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Stocks gain as European central bank says it's ready to act
U.S. stocks were slightly higher Thursday, helped by comments from European Central Bank policymakers, who said they were willing to provide more stimulus to the region's economy, if needed.
Euro zone bond yields sag on ECB inflation outlook, QE tweak  Reuters
Central banks falling short of 2 pct. inflation target  Washington Post
Bloomberg  
'Certainty' that Reunion debris from MH370, French official says
(CNN) Now even French investigators are convinced: The airplane debris found on Reunion Island in July belonged to vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a top French prosecutor said Thursday.
Malaysian Airlines' MH370: France confirms wing part found on Reunion is ...  Financial Express
French investigators confirm wing part is from MH370  TVNZ
Weekly Jobless Claims Rise; Trade Deficit Narrows
WASHINGTON - The trade deficit in the United States fell in July to its lowest level in five months as exports rose broadly, signaling underlying strength in the economy despite concerns about a global growth slowdown.
US trade deficit down 7.4 pct. in July  Fox News Latino
UPDATE 2-Healthy export growth helps cut Canada's trade deficit in July  Reuters
Labor Day Drivers to Enjoy Lowest Gasoline Prices Since 2004
It has been more than a decade since U.S. drivers paid so little to fuel up for that last road trip of summer. The national average price of gasoline this Labor Day weekend will be its lowest at this time of year since 2004, a result of low oil prices ...
Most Oregon, Washington road work suspended for Labor Day weekend  OregonLive.com
Here's How Much Drivers Will Save in Gas Money This Labor Day Weekend  TIME
Verizon's AOL to Buy Millennial Media for About $250 Million
Verizon Communications Inc.'s AOL Inc. agreed to buy ad technology company Millennial Media Inc. for about $250 million, giving it another tool as it mounts a challenge to Google Inc. in mobile advertising.
AOL has acquired mobile ad tech company Millennial Media  Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
Verizon's AOL buying Millennial Media for $250M  Salt Lake Tribune
Markit Services PMI Revised Higher
U.S. service sector activity continued to expand in August and at a faster pace than initially reported, according to a report Thursday.
US and euro zone business improves, Asia a concern  Reuters
UK services sector shows disappointing growth  Financial Times
Three charged in Ponzi scheme linked to green energy ventures
Troy Wragg, a Temple University graduate, at the time of the SEC shutdown in 2009 was driving a Mercedes SLK350 with a "MANTRIA" vanity license plate.
Colorado man among three indicted in $54 million Ponzi scheme  The Denver Post
Trio charged with running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme  STLtoday.com
Landmark Flintstone House drops onto the Bay Area for-sale market like a boulder
The Hillsborough, Calif., home known as the Flintstone House for its boulder-like appearance has come on the market at $4.2 million.
Flintstones House on sale for $4.2 million  MarketWatch
California 'Flintstone House' is on the market for $4.2 million  USA TODAY
UPDATE 2-B&G to buy General Mills' Green Giant frozen foods business
... * B&G to also buy General Mills' Le Sueur canned vegetables unit. * Deal valued at about $765 mln. * B&G shares rise as much as 14 pct (Adds details, analyst and B&G CEO comments, shares).
General Mills selling Green Giant brand to B&G Foods for $765 million  USA TODAY
B&G Foods Agrees to Buy Green Giant and Le Sueur Brands  New York Times
Unemployment Claims Rise To Eight-Week High
Jobless claims reached an eight-week high after 12,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total to 282,000 - a number higher than initially predicted by Bloomberg last week.
US Jobless Claims Rise by 12000  Wall Street Journal
Jobless claims rise, but labor market strengthening, say experts  Christian Science Monitor