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  • US to train veterans to install solar panels Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 18- India will open talks on civil nuclear energy cooperation with China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday after summit talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in New Delhi. Behind the scenes, China has been pressing India hard to begin talks on civil nuclear cooperation, said W.P.S. Sidhu, a senior fellow at Brookings India.

  • *Army has shrunk by 30-50 percent. *Army faced setbacks since June. Western officials believe the Syrian army, already stretched, has been under growing strain since Islamic State staged lightening advances in Syria and Iraq in June: insurgents this week briefly pushed into an area of Damascus that had not seen fighting for 18 months, the Observatory reported.

  • US economic rebound slow to reach Philadelphia Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The nation's economic recovery has been slow to reach the Philadelphia metropolitan area, hurt in part by an exodus of residents and a continued collapse in mid-wage jobs, new census data show. Philadelphia posted the largest income drop among large metro areas outside the Sun Belt, a sign of its persistently weak job market.

  • Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday. "Borrowers should see the writing on the wall," said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com.

  • Sept 18- The mothballed Hovensa refinery, once the largest in the Western hemisphere, could be the latest "zombie refinery" to come back to life, revived by the U.S. shale boom.

  • Journalists criticize White House for 'secrecy' Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:24 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Sept 30 Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    DALLAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher moderates panel, "Perspectives on the Fed's Role in International Crises" before a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas- 2100 GMT.

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 17- The United States will closely follow the Scottish independence vote on Thursday because it has potentially big economic consequences, a top Obama administration official said.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a stop-gap spending measure that averts an Oct. 1 government shutdown and extends the U.S. Export-Import Bank's ability to operate for another nine months.

  • Sept 17- Testosterone replacement therapies should be reserved for men with specific medical conditions that impair function of the testicles, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Wednesday. The FDA is not obliged to follow the advice of its advisory panels but typically does so.

  • 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.

  • USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. The EPA has said it will rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences' application to market the chemical.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a stop-gap spending measure that averts an Oct. 1 government shutdown and extends the U.S. Export-Import Bank's ability to operate for another nine months.

  • Amazon founder's firm to build new rocket engines Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:25 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches. Some experts worry that tensions over Ukraine might interrupt the supply of Russian engines, but alliance chief Tory Bruno said that's not a problem.

  • Figures on government spending and debt Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The United States said on Wednesday it will press India's new prime minister to end his blockage of a global trade pact when he visits Washington this month, something that could dampen the mood of a trip aimed at revitalizing strategic ties.

  • IMF warns of risks from "excessive" financial market bets Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The global economy faces a growing risk from big financial market bets that could quickly unravel if investors get spooked by geopolitical tensions or a shift in U.S. interest rate policy, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

  • Experts want restrictions on testosterone drug use Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:59 PM ET

    The labeling change would drastically limit the drugs' FDA- approved indication to men who have abnormally low hormone levels due to disease or injury, instead of aging. For years companies like AbbVie and Eli Lilly have linked the condition to a variety of ailments in common in aging men, including sexual dysfunction and low mood.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found.