potentially...

  • Unemployment rates fall in 31 US states last month Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose in 8 states and were unchanged in 11 states. Colorado and Kentucky, two states with hard-fought Senate campaigns, experienced the...

  • Dallas tycoon Wyly files for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    Wyly, 80, listed assets of $100 million to $500 million, but his lawyers said he needed to file for bankruptcy protection "due to the massive costs of investigations and then litigation" by the SEC and the collection of the court judgment. The SEC sued the Wylys in 2010. Charles Wyly died the following year in a car crash at age 77. This year, a jury in federal court in...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 21- Anthony Reynolds works on what he calls "the SWAT team of airplane cleaners," scrubbing the seats, carpets and toilets of planes parked overnight at the Philadelphia airport. The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,400 people in West Africa, with three infections in the United States, is pushing the issue of worker health and safety to the top...

  • Kentucky bourbon makes its mark on state's economy Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said Tuesday. By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31— the most distilleries in Kentucky since Prohibition ended, according to...

  • Kimberly-Clark to cut up to 1,300 jobs Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:59 AM ET

    DALLAS— Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient. Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Tuesday that it anticipates restructuring costs between $130 million and $160 million, after taxes. Kimberly-Clark also cut its 2014 adjusted profit forecast to account for...

  • The Government Accountability Office also recommended that the U.S. Department of Energy review the size of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to ensure it remains appropriate as net oil imports fall. GAO's enormous influence and professional prestige is most likely the reason it was asked to do the study by Senator Lisa Murkowski, the top-ranked Republican...

  • Brinker International meets 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 7:51 AM ET

    DALLAS _ Brinker International Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $32.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 50 cents per share. Analysts expected $706.9 million, according to Zacks.

  • Kimberly-Clark beats Street 3Q forecasts Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    IRVING, Texas _ Kimberly-Clark Corp. on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $562 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.54 per share. Kimberly-Clark expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.93 to $6.03 per share.

  • The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    "The consumer should not need a law degree to read a label," says Laura Batcha, president of the Organic Trade Association, the industry's main trade group. According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of those nonfood organic products were about $2.8 billion last year, a small share of the overall organic market but growing rapidly. USDA doesn't regulate any...

  • Ebola: Why virus kills some, other people survive Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. The end of quarantine for 43 people in Dallas who had contact with Duncan "simply supports what most of us who know something about the disease have been saying...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed when caring for patients infected with the virus. The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States is issuing new protocols for health workers treating Ebola patients and a rapid-response military medical team will start training even as Americans' anxiety about the spread of the virus abates with 43 people declared risk free. The government's new guidelines, which were set to come out at 7 p.m. EDT on Monday, were expected to...

  • Ebola fear factor subsides in U.S. financial markets Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 6:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 20- Investors should expect more calm to return to U.S. equity markets after some of the most volatile trading since 2012 as the 21- day incubation period for Ebola passes for many in Texas without new infections. But fears that Ebola could spread in the United States after three people in Dallas were diagnosed with the hemorrhagic fever added more...

  • GulfMark Offshore misses Street 3Q forecasts Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 6:16 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ GulfMark Offshore Inc. on Monday reported earnings of $24.3 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 82 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in December, GulfMark Offshore said it expects revenue in the range of $110 million to $115 million.

  • District Judge Shira Scheindlin in New York ordered Wyly and the estate of his late brother Charles to pay damages of $187.7 million plus interest to the SEC, after a jury found them liable for fraud in May. The SEC has since said the total, including interest, should be $299.4 million, which is one of the largest awards ever sought from individual defendants in a U.S....