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  • WASHINGTON— Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating— at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills. But take a look at other gauges of Americans' financial health, and a more nuanced picture emerges:.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 17-23 Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 3:24 PM ET

    4. "NCIS," CBS, 8.34 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.56 million. 6. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.82 million.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 25- Five Federal Reserve banks renewed their calls in July for the central bank to raise the rate it charges commercial banks for emergency loans, minutes from the Fed's discount rate meeting last month showed. Ahead of the Fed's July 28-29 policy-setting meeting, directors of the Cleveland, Dallas, Philadelphia, Kansas City and Richmond Fed...

  • The lawsuits were filed between last month and Monday by Ashley Madison users in California, Texas, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee and Minnesota. "Needless to say, this dumping of sensitive personal and financial information is bound to have catastrophic effects on the lives of the website's users," according to a lawsuit filed Friday on behalf of an anonymous Los...

  • St. Louis' governing board advances minimum-wage boost Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— St. Louis' governing board on Tuesday advanced a compromise measure that would ease the city's minimum wage up to $11 by 2018.. The St. Louis Board of Aldermen had begun its special meeting by considering a plan that would have boosted the local minimum wage to $13 by 2020. But the board, by a 15-6 vote, eventually signed off on the more modest plan— after hours...

  • WASHINGTON— Even as anxious investors send stock prices plunging, many Americans are sounding a rather different note:. For now, the panic on Wall Street does not appear to have spread very far. "I'm certainly not panicking or looking for tall buildings," said Vincent Signorotti, 62, a San Diego- based executive for a company that builds geothermal plants in Southern...

  • Great Recession steels Main Street investors Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO— For many investors, lessons of the Great Recession are fresh. The Associated Press talked with investors across the country about how the market's drop this year has affected their spending and investing. John Londoff Jr. cozied up to his computer Monday to check on the market at his family's Chevrolet dealership outside St. Louis and declared it was...

  • *Corn, wheat futures advance into positive territory. CHICAGO, Aug 24- U.S. soybean futures dropped to their lowest levels in over six years on Monday and soyoil touched a nine-year low as concerns about China's faltering economy fueled selloffs in commodities and equities markets. Soybeans have dropped in six out of the last seven sessions on worries that signs...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Three New York hospitals and a health care management company have agreed to an $8 million settlement with state and federal authorities to resolve allegations they illegally billed Medicaid, the state's attorney general announced Monday. St. Joseph's Medical Center in Yonkers, Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson and Benedictine Hospital in...

  • ST. LOUIS— Budweiser has long been known as the "King of Beers," and Anheuser-Busch is taking exception to a craft brewer declaring itself holder of the "Queen of Beer" crown. She Beverage Co. of Lancaster, California, applied in December to register "The Queen of Beer" phrase with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

  • EPA knew of 'blowout' risk for tainted water at gold mine Saturday, 22 Aug 2015 | 12:42 AM ET

    The EPA released the documents late Friday following weeks of prodding from The Associated Press and other media organizations. The plan was produced by Environmental Restoration LLC, a private contractor working for the EPA. EPA spokeswoman Melissa Harrison said Saturday she could not immediately answer questions about the matter.

  • Aug 21- The rout in U.S. stocks continued for the fourth straight day on Friday, with all three major indices down more than 1 percent, as fears of a China- led global slowdown were heightened after grim data overnight. The Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P were poised for their sharpest weekly fall since November 2011. The Nasdaq was on track for its steepest...

  • The 2-1 decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati revived a lawsuit by Varsity Brands Inc, one of the largest U.S. makers of cheerleader uniforms, that accused rival Star Athletica LLC of infringing five of its designs. District Judge Robert Cleland in Memphis, Tennessee. Circuit Judge David McKeague dissented and urged Congress or the...

  • Aug 19- U.S. regulators have relied on flawed and outdated research to allow expanded use of an herbicide linked to cancer, and new assessments should be urgently conducted, according to a column published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. Philip Landrigan, a Harvard- educated pediatrician and epidemiologist who is Dean for Global Health at...

  • The 2-1 decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived a lawsuit by Varsity Brands Inc, one of the largest U.S. makers of cheerleader uniforms, that accused rival Star Athletica LLC of infringing five of its designs. District Judge Robert Cleland in Memphis, Tennessee. Circuit Judge David McKeague dissented and urged Congress or the Supreme Court to...

  • LOWER FEDERAL COURT IN MISSOURI ORDERED TO DISMISS LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST EMERSON ELECTRIC CO BY ABT SYSTEMS, LLC AND UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA- DECISION.

  • Aug 17- Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge Inc is rationing space for mid-month on its line 4/ 67 ex Kerrobert for August, according to a notice to shippers on Monday that was seen by Reuters. Enbridge restarted two key Canadian crude lines last week after they were shut following a crude oil release in Missouri on Aug 11. The discount on Western Canada Select...

  • NEW YORK/ BEIJING, Aug 17- Recent news from China makes depressing reading for commodities producers, with a slowing economy, tumbling stock prices and a currency devaluation all signaling weaker demand. China's a place where everyone looks and says,' what if, "' said Jordan Fife, a merchant with BioUrja Trading LLC in Houston. State-run grain trader China National...

  • Second-quarter surveys released on Thursday by the Federal Reserve banks of Kansas City and St. Louis also suggested the value of cropland would decline further in the third quarter. The St. Louis survey used an index for income that registered 31 for the second quarter and 35 for the third. "Our trade area is primarily cash grain, and the lower grain prices will...

  • *U.S. shares follow Europe, Asia higher. NEW YORK, Aug 13- Shares revived and bond yields rose in major markets on Thursday after China's central bank reassured investors there was no reason for its currency to keep falling. Despite the calming markets, the yuan weakened for a third day and some forecast further declines in the face of a weak economy, even as People's...