Here are AP Business News' latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.

Here are AP Business News' latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.


FEDERAL RESERVE — Six weeks after raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, Federal Reserve policymakers now face a more perilous global picture that could alter their plans for further raising rates this year. Since the Fed increased rates Dec. 16 from record lows, stock markets have plunged, oil prices have skidded and China's leaders have struggled to manage a slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 780 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated with release of Fed policy statement at 2 p.m.; 130 words at 2 p.m. 350 words by 2:30 p.m.

With: FINANCIAL MARKETS — Stocks are rising Wednesday after shaking off early losses. The price of oil is climbing for the second consecutive day, sending energy companies higher. The Federal Reserve is holding its first meeting of the year and investors are waiting to see what it says about interest rates and the economy. By Marley Jay. SENT: 720 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words by 5 p.m.

NEIGHBORHOOD-RANKS — Few neighborhoods can match the perks of Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. — a reality that reflects a broader problem for the U.S. housing market. Just 14 percent of neighborhoods manage to be affordable, walkable and contain decent schools, according to a new analysis of 20 cities by the real estate brokerage Redfin. By Josh Boak. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ON THE MONEY-RETIREMENT SAVINGS — Panic is so passé. Despite wrenching drops in financial markets this year, U.S. investors are playing it cool with their retirement savings. By Sarah Skidmore Sell. SENT: 690 words, photos.

PAINKILLER PANEL-DRUGMAKER TIES — Nearly a third of the members on a government panel that made headlines by calling an effort to curb overprescribing of OxyContin and other painkillers "horrible," have drug-industry ties. By Matthew Perrone. SENT: 940 words, photos.

FACEBOOK EARNINGS — Facebook Inc. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes. UPCOMING: 130 words after release, then expanded.

APPLE IPHONE — Now that Apple has confirmed a slowdown in iPhone sales, all eyes are on its plans for the iPhone 7 and other efforts to spark growth. By Brandon Bailey. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo by 2:30 p.m.


NEW HOME SALES — Americans rushed to buy new homes in December at the strongest pace in 10 months, with 2015 marking the strongest year for this segment of the housing market since 2008. By Josh Boak. SENT: 460 words.

UNITED NATIONS-CLIMATE INVESTMENT — The U.N. secretary-general is challenging investors around the world to at least double their investments in clean energy by 2020. SENT: 320 words.


ANTHEM-RESULTS — Anthem's fourth-quarter earnings tumble 64 percent as some of the Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer's expenses climb in a performance that falls well short of Wall Street's profit expectations. SENT: 560 words, photo.

EARNS-BOEING — Boeing reports fourth-quarter profit of $1.03 billion. SENT: 270 words, photos.

EARNS-NORFOLK SOUTHERN — Norfolk Southern Corp. reports fourth-quarter profit of $361 million. By Josh Funk. SENT: 530 words, photos.

SWEDEN-EARNS-ERICSSON — Wireless equipment maker Ericsson says an improvement in business in China despite the market turmoil there helped its fourth-quarter profit jump nearly 70 percent. By Matti Huuhtanen. SENT: 290 words, photos.


FIAT CHRYSLER-MORE JEEPS — Fiat Chrysler expects sales of Jeeps to double by 2018, saying the shift to SUVs driven by low gas prices is permanent. The company also reported a sharp drop in 2015 earnings due to poor performances in Asia and Latin America. By Dee-Ann Durbin and Colleen Barry. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos. Eds.: Incorporates BC-EU--Italy-Earns-Fiat Chrysler.

BRITAIN-SHELL — Royal Dutch Shell shareholders overwhelmingly back the 34 billion pound ($49 billion) bid to buy BG Group, despite a slide in oil prices that have had some critics wondering about the wisdom of the mega-deal. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

JAPAN-TOYOTA — Toyota Motor Corp. says it sold 10.151 million vehicles in 2015, retaining its status as the world's top-selling automaker for the fourth straight year. SENT: 220 words, photos.

BRITAIN-RBS — The Royal Bank of Scotland put aside some 2 billion pounds ($2.8 billion) as the taxpayer-owned institution continues to tally the costs of misconduct and legal claims. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 320 words, photo.

EUROPE-VEHICLE EMISSIONS — The European Union's executive has proposed wholesale changes to tests for new car models to crack down on excessive emissions and avoid scandals like the one that hit Volkswagen and the automobile sector last year. By Raf Casert. SENT: 260 words.

HEPATITIS DRUG-MASSACHUSETTS — The Massachusetts attorney general's office is investigating whether Gilead Sciences Inc., the makers of a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C, are violating state law by pricing the drug too high. SENT: 520 words.

EXPLODING AIR BAGS — Another driver has died in a crash that involved an exploding Takata air bag inflator, but it's unclear whether the inflator killed the person. SENT: 430 words.

FTC-DEVRY LAWSUIT — The government is suing the operators of the for-profit DeVry University, alleging they misled consumers about students' jobs and earnings prospects. By Jennifer C. Kerr. SENT: 200 words.



NEW YORK — Cable's pricey Internet packages may get some competition from the founder of Aereo, whose first attempt to shake up the cable industry was quashed by the Supreme Court. By Tali Arbel. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

NEXSTAR-MEDIA GENERAL — Nexstar said it is buying rival TV station operator Media General after Meredith agreed to allow Media General to get out of a takeover bid for Meredith. SENT: 260 words.

WENDY'S-CREDIT CARDS — Wendy's says it is investigating reports of "unusual activity" on payment cards that had been used at some of its restaurants. SENT: 130 words.

JAPAN-IVORY — Yahoo Japan says it is strengthening policing of illegal ivory on its online commerce site as criticism grows it is supporting a trade that fuels the slaughter of wild elephants. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 530 words.

EGYPT-AL JAZEERA — Qatar-owned Al-Jazeera is suing the Egyptian government over its crackdown on the broadcaster's activists and journalists. SENT: 300 words.


WORLD CORRUPTION — Public-sector corruption is still a major problem around the world but more countries are improving than worsening and the United States and United Kingdom have reached their best rankings ever, an anti-corruption watchdog said Wednesday. By David Rising. SENT: 480 words.

GREECE-BAILOUT — A growing wave of strikes and protests against a planned overhaul of the pension system in Greece has halted services at the country's ports for two days, while popular neighborhood farmers' markets were canceled. SENT: 120 words.

GERMANY-ECONOMY — The German government on Wednesday trimmed its economic growth forecast for this year to 1.7 percent amid concerns over weakening growth abroad and global political tensions. SENT: 220 words.

EUROPE-IRAN — Italy's culture minister has criticized as "incomprehensible" the decision to cover up naked statues at a Rome museum where Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was visiting, adding a new twist to the controversy that has dominated Rouhani's deal-making visit to Italy. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 700 words.

PORTUGAL-AUSTERITY — Portugal's new Socialist government is facing its first strike, with one of the biggest public sector trade unions saying Wednesday its members will walk off the job to force a quicker rollback of austerity measures. SENT: 340 words.

FRANCE-TAXI STRIKE — Paris taxi drivers have resumed a strike protesting against rival services such as Uber, and city authorities are warning of roadblocks and traffic disruptions. SENT: 190 words.


COMPANY SPOTLIGHT — Norfolk Southern plans to cut 2,000 jobs as the railroad deals with less freight and lower profits. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.

CENTERPIECE — Two forces lifting the housing market — more jobs and low mortgage rates — are expected to continue in 2016, says the National Association of Homebuilders. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.


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