US consumer spending flat in August

WASHINGTON - U.S. consumers scaled back their spending in August to its weakest pace in five months, reflecting a drop in spending on autos. Income growth also decelerated as wages and salary gains slowed after four strong months.
By Martin Crutsinger

US closes probe of Jeep automatic braking; no recall sought

US safety regulators have closed a yearlong investigation into the Jeep Grand Cherokee's automatic braking system without seeking a recall.
By Tom Krisher

Deutsche Bank stock swings wildly amid fears

Shares in Deutsche Bank swung wildly on Friday, touching a record low before roaring back to life, amid speculation about the stability of Germany's biggest bank and the European financial system
By Frank Jordans and Pan Pylas

Your Money: Tips to complain effectively

While misunderstandings and complaints are a normal part of doing business, the following tips will help you avoid or resolve many common disputes:
By Kelvin Collins

Report says Obama administration failed to follow health law

The investigative arm of Congress says the Obama administration failed to follow the president's health care law in a $5 billion dispute over compensating insurers for high costs from seriously ill patients.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Hotel workers seek new safety measures after freezer death

ATLANTA - Federal regulators and hotel employees are calling for new safety measures after a worker was found dead inside a walk-in freezer at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta.
By Jeff Martin

Stocks fall amid concerns about drug prices

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks skidded Thursday as drug companies and banks absorbed large losses. Drugmakers faced scrutiny over price increases, while banks fell as investors worried about the stability of Deutsche Bank and other financial institutions.

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NEW YORK - Federal regulators delayed a decision Thursday on requiring cable and satellite TV companies to make free apps to eliminate the need for cable boxes.

Disabled man receives license as autonomous cars make progress

DETROIT - Former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt has done a lot in the 16 years since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. But the man who raced in the Indianapolis 500 hasn't been able to drive around his neighborhood.

OPEC nations reach preliminary accord to cut back on oil production

ALGIERS, Algeria - OPEC nations reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday to curb oil production for the first time since the global financial crisis eight years ago.

Yellen says economy likely ready for rate increase later in 2016

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the central bank has no "fixed timetable" for raising interest rates but she believes the economy is ready for a rate increase by year's end.
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Augusta man sues city, sheriff officers over alleged tasing
An Augusta man who said he suffered a skull fracture after being tased in jail has filed suit against Augusta and two Richmond County sheriff's officers.