Inside Fed, what to tell markets a nagging question

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The Federal Reserve is still months away from ending its controversial purchase of bonds to stimulate the economy, but minutes released Wednesday for the July monetary-policy meeting show growing concern about how to communicate Fed goals with financial markets.

BC-Cash Prices, 1st Ld-Writethru,0334

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Wholesale cash prices Wednesday:

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway fined

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Warren E. Buffett may soon be almost $1 million poorer.

New England governors' energy effort on hold

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

A nearly year-long effort by New England's governors to collectively address the region's high energy costs is on hold now that some have voiced concerns about the initiative's dual strategy of importing Canadian hydropower and investing in new natural gas pipelines.

Grain lower, livestock lower

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain lower, livestock lower

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

BC-Cotton Bale

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Cotton futures No. 2 closed $6.20 to $9.25 a bale higher Wednesday.

Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.

Some Fed officials want to slow economic help soon

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Some Federal Reserve officials think the U.S. economy is improving fast enough that the Fed will need to act sooner than previously thought to slow the extraordinary support it's been providing through ultra-low interest rates.

Review: Video blackouts impede baseball online

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.