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  • French president quizzed over domestic failures Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    Saying he was acting at the request of Iraqi authorities, Hollande's pledge of airstrikes sought to position France at the forefront of international efforts to combat Islamic extremism.

  • AP Top Financial News At 4 p.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    Stock gains lift US household wealth to a record Alibaba's plan: Today, China.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4 p.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    US household wealth rises to record level of $81.5 trillion on stock and home price gains Alibaba, for now an e-commerce powerhouse in China, hints at expansion to US and beyond Excitement, anxiety mount a day before Scotland votes on independence Should we stay or should we go?

  • SEATTLE, Sept 18- Microsoft Corp will close its Silicon Valley research-and-development operation as part of 2,100 layoffs announced on Thursday, as it moves toward its new CEO's goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14 percent of its workforce.

  • The drug, developed by Vivus Inc, is marketed in the United States and Canada by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. Vivus' stock was up about 13 percent at $4.40 in afternoon trading.

  • AP Top Financial News At 3:42 p.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:42 PM ET

    Stock gains lift US household wealth to a record Alibaba's plan: Today, China.

  • After record profits, airlines keep adding jobs Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The number of jobs at U.S. airlines keeps growing— although slowly— as some of them post record profits. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that the nation's passenger airlines employed the equivalent of 386,243 full-time workers in July, up 1.3 percent from the same month last year.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:42 p.m. EDT Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:42 PM ET

    US household wealth rises to record level of $81.5 trillion on stock and home price gains Alibaba, for now an e-commerce powerhouse in China, hints at expansion to US and beyond Excitement, anxiety mount a day before Scotland votes on independence Should we stay or should we go?

  • Calgary- based TransCanada Corp is emerging as a possible target, with several U.S. activist hedge funds reviewing the nearly $38 billion pipeline operator as a break-up candidate, people close to the matter said.

  • The drug was developed by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc and Vivus Inc.. Vivus owns the worldwide development and commercial rights to Stendra for use in sexual dysfunction, with the exception of certain Asian countries in the Pacific Rim.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- The dollar scaled more than six-year peaks against the yen on Thursday after data showed a drop in U.S. claims for jobless benefits last week, reinforcing the market's view that U.S. interest rates will rise earlier than expected.

  • US STOCKS-Consumer staples edge higher on ConAgra boost Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 18- Consumer staples stocks were edging higher heading into the latter stages of trading, as ConAgra shares climbed in the wake of its quarterly earnings.

  • Kristin Gazlay named AP's top stories director Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:27 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Kristin Gazlay, an editor who has held major leadership positions at The Associated Press over a career extending more than three decades, has been appointed the news service's director of top stories, Senior Managing Editor Michael Oreskes announced Thursday.

  • Bull run has Indian stock funds topping the charts Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:23 PM ET

    NEW YORK— To find the year's best-performing mutual funds, head east. In India, excitement surrounding a new prime minister has catapulted stocks higher, and mutual funds that focus on the country have reaped the gains. India has struggled with high inflation and a slow-moving bureaucracy that has hurt growth, analysts say.

  • CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS JUDGES HOLD OFF MAKING A RULING IN CITIGROUP APPEAL OF ARGENTINE DEBT LITIGATION.

  • HEARING ON CITIGROUP APPEAL OF ARGENTINE DEBT LITIGATION BEFORE 2 ND U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- U.S. That level was last seen in May 2011. "The Fed worked so hard this week to not scare the market about rate increases, it ended up doing precisely what it tried to avoid," said Jim Vogel, interest rate strategist at FTN Financial in Memphis.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- Citigroup argued before a U.S. appeals court on Thursday it faces "a serious and imminent hazard" if it cannot process another interest payment by Argentina on $8.4 billion in bonds the country issued under local laws following its 2002 default.

  • Range Resources to pay $4M drilling waste fine Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Energy company Range Resources has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for problems at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste. Range, which is based in Fort Worth, Texas, says Thursday that it "accepts" the Department of Environmental Protection fine and is "deeply disappointed" that the violations occurred.

  • TORONTO, Sept 18- United States Steel Corp's Canadian unit had sought a wide ranging set of relief measures from the Ontario government before it filed for creditor protection in Canada earlier this week, according to a source familiar with the matter.