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U.S. consumer confidence, home prices show weakness

NEW YORK - U.S. consumer confidence fell in September for the first time in five months and home prices in July rose less than expected from a year earlier, underscoring the unsteady nature of U.S. growth.

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AT&T expects customer usage of NEXT to reach 50 percent in third quarter

WASHINGTON - AT&T Inc expects that customer use of its equipment installment plan will have reached 50 percent in the third quarter, the company said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday, fewer customers than analysts expected.

2:12pm EDT

Portugal sounds out Spanish banks on Novo Banco sale: sources

MADRID - Portugal has begun sounding out Spanish banks on their interest in buying Novo Banco, the successor to the state-rescued Banco Espirito Santo (BES), several sources familiar with the talks said on Tuesday.

Portugal, Spain, Deals 3:00pm EDT

Microsoft names next operating system 'Windows 10'

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp announced its 'Windows 10' operating system on Tuesday to replace the largely unpopular Windows 8, skipping a number to mark a leap toward a new system aimed at unifying computing and mobile devices.

2:10pm EDT

Fed's Powell rejects Treasury-Fed cooperation as threat to central bank independence

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve board member Jerome Powell said on Tuesday he feared any move for the Fed and the U.S. Treasury to cooperate on debt management and other issues would undermine the central bank's independence and should be avoided.

10:48am EDT

EU says Ireland swapped Apple tax deal for jobs

BRUSSELS/LONDON - The European Union has accused Ireland of swerving international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from revenue collectors in return for maintaining jobs. | Video

Tech, Ireland, Media 1:50pm EDT

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