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  • 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

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 1:55 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 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 share of ad revenue

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 1:14 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 1:14 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 Stocks mostly rise, helped by jobs data; BofA up after reaching deal with Justice Department 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 share of ad revenue

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:48 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    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 Stocks mostly rise, helped by jobs data; BofA up after reaching deal with Justice Department 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 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 share of ad revenue

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:47 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:47 PM ET

    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 Stocks mostly rise, helped by jobs data; BofA up after reaching deal with Justice Department 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 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 share of ad revenue Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing

  • Aug 21- Family Dollar Stores Inc rejected a $9 billion buyout offer from Dollar General Corp and issued a sharp rebuke to accusations its CEO favors a smaller bid from Dollar Tree Inc because it would allow him to keep his job.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:19 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    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 Stocks mostly rise, helped by jobs data; BofA up after reaching deal with Justice Department 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 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 share of ad revenue Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:11 p.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    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 Stocks mostly rise, helped by jobs data; BofA up after reaching deal with Justice Department 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 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 Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At Noon EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    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 S&P 500 approaches another record high close; Hewlett-Packard gains on earnings 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 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 Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 11:40 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    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 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 Stocks mostly rise, helped by jobs data; BofA up after reaching deal with Justice Department 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 Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 11:31 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    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 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 Stocks mostly rise, helped by jobs data; BofA up after reaching deal with Justice Department 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 Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 11:15 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    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 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 Stocks mostly rise, helped by jobs data; BofA up after reaching deal with Justice Department 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 Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 10:54 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    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 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 Stocks mostly rise, helped by jobs data; BofA up after reaching deal with Justice Department 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 Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow

  • *Family Dollar rejects Dollar General buyout offer. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks inched higher on Thursday and the S&P notched a record high as a flurry of data pointed to steady improvement in the economy and investors awaited the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.