NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks rose today as investors shrugged off worries about what the Federal Reserve is up to. Many expect the Fed to announce tomorrow that it will reduce its $85 billion monthly bond-buying program. The Dow Jones industrial average closed higher by 34.95 points, or 0.2 percent, at 15,529.73.
NEW YORK (AP) -- About 100 members of Occupy Wall Street returned today to the small plaza near the New York Stock Exchange that once teemed with thousands of people protesting financial inequality, marking the second anniversary of their movement's beginnings. Small groups of protesters marched around the streets near Zuccotti Park in the morning, while another march to Washington Square Park clogged sidewalks in the early afternoon.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The state of Alaska wants ConocoPhillips to reopen its mothballed Kenai Peninsula liquefied natural gas plant to provide an incentive for petroleum companies to explore and invest in Cook Inlet. In a Sept. 5 letter to ConocoPhillips President Trond-Erik Johansen, Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash requested that the company apply for a three-year federal LNG export license for the plant at Nikiski, about 70 miles southwest of Anchorage.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An effort to require Wal-Mart and other large retailers to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour in the District of Columbia met its end today when the City Council failed to override Mayor Vincent Gray's veto. The bill put Washington at the center of a national debate over compensation for low-wage workers -- and whether some large companies should be required to pay more.
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC's game show "The Million Second Quiz" is running out of time to make an impact. The network hoped to make a big splash in the two weeks before the start of the traditional TV season with the game show hosted by Ryan Seacrest. But some critics said the game was confusing in execution, and over six airings last week, the show's viewership dropped every single night.
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