US stocks drift lower after release of Fed minutes

| |Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

U.S. financial markets pulled back slightly from their most recent record highs Wednesday, ending lower for the first time this week.

Texas grid operator says EPA rule would be costly

| |Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

The electric distribution grid operator for most of Texas said Monday that a federal mandate to slash carbon emissions nationwide would challenge power reliability in Texas and raise consumer electricity costs by as much as 20 percent as half the state's coal-fired power plants shut down.

Safety agency to push for national air bag recall

| |Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver.

Gun sales surge ahead of jury's Ferguson decision

| |Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Some suburban St. Louis gun dealers have been doing brisk business, particularly among first-time buyers, as fearful residents await a grand jury's decision on whether to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

Six Flags settles suit in Arlington roller-coaster death

| |Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Relatives of Rosa Esparza, 52, who fell from the Texas Giant in July 2013, are pleased with the settlement, attorneys say. Terms were not disclosed.

VW recalls 442,000 cars to fix suspension problem

|Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Volkswagen is recalling 442,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren't fixed properly after a crash.

US home construction drops 2.8 percent in October

| |Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Construction of new homes fell slightly in October after a big surge in the previous month, but the weakness was largely driven by the volatile apartment sector.

China blocks websites as Internet meeting begins

|Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Chinese censors have newly blocked access to several popular websites as they target content delivery networks that serve much of the Internet, according to a U.S. Internet service company.

Lowe's rides improving housing market to strong 3Q

|Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Lowe's third-quarter earnings jumped 17 percent as home improvement retailers continue to rebound from a tough start to the year, reaping gains from a nascent recovery in the housing market.

Target rebounds in third quarter on solid sales

| |Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Target reported a 3.2 percent rise in its third-quarter profit and beat Wall Street expectations as shoppers spent more on beauty products, toys and back-to-school items.