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  • $100 million for firm without offices, 1 agent? Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Companies overseeing millions of mortgage loans appear to be skirting new federal regulations and legal settlements intended to stop them profiteering at the expense of troubled homeowners.

  • NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad.

  • TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES HAD CHALLENGED SEARCH WARRANT AS VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW.

  • Immigration issue produces congressional disarray Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink. Minutes from a vote on legislation to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.- Mexico border, and hours from scheduled adjournment for the summer, a conservative revolt left the speaker with no choice but to pull his border bill from the floor.

  • As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    Though the U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent, the Gallup Organization has found that consumers' view of the economy is the glummest it's been in seven months. At 53, Hunter now works three days a week for $9.25 an hour, mopping floors and fixing fryers at two McDonald's restaurants in Chicago.

  • *PM vows Ukraine will never default on its debts. KIEV, July 31- Ukraine's parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's resignation on Thursday and finally passed legislation he said was needed to finance an army offensive against a separatist rebellion raging in the east and avert a national default on its debts.

  • AP NewsAlert Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 8:27 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Chicago police:' Demoted' worker shoots,' gravely wounds' CEO before killing self in high-rise.

  • SINGAPORE, July 31- Part of a Kurdish oil cargo has been offloaded from a Greek-managed tanker into another tanker in the South China Sea, but mystery surrounds the identity of the buyer and where the two tankers are headed. Iraqi Kurdistan is locked in a bitter legal and diplomatic struggle with Baghdad over international oil sales.

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov.

  • Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 2:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.

  • Senate to consider bill to keep Export-Import Bank open Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 9:31 PM ET

    The 80- year-old bank will be forced to close unless Congress acts to renew its charter by Sept. 30, but critics led by Texas congressman Jeb Hensarling have decried it as corporate welfare.

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- Under Democratic President Barack Obama, the U.S. NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin announced on Tuesday that McDonald's, not just its franchisees, can be liable for alleged labor law violations.

  • July 30- A federal appeals court panel heard arguments on Wednesday between Detroit and one of its last hold-out creditors over casino tax revenue, with one of the judges promising a careful consideration of the case, the Detroit News reported.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:05 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 5:05 PM ET

    Whole Foods sales disappoint, raising worries about rising competition; forecast lowered US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in second quarter after sharp contraction in winter Stock market ends flat after Federal Reserve delivers no surprises with latest stimulus cut Fed slows bond buying further but provides no clear signal on timing of first rate hike Sanctions on Russian banks, oil technology seen causing real economic damage if left in place Ratings agency S&P says Argentina in' selective default' amid talk with creditors in New York Republicans block Senate bill that would curb tax breaks for firms moving operations overseas Argentines shrug off risk of default, seeing no repeat of 2001 crisis Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta talks about the future of room service, Wi-Fi and younger travelers Small businesses step up hiring pace as healthier economy boosts revenue

  • Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to clear funds for highway construction at home and missile defense in Israel.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:18 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:18 PM ET

    US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in second quarter after sharp contraction in winter Fed widely expected to make sixth reduction in bond purchases at this week's meeting Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta talks about the future of room service, Wi-Fi and younger travelers US stocks turn lower, erasing an early gain; Genworth Financial, Goodyear Tire& Rubber sink Small businesses step up hiring pace as healthier economy boosts revenue Small cars fare poorly in new frontal crash tests, Mini Cooper Countryman gets top rating Toyota remains No. 1, at top in global vehicle sales after first 6 months, beating VW and GM Texas lawyer sues GM over ignition switch defects on behalf of 658 plaintiffs Republicans block Senate bill that would curb tax breaks for firms moving operations overseas Dubai, European airlines diverting flights that once flew over Iraq out of security fears

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At Noon EDT Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in second quarter after sharp contraction in winter Fed widely expected to make sixth reduction in bond purchases at this week's meeting Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta talks about the future of room service, Wi-Fi and younger travelers Small businesses step up hiring pace as healthier economy boosts revenue Small cars fare poorly in new frontal crash tests, Mini Cooper Countryman gets top rating Toyota remains No. 1, at top in global vehicle sales after first 6 months, beating VW and GM Texas lawyer sues GM over ignition switch defects on behalf of 658 plaintiffs Republicans block Senate bill that would curb tax breaks for firms moving operations overseas Dubai, European airlines diverting flights that once flew over Iraq out of security fears Major markets little changed after report of stronger US growth; Twitter flies high

  • GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    The Senate voted 54-42 to end debate on the bill, six short of the 60 votes needed to advance it. The White House says President Barack Obama supports the legislation.

  • IMF says Cyprus will need more spending cuts Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 10:08 AM ET

    NICOSIA, Cyprus— Cyprus' president on Wednesday rebuffed an International Monetary Fund assessment that Cyprus will need to make additional spending cuts to meet a key target of its financial rescue program.

  • McDonald's, franchisees liable in worker disputes Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 7:17 AM ET
    A worker puts together an order of Chicken McNuggets at a McDonald's restaurant in Little Falls, N.J.

    McDonald's and its franchisees can be held liable in complaints that the company violated employee rights, an official at the U.S. NLRB said.