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  • U.S. leading indicator increases solidly in July Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 21- A gauge of future U.S. economic activity rose more than expected in July, boosting hopes of stronger growth in the second half of the year. The Conference Board said on Thursday that its Leading Economic Index increased 0.9 percent last month after an upwardly revised 0.6 percent rise in June.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Aug 21- Surviving sickness can make you stronger. "If anything, I think it is teaching us something," Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, the African Union's Commissioner for Social Affairs, told reporters in Addis Ababa this month.

  • The action- which is not a safety recall aligned with U.S. safety regulators- is aimed at allowing all 2015 Fit cars to have the same, more robust front bumpers as cars made after June 9, when Honda changed the way they were produced, Chuck Thomas, chief engineer for vehicle safety at American Honda, said.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 21- Americans resold their homes in July at the fastest pace in almost a year, a sign the housing market was gaining steam again after a year-long slump. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday existing home sales increased 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.15 million units.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- The U.S. judge overseeing the long-running litigation over Argentina bonds has scheduled a hearing for 3 p.m. EDT in New York, after Argentine officials announced plans to skirt his court rulings that pushed the country into default.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 21- Bank of America Corp has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with U.S. regulators to settle charges that it misled investors into buying troubled mortgage-backed securities. Bank of America said the accord is expected to reduce third-quarter earnings by about $5.3 billion before taxes, or about 43 cents per share after taxes.

  • JAKARTA, Aug 21- Indonesia's highest court unanimously upheld last month's presidential election result on Thursday, paving the way for Joko Widodo to take over as the next leader of the world's third largest democracy. "The court rejects... all applications from the applicant by all nine judges," said Constitutional Court Chief Hamdan Zoelva.

  • INDONESIA'S CONSTITUTIONAL COURT REJECTS PRABOWO'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION APPEAL, UPHOLDS JOKO WIDODO VICTORY.

  • DISTRICT JUDGE THOMAS GRIESA TO HOLD HEARING AFTER HOLDOUT BONDHOLDER CLAIMED ARGENTINA IS IGNORING HIS PRIOR ORDERS.

  • JUDGE OVERSEEING ARGENTINA BOND DISPUTE SCHEDULES 3 P.M. EDT COURT HEARING IN NEW YORK- COURT OFFICIAL.

  • LONDON, Aug 21- Standard Chartered on Thursday said it would work with regulators after the United Arab Emirates central bank warned it could face legal action after agreeing to close some customers' UAE accounts in an anti-money laundering settlement. "We have noted the announcement made by the UAE Central Bank.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks opened little changed on Thursday as many investors held off on making bets ahead of the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, though jobless claims data pointed to continued improvement in the labor market.

  • Bank of America settles mortgage probes for $16.65 bln Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    Aug 21- Bank of America Corp has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with U.S. regulators to settle charges that it misled investors into buying troubled mortgage-backed securities.

  • *E.ON in talks to buy LNG from Mozambique, Israel, Peru, Tanzania. MILAN/ LONDON, Aug 21- Germany is providing multi-billion-euro financial guarantees to help its biggest utility E.ON strike long-term gas import deals, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said, as the country seeks to reduce its dependence on Russian supply.

  • *Family Dollar rejects Dollar General buyout offer. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks were set for a slightly higher open on Thursday, after jobless claims data pointed to continued improvement in the labor market and before the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- A U.S. investment fund pressing for full repayment on Argentine debt is urging a U.S. judge to consider declaring Argentina in contempt after Buenos Aires announced plans to skirt court rulings that pushed it into default.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug 21- Canadian farmers are on course to produce less wheat and canola than expected, according to Statistics Canada's first report on the 2014 harvest. "I think the trade is going to view this report as fairly friendly," said Dave Reimann, market analyst for Cargill Ltd's grain marketing services division.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 21- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell slightly more than expected last week, pointing to a sustained improvement in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000 for the week ended Aug. 16, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • Aug 21- Family Dollar Stores Inc rejected Dollar General Corp's $8.95 billion acquisition offer, citing antitrust concerns, and reaffirmed its support for a buyout offer from Dollar Tree Inc..

  • *Letter sent to BCBS, IOSCO. HONG KONG, Aug 21- The international banking industry has asked regulators for more time to implement derivatives rules that could add $800 billion to the global financial industry's cost of doing business, people familiar with the matter said.