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  • Sept 17- U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Thursday, with investors reluctant to take positions ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates later in the day.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- General Motors Co agreed to pay $900 million and admit to misleading the government and the public about the safety of its vehicles to end a U.S. criminal investigation into its handling of defective ignition switches linked to 124 deaths. The company's shares were up 14 cents at $31.27 in trading before the market opened. GM's $900 million...

  • Sept 17- Expedia Inc, the world's largest online travel services company by bookings, said Thursday that it has completed its $1.3- billion purchase of Orbitz Worldwide Inc following U.S. antitrust approval Wednesday.

  • Japan's exports slowed for a second straight month in August in a sign China's economic slowdown could be damaging the world's third-biggest economy. The data follows worrying figures from other Asian economies, including South Korea and Taiwan, increasing anxiety over the consequences of a sharp slowdown in China. North Sea Brent crude was down 50 cents at...

  • Verizon says 2016 earnings may "plateau" Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 | 9:12 AM ET

    Sept 17- Verizon Communications Inc said its 2016 earnings may "plateau" at 2015 levels due to near-term impacts including commercial model change in wireless.

  • Sept 17- Facebook Inc said it would launch a service that will let advertisers pay for ads only when a user scrolls through the ad from top to bottom on its news feed. The new service, called "100 percent in-view impressions", will include text, photo, link and video ads, the company said in a blog post on Thursday. Facebook also said it was partnering with Moat, an ad...

  • *Weekly jobless claims fall to eight-week low. WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in eight weeks, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen despite the recent tightening in financial market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 17- Battered but unbowed, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has momentum and the economy on his side as he heads into the second leaders' debate later on Thursday, hoping a home-turf advantage will help him break away from centre-left opponents. The debate, which focuses on the economy, will take place in Calgary, Harper's adopted...

  • *Ryanair targeting 160 million passengers a year. *Germany a key focus for expansion. ESSEN, Germany, Sept 17- Ryanair expects to be operating one in every four European short-haul flights within the next eight to 10 years, driven by expansion in countries such as Germany as some of its rivals retreat, its chief executive said.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 17- Lazetta Rainey Braxton is a rare bird in the financial planning profession. She is president of the Association of African American Financial Advisors, known as the Quad-A, a southeastern regional professional group that seeks to expand representation of African-Americans in planning. The group's first national conference will be held...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 17- Amazon.com Inc introduced on Thursday a $49.99 tablet, a price tag analysts said was low enough to set it apart in a crowded market and draw more customers to its online services. "There's one part of the tablet that's growing right now and.... that's sub $100 tablets," said Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon devices, adding that the...

  • HILLIARD: PROPOSED SETTLEMENT IN IGNITION SWITCH CIVIL LITIGATION WITH GM COVERS 1,385 CLIENTS.

  • ATTORNEY HILLIARD: WILL CONTINUE TO PURSUE CIVIL LITIGATION AGAINST GM IN 370 INJURY, 84 DEATH CASES.

  • Spanish enclave offers glimpse of fortress Europe Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 | 8:54 AM ET

    MELILLA, Spain, Sept 17- In September 2005, hundreds of African migrants stormed the barbed wire fences in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco, seeking to make their way into Europe. Hungary has gone much further, barricading its border with Serbia- the migrants' main land route into the European Union- and saying asylum seekers will be turned back.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- Top officials at the U.S. The policy review, which had begun Wednesday afternoon, reopened Thursday at 8:30 a.m. EDT, a Fed official said in an email. The Fed is due to issue a statement at the conclusion of the meeting later on Thursday at 2 p.m. EDT.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- General Electric Co said on Thursday it plans to create a development center for turboprop engines in Europe, citing a lack of U.S. export financing after Congress allowed the U.S. Export-Import Bank's charter to lapse in June. The company also said it will invest $55 million in Celma, Brazil, to build a new engine test facility, and will spend $23...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- General Motors Co has agreed to pay $900 million and enter a deferred prosecution agreement to end a U.S. criminal investigation into its handling of defective ignition switches in many of its vehicles and which are linked to 124 deaths. The automaker admitted to failing to disclose to its U.S. regulator and the public a potentially lethal...

  • LEAD ATTORNEY IN GM IGNITION SWITCH CIVIL CASES SAYS LITIGANTS, GM HAVE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT.

  • U.S. current account narrows sharply in second quarter Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. current account deficit narrowed more than expected in the second quarter as trade receipts and investment income from abroad increased despite a strong dollar. The Commerce Department said on Thursday the current account deficit, which measures the flow of goods, services and investments into and out of the country, fell 7.3...

  • U.S. housing starts take a breather, permits rebound Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 17- U.S. housing starts fell more than expected in August, but a rebound in building permits pointed to sustained strength in the housing market, which should support economic growth. Groundbreaking dropped 3.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.13 million-units, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. July's starts were...