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  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- As the first U.S. oil condensate exports head to Asia from the Gulf Coast, crude producers and refiners are exploring ways to get around a century-old law that makes it three times more expensive to ship by water between U.S. ports than to sail to a foreign port.

  • FOND DU LAC, Wis., Aug 20- Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will "destroy" America. And if U.S. House Speaker John Boehner wants to keep his job next year, he had better be sure Grothman and his fellow House of Representatives newcomers are happy.

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, Aug 20- A few months ago, an innovative partnership between Valeant Pharmaceuticals and billionaire investor William Ackman to buy Botox maker Allergan Inc looked like a blueprint for success.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 20- When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay, Sheri Atwood expected all kinds of suggestions- but not the tip she got from a female investor who suggested she dye her blonde hair darker to be taken more seriously by venture capitalists.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- Mike Yack has left the workforce twice in the last eight years and calls himself retired, yet at age 62 the former General Motors employee does not consider his working life over. Yack, who says he can get by on Social Security and his GM pension, is among millions of Americans who could re-enter the U.S. labor force if the economy improves.

  • Aussie dollar bears in hibernation until Fed calls Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:59 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Aug 20- It is not often the biggest bear on a currency is its own central bank, yet the Reserve Bank of Australia has been warning for months that the Aussie dollar will slide to match the falling prices of the country's key commodity exports.

  • TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Aug 20- The dollar touched an 11- month high against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday after positive U.S. housing data the previous day fed hopes that the world's biggest economy is strengthening.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 20- Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd on Wednesday posted a 20 percent fall in first half net profit, hit by slowing sales at home as local brands fall out of favor and a drop in exports to major markets in eastern Europe and the Middle East.

  • Aug 20- TV broadcaster Al Jazeera rejected allegations of fraud and breach of contract leveled by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt over their sale of Current TV to the Middle East- based company in 2013..

  • NYC's Met opera still negotiating with 10 unions Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:28 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Contract negotiations are continuing between New York's Metropolitan Opera and 10 of its unions to avert a lockout. Shortly before a 12:01 a.m. Wednesday deadline, Met spokesman Sam Neuman said there was "nothing to report" about ongoing talks with unions representing stagehands, carpenters and other artisans.

  • AP Top Financial News At 12:16 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    China fines 12 Japanese firms in auto price probe Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk Prison company pays $8 million in back wages PetSmart to consider selling itself Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly Swift, Bieber scents stink up Elizabeth Arden's 4 Q Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July

  • China fines 12 Japanese firms in auto price probe Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    BEIJING— China announced Wednesday it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry. Officials said earlier that Mercedes Benz, Audi and Chrysler also violated the law.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:16 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    China fines 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers $202 million in spreading anti-monopoly probe Asian stock markets eke out slight gains after solid Wall Street session US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July to 1.09 million rate, fastest pace in 8 months Peanut, almond butter from Hain Celestial unit recalled due to salmonella risk Private company pays $8 million in back wages, benefits to staff at California-based prison PetSmart to consider selling itself after pressure from investors, says it plans to cut costs Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board as he occupies time with Clippers, teaching Japan trade deficit widens in July, exports up on higher demand for machinery, heavy vehicles Elizabeth Arden blames 4th- quarter loss on Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber fragrances; shares fall Consumer prices up 0.1 percent in July, smallest advance in 5 months, as gas prices fall

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:13 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    Asian stock markets eke out slight gains after solid Wall Street session US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July to 1.09 million rate, fastest pace in 8 months Peanut, almond butter from Hain Celestial unit recalled due to salmonella risk Private company pays $8 million in back wages, benefits to staff at California-based prison PetSmart to consider selling itself after pressure from investors, says it plans to cut costs Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board as he occupies time with Clippers, teaching Japan trade deficit widens in July, exports up on higher demand for machinery, heavy vehicles Elizabeth Arden blames 4th- quarter loss on Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber fragrances; shares fall Consumer prices up 0.1 percent in July, smallest advance in 5 months, as gas prices fall Home Depot 2nd- quarter profit rises 14 percent, tops estimate

  • AP Top Financial News At 12:13 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk Prison company pays $8 million in back wages PetSmart to consider selling itself Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly Swift, Bieber scents stink up Elizabeth Arden's 4 Q Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July Home Depot 2 Q profit climbs 14 percent

  • Prison company pays $8 million in back wages Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The nation's largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in California City, officials with the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday.

  • Twitter to remove images of deceased on families' request Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:11 AM ET

    Aug 20- Twitter Inc said it will remove images or videos of deceased individuals at the request of family members. "In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances," according to a statement tweeted by Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler on Tuesday.

  • Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    ALBANY, New York— The retailer Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square. The attorney general's Civil Rights Bureau said it opened an investigation into Macy's in February 2013 when it received several complaints from minority customers.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:06 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    Asian stock markets eke out slight gains after solid Wall Street session US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July to 1.09 million rate, fastest pace in 8 months Peanut, almond butter from Hain Celestial unit recalled due to salmonella risk Private company pays $8 million in back wages, benefits to staff at California-based prison PetSmart to consider selling itself after pressure from investors, says it plans to cut costs Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board as he occupies time with Clippers, teaching Japan trade deficit widens in July, exports up on higher demand for machinery, heavy vehicles Elizabeth Arden blames 4th- quarter loss on Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber fragrances; shares fall Consumer prices up 0.1 percent in July, smallest advance in 5 months, as gas prices fall Home Depot 2nd- quarter profit rises 14 percent, tops estimate

  • AP Top Financial News At 12:06 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk Prison company pays $8 million in back wages PetSmart to consider selling itself Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly Swift, Bieber scents stink up Elizabeth Arden's 4 Q Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July Home Depot 2 Q profit climbs 14 percent