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Most Asia stocks inch higher ahead of Yellen talk
HONG KONG (AP) - Most Asian stock markets inched higher Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength.
Asian shares hitch a ride on Wall Street's record  Economic Times
Asia stocks open higher after Wall St record close; investors await Fed ...  U.S. News & World Report
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Bank of America reaches record $17bn settlement over questionable mortgages
Bank of America Bank of America's settlement follows a series of similar deals by other banks with the Justice Departments. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images.
Bank of America pays record $17bn to settle US 'toxic mortgage' claims
BofA Credited in US Deal for Other Firms' Consumer Aid  Businessweek
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Equity bulls face slowing share buybacks
One of the biggest drivers of the US equity bull run has retreated as the S&P 500 ventures further into record territory. Ultra low interest rates and a paucity of investment choices in recent years has unleashed a tidal wave of share buybacks by S&P 500 ...
Stocks move higher; S&P 500 at record high  The Denver Post
US stocks higher, S&P 500 hits record
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Ecologists team up to buy Calhoun County bayside ranch (w/video)
HOUSTON (AP) - A sprawling private ranch in Calhoun County will be converted into a state park, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation announced Thursday.
Powderhorn Ranch now officially in state's hands  Houston Chronicle
Ecologists team up to buy Texas bayside ranch
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Arvind to Bring Gap Stores to India
In a statement to Indian stock exchanges, the textile manufacturer said Gap will work with the Arvind unit, Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd.
Gap and Arvind team up to open stores in India  FashionUnited India
Arvind Ltd ties up with GAP for new stores; stock hits 52-week high  Economic Times
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Lower jobless rates reported in 108 Ky. counties
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- State officials say last month's jobless rates in 108 Kentucky counties were lower than in July 2013. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says unemployment rates rose in 10 counties and stayed the same in two.
Jobless rate jumps above 10 percent in Dalton, rural areas  Chattanooga Times Free Press
July jobless rate down from 2013  Richmond Register
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Online report of possible PayPal spinoff boosts eBay stock
Shares of eBay rose as much as 6.8 percent after a tech news website reported that the company could spin off PayPal next year. The world's biggest online marketplace has been telling potential candidates for the top position at PayPal that it's considering ...
eBay Stock Soars on Rumors of Possible PayPal Spinoff - Stocks in the News  NASDAQ
Biz Break: eBay now considering PayPal spinoff, report suggests, boosting stock  San Jose Mercury News
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Jobless claims fall as US labour market improves
People wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. Photo: AP. Shobhana Chandra Washington. FEWER Americans than forecast applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the US job market is making progress as the ...
Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 298K  Salon
How states fared on unemployment benefit claims  Charlotte Observer
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Lower gas prices possible for Labor Day
More Indiana motorists will be doing holiday traveling over the upcoming Labor Day weekend and, with the price of crude below $100, gas prices are expected to remain stable or possibly come down a little by then.
Labor Day Travel Forecast  Bartlesville Radio
More US travelers to venture over Labor Day, gas tab will keep Coloradans home  The Denver Post
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UPDATE 1-Salesforce lifts forecast on strong demand for cloud software
(Adds forecast, analyst comment, shares, details). By Soham Chatterjee. Aug 21 (Reuters) - Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by an increase in demand for its web-based sales and marketing software, and raised its ... Q2 Earnings Tout 'The Quarter Of 30% Growth' But Wall ...  Forbes adjusted profit tops forecast  MarketWatch
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