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WASHINGTON Janet Yellen faces some extraordinary challenges if she becomes the next Federal Reserve chair: Deciding when to slow the Fed's bond purchases. Absorbing several new members onto the Fed's board. Calculating when to start selling the Fed's vast investment portfolio. Responding to any economic slowdown from the current budget impasse. First, though, Yellen has to get there: She needs to be confirmed by the Senate. By Paul Wiseman. UPCOMING: 400 words around 3 p.m. announcement; 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.



WASHINGTON The White House's choice to lead the Federal Reserve starting next year is known as a meticulous perfectionist, an unusually accurate prognosticator and a firm believer in the use of Fed policy to reduce unemployment. She is also well-liked for her personal style. A look at the private and public Yellen. By Marty Crutsinger. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 4 p.m.


OBAMA-FEDERAL RESERVE Capping a lengthy and politically charged search, President Barack Obama will nominate Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve's vice chair, to be chairman of the nation's powerful central bank, succeeding Ben Bernanke. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen would be the first woman to head any country's major central bank. She also would be the first Democrat chosen to lead the Fed since 1979. SENT: 980 words. UPCOMING: xxx words following announcement at 3 p.m.




WASHINGTON The Federal Reserve's decision last month to maintain the size of its economic stimulus was a shocker. Most expected a pullback in its bond purchases. And now? Thanks to the government's partial shutdown, many analysts don't think the Fed will reduce its stimulus before next year. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 1,080 words, photo.


NEW YORK There are Teflon pans that keep food from sticking and Teflon clothes that repel rain. There was even a Teflon President, the name given to Ronald Reagan for his ability to deflect criticism and charm the public. Why not a Teflon country? As the United States has stumbled from one financial crisis to the next in recent years, experts have warned that global investors could soon knock it off its perch as the world's most attractive place for money. But the U.S. hasn't lost its appeal yet. By Business Writer Bernard Condon. SENT: 950 words, photos.


NEW YORK Stock certificates issued by The Walt Disney Company emblazoned with images of Dumbo, Bambi, Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters are heading off to Never Never Land. U.S. corporations have been switching to electronic stocks for years and on Oct. 16, Disney will follow suit. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 170 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 3:30 p.m.



NEW YORK The nation's largest manager of money market mutual funds says it no longer holds any U.S. government debt that matures around the time the United States is expected to hit the so-called debt ceiling. Portfolio managers there have been selling off their U.S. government debt holdings over the last couple of weeks. While Fidelity says it expects the debt ceiling issue to be resolved, it says it is taking the steps to protect investors. By Ken Sweet. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2:30 p.m.


NEW YORK The government shutdown is already taking a toll on small federal contractors. Smaller businesses that do business with Uncle Sam are suffering more than their larger counterparts because their financial cushions aren't as deep. Some have had to lay off workers because they can't afford to pay them. Other companies have had to dip into credit lines because they're not getting paid for work they've done. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. UPCOMING: 750 words by 2:30 p.m., photos.


MILWAUKEE The federal government shutdown could leave America's craft brewers with a serious hangover. Stores will still offer plenty of suds. But the shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry, whose customers expect a constant supply of inventive and seasonal beers. By Carrie Antlfinger and Todd Richmond. SENT: 780 words, photos, video.


STARBUCKS-BUDGET BATTLE Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wants lawmakers to come together to resolve their political gridlock. So from Wednesday to Friday, the coffee chain is offering a free tall brewed coffee to any customer in the U.S. who buys another person a beverage at Starbucks. SENT: 300 words, photos.


WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is making plans to talk with Republican lawmakers at the White House in the coming days as pressure builds on both sides to resolve their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government shutdown. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.


WASHINGTON Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It's a struggle with no heroes. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.





WASHINGTON The Federal Reserve releases the minutes of its September policy meeting. Many economists predict that the Fed will maintain its bond purchases at their current level into next year. By Martin Crutsinger. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 2 p.m.; 550 words by 4 p.m.



WASHINGTON Any move by the U.S. Federal Reserve to taper its economic stimulus program would pose a large challenge to global financial stability, according to an International Monetary Fund report. By Marjorie Olster. SENT: 430 words.


NEW YORK Earnings are giving investors something else to focus on as a government shutdown enters its ninth day and a potential economy-shaking federal default edges closer. Stocks moved between small gains and losses throughout the morning, leaving major indexes mixed by midday. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

OIL PRICES The price of oil falls toward $103 a day after the International Monetary Fund lowered its forecast for global growth through the end of next year. SENT: 290 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3:30 p.m.

DETROIT BANKRUPTCY-GOVERNOR Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, waiving executive privilege, has testified behind closed doors about his role in taking Detroit into bankruptcy, a rare interview with lawyers for creditors. SENT: 120 words, photo. UPCOMING: xxx words by xx p.m.


GENERAL MOTORS-PICKUP RECALL General Motors is recalling nearly 22,000 full-size pickup trucks to fix problems with the seats. SENT: 100 words.

GERMANY-BMW German luxury automaker BMW says sales rose 6.7 percent in September thanks to stronger demand in the United States and Asia. SENT: 110 words.



MUMBAI, India Wal-Mart Stores says it's splitting from its Indian business partner and suspending plans for its own retail stores in India because strict government regulations on sourcing from local small businesses make it impossible. SENT: 690 words. By Kay Johnson and Elaine Kurtenbach.


HAMPSTEAD, MD. Men's Wearhouse says its board has rejected an unsolicited $2.3 billion bid by rival Jos. A. Bank to acquire the men's wear chain. It says the offer wasn't in the best interest of the company or its shareholders. SENT: 1,000 words. UPCOMING: Will be trimmed to 500-600 words by 3:30 p.m.


