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  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:27 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion mortgage settlement with Bank of America US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 closes at record high Gap tops 2 Q profit expectations, meets revenue forecasts United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers US Census study finds that rich got richer, poor poorer between 2000 and 2011 Home Depot says US retail head Craig Menear will become CEO; Frank Blake will remain chairman Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:14 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion mortgage settlement with Bank of America US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 closes at record high Gap tops 2 Q profit expectations, meets revenue forecasts United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers US Census study finds that rich got richer, poor poorer between 2000 and 2011 Home Depot says US retail head Craig Menear will become CEO; Frank Blake will remain chairman Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:05 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 5:05 PM ET

    Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion mortgage settlement with Bank of America US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 closes at record high Gap tops 2 Q profit expectations, meets revenue forecasts United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers US Census study finds that rich got richer, poor poorer between 2000 and 2011 Home Depot says US retail head Craig Menear will become CEO; Frank Blake will remain chairman Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4:52 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 closes at record high Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion mortgage settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Gap tops 2 Q profit expectations, meets revenue forecasts Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Ford issues 2 recalls of 160,000 vehicles for safety issues

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4:51 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:51 PM ET

    US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 closes at record high Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion mortgage settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Gap tops 2 Q profit expectations, meets revenue forecasts Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Ford issues 2 recalls of 160,000 vehicles for safety issues

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4:47 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 closes at record high Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion mortgage settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Gap tops 2 Q profit expectations, meets revenue forecasts Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Ford issues 2 recalls of 160,000 vehicles for safety issues

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4:40 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 closes at record high Gap tops 2 Q profit expectations, meets revenue forecasts Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Ford issues 2 recalls of 160,000 vehicles for safety issues

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4:31 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:31 PM ET

    US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 closes at record high Gap tops 2 Q profit expectations, meets revenue forecasts Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Ford issues 2 recalls of 160,000 vehicles for safety issues

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4:29 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:29 PM ET

    Standard& Poor's 500 index closes at a record high; Hewlett-Packard gains on better results Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Gap tops 2 Q profit expectations, meets revenue forecasts Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Ford issues 2 recalls of 160,000 vehicles for safety issues

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4:08 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    Standard& Poor's 500 index closes at a record high; Hewlett-Packard gains on better results Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Ford issues 2 recalls of 160,000 vehicles for safety issues Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4:07 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:07 PM ET

    Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 heading for record high close Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Ford issues 2 recalls of 160,000 vehicles for safety issues Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:34 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 3:34 PM ET

    Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 heading for record high close Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Music streaming site SoundCloud to start paying artists a share of ad revenue

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:25 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 3:25 PM ET

    Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 heading for record high close Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Music streaming site SoundCloud to start paying artists a share of ad revenue

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:15 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 3:15 PM ET

    Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 heading for record high close Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Music streaming site SoundCloud to start paying artists a share of ad revenue

  • *Family Dollar rejects Dollar General's buyout offer. *Jackson Hole conference of central bankers to begin. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak at the Jackson Hole conference on Friday.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 2:42 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 heading for record high close Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Music streaming site SoundCloud to start paying artists a share of ad revenue

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 2:32 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 heading for record high close Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Music streaming site SoundCloud to start paying artists a share of ad revenue

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 2:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 2:30 PM ET

    Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 heading for record high close Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Housing recovery accelerates as sales of existing homes rise for a 4th straight month Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Music streaming site SoundCloud to start paying artists a share of ad revenue

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 2:26 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 heading for record high close Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal US existing home sales rise for 4th straight month in latest sign of housing rebound Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Music streaming site SoundCloud to start paying artists a share of ad revenue

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 2:10 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion US stocks rise, helped by encouraging news on jobs; S&P 500 heading for record high close Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal US existing home sales rise for 4th straight month in latest sign of housing rebound Measure of economy's future health posts 0.9 percent rise in July, biggest gain since March Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 percent over last year United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Music streaming site SoundCloud to start paying artists a share of ad revenue