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  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- The Dow and the S&P 500 rose for a third straight session on Wednesday, with the S&P ending a hair under a record reached in late July as minutes from the Federal Reserve's July meeting showed the central bank remains accommodative. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 59.54 points or 0.35 percent, to end unofficially at 16,979.13.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. crude oil rose in choppy trading on Wednesday ahead of the September contract's expiration and after government data showed crude stocks in the United States fell sharply last week. U.S. crude stocks slid by 4.5 million barrels last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, more than analysts had expected.

  • WRAPUP 1-Brazil boosts credit as economy nears recession Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:34 PM ET

    BRASILIA, Aug 20- Brazil's government unveiled a flurry of measures on Wednesday aimed at pumping credit into a languishing economy, its latest effort to avoid a recession as a tightly contested presidential election draws closer.

  • Aug 20- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc agreed to pay an $896,000 fine to settle U.S. government accusations that it violated antitrust rules by failing to report a transaction that boosted its stake in building products company USG Corp..

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- Pimco's New York office is addressing an "isolated issue with insects" and as a precautionary measure, the company is fumigating certain areas of the office space, a Pimco spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • BOSTON, Aug 20- The FBI has warned that healthcare industry companies are being targeted by hackers, publicizing the issue following an attack on U.S. hospital group Community Health Systems Inc that resulted in the theft of millions of patient records.

  • TREASURIES-Yields climb to one-week peaks on Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    *Fed minutes say surprised about quick progress in U.S. job market. NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. "The Fed came out with a hawkish tone in its minutes and people's perception is that the Fed will move soon on rates," said Tom di Galoma, head of fixed income rates and credit trading at ED&F Man in New York.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold falls as dollar jumps after Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:09 PM ET

    *Two Bank of England policymakers voted to raise rates. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 20- Gold prices fell on Wednesday as the dollar rallied on economic optimism after the minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest meeting showed the U.S. central bank has seen progress in the U.S. labor market.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- If bad economic news continues to translate into good news for investors, any sharp acceleration of the world economy from here could well kill off the long-running equity bull market.

  • The company, nSpired Natural Foods Inc., a subsidiary of Hain Celestial Group, has received four reports of illness that may be associated with the products, according to a news release dated Tuesday.

  • California Governor decries Calpers vote on pensions Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Aug 20- California Governor Jerry Brown decried a move by the state's giant public pension fund on Wednesday to include temporary pay hikes in the way pensions are calculated for newly hired workers.

  • US STOCKS-Wall Street pares gains after Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    *Lowe's, Target shares rebound; American Eagle rallies. *Hertz tumbles after withdrawing forecast. "I don't think there were really any surprises in the minutes, or that the markets are reacting meaningfully to them," said Carin Pai, executive vice president and director of equity management at Fiduciary Trust in New York.

  • *Russia says McDonald's branches breached sanitary rules. MOSCOW, Aug 20- Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- The Federal Reserve has been surprised by how quickly the U.S. labor market is healing but doesn't want to bring forward a planned rate hike until the recovery looks more convincing, according to minutes of its last policy meeting.

  • *Death toll rises to 1,350 in West Africa. MONROVIA, Aug 20- Police in the Liberian capital Monrovia fired live rounds and teargas on Wednesday to disperse a stone-throwing crowd trying to break an Ebola quarantine imposed on their neighbourhood, as the death toll from the epidemic in West Africa hit 1,350..

  • Aug 20- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc agreed to pay an $896,000 fine to settle U.S. government accusations that it violated antitrust rules by failing to report a transaction that boosted its stake in building products company USG Corp..

  • *Cameron interrupts holiday to return to London. A masked IS jihadist, dressed in black, who stood next to a kneeling James Foley in the video released online spoke with what sounded like a London accent.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- The Federal Reserve has been surprised by how quickly the U.S. labor market is healing but doesn't want to bring forward a planned rate hike until the recovery looks more convincing, according to minutes of its last policy meeting.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- An experimental drug from Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp helped lab monkeys recover from the most deadly strain of Marburg virus, a close cousin of Ebola, even after symptoms appeared, scientists reported on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- Verizon Communications Inc is planning to launch a mobile software store that could present a third alternative in a market long-dominated by Apple Inc and Google Inc, according to The Information, an industry website.