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  • BOSTON, Oct 21- U.S. corporate bond funds this year are adding Treasuries to their holdings at more than twice the rate of corporate debt amid concern that the struggling European economy and potential changes in Federal Reserve policy will drag down profits at U.S. corporations. Through September, corporate bond portfolios boosted their holdings of U.S....

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- U.S. consumer prices rose marginally in September, painting a weak inflation picture that should give the Federal Reserve ample room to keep interest rates low for a while. The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1 percent last month as a rise in food and shelter costs offset a decline in energy prices.

  • Alabama small business panel holds first meeting Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    Robert Bentley unveiled a new website meant to help entrepreneurs and small business owners during the first meeting of the Alabama Small Business Commission. The commission is headed by Rosemary Elebash, who is the Alabama director for the National Federation of Independent Business. The U.S. Small Business Administration says Alabama has about 400,000...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- U.S. consumer prices rose marginally in September, painting a weak inflation picture that should give the Federal Reserve ample room to keep interest rates low for a while. The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1 percent last month as a rise in food and shelter costs offset a broad decline in energy prices.

  • U.S. consumer prices barely rise as energy costs fall Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 22- U.S. consumer prices rose marginally in September as energy costs fell broadly, painting a weak inflation picture that should give the Federal Reserve ample room to keep interest rates low for a while. The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1 percent last month after declining 0.2 percent in August.

  • DIARY -Top Economic Events to Nov 3 Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board holds open meeting to discuss a final rulemaking requiring sponsors of securitization transactions to retain risk in those transactions- 1930 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England publishes minutes of latest Monetary Policy Committee meeting. OTTAWA- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn...

  • FTC names privacy expert as chief technologist Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:40 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday named an outspoken Internet privacy expert, Ashkan Soltani, as its chief technologist in a move that signals the agency's focus on protecting consumers' online privacy. Over the last year, he co-authored a series of Washington Post articles that examined government surveillance programs first revealed...

  • US oversight increased at Millstone nuclear plant Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    WATERFORD, Conn.— The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is stepping up oversight at Connecticut's nuclear plant following a safety violation, the federal agency said Tuesday. The Millstone Power Station in Waterford was cited for failure to address repetitive problems with a pump that is part of a backup safety system. Millstone, which is owned by Richmond,...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 21- The U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp unveiled a final rule on Tuesday that requires banks to retain at least 5 percent of the risk on their books when they bundle loans, securitize them and sell them to investors. The rule, expected to be adopted by the FDIC later on Tuesday, aims to prevent a repeat of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, when banks'...

  • Since 1997, FDA has operated under a proposed rule that allows food manufacturers to get new food additives onto the market by notifying FDA that they are generally recognized as safe. In February, the non-profit Center for Food Safety sued FDA, alleging that the agency failed to follow legal rulemaking requirements. "For more than 17 years, FDA has imposed a lax...

  • CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SETS 7 PM ET NEWS CONFERENCE, HAVING PROMISED TO ISSUE NEW EBOLA GUIDELINES.

  • Oct 20- Banks should defer bonus payments for 10 years and tap the bonus pool to pay any regulatory fines, a top Federal Reserve official said on Monday, taking aim at continued lapses across the industry even after the 2007-9 financial crisis. New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley said banks should move toward paying employees in debt...

  • Oct 20- BioMerieux SA is working with U.S. health regulators to determine if its test to screen for bio threats could be used to detect the Ebola virus, spokeswoman Suzanne Jones said. Since the system was solely developed for environmental surveillance, it is necessary for BioMerieux to show the U.S. Food and Drug Administration evidence that the test could be...

  • FDA panel unanimously backs Novartis' psoriasis drug Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:28 PM ET

    Oct 20- An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unanimously recommended the use of Novartis AG's anti-inflammation drug in patients with a type of psoriasis, paving the way for its approval. FDA staff reviewers last week had said the drug's benefits outweighed its risk. The FDA is not obligated to accept the panel's recommendations, but...

  • Oct 20- Incentive programs at banks should reward not just bankers who increase revenues, but those who avoid losses and identify risks that could later hurt the institution, a top U.S. Federal Reserve official said on Monday. Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo said that progress has been made regarding proper bank compensation since the 2007-2009...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The Federal Reserve is committed to tailoring its supervisory practices for community banks as appropriate to reduce unnecessary burden, a top Fed official said on Monday. The central bank also needs to ensure smaller U.S. banks continue to operate in a safe and sound manner, Fed Governor Jerome Powell said in prepared remarks ahead of a Fed...

  • 7 top-secret spy things the NSA will reveal to you Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    The IBM 7950 Harvest cryptanalysis computer, used by the NSA from 1962-1976.

    The NSA is not known for transparency, but there is some super-secret stuff it's willing to show you, in a museum devoted to cryptology.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Oct 31 Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    BOSTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren speaks before the "Inequality of Economic Opportunity in the United States" conference in Boston- 1230 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe and ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio discuss bank regulation- 1045 GMT. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome Powell...

  • Fed Chair's "building blocks of opportunity" Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 4:36 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen expressed deep concerns in a speech Friday about growing inequality in the United States. Citing data compiled by the Fed, she outlined the accelerating divide in incomes and wealth between the top 5 percent of households and everyone else. That has resulted in a dramatic rise in student loan debt, which has quadrupled from...

  • *Fed Chair delivers broad social critique of rich-poor gulf. BOSTON, Oct 17- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday said the growth of economic inequality in the United States was not in keeping with American values and she hinted at a range of steps that could address it. "The extent of and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly...