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  • FTC commissioner warns on mobile health-data gathering Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:44 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 23- Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill, speaking in Washington on Wednesday, expressed concern about the way apps on smartphones and mobile devices are siphoning sensitive health data, and how some of that information may then be shared with third parties.

  • Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Laurie Dishman told senators through tears Wednesday that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might face on cruises.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Aug 7 Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will deliver remarks at the Inaugural Rural Opportunity Investment Conference hosted by the White House Rural Council.

  • Standard & Poor's may face SEC charges over ratings Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 6:52 PM ET

    In a regulatory filing, McGraw-Hill Financial Inc said it received a "Wells notice" on July 22 indicating the SEC is weighing filing civil charges for alleged securities law violations over S&P's ratings of six commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions issued in 2011..

  • BOSTON, July 23- New rules announced on Wednesday will likely drive safety-oriented retail investors away from some money market funds because they highlight risks and make it harder to pull cash out when market turmoil strikes.

  • SEC considering action against S&P over ratings Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:56 PM ET

    S&P's parent McGraw Hill Financial Inc. disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has received a so-called "Wells Notice" from staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission. S&P has been cooperating with the SEC in the matter and will continue to do so, New York- based McGraw Hill said. SEC spokeswoman Gina Talamona declined to comment.

  • The law known as Obamacare, President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, provides federally subsidized private coverage through new online insurance marketplaces and an expansion of Medicaid in 26 states and Washington, D.C..

  • FDA approves new painkiller from OxyContin maker Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:45 PM ET

    FDA regulators approved the drug for daily, round-the-clock pain that does not respond to other medications. The FDA notes that Targiniq can still be abused by simply swallowing the tablets, the most frequent method of painkiller abuse. The FDA has been under intense public pressure to combat the national epidemic of prescription opioid abuse.

  • Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say. The Government Accountability Office issued a report Wednesday saying NASA's Space Launch System is at "high risk of missing" its planned December 2017 initial test flight.

  • Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle' Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. In 2008, Social Security said the project was about two to three years from completion.

  • Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 4:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form. Fewer than 200,000 applicants have been declared eligible when they are not, the Education Department said.

  • Figures on government spending and debt Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • FDA warns of compounded drug recall by Texas firm Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:25 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Food and Drug Administration warned doctors Wednesday not to use compounded drugs from a Texas specialty pharmacy due to potential risks of contamination. The agency says FDA inspectors recently uncovered unsanitary conditions at Unique Pharmaceuticals' plant in Temple, Texas.

  • No quick decision seen on tougher EU sanctions on Russia Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    But the downing last week of a Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people, jolted the EU into action. Foreign ministers for the first time this week singled out sectors of the Russian economy that the EU might target with sanctions in protest at Moscow's actions in eastern Ukraine.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- A top official will leave the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to become the head of a banking group 10 days later in a spin through the revolving regulator-to-lobby-group door that is striking even by Washington standards.

  • July 23- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it has approved Gilead Sciences Inc's Zydelig, a drug to treat three types of blood cancer. The FDA approved the use of Zydelig in combination with Roche AG's Rituxan for patients with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

  • Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate agreed Wednesday on an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs, setting up a vote next week on several alternatives.

  • US economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 1:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged. That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. After all, in the five years since the recession officially ended, Americans' pay has basically stagnated.

  • "EPA goes beyond the plain reading of Clean Air Act Section 111 directing states to achieve questionable emission reduction targets from a limited menu of economically damaging and legally questionable' options'," said Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, the committee's top Republican.

  • German city Hamburg seeks to ban Uber ride service Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    HAMBURG/ FRANKFURT, July 23- Hamburg has told Uber, a U.S. car service whose smartphone app summons rides at the touch of a button, to stop operating in the German city, adding to resistance the company has faced globally from local regulators and taxi drivers.