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WASHINGTON The Federal Reserve is keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy, persistently low inflation and unstable financial markets. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 950 words, photos.
FEDERAL RESERVE-NEWS GUIDE Why the Federal Reserve kept rates low Thursday and why it matters. SENT: 850 words.
FED FORECASTS Fed expects slower growth, lower inflation next year and 2017 as it postpones rate hike. SENT: 250 words.
FEDERAL RESERVE-COMPARING STATEMENTS A look at the Federal Reserve's changing view on interest rates, inflation and global economy. SENT: 150 words.
FEDERAL RESERVE-STATEMENT TEXT The full text of the Federal Reserve's statement. SENT: 600 words.
FEDERAL RESERVE-THE LATEST The latest developments, as they break, on the Fed's highly anticipated policy meeting and news conference by Chair Janet Yellen. SENT: 1,200 words.
FEDERAL RESERVE-5 THINGS
WASHINGTON Beyond the blockbuster decision on whether the Fed will raise interest rates, other significant nuggets in the stream of information could emerge. Here are five things to watch for. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video, interactive.
Link to an animated video explaining the federal funds rate: https://youtu.be/xas89KxsYyk
Link to interactive "The Fed, interest rates and the economy": http://interactives.ap.org/2015/federal-reserve/
NEW YORK Stocks end mostly lower after a volatile day as traders tried to figure out what is next for U.S. interest rates. By Ken Sweet. SENT: 600 words, photos.
GENERAL MOTORS CRIMINAL PROBE
NEW YORK Trying to move past the biggest safety scandal in its history, General Motors agrees to pay $900 million to resolve criminal charges for concealing an ignition-switch defect linked to at least 169 deaths. GM also announced that it will spend $575 million to settle the bulk of the civil lawsuits filed over the scandal. By Tom Hays and Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. Incorporates GENERAL MOTORS-LAWSUIT SETTLEMENTS.
GENERAL MOTORS-CRIMINAL PROBE-TIMELINE A look at key developments in General Motors' ignition switch recall case. SENT: 570 words.
SAN FRANCISCO Amazon is dangling a $50 tablet computer in its latest attempt to lure consumers who can't afford or don't want the more expensive Internet-connected devices made by Apple and other rivals. By Michael Liedtke. SENT: 760 words, photos.
NEW YORK Companies that want to be a hit with U.S. consumers are focusing on Hispanics, the country's fastest growing population segment. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SMALLBIZ-MARKETING TO HISPANICS-TIPS Recommendations to help make your Hispanic marketing plan a success. SENT: 400 words.
SEAFOOD FROM SLAVES-2000 HOME
AMBON, Indonesia More than 2,000 fishermen have been rescued this year from brutal conditions at sea, their freedom prompted by an Associated Press investigation into seafood brought to the U.S. from a slave island in eastern Indonesia. By Esther Htusan and Margie Mason. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, video.
SEAFOOD FROM SLAVES-HOW TO HELP How to help fishermen rescued from slavery at sea in SE Asia. SENT: 300 words.
FACES OF SLAVERY-MYO AUNG The story of slave fisherman Myo Aung, in his own words, translated from Burmese. SENT: 280 words, photo.
MARKETS & ECONOMY:
WASHINGTON Builders break ground on fewer houses and apartment complexes in August, a possible sign that the housing market may be levelling off after accelerating for much of the year. By Josh Boak. SENT: 530 words, photo.
WASHINGTON The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits falls last week to the lowest level in two months, suggesting employers remain confident enough in the economy to hold onto their workers. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 340 words, photo.
WASHINGTON Cheaper oil imports and greater U.S. exports lowers the deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade in the April-June quarter. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 330 words, photo.
WASHINGTON For the second straight week, average long-term U.S. mortgage rates inch up this week as financial markets await the Federal Reserve's crucial decision on interest rates. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 350 words, photo, glance.
CHINA-CORRUPTION China's main anti-corruption agency is investigating the deputy head of the country's securities market regulator following the collapse of a stock price boom. SENT: 320 words.
AMERICAN AIRLINES-COMPUTER PROBLEMS
DALLAS American Airlines says it has fixed a technology problem that was grounding flights to and from Dallas, Chicago and Miami. By David Koenig. SENT: 200 words.
FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW-FIVE CARS
FRANKFURT, Germany As the Frankfurt auto show prepares to open to the general public, here's a look at five models from electric sports cars to affordable hatchbacks that have created a buzz. By Colleen Barry. SENT: 920 words, photos.
DIABETES BREAKTHROUGH Jardiance sharply reduced chances of dying in diabetic patients at high risk of heart complications, a huge study shows, making the medication the first shown to lengthen diabetics' lives. By Linda A. Johnson. SENT: 650 words, photo
WAL-MART-HOLIDAY HIRING Wal-Mart says it will hire 60,000 employees to meet increased shopping demand over the holiday season. SENT: 250 words.
MYLAN-PERRIGO-HOSTILE BID Perrigo urges shareholders to reject Mylan's $27 billion hostile takeover offer, saying it undervalues the company. SENT: 230 words.
SAP-CEO ACCIDENT Bill McDermott, CEO of business software company SAP SE, says he's recovering after a serious accident that cost him his left eye. SENT: 140 words.
DORITOS Doritos unveiled bags of rainbow-colored corn chips in support of the It Gets Better Project, an organization started to encourage gay and lesbian teenagers who've been bullied. SENT: 130 words.
SAUDI-OIL Saudi Arabia's state-run oil giant Aramco has named Amin Nasser its new president. SENT: 130 words.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS-COMEDIAN Buffalo Wild Wings ending TV ads featuring comedian who said he lied about Sept. 11 attacks. SENT: 130 words.
TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:
LOS ANGELES European cable company Altice's deal to buy Cablevision is the latest development in consolidating the cable industry. Here's a look at why it's happening and what it means for the industry and consumers. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 500 words.
CABLEVISION-ALTICE Europe's Altice extends aggressive U.S. expansion with deal for Cablevision. SENT: 500 words, photos.
HEALTH APP GROWTH-STUDY
Smartphone users now have more than 165,000 apps available to help them stay healthy or monitor a medical condition, but just three dozen account for nearly half of all downloads, according to a new report. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 440 words.
APPLE-SAMSUNG Appeals court blocks US sales of old Samsung phones that copied features from Apple's iPhone. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 6 p.m.
FACEBOOK-VIDEO ADS Facebook is now selling video ads that the target audience is sure to see. SENT: 120 words.
CHINA-LYFT-DIDI KUAIDI Ride-hailing services Didi Kuaidi of China and Lyft of the United States agree to link their apps in a move that steps up competitive pressure on rival Uber. SENT: 180 words.
FRANCE-RIDE SHARING French startup Blablacar, which hooks up travelers who want to share a car for long-distance trips, says it has raised $200 million in investment as it seeks to ramp up global expansion. SENT: 210 words, photos.
NASA-PRIVATE SPACE A new government report says one of NASA's two commercial suppliers faces an uphill struggle in resuming deliveries to the International Space Station. SENT: 550 words.
SWEDEN-TELIASONERA-CENTRAL ASIA In a major strategic move, TeliaSonera AB says it has started to wind down operations in Central Asia and will focus on core businesses in Europe and Sweden. SENT: 150 words.
JAPAN-VIDEO GAME SHOW Japan's annual video game show opens with a record number of exhibitors, a positive sign for an industry that's faced tough competition from games on social media and mobile devices. SENT: 390 words.
WASHINGTON The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate plan to huddle with President Barack Obama to discuss strategy as Congress prepares for some momentous decisions on how best to keep the federal government operating. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 660 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Will be updated, timing uncertain.
CONGRESS-CRUDE OIL EXPORTS A key House committee endorses a bill to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, setting up a possible vote by the full House on a bill President Barack Obama opposes. SENT: 5300 words.
UNITED STATES-CUBA U.S., Cuba to resume mail service this year; agreement on commercial flights, other steps near. SENT: 800 words.
ON THE MONEY-PLENTI
NEW YORK Filling up on gas at an Exxon station can now earn you a discount on a T-shirt at Macy's: That's the idea behind Plenti, a loyalty program launched earlier this year that lets users save money for purchases made at several different places. I tried Plenti for a few months, and although it takes a few minutes to set up, I found it to be an easy way to save a few bucks. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 680 words, photo.
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The Federal Reserve issues its long-awaited interest rate decision. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.
Cablevision jumps on deal
Cablevision shares soar on the announcement that the European telecommunications and cable company Altice is buying the U.S. cable operator for $17.7 billion. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.