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Stocks end mostly lower as Ukraine tensions flare

(AP) — More tensions in Ukraine left the stock market slightly lower in quiet trading.

At Jackson Hole, central bankers eye varying goals 


(AP) — The central bankers meeting this week at their annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, aren't exactly in sync. Many are taking steps that clash with the policies of others.

Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world 


(AP) — The ice bucket challenge's phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors.

Fitbit to stop selling data without consent

(AP) — Fitbit, a company that makes wearable devices that monitor fitness activity, says it's changing its practice of selling users' personal data to advertisers after concerns were raised about consumer privacy.

McDonald's names new US president again 


(AP) — McDonald's named a new president for its struggling U.S. division on Friday, marking the second change in the high-profile spot in less than two years.

Deere to lay off about 460 from Iowa tractor plant

(AP) — Agricultural equipment maker Deere is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand.

Keurig strikes deal with Kraft on coffee brands

(AP) — Keurig Green Mountain says it struck a deal to make Kraft's branded coffees, such as Maxwell House and Gevalia, for its single-serve brewing systems in the U.S.

Stocks advance to put S&P 500 at a record high 


(AP) — The stock market advanced for a fourth straight day Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a record high.

Study: Wealth gap widened in the last decade

(AP) — A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.

Gap reports higher profit, plans India expansion

(AP) — Gap Inc. said its profit rose 10 percent in the second quarter as the clothing retailer cut expenses and managed to lift sales.