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  • *Modi takes veiled swipe at China. TOKYO, Sept 1- Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen defence ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the "expansionism" of some nations.

  • *Modi takes veiled swipe at China. TOKYO, Sept 1- Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and said they would accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft to India's navy.

  • TOKYO, Sept 1- Japan and Australia are leaning towards a multibillion-dollar sale by Tokyo of a fleet of stealth submarines to Canberra's military in a move that could rile an increasingly assertive China, people familiar with the talks said.

  • Obama promoting economic gains as elections near Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession and the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections.

  • Feds eye stricter rules for railroad rights of way Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    But the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of the Solicitor determined it made a mistake 15 years ago by allowing too much discretion on what modern-day railroads can build or allow third parties to build on that land.

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 31- The European Central Bank meeting on Thursday is the prime event for markets seeking clarity on the bank's response to a stalled recovery, disappearing inflation and the sluggish pace of reform in the euro zone.

  • Few women in construction; recruiting efforts rise Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 12:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. If Moreno's six-week training program in New York City leads to a full-time job, she'll have bucked long odds.

  • 50-state look at how Common Core playing out in US Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 8:35 AM ET

    The repeal movement drew support from tea party groups, but Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, a Republican, blocked the bills with the support of one of the state's most powerful business groups, the Business Council of Alabama.

  • Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 5:59 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. Obama says workers and unions fought for things like Social Security, Medicare, workplace safety laws and the right to organize.

  • NEW DELHI, Aug 30- India has decided to acquire Boeing's Chinook and Apache helicopters, an Indian defense ministry official said on Saturday, in a deal valued at $2.5 billion that could ease strained ties between New Delhi and Washington.

  • Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 3:25 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. The Health and Human Services Department must send out millions of the forms, which are like W-2s for people getting tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sept 10 Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LJUBLJANA- Bled Strategic Forum 2014 in Slovenia.

  • Aug 29- Carlyle Group LP has agreed to pay $115 million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of conspiring with other buyout firms not to outbid each other on some takeovers that occurred prior to the financial crisis, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. Washington, D.C.- based Carlyle declined to comment.

  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 6:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.

  • Business Highlights Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.

  • IMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The executive board of the International Monetary Fund expressed confidence Friday in IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde after receiving a briefing on a French corruption probe in which Lagarde is being investigated.

  • Figures on government spending and debt Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • US consumer sentiment improves a bit in August Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes, and increasing wealth. The University of Michigan said Friday its index of consumer sentiment rose to 82.5 from 81.8 in July. The Michigan index has fluctuated between 80 and 82.5 since December.