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Devices to track truck, bus driver hours proposed

(AP) — The government wants commercial trucks and buses that cross state lines to be equipped with electronic devices that record how many hours the vehicles are in operation.

Demand grows for halal food as industry evolves 


(AP) — The global industry for halal food and lifestyle products — ones that meet Islamic law standards of manufacture — is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying as Muslim populations grow. Producers outside the Muslim world, from Brazil to the U.S. and Australia, are eager to tap into the market.

Mandalay Bay agrees to $500K fine in drug sting

(AP) — The Mandalay Bay Resort plans to pay a half-million-dollar fine amid accusations that employees at an upscale Las Vegas Strip lounge provided prostitutes and drugs to undercover officers.

GM to offer loaner cars, cash to small-car owners

(AP) — General Motors is offering free loaner cars and $500 toward a new GM vehicle to more than a million owners of compact cars that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect.

US stock market struggles to a mixed finish

U.S. stocks are finishing mixed after a listless day as traders continue to worry about slowing growth in China and tensions in Ukraine.

Investment bank agrees to pay $25M in penalties

(AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New York-based investment bank and broker-dealer has agreed to pay $25 million in penalties for misleading customers when it came to trading in residential mortgage-backed securities.

White House promotes economic issues facing women

(AP) — Add pay equity to President Barack Obama's 2014 do-it-himself wish list.

Judge orders ex-trader 'Fabulous Fab' to pay $825K

(AP) — A once high-flying Goldman Sachs trader dubbed "Fabulous Fab" was ordered Wednesday to pay more than $825,000 in one of the prominent cases stemming from the mortgage meltdown that helped spark the Great Recession.

US stocks edge lower; Teen retailers slide 


(AP) — Stocks are closing lower as a thin slate of economic news and corporate results left investors unwilling to drive up a market that hit three record highs last week.

FDA approves electric headband to prevent migraine

The Cefaly device is a battery-powered plastic band worn across the forehead that emits an electric current to stimulate nerves associated with migraine pain. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a nerve-stimulating headband as the first medical device to prevent migraine headaches.