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US credit card late payments down in 2Q 


(AP) — Americans are doing a better job of making timely credit card payments, even as many lenders increasingly extend credit to more people with less-than-stellar credit.

US probes Ford Explorer police SUV brake hoses

(AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint that front brake hoses can fail on some Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs.

S&P 500 touches 2,000 as corporate deals continue

(AP) — The stock market hit another milestone as the Standard & Poor's 500 index briefly traded above 2,000 points for the first time.

Sony network hacked, exec's flight diverted 


(AP) — Hackers infiltrated Sony's PlayStation Network and disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane.

Immigration shaping up as leading election issue

(AP) — As tens of thousands of Central American kids have crossed illegally into the United States, GOP Rep. Scott Perry has suddenly seen immigration become a top concern for voters in his heavily rural district far from the U.S.-Mexico border, eclipsing even President Barack Obama's health care law and the deficit.

Legal questions arise for fantasy day game biz

(AP) — Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games.

Burger King in talks to buy Tim Hortons

(AP) — Burger King is in talks to buy doughnut chain Tim Hortons and create a new holding company headquartered in Canada, a move that could shave its tax bill.

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.