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Pentagon Denies Giving Military Equipment to Ferguson Police

A Pentagon spokesman says most of the military-style equipment used by local law enforcement in Ferguson over the last 13 days didn't come from the Department of Defense.

Missouri Grand Jury: How Does It Work?

A grand jury is determining whether officer Darren Wilson should be charged for shooting Michael Brown to death in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9. Here's a look at how Missouri grand juries work.

Investors Betting on ECB Stimulus Measures

Investors seemed to be putting their money on the likelihood of more stimulus measures from the European Central Bank to keep the eurozone's shaky recovery from stalling.

Ebola Virus Not Found in California Patient

The nation's top public health experts have ruled out an Ebola viral infection in a patient quarantined this week in Sacramento.

Yellen Warns on Rate Hike, Slow Labor Recovery

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday warned that rate hikes could come sooner than expected if the the U.S. economy continues to recover, and said improvement in labor market is overstated.

The Hip New Career? Farming

Across New England, young people are choosing crops over cubicles, new farms are popping up and the local food movement is spreading.

Swiss Suicide Tourism Doubled Since 2009

Visits to Switzerland to take advantage of laws permitting assisted suicide are on the upswing, a report said Thursday.

Chinese Stock Funds Are a Late-summer Bloomer

Chinese stock mutual funds have returned an average of 12.5 percent over the last three months, making them the second-best fund category of the 105 that Morningstar tracks.

Wealth Gap Widened in Past Decade: Census

A stock market rebound and rising home values helped the richest Americans regain their wealth after the Great Recession, but the poorest Americans are now far worse off.

Hamas Admits It Kidnapped and Killed Israeli Teens

A senior Hamas leader said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June -- an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.

Labor Day Travel Will Be Up This Year

AAA and a trade group for the nation's big airlines both predict that travel over the Labor Day weekend will rise significantly over the same holiday last year.

Stocks Moving Higher Again for 4th Day

U.S. stocks were mostly higher in midday trading Thursday, helped by a report that showed the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains at a multi-year low.

Philly Fed Survey Shows Uptick in August

Indicators from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's August Business Outlook Survey suggest that the region's manufacturing sector is continuing to grow.

Bank of America Agrees to Pay Record $16.65 Billion

Bank of America will pay $16.65 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government and various states over soured mortgage bonds, under a landmark pact announced Thursday

Weekly U.S. Jobless Claims Fall by 14,000

Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving, although increased hiring has yet to boost wages by much.

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