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  • WASHINGTON/ SEOUL, Sept 1- Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US construction spending Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 6:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in July. The report will be issued Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern. It was the biggest one-month decline in more than three years, since a 2.8 percent fall in January 2011.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Manufacturing Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Institute for Supply Management reports on U.S. manufacturing, orders and other activity in August. The ISM, a trade group of purchasing managers, will release its manufacturing index Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern time. SLIGHT GAIN: Economists forecast that the index ticked up to 57.3 in August, from 57.1 in July, according to a survey by FactSet.

  • WASHINGTON— US manufacturing expanded in August at fastest pace in 3½ years as orders and production rose.

  • The American Chamber of Commerce in China is the latest business lobby to air its grievances over a series of investigations scrutinizing at least 30 foreign firms, as China seeks to enforce a 2008 anti-monopoly law.

  • 5 things to know about driving on marijuana Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 3:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states— Colorado and Washington— and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What's not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes. Five things to know about marijuana and driving:.

  • Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 3:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— New York teenager Joseph Beer smoked marijuana, climbed into a Subaru Impreza with four friends and drove more than 100 mph before losing control. The car crashed into trees with such force that the vehicle split in half, killing his friends.

  • US judge cautions Blackwater jury on immunity Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 2:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The summer-long trial of four Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis has been a grim retelling of lives snuffed out and the daily life-and-death decisions amid the chaos of war.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sep 16 Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 10:16 PM ET

    LONDON- UK Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander delivers speech setting out' his vision for Scotland to remain as an integral and full member of the United Kingdom' at Chatham House. MADRID- Central Bank of Peru Governor Julio Velarde speaks about monetary policy and macroeconomic stability at an event devoted to promoting investment in the country.

  • WASHINGTON/ SEOUL, Sept 1- Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.

  • Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Europe's economic recovery is in danger. Europe's lack of growth is looming larger and larger, however, and the ECB says it can't save the economy alone. While unemployment in the United States has fallen to 6.2 percent from 10 percent at its peak in Oct. 2009, Europe's is at 11.5 percent— still near last summer' 12 percent.

  • *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: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE, Wis.— Taking a bullish stand on the economy, President Barack Obama is renewing his call for an increase in the minimum wage, looking to give Democrats an issue on which to campaign going into November's midterm congressional 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.