Among the stories Thursday from The Associated Press:

Among the stories Thursday from The Associated Press:


INCOME INEQUALITY The income gap afflicting major U.S. cities goes beyond the problem of rising paychecks for those at the top: Pay has plummeted for those at the bottom. By Josh Boak. SENT: 700 words.

OF MUTUAL INTEREST-NO SHELTER FROM MARKET STORM A dismal start to the year has sent stocks into a correction, and even the usual place for investors to go for safety, bonds, might not be able to provide as much cover as usual. By Stan Choe. UPCOMING: 750 words by 12 p.m.


FINANCIAL MARKETS U.S. stocks are mixed in the early going as the market stabilizes following its worst drop since September. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

SELF-DRIVING CARS-Q&A While self-driving cars already are being tested on public roads, newly released safety data support the cautionary view that the technology has many miles to go before people can sleep at the wheel. By Justin Pritchard. SENT: 700 words, photos.


DAVOS FORUM-GLOBAL RISKS The global economy faces a worrying array of risks, from natural disasters related to climate change to the rise of the Islamic State group and hacking, according to experts polled by the World Economic Forum, which organizes the gathering of political and business leaders in the Swiss resort of Davos. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 600 words, photo.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the level remains near historic lows that point to a healthy job market. By Josh Boak. SENT: 300 words.

MORTGAGE RATES Freddie Mac reports on this week's average U.S. mortgage rates. By Marcy Gordon. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 10 a.m. 300 words by 10:45 a.m.


EARNS-JPMORGAN CHASE JPMorgan Chase & Co. says its fourth-quarter profits rose 9 percent from a year earlier, helped by strong performance in its consumer banking division. By Ken Sweet. SENT: 360 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


SOUTHERN COMFORT-SALE Southern Comfort's parent company says it is selling the iconic brand to a rival in a $543.5 million deal. By Bruce Schreiner. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

CHOCOLATE MILK-STUDY The University of Maryland is launching an institutional review of a study by one of its researchers that touted the benefits of a small company's chocolate milk in improving athletes' cognitive functions. The study raised concerns about credibility because it was done on behalf of Fifth Quarter Fresh and the full results were not disclosed. By Candice Choi. UPCOMING: About 600 words By 1 p.m.

FRANCE-RENAULT Shares in Renault dive after anti-fraud units conduct searches at the carmakers' facilities prompted by the Volkswagen emissions scandal. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 280 words, photos.


TRINIDAD-ECONOMIC WOES Two decades of prosperity fueled by oil and natural gas has come to a halt in Trinidad and Tobago as the country is forced by a new government to scale back generous social spending. By David McFadden. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

EUROPE-ECONOMY Policymakers at the European Central Bank disagreed at their last meeting over how big a threat turmoil in China and other emerging markets posed to Europe's modest economic recovery. By David McHugh. SENT: 630 words, photo.

GERMANY-ECONOMY The German economy, Europe's biggest, grows by 1.7 percent in 2015, a slight improvement from the previous year that was fueled mainly by domestic demand. By Geir Moulson. SENT: 320 words.

SKOREA-ECONOMY South Korea's central bank trims its growth forecast for the country's economy, citing instability in Chinese markets. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 260 words, photos.