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  • Cuts to food stamps will only hit 4 states Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it's unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP had advertised.

  • AHMEDABAD, India, Sept 17- A combination the "world's factory" and the "world's back office" will drive global economic growth, Chinese President Xi Jinping said ahead of a rare visit to India on Wednesday, playing down mistrust that has kept the Asian giants apart.

  • *Brussels will review any state capital injections. DUBLIN/ FRANKFURT, Sept 16- For the first time since its financial crisis struck in 2008, Europe is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with strong political connections.

  • *Central bank wraps up two-day meeting on Wednesday. *Pledge on rate-hike patience facing scrutiny. WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S.

  • Financial markets awaiting any Fed signal on rates Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Financial markets are awaiting the end of a Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday to see whether the Fed sends any clearer signal about the timing of an interest rate increase. The phrase that investors will be alert for is "considerable time." The Fed has kept that rate at a record low since December 2008.

  • 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.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sept 29 Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    STOCKHOLM- Sveriges Riksbank will release the minutes of September monetary policy meeting- 0730 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden Central Bank Deputy Governor Martin Floden speaks on the topic "The economic situation and my views on monetary policy"- 0900 GMT.

  • Survey finds skepticism about trade's benefits Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 6:17 PM ET

    They doubt that global economic ties create jobs or raise wages, an international survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows. But people China and other low- and middle-income countries are far more convinced that trade delivers jobs and higher wages, Pew said Tuesday in releasing the results of its survey of 48,643 people in 44 countries.

  • Business Highlights Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    Alibaba risk: China's rise leaves out investors. WASHINGTON— American investors are clamoring to buy a stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is launching what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. IPOs, according to research by Jay Ritter, a finance professor at the University of Florida.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Leaders of some of the biggest U.S. corporations, from Coca-Cola Co to Johnson& Johnson, unveiled a campaign on Tuesday to reduce the nation's healthcare costs, urging their peers to embrace wellness programs to improve employee health.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. Senate's top Democratic tax-writer said on Tuesday he is considering linking legislation to curb foreign corporate buyout deals known as inversions with separate efforts to renew expired tax breaks that businesses want extended.

  • Figures on government spending and debt Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 4:54 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- A U.S. court on Tuesday largely rejected an attempt by banking groups to limit the U.S. swaps regulator's ability to apply its rules overseas, a hotly debated issue as the agency reins in the $710 trillion global market.

  • Foreign holdings of US Treasury securities dip Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    The two biggest purchasers, China and Japan, both cut back. The Treasury Department said Tuesday in its monthly report that foreign holdings dipped 0.3 percent in July to $6.0 trillion, down from a record $6.01 trillion in June. Japan, the No. 2 buyer, trimmed its holdings by 0.04 percent to $1.22 trillion.

  • 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.

  • Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 3:54 PM ET

    The Government Accountability Office said the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues related to who can get into the system, who can make changes in it and what to do in case the complex network fails.

  • A report from the Census Bureau on Tuesday showed the country's median household income edged up just $180 last year to $51,939, a gain deemed statistically insignificant. Congress and the White House raised taxes on most Americans in 2013 while cutting back government spending, and the austerity was a major factor holding back economic growth.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Pipeline operator TransCanada Corp is likely to haul Canadian oil sands crude by rail whether or not its embattled Keystone XL pipeline project is finally approved by Washington, the company's chief executive said on Tuesday.

  • Sen. Reid moves to ensure nuclear dump stays dead Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 3:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Amid action in Congress to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found time Tuesday for an issue closer to home: ensuring that a nuclear waste dump in his home state of Nevada remains mothballed even after the government has spent $15 billion on it.

  • Senators ask Obama to name highway safety chief Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 3:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Two senators are calling on the White House to hire a permanent chief of the agency that keeps the nation's roadways safe. Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Republican Dean Heller of Nevada made the request Tuesday at the start of a hearing on how the agency handles safety issues.