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  • HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE, Sept 20- Slowing innovation at iPhone maker Apple gives Asian rivals their best chance yet to conquer developed markets, retailers and consumers say- thanks to better designs and lower prices. Apple last week unveiled new iPhones with wireless charging, an edge-to-edge screen and dual cameras- all features already widely available in...

  • BEIJING— China has announced a crackdown on violations of patents and trade secrets in an effort to mollify foreign companies ahead of a visit to Beijing by U.S. The crackdown might give Beijing diplomatic ammunition to respond to mounting U.S. and European trade complaints. Companies complained for years that China was a center of unlicensed copying of goods...

  • *Wall Street seen flat after slight fall in European shares. LONDON, Sept 20- World stocks eked out a record high on Wednesday and the dollar dipped against major rivals with the focus on a U.S. Wall Street was set to open flat, index futures indicated, as European shares edged lower.

  • Fed Chair Janet Yellen will hold a press conference half an hour later. *The Fed is likely to say that it will start unwinding its holdings of about $4.2 trillion in bonds and mortgage-backed securities from October. *Traders now bet the odds of a December move at 56.4 percent, compared with 46.8 percent a week ago, according to the CME Group's FedWatch tool.

  • LONDON, Sept 20- Aluminum soared to its highest in five years on Wednesday on reports that China's mammoth producer Chinalco was cutting output two months early and would soon pare back stocks of available metal. "China is making an effort to make efforts to cut back ahead of the winter months," Natixis analyst Bernard Dahdah. CHINA OUTPUT: China's aluminum...

  • Beta Securities trader Takis Zamanis said that one of the reasons behind the share price drop was "media reports related to employees of the bank." A source familiar with the matter said that Greece's central bank had sent a Supreme Court prosecutor details of the findings into Piraeus Bank that found some of its bankers were involved in regulatory violations.

  • *Yen unmoved by Trump's fiery North Korea rhetoric at the U.N. LONDON, Sept 20- The dollar edged closer to 2-1/ 2- year lows hit earlier this month on Wednesday, as investors waited to see whether ratesetters in the United States would signal tighter policy or hold off because of tepid inflation data. "Fed members have become less hawkish of late, and that has started to...

  • OSLO, Sept 20- Norway's ruling Conservative Party is willing to abstain from oil and gas exploration in a key Arctic region for another four years, in return for continued parliamentary support for its minority government, tabloid VG reported online on Wednesday. Since 2013, the government of the Conservatives and the populist Progress Party has relied on the...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— General Mills Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $404.7 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 77 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $3.79 billion.

  • SANTA CLARA, Calif.— A chief gripe with Apple Watch is that it requires you to keep an iPhone with you for most tasks. The new Apple Watch Series 3, distinguished by a red crown, comes out Friday starting at about $400. You can forgo cellular, and the red crown, for $70 less.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- Linda Rogers' father set her up for retirement when she was just a teenager. Her summer pay from waitressing was hers to keep, as long as she deposited the first $500 into a Roth IRA at the local credit union. "I knew that the first $500 went in there, and I could have the rest."

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- Linda Rogers' father set her up for retirement when she was just a teenager. Her summer pay from waitressing was hers to keep, as long as she deposited the first $500 into a Roth IRA at the local credit union. "I knew that the first $500 went in there, and I could have the rest."

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- Linda Rogers' father set her up for retirement when she was just a teenager. Her summer pay from waitressing was hers to keep, as long as she deposited the first $500 into a Roth IRA at the local credit union. "I knew that the first $500 went in there, and I could have the rest."

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- Linda Rogers' father set her up for retirement when she was just a teenager. Her summer pay from waitressing was hers to keep, as long as she deposited the first $500 into a Roth IRA at the local credit union. "I knew that the first $500 went in there, and I could have the rest."

  • CHICAGO, Sept 20- Parents who are counting on savings in 529 plans to pay for college this year or next could be in for an unpleasant surprise. Right when they need the money most to cover costs for tuition and dormitory rooms, they could find their 529 stash has dwindled. Most 529 money for students about to go to college is placed in bonds by fund managers.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- Linda Rogers' father set her up for retirement when she was just a teenager. Her summer pay from waitressing was hers to keep, as long as she deposited the first $500 into a Roth IRA at the local credit union. "I knew that the first $500 went in there, and I could have the rest."

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- Linda Rogers' father set her up for retirement when she was just a teenager. Her summer pay from waitressing was hers to keep, as long as she deposited the first $500 into a Roth IRA at the local credit union. "I knew that the first $500 went in there, and I could have the rest."

  • Sept 20- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Wednesday it would not hire temporary workers this holiday season and would instead offer the extra hours to its current employees. Chief Operating Officer Judith McKenna said in a statement. The Bentonville, Arkansas- based retailer also plans to revive its "Holiday Helper" program by increasing the number of "helpers" in...

  • MOSCOW, Sept 20- Russia's B&N Bank, the country's 12th biggest lender by assets, has sought a bailout from the central bank, just three weeks after another leading Russian bank had to be rescued. B&N Bank, which is controlled by Russian oligarch Mikhail Gutseriev and is not on the central bank's list of systemically important lenders, said it had under-estimated...

  • *Expect annual synergies of 400- 600 million euros. ESSEN, Germany, Sept 20- Germany's Thyssenkrupp and India's Tata Steel agreed on Wednesday to merge their European steel operations in a preliminary deal that would create the continent's No.2 steelmaker after ArcelorMittal. The companies say they need to consolidate to address overcapacity in the European...