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MARKETS-VOLATILITY STRIKES BACK — The big drops that stocks have suffered recently feel even more scary because they're such a departure from the placid returns of late 2011 through last summer. Get used to it. By Stan Choe. SENT: 650 words, photos.


FINANCIAL MARKETS — Never before has Wall Street gotten off to a worse start to a year. The stock market caps the first two weeks of 2016 with a steep slide that sends the Dow Jones industrial average down nearly 400 points. By Alex Veiga. SENT: 730 words, photos.

WAL-MART-STORE CLOSURES — Wal-Mart is doing some rare pruning. The world's largest retailer is closing 269 stores, including 154 in the U.S. that includes all of its locations under its smallest-format concept store called Wal-Mart Express. The other big chunk is in its challenging Brazilian market. By Anne D'Innocenzio. SENT: 720 words, photo.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING-SALES — Holiday shoppers flocked online during the critical holiday shopping season, but overall sales in November and December were disappointing. By Anne D'Innocenzio. SENT: 510 words.

CHINA-HAIER-GE APPLIANCES — Haier Group, the world's biggest home appliance maker, is buying General Electric Co.'s appliance business for $5.4 billion to expand its U.S. and global presence. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 610 words, photos.


PUERTO RICO-US-ECONOMIC CRISIS — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urges Congress to pass legislation by March to help ease Puerto Rico's economic crisis before it's too late. By Danica Coto. SENT: 570 words, photo.

FED-2010 TRANSCRIPTS — Newly released transcripts show that in the fall of 2010, officials of the Federal Reserve were worried not just about a sluggish economy but also about in-fighting at the Fed and possible leaks of sensitive information. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 500 words, photo.

RETAIL SALES — Americans tapered off from shopping toward the end of the holiday season, while lower gasoline prices cut into overall retail sales in December. By Josh Boak. SENT: 500 words.

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION — U.S. industrial production drops for the third straight month in December as utilities reduced output amid unusually warm weather and energy companies cut back in the face of falling oil prices. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 330 words.

PRODUCER PRICES — U.S. producer prices fall slightly in December, reflecting a big drop in energy prices. The decline capped a year in which prices at the wholesale level fell, underscoring the continued absence of inflationary pressures. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 460 words.

BUSINESS INVENTORIES — U.S. businesses reduce their stockpiles in November, as sales also slipped. By Josh Boak. SENT: 250 words, photo.


EARNS-CITIGROUP — Citigroup's profits jump sharply in the fourth quarter, helped lower legal and regulatory costs that hammered the bank in the fourth quarter of 2014. By Ken Sweet. SENT: 400 words, photo.

EARNS-WELLS FARGO — Retail banking giant Wells Fargo & Co. says its earnings were flat in the fourth quarter, as loan growth and expense reductions were not enough to offset struggling oil and gas loans. By Ken Sweet. SENT: 350 words, photo.


AIRLINES-DELAYS — U.S. airlines are doing better at staying on schedule than a year ago, but more passengers are filing complaints against the carriers. SENT: 160 words.


LAS VEGAS-PAY TO PARK — In a city built on luring tourists with cheap thrills and free cocktails, a big part of the Las Vegas Strip will soon slash away its most basic freebie: parking. By Sally Ho. SENT: 800 words.

CHIPOTLE-STORE CLOSURES — Chipotle says its stores will open several hours later than normal for one day next month so it can hold a meeting following a series of food scares. SENT: 130 words.

MENTHOL CIGARETTES-FDA — A federal appeals court rules that tobacco companies had no basis to challenge a Food and Drug Administration report on menthol cigarettes, which the industry alleged was written by experts with conflicts of interest. By Matthew Perrone. SENT: 330 words.

FRANCE-CLINICAL TRIAL — One man is brain dead and three others are facing possible permanent brain damage after volunteering to take part in a botched drug test in western France, the French Health Ministry says. By Thomas Adamson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

OBAMA-COAL — The Obama administration is imposing a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands, arguing that the program has remained largely unchanged for more than 30 years and requires a comprehensive review. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 800 words, photos.

With: OBAMA COAL-MINES — Federal officials say at least 30 applications from companies seeking to mine hundreds of millions of tons of coal face suspension as the government reviews sales of the fuel from public lands. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.

MERCK-VIOXX SETTLEMENT — The drugmaker Merck is paying $830 million to resolve a federal class-action lawsuit involving shareholders and the painkiller Vioxx, which was pulled from the market years ago over safety concerns. SENT: 280 words.

TAJ MAHAL CASINO-ICAHN — An appeals court rules that Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal casino was within its rights to end health insurance and pension benefits to its workers, removing the last major obstacle to billionaire Carl Icahn taking over. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 400 words, photos.

UNITED AIRLINES-CEO — United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz says he is going home from the hospital nine days after a heart transplant. SENT: 130 words.

SUPREME COURT-OVERTIME PAY — The Supreme Court will decide whether people who work as service advisers at auto dealerships are entitled to overtime pay under federal labor laws. SENT: 130 words.


AUTOS-SAFETY AGREEMENT — After two tumultuous years of recalls, fines and friction, the government and the auto industry struck a peace treaty of sorts by agreeing to cooperate on safety issues in the future. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 450 words, photos.

EUROPE-CAR SALES — Volkswagen lagged while other major automakers cashed in on record European car sales in December as the German company struggled with the fallout from its emissions-cheating scandal. SENT: 340 words, photos.

FIAT CHRYSLER-VISOR RECALL — Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 389,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in the U.S. for a second time because an electrical short in the sun visors can cause fires. SENT: 180 words.


BASEBALL TV LAWSUIT — Major League Baseball fans are already the winners in a lawsuit scheduled for trial next week after baseball agrees to let consumers buy single-team television packages for the first time. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 500 words.


CENTERPIECE — The federal budget deficit as a percentage of the economy has shrunk steadily over the past six years, but last year's budget agreement that cut taxes and increased spending will send it back up starting in 2017. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.

COMPANY SPOTLIGHT — Wynn Resorts was among the few winners during Friday's big stock market slump. The casino operator said it expects fourth-quarter operating income at Wynn Las Vegas to improve compared with last year. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.


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