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  • MUSKEGON, Mich.— A man who ran a popular restaurant in western Michigan while telling the government he couldn't work because of a bad back has pleaded guilty to disability fraud. Social Security investigators became suspicious after Fierro was featured in a Muskegon Chronicle story in 2008 about his restaurant, Pablo's Tacos. The 66- year-old Fierro fled to...

  • DETROIT— The U.S. government has fined Triumph Motorcycles up to $2.9 million for violating safety reporting requirements. Under an order issued to United Kingdom- based Triumph, the company must pay a $1.4 million cash penalty and spend at least $500,000 to improve safety practices. An investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

  • NEW YORK— Wal-Mart says it is asking some stores to schedule workers for fewer hours, although it says the directive is only being given to stores that are assigning more hours than they were expected to. Wal-Mart said Monday it spoke to store managers about controlling costs earlier this month at a holiday-season planning meeting. "Managing hours is a routine...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 31- M&T Bank Corp agreed to upgrade its mortgage lending policies to settle a lawsuit by a nonprofit group that accused the large mid-Atlantic lender of discriminatory mortgage lending practices in New York City. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan. M&T was accused of encouraging non-white testers to buy homes in lower-income or "...

  • *OPEC says worried about prices, ready to talk to producers. NEW YORK, Aug 31- Oil futures soared on Monday for a third consecutive day, rising more than 8 percent, as a downward revision of U.S. crude production data and OPEC's readiness to talk with other producers helped extend the biggest three-day price surge in 25 years. U.S. crude gained $3.98, or 8.8 percent, to...

  • BRASILIA, Aug 31- The Brazilian government on Monday for the first time ever sent Congress a budget bill that forecasts a primary deficit and urged lawmakers to help fix a fiscal crisis that threatens the country's investment-grade rating. The deficit projection underscored Rousseff's need to find new sources of revenue as tax collection plummets and she...

  • *S&P 500 posts biggest monthly percentage drop since May 2012. The S&P 500 registered its biggest monthly percentage drop since May 2012 after being pummeled in the past two weeks on concerns about slowing growth in China. "If they move in September, it's going to cast a lot of doubt about where they will stop," said Stephen Massocca, chief investment officer at...

  • TORONTO, Aug 31- Hundreds of thousands of people signed up for infidelity website Ashley Madison in the last week, parent company Avid Life Media said on Monday, even after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients. "Recent media reports predicting the imminent demise of Ashley Madison are greatly exaggerated," the company said in a statement.

  • SANTIAGO, Aug 31- A Chilean union that represents copper mine workers rejected a move by Freeport-McMoRan Inc to drastically cut staff at its El Abra mine and said on Monday it was considering action. Last week, Arizona- based Freeport, which owns a 51 percent stake in the mine in northern Chile, became one of the first big global miners to announce it was slashing...

  • Aug 31- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's new GMO-free menu claims have lured diners and boosted the burrito chain's stock price, but it has some consumers crying foul. A California woman has accused the popular chain in a lawsuit of false advertising after it trumpeted on April 27 that it was the first national restaurant company to use only ingredients that are...

  • HAZARD, Ky.— In the 1970 s, as the oil crisis spurred an increase in mining, Victor Justice taught people in eastern Kentucky how to mine coal. Kentucky will own the network, which will begin in eastern Kentucky but eventually reach into all of the state's 120 counties. But the Australian-based investment firm Macquarie Group and its partners will build the network...

  • WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • NEW YORK— Samsung is juicing up its smartwatch with a circular face and more battery life than the Apple Watch, but it's unknown how many apps will be available for it. According to IDC, Apple was the No. 2 maker of wearable devices in the April-June quarter, with a 20 percent worldwide market share, behind the Fitbit and its fitness trackers at 24 percent.

  • TOKYO, Sept 1- Japan has moved to revive nuclear power with the restart of the first reactor following a two-year blackout in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.. The following table lays out the outlook for the restart of Japan's remaining 42 nuclear reactors, based on the latest Reuters analysis.

  • TOKYO, Sept 1- The number of Japanese nuclear reactors likely to restart in the next few years has halved, hit by legal challenges and worries about meeting tougher safety standards imposed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a Reuters analysis shows. The findings are based on reactor inspection data from industry watchdog the Nuclear Regulation Authority,...

  • Stocks fell moderately on Monday, as a spike in crude oil prices helped offset steeper declines. The Standard& Poor's 500 index ended August down 6.3 percent, its worst showing since May 2012. The Dow fell 114.98 points, or 0.7 percent, to 16,528.03.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 31- U.S. American Eagle gold coin sales fell to 101,500 ounces, but that was still four times the sales in August 2014. American Eagle silver coin sales in August fell 10.7 percent from July to 4.93 million ounces, but this was more than double the 2.1 million sold in August 2014, Mint data showed.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A lengthy investigation into whether Google has been abusing its dominance of Internet search to stifle competition in India is moving into its next phase. The allegations are similar to other accusations of illegal self-promotion in the U.S., Europe and other parts of the world. The Mountain View, California, company is already facing...

  • NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Chevron Corp., up 56 cents to $80.99. ArcelorMittal SA, down 17 cents to $7.88.

  • Aug 31- Wall Street ended lower on Monday and wrapped up its worst month since 2012 after a senior Federal Reserve official heightened fears among investors of a potential U.S. interest hike in September. Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer on Saturday said U.S. inflation would likely rebound as pressure from the dollar fades, allowing the Fed to raise interest...