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US consumer spending up 0.4 percent in June

U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year.

Job growth eases but tops 200K for a 6th month

A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion.

US auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts

Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July.

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Recalls this week: bicycles, aquarium heaters, off-road vehicles and more

A line of bicycles with a faulty front wheel and light fixture lenses that can shatter are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include aquarium heaters, off-road vehicles and welding torch handles.

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Government says GM owner site was faulty

If it reported your car wasn't recalled, check again

The government said Friday that General Motors vehicle owners should recheck the company's recall identification website if previous checks indicated their cars aren't being recalled.

Palin urges repeal of Alaska's oil tax structure

Favors returning to previous system

Keeping Alaska's new oil tax structure in place would be a "devastating step backwards" in the state's development, former Gov. Sarah Palin said.

Ex-banker sentenced in NY insider trading case

A former investment banker who admitted making trades based on inside information to cover child support was sentenced on Friday on securities fraud charges to 2 1/2 years in prison.

US stocks have their worst week in two years

The U.S. stock market is closing out its worst week in two years.

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State’s sales tax holiday begins today

JC, Cole County jurisdictions opt out

Back-to-school shoppers in Missouri will pay less in sales tax over the weekend, thanks to the state’s annual sales tax holiday.

Missouri’s top banking regulator retiring

Missouri’s chief banking regulator is stepping down effective today. Finance Commissioner Rich Weaver is retiring after a three-decade career that began in the division’s mail room in 1985.

Target goes outside for new CEO

Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers.

Vitaminwater cries uncle, switches back formula

Coca-Cola is reversing course after fans of Vitaminwater complained about the drink’s new sweetener.

US stocks plunge, wiping out July's gains

For investors, there were few havens on Thursday. The stock market had its worst one-day drop since February, driven down by a confluence of worries, from weak company earnings to the looming end of stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

Fed offers a dual message on health of US economy

The Federal Reserve offered a mixed message on the U.S. economy Wednesday: Growth is strengthening, and the unemployment rate is steadily falling. Yet by some measures, the job market remains subpar.

New 'know your customer' rules proposed for banks

The U.S. government is proposing new rules for banks and other financial firms aimed at preventing the use of anonymous companies to launder illicit profits.

US judge slaps $1.3B fine on Bank of America

A federal judge imposed a $1.3 billion civil penalty against Bank of America on Wednesday for its role in selling risky mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that were advertised as safe investments.

Stocks flatten out after Fed delivers no surprises

A cheerful report on the U.S. economy, rising profits and no surprises from the Federal Reserve left the stock market nearly where it started on Wednesday.

McDonald's could be liable for labor practices

McDonald's is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants.

PSC staff testimony questions overearnings claim

The Public Service Commission’s staff didn’t ask their bosses to pursue an “overearnings” case against Ameren Missouri because the staff didn’t think the company’s earnings had reached that level, staff members told the five-member commission this week.

Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

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