NEW YORK Quiet, please. Your dinner will now be served. That's the message being sent to customers at a New York City restaurant that prohibits any talking during an occasionally put-on $40 pre-fixe, four-course meal. By Jake Pearson. SENT: 340 words, photo. UPCOMING: Video planned.

CANDY HEIRESS-FATAL CRASH Authorities in northern Virginia say Jacqueline Badger Mars, an owner of candy company Mars Inc., was driving an SUV that was involved in a fatal crash. SENT: 130 words.



NEW YORK Twitter and Comcast have signed a TV partnership that will let viewers access television shows and buy movie tickets directly from a tweet. SENT 135 words. UPCOMING: 200 words by xx p.m.


NEW YORK When people used personal computers desktops and laptops to check email, view video and keep tabs on Facebook, they can have several windows open at once. I miss that capability on mobile devices, particularly on full-size tablets with a decent amount of display space. So I marveled at a pair of multitasking features that come with Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, which comes out in the U.S Thursday. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: About 1,240 words. UPCOMING: photos.


SKOREA-SAMSUNG-CURVED SMARTPHONE Samsung Electronics said it will release a smartphone with a curved display and a $1,000 price tag. The Korean company said the curved screen on its Galaxy Round smartphone is the first in the world. SENT: 230 words, photo.

JAPAN-MICHAEL JACKSON Michael Jackson's estate is suing a man and three companies in Japan, alleging they are using the name and likeness of the late pop star on key chains, mugs and other products without permission. SENT: 420 words, photos.

SFX ENTERTAINMENT-IPO Shares of SFX Entertainment Inc. are falling in their trading debut after the dance music promoter raised $260 million in its initial public offering. SENT: 113 words.



BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei The United States and China wrestle for influence in Southeast Asia as regional leaders opened an annual summit where the Chinese looked to take advantage of the absence of U.S. President Barack Obama to showcase their rising global clout. By Matthew Lee and Jim Gomez. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.



BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei Just a few years ago Myanmar was an isolated dictatorship that embarrassed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations with its dismal human rights record. Now it's poised to take over leadership of the 10-nation bloc for the first time a move critics say may be premature given conflicts at home that have left hundreds dead and hundreds of thousands more displaced. By Jim Gomez and Todd Pitman. SENT: 910 words, photos.


ASIA SUMMIT-US-KERRY U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Brunei for meetings with top officials from China and its smaller Southeast Asian neighbors, in which he will urge all countries to cool tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. SENT: 330 words, photos.


SANTIAGO, Chile Just how to define a glacier is at the heart of a Chilean congressional battle that could determine the future of mining in the world's largest copper-producing country. The revival of legislation to protect glaciers by banning mining in glacial areas is spawning debate among miners, farmers and environmentalists. By Luis Andres Henao. SENT: 1,190 words, photo.


BUSAN, South Korea How much would it cost to hire Asia's biggest movie stars to host the region's largest film event? Hong Kong star Aaron Kwok opened this year's Busan International Film Festival for a mere 500,000 won, or $465, according to Yang Heon Kyu, who oversees the festival's budget. SENT: 710 words, photos.


HYDERABAD, India Millions of people in southeastern India were facing widespread power blackouts for the sixth consecutive day after talks between the government and striking electricity workers failed. Workers have shut down power plants across Andhra Pradesh state to protest a decision to divide the state into two, creating the new state of Telangana. By Omer Farooq. SENT: 520 words.

GREECE FINANCIAL CRISIS A Parliamentary advisory body says Greece will need to write down its public debt to make it manageable and attract direly-needed foreign investment. SENT: 130 words, photos.

GERMANY-ECONOMY German industrial production rises in August in another sign that the country's economic recovery is gathering pace. SENT: 140 words.

EUROPE-AVIATION SAFETY The European Parliament votes for introducing a community-wide ceiling on flying hours for pilots and cabin crews. SENT: 120 words.

EUROPE-GREEK AIRLINES The European Commission has approved Aegean Airline's takeover of rival Olympic Air even though it will leave Greece with a single dominant airline because it thinks Olympic Air cannot survive on its own. SENT: 140 words.

JORDAN-ISRAEL Jordan is criticizing an Israeli plan to build a new international airport on the Red Sea, very near Jordan's airport in the Gulf of Aqaba. SENT: 130 words.

FINLAND-STORA ENSO Nordic paper maker Stora Enso Oyj says its earnings in the third quarter were above expectations thanks to an improvement in the renewable packaging sector, wood supply and investments. SENT: 140 words.

RUSSIA-BILLIONAIRES A report by a major investment bank says 35 percent of household wealth in Russia is owned by just 110 people, the highest level of inequality in the world barring small Caribbean nations. SENT: 260 words.

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WASHINGTON The Obama administration confirms that you'll have to get coverage by Valentine's Day or thereabouts to avoid penalties for being uninsured. That's about six weeks earlier than a Mar. 31 deadline often cited previously because health insurance coverage typically starts on the first day of a given month, and it takes up to 15 days to process applications. The explanation clears up a wrinkle in the law first pointed out by a large tax preparer. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 380 words.



Dividend aristocrats

Do something long enough and you'll get a reputation. That's why investors are anticipating that Hormel Foods and a group of other reliable dividend payers may soon announce increases to their payouts. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.


JC Penney adds Saks CEO to board

J.C. Penney is making some changes in its board room. The struggling retailer said Wednesday that Saks Chairman and CEO Stephen Sadove is joining its board of directors. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